TIA From Albania, joined Mar 2006, 541 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3556 times:
I just read in an Albanian paper, and Amadeus is showing the flights too, that LV is starting 4 weekly flights TIA-STN on June 16th. This definitely came out of nowhere, especially considering the fact that BA just started LGW-TIA in March, and I also thought that Luton would be a better airport because I thought there was a substantial Albanian community there.
Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3550 times:
TIA, A tad off topic but do you know the plans for the Albanian carrier, Belle Air? This month's AW magazine states they will start flights to Athens, Cairo, Sharm El Sheikh, Dusseldorf, Istanbul, Antalya, Tunis and London/Stansted but no time frame was given.
TIA From Albania, joined Mar 2006, 541 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3519 times:
I wouldn't count on the plans of any Albanian carrier. Two years ago, Albatros Airways, an Albanian LCC started services with a single F100 wet leased from Montenegro Airlines to a gazillion Italian destinations, each served a couple of times a week. They also either started or planned to start ATH and IST. They now have a much smaller network and I have no idea how they are doing financially.
What I know is that late last year, some of the people behind Albatros had some sort of a fall out with the current management and they established a new LCC, Belle Air with a MD83 wet leased from Croatia. When Belle Air started operations, it listed STN, Liege, ATH and IST among others as future destinations. However so far, it has pretty much copied Albatros's business plans, with flights to just a few Italian airports. A couple of months ago, Belle Air even announced that next year it wants to starts flight to NY, which shows that either the management is on crack or that they just announce destinations for publicity purposes. So I don't have any faith in any routes they announce.
With that said, I could see how the routes you mentioned could work, at least as charters. ATH and IST can sustain more flights if prices are just right. DUS and STN could also work. However, CAI, Sharm El Sheikh, Antalya and TUN would only work as charters during the Summer and December.
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6419 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3384 times:
Quoting TIA (Thread starter): I also thought that Luton would be a better airport because I thought there was a substantial Albanian community there.
My guess would be that Stansted would appeal more to business people and London tourists (as Stansted is seen by most people as 3rd in line of London airports after LHR and LGW). Albanians with ties to family and friends in London will still go there, whether is be to LHR, LGW, STN, or LTN - it's all "London". That combination leads to STN over LTN...and over LHR and LGW because of economics and slots most likely.