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Old 15th Oct 2020, 16:22
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Emirates back on sale for next summer (I know...)
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Old 19th Oct 2020, 02:26
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BA have updated schedule for December. They are planning to operate 3 x Daily
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 20:53
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Jet2 adding Geneva and Salzburg 1 x weekly from mid Dec 21
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 04:42
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NIAL and Swissport mismanagement

I would just like to voice my disgust at the way both NIAL and Swissport management have treated long serving staff during this pandemic. They have both used this as a cost cutting exercise way beyond the consequences of Covid 19. An example being, the various fat cat managers still prancing around the terminal building, one high up individual even commenting on the Newcastle Spotters Facebook group as if nothing has happened, whilst hard working, long serving, boots on the ground have been savagely cut.

Swissport have cut circa 14 airside supervisors from across 4 departments, to 5 supervisors covering all 4 departments (belts, ramp, cleaning and dispatch). This will massively come back to bite them. The vast experience that they are letting leave cannot be underestimated.

Both companies should get rid of the exorbitant amount of managers that couldn’t organise a p1ss up in a brewery, that are more interested in all of the fluffy non-sense, instead of addressing the alarming lack of new investment in airside infrastructure, an example of which is the yearly sinking of delta taxiway, and the fact that the foxtrot apron tarmac is as thick as two wet beer mats.
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 12:25
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Nothing new from Tui for W21/22 and S22 it seems
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 14:40
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TUI destinations from the Chronicle - says Hurghada is a re-introduction?
The Winter 2021/22 destinations are: Lanzarote, Malaga, Alicante, Antalya, Barbados, Hurghada in Egypt, Kittila in Lapland, Gran Canaria, Montego Bay in Jamaica, Paphos, Palma and Tenerife.

The Summer 2022 destinations are: Lanzarote, Malaga, Alicante, Antalya, Bodrum, in Turkey, Corfu, Cancun, Dalaman, Kefalonia, Heraklion, Hurghada in Egypt, Ibiza, Skiathos, Kos, Larnaca, Gran Canaria, Menorca, Orlando Melbourne (Florida), Naples, Enfidha in Tunisia, Paphos, Palma, Reus in Spain, Rhodes, Tenerife and Zakynthos.
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 17:25
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Hurghada was operating prior to Covid, so I wouldn't class it as new
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 17:42
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Originally Posted by SHT13C View Post
I would just like to voice my disgust at the way both NIAL and Swissport management have treated long serving staff during this pandemic. They have both used this as a cost cutting exercise way beyond the consequences of Covid 19. An example being, the various fat cat managers still prancing around the terminal building, one high up individual even commenting on the Newcastle Spotters Facebook group as if nothing has happened, whilst hard working, long serving, boots on the ground have been savagely cut.

Swissport have cut circa 14 airside supervisors from across 4 departments, to 5 supervisors covering all 4 departments (belts, ramp, cleaning and dispatch). This will massively come back to bite them. The vast experience that they are letting leave cannot be underestimated.

Both companies should get rid of the exorbitant amount of managers that couldn’t organise a p1ss up in a brewery, that are more interested in all of the fluffy non-sense, instead of addressing the alarming lack of new investment in airside infrastructure, an example of which is the yearly sinking of delta taxiway, and the fact that the foxtrot apron tarmac is as thick as two wet beer mats.
Here Here, my former team seems like it’s been cut to shreds by Covid’s impact. Yes the virus has done damage to the industry like no one could have imagined but from the things I’ve heard it doesn’t seem like it’s been all that well handled by a lot of the companies at the airport. Suppose the writing was on the wall when one of the incoming senior managers spent more time at his previous airport than he did at NCL just as Corona was starting to hit hard around March.
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 22:44
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Originally Posted by NCL-TRC View Post
Here Here, my former team seems like it’s been cut to shreds by Covid’s impact. Yes the virus has done damage to the industry like no one could have imagined but from the things I’ve heard it doesn’t seem like it’s been all that well handled by a lot of the companies at the airport. Suppose the writing was on the wall when one of the incoming senior managers spent more time at his previous airport than he did at NCL just as Corona was starting to hit hard around March.
Think you meant "Hear Hear !" https://www.grammarly.com/blog/here-here-vs-hear-hear/
- Also, Before Covid raised it's ugly head, I had serious reservations re, Leon McQuaid and his route development team who promote themselves on the back of successes gained from previous management successes such as Dave Laws Emirates successful negotiations and paving the way for American routes, additional Scandanavian and European links etc... Route Development is sadly defficient at NCL as even loss of past routes would show a significant decline and lack of promotion at NCL under the auspices of McQuid and Co.

