Diesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1633 posts, RR: 12 Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1832 times:
Interesting.. an unexpected good news surprise for CWL.
Makes a lot of sense - Air Southwest already sell flights to MAN from NQY, but with an aircraft change at BRS.
The NQY-CWL-MAN service will remove this inconvenience and cut the time taken a little.
CWL-MAN is a route that should be viable, even though plenty of other airlines have tried and then decided otherwise (Business Air / Air Wales / Manx / British Regional)
A further benefit is that it means the link from CWL to South West England remains. IIRC Air Wales are dropping their PLH services from CWL, so there is an opportunity here for Air Southwest, even though it's a different airport.
Diesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1633 posts, RR: 12 Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1783 times:
Quoting BBJII (Reply 2): But is this another nail towards the coffin of Air Wales.
I don't really understand why you think that would be?
It's not directly competing with Air Wales on any of their routes.
If Air Southwest decide they want to operate from CWL to DUB/NCL/ABZ then its time for Air Wales to get worried.
If Air Southwest starts operating services for bmiBaby, then it's time for Air Wales to get very worried....
What do you know about the finances of Air Wales to be able to make your statement anyway - I'm more than aware of the usual stuff about their promiscuity when it comes to opening and closing of new routes, so anything new would be of interest.
Christa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1617 times:
Quoting Diesel1 (Reply 11):
Is there sufficient connecting traffic to make a route like this worthwhile? KLM already have much of the world covered via AMS.
Additionally, AMS is a tourist and business destination, whilst LGW is not.
The same could be set about BRS surely. BRS has a KL service to AMS and also has a service with EZY. Personally, I believe that a route to any airport in London could be sustained from CWL. As long as the route was 2x daily, I see no problem with it not working.
Quoting Diesel1 (Reply 11): easyJet at BRS has proved some unexpected routes can work. In doing this they've also removed much of the opportunity from CWL.
The most glaring omission from CWL seems to be BRU. Perhaps a route to GLA would work, but could the PIK route still be supported?
I agree with you to some extent, however I still believe that routes such as MAD, MUC, BCN, MXP all have the ability to work from CWL, even if BRS have them with EZY.
As for BRU, I cannot understand why there is no service from CWL to BRU. Surely SN must take a lot at CWL. Would a DH-8 be viable on the CWL-BRU route? As for GLA, there is already the PIK service, however I think it should be CWL-GLA, not CWL-PIK.
How about VLM Airlines, they must have some interest in CWL-LCY?
I think you're missing my point here. The question is whether there are sufficient passengers prepared to use a CWL-LGW service for connecting services to elsewhere in the world.
Using KLM you can check-in at CWL and (hopefully ) collect your bags wherever you are going to.
Any airline that would want to operate a service to a London airport would have to be able to offer the same facility.
Whilst easyJet have competed with KLM on the BRS-AMS service, I believe frequency has been reduced. It'll be interesting to see how bmiBaby fare with their CWL-AMS service - presumably aimed at the leisure traveller to Amsterdam and not people wishing to travel elsewhere using AMS as a hub.
Quoting Christa (Reply 12): I believe that a route to any airport in London could be sustained from CWL
It does not appear that there is the level of business to support an air service from South Wales to London. The FGW rail service from Cardiff to London offers frequent services, routing to and from far more central points than CWL or LHR/LGW airports.
Quoting Christa (Reply 12): I agree with you to some extent, however I still believe that routes such as MAD, MUC, BCN, MXP all have the ability to work from CWL, even if BRS have them with EZY.
I agree in principle - there must be some scope from CWL. The problem is that easyJet (and Bristol airport) have done such a good job at BRS the opportunity for CWL is limited.
Quoting Christa (Reply 12): As for GLA, there is already the PIK service, however I think it should be CWL-GLA, not CWL-PIK.
Looks like bmiBaby agree as it is reported that they will switch their route back to GLA.
Quoting Christa (Reply 12): How about VLM Airlines, they must have some interest in CWL-LCY?
Anything is possible, though I guess they would also have interest in BRS or BHX or a multitude of other airports in Europe and UK for services to LCY.