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Old 3rd Jan 2024, 13:53
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Could this be the continual rumours of a potential Belfast addition.

Itís being reported that the airport will invest £5m in new security search facilities for the Summer 2024. This is much needed if they are to compete effectively with Southampton and Bristol.
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Old 3rd Jan 2024, 15:07
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Originally Posted by Sharklet_321
Could this be the continual rumours of a potential Belfast addition.

Itís being reported that the airport will invest £5m in new security search facilities for the Summer 2024. This is much needed if they are to compete effectively with Southampton and Bristol.
Up against EI x 3 daily and EZY going x 5 weekly at SOU? doubtful but who knows with RYR
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Old 4th Jan 2024, 15:11
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By July 24, as mandated by the Government, all airports must enhance their security protocols to accommodate the scanning of large liquid bottles.
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Old 5th Jan 2024, 11:56
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Ryanair have added extra flights to the following routes

Alicante x 1 now 7 a week
Malaga x 1 now 7 a week
Lanzarote x 1 now 2 a week

Gerona x 1 now 8 a week ( already covered)

As already mentioned £ 5 million is being set aside for a security upgrade which is to become mandatory for ALL UK airports
The rest of the £ is going towards improvements in the arrivals hall , an extra baggage belt and more border force desks are being installed





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Old 5th Jan 2024, 14:17
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I thought easyjet GVA flights were always flown by ezy Swiss, seems they are now being flown by U.K. registered aircraft?
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Old 5th Jan 2024, 14:30
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What are the Maersk Cargo flights doing?
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Old 5th Jan 2024, 14:44
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Originally Posted by SWBKCB
What are the Maersk Cargo flights doing?
cargo from northeast China:

https://www.multimodal.org.uk/articl...uk-route-trial
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Old 5th Jan 2024, 14:45
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Originally Posted by SKOJB
I thought easyjet GVA flights were always flown by ezy Swiss, seems they are now being flown by U.K. registered aircraft?
It's always been a mixture. When NCL was a base from there, LTN & GVA.
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Old 8th Jan 2024, 15:24
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2 gaps left to fill now on a Wednesday & Saturday to complete the schedule
SeanM on Twitter reporting that Ryanair are to start a service to Nantes on a Wednesday and Saturday from 1/6. That's those two gaps taken care of!
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Old 8th Jan 2024, 15:28
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Originally Posted by Le Tirer
SeanM on Twitter reporting that Ryanair are to start a service to Nantes on a Wednesday and Saturday from 1/6. That's those two gaps taken care of!
Easyjet struggled with Birmingham - Nantes. Why should Bornemouth - Nantes do better ? Not saying FR can't make it work... but it's a question that I'm struggling to answer to myself in a positive and satisfactory way
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Old 8th Jan 2024, 15:39
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Ryanair have tried this route before. In 2007 they did a short season from mid-June - October and carried just short of 10,000 pax.
The following year the route operated May - October and carried what appears to be a reasonable 18,400 pax.
The 2009 recession saw this and several other routes dropped. Good to see it back, hopefully it will be a success!
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Old 8th Jan 2024, 15:49
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Nantes like Bergerac and Carcassone are summer only destinations
Itís a popular medieval place and a good city break for culture , history and food , also onwards I would guess for many folks with second homes in France

I would imagine like EGC & CCS it will prove popular for the short season itís running and fits in perfectly with the 2 Bournemouth based aircraft which are running at 3 sectors a day and 2 when itís a longer range flight

Ryanair have invested heavily into BOH this summer with an extra 10 flights added from last year, might not sound much but thatís pretty good going for an airport of Bournemouths size

Just as point of interest on a Saturday morning there are now 7 departures before 0830 with 4 FR and 2 TUI B738 all on the ramp at one point , letís hope the infrastructure is in place for this !!


