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Old 31st Mar 2020, 13:33
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If I am not mistaken, Luton is today London's second busiest airport as far as scheduled flights are concerned (LGW 4, SEN 2, STN 2, LCY 0).
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Old 31st Mar 2020, 14:10
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Originally Posted by virginblue View Post
If I am not mistaken, Luton is today London's second busiest airport as far as scheduled flights are concerned (LGW 4, SEN 2, STN 2, LCY 0).
Scheduled pax yes, but STN is taking a lot more Cargo now so as far as movements it will be #2.
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Old 31st Mar 2020, 14:24
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Sure. That's what I meant.
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Old 1st Apr 2020, 07:27
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Interesting Air Albania due today. Take their citizens home?
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Old 1st Apr 2020, 09:22
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ZA BEL just landed
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Old 1st Apr 2020, 09:35
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Interesting Air Albania due today. Take their citizens home?
Doubt it as it doesn't appear on the arrival or departure boards.
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Old 2nd Apr 2020, 13:54
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Construction update

A short walk from home and daily exercise has taking me today to the fields by the airport for this construction update. The area around the fire training ground is being raised. The fire training ground will move south of the runway under expansion plans.


Soil for the new taxiway, which is part of the old planning permission for 18 million passengers. Airport expansion plans would require the land being raised by up to 22m which is above the height of the trees. The field seen would become an apron. LLAL states they need to open a quarry and move 4 million cubic metres of earth that would require 400,000 round trips.




Maintenance and winding gear area. Photo by time lapse and taken by the construction company.


Taken a few weeks ago this is the first winding gear for the dart train

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Old 2nd Apr 2020, 17:35
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Two RAF Statesman in yesterday, not as exciting as the C17s produced on social media at other SE airports.
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Old 2nd Apr 2020, 19:38
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Harrods closed its FBO at both Luton and Stansted last week

Harrods Aviation is taking “the unprecedented and regrettable decision to temporarily close its FBO and maintenance facilities at its London Luton and London Stansted bases” in response to the UK government’s Covid-19 guidelines. Its two locations will close this Friday—effective at 6 p.m. local time at Stansted and 11:59 p.m. local time at Luton—through at least April 17, when Harrods said it will review the situation.

“This is clearly a very serious global situation, and as an organization, we felt the right action to take was to close our operations at both bases,” said Harrods Aviation managing director Paul Norton. “Using the philosophy of people before profit, the safety and well-being of our staff, our customers, and the wider community becomes our primary focus. This decision has, of course, not been taken lightly. We believe our customers will understand and appreciate the seriousness of the situation and our positive response to it.”

Earlier this month, the company announced an investment in new services and equipment at its FBOs in response to rising customer demand. They included electric car charging points at its Luton facility and a VIP private ambulift at Stansted.
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Old 2nd Apr 2020, 19:53
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Two RAF Statesman in yesterday, not as exciting as the C17s produced on social media at other SE airports.
every days a school day - never heard of the 146 referred to as a Statesman before!
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Old 2nd Apr 2020, 20:02
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Nor had I so I had to look it up. Disappointed it was what I would call a 146.
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Old 2nd Apr 2020, 20:49
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I thought that would make a few of your think! 😉
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Old 2nd Apr 2020, 21:31
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[QUOTE][Harrods closed its FBO at both Luton and Stansted last week/QUOTE]
I think Signsture down to 09:00 to 19:00 only. Are any London FBOs still 24/7 ?
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Old 2nd Apr 2020, 21:38
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never heard of the 146 referred to as a Statesman before!
BAE used the name to market VIP versions of the a/c IIRC.
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Old 2nd Apr 2020, 22:28
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BAE used the name to market VIP versions of the a/c IIRC.
It is known as that in Wikipedia but I must admit I used the name from BAe Hatfield days.
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Old 3rd Apr 2020, 18:52
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With travel bans and passengers general reluctance to travel killing off air travel, Luton's remaining routes are often still full or have fares out of Luton close to 400 for a single journey indicating strong demand. This on services using aircraft including A321's with up to 3 departures a day. Flights into the UK are cheaper but there is still plenty of demand.

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Old 3rd Apr 2020, 19:23
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Wizzair are still running flights from LGW, BHX & LPL, what is your point? They go into isolation in their home countries. Don't know who is going to bring in the Harvests this year!
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Old 3rd Apr 2020, 19:52
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I expected demand to drop off but it is being maintained meaning I doubt Luton will find itself with no passenger services, which will keep the terminal ticking over.

Wizz seem to have the attitude to run what routes they can which must be bringing in high profits on those routes as they have no competition.

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Old 3rd Apr 2020, 20:37
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Remember that many passengers will be travelling for Easter to see family which actually makes a complete mockery of government advice not to see family members as it tries to contain the Coronavirus. Walking through arrivals into landside this morning I could see no evidence of social distancing as family members who clearly had not seen each other for a long while greeted each other with kisses and cuddles.

Who knows how many people will now leave Britain with this virus as I believe infection rates are far higher here than in their home countries.

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Old 3rd Apr 2020, 20:46
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Originally Posted by LTNman View Post
I expected demand to drop off but it is being maintained meaning I doubt Luton will find itself with no passenger services, which will keep the terminal ticking over.

Wizz seem to have the attitude to run what routes they can which must be bringing in high profits on those routes as they have no competition.
A significant portion of the still flying Wizz fleet (All UK registered aircraft are in storage up at Doncaster) is currently flying special freight charters from Warsaw via Kazakhstan to and from Beijing carrying medical supplies for the Polish state at the moment Those are hardly likely to be high profit are they !
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