Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 47 Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1925 times:
I can't speak for bmi regional, but before they came along Eastern Airways did this route and the flights were essentially a contract for Shell, therefore almost certainly a profit-making exercise. Eastern used the J41 at first and it was almost always fully loaded passenger-wise. The plan was for their Saab 2000 leased from Golden Air to do this run in between the ABZ-NCL-SOU sectors. However, things changed and bmi came onto the route instead.
Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 47 Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1900 times:
Yes, a scheduled charter though. It was scheduled to leave ABZ every Mon, Wed, Fri at 10:30. A short time later (just after I left T3) it became a full scheduled service and appeared on their timetable for anyone to book. Not sure why this was. It could have been a drop in revenue from Shell (or even the contract expiring) or maybe a reaction to bmi announcing its intentions to fly the route.
Kl911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 5066 posts, RR: 13 Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1858 times:
The HQ of the Dutch Gas company Gasunie is in GRQ. Also the dutch oil company NAM is based in Assen, just 15 km south of GRQ. Since both have many platforms on the North Sea close to Aberdeen that will be the reason for this line. It just opened not long time ago also to the general public, although the fares are high. maybe a touroperator will jump in soon.
Kl911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 5066 posts, RR: 13 Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1840 times:
For a long time we had a GRQ-AMS, but KL stopped the route. After that an other airline operated the route, can't remember the name now, but that didn't last long. Ryanair flew GRQ for a few years, but that also just stopped. Al they have now are a lot of holiday charters, and business flights. They are growing fast according to their website. http://www.gae.nl/index.cfm?&language=en
* The easy way to go!
Groningen Airport Eelde is the regional airport for the northern part of the Netherlands. Each week, around one thousand passengers depart from Groningen Airport Eelde to their holiday destination. There are about 15 weekly charters to 8 different destinations. Furthermore many passengers make use of the daily scheduled service to Aberdeen from Monday through Friday. The airport also facilitates private charterflights for business travellers around Europe.
The comfort of flying from Groningen Airport Eelde
Groningen Airport Eelde is the easy way to go when it comes to your business and leisure trips. Just experience for yourself why so many people start their trip at our airport!
JoFMO From Germany, joined Jul 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1819 times:
Just was at Groningen internet site. It could be high-ranked in the list of airports with the smallest amount of scheduled traffic. Monday to Friday to Aberdeen with BMI and Monday and Friday to Norwich by Eastern Airways. Thats an amazing small number of flights.
Kl911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 5066 posts, RR: 13 Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1798 times:
Don't forget all the charters and business flights.. This summer i was sitting outside on the terrace and I had 2 737's and a 757 parked in front of me at 20 meters distance... No fence, nothing.... I love those small airports!
KLbambie From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 98 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 1728 times:
Here is a link to local paper for you folks. Apparently things are going a little better for BMI on this route in comparison to when they first started it. Article is dated the 11th May 2004, having a look to see if there is anything a little more recent.
I'm sure the money from the Scottish Executive is a help!?!?!?!