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Old 8th Jan 2015, 17:36
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And again a new A320 on his route to GB! G-EZOB

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Old 17th Jan 2015, 13:21
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10th March LGW-DME down from double daily to daily

29th March NCL-AMS cancellation
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Old 17th Jan 2015, 13:56
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Shame NCL-AMS is being cancelled, seemed it was doing well

Although it ends 31st May not 29th March. NCL-LGW ends 27th March
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Old 17th Jan 2015, 18:05
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NCLAMS It was apparent several months ago that this route was dropped however several new routes have been announced and GVA year round now

LGWDME It is now very expensive for Russians to visit the UK and Euroland, the British need a visa to go Russia which puts them off going there and they're not the most popular of countries right now for numerous reasons. I would not be surprised to see further reductions and similar reactions from other airlines as well as reduced frequencies on MANDME too with U2.
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Old 17th Jan 2015, 18:50
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as well as reduced frequencies on MANDME too with U2
MAN-DME is currently scheduled for 2x weekly. Doesn't seem to be much scope for frequency reductions before the route is cancelled.

There is however an argument that for those living in the UK and who don't particularly care about politics, 2015 would be a really good time to go visit Moscow. One year ago, 1 UK pound bought 55 rubles. Right now, it buys 99 rubles. If while on holiday you buy goods that are priced around ruble costs (ie not closely linked to the price of oil) and sold mainly to the average Russian resident (forget about those stays in 5 star business-centric hotels), you should be able to have a good time on minimal money.
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Old 17th Jan 2015, 19:22
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Whilst all of your points are very valid I can't imagine many people spending 100 to get a visa to go there in order to take advantage of the favourable exchange rate. I'd rather go to Europe where the pound is at its strongest against the euro for a long time and save on the visa money and hassle.
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Old 18th Jan 2015, 00:07
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And the people who are being frugal in hotel accommodation and in the market for cheap consumer items are going to be rather price sensitive I assume. As such the visa cost will put them off and if not, I can't imagine them being great for yield.
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Old 18th Jan 2015, 16:57
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There will be an announcement in the near future that LGW-DME is being reduced to a daily flight instead of two.
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Old 20th Jan 2015, 21:01
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I presume the news that BA at LGW is moving to the South Terminal means easyJet will be consolidating into the North Terminal next year
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 13:50
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New 1 weekly flight on Thursdays starting April 23rd 15


Liverpool - Zante. Now makes 30 EZY routes from LPL!
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 18:51
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U2 in favour of LHR expansion

Not really surprising and confirms my suspicions that U2 would be at LHR if the present impediments (high slot charges, congestion both on the ground and in the air, delays, etc.) were removed by expansion.


BBC News - Budget airline Easyjet backs Heathrow expansion

Easyjet says would fly from expanded Heathrow airport | Reuters
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 18:53
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Easy comes out in favour of third runway at heathrow

In a statement today easyJet have comes out in favour of a third runway at Heathrow instead of the proposed second runway at Gatwick - there largest base. At last someone in the airline industry has shown their heads over the parapit.
I bet it this has not gone down well at GIP but easy say if a second runway was constructed at Gatwick prices would have to go up which would ultimately mean higher fares for passengers.
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 19:10
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I really wouldn't be surprised if they tried to go after the remedy slots that Little Red will be giving back for Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 19:25
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I really wouldn't be surprised if they tried to go after the remedy slots that Little Red will be giving back for Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
That would be an interesting development!!
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 19:38
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Yes I heard Carolyn McCall' message today, makes total sense. Opening LGW up to another runway would mean an invasion of competition on its biggest patch. Whereas supporting LHR would mean securing their monopoly of slots at LGW plus potentially going into LHR where the competitive set is higher cost carriers, in essence a honey pot for a low cost carrier.

She also cited the fact that the construction of a runway at LGW would mean disruption and challenges to their sizeable operation at LGW.....
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Old 31st Jan 2015, 01:09
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Yes I heard Carolyn McCall' message today, makes total sense. Opening LGW up to another runway would mean an invasion of competition on its biggest patch. Whereas supporting LHR would mean securing their monopoly of slots at LGW plus potentially going into LHR where the competitive set is higher cost carriers, in essence a honey pot for a low cost carrier.

