Englandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3 Posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3280 times:
If Bermuda II isn't lifted within the next few years, and so bmi british midland can't fly to the States from LHR, is it likely that they'll begin services to the States from Gatwick or Stansted?
They do currently have the right to fly from LGW to a few US destinations, but as they continue to expand will they try to cash in on the highly popular LON-USA flights?
I think they may serve afew longhaul destinations (non-US) from LHR in the next couple of years, but will they concentrate on US flights from MAN, or longhaul non-US from LHR, or will they try and serve the US from London?
What do you think would be the wisest, most realistic thing for bmi to do?
ps. I can remember Cincinnati being one of the US cities they can fly to from LGW, but what are the rest?
Johnnybgoode From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 2187 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3198 times:
imho, as long as bmi will have small fleet of long-range aircraft, well, 330-200s, i highly doubt they´ll introduce major scheduled longhaul services from a 2nd departure city, especially not LGW. afaik, they don´t have any or at least no major services at LGW, don´t they?
regarding that CO is already, or soon going to, i don´t know, implement the first direct service between STN and the US, and whereas STN could cater a big market of people or companies or whatsoever that don´t like going to LHR because it´s too far or takes too long, i´d say that STN could have a small chance.
in my eyes, longrange flights, except to the US, from LHR could seem possible, but i highly doubt such a develop in the coming months.
however, i´m sure they trying to consolidate their small longhaul fleet at the beginning.
well, we just have to wait and see how their new services turn out...
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Englandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3195 times:
I'm not so sure.
Although (ofcourse) it doesn't mean they're going to fly them, bmi already has the right to LOADS of longhaul routes.
I think they'll only fly to a few US destinations and maybe a couple in Asia from MAN .
With bmi rummored to be in negotiations with Airbus to change their 8 A332 options to A340s, and with their many longhaul routes, I think that they are certainly hoping to expand quite abit in the next few years from LHR.
Just to point out, I am taliking in terms of YEARS, not months.
Only time will tell....
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3183 times:
I'm far more worried about LHR being overtaken by the likes of AMS, CDG & FRA than I am about the Bermuda II agreement.
Even if the BII agreement was amended, or scrapped altogether (which won't happen until the US allows UK airlines cabotage rights/access to their domestic mkt), LHR can't take anymore strain: it is bursting at the seams.
What I want to see, is T5 to be given the go-ahead straight away, and new plans for r/w's there-
upgrading the transport infrastructure in the UK (which is a complete disgrace), so that we can all zip around between all of the major UK cities and their airports in a very short time.
-That way, business travellers wouldn't mind getting a flight to the US from STN etc.-thus US airlines could forget about LHR (to a certain extent).
The consequences of not expanding LHR will be very gloomy for the likes of BA, who insist they must operate from there, and there alone.
(I have posted a thread in this week's The Economist which details their woes-it might have slipped to the previous page).
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3090 times:
Sorry, that didn't have much relevant information!!
In my own words (and I stand to be corrected):
Only two US airlines (UA and AA) are able to operate between LHR and *specified* US airports.
Only two UK airlines (BA and VS) are able to operate between LHR and *specified* US airports.
This is at best, an inflexible agreement, and at worst, a pathetic state of affairs, which may well be keeping airfares artificially high.
The US says "give our other airlines access to LHR!".
The UK says "Certainly, give our airlines cabotage rights in the US, and we shall grant you your wish".
The US says "That's unfair, it's not as if we have much to gain from cabotage rights for our airlines in the UK, whereas the US is a much larger country; your beloved BA and others will gain a disproportionate advantage."
I don't know what the UK's response to that is, but obviously they still don't agree!
My question is whether it actually *worth* changing the agreement if LHR is not exactly in a position to accommodate more flights anyway!
First priority for the Britsh Gov't, should be to tell Uncle Sam to hold on, while we sort out the bloody mess at LHