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Old 11th Dec 2002, 16:42
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Euroceltic pull Waterford services.

Euroceltic announced today that services from Waterford will end on 26th January 2003.

This means the end of Waterford to anywhere...(Luton, Liverpool, Dublin) They will continue to operate from Sligo/Donegal to Dublin.

Is there anyone left that they have not shafted. This may mean the end of jobs for any euroceltic staff at waterford (reservations/cabin crew/engineering) aswell as the closure of Waterford Airport.
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As reported by RTE

The future of the South East's only international airport is in doubt following an announcement that Euroceltic Airlines is to withdraw its daily service between Waterford and Luton.

The board of the South East Regional Airport, previously known as Waterford Regional Airport, has been told that the airline has lost about 1m in the past 12 months.

The board has confirmed that Euroceltic will be stopping its service between Waterford and Luton from 26 January.

Senior board members say the company has blamed competition from Cork airport and the lack of support from people in Waterford on the decision to withdraw.

This will leave only a small amount of unscheduled air business and an air-rescue service at the airport.

No other airline currently flies out of Waterford. A number of airlines, including British Airway, Manx and Ryanair previously operated a service from there but withdrew due to lack of business.

There are fears now that the airport Board will have to seriously downscale operations and the jobs of up to 30 people are under threat.

The board is to meet with airport employees tomorrow to inform them of the situation and the local authorities in the five counties in the region who have supported the airport in the past will be informed.

Nicholas Fewer, chairperson of the company which runs the regional airport, said he was saddened by the decision.

'I sympathise with our employees who are facing a very uncertain future at a particularly bad time of the year', said Nicholas Fewer, chairperson of the company which runs the airport. 'I am also sorry for the people of the region who deserve better transport facilities but I can assure them that the Board members and I have done everything possible to avoid the current situation.'
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Horse *****

1. Waterford Airport will survive into the future. There have been a number of failures in the past and the airport survived with not even a glimer of hope.

2. The Coast Guard operation building. This will ensure the airport has a future.

3. You have a growing, ad hoc and Biz Jet operation. Along with the private punters who pop in now and again.

While none of the above is earth shattering, it does keep a light at the end of the tunnel.

I'm afraid the region will be at the loss of a transport link. I do not beleive the airport is to blame. You have an airline, who failed to knock on doors to build business confidence. The airline product became half hearted with the introduction of the 1 flight a day operation. That's not a service, it's a token gesture. I could go on.

To the team of Waterford Airport, the absolute best of luck. Hopefully I won't be in need of your service (Coast Guard). To Aer Arann I say "Nice mature route lads, GWY - LTN - WAT - LTN - GWY" to start the ball rolling.

Slan Leat A Chaire.

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Luton will be next. I always said that you should never trust anyone who points a loaded HAIRBRUSH (:
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Luton will be next for what?? explain please
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It is obvious that the Eurodisney offices at Luton will be next to get the chop. More to this whole thing than meets the eye. It will be interesting to see what the Irish Gov make of this lot given the whole situation with the pso routes.
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In usual EuroCeltic fashion, the Website is miles off of the pace and was just prepared to let me fly Luton - Waterford in mid February!

Let's hope Aer Arran pick up the route.
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Hello again,
Considering this what is the chance of Aer Arran doing a Cork-Liverpool service? I think such a service would be the next logical step for Aer Arran considering the fact that they already fly from ORK to serveral other UK regional airports: BHX, BRS, SOU and EDI. They also do not fly anywhere in NW England and Liverpool no longer has any ORK services since Keenair have pulled this route. I think the service should be 6 times a week-if these other airports can sustain such a service I am sure that an LPL service could be a great success for Aer Arran.
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Hey Mr 1 Bravo, we would miss you if you went to Waterford one way!

Save your money and invest in my future:-

http://www.whipsnade.co.uk/adoption/anilist.html

That is me, top right, I might then get some better grub!!!!

Really bad news for the Waterford area, again without a link to London, first BA pull out from Stansted, now EuroCeltic, assuming the rumour to be true.
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Old 12th Dec 2002, 19:00
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Unfortunately, I fear Euroceltic will close down before too long. Having seen first hand how they are structured (or not) I'm surprised they've lasted this long.
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The only reason it lasted as long is because of the original staff who wanted it to work and Waterford Airport staff who needed it
to work.

I think if the HAIRBRUSH was left to run it, it would have done a better job. Sid is right, and the product had become a joke with the people at Waterford.

The ride at Eurodisney was fun, but its time to get off.
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What has Eurodisney got to do with Euroceltic?

Euro Disney is a land of make believe and fanstasy, Euro Celitic is and airline.............

Oh, I get it now!

Bear's can be so slow, just like the folk who park the planes, especially Mr Morris Dancer and his sheep, actually slower than EGGW relic and that bloke who claims to be the 'real' Buster!!!!!

TUT TUT, I will have to set the WARDen's on you!
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What's the latest status of ECY - I understand their remaining F27 'CAH ('CAT having gone for a swim at the end of Sligo's runway last month) flew recently in Waterford and is to go up to New Air for disposal. All services for the last two months have been wet leases - is this just until they get some aircraft of their own or what?
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Old 13th Dec 2002, 04:38
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It's a cunning plan to shut the airline slowly. New Air will suffer too OR they will take the whole thing over and Euroceltic will be fully Irish based but using wet leased a/c. Just a theory.
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Old 13th Dec 2002, 09:31
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The South East has lagged behind the rest of the country in economic development and I think the

[a] crap N9
[b] crap rail-line
[c] no regular, sustained air service to LON, DUB, SNN or any other major TA/European hub

has a lot to do with it.

I think it would be good for RE to put an LTN-WAT link on, possibly with an ORK-LTN to compete with EI [every EI flight I've been on ex ORK has been pretty full, since ORK-LGW went south] to help LTN ops make serious money. This may mean basing an aircraft/crews in LTN though, and cost implications thereof with Sterling etc.

However, how much more quickly can RE expand before cracks appear? I'm sure salesmen for ATR are quietly hoping "not soon!" Have flown with RE and liked their style, especially the free "De Paper" in Y ex ORK.
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Last flight between Waterford and Luton will happen on Jan 26th 2003.
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F27 G-ECAH left Waterford for Billund today,anyone know why ?
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Probably to be re-registered to New Air !!
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G-ECAH left waterford heading to Billund for a C check and an engine mod before heading to Africa with a new carrier.


EI-WAT
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Old 15th Dec 2002, 13:54
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So ECY will then have no active aircraft of their own and have all 5Q services operated by wet lease airlines. Do they need an AOC for that as they will technically have no ops control, flight ops or maintenance needs?
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