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Old 19th Nov 2021, 08:04
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I think that Aer Lingus/BACF/IAG have clearly signalled their interest in BHD and have invested a lot to maintain the services that were operated (and closed) through the early pandemic by Stobart Air. Emerald will appear and I have a degree of confidence that it will fight its corner. Remember it is a clean sheet airline with strong backers and it's leader has skin in the game and is ex Ryanair. I'd suggest Flybe might be better investing its start up funds in other markets. Just my reading of the situation. A popular aviation journal only this week called out the routes that Emerald would operate, the BHD routes are included.

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Old 19th Nov 2021, 10:53
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I agree I think Flybe might be better just leaving BHD alone until W22/23. I would think that a blood bath would ensue if they arrived all guns blazing. The domestic market from there is pretty much sorted now. Yes a few gaps but they probably covered from BFS. BE probably better to stick to BHX and build up there reputation again with not only the public but the aviation industry.
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Old 21st Nov 2021, 21:20
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See that Aer Lingus are recruiting cabin crew for Belfast City, perhaps to continue operating the current routes out of BHD?
Or more routes planned? Also, could be an agreement , to use Aer Lingus Cabin Crew on BA Cityflyer from Belfast?

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Old 22nd Nov 2021, 13:16
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I suspect a bit of both tbh hardly need to recruit extra crew if only operating 3 x LHR a day. Possibly doing some of the routes FR did this summer or continuing what they are doing but with BHD crew. Cant be cost effective the current sending by taxi all the crew to and from Dublin and hotac costs
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Old 23rd Nov 2021, 11:30
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Rumour has it the taxis are covered by the airport authority. The Dublin based ccms mostly position up and back that day, pilots have both day return and overnight duties. BHD ccms were never replaced when they left in the past 4-5 years with gaps being filled by Dublin crew. Hopefully this is a sign that EI is committing to the base.
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Old 23rd Nov 2021, 12:48
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I did hear they "contribute' not cover the cost in full but yes it would seem a good sign non the less that they staying put at BHD.
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Old 23rd Nov 2021, 17:08
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As a carrier with a UK license doesn't EI UK (based in Belfast) have to have UK crews predominantly? It may have been accepted as an interim rescue situation but longer term may be difficult.

I notice when you look at transatlantic flights from Dublin they also show you the price from MAN now, I'm thinking if this is going to be a heavily promoted set of routes they may want to hang on to MAN and provide feed in house.
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Old 24th Nov 2021, 10:43
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You are nearly right, post Brexit foreign National would require a work visa. An exception is that Irish citizens retain the unrestricted right to live and work in the U.K. So Irish citizens are fine, other EU citizens would require a work visa.
People born in NI can choose to identify as Irish or British, so even stickier.
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Old 24th Nov 2021, 17:44
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of course, see what you mean.

Technically although Ryanair use Irish employment contracts they use agency crews sourced directly from outside of UK and Ireland and this is how they came unstuck.
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Old 3rd Dec 2021, 05:46
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Stobart Air, which operates the Aer Lingus regional service, has been bought by Isle of Man-based Ettyl. "Stobart Air is pleased that this transaction is now concluded and a new owner of the airline is in place," a statement from the company said.
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