FRALIM From Germany, joined Jun 2003, 121 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3098 times:
Just read here (scroll down a bit) that BA Connect will start flights to MXP from LCY this may. There will be one daily flight, except for saturdays. The article also states that flights to EDI will be increased to 7x daily. I checked their website and departures ex LCY are now at 08.40, 10.30, 15.00, 16.00, 18.00, 19.00, 20.00. CB probably won't be too happy about this. The article also metions that BA will suspend flights to GVA over the summer, but when I checked BA's website flights in July and August were still bookable (expensive though). So I'm not sure if that's actually true...
Couldn't find that info anywhere yet, so I hope its news for you too.
FRALIM From Germany, joined Jun 2003, 121 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3043 times:
Quoting Vfw614 (Reply 2): I could see the point of a twice-daily LCY-LIN service, but a once-daily LCY-MXP is a bit of a joke
Also wondered about the choice of airport and frequency... Maybe they could have used one of those EDI rotations to add a second flight to Milan... Departures ex LCY are at 09.30 and ex MXP at 13.40 (that's a turnaround of 1h15 in MXP. Not too efficient for a "quasi" LCC like BA Connect)
Vfw614 From Germany, joined exactly 12 years ago today! , 3764 posts, RR: 5 Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3010 times:
I guess the reason why Scot Airways has been doing fairly well competing with BA on the route with their tiny Dorniers has been because of their high frequency service. More or less an hourly service at peak times. Now that BA is going in the same direction, it might become difficult for Scot.
FRALIM From Germany, joined Jun 2003, 121 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2923 times:
What I think is a bit weird is that you can still book the GVA flights for the summer, while at the same time BA issues a passenger information on its websits stating that the service will be withdrawn and that passengers will be rebooked on flights from LGW. Here is the link. Shouldn't they suspend the flights in the system first...?!?!?!?
Quoting Gkirk (Reply 6): The LCY flights are not part of the BA Connect concept I believe
That's true. Flights ex LCY are operated by BA Connect but still offer Club Europe and free catering in Eco. But what I meant is that when an airline wants to compete with LCC its one thing to charge for food and drinks, but they also have to change the overall structure and make operations more efficient. A 1h15 turnaround for an ARJ doesn't sound very efficient to me... (but I understand there might be other schedulling issues that require the long turnaround... who knows...).
Rafabozzolla From Brazil, joined Apr 2000, 1172 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2665 times:
If I am not mistaken (a big IF, needs confirmation) I do not think that BA is allowed to operate LIN-LCY.
When flights were transferred to MXP airport pairs with more than a given number of pax a year were permitted to keep frequencies in LIN, the number of which was proportional to the volume of traffic (so LHR-LIN and CDG-LIN which had the most traffic nowadays have the most flights still operating at LIN). Since there was no LCY-LIN flights at the time, flights from LCY must be operated through MXP.
What I am not sure about is if BA can exchange some of its LHR-LIN into LCY. Does anyone has a more precise info on the matter?