She also cited the fact that the construction of a runway at LGW would mean disruption and challenges to their sizeable operation at LGW.....
Have a look at U2's submission to the Commission, it's a good read and makes a lot of sense. Page 15 outlines what a U2 operation at LHR might be like.

http://corporate.easyjet.com/~/media...on-jan2015.pdf
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Old 31st Jan 2015, 12:50
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I don't that often see eye to eye with what EZY says or does on a number of things but I have to say I agree with pretty much everything they're saying here.

Key points I see value in are...
- Gatwick would require pre-funding (significant increase in charges prior to runway opening) which would more heavily impact short-haul leisure passengers than the premium long-haul passengers at Heathrow.
- Heathrow would attract low-cost airlines like EasyJet. Direct competition with legacy carriers will bring down fares on short-haul routes. 70% of Gatwick's short-haul is already low-cost carriers, less future competition and alongside pre-funding, fares for passengers will increase.
- Heathrow is far more flexible in terms of catering for future demand. Gatwick depends more on the success of low-cost long-haul carriers (which I agree for reasons stated in report are unlikely to be successful long-term)

There's still a few points though that I don't agree so much on.
- I think EZY overemphasise the extent to which people want to use primary airports. To me, the case they make isn't so much about Heathrow being a primary or hub airport, but instead more competition (to lower fares) and better catering for various future demands.
- I think they also under-estimate the growth at the other London airports LTN, STN, LCY and SEN. I think more than 39 million passengers will be using LTN, STN and SEN collectively by 2030. That's only about 5 million more than today.
- Also the route network they have designed for Heathrow. This surely is more just for show. It's purely based on route networks that exist today. I can't see how you can develop an accurate route network for 20 years down the line. It gives nothing more than a rough indication to the size of the network they might have.
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Old 31st Jan 2015, 14:02
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LGW is fast becoming slot restricted at peak times, leaving LGW at one runway maintains that and therefore suits easyJet current monopoly position, opening a 3rd or 4th runway at LHR would allow easyJet to move some operations there whilst still maintaining a sizeable LGW operation.

This statement has got nothing to do with lowering prices or improving competition, but is all about easyJets commercial needs, perfectly understandable
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Old 31st Jan 2015, 14:20
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is all about easyJets commercial needs
That maybe but certainly some very plausible points. I've never thought Gatwick is the right place for a new runway, or Stansted or Luton for that matter.
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Old 31st Jan 2015, 15:17
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Well I'm just pleased that Carolyn McCall has made a professional statement about the future of UK aviation, and it does come over like that rather than the sort of narrow partisan view that the likes of O'Leary would make. Yes, it is in the overall interests of UK aviation to increase the capacity at Heathrow. Build a second runway at Gatwick and you will STILL have everyone holding at Lambourne for 30 minutes most days, while the doubled capacity at Gatwick, which Easy as the No 1 user will have to pay for, goes unused.

It's also in Easy's interest as well. A 50% increase in Heathrow capacity and both BA and Virgin will be gone from Gatwick overnight, just like the US carriers all walked out on the place the moment the Bermuda 2 restrictions were lifted.

To be frank, I'm getting fed up with Gatwick's ludicrous and partisan advertising. Recently they have taken to posters along the M4 to Heathrow saying that traffic along there would get worse if Heathrow's extra runway goes ahead. Just how long do they think it would take to get out down the unmodernised A23 through Brixton and Croydon if Gatwick doubles its runways ? Not everyone wants to fag over to Victoria and run the gauntlet of the most unreliable rail service in London out through East Croydon etc. I imagine Carolyn McCall is equally hacked off with the downright rude comments Gatwick made about her statement ("narrow commercial interests"), given that Easyjet are Gatwick's No 1 customer, and that Easyjet know way more about UK aviation than a bunch of USA-based investment lawyers. I hope she tells them so in no uncertain terms.
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