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Old 27th Mar 2018, 12:35
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Originally Posted by southside bobby View Post
Thailand !!
I know one or 2 airlines do 2 flights a week from NCL, ie Saturday and Wednesday so is it impossible to get flights to Thailand etc once a week?
It would be good as a hub for onward flights to Oz, China, Japan etc if needed.

We know the distance is no problem.
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Old 27th Mar 2018, 13:18
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Thailand would be good for weekly flights but our only hope for flights would be TUI
They seem to only like SFB, CUN I'm sure other flights to the Caribbean would work also weekly
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Old 27th Mar 2018, 13:28
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*** JET2 summer 2019 ***

Now on sale let's work out the increases for the first week in August example

ALC - 12 weekly flights
PMI - 12 flights
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Old 27th Mar 2018, 14:25
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Shite all for the remainder of the decade then? While TUI launch their biggest summer ever, Jet2 throw aircraft at their big shiny new southern bases and Ryanair can’t seem to remember when they thought we looked promising. Do not fret, you can do a day return to Magaluf with easyJet on a Monday! And still can’t get to Bristol before 8pm midweek...

Aside from that begrudged little rant, if CUN is expanding (twice weekly I assume? Hopefully with 10/11 nights available) that’s obviously a positive. LS and TUI have been a little more “out there” using us as one of the initials for Halkidiki.

I wasn’t expecting anything, so not that disappointed. I assume the TUI short haul increases are coming through frequency reductions on other routes? Or will they be w-patterns or third party carriers?

A few more years of consolidation, grow into our new Ryanair routes, and let’s see what the 2020’s bring. We might start catching up with EDI/GLA/BRS/BFS/BHX/STN/MAN
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Old 27th Mar 2018, 15:46
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In fairness the big 3 are now fighting for market share in which has been lost in the midlands by monarch.
Still have to wait to see what TUI plans are on April 5 we may get a 4th aircraft part week?
Jet2 will hopefully add KOS and maybe a few others
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Old 27th Mar 2018, 19:00
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CUN x2 weekly is very positive in my opinion... I think we might be able to safely extrapolate from that, that SFB could go x2 weekly for S20 and looking further ahead a seasonal based, or part based 787 might not be that out of the question with one or two of Montego Bay, Punta Cana, Puerto Vallarta and Phuket all seeming like viable options out of NCL. Punta Cana having previously been served and Montego Bay being a simple extension of the existing cruise charters.

In the event of further short haul expansion, I'd like to think that Agadir/Marrakech, Hurghada, Pula, Santorini, Bodrum, Mykonos, Sal/Boa Vista and Reykjavik would all be at least considered

See what the future brings, if the flights are going full and the airlines and airport are happy, I'm happy. I just hope things don't go the way they have in the past
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Old 27th Mar 2018, 20:26
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Greece was well covered back in Excel airways /Kosmar holidays days
Shame no one took over the routes
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Old 27th Mar 2018, 20:46
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The Pula flights were always busy back in the day and I don't see why that should change.
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Old 27th Mar 2018, 21:54
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Most of this is down to the complete unwillingness of the Newcastle catchment to travel anywhere other than your Spanish staples. The likes of Portugal and Greece seemingly rather pioneering destinations.

Obviously this isn't 100% true, but you can't argue with up to 6 daily flights to Alicante and Palma and a lack of many more "out there" destinations

Would it kill the North East contingent to go to Pula instead of Benidorm? Cape Verde instead of Tenerife? Mykonos instead of Zante?

On the other hand... Many people's insistence on travelling to Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia against Foreign Office advice and the Facebook posts of "this is disgraceful, it's my holiday, I should be able to choose where I think is safe enough" is beggar's belief! Try Morocco, Cape Verde or a nice Greek Island instead!

Almost makes it believable that the Geordie travelling public are going to Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia for the rich culture and diversity of those destinations... And not just a cheap all inclusive and a beach
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Old 27th Mar 2018, 21:59
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Sadly, the above is all true.
Travel where you like from NCL as long as it's a Spanish beach.
Not a criticism of the airport or the airlines, more the local travelling population.
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Old 27th Mar 2018, 22:11
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Almost makes it believable that the Geordie travelling public are going to Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia for the rich culture and diversity of those destinations... And not just a cheap all inclusive and a beach
I am sure if you could re-create these places in a big shed and charge the same prices or a bit less, make artificial sun and they would go. Once went to a Nerja Spain hotel for a stop over on rout to Portugal from Almeria and found a Scouser who hadn't left the hotel in ten years of going there for a fortnight every year!
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Old 27th Mar 2018, 22:17
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Doesn't surprise me. I've asked many men where they are going for their holidays only for them to say they don't know as the wife booked it.

Your shed would need to have lots of beer as they can't get quite enough down themselves at 5am at the airport.

