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Old 17th Dec 2018, 12:11
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Nick Barton is leaving Luton and will join BHX in January after four years with Luton and eight at Stansted, where he was managing director.

At Birmingham, he will oversee a £500 million upgrade and expansion. It is planned to grow the facility from the current 13 million passengers a year to 18 million.

Barton said: “I am thrilled to be joining Birmingham airport to deliver the board’s vision and strategy for this critical piece of national and regionally significant transport infrastructure. Birmingham airport is on the threshold of a very exciting chapter in its development and I am delighted to have been given the responsibility to lead and shape the future of the airport.”

The airport’s chairman Tim Clarke said: “We have carried out an extensive search of the aviation sector for a new chief executive. The board is delighted to have secured such a proven and experienced individual to execute our ambitious vision for the development of the airport.



“His record in generating strong growth brings the quality of leadership needed to fully realise the potential of this vital asset for the West Midlands economy and the region as a whole.”



Alberto Martin, Luton’s planning and investment director, has taken over the top job there, replacing Barton. Before joining Luton, Martin held a variety of executive roles across Europe, including 10 years as managing director of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura airports.

He said: “Building on the strong demand from passengers and the success of our recent terminal transformation, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead the team in establishing LLA as the airport of choice for accessible, easy and enjoyable air travel”.

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Old 17th Dec 2018, 12:17
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Not at all surprised about Bergen and Turku being opened.

Ever since BA, Easyjet and (I think) SAS dropped the London-Bergen route, Norwegian has been able to charge whatever it liked - there is definitely room for a second player in summer at least

It's been puzzling me for years why Turku hasn't had a London link after Ryanair stopped STN-TKU many years ago. If Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Ivalo and Kittila can all sustain ample winter seasonal scheduled flights from London and there are 9 flights per day on London-Helsinki, then perhaps time to look at a route to Turku or Tampere.

The timings on both Oslo and Porto both look like something to keep an aircraft busy at off-peak times. However London-Oslo and (especially) London-Porto might turn into a fare war - can these 2 routes really sustain 5 carriers each ?

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Old 17th Dec 2018, 12:23
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And there we were all thinking that Ryanair grabbed the last two stands that became free when the 2 builder compounds were dismantled. Wonder where the extra 2 spare stands are coming from?
From what I know wizz will have 2 overnight flights. Both leaving around 2300.
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Old 17th Dec 2018, 13:19
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So Wizz becomes Luton's largest carrier in terms of seats for sale.
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Old 17th Dec 2018, 16:56
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Ho ho ho

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Old 17th Dec 2018, 18:37
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Never mind the new Wizz routes, 15 extra weekly flights on existing services with Larnaca going double daily and Tirana daily.

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Old 17th Dec 2018, 18:50
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Wizz describes Luton as their fortress. With Luton having 4 more based aircraft at Luton next summer 18 million must be getting close.

Where Luton has been less successful is attracting new non based airlines which seem to be heading for Stansted with Southend picking up random routes.
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Old 17th Dec 2018, 19:48
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Flight times to OSL,BGO,OPO,SKG,TKU,CTA are very convenient for leisure and VFR pax..And their increased frequencies on LCA,ATH,TIA etc creates a huge wave of red-eye flights giving max utilization of a/c since their departure and arrival at LTN is around the first wave of 0700-0800..I dont know which of these will continue for W19/20 and if increased frequencies will be kept but it's gonna be a battlefield between the big 3 LCCs (W6,U2,FR)..e.g. LTN-ATH introduced daily by FR too...Easyjet flies also LTN-SKG in the summer but on different days (2,4,6)..
Check here the red-eye wave of departures:

Athens 22:40 (04:25 arrival)
Bucharest 21:55 (03:10 arrival)
Chisinau 00:05 (05:20 arrival)
Cluj-Napoca 20:45 (01:40 arrival)
Constanta 22:40 (04:05 arrival)
Debrecen 22:20 (01:55 arrival)
Kharkiv 22:40 (04:25 arrival)
Sibiu 20:45 (01:45 arrival)
Sofia 21:55 (02:55 arrival)
Suceava 22:40 (03:45 arrival)
Timisoara 21:55 (02:35 arrival)
Varna 21:15 (02:40 arrival)
Vilnius 21:40 (02:20 arrival)
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Old 18th Dec 2018, 05:45
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Originally Posted by davidjohnson6
Not at all surprised about Bergen and Turku being opened.

