Rwylie77 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 367 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2545 times:
I flew with bmi on Tuesday morning from LHR up to Manchester and was amazed the flight was on a A321, and was full! It raised a couple of questions:
1. Why is the route so busy? Is it a large number of connecting passengers at Heathrow connecting from United/Varig other Star Alliance flights?
2. What is the breakdown of O&D traffic vs. connecting?
3. I was surrounded by people who had just connected off long haul flights and their smell was unbearable. Why don't airlines provide showers for free for these passengers rather than just first class passengers?!
Rwylie77 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 367 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2490 times:
Well I was going up for a couple of business meetings and it was really not pleasant being surrounded by so many people just off long haul flights!!! A few showers in the public toilets wouldn't cost BAA much to install, especially if subsidised by the airlines...
It makes sense for there being a lot of O&D traffic because it only takes 3 or 4 hours to drive there and it's also quick and easy to take the train. I live right next to Heathrow however so it's easier for me to fly, plus the train was £180 while it was only £115 to fly.
Yes, it's just BA and BD that fly to Manchester from LHR and in fact I don't think there are any other airlines that fly to Manchester from any London airports. Sleasyjet fly to Liverpool which isn't far from Manchester, but i think that is about it...please correct me if I am wrong!