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Old 12th May 2021, 19:24
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Shall reserve criticism of brand identity until we see the E90 on the 24th May departing SOU to GIB!
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Old 13th May 2021, 07:32
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How far they have come since my days on the J31, happy days and great to see them pushing to grow.
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Old 19th Jul 2021, 16:01
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Any particular reason why the E190 hasn't flown since 09 Jul?
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Old 19th Jul 2021, 16:29
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Probably no crew as they made most of them redundant.
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Old 19th Jul 2021, 21:58
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The pax loads mustn't have been great on some of the GIB flights. On some days a 37 seat E135 is being used!
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Old 28th Sep 2021, 17:55
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Todays Gib Chronicle reporting that Eastern are stopping their Gibraltar services from early next month to and from Birmingham and Southampton..No suprises really...Officially they are ceasing them for the winter and say they intend to return from March next year....We`ll see..
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Old 28th Sep 2021, 18:05
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I make the loads as follows:

BHX: May 39.3, June 30.6, July 26.3
SOU: May 30.5, June 20.3, July 17.4
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Old 29th Sep 2021, 10:20
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Eastern have now confirmed that the Southampton - Gib route has been cancelled completely due to low passenger numbers. They still intend, at the moment, to return to the Birmingham Gib route next year.
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Old 29th Sep 2021, 17:17
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I knew the GIB bubble would burst after this year. More cuts to come I suspect, on all UK routes.
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Old 29th Sep 2021, 18:40
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I suspect Eastern jumped on this bandwagon when Gib was declared one of the only Green Destinations, hoping that it might gain some traction..It didnt unsuprisingly. Its still and always will remain a niche destination. That said we are heading down there next May in order to access Estepona area with Ezy...Fingers crossed..
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Old 29th Sep 2021, 19:23
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With pretty much zero marketing yes. Not sure many people locally even knew the route was being served. Same goes for the French routes they intend to serve. Can’t expect footfall if you don’t tell anyone about it.
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Old 29th Sep 2021, 20:05
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A small wager on those French routes never seeing the light of day!
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Old 30th Sep 2021, 16:29
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Some routes from GIB do well, especially MAN, LGW and BRS, though indeed most people who use the airport use it to cross the border into Spain (including myself) to serve the west of the Costa Del Sol, so I usually see it as more of a market for that rather than Gib itself. Did think Southampton was an odd but welcoming choice but if Birmingham stays it might do OK with a bit more marketing.
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Old 1st Oct 2021, 08:41
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I can imagine that BHX should do OK because it was four times weekly on an A320 with Monarch back in the day.
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Old 1st Oct 2021, 08:57
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Very true and back in the day Monarch were the` De Facto national airline of Gibraltar` almost, but they did advertising. Eastern on the other hand have never been so and all too often pulling off routes, quickly, when the returns arn`t good or competition arrives. They have a mis match of fleet the bulk of which seem to be elderly J41....With the right outfit/fleet/pricing and advertising there is no reason why BHX should`nt do very well on this route in the future. I`m sure the demand is there. Just hope it happens.
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Old 1st Oct 2021, 09:31
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Monarch had the advantage of operating 150+ seat aircraft and was heavily focussed on leisure flying between the UK and the Iberian peninsula
Eastern fly smaller aircraft to Gibraltar, are business focussed, with zero historic presence between the UK and Spain

I understand that 9 months ago, Eastern flying to Gibraltar was a good idea when everywhere else was closed and everybody was working at home. Those market conditions have now stopped.

If routes from SOU and BHX to Gibraltar are to work, it will need to be on a 150+ seat aircraft operated by an airline with a brand widely recognised by leisure travellers
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Old 2nd Oct 2021, 16:31
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I see Jethros reporting the E170 looks to be undergoing end of lease work. If accurate then seems surprising as the 170 flew quite a lot more than the new 190?
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Old 2nd Oct 2021, 20:13
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Must be costing a fortune having those jets sitting about doing dribs and drabs. Sounds like another RL vanity project.
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Old 3rd Oct 2021, 09:37
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They have a second ex Air Moldova E190 is storage. Perhaps the E170 is being replaced by the second E190?
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Old 3rd Oct 2021, 12:29
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I struggle to see where they are going as an airline, temporary routes now added from SOU over winter to CWL and NQY, just doesn’t make sense!
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