Englandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3 Posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2230 times:
Given the absolutely crap railways we have in the UK and the information released today that most passengers who've stopped travelling by train won't start again for atleast 6 years, would a London - Birmingham route be proffitable for airlines?
Currently there's no such scheduled or regular service between the two cities, apparently because they're too close. However, as more and more people turn away from the railways, now could be the perfect time for London-BHX to begin.
BostonBeau From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 471 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2209 times:
Hehehehe....Gee, I wish we had those "crap railways" in the USA, Englandair. I suspect you're right though, the cities are just too close together to make an airline shuttle popular at a price people would be willing to pay. If the railways have problems, people can still drive or take a coach in not much more time than it would take to get to the airport from the city, check-in, board, fly, claim baggage, and get to city from the airport.
In the US, Boston and New York are about 190 miles apart. Yet, until very recently when new trains were introduced, the train journey took 4-5 hours. Driving takes nearly as long, and often longer if there is traffic. Since BOS and LGA are relatively near their cities, and served by public transport (trains to BOS, train and bus to LGA) or a not-too-expensive taxi ride, air shuttles have been successful and justify (perhaps) their high prices. Right now, I can fly from BOS to LHR *for less money* (3300 miles, on a restricted ticket) than I can fly to LGA (<200 miles) on an unrestricted shuttle ticket.