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Derry Airport Aerodrome Licence Suspended  
User currently offlineEI787 From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1513 posts, RR: 21
Posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2127 times:
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Just saw this on the Ryanair Website:

Quote:
Immediate Suspension of all flights from City of Derry Airport

Ryanair has been advised (this afternoon-Thurs 24th May) by the UK CAA that it has suspended the aerodrome licence of City of Derry Airport. Accordingly the airport will be closed to commercial flights from Friday the 25th May 2007.

Consequently, we have no choice but to cancel all flights to/from City of Derry Airport tomorrow Friday 25th May. We apologise sincerely for this cancellation and late notification which is entirely beyond Ryanair's control. Ryanair is in intensive dialogue with City of Derry Airport, and as soon as we have more information from the Airport and the UK CAA we will post a further information notice to passengers on this website. We will endeavour to do this by 13:00hrs tomorrow.

http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/notic...ode=070420-City_of_Derry_Airpor-GB


Why has LDY been closed down so suddenly? There doesn't seem to be anything on the airport's website.

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User currently offlinePlanenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2066 times:

Ryanair is cancelling all flights. BA is asking pax to check in then proceed on chartered coaches to Belfast Intl.

Posted this evening on the City of Derry Airport Website:
24 May 2007

Travel Advisory City of Derry Airport - Cancellations and Diversions for Friday 25th May 2007
City of Derry Airport Authority has been advised by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that it must suspend operations from midnight tonight, Thursday 24th May. This is in place while variations to safety regulations are being reviewed by the CAA and the Airport Authority. Members of the public are advised to contact their airlines for updates regarding flight cancellations and diversions will become operational from Friday 25th May. Updated information is available from the City of Derry Airport website www.cityofderryairport.com. Ryanair have cancelled all flights to and from the airport for Friday 25th May 2007 with an update expected by 2.00pm on Friday. British Airways have also rescheduled their flights to operate through Belfast International. Dublin and Glasgow routes will be affected and passengers should check-in as City of Derry Airprot as normal for coach transfers to Belfast.
A spokesperson for City of Derry Airport indicated that discussions are continuing with the CAA to have the suspension reversed. “The City of Derry Airport is 100% committed to maintaining the highest safety standards. Following the public enquiry in April, the Airport Authority sought clarification from the CAA on a number of matters relating to existing variations with an expectation of continued operation. While this an exceptional step by the CAA the Airport is confident that a position can be reached to ensure the airport is operational as soon as possible. The public will be advised immediately of any update and it is understood airlines will provide further updates on Friday”.
Negotiations continued into the evening of Thursday 24th May 2007 between City of Derry Airport and the CAA with the final outcome being an immediate meeting in London on Friday to review the situation. The City of Derry Airport has operated under agreed variations with the CAA for the past number of years pending the commencement of the safety works. Compliance with the existing safety variations has enabled the City of Derry Airport to manage over 1million passengers over the past four years.
Ends
For further information please contact 028 71376 504 or 07834 929135

http://www.cityofderryairport.com/


User currently offlineEI787 From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1513 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2028 times:
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Quoting Planenutz (Reply 1):

Thanks for that.

Hmm, it must be a serious safety issue for the airport to be closed down.


User currently offlineReins485 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1982 times:

The BBC has the story online.

"Problems found include lack of an effective bird control plan, unsuitable temporary repairs to the area where planes park and poor runway drainage."

The rest of the story is at this link.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/6689977.stm


User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 902 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1798 times:

Typical of the differences between Ryanair and BA.
Ryanair just cancel and let the clients rot. BA do the proper job and fly to Belfast Ineternational and take then by coach to Derry. Now you really know how is for custmoer service.


User currently offlineAisak From Spain, joined Aug 2005, 762 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1655 times:

Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 4):
Ryanair just cancel and let the clients rot

Clients are number 1 priority for Ryanair. That's why we're opening new subsidized routes in the coming weeks thanks to the planes not being used by Derry airport closure.

(Taken from Ryanair press department's minds)


User currently offlineEmbajador3 From Spain, joined Aug 2006, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1564 times:

Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 4):
Typical of the differences between Ryanair and BA.
Ryanair just cancel and let the clients rot. BA do the proper job and fly to Belfast Ineternational and take then by coach to Derry. Now you really know how is for custmoer service.

Well, you don't have to be a airline freak to understand that Ryanair is a low fare airline, while BA is the former flag carrier of the UK. You have those "extras" provided by BA on your ticket, while at FR you only pay for a seat and a safe journey to your destination.

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