Legacy135 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1052 posts, RR: 27 Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1537 times:
As RJ100 says correctly, LX has no more presence at Berne, as obviously there business case doesn't include any Swiss airports except ZRH.
At the moment we do have LH 3 times a day to/from MUC. Those flights are now operated by AirDolomiti, the funny part is that it will soon be a LH/LX codeshare as all LX flights getting LH numbers. They actually use the ATR42-500 but the intention is, once the crews have the experience at BRN, to use also the ATR72 as specially the morning flights BRN-MUC and the evening one MUC-BRN are consequently sold out.
Darwin Airline flies LUG-BRN-LCY, for the moment once a day. Yesterday was the official press conference and the second daily flight to LCY was launched. The schedule is now LUG-BRN-LCY-BRN in the morning and BRN-LCY-BRN-LUG in the evening. For the winter season those flights are flown on behalf of Darwin by Skywork Airlines, using their Do328. In April it will be back to the SAAB 2000. As the plane stays several hours on ground in BRN during the morning and the evening rotation, the SAAB will perform an extensive charter program next year going to several Mediterranean destinations.
Cirrus used to due it this year with the EMB170 but is out of business for next year. Olbia will additionally be served next year by AirDolomiti, using a RJ85 and Preveza by an Aegean RJ100, both flights once weekly during summer season.
This winter we get the first time two seasonal scheduled routed, BHX-BRN-BHX with a Q400 and SOU-BRN-SOU with an RJ100, both destinations three times weekly by FlyBe. There is an additional winter charter program that was never more extensive before, also bringing Titan Airways with the BAe146 and more FlyBe's, most of them on Saturday. The Malev F70 was unfortunately cancelled due to lack of aircraft. You may also check out www.alpar.ch or www.flughafenbern.ch which is leading you to the same page and giving more information.
It seems that BRN is over the worst after all those airlines leaving over the last years, just remembering Crossair/Swiss, Swisswings, Air Alps, EAE, Intersky, Cirrus on scheduled and for sure Dan Air. The airport management is currently negotiating with several airlines, like AF, BA and OS. I hope, I can post some good news in the near future.
Legacy135 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1052 posts, RR: 27 Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1426 times:
Quoting RJ100 (Reply 6): Legacy135: Do you happen to know how many aircraft Darwin is operating at the moment and if they get some additional ones?
There is currently one flying for SWISS but in full Darwin colors (HB-IZZ) so it seems that this aircraft goes to Darwin after October31.
As far as I know, they got a third one for this LUG-ZRH-LUG flights which seems to be the HB-IZZ. I haven't seen this plane yet in Berne but was told that they received it. The capacity they are going to get free from the actual LCY operation will be used to adjust the actual network with more frequencies. For spring they should then receive another SAAB that will fly then the flights from LUG to BRN and LCY plus the charter program.
There was another rumor that said that Darwin pays it's aircraft at the moment very expensive to LX. According to the rumor those rates came down now drastically as LX is going to phase out it's SAAB fleet and had to realize that the demand for the type is not as they expected. Darwin seems now to study other options to eventually ad more planes to it's fleet as the moment to get those SAAB 2000's seems to be good. There was already a study for the BRN-AMS route but unfortunately KLM doesn't want to codeshare at the moment with any new partner. As AF is also in negotiation at the moment there is the option that AF could do it with a ATR (Airlinair?) or with the SAAB 2000 of Darwin.
BA gave a first answer and indicated their interest in the Swiss market from/to Berne. Fleetwise they only have a 737 available and this plane suffers major payload restrictions with the "Bernese 1510 meters". So the extension of 220 meters more to the South is a top theme at the airport management at the moment.
I think the next months will stay quite interesting. Take care and