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Old 8th Jan 2024, 16:03
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I agree that Nantes and the surrounding area is nice... I've been a few times. However why can it work from Bournemouth but not Birmingham ? The arguments in favour of Nantes point perhaps to linking it to a big UK city rather than a more rural area.
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Old 8th Jan 2024, 17:31
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I'd hardly call Bournemouth rural - it has an affluent metro of 500-600,000 of its own, besides there is a good catchment to draw from for this route as the next nearest airports flying to Nantes are Bristol and Gatwick.

I think it's more a case of demographics.

I think it would be weirder if an airline picked Bournemouth over Birmingham to fly a route such as Doha...

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Old 8th Jan 2024, 17:55
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Bournemouth is not as rural as Carlisle or Inverness... but Birmingham airport has a much larger catchment population. Dorset is rather more rural while the West Midlands is rather more urban.
I'm not saying BOH-NTE cannot work. I am however saying that BHX-NTE failed to work. If a new route is to be opened from the UK to Nantes, there must be something that differentiates it from Birmingham.
The question remains... why can Nantes work from Bournemouth but not Birmingham ?
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Old 8th Jan 2024, 18:23
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Originally Posted by davidjohnson6
Bournemouth is not as rural as Carlisle or Inverness... but Birmingham airport has a much larger catchment population. Dorset is rather more rural while the West Midlands is rather more urban.
I'm not saying BOH-NTE cannot work. I am however saying that BHX-NTE failed to work. If a new route is to be opened from the UK to Nantes, there must be something that differentiates it from Birmingham.
The question remains... why can Nantes work from Bournemouth but not Birmingham ?
BHX may have a larger catchment area, but has it as large a number of customers with a propensity (and disposable income) to travel to Western France? Might be a question for the BHX thread as to why NTE failed.

or may be it is just RYR parking its tanks on SOU's lawn.
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Old 8th Jan 2024, 19:36
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Originally Posted by davidjohnson6
Bournemouth is not as rural as Carlisle or Inverness... but Birmingham airport has a much larger catchment population. Dorset is rather more rural while the West Midlands is rather more urban.
I'm not saying BOH-NTE cannot work. I am however saying that BHX-NTE failed to work. If a new route is to be opened from the UK to Nantes, there must be something that differentiates it from Birmingham.
The question remains... why can Nantes work from Bournemouth but not Birmingham ?
Perhaps there are a large number of people in the Bournemouth area that have second homes in the Nantes region? Perhaps the demographic of Bournemouth are for whatever reason more likely to fly to Nantes. Perhaps the reason Nantes is not served from Birmingham is not because there isnít the demand, just that the airlines prefer utilising their aircraft on other routes?

Itís not all about size of catchment area. Bit of a strange comparison to draw.
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Old 8th Jan 2024, 19:58
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I agree, I'm inclined to think there are a lot of second homeowners in Dorset, Wilts, Hampshire that are the types that may typically head over to Brittany/W. France from Poole and Portsmouth via ferry for a fortnight and this Ryanair route provides a convenient means to hop across in-between times.

This also isn't a point-to-point business route between tertiary/regional capitals it's fundamentally a twice-a-week seasonal leisure flight.
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Old 8th Jan 2024, 22:04
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong but was BHX-NTE not most recently served by EasyJet? Ryanair have never served that route to my knowledge so it's comparing apples and pears. It's likely more a case either airline has bigger fish to fry with more lucrative routes, rather than BHX-NTE "not working" as a viable route.
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Old 8th Jan 2024, 22:35
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BHX-NTE was indeed Easyjet rather than Ryanair. However, Easyjet and Ryanair are each LCCs with a similiar business model and a sizeable presence in both the UK and France.... they are comparable airlines.
Fares on BHX-NTE were significantly lower, sometimes drastically lower, than (for example) LGW-NTE on a consistent basis for S22 and S23. I live in London but have flown NTE-BHX just because it was drastically cheaper to return to the UK. Any route which has low yields will quickly move into the "small fish to fry" category :-)

I don't intend to slag BOH or anybody off... I'm just after a good-natured old-fashioned debate as to whether the collective wisdom of this website think BOH-NTE can work
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