And a TV showing non-stop football, especially for the men as they have no other topic of conversation other than football (which is why I never talk to Brits abroad, only foreigners who can talk about all sorts).
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Old 27th Mar 2018, 22:44
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Cancun will be increased to 3 weekly from Glasgow and Newcastle according to the release they sent out to travel agents yesterday.

NEW ROUTES - NBE on Fridays

INCREASED FREQUENCY

PALMA (Sun), CORFU (Thu)

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Old 27th Mar 2018, 23:52
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Travel Agent... You should have seen the little dance I just did if x3 weekly is true..

EDIT: The state of the North East travelling public as whole, unfortunately, is rather upsetting. And to the detriment of NCL. Sounds harsh, but stereotypes exist for a reason. I was lucky, apart from the inevitable staple trips to the Costa Del Sol, my family could be considered rather adventurous. Case in point, my mam just came back from 5 nights in Dubai, cheaper than Tenerife booked 2 weeks in advance.

Interesting to think that student population in Newcastle could be rather important in supporting routes like Krakow, Prague, Berlin and Ryanair's Polish routes
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Old 28th Mar 2018, 01:23
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With respect to all posters, there are some strange comments being made here. I myself like to go a little bit off the beaten track, but if your average punter wants to go and chill out in Majorca for a fortnight a year, who are we to criticise?
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Old 28th Mar 2018, 01:47
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btw, I've just checked all of Emirates' European destinations (too much time on my hands, I know ) and we are actually the third smallest city behind Venice and Geneva. If those two are the only ones that are punching above their weight more than we are then, like I keep saying, we aren't doing too bad.
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Old 28th Mar 2018, 06:26
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Originally Posted by jensdad View Post
With respect to all posters, there are some strange comments being made here. I myself like to go a little bit off the beaten track, but if your average punter wants to go and chill out in Majorca for a fortnight a year, who are we to criticise?
We aren't completely criticising them, just saying that is the local air travelling population and why we won't get more adventurous routes as the pax just aren't there to support them.
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Old 28th Mar 2018, 08:32
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Originally Posted by EK77WNCL View Post
Travel Agent... You should have seen the little dance I just did if x3 weekly is true..

EDIT: The state of the North East travelling public as whole, unfortunately, is rather upsetting. And to the detriment of NCL. Sounds harsh, but stereotypes exist for a reason. I was lucky, apart from the inevitable staple trips to the Costa Del Sol, my family could be considered rather adventurous. Case in point, my mam just came back from 5 nights in Dubai, cheaper than Tenerife booked 2 weeks in advance.

Interesting to think that student population in Newcastle could be rather important in supporting routes like Krakow, Prague, Berlin and Ryanair's Polish routes
Having looked at your post history and the exotic places you’ve managed to visit already for someone of your vintage I’d hazard a guess and say your family’s financial situation is not representative of your average NCL resident and rather than ‘stereotypes’ of say it’s simply a matter of access to funds and that most people’s access to a holiday fund is somewhat different to yours. Your average north easterner gets one shot at their annual holiday and they need to make sure they like it so who can blame them for wanting to stick with the Costas or PMI? They don’t have a long haul trip later in the year to look forward to not can they just write it off and go away again during the next half term.

Break.
Break.

It seems like PMI/ALC/AGP are the only places served from NCL this year going by the amount of whinging going on. A quick look shows around 50 other destinations available. I did chuckle when someone was calling for a Thai hub link to connect to Asia and Australia etc. Isn’t that what EK are for?

People need to take a look at themselves and realise that NCL actually does quite well for the size and state of the demographic and people need to realise that the lovely middle class destinations de jour may simply not work at NCL.

A reminder that airline/tour operator’s sole responsibility is to generate shareholder return and simply throw darts at a destination dartboard just so to increase the route count of a small regional airport that already punches above its weight.
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Old 28th Mar 2018, 09:21
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Extract from TUI press release:

We’ve made some changes to the flying to include more regional airports. The first longhaul flight from Doncaster makes its way to Sanford as of summer ’19 as well as weekly flying introduced to Cancun from Bristol & Glasgow – this means we have more 10/11 night durations than ever before. This will take up to 7 days a week flying from both Manchester and Gatwick to Cancun, plus 3 times a week from Glasgow and Newcastle.

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Old 28th Mar 2018, 11:58
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Extract from TUI press release:

We’ve made some changes to the flying to include more regional airports. The first longhaul flight from Doncaster makes its way to Sanford as of summer ’19 as well as weekly flying introduced to Cancun from Bristol & Glasgow – this means we have more 10/11 night durations than ever before. This will take up to 7 days a week flying from both Manchester and Gatwick to Cancun, plus 3 times a week from Glasgow and Newcastle.
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"Cancún, a Mexican city on the Yucatán Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea, is known for its beaches, numerous resorts and nightlife. It’s composed of 2 distinct areas: the more traditional downtown area, El Centro, and Zona Hotelera, a long, beachfront strip of high-rise hotels, nightclubs, shops and restaurants. Cancun is also a famed destination for students during universities’ spring break period".

May as well be Benidorm.
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