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Old 27th Oct 2015, 10:02
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CSA to Prague 5 weekly from next April just announced.
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Old 27th Oct 2015, 10:03
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NEWS - CSA to Prague 5pw from April 2016

Airline number 11 has just been announced.

BHX really on a roll at the moment !
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Old 27th Oct 2015, 10:07
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CSA Prague

OMG Prague too! This must be a record for Birmingham successfully landing 11 new airlines in just over a year! Prague was a gap and a lovely city. Keep 'em coming!
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Old 27th Oct 2015, 11:05
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CSA

Good grief, I can't keep up! A welcome return of both airline and route, which was a big gap on the BHX departure boards. CSA are continuing their LPL and EDI ops in S16, so hopefully BHX will do as well for them. Wizz might respond, I'm not sure PRG is a base for them although I bet they will be doing some offers on LTN-PRG as a result of this announcement...


I make that 31 scheduled airlines serving BHX for S16 (I have included Air Transat in that), which must be a record?


Flybe are recruiting for cabin crew for their BHX base which could mean some expansion in S16 from them, or at least additional frequencies on existing routes, I read somewhere their S16 schedule is released 10th Nov? Norwegian are also yet to release S16, new routes or (dare I say it?) a new base from them would be the icing on what is already a very tasty cake!


WestJet could be the next new airline for BHX according to media reports?
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Old 27th Oct 2015, 11:27
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Flybe Summer 2016

Gayfriendly wrote
I read somewhere their S16 schedule is released 10th Nov?
I tweeted them (I finally worked out Twitter) as I want to book Bastia next summer they replied saying their Summer 2016 will be released at end of November.
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Old 27th Oct 2015, 11:37
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Do Flybe ever get a schedule out on time? They were saying 10th November for ages!
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Old 27th Oct 2015, 14:13
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CSA Czech Airlines - Summer 2016

Flights start on 22 Apr

17:00/17:40 Mon,Wed & Fri
18:50/19:30 Thu
20:00/20:40 Sun

A319 with 130 seats

No flight Tue or Sat
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Old 27th Oct 2015, 16:18
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Source for CSA other than PKs tweet
CSA Czech Airlines to start Birmingham service - Business Traveller
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Old 27th Oct 2015, 19:09
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QR Fares

I priced a BHX/BKK return in business for May. Ex BHX the cheapest fare showing so far is the Business Saver. That comes to 2,967. The equivalent fare ex MAN is 2,970. However, MAN also has a Business Promo which works out at 1,905.

My experience is that QR releases Promo fares on a very regular basis and I suspect they just haven't got them loaded yet for BHX.

I know which J class I would prefer at the 2k level (hint - QR have one of the best J seats in the air in a 1-2-1 layout and EK have the horrible 2-3-2 shell seats).
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Old 28th Oct 2015, 19:40
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FlyBe - New Route

Another day another new BHX route !

12 weekly Rotterdam

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Old 28th Oct 2015, 20:03
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BHX doing soo well! Didn't see that one coming!
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Old 29th Oct 2015, 01:11
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Another day another new BHX route !

12 weekly Rotterdam

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Old 29th Oct 2015, 08:50
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Birmingham-Rotterdam

BHX-RTM twice daily is not eff. until 5/9/2016.
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Old 29th Oct 2015, 09:12
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Don't hold your breath on RTM.

I suspect FlyBe will dip their toes in the water at MAN for a few months before realizing it ain't going to work then letting the whole thing slip quietly away.

Anyone that travels to Rotterdam knows full well the best way to get there is to fly to Schipol and get the fast train directly into Rotterdam city centre - in next to no time. The volume and frequency of flights to AMS ensures you get there at a time that suits you rather than a 2-daily RTM. Flying to AMS will also be cheaper.

FlyBe will effectively be competing against their own AMS flights.
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Old 29th Oct 2015, 09:19
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I don't know, but I guess that with the notoriously long taxiing times at Schiphol, it could well be that the block times for services between BHX / MAN and Rotterdam could be a deal less, same also for the transfer from airside to land side that RTM. The timings from both BHX and MAN are very good for business too.

I don't know that much about public transport from RTM to the rest of the southern Netherlands, but I am guessing that the market FlyBe are going for is business traffic to cities like Breda, Den Haag, Den Bosch, and even Antwerp. With the latter, a twice daily service will prove more attractive to business travelers than the 4 x weekly VLM.
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Old 29th Oct 2015, 13:34
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FR Verona

Another day another route This time FR to Verona
Mon

BHX 15:00 VRN 18:15
VRN 18:40 BHX 19:55

Fri

BHX 08:00 VRN 11:15
VRN 11:40 BHX 12:55
From April
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Old 29th Oct 2015, 14:00
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Verona

A welcome addition but i just wish FR would give Bergamo another try. While i do not know the yields when it did operate from BHX, the service was well used and, interestingly enough, by Italian pax.

Bergamo offers the twin benefit of being a great city in itself but also just a short hop from Milan.

I live in hope...
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Old 29th Oct 2015, 16:42
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Re my post on Tuesday, the QR Promo fares ex BHX have been loaded. The BKK business class is 1,902.
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Old 29th Oct 2015, 17:23
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That's good news. No more expensive than MAN. Now for the business community to start booking BHX-Doha.
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Old 29th Oct 2015, 19:59
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Ryanair

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The booking engine can be manipulated to get Madrid up as well FR2082 four times a week but all sold out. I wonder if this is another flight about to be announced. I believe the flight number was Madrid - Ibiza this summer.

Verona should be a good one for summer and I would be happy for them to keep away from Bergamo as flybe are doing very nicely but in summer I suppose you could say two different markets although flybe do carry block-bookings. Fares were light at times on the BGY but Monty Gordo was right it was packed at times.

Rotterdam is a strange one in as much as the start date and I too fear it might not see the light of day.

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