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AF Resume Flights To PHC, Upgrades PNR  
User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3670 times:

Earlier this week, on May 12th, Air France re-started serving PHC (Port-Harcourt, Nigeria).

Flights had to be stopped several months ago after the airport was closed for renovation.

PHC is now a new "Dedicate" destination, as the 2 X Weekly nonstop flights to/from CDG are operated with an A319ER "Dedicate".
Starting June 18th, PHC will be served by 4 x Weekly nonstop flights.

On the other hand, Starting next June and following an increased demand and traffic, PNR (Pointe Noire / Gabon) A319ER 2 x Weekly nonstop services to/from CDG will be upgraded to 2 x Weekly nonstop A332.
It represents a + 42% increased offer in J and ... + 231% increased offer in Y.

Air France A319ER "Dedicate" are configured with 28J / 54Y
Air France A332 are configured with 40J / 179Y.

Air France the the only airline to offer nonstop services between PNR and Europe.


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User currently offlineAirGabon From Switzerland, joined Dec 2003, 892 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3639 times:

PNR (Pointe Noire / ... Congo... not Gabon!). Great news for Congo and for PNR airport to get an A332!

What are the other european carriers flying to PHC? LH, VS?


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3608 times:



Quoting AirGabon (Reply 1):
PNR (Pointe Noire / ... Congo... not Gabon!).

Oooops ! Pointe Noire = Congo of course, not Gabon !

Quoting AirGabon (Reply 1):
What are the other european carriers flying to PHC? LH, VS?

It seems that right now, only AF & LH have resumed flights to PHC (LH servinge PHC as an en-route stop to Abuja)


User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 780 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3598 times:



Quoting FlySSC (Thread starter):
Flights had to be stopped several months ago after the airport was closed for renovation.

Several months: 24+ months

Quoting AirGabon (Reply 1):
What are the other european carriers flying to PHC? LH, VS?



Quoting FlySSC (Reply 2):
It seems that right now, only AF & LH have resumed flights to PHC (LH servinge PHC as an en-route stop to Abuja)

That was before the closure of PHC, ABV is now a tag-on to SSG (Malabo, Eq. Guinea). LH has not yet returned to PHC, but have announced intentions of doing so. VS left PHC a few years ago in favour of routing passengers to PHC through LOS on VK. No other European airlines serve PHC and I would not expect any new airlines soon, given the difficulties of obtaining landing rights.


User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2399 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3574 times:
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So during that period, PHC was totally unserviceable ? Must have been quite a headache for the oil companies.

How did they send their personnel from LOS to PHC then ?


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User currently offlineJoFMO From Germany, joined Jul 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3561 times:



Quoting FlySSC (Reply 2):
It seems that right now, only AF & LH have resumed flights to PHC (LH servinge PHC as an en-route stop to Abuja)



Quoting KL577 (Reply 3):
LH has not yet returned to PHC, but have announced intentions of doing so

LH did fly FRA-PHC-ABV 3x weekly. Since PHC was closed they just flew 3x to ABV, what might have not been too economical ion a stand-alone basis. But it seemed they were waiting for PHC be opened again and did not want to give up ABV in the interim.
Since beginning of this month LH has changed the routing to FRA-SSQ-ABV. They might have lost patience with PHC.

So it would be interesting how they will serve PHC without sacrificing any other route/destination. I could see one of their three Business Class only 733/319 on this route. They are currently used for FRA-EWR, FRA-Pune and MUC-DBX. Neither of this route is a natural all-business class route.


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3520 times:



Quoting Flying Belgian (Reply 4):
So during that period, PHC was totally unserviceable ?

Yes. The airport was completely closed.

Domestic flights were diverted to Imo Airport and Margaret Ekpo International Airport while some international flights were diverted to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. Most European Airlines, like AF, added frequencies to LOS or ABV .

Quoting KL577 (Reply 3):
Quoting FlySSC (Thread starter):
Flights had to be stopped several months ago after the airport was closed for renovation.


Several months: 24+ months

I believe the airport was closed during the summer 2006 (July or August). It was decided to resurface the Runway and build a fence around the airfield to prevent "animals incursions" on the Rwy (remember the cows, hit by a landing AF A332 in 2005 ? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4659281.stm ).


User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 780 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3520 times:



Quoting Flying Belgian (Reply 4):
So during that period, PHC was totally unserviceable ? Must have been quite a headache for the oil companies.

How did they send their personnel from LOS to PHC then ?

A military airfield in PHC was used (and still is) by airlines for flights between LOS. VK, AJ and W3 used F50 and DH8 to serve this airport. In addition many oil companies maintained helicopter services.

Quoting JoFMO (Reply 5):
LH did fly FRA-PHC-ABV 3x weekly. Since PHC was closed they just flew 3x to ABV, what might have not been too economical ion a stand-alone basis. But it seemed they were waiting for PHC be opened again and did not want to give up ABV in the interim.

Yet BA fills a B777 and KL an A332 3x weekly to ABV.

Quoting FlySSC (Thread starter):
Earlier this week, on May 12th, Air France re-started serving PHC (Port-Harcourt, Nigeria).

Does this mean the extra flights of AF to LOS are being suspended?


User currently offlineHB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4517 posts, RR: 72
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3477 times:



Quoting KL577 (Reply 7):
KL an A332 3x weekly to ABV

... and I really don't understand why KLM keeps on routing these flights through KAN. There are on average about 30 pax to and from Kano, and all the rest is Abuja traffic.


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3463 times:



Quoting KL577 (Reply 7):
Does this mean the extra flights of AF to LOS are being suspended?

Yes. AF is now operating a single DAILY CDG-LOS-CDG AF854/AF855 (A332)


User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 780 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3407 times:



Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 8):
... and I really don't understand why KLM keeps on routing these flights through KAN. There are on average about 30 pax to and from Kano, and all the rest is Abuja traffic.

KLM staff in Kano always tell me that cargo loads from Kano are good, and make up for the low passenger loads ex KAN. Furthermore in Kano there is a consistent rumour amongst the (few) expatriates that the Kano state government subsidizes KLM for maintaining these services.


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3334 times:

Must be noticed that AF-KLM is serving 4 cities in Nigeria : Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port-Harcourt.

User currently offlineSamL From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3099 times:

what are the chances of VS resuming PHC or indeed BA taking it up

User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2988 times:

The oil market is very profitable ... I don't see other European Majors like BA or LH leaving it o AFKL only !

User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 780 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2959 times:



Quoting FlySSC (Reply 13):
The oil market is very profitable ... I don't see other European Majors like BA or LH leaving it o AFKL only !

But the Nigerian government is very restrictive in allowing landing rights to new carriers. LH still has the rights to serve PHC, and I guess they will do so again soon. BA currently serves two Nigerian destinations, LOS and ABV, and cannot increase destinations or frequencies according to the current UK-Nigerian bilateral. Maybe this is something for the Nigerian carriers to step in?


User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 49
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2937 times:



Quoting FlySSC (Reply 11):
Must be noticed that AF-KLM is serving 4 cities in Nigeria : Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port-Harcourt.

Indeed, and AF-KL have sliced the west African market in a consistent manner, with AF dominant in francophone countries while KL serves anglophone countries.

Rgs,


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2841 times:



Quoting KL577 (Reply 14):
LH still has the rights to serve PHC, and I guess they will do so again soon.

Actually, the airport is only partially reopen as the runway can only handle narrow body aircraft for the moment, hence the use of A319ER by air France instead of the A332 as it used to be.


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