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Old 30th Nov 2016, 18:18
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I can only wonder why the airport waited until the winter to commence work on the area in front of the Glideslope. The area looked very water logged from the recent heavy rains. Hopefully the frosts will have helped the works.
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Old 1st Dec 2016, 18:38
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Vueling to Paris (Orly) from 26 Mar 2017

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Old 3rd Dec 2016, 10:07
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Winter 16/17 update

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B757-300 to be based 27-31 Jan operating four flights to Faro

Germania
Arvidsjaur, Sweden - Weekly Mon & Fri A319/B737 09 Jan - 17 Mar (For RTTtravel 'Arctic Adventure')
Bergen - one off A321 on 25 Feb
Chambery - Weekly Saturday A319 (Operates on Fri in December)

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B763 based Fri-Tue from 06 Dec operating 5 long haul flights per week. This is as well as the Dreamliner which is based Sun - Thu
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 00:40
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No mention of Toronto !



Source:Tribune News Service

Amritsar, December 10

After a gap of eight long years, national carrier Air India has announced to resume the Amritsar-Birmingham direct flight from April 1, 2017, meeting the demand of the diaspora in the United Kingdom.

Conveying the decision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Rajya Sabha MP Shwet Malik, who is also Aviation Consultative Committee member, said: “I conveyed the demand to the Union government, which rectified the mistake committed during the reign of the previous UPA government.

Malik accused the UPA of diverting this “extremely profitable flight from Amritsar to IGI in New Delhi to provide financial benefits to its private operator”.
After Jet Airways discontinued its Amritsar-London flight on August 6, 2006, Air India filled the void with a Amritsar-Birmingham flight the same year. However, it lasted till October 24, 2009.

In between, Air India launched its Amritsar-New Delhi-Birmingham flight on the hub and spoke model from Amritsar airport on August 1, 2013, with limited success.

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Old 11th Dec 2016, 12:39
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No mention of Toronto !



Source:Tribune News Service

Amritsar, December 10

After a gap of eight long years, national carrier Air India has announced to resume the Amritsar-Birmingham direct flight from April 1, 2017, meeting the demand of the diaspora in the United Kingdom.

Conveying the decision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Rajya Sabha MP Shwet Malik, who is also Aviation Consultative Committee member, said: “I conveyed the demand to the Union government, which rectified the mistake committed during the reign of the previous UPA government.

Malik accused the UPA of diverting this “extremely profitable flight from Amritsar to IGI in New Delhi to provide financial benefits to its private operator”.
After Jet Airways discontinued its Amritsar-London flight on August 6, 2006, Air India filled the void with a Amritsar-Birmingham flight the same year. However, it lasted till October 24, 2009.

In between, Air India launched its Amritsar-New Delhi-Birmingham flight on the hub and spoke model from Amritsar airport on August 1, 2013, with limited success.

Indian politics interfering with "commercial decisions" that could be made by Air India - that is if Air India is a commercial organisation was we know one.

As for the source, we've all seen enough Indian press reports that have come to nought over the past few years.

And does this mean that BHX will have direct ATQ 4 x weekly, and DEL 3 x weekly, or perhaps daily from both??

About as vague an announcement as "Brexit means Brexit" and needs a deal more flesh added to the bare bones.
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 15:46
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About as vague an announcement as "Brexit means Brexit" and needs a deal more flesh added to the bare bones.
Believe it when it happens with AI marketing if there is such a dept.
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Old 12th Dec 2016, 11:51
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November Pax up 12.5%

