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Old 11th Jan 2018, 10:51   #201 (permalink)
 
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That's a very short scheduled turnaround time for a 787 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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Old 11th Jan 2018, 12:35   #202 (permalink)
 
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And too long a turnround on other days ... I guess something to do with slot times
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Old 11th Jan 2018, 12:42   #203 (permalink)
 
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DUB have 1h15m to turnaround AM departures so 1h20m is very doable and remember the AM services tend to arrive ahead of schedule.

Afternoon is long like at DUB which usually departs up to 20 min ahead of schedule. Depending how early the AM arrives it also goes 10-15 early some days.
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Old 11th Jan 2018, 16:39   #204 (permalink)
 
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Same at EDI. Early arrival is allowed only one hour plus to turn round. Lunchtime is allowed two and a half.
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 08:28   #205 (permalink)
 
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Whigh begs the question, why not change the arrival time to reflect this?

IF the flight is always early, it'll keep confusing ATC, ground services and people picking the pax up so why not make it permanent.

I suppose it does make the airline look good, saying "our flights are always on time or early", or they're tring to cover themselves on the odd chance they're delayed around 3/4 hoursto wriggle out of EU261
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 09:15   #206 (permalink)
 
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The aircraft probably aren't sitting around in DOH for hours on end just to operate to CWL & EDI, they're probably inbound from someplace else and on a standard turnround.

But hub & spoke timings might have something to do with it, no point departing DOH, let's say, an hour earlier if it can't collect the inbound to DOH connecting passengers.

And some airports have night curfews, I don't think CWL does but how about EDI?
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EDI operates 24/7
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 15:10   #208 (permalink)
 
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The first Iceland flight with Superbreak flown by Enter Air departed today and Cardiff Airport has put up a few photos on their twitter account. Looks like a decent load on the flight as the gate area looks full.
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 16:40   #209 (permalink)
 
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Are there any plans to revamp the gate areas in preparation for when Qatar start operations and any news on the two 'new' airbridges and when they are to be installed?
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 18:00   #210 (permalink)
 
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The departures area is being revamped and expanded in time for May. I don't believe the east pier is being revamped and i don't know exactly when the airbridges will be installed but i have heard that the areas around stand 7 and 9 have been cordoned off.
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 18:31   #211 (permalink)
 
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Cheers for that update Jerry it's appreciated maybe you could keep up us all update as far as those developments are proceeding.
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Old 13th Jan 2018, 10:39   #212 (permalink)
 
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This article gives an overview of the airport upgrades.
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/busine...g-13744144.amp
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Old 13th Jan 2018, 17:54   #213 (permalink)
 
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https://www.cardiff-airport.com/news...or-first-time/
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Old 14th Jan 2018, 07:05   #214 (permalink)
 
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Just seen a post elsewhere saying that works to remove the airbridge on stand 7, which is the main wide body stand, will begin next week.
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Old 14th Jan 2018, 08:05   #215 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for the links and updates Jerry although I've actually seen those images before the airport will have been transformed so much when it is completed and with the new airbridges but I was hoping that some extension to the frontage of the terminal was planned as envisaged a few years ago by a two story glass wall.
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Old 14th Jan 2018, 10:19   #216 (permalink)
 
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I don't think they'll do much to the outside of the terminal building. They have a consultancy firm called Arup apparently doing a new masterplan which should be out in April i believe and a new terminal has been mentioned in the press. Hopefully we'll find out in April what the long term plans are for the terminal building are.
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Apparently Smartlynx will be operating an A320 for Thomas Cook for the summer.
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Old 14th Jan 2018, 13:15   #218 (permalink)
 
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Jerry

I think the terminal is actually ok but a few years ago an extension to the terminal frontage was envisaged and there are images online where the front of terminal would be extended creating a larger depth to the check in area with a more open area created by the two floor extension and glass wall similar to that of LGW North Terminal where the new terminal frontage was added creating a more airy feel before you enter the actual check in area making the ground floor area larger without having to to make any expensive rebuilding and with a new forecourt I think that the current terminal could be transformed without the cost of having to build an entirely new one.
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Old 15th Jan 2018, 08:08   #219 (permalink)
 
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Yeah the photos of that look pretty good. It's a shame it didn't go ahead.
With the current terminal it depends on what the Welsh governments vision is. It is entirely possible that the current one could be upgraded through revamps of the boarding piers especially the western one and by expanding the check in and arrival areas and by even adding an extension on as there is plenty room between the terminal and BAMC for that.
My personal opinion is that in the long term the Welsh government will look at a new terminal but to do that they'll need long term investors as politically I don't think they could get away with such a large outlay of money.
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