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Old 19th Jun 2019, 12:41
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Over 1.6 million passengers used the airport in May a 10 percent increase on May 2018, making it the busiest ever May. The figures were helped by the two European Cup finals and would you believe the Eurovision song contest held in Tel Aviv avoiding the airport's press release.
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Old 19th Jun 2019, 13:07
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I try and avoid the airport's press release too ...
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Old 19th Jun 2019, 20:14
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I see Wizz will be operating 20 A321XLR aircraft that have just been ordered by Indigo Partners, it will be interesting to see if some of these will be operated out of LTN to their full potential.
Could the 321XLR run to the states, I thought the LR had runway lenght issues fully loaded, it is not a 757! We know Jet Blue came to have a look but went elsewhere? Oh, who said about a starter strip.....cough cough....
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Old 19th Jun 2019, 23:20
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I see Wizz will be operating 20 A321XLR aircraft that have just been ordered by Indigo Partners, it will be interesting to see if some of these will be operated out of LTN to their full potential.
Interesting news today, but a little confusing too...

The A321neo's they are already receiving are capable of flying routes like LTN-JFK (from a range perspective), as Primera were using the aircraft on this type of route, before they shut up shop. In all the excitement last year, it lead people to think Wizz Air might start similar routes with the arrival of their NEOs, but the Wizzair boss always denied it, saying they have no interest in operating routes of 7+ hours. But now they have specifically ordered an aircraft type with that extended range, and as far as I am aware the A321XLR brings no other benefits to Wizzair than their exisiting NEO's other than this range increase!

Either way I would suspect they are looking to fly further east or west. They already fly to Dubai, so could they be looking at countries further beyond like India which is within range from bases like Warsaw or Budapest, but the market between India and eastern Europe I would guess is limited, and they offer no connections. Not sure it has the range from Eastern Europe to the USA?

It could potentially be used to fly to Dubai from the UK, but they would have to be very brave going up against the Middle Eastern carriers which dominate the routes from the UK.
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Old 20th Jun 2019, 07:41
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According to some reports Wizz are dipping there toe into the UK-Spain market with a service to Castellan in Eastern Spain commencing next summer. The airport is north of Valencia and right next to the A7 motorway. When visiting the area a few years ago not much English was heard and I would have thought relatively unknown to UK visitors but has some excellent beaches. Well worth a visit to Castellan itself, Segunto and especially Peniscola. Ryanair fly to Castellon from Bristol and Stansted from the UK.
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Old 20th Jun 2019, 17:24
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Ryanair don't fly from Bristol to Castellon any more. From September 2015 they switched their Bristol-Valenca route to Bristol-Castellon but went back to operating Bristol-Valencia last year and at the same time ceased their Bristol-Castellon route.
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Old 21st Jun 2019, 20:52
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Well done to all those who ran the runway this morning and raised lots of dosh for charity!
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Old 27th Jun 2019, 10:26
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Old 27th Jun 2019, 11:59
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No certainty that Luton will be allowed to expand beyond 18 million.
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Old 27th Jun 2019, 21:17
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No certainty that Luton will be allowed to expand beyond 18 million.
There is no certainty that the airports planning application will be rejected! I personally hope that Wizzair will base between 4 and 8 A321XLR aircraft at LTN to serve long haul routes.
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Old 27th Jun 2019, 21:47
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4-8 aircraft going long haul would mean a large amount of destinations. What destinations would you be thinking Wizz could realistically make money from?

Pakistan
India
UAE
These three look like the main options but other options that are outside the box which we could see with some of them already being served from Wizz from other bases:
Azerbaijan
Kenya
Nigeria
Saudi Arabia
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Iran
Iraq
Kuwait

Please feel free to add to that list but I wouldn’t think Wizz would base any of these aircraft at LTN overnight. All would most probably be scheduled to land early morning once the stands have freed up.
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Old 27th Jun 2019, 23:02
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Originally Posted by Lee Baker Street View Post


There is no certainty that the airports planning application will be rejected! I personally hope that Wizzair will base between 4 and 8 A321XLR aircraft at LTN to serve long haul routes.


50/50 at the moment but the longer a decision is delayed the more likely it will be turned down on environmental grounds. Definitely unlikely if there was a change of government with the Labour leader declaring a climate emergency, something Lee Baker Street is not bothered about.
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Old 28th Jun 2019, 11:52
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Construction update

Central Station continues to be dug out. Under construction multi story to the right, new de-icing pads and taxiway in the background.


Meanwhile at the other end of the line Parkway Station interchange is progressing well. The trackbed will be on the first floor.


The 5 sections of the Gateway Bridge are being wielded together.


By Taxiway Bravo a section of roof has been installed over the trackbed which will allow the taxiway to be diverted over it.


The second multistory has now reached the third core. With no missing sections of fencing maybe the bridge to link both car parks has been abandoned as drawings showed a bridge to the left of the core.


The new parallel taxiway to Delta and the de-icing pads are nearing completion.

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Old 28th Jun 2019, 18:55
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Old 28th Jun 2019, 21:35
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Originally Posted by Buster the Bear View Post
That article quotes OAG which are based just up the road of the 08 threshold!
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Old 29th Jun 2019, 02:16
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The second multistory has now reached the third core. With no missing sections of fencing maybe the bridge to link both car parks has been abandoned as drawings showed a bridge to the left of the core.
Sorry to be so cynical but, "If we don't build that link - it will save money."
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Old 1st Jul 2019, 15:13
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Two new Wizz routes starting today - Thessaloniki and Bergen which I don't think has been operated before as a scheduled service from Luton.
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Old 1st Jul 2019, 19:01
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Hi as a new one to the forum, just like to say I have many photos of aircraft and the airport over 35 yrs as a Firefighter serving the airport, so if they are of interest I will gladly share not brill pics but I am sure will be surprised at some of the traffic we have had over the years.

Thanks Gordon.

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Old 1st Jul 2019, 21:52
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Hi as a new one to the forum, just like to say I have many photos of aircraft and the airport over 35 yrs as a Firefighter serving the airport, so if they are of interest I will gladly share not brill pics but I am sure will be surprised at some of the traffic we have had over the years.

Thanks Gordon.

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