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Old 30th Sep 2012, 19:39
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PK are not ending MAN. If they did, there is no way LBA would continue. The A310 is not going out full, so unless its belly heavy with lucrative cargo, id be surprised to see a 777. The A310's are not long for this world.
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Old 1st Oct 2012, 10:51
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Well all the ground handling equipment has now arrived at LBA so to be able to handle the B772 if and when they do decide to start op's with it. Iíve been told this could happen once PIA take delivery of 2x B773 which are been leased on 5 years deal later this year. Which in turn will release a B772ís to operate the LBA-ISB route.

Regarding the drop in pax figures on the route recently. I think you'll find this tends happen every year around this time due to the religious festivals of Ramadan, Eid & Hajj.
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Old 6th Oct 2012, 21:11
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Anybody been following Mr Parkin's role in the Newcastle airport Vs Eversheds court case?
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Old 10th Oct 2012, 12:05
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The NIA v Eversheds case is reported on BAILII:

Newcastle International Airport Ltd (NIAL) v Eversheds LLP [2012] EWHC 2648 (Ch) (02 October 2012)
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Old 15th Oct 2012, 17:41
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The CAA September 2012 provisional passenger figures for Leeds-Bradford have been released today and I've got to say that they look quite good, yet again.

A total off 336,907 pax passed through LBA which is +2.8 on same month last year.
The year rolling pax fig now stands at 2,970,842 which is also +0.6%.

So that's only 29,158 short of 3 million which I think is closest it has ever been to hitting that target. So with Monarch, British Airways & Thomson all starting new routes and services along with extra flights been added by Jet2 and maybe Ryanair next summer surely LBA will hit the 3 million mark very soon?

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Old 17th Oct 2012, 09:00
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Leeds poised for Doha link with Qatar???

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Old 17th Oct 2012, 09:24
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Good news for Leeds if it happens
However is Leeds not too close to there operation at Manchester??
Would it not work better at ncl or edi?
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Old 17th Oct 2012, 13:24
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Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council, said on today's 'Look North', that he was confident of a rail link to the airport within 5-10 years. It was a priority for the City Region's new devolved transport budget.
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Old 17th Oct 2012, 14:23
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Leeds poised for Doha link with Qatar???

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Probably a misprint, the original article in 'the hub' said it was BHX poised to get the Doha link.
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Old 17th Oct 2012, 21:46
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Whilst I think Pug's comment above is true in this case, I would just point out the following for the future:

1) LBA management have said in the past that they are actively seeking middle east carriers to the airport;

2) They think that the 787 will change the scope of routes that are available;

3) All those passengers filling up middle-eastern bound aircraft at Manchester ain't all coming from the north-west;

4) I would never underestimate either the ambition or the skills of the guys who are in charge up there;

5) At the time of the BHX announcement in July, Qatar said that they were also evaluating the possibility of operating from two other unnamed UK airports.

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Old 29th Oct 2012, 14:26
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Well it looks like Thomson Holidays forward booking might be doing well for next summer 2013. As they have just added an 3rd weekly flight to Palma for summer with a Monday evening service running in the peak summer months using the based Thomson Airways, Boeing 737-800.

The service runs from 1st July to 2nd September as follows.
LBA 22:10 PMI 01:50 = TOM3168
PMI 02:50 LBA 04:35 = TOM3169
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Are the Local Authorities really going to spend 'several hundred million pounds' [according to press reports] on rail links from Horsforth and Guiseley to the Airport? Some transport 'experts' say that ten million airport pax per annum are necessary before a rail link becomes a viable consideration.

It has taken LBA 25 years to increase from 1m pax per annum to the present figure......not exactly the fastest growing airport in the UK by a substantial margin!

Is it therefore wishful thinking to talk about railways? Are the local politicians really planning so far ahead.....not a characteristic they are known for when LBA is concerned, or is this a last ditch attempt to make a 'silver purse from a sow's ear'?

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Old 31st Oct 2012, 13:30
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that he was confident of a rail link to the airport within 5-10 years. It was a priority for the City Region's new devolved transport budget.
Had to laugh at that quote - was based at Yeadon in 1985/6 and this was almost exactly what was said then. 25 years later and they are still talking about it.
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Old 31st Oct 2012, 14:17
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I believe they will, because the local authorities in the Leeds City Region are now responsible for deciding how to spend central Government transport funds allocated to the area, rather than somebody in Whitehall deciding what is best for the Leeds City Region. Too many times in the past, the civil servants have no idea what is best for an area 200 miles away (that they've probably rarely visited). Now people in West Yorkshire are going to be making that decision.
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Old 31st Oct 2012, 15:37
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That's assuming they find it affordable.......

There have been debates on here previously about the costs and technical difficulties involved in establishing a rail link. Several hundred million pounds is a LOT of money to throw at a single project of questionable commercial viability, especially when there will inevitably be many other demands on the budget.
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Old 31st Oct 2012, 16:39
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Its such a shame to see with the end of the summer 2012 charter flight season that Thomas Cook Airlines, Leeds-Bradford base closes this evening with the arrival of the 18:45, TCX83HS service from Cyprus-Larnaca. The flight is been operated by Airbus A320, G-KKAZ. The aircraft will night stop this evening and position out empty for the very last time tomorrow morning at 07:00 as TCX276P for Dalaman.

I wish all the based flight and cabin crews all the best for the future. Be that with moving on elsewhere with Thomas Cook or hopefully finding new jobs with the likes of Monarch and Thomson Airways who are both opening new bases here next summer...

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Old 31st Oct 2012, 22:41
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It shouldn't be too difficult to find it affordable as they apparently have a billion pounds to spend on transport.
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Old 1st Nov 2012, 08:41
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And a great many other things to spend it on.......
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Old 1st Nov 2012, 09:55
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Thought most of that money was going on the electrication of Liverpool/Manchester/Leeds line and to Preston from Manchester or am I barking up wrong tree

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Old 7th Nov 2012, 13:28
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Looks like KLM City Hopper are upgrading the morning KLM1545/1546 AMS-LBA-AMS rotation as of March 1st 2013 from the current Fokker 70 to the newer Embrear 190.

I wonder if this is due to KLM seeing reduced forward bookings for pax using AMS for long haul connections now that they will have the option to connect through LHR with BA?

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