Cambrian From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 619 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4940 times:
This is very sad news for their staff, and also sad news for Cardiff.
Yet again an airline has been unable to make a go of scheduled services from the Welsh capital.
At first glance this seems surprising given the large financial sector in Cardiff, government institutions etc. But then again, Air Wales has had somewhat of a scattergun approach to route planning with some frankly odd routes.
Even where routes are feasible, they often nobbled themselves with poor timings or low frequencies.
I flew them regularly on the LCY-CWL run, and they shall be sadly missed.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4210 posts, RR: 36 Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4860 times:
Wanted to illustrate it with a nice Air Wales picture with the most hilarious caption I have ever read, something like "an aircraft with on its tail a lookalike picture of my mother in law".
Couldn't find it any more though.
Hope indeed Air Southwest, Eastern Airways or FlyBe can pick up some of the business, the more props in the UK the better !
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Dstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1409 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4769 times:
Sad news but they were their own worst enemy.
With odd routings, odder flight timings, - ones which left you asking who would ever use that service at that timing and a propensity for spectacular delays, at least into and out of DUB, which must have limited repeat business.
Now lets worry about the long term future of BD, who have been operating in error mode for some time.
Humberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4913 posts, RR: 5 Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4718 times:
Firstly, I hope those who have lost their jobs at ir Wales find new ones quickly
Secondly, this comes as no surprise. With Air Wales inconsistnecy in their route network and scheduling they had fast become a joke
And finally, well done Eastern getting in before any one else does and taking the most lucrative routes Air Wales flew. And I see CWL-ABZ finally gets the decent service it deserves. As for Air Wales other routes, I doubt anyone wil touch DUB and FR will probably be quite happy. ORK may be a good route for Air Southwest, from both CWL and NQY
Cardiffairtaxi From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 303 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4372 times:
Air Wales,who`s main hub was Cardiff(CWL),last week announced cessation of passenger services from April 23rd 2006.
Reasons given were that they were unable to compete against Budget airlines,and spiralling fuel costs.
As somebody who regularly picked up from Air Wales flights,this comes as no major surprise,as delays of 4-5 hrs were a common occurrence on a lot of flights.
When an airline is predicting a 4 hour delay on the 7pm evening flight,at 07.00am in the morning,this i think you would agree,is not an airline you could rely on for a one day business trip.
Also,when an airlines online timetable, differs from the airport timetable,things become rather confusing.
Some of these routes have already been taken over by other airlines,but Cardiff Airport still needs more destinations
Christa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4233 times:
Quoting Georgiabill (Reply 18): Very sad. Just curious are they planning to acquire new aircraft for their cargo operates or have a few of their ATR'S turned into cargo planes? Surprised Aer Arann has not announced CWL- DUB.
The CWL-DUB route is already operated by FR, which operate 13x weekly. Aer Arran already have CWL-ORK and CWL-LRT, maybe if these routes perform well they will open a CWL-DUB route.
As said above, the CWL-CDG service will be operated by BMIbaby, 2x daily.
Humberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4913 posts, RR: 5 Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4066 times:
Quoting Christa (Reply 21): The CWL-DUB route is already operated by FR, which operate 13x weekly. Aer Arran already have CWL-ORK and CWL-LRT, maybe if these routes perform well they will open a CWL-DUB route.
Aer Arran where going to fly CWL-DUB, along with CWL-BHD but never got around to even publishing a schedule. More than likely it was intended as retaliation for Air Wales planning to start WAT-Rennes
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25 Cardiffairtaxi: BMI Baby will no longer be operating the CWL-CDG route. Cardiff loses yet another route. Any takers??[Edited 2006-03-30 13:24:13]
26 Linco22: I was also aware they were due to start BHD-CWR daily service in April. Sad to see that go, maybe Air Aerann will take this route?
27 Cardiffairtaxi: id be very surprised,as BMI Baby have taken back the CWL-BFS from Air Wales,and are now operating with a 737-300
28 Humberside: I doubt it. Aer Arran announced it but when Air Wales dropped it, Aer Arran went very quiet about their plans to operate the route This will be a sig
29 Christa: I think that maybe with a BFS servive with BMIbaby, that there is no need for a BHD service. Although, maybe BE may be interested at CWL? As someone
30 JobsaGoodun: I think it will be a long time before Flybe look to CWL for expansion. CWL simply doesn't appear to offer the opportunities required with BMIBaby alre
31 Humberside: Re Paris - There is talk on the airliner world/key publishing forums that WW will reopen the route in winter when they have the aircraft. Meanwhile, t
32 Qantas744ER: Very sad indeed! I really feel sorry for those people losing their jobs! Cheers Leo