Godbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15 Posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3548 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?
Heisan67 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3330 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.
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4699 posts, RR: 41
Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3217 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.
Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3149 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.
DoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3128 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...)
GoAround From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3000 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?