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Virgin Dropping LGW-Port Harcourt?  
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7079 times:

Read on pprune that VS will no longer op LGW-PHC after 11th January 2006, any truth in this?


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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7070 times:

Perhaps its being transferred over to Virgin Nigeria ?? That would make sense...


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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7025 times:

Yes. Virgin Nigeria will be taking up the LOS service from LGW at the end of November and as they also fly to PHC from LOS, the decision was taken to axe the direct service and send passengers via LOS with VK.

 Smile



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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6997 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 2):
Yes. Virgin Nigeria will be taking up the LOS service from LGW at the end of November and as they also fly to PHC from LOS, the decision was taken to axe the direct service and send passengers via LOS with VK

Thanks for the info, seems logical to me!  Smile

Is LOS-LGW going to be daily?

Any idea where VS will use this 343 to now?

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6985 times:

Well they are loosing G-VBUS to VK, so the LGW-PHC a/c will just remain at LHR and operate regular A343 flights from there rather than positioning down to LGW a couple of times a week.

 Smile



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User currently offlineViveAF From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 198 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6971 times:

This info came from VS today :

**********************************************************

CANCELLATION OF PORT HARCOURT SERVICE

Due to the introduction of Virgin Nigeria and its direct services to London and
Port Harcourt from its Lagos hub, Virgin Atlantic has decided to cancel its services to Port Harcourt.

This change will enable Virgin Atlantic to increase its services out of Heathrow this winter by operating additional Cape Town services, as well as a new daily US service from Summer 2006. More details to come shortly.

Our last services to Port Harcourt will be the VS623 on 11 January 2006 ex UK and the VS624 on 12 January ex Port Harcourt.

Passengers booked onto Virgin Atlantic flights between Gatwick and Port Harcourt after 12 January 2006 will be reprotected onto Virgin Nigeria flights from Gatwick to Port Harcourt via Lagos.

**********************************************************

`new daily US service from Summer 2006` ???? hmmmmmmm ????
Now there`s a great way to start the rumour mill in motion !!!  Wink

Cheers


User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6932 times:

I have no information as of yet on VK increasing its Gatwick services to daily. However, considering this latest move by VS to axe Port Harcourt and VK's flights to London rumoured to be fully booked until April, I would expect VK to increase its weekly frequencies to London Gatwick to 7. This may probably happen with the Spring 2006 timetable.


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User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6900 times:

Does this mean VK will be leaving LHR and moving all operations in LGW? Or will they serve both airports?

User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6869 times:

VK has transfered its operations to Gatwick because its Heathrow slots were not recieved well with its passengers, as arrival in Lagos is around 3:30AM!

Gatwick slots are far better in terms of timing, but who knows, it may have also been a result a VS/VK coordination effort.



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User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2090 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6868 times:

The new Summer 2006 service to the as yet unidentified US destination will probably use the slot pair that VS has just leased from UA for five years. Sounds like it could be a new destination, either a return to ORD or possibly PHL. Guess we'll find out soon enough.

Separately, looks like the PHC service didn't generate enough traffic to justify an increase from the twice weekly service, so logical to offer a connecting service via LOS that will allow better frequency dispite the aircraft change.



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User currently offlineAIR MALTA From Malta, joined Sep 2001, 2501 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6849 times:

May be BA can take the opportunity and start serving PHC instead of VS...


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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32783 posts, RR: 72
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6846 times:

Quoting ViveAF (Reply 5):

`new daily US service from Summer 2006` ???? hmmmmmmm ????
Now there`s a great way to start the rumour mill in motion !!!

I doubt it is a new destination. Probably a second daily to Boston or Miami.



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User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6745 times:

Leezyjet,

Did you notice the discrepency on VK's timetable page?


Lagos - Johannesburg
VK303 2320 0605 1--4-6- A340 from 24NOV

Lagos-London LGW
Lagos - London Gatwick
VK293 2335 0530 1---5-7 A340 from 24NOV

Above means 2 A340s are in operation (look at Monday takeoff times)

Anybody can shed some light on above? Is VK boosting its A340 fleet as early as November or is this an error?



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User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6571 times:

so now the only europe bound services from PHC are LH to FRA and AF to CDG....

regards
Avianca



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User currently offlineA330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 43
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6564 times:

Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 9):
The new Summer 2006 service to the as yet unidentified US destination will probably use the slot pair that VS has just leased from UA for five years. Sounds like it could be a new destination, either a return to ORD or possibly PHL.

PHL doesn't have enough traffic for two same-country carriers to LHR per Bermuda II.



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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6538 times:

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 12):
Did you notice the discrepency on VK's timetable page?

Yeah there was another one too, where the a/c departs from LGW on a Thursday but doesn't show as flying into LGW to operate it.

 Smile



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User currently offlineDaron4000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 712 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6494 times:

Hopefully, they will fly the route to ORD! I really think that there is a lot of potential, especailly if they can secure some business contracts and time the flight nicely. Also, I think it would probably be smart to start the route with the Upper Class Suite to increase press, because their other seat has been outshadowed by the new one, even if it's lie flat. Also, no matter if UA and AA are on the route, VS is a nicer airline and customers will notice that. Now, I think it would be smart if they did some sort of codeshare with UA to help market share and also since UA just leased them these unused slots, they already have a good relationship.

User currently offlineDCAYOW From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 602 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6450 times:

If it isn't a multi-frequency route (e.g. IAD, BOS), my bet is it will be Chicago. VS has publicly stated they want to restard ORD and YYZ.


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User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1619 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6416 times:

Quoting DCAYOW (Reply 17):
If it isn't a multi-frequency route (e.g. IAD, BOS), my bet is it will be Chicago. VS has publicly stated they want to restard ORD and YYZ.

I'll join you on that bet!

But I would think that ORD would have preference over increased frequency to an existing route.

We shall see!!


User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3128 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6400 times:

I am thinking theyre going to lose out to lufthansa and air france, from stories i've heard people traveling to nigeria, i doubt they would want to connect in nigeria and endure the nigerian airport experiance twice. i could be wrong though, but i think virgin is giving up any money to be made on London-PHC to LH and AF.

'902



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User currently offlineAerofan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6396 times:

it won't be any of those. i know what it is but i have been sworn to secrecy. i will say this much- it is not a new destination. it will be an additional frequency to one of their popular destinations.

User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1619 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6392 times:

Quoting Aerofan (Reply 20):
it won't be any of those. i know what it is but i have been sworn to secrecy. i will say this much- it is not a new destination. it will be an additional frequency to one of their popular destinations.

eek!

so in 10 minutes I have lost my bet!! ouch! okay, for added frequencies, I am going to go for :

SFO (to help join up with Virgin America services)

Rich.


User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5975 times:

Sad time to see VS leave PHC. sadly with 3 weekly flight and a conection in Lagos is essiential i believe passengers will prefer to go via CDG or FRA!


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User currently offlineAerofan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5881 times:

ohhhhhhhh i'm itching to tell what the new flight will be. i will ask my contact if i may divulge it.

User currently onlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4575 posts, RR: 41
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2429 times:

This thread has gone completely off topic, and is being locked while the offending posts are cleaned out.

V/F



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