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Old 14th Aug 2019, 17:25
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Originally Posted by inOban View Post
But the GLA service is to be operated by a frame based there. Are posters looking for BHX-based services?
I should imagine there are many posters looking for a BHX EZY base but I think this is jumping many steps ahead and (as things stand) is very unlikely to happen. We have to remember that they launched BFS and GVA (I think) in 2007 and this is their first new route out of BHX since then.....However, it is encouraging that they have seen the potential at BHX and have taken on a trunk domestic route (with competition). I would therefore be surprised on this basis if EDI doesn't follow, then perhaps later on ABZ and a long shot INV. There are a lot of regular travellers who will be very tempted to try EZY and I think the route will be extremely successful. How will BE react?

The well-publicised eventual disposal by BE of BHX-CDG and AMS slots cannot be ignored either and I think EZY would be mad to miss out on these opportunities.

I think there are a number of other existing EZY bases that could also support BHX flights: Barcelona, Lisbon, Lyon, Milan, Toulouse, Venice come to mind. In addition, there are a host of other EZY destinations that I think stand a very good chance working at BHX (on both existing routes and new routes) but of course this would need a full blown BHX base.

The future of BE at BHX is far from certain in the 'Connect Airways' future (given the public statements so far about the importance of MAN and LHR and long haul feed) so it could be that EZY are testing the waters with a view to being much better placed in the future to take on some routes vacated by BE should there be a cull in their operations.

All in all a very interesting and welcome development for BHX, how significant it really is and where it could lead to, only time will tell!
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Old 14th Aug 2019, 17:30
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Why would EZY be so unlikely to set up a base at BHX, I should have thought it would be perfect for them?
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Old 14th Aug 2019, 20:13
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Originally Posted by 22/04 View Post
Neither CDG or AMS would have to be.
Not impossible but difficult to operate from the CDG or AMS base as the slots are roughly:

BHX AMS 0700, 12.35, 15.00, 16.35 and 18.40 with BHX-CDG 06.40 11.35 & 17.10.

I can see AMS & CDG probably not too bothered about the mid morning and mid afternoon slots but they surely won't let anyone change 09.30 AMS or CDG departure slot to the incredibly busy 06.30 - 08.30 period.

The flybe schedules are of course aimed at the West Midlands business traveller and West Mids City break crowd which I assume easyjet will also be after, compared to the AF and KL times which are timed to meet their home based banks..

Even if they don't want a base they would be mad to mess with the morning slots even if CDG and AMS let them (all of course if they take the bait).

As for GLA it is an interesting choice before EDI which carries more pax and usually higher fares.

I know of some business on Glasgow that has been lost to the train due to Flybe high fares and there is a chance easyjet will steal some of these back.

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Old 14th Aug 2019, 20:21
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Flybe Berlin

I'm due to fly this route (TXL)next week. Looking at departures over the last few days it seems to be delayed by a couple of hours every evening including tonight. On a couple of occasions the aircraft used has been to IOM when it's due to fly to TXL.
Are the delays on this route due to a shortage of aircraft or poor scheduling?

The whole family are due fly back from TXL towards the end of the school holidays and we could do without a midnight arrival
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Old 14th Aug 2019, 20:54
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The main problem leading to the above is that the based Olympus A321 is grounded with brake issues

The based Olympus A321 has now positioned back to Athens
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Old 14th Aug 2019, 21:20
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Originally Posted by jon01 View Post
The based Olympus A321 has now positioned back to Athens
Lease cancelled?
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Old 14th Aug 2019, 22:21
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Leased aircraft

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Lease cancelled?
At least the four 757's are still operating so some compensation that eight of the nine based are TUI aircraft.

If the September aircraft to go is the Estonian leaving 1 x 788, 4 x 757 and 3 x TUI 738;s I would take that.

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AI117 Amritsar back on the arrivals board tomorrow from Amritsar.

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Old 15th Aug 2019, 04:38
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TUI update 15-Aug-19

B763 EC-LZO is back to cover for TUI, operating the morning Ibiza and the pm Las Palmas

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Old 16th Aug 2019, 07:38
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TUI update 16-Aug-19

B763 EC-LZO is still based and operates to Chania, then Rhodes

A321 SX-ACP has returned from maintenance and is back in service

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Old 17th Aug 2019, 00:08
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Do we know flight times for easyJet - GLA/BHX.......
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Old 17th Aug 2019, 07:47
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Do we know flight times for easyJet - GLA/BHX.......
Not in their booking engine yet
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Old 13th Sep 2019, 20:16
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First Impressions

Had an embarrassing experience yesterday evening arriving on EZY195 from BFS. Arrived ahead of schedule at 17:20, stairs attached and onto buses we went heading for domestic arrivals. This is where the fun began - reached the doors for entry to terminal but no-one from Swissport to greet as an escort. Bus blocking airside roadway so driver apologised and said we had to drive around airfield until he had confirmation that a member of staff was present to meet passengers into arrivals. So off we went on a merry ride around the aprons reminiscent of the film 'Speed' (albeit at a slower pace!). Finally the driver clocked the doors were open but now an OCS vehicle was blocking the space - however he opened the front doors only and off everyone scrambled.

The fun didn't end there - it transpired that no-one from Swissport had in fact turned up; now 120+ pax trapped on a staircase in a random corridor banging on doors to try and get the attention of someone to let us in . Finally at 18:00 someone from Swissport came and opened up the route into baggage reclaim not even apologising or uttering a word. Ironically the aircraft we arrived on was ready for departure as we were still trapped!

