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User currently offlineGayrugbyMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1737 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2157 times:

Can someone tell me why BA Connect have chosen to operate Embraer 145s to bHX from BHD, yet stuck to Dash 8s for their MAN services?

Also, surely there would be a market now for them to start at least a twice daily BHD - LHR service? When I travel BHD to anywhere using BA, I always have to change twice, at MAN and LHR and it's a [pain. And no, I choose not to fly BMI for my own reasons!

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User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2236 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2136 times:

Belfast flights went after 9-11 as BA said they weren't profitable. Like BD, at that time they went to International rather than City. I don't think you'll see BA return anytime soon to BHD, as it doesn't have the slots available to operate the multiple frequency flights that would be required to attract business people. Saying that, I'm surprised BHD doesn't get a 3/4 times daily service to LGW, even if with BA Connect, that would provide a mix of business passengers and leisure ones that could connect to the LGW flights.

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User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4948 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2118 times:

LON-BHD (or BFS) on BA Connect wouldn't work. BD will have got all the connecting traffic through LHR now and the new Air Berlin service will further reduce the yields between Belfast and London.

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User currently offlineAirNZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1997 times:

Quoting GayrugbyMAN (Thread starter):
Also, surely there would be a market now for them to start at least a twice daily BHD - LHR service?

Basically, after the way BA manipulated pulling out of BFS-LHR, the general feeling is that both the NI travel industry and travelling public will never allow them back on a London route. As for LGW, both BHD and BFS are well served to/from there by committed airlines.

User currently offlinePlanemanofnz From New Zealand, joined Sep 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1866 times:

Although BA pulled out of BFS-LON, and the general feeling is that oneworld has very little potential in Northern Ireland, I could see Aer Lingus starting up a LCC base in Belfast flying to LHR to connect to BA's long-haul network.

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