In total 779,583 passengers were recorded giving an increase of 12.5% compared to the same month last year - equivalent to 86,550 more people.
Both long haul and short haul saw similar levels of growth with long haul up by 13% and short haul up by 12.6% year-on-year.
Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive Officer at Birmingham Airport, said: “November tends to be one of our quieter months and so it’s fantastic to see such a healthy rate of growth in the volume of passengers.
“We are now celebrating our twenty first consecutive month of record breaking growth this year which is great news for the airport and the Midlands region.”
Scheduled traffic accounted for 94% of the total passenger volume for November and saw a 13.8% growth rate compared to the same month last year. Charter traffic accounted for 6% of the total.
Caribbean, African, Asian and Middle Eastern destinations saw the greatest increase in passengers compared to the same month last year.
Scheduled destinations with significant year-on-year passenger growth were Madrid (+350.2%), Banjul (+109.8%), Sal Island (+90.8%), Marrakech (+86.9%) and Budapest (+73.6%).
Charter destinations with significant growth were Montego Bay (+38.9%), Tenerife (+36.5%) and Fuerteventura (+19.1%).
Estimated passenger figures for December show that it’s expected to be another record breaking month and the busiest festive period on record for Birmingham Airport. Between Friday 16th December 2016 to Tuesday 3rd January 2017 we expect to see over half a million people giving a predicted increase of 21.2% compared to the same period last year.
Popular destinations for passengers jetting off to visit family and friends over Christmas include Scotland and Ireland. Those seeking a bit of winter sun are jetting off to Dubai, Madrid, Montego Bay, Cancun, Tenerife and Lanzarote. The airport will remain open throughout Christmas and New Year, with an estimated 13,590 passengers travelling through on Christmas Day, 82.2% more than last year.
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Old 13th Dec 2016, 11:46
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with an estimated 13,590 passengers travelling through on Christmas Day, 82.2% more than last year.
What a funny estimate.
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Old 14th Dec 2016, 11:48
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Monarch add BHX-OPO three times weekly Tue, Fri and Sun from 28th April. Bookable now.
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Old 14th Dec 2016, 12:27
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Probably not an estimate but twhat have been informed by the airlines, Manchester has some
equally strange figures so they are probably very close as not much will change for
Christmas day
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Old 15th Dec 2016, 14:48
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The notam regarding the non availability of the glideslope on 33 has been extended until the end of January. I was hoping that they would have repaired it by now
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Old 15th Dec 2016, 20:50
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Porto

So Porto follows the recent trend at BHX where routes go unserved for years and then all of a sudden we have two or more carriers on the route. In the past 18 months or so the likes of Barcelona, Madrid, Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest, Sofia and even Reykjavik have gone from nothing to at least two airlines operating with varying degrees of success. While it's great to see all these destinations being ticked off the list it's a tad disappointing that it takes someone like Wizz or Jet 2 coming in to shake life into the likes of Ryanair and to some degree Monarch. Why wasn't Birmingham-Porto announced when Luton and Manchester was I wonder?
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Old 15th Dec 2016, 23:07
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I don't know why people get their feathers ruffled over this sort of thing. That's just competition, it's one of the most common aspects of any business or market. When you have a varied traffic mix with no real dominant player, as in the case of BHX, they all want a bit of the action.
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Old 16th Dec 2016, 14:03
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Originally Posted by FRatSTN View Post
I don't know why people get their feathers ruffled over this sort of thing. That's just competition, it's one of the most common aspects of any business or market. When you have a varied traffic mix with no real dominant player, as in the case of BHX, they all want a bit of the action.
I tend to agree with your sentiments; and it's one of the problems with "the market".

Airports have no control over who can and can't operate what routes at what frequency, so what often happens is that a carrier starts a new route, another jumps in, neither makes a profit and in the worst case both carriers blink at the same time and the result is a route disappears completely.

Still, that's the lesser of two evils, the other being the bureaucracy of licencing and capacity regulation that used mainly to do the bidding of nation, usually state carriers, and stifled the development of regional airports for decades.
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Old 16th Dec 2016, 16:02
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I know that BHX were concerned having four airlines on Madrid and were not too disappointed when Norwegian dropped it.
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Old 16th Dec 2016, 21:57
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Aircraft have been diverting tonight due to fog. The resumption of LVP capability on both runways ends cannot come soon enough.
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Old 16th Dec 2016, 22:16
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I just had a deco - in FR24 -Also looking at the METARs's on line

It was 3 Kt from the south with scattered at 600 AGL but at 100 scattered. Is 15 CAT I/11 ! Only.A KLM flight managed an approach & landing. The rest utilized the various selection of holds inc DTY VOR at FL160 or above.

Things for the last 40 Mins have improved.

CAT III (an unfortunate handle for a Brummie)
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Old 16th Dec 2016, 22:50
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15 is the only end you can autoland on at the moment. If both ends were available and with virtually no wind you would use the end with the best RVR. I am very surprised that the airport chose the autumn, winter to work on the glidepath for 33. The lowest RVR recorded on the metars was 225 which should have been manageable for the Airbus and Boeings ,so I wonder if something else was going on to stop them getting in?
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Old 17th Dec 2016, 07:40
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Cat 3B requires 75m
Cat 3A requires 200m.
Cat 2 requires 300m.
Cat 1 requires 550m ( LTS at some airfields now can be reduced further to 400m ). I think.

If the wind was from the south , then RW 15 if perfect. A tailwind is also fine, how much is down to various criteria .
If the lowest RVR was 225 m, then it's the aircraft needs cat 111 A or B. Nothing to do with the airfield . However, it's about time runway 33 was restored and in any event it is being restored.
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Old 17th Dec 2016, 09:40
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My point oceanhawk was that despite the RVR being adequate for 3B operations flights were not getting in. This could be because the actual RVR was less than the metar or there was a problem with the ground equipment which raised the minima.
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