Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2684 times:
Schedules from Mahe to London Heathrow as follows :
HM002 SEZ 1030-1800 LHR (Sun)
HM010 SEZ 1100-2000 LHR (Thu)
Schedules from London Heathrow to Mahe as follows :
HM001 LHR 2015-0925 SEZ (Sun)
HM009 LHR 1550-0655 SEZ (Fri)
Flights will be operated with a Boeing 767-300. Courtesy justplanes.com.
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2642 times:
More convinient perhaps? I think the handful of Asian, African and South American carriers left at Gatwick should also transfer to LHR. Can anyone list these airlines here? I know Garuda Indonesia and Emirates are the only ones left from Asia.
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2592 posts, RR: 59 Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2634 times:
Anyone come up with a reason for the move?
Status, greater access to connecting traffic than Gatwick, better ability to compete with British Airways which recently moved their flights from Gatwick to Heathrow, plue Heathrow enjoys better yields than Gatwick as an O&D airport.
Air Seychelles joins the likes of Air New Zealand, ANA All Nippon, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, EVA Air, Qatar Airways and Royal Brunei who have all in the past transferred their London services from Gatwick to Heathrow. Hard to believe now, but for years major carriers like Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific couldn't get access to Heathrow. Emirates have since returned to Gatwick when they were unable to gain further slots to expand Heathrow services...
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2592 posts, RR: 59 Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2584 times:
Yes, Heathrow is very congested, which is why a lot of airlines have operated into Gatwick due to problems obtaining slots of Heathrow to access the London market.
Once airlines they have built a presence at Gatwick their thoughts often turn to Heathrow access and it usually takes several years of negotiation and bargaining with Airport Coordination and other airlines to get the slots to count a viable service from Heathrow.
The airline airlines moving from Gatwick to Heathrow listed above have done so over the last decade, so there aren't exactly a huge of services being transferred on an annual basis. Air Seychelles only required 4 LHR slots per week to move their flights, and these are all in off-peak periods.
There is no line that can be drawn regarding transfer of flights from LGW to LHR. If an airline can obtain suitable Heathrow slots and the bilateral air service agreement involved allows it, then that airline is free to transfer services from LGW to LHR. Similarly the reverse is true, Heathrow slots are very valuble, there was talk in April of British Airways buying LHR slots from Lithuanian Airlines, Balkan Airlines, Adria and Avianca in exchange for Gatwick slots and cash to allow expansion of their main hub.
Britair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 17 Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2483 times:
Fantastic! I love Air Seychelles....flew them last year out of LGW - thank god they're moving to LHR (my nearest airport) for when I go back again this year. The Seychelles are stunning (my favourite holiday destination) and Air Seychelles nonstop flight is great.
Any idea which terminal at Heathrow they'll be serving?
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2403 times:
Heres the list for Gatwick from OAG Oct '97 edition;
Cubana (also at Stansted)
Trans Brazil (defunct)
Air Mauritius (also at Heathrow)
Avianca have moved back too, they were at LHR then, former Asian Air Maldives were also there, anyways not too many non-Western carriers left at LGW. Surprisingly Turkmenistan Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways and Air Namibia are also at LHR.