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LHR To MAN On Bmi  
User currently offlineRwylie77 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 367 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2703 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?!



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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2662 times:

The flight will indeed have been full due to connections - not just those in Star either. Of course there may also have been O&D traffic - perhaps shopping in London, or business meetings or whatever.

In answer to question 3, I think the simple answer is cost!



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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4952 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2653 times:

Do only BA and BD fly the LHR-MAN route? And has either airline ever flown a widebody on the route? What is the daily frequency on the route? I'm just curious to know.

Thanks,
Alex



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User currently offlineRwylie77 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 367 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2648 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!


User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2643 times:

Yes, it's just BA and BD that fly to Manchester from LHR

QF also offer flights between MAN and LHR (operated by Flightline BAe146 aircraft). Those flights are only for QF connecting passengers, so not available for O&D.


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24961 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2613 times:

Syrian fly MAN-LHR using their 747SPs  Wink/being sarcastic


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2596 times:

That's also correct, Graham! Big grin

No O&D is allowed on that flight I guess?

Frederic


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24961 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2586 times:

No idea, probably will be able to get on it, but I guess you cant get on Syrians flights from MAN-ORY with their 320s


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineCopySouthwest From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2586 times:

In addition to the LHR-MAN route served by BA and BD, London-Manchester is linked by...

BA: LGW-MAN
Jet2: LGW-MAN (from Jan 05)
VLM: LCY-MAN
Eastern Airways: STN-MAN



Sit back, relax and enjoy your flight with us today.
User currently offlineTrident2e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2549 times:

San747 - BA used to regularly schedule 767s on MAN/LHR, but this stopped when bmi came onto the route and provided some much needed competition.

Rwylie77 - there are loads of public toliets at Heathrow with shower facilities, you can even pay a couple of pounds for a towel. I think those smelly people just can't be bothered!


User currently offlineRwylie77 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 367 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2388 times:

Trident2e - In all the years I've been flying from Heathrow, I've never seen them! They should be advertised for all connecting passengers!!

User currently offlineTrident2e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

....or better still, made compulsory!

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