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Old 29th Oct 2020, 23:12
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I don't know anything of what happens within the airport, but all I'd say is the relationship between NCL and the airline for which I work is referred to in very positive terms. You don't need many guesses to work out who that is, or to see that the airline can and does act quickly at airports where things aren't working out. NCL is cited as a good example of how to run an airport/airline relationship, and as far as I can tell, that has helped to keep a base open and running for many of our lot in pretty tough times. I won't presume to speak on their behalf, but I'd be surprised if my colleagues whose jobs at NCL depend on this airline/airport relationship, were anything other than supportive.
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Old 30th Oct 2020, 02:43
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...now I doubt if anyone else could offer such ‘straight from the horses mouth’ insight...
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Old 4th Nov 2020, 15:54
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Iberia Express will operate Gran Canaria & Lanzarote for three weeks over Christmas/New Year
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Old 4th Nov 2020, 21:26
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Iberia Express will operate Gran Canaria & Lanzarote for three weeks over Christmas/New Year
wow! In normal circumstances would say great but only last week the airport, Jet2 and TUI were advertising “the Canaries are back” and within days the rug was pulled from under them with dodgy graphs etc! Good luck to all involved.
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Old 5th Nov 2020, 10:10
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- Also, Before Covid raised it's ugly head, I had serious reservations re, Leon McQuaid and his route development team who promote themselves on the back of successes gained from previous management successes such as Dave Laws Emirates successful negotiations and paving the way for American routes, additional Scandanavian and European links etc... Route Development is sadly defficient at NCL as even loss of past routes would show a significant decline and lack of promotion at NCL under the auspices of McQuid and Co.[/QUOTE]

I also have to add my own experience in here - I worked with Leon and the route development and marketing teams at the airport around a series of charter flights for a tour operator a few years ago. By far, the team and NCL were (together with Humberside) the most proactive of any of the many UK airports that were also working with. From the beginning the support that they offered in order to get the programme off the ground through to promotion and launch was superb.

Whilst there are many issues at NCL, from what I have seen personally the competence of the route development and marketing teams is not one of them
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Old 5th Nov 2020, 12:57
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Originally Posted by AirportPlanner1 View Post
Iberia Express will operate Gran Canaria & Lanzarote for three weeks over Christmas/New Year
Looks like a MAD based aircraft. On their website, you can book MAD-NCL on 26 & 27 December NCL-MAD on the 1st & 2nd of January. Prices look pretty good if any Spaniards fancy a new year break in the Toon.

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Old 7th Nov 2020, 16:32
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Orlando summer 2022

Change of airport TUI will be using Melbourne airport rather than Sanford for 2022
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Old 9th Nov 2020, 19:42
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Build it..and they will come! Amazing opening hours for the NE premier airport..not!
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Old 9th Nov 2020, 19:49
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Build it..and they will come! Amazing opening hours for the NE premier airport..not!
NOTAMed as 05.55 until 23.59 from 04/11 to 31/12. Doesn't seem unreasonable for a COVID winter or have I missed the point?
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Old 10th Nov 2020, 05:52
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Build it..and they will come! Amazing opening hours for the NE premier airport..not!
Seen the latest NOTAM now, which expands on HWU cryptic comment. Revised hours for 9/11 to 15/11:

MON 0555 - 2359
TUE 0555 - 2359
WED 0555 - 1200 AND 1630 - 2230
THU 0555 - 1200 AND 1630 - 2230
FRI 0555 - 1200 AND 1630 - 2230
SAT 0600 - 1200 AND 2030 - 2230
SUN 0600 - 1200 AND 1630 - 2230
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Old 10th Nov 2020, 07:16
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I can understand short term closure of the terminal for a month when no flights. Similar to other airports.

I can’t understand however closing an airfield for 4 hours in the middle of the day.

Military,business flights,emergency cover,general aviation,diversions etc. I always thought connectivity and providing a service to the local area was a rather important facet of local airports?

Oh well🤔
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