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Old 12th Feb 2020, 11:23
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Great to see BA restarting new destinations within the UK, regardless of it being just a couple of months.

Maybe we could see BLK and WIC now have a chance?
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Old 12th Feb 2020, 11:51
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Good news indeed and hope it is a great success.
Personally doesn't help a lot as our regular flight to YVR from LHR departs at 1710, so however you look at it a long wait at LHR, Possibly more usable on the way back though. That said the big advantage is no luggage to hump around at LHR and perhaps some decent connecting fares so that wait enjoying the galleries lounge may be worth it after all.
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Old 12th Feb 2020, 12:03
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I see this as a rather neat way of demonstrating to the Government that BA can step into such markets and could/would do so in a more meaningful way if Flybe were not to exist.
In see it as cynical PR/slot sitting exercise...
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Old 12th Feb 2020, 13:03
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Originally Posted by Albert Hall View Post
I see this as a rather neat way of demonstrating to the Government that BA can step into such markets and could/would do so in a more meaningful way if Flybe were not to exist.
Utter bollocks. Had BA already done so the PSO to NQY wouldn’t have existed or been needed, likewise they’d already have a network including Teeside, Derry, Exeter and others. I keenly await the launch of BA’s new routes from Southampton to Manchester, Scotland.
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Old 12th Feb 2020, 15:08
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Originally Posted by AirportPlanner1 View Post
Utter bollocks. Had BA already done so the PSO to NQY wouldn’t have existed or been needed, likewise they’d already have a network including Teeside, Derry, Exeter and others. I keenly await the launch of BA’s new routes from Southampton to Manchester, Scotland.
Maybe BA could step in and create their own regional airline
The could call it BA Connect or BAcon.
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Old 12th Feb 2020, 15:16
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You can't really expect prime time operations on a flight that probably is being run for "political" reasons

And it's not really competitive with the train for an awful lot of journeys
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Old 12th Feb 2020, 15:34
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Originally Posted by Asturias56 View Post
You can't really expect prime time operations on a flight that probably is being run for "political" reasons

And it's not really competitive with the train for an awful lot of journeys
But it does allow a full Friday of work in London and as much of the day as possible in Cornwall on a Monday. No train option allows that - unless you take the sleeper. The timings will suit some for certain purposes and not others.
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Old 12th Feb 2020, 15:48
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Well it's getting publicity, but not necessarily good according to Mr Calder who says "BA's Newquay flights are more expensive than flying to Hong Kong"

One suspects that this is because he and a hoard of aviation vloggers/enthusiasts have already filled the first flight prompting high demand-led pricing
...unlike flights to Honkers currently.
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Old 12th Feb 2020, 16:09
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Originally Posted by Wycombe View Post
Well it's getting publicity, but not necessarily good according to Mr Calder who says "BA's Newquay flights are more expensive than flying to Hong Kong"

One suspects that this is because he and a hoard of aviation vloggers/enthusiasts have already filled the first flight prompting high demand-led pricing
...unlike flights to Honkers currently.
The BA app had it at £60 one way. My suspicion is that he's gone to book a day return and his return is via Dublin and that comes up at £188 one way I believe.
I'd also have thought that flights to Hong Kong are incredibly cheap right now because of the virus and instability in Hong Kong.
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Old 12th Feb 2020, 18:14
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Do not be misled by the great Mr Calder, not sure where his numbers came from but I just checked the same dates and the return was around £130, remarkably similar to Flybe to LGW on the same dates and £100 less than it costs to fly 30 minutes to the Isles of Scilly. Certainly not £640.

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story though!
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Old 13th Feb 2020, 04:41
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The BA LHR-NQY flights connect nicely with St Mary's on some days...Hope they get an agreement with ISC Skybus to interline the bags lol
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Old 13th Feb 2020, 07:52
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According to Mr Calder who says "BA's Newquay flights are more expensive than flying to Hong Kong"

Tha'ts not news - a couple of years back a return LHR - ABZ was over £ 600 if you wanted any flexibility......... they charge whatever the market will bear
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Old 13th Feb 2020, 08:40
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Originally Posted by Asturias56 View Post
According to Mr Calder who says "BA's Newquay flights are more expensive than flying to Hong Kong"

Tha'ts not news - a couple of years back a return LHR - ABZ was over £ 600 if you wanted any flexibility......... they charge whatever the market will bear
No it is not news it is what Donald would call fake news. As I have posted above, check the same dates yourself and the fare is £130. This kind of journalism annoys me intensely.
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Old 13th Feb 2020, 10:28
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I'm afraid that it's not fake news. When BA released the flights yesterday, for several hours they were only available at £320 each way. The schedule then disappeared again and has now been uploaded with lower fares available.
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Old 13th Feb 2020, 15:26
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I'm afraid that it's not fake news. When BA released the flights yesterday, for several hours they were only available at £320 each way. The schedule then disappeared again and has now been uploaded with lower fares available.
Oh good so Simon will now put out a release saying BA have reduced the fares... If not his article is simply incorrect or at least incomplete.
Somehow I don't see that happening do you.
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Old 13th Feb 2020, 15:34
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Oh good so Simon will now put out a release saying BA have reduced the fares... If not his article is simply incorrect or at least incomplete.
Somehow I don't see that happening do you.
Nope, it was purely an attention grabber (for those that didn't realise that my notification yesterday was a tad tongue-in-cheek!)

A BA link from LHR to NQY is of course good news, no matter how brief and irregular the schedule is.

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Old 13th Feb 2020, 16:43
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When a BA schedule goes live it initially defaults to the highest fare until their Revenue Management system kicks in and optimises the distribution of fares. This is in common with quite a few airlines.
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Old 13th Feb 2020, 18:13
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So what are the betting odds on another one hit wonder short season?
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Old 14th Feb 2020, 10:00
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Absolutely. As it is, it's barely 50 flights in total across the summer peak, at fairly eccentric times. It will be of extremely very limited use for regional connectivity at the NQY end. It will also have the effect of lowering yield on the PSO route, thus presumably increasing the taxpayer liability on that.

It also means that, for a few days this year, NQY will have hub connections to LHR, LGW, DUB, MAN and AMS. Strange world!

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Old 14th Feb 2020, 10:20
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It also means that, for a few days this year, NQY will have hub connections to LHR, LGW, DUB, MAN and AMS. Strange world!
Not forgetting CPH, EDI, GLA and DUS! (accepting that "hub" may be stretching things for a few of those)
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