A shocking arrival experience and totally embarrassing first impression of the airport/city for visitors. As a local it was painful to experience. Obviously issues with Swissport rather than the airport itself but still an entirely avoidable situation. This wasn't lost on some Belfast natives stating 'how did BFS come below this place?!" referring to the Which? survey.
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Old 17th Sep 2019, 00:09
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Smile Wizz

Finally BHX awakes from its route slumber this week with Wizz starting a new one for them and reinstating another.

Krakow starts tomorrow three times a week joining Ryanair and Jet2 - three operators on one route rarely has a happy ending at BHX so fingers crossed they all survive.

Poznan restarted today which was a bit of a surprise when it ended the first time only to realise the base closed and this now operates from the Wroclaw base - an interesting one in winter possibly for weather issues and crew hours.

Malo86

No change there then. I collected my youngest from a TUI flight last week, they waited ages for steps and from landing to car park on a quiet night it was nearly an hour but the crew were not shy in apportioning blame!!!

easyjet

Should be finding out the Glasgow schedule this week I presume

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Old 18th Sep 2019, 15:39
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So, the new Year-round schedule for EasyJet at BHX is starting to take shape. Will it continue to change further, who knows but this is where we currently stand....

The stats we know so far!
  • BFS = 18x Weekly Flights
  • EDI = 13x Weekly Flights (NEW!!!)
  • GLA = 13x Weekly Flights (NEW!!!)
  • GVA = 3x Weekly Flights
Summer 2019
  • Weekly Flights = 21x Weekly
  • Weekly Seats = ~7,500 Seats
  • Annual Seats = ~ 393,000 Seats
Summer 2020
  • Weekly Flights = 47x Weekly
  • Weekly Seats = ~16,900 Seats
  • Annual Seats = ~880,000 Seats (124% Growth)
With these change alone, and this is before we know what is happening with any AMS/CDG flights, EasyJet are looking set to become a major carrier at BHX in 2020. Hopefully a corner has been turned and we are now reaching the critical mass when a base maybe considered in the future....???Who knows....
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Old 18th Sep 2019, 21:25
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I wouldn't be so sure that Easyjet has a huge love of Birmingham - perhaps more a case of trying to pick off the best routes from a weak Flybe that knows Virgin is unlikely to set up a major hub in Birmingham any time soon and there there is little synergy between the 2 airlines at BHX
If you see Easyjet opening routes from Birmingham to Aberdeen, Amsterdam and Paris, then you can be certain it's a case of trying to make life harder for Flybe
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Old 18th Sep 2019, 22:02
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Why wouldn't EZY not have a growing love for BHX? I'm still sceptical of a BHX base but if you take a look, the majority of BE year round routes from BHX are to established EZY bases or destinations and could therefore slot in quite nicely for EZY if there is a huge downgrade of the BE network in 2020. I'm thinking TXL, MXP, LYS, AMS, CDG, HAM, ABZ, INV..and with some W-ops BOD, LRH, NQY and NOC could also work on a seasonal basis. The only ones I'm unsure about for EZY are HAJ, STR and the Channel Isles.

After a decade of just BFS and GVA, 2 new routes in as many months means there's something up. I think it's only a matter of time for CDG and AMS if nothing else, slots depending.
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Old 18th Sep 2019, 23:16
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Aberdeen isnt an easyJet base..... Only Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland are...

A "W route" from another base ie - BFS-BHX-ABZ-BHX-BFS for example could work....
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Old 23rd Sep 2019, 23:08
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Thomas Cook /Jet2

Thomas Cook

Best wishes for all the staff and hopefully a quick return to employment after this terrible day.

My own story is from this year and somewhat explains one of the problems they had. What turned out to be my first and last return flight on Thomas Cook Airlines was actually booked through another travel agent that took seats on their flight, which was around 100 each cheaper than on the TC site and a better choice of accommodation.

Naturally without a second thought I booked with the other travel agent from home using the agents website and it was all done within 30 minutes. My eldest daughter used TC last summer and was not impressed with the service she got for the price paid with staff in the resort unhelpful or rude and needless to say there was no booking with them this summer. They seemed to be behind the game at BHX since the arrival of Jet2.

Jet2

Clearly they had a plan as the speed additional flights have been added was breath-taking.

The 11th based aircraft has been reactivated from October with extra flights to Antalya, Dalaman, Canaries, Palma, Mahon amongst others. Some of the increased run into the winter with some days at peak times seeing 3 Arrecifes' and 3 Tenerife's a day.

October half-term seems 9 Antalya flights and 8 Dalaman, which of course were two strong Thomas Cook services.

The winter base utilises between 1 and 11 aircraft a day with Christmas, New Year and February half-term particularly well catered for.

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Old 24th Sep 2019, 18:47
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Everyone is behind the game versus Jet2 ! They are an outstanding outfit, from their image to their service. One would hope they've had plans in place for sometime to go some way quickly to filling the unfortunate void left by the sad demise of TCX. Maybe they can even look at expanding their offering...MCO is wide open now...
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Old 24th Sep 2019, 20:47
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I think one of their strengths is the ability to quickly bring in a relief aircraft if something goes wrong down line. Once you start to look at destinations such as MCO you rather lose that and you quickly make the headlines of the local papers for all the wrong reasons.
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