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Old 5th Feb 2022, 18:06
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It was fairly obvious. GIB was one of the few destinations which had easy entry requirements at the time plus the GIB gov was offering enticements to carriers to launch services.
Obvious to who? Several of the routes were planned/launched before covid (EZY GIB-EDI was 2019). I have no knowledge of a set date announcement for all carriers of a sudden new Gib gov incentive. Can you share?
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Old 5th Feb 2022, 18:10
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GIB have a small marketing team and a budget grant for incentives, but this is longstanding. No sudden link to the rash of new routes especially those pre covid.
Some later route launches did unwittingly jump on covid bandwagon and so yes there is surprise they didn't expect to fail or fall off said wagon.
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Old 5th Feb 2022, 20:23
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Never a summer service from Easyjet from Luton but there was always good loads both way when I went in March 2019.
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Old 5th Feb 2022, 21:38
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Originally Posted by CabinCrewe View Post
Obvious to who? Several of the routes were planned/launched before covid (EZY GIB-EDI was 2019). I have no knowledge of a set date announcement for all carriers of a sudden new Gib gov incentive. Can you share?
I wasn’t saying it was a sudden new incentive. They offer incentives and have often been quoted as saying they are working hard on getting airlines. Ministers have been involved in it.

As to the covid routes I was thinking of Eastern to Birmingham and Southampton, Wizz, BA to LCY. Most of which now seem to have been dropped.
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Old 6th Feb 2022, 00:01
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Gibraltar - Birmingham flights still showing with Eastern for summer, twice a week (Monday/Friday) from 4th April to the 29th August on their only E190
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Old 6th Feb 2022, 10:01
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EDI-GIB was indeed launched on sale in 2019 but didn't operate until 2021, They also ran daily MAN-GIB flights last summer which has never happened before, and they'll be doing that again this Summer. Did agree that Southampton & London-City were a bit of an oddball. I can see Luton returning in the future where demand for travel really picks up, who knows if it'll be EasyJet or Wizz operating it,
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Old 6th Feb 2022, 10:50
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Originally Posted by MKY661 View Post
EDI-GIB was indeed launched on sale in 2019 but didn't operate until 2021, They also ran daily MAN-GIB flights last summer which has never happened before, and they'll be doing that again this Summer. Did agree that Southampton & London-City were a bit of an oddball. I can see Luton returning in the future where demand for travel really picks up, who knows if it'll be EasyJet or Wizz operating it,
How well did the EDI operate? Successful? When I was shuttling back and forth from Gib there were many Scots crying out for a Scottish service to Gib. All pre COVID of course. Many also just went to AGP preferring the prices of easyJet and at the time FlyGlobespan rather than routing via LHR or LGW.
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Old 6th Feb 2022, 11:03
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The EDI service has operated sporadically during the winter and is bookable 3/wk throughout S22.
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Old 6th Feb 2022, 14:27
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An airport that is often overlooked is Bristol, perhaps unsurprisingly given its modest size site nestling sleepily amongst the fields in the agreeable West Country.

BRS has had an easyJet Gibraltar service since 2015 that operates year round at mainly 3 x, sometimes 2 x, weekly. In the immediate pre-pandemic years it carried 48,000 to 50,000 passengers annually which, given the service frequency, seems to equate to decent loadings. We can't know the yield of course, but one might be justified in concluding that if it was dire the airline would not have retained the route for the past seven years. It's due to increase from its current 2 x weekly to 3 at the end of this month, thereafter the booking engine is showing 3 x weekly, except April which is 2, until the end of the summer timetable period. The BRS experience might suggest that it is possible to operate to Gibraltar from an airport that doesn't serve a major metropolitan area.

CAA stats show that in the calendar year of 2019 the annual passenger totals on UK-Gibraltar routes were:

Gatwick 193,000
Heathrow 163,000
Manchester 51,000
Bristol 50,000
Luton 26,000
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Old 6th Feb 2022, 16:20
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I have to go to GIB in October for a wedding and had presumed that the LTN service would not be operating. My next closest is LHR so may just have to stump up the price. Travelling to LCY or BHX meets the law of diminishing returns.
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Old 6th Feb 2022, 16:28
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Can't you get a Thameslink train to lgw?
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Old 23rd Feb 2022, 07:58
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Has Eastern Airlines dropped GIB or were they always seasonal? SOU and BHX?
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Old 23rd Feb 2022, 08:43
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Originally Posted by nivsy View Post
Has Eastern Airlines dropped GIB or were they always seasonal? SOU and BHX?
SOU dropped, BHX summer seasonal
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Old 23rd Feb 2022, 13:51
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Originally Posted by SKOJB View Post
SOU dropped, BHX summer seasonal
Thats a weird one, both Gibraltar and Birmingham airports show the route to be operating this Summer, but when you look on the Eastern Airways website there are no routes bookable from Birmingham or Gibraltar and don't even show the airports in the booking list.
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Birmingham has been dropped as per SeanM1997 on twitter
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Old 23rd Feb 2022, 15:51
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Probably read PPRuNe, suddenly realised they'd left it on sale by accident and pulled it.
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