Humberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4943 posts, RR: 4 Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1928 times:
The past weeks have seen a dramatic reduction in charter capacity for next summer announced in Northern England. Some of this has been covered elsewhere before but I thought I'd put it al in one thread so you can see how dramatic the reduction are
Firstly Excel are a pulling out of HUY. They had planned to have an all week base next summer. Its a bit unclear why they have pulled out of HUY - it appears to be either due to a restructuring within Excel (consolidating on larger bases) or due to a number of diversions this summer and the lack of cat 3. They may operate some flights next summer into HUY on w patterns
ThomsonFly are pulling their MME base. This too was summer only. I think TOM missed a good oppurtunity to set up a LoCo base at MME when bmi baby pulled out. They will continue to operate w patterns into MME
TOM are also pulling their LBA base which was year round, though not all week in winter). They will still operate w patterns into LBA next summer, although their winter sun 2007/08 destinations released today are pathetic, only ALC and TFS
Finally AEU are also pulling out of LBA for unknown reasons. Most flights were on behalf on Airtours/MyTravel and they replaced MYT's summer only LBA base a couple of years ago. This will leave LBA with no based charter airline next summer, although there is talk of a replacement. AEU will continue to operate some LBA flights by positioning aircraft in from elsewhere
As far as the TOM cuts go it appears they are focusing on larger bases - NCL, DSA and MAN
Bwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1840 times:
AEU base at Leeds is a summer only base, and as last year closes down at the end of October as planned. I know the base is under review for next summer with a possible upgrade of equipment, but there's nothing definite at the moment.
Quoting Bwaflyer (Reply 2): AEU base at Leeds is a summer only base, and as last year closes down at the end of October as planned. I know the base is under review for next summer with a possible upgrade of equipment, but there's nothing definite at the moment.
It has been posted on the lba spotters forum that crews have been informed thebase will close next week and not reopen next summer
However there is apparently a replacement airline lined up to base at LBA