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Aer Lingus Pulls Out Of Gatwick & City  
User currently offlineBritair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 15
Posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3943 times:

Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus is axing its services to London Gatwick and London City Airport within months, reports the Irish Independent.

It is also offloading its six BAe 146 jets ahead of a major decision on its airfleet, according to the paper.

Chief executive Willie Walsh said the airline is pulling out of Gatwick because it is failing to pick up business from other airlines, while London City Airport can't accommodate Airbus or the Boeing 737, the paper adds.

The board is expected to meet in September and will recommend whether the company opts fro Airbus or Boeing aircraft for its European routes, as Aer Lingus refashions itself as a low-cost carrier, the Independent reported.

...... BA will fill the LGW gap, but who's going to take over LCY-DUB???? Any ideas???

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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19399 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3847 times:

I wonder whether FR will increase its frequencies on its DUB-LGW-DUB in view of EI's termination of the route.

What are FR's loads like on this route?

"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineAirX From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3817 times:

Would it be likely that British Airways would take-over the Dublin route from London City with the RJ 100s?

Regards Adrian.

User currently offlineBritair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3690 times:

I agree with u AirX, I think CitiExpress will take the route over. As far as I know EI did quite well on the route, and it has more to do with disposing of the 146 fleet than anything.

User currently offlineHUYfan From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1418 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3655 times:

I would expext Flybe. to give it a go, possibly aer arann??



User currently offlineAirX From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3544 times:

Didn't Flybe. pull out of LCY due to competition with Aer Lingus? It would be interesting to see if they consider the route now that they are leaving.


User currently offlineWunalaDreaming From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 196 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3511 times:

I flew LCY-DUB several times and found the a/c loads to be fuller than on LGW/DUB and on percent - fuller than LHR/DUB.

It's a shame. I would like to see Aer Arann doing the route. I think they could grow into a nice sized, local full service airline.


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