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Old 5th Mar 2020, 04:35
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Right now Corona Virus is taking a huge toll on airlines, so airlines like Loganair, Eastern etc will NOT be in any way interested in launching any new routes, they will be preserving cash at all costs. This is a very serious situation.

I'm not convinced easyJet well even augment their BFS flying at this time, instead they'll enjoy fuller aircraft on low capacity for the market at high prices. Once the CV issue goes away or 'normalises' well see easyJet doing more impacting the case for new operators ex BHD.
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Old 5th Mar 2020, 11:27
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Right now Corona Virus is taking a huge toll on airlines, so airlines like Loganair, Eastern etc will NOT be in any way interested in launching any new routes, they will be preserving cash at all costs. This is a very serious situation.

I'm not convinced easyJet well even augment their BFS flying at this time, instead they'll enjoy fuller aircraft on low capacity for the market at high prices. Once the CV issue goes away or 'normalises' well see easyJet doing more impacting the case for new operators ex BHD.
Loganair taking on 16 Flybe routes according to press.
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Old 5th Mar 2020, 11:28
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There's no guarantee that the Flybe aircraft will remain in Europe, never mind this corner of Europe.

The best hope may be that Stobart now have 5 aircraft spare and BHD may be an attractive option for them, if they can get Aer Lingus agreement to operate as Aer Lingus Regional. However, there are a few problems in terms of getting Stobart in. Other airports in the UK and Ireland will also be eyeing them and in particular, Knock can offer them the opportunity to operate with the known EI Regional brand and freed-up routes to Manchester and Birmingham that are cash cows with no nearby competition. Also, Aer Lingus mainline will want a replacement operator on DUB-SOU and DUB-CWL for the 100K+ connecting passengers and getting Stobart is the easiest immediate solution.

And, of course, as EI-BUD said, it may be for the next few months that operators will lose less by leaving aircraft on the ground.

Most other potential operators are already at BFS and will have no desire to take the extra cost of operating at both airports.
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Old 5th Mar 2020, 11:31
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With what aircraft, which routes
I'm not trying to be rude; just curious
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Old 5th Mar 2020, 13:10
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Loganair to take over INV and ABZ

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-51749152
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There was an 0715 Flybe flight to AMS on the departures board at BHD, which surprised me, assuming that had been a mistake? Not that it actually matters now.
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Old 5th Mar 2020, 19:27
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Aspire Lounge is closed equipment moved to BA Lounge. BA lounge taking Priority Pass passengers
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Old 5th Mar 2020, 19:55
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I understand this was all pre planned last year between BA and the GHA at BHD.
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PR shots for Eastern on BHD faceybook
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 12:32
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PR shots for Eastern on BHD faceybook
First Teesside flight today
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 12:35
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The Aspire lounge closing has indeed been planned for sometime and while I haven't been in BHD recently I hear the main Food Village, Georges Market, and Starbucks have closed also due to the lack of passengers. Is this true?
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 12:38
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The arrivals/depatures website is a depressing sight - less than 10 flights spread over the whole day... (well, it could be worse, for a real shocker, head over to the EXT website...)
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Anyone know the numbers on the first flight to/from Teeside today
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-51809048

This doesn't look good! The fallout continues and I suspect will have a wider impact for some considerable time.
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 19:48
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The arrivals/depatures website is a depressing sight - less than 10 flights spread over the whole day... (well, it could be worse, for a real shocker, head over to the EXT website...)
Try the Rock's as well!
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 21:51
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I'm still surprised that BHD still has no takers for Flybe's GLA, EDI, MAN, LC,Y SOU, EXT and BHX routes. Where they actually profitable?
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 22:34
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I'm still surprised that BHD still has no takers for Flybe's GLA, EDI, MAN, LC,Y SOU, EXT and BHX routes. Where they actually profitable?
Heard announcement Thursday
But then again was told it's easyJet !
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I'm still surprised that BHD still has no takers for Flybe's GLA, EDI, MAN, LC,Y SOU, EXT and BHX routes. Where they actually profitable?
Donít forget CWL too
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 23:01
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Leeds/Bradford too.Think they were due to go 5 x daily on the Belfast City route.Certainly every flight I have been on over the last 3 years appeared full,doesn't mean it was making money though.No clue as to who may take on this route.
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Old 10th Mar 2020, 00:48
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Well, the problem is that there are simply not many airlines around that could offer flights. Who is left? Loganair, Eastern Airways. That's it. They are small operators with mostly 30-50 seat equipment. Maybe Jet2 for LBA as they served the route in the past (although domestic flying is not really part of their business) and BACF for LCY.

easyjet serves GLA, EDI, NCL, BHX, BRS, IOM, LPL, STN, LGW, LTN, MAN from BFS. Short of moving their base to BHD, why should they offer those destinations from BHD instead of ramping up frequencies at BFS? The fact that Loganair has taken up INV and ABZ from BE, but not their core markets GLA and EDI shows that there is little point for them to serve destinations offered by a LCC from BFS.
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