Ever since BA, Easyjet and (I think) SAS dropped the London-Bergen route, Norwegian has been able to charge whatever it liked - there is definitely room for a second player in summer at least

It's been puzzling me for years why Turku hasn't had a London link after Ryanair stopped STN-TKU many years ago. If Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Ivalo and Kittila can all sustain ample winter seasonal scheduled flights from London and there are 9 flights per day on London-Helsinki, then perhaps time to look at a route to Turku or Tampere.

The timings on both Oslo and Porto both look like something to keep an aircraft busy at off-peak times. However London-Oslo and (especially) London-Porto might turn into a fare war - can these 2 routes really sustain 5 carriers each ?
The Bergen route is only sustainable with support from Oil and Gas travel. easyJets highest load was between 30-50 people per flight, thats why it only lastest as long as it did. Was only instigated to add a bit of pressure to DY
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Old 18th Dec 2018, 07:18
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Personally I don't think Wizz are looking at gas and oil personnel more like Norwegians coming to London for shopping etc and UK citizens to visit Bergen and the fjords (I do near they are pining for them!). Regards Porto it has a large catchment area with the Spanish cities of Vigo, Ourense and Pontevedra not to far away as well as Braga in Portugal but we will just have to wait and see.
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Old 18th Dec 2018, 11:30
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Following a recommendation from our shareholders we are looking to improve the current customer satisfaction scores at LLA and require a strategy to achieve this and, year on year, improve. The strategy should highlight quick wins and longer terms plans to enable success as soon as possible.

Quote from latest Tender, The shareholders have at long last recognised that LTN needs to get its act together and promote a better experience!
Time will tell
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Old 18th Dec 2018, 13:54
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Originally Posted by Confirmed Must Ride
The Bergen route is only sustainable with support from Oil and Gas trade
Rubbish. It’s pretty much the number one destination in Norway for foreign tourists and their busiest cruise terminal. It also draws a lot of Norwegian tourists visiting the U.K. for shopping, football etc.
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Old 18th Dec 2018, 14:55
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Originally Posted by Falcon666

Following a recommendation from our shareholders we are looking to improve the current customer satisfaction scores at LLA and require a strategy to achieve this and, year on year, improve. The strategy should highlight quick wins and longer terms plans to enable success as soon as possible.

Quote from latest Tender, The shareholders have at long last recognised that LTN needs to get its act together and promote a better experience!
Time will tell
Why do they need to tender to find out their issues when they can go to this website for free https://www.airlinequality.com/airpo...luton-airport/ Complaints are mainly about staff attitudes, queues, a lack of seating, drop off charges and the departure gates. The strategy should be investment including fixtures and fittings which plays on the subconscious mind.
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Old 19th Dec 2018, 10:51
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Indeed LTNman. If a managment team have to ask others for solutions to the things they manage - they are not capable of manging! I have seen this for years in areas of IT that I was in for 27 years. Promoted beyond their abilities and when the times change - they are managers in name only.

The most important lesson I learnt about managing was: "Listen to your staff, Listen to your customers. Make them both happy." It is much easier when managers have worked their way up the chain and know how the system works... The first job I ever did at 16 was working Saturdays in a department store. The General Manager of the store told me that he had started as a Saturday boy when he was at school. That said, Main Board directors like to change the system every couple of years because they don't know what they are doing either!
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Old 19th Dec 2018, 12:03
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Any idea what happened there
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Old 19th Dec 2018, 12:18
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The crane was like this yesterday morning with one lane of the exit route closed off. The location is the back end of the DART maintenance area close to Delta. It is hard to tell what happened as the ground conditions under the crane tracks are hidden but I assume it went into a ditch. I am guessing the driver had to go home to change his underwear.
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It very much looked like the tracks had been retracted into the close together position and the counterweighted rear end toppled it backwards, a bit of uneven ground may have assisted but didn't look terrible. The tracks have always been wide apart after it was delivered off the back of the low loader. Road going crane arrived earlier to either lift off the counterweights or return it to straight and level.
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Indeed, i guessed correctly.
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WOW Air diverted from LGW, surprised it didn't go to STN
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Yes a Wow A321 parked on the south stands.

LTN has used the taxiway extenion at the 08 end to park 4 Easyjet overnight. The steps are still attached to the second and third aircraft.

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