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Full-Frills Airlines Pulling Out Of Stansted  
User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3260 times:

Looking through older pictures from London-Stansted I saw that a few major or better full-service airlines used to serve that airport. When did they all pull out of there and make STN a lowcost and leisure airport?


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User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

Here are just a few pictures of full-service airlines at STN:

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Max

[Edited 2003-08-05 01:33:48]

User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3204 times:

Good riddance, the so-called 'real' airlines offered fares which were uncompetitive at the time.....

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8062 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3167 times:

Don't forget:

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And:

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Yes, I know this one was taken a while ago but they also flew 747s, including STN-JFK.



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User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5293 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

Aer Lingus also left stansted about two years ago to "focus activities on Heathrow, City and Gatwick".

Jeremiah



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User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3145 times:

DoorsToManual,
I replaced the "real" but didn't want to go against what you wrote. Thank you for your reply anyways.

Max


User currently offlineHeisan67 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3042 times:

I belive Braathens pulled out of Stansted like 8-10 years ago. I belive they pulled out after Braathens and British airways had a frequent flyer agreement/arrangement. If I'm not mistaken Braathens then moved all their London-flights from Stansted to Gatwick.

SAS operated flights from all 3 Scandinavian capitals (Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm) to both Heathrow and Stansted. Approx 2 years ago they stopped their flights from Oslo to Stansted, but I'm not shure if all CPH and ARN-flights have moved also.


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32627 posts, RR: 72
Reply 7, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3032 times:

El Al still flies to Stansted daily except Thursday and Saturday with 757s. I do remember the JFK-STN flights. I flew that route with them back in 1998.


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User currently offlineBestwestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7090 posts, RR: 57
Reply 8, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2966 times:

The full service airlines only came to Stansted for one reason.

to fight the low cost carriers away from the routes.

LH fought Go, and then Ryanair on all competitive routes, matching Fares, Frequency and capacity - and then gave up!

SK fought Go and then Ryanair on all competitve routes, matching fares, frequency and capacity - and then gave up!

EI have come and gone from Stansted a number of times. Expect to see them back some time soon.

AY only ever operated charters to London, but nearly operated scheduled following Buzzs entry into the market.

Luxair, CSA and ELAL still operate scheduled services



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User currently offlineBY188B From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 709 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

Full Fare airlines no longer operating from STN not already mentioned include American Airlines, Highland Express (STN-PIK-JFK), KLM uk and excel.

Airlines regualrly operating to STN are;

Ryanair - Easyjet - Iceland Express - Norwegian.no - Britannia - Luxair - CSA Czech Airlines - Air Berlin - Basiq-Air - Mytravel - Kibris Turkish Airlines - Germanwings - Air Adriatic - Atlantic Airways - Aurigny - Flying Finn - British Airways - Cyprus Airways - Eastern Airways - Air 2000 - El Al - SkyEurope Airlines

Also Cargo operators include Atlas and UPS




next flights : BD LHR-TXL J, FR SXF-STN Y, SN BRU-LHR Y, MA LHR-BUD Y, BA BUD-LHR J, BA LCY-SNN-JFK J, BA JFK-LHR J, BA
User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4693 posts, RR: 43
Reply 10, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2929 times:

EW stopped flying to STN at the same time LH decided to pull out of the airport. This was during the first round of route and fleet rationalizations within the LH group in late 2001.

While LH's intentions to fly to STN may have been already portrayed pretty accurately, IMO the reason why EW pulled out was not due to the competition of LCC's, because at that time, Eurowings did not compete directly or indirectly (i.e. via a nearby airport) with any low cost airline.



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User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2861 times:

No one mentioned Continental's 757 STN-EWR service that got cancelled post 11/09? Odd.

Lufthansa did indeed start up all routes that were served from Stansted by other low cost airlines, and a few more, at (back then) spectacularly low fares. One of the results was that their GBP 64.00 student fare on LON-MUC was cancelled in favour of widely available STN-MUC fares (GBP 78.00 - back then Go's cheapest fare was GBP 80.00). Go retreated from MUC for a year, and other low-cost airlines suffered too. Lufthansa then let (or made?) British Midland operate most of these routes, but when the LCCs returned with a vengeance (Go started offering GBP 55.00 fares after they returned), they pulled out. Oddly enough, their student fares never returned (at least not in the UK, AFAIK)....

Scandinavian still serve STN, I believe, and so does TK, LG, OK, LY.

Stansted is actually the most convenient airport for Cambridge & other places, so I honestly think it has some potential for LCY-like full frills, full fare regional operations.


User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2840 times:

SAS left, they're not at STN anymore. I remember pulling up next to one of their NG737s, so it must have been back in 2000/1 when they left.

The only Scandinavian airlines operating are Norwegian to OSL, and Flying Finn to HEL (the latter is certainly not a low-fares airline, but judging by the queues at check-in, Finland seems to be 'the' place to go, this summer).

I keep saying it, but I really miss the buzz flight to HEL....60 pounds there & back, can you understand what a bargain that is? Hopefully FR might bring TMP to STN at some point.

Unfortunately, the rail link to London, the Stansted..ahem..."Express", in true British fashion, is outrageously expensive and often late/delayed/breaks down/makes multiple stops enroute.

Shame, I've always found STN a pleasant experience (except at 0500 hours...)


User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3746 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

was the BA 757 a one off visit or a regular service?

I had a very pleasant flight to Prague on CSA from STN last year.

Are the STN business lounges empty these days?


User currently offlineAngelAirways From United Kingdom, joined Nov 1999, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

erm.. one you forgot: Air Malta also do Stansted, as well as LHR and LGW

User currently offlineGoAround From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2712 times:

Now that Buzz are gone, is there any quality left?!

It's a good thing to keep a mix of full-frill and low-cost companies - it gives passengers choice and is really the only fair way to judge if passengers prefer the cheaper tickets [even though recent investigations show many LCCs are more expensive than full-service] or the full service.

Stansted is special in how it achieves this. Also, what services to BA operate from Stansted?

GoAround



GoAround
User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2705 times:

Now that Buzz are gone, is there any quality left

Mmmm, maybe Germanwings, Air Berlin, Air 2000, CSA.

Would love to fly Iceland Express or Sky Europe (or even Flyin Finn), but don't have the cash presently.


User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3746 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2700 times:

BA operate to MAN as far as I know.

If BA's Gatwick B737 operation goes single class allocated seating with a brand as good as the much misssed Go-Fly, would they be back at STN?


User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2679 times:
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BA's service to MAN was transferred to Eastern Airways.

David


User currently offlineBestwestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7090 posts, RR: 57
Reply 19, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

Two other full service carrier that operated to STN:

Swissair operated twice daily ZRH - STN for a season in 1999, which was operated by a flightline 146 as Go had announced commencement of services STN - ZRH and GVA


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In the 90's Aviaco (Iberia) also operated to Stansted briefly - Santander i understand.




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User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3746 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2624 times:

Is Santander a likely Ryanair destination from STN?

What about Vittoria and San Sebastian aswell?

or are flights to BIQ, PUF and Bilbao enough for this corner of France/Spain?



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