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Old 5th Feb 2019, 12:31
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LPA was being renovated last time I was there - but the roof terrace WAS still available to any pax - although the view is a lot less good than it was
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Old 5th Feb 2019, 15:19
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Originally Posted by ash666 View Post
Ho hum, most of my post didn't arrive above:

And I still don't know why they ushered me into the Aspire+ part last time. I spent the whole time looking for someone to say, "do you realise who I am?" to.
If you hold a business class ticket with AF / KL then they normally place you in Aspire+ , also on occasions if other side full of holiday makers, trouble is I've spent many an hour trying to work out "+ what"? Incidentally in my experience the wifi is worse on this side of lounge.
Anyhow in noting you use AF / KL then I believe there is a much better product in terminal 2E at CDG with new AF lounge on L pier. By all accounts its supposed to be excellent, however by it's location it is fairly gate specific.
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Old 5th Feb 2019, 18:05
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New AF/KL lounge in pier L CDG is very nice and 300% better than the underground one in 2F! Which is worse than a works canteen!

NCL Aspire Plus is fine, agree the other side is awful especially at peak times! Who ever thought the old Cheviot lounge area could be better used needs help! A re-vamped 'Cheviot' would have been fab!!
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Old 5th Feb 2019, 18:58
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Try Miami...you will never complain again!
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Old 5th Feb 2019, 22:24
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Originally Posted by skyman771 View Post
If you hold a business class ticket with AF / KL then they normally place you in Aspire+ , also on occasions if other side full of holiday makers, trouble is I've spent many an hour trying to work out "+ what"? Incidentally in my experience the wifi is worse on this side of lounge.
Anyhow in noting you use AF / KL then I believe there is a much better product in terminal 2E at CDG with new AF lounge on L pier. By all accounts its supposed to be excellent, however by it's location it is fairly gate specific.
I fly KLM these days via AMS. I have used AF and they are ok but don't trust their crew/pilots/French ATC any more. Both the lounges at CDG are way better than AMS.
I have been saving my pennies to fly business class for a while now but this was the first time I have been sent to + so maybe it was just packed out.
Or maybe because I never spend my air miles and am a Gold Card member now???

I still have to say, normally I have no problems with the Aspire lounges given that NCL is a relatively small provincial airport. It's all I would expect.
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Old 5th Feb 2019, 22:50
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Originally Posted by highwideandugly View Post
Try Miami...you will never complain again!
Yes I know exactly where UR coming from. Historically it has been incredibly bad, there has been considerable "long term" construction around Europe departure gates, only respite was upstairs BA lounge but on last visit this was gone & BA sharing AA lounge a short walk away. The "Priority" accessible lounges were "dungeons!" no other word & & next to Virgin Lounge appeared to offer minimal improvement.
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 08:49
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Another lengthy delay today on Eastern’s LCY service. Reliability has been appalling since the service began. If it fails then look no further than this reason. With BA operating such a patchy schedule at present, this should have been the perfect opportunity, which is now been squandered. Shame.
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 22:52
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Anyone know when the last Jet2 733 is scheduled ? X2 733 just sat about NCL for days on end now and the last 733 on the Alicante was 2nd Feb.
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Old 7th Feb 2019, 07:02
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Anyone know when the last Jet2 733 is scheduled ? X2 733 just sat about NCL for days on end now and the last 733 on the Alicante was 2nd Feb.
My guess would be the GNB flight on Sat 9th, i can't seem to find any after that.
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Old 15th Feb 2019, 18:30
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With BA. Messing with the Heathrow service and Virgin now(almost) the new owner of Fly Be..does the panel think we will be seeing FlyVirgin ! Dash 8s on a Newcastle Heathrow service? Makes sense with 450k passengers going begging on the route? Think of that Interline traffic!
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Old 15th Feb 2019, 19:01
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Maybe in competition with BA, but I can't see them taking over the route from them, hw&u. Don't know the stats but I would guess most of the interlining traffic going from NCL through LHR is going to places that VS don't go anywhere near.
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Old 15th Feb 2019, 22:01
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BA NCL-LHR
At last there seems some stability returning to this route from this Sunday for a week, then from 3 March for the rest of the year.
It will be 5 daily Sun to Fri and I think 4 on Saturday.

Its still down from 6 daily as it has been for years but at least the times are similar each day. The missing flight is one of the two that operated within an hour of each other during the afternoon.
Generally seems to be larger aircraft being used on some rotations.

However the instability over this winter could have damaged the route (newcastle busiest route). Passenger nos I understand are down and regular customers are not happy with the messing about with schedules.

A bit of competition from the new FlyBe would be welcome.
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Old 16th Feb 2019, 09:02
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They'd have to pick up a decent chunk of the London market to make it worthwhile, interlink traffic generally flies below cost on domestic connections so therefore likely wouldn't make it profitable in its own right. If they were going after the Newcastle-London market then they'd be competing with themselves as they already operate to London City which is far more competitive with the train than Heathrow would be.
Meanwhile there is a business community crying out for flights to London 50 miles down the road where there is no competition from BA...
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Old 16th Feb 2019, 12:08
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"A bit of competition from the new FlyBe would be welcome."

be careful - you are complaining that BA are cutting services - presumably due to making less money on the route. A competitor will fragment the market and could easily make things worse and you finish up with two half-a***** services
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Old 16th Feb 2019, 12:43
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BA actually carried more pax on LHR-NCL last year than in 2017 - up in 8 months out of 12, though the largest drop was in December.
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Old 16th Feb 2019, 17:51
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Sand BMI regional gone..KLM picking up passengers?

So sad...bad time for airlines..and airports!
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Old 16th Feb 2019, 18:24
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Time for APD on Domestic flights to be scrapped? Otherwise within the near future there will be nothing left?
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Old 16th Feb 2019, 20:40
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I wonder if another airline will pick up the BRU route?
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Old 16th Feb 2019, 21:06
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I wonder if another airline will pick up the BRU route?
Would eastern airways be able to operate the route on one of there embraer 145's ?????
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Old 16th Feb 2019, 21:34
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Would eastern airways be able to operate the route on one of there embraer 145's ?????
Suspect they'll go after the Airbus contract routes first, which bmi had just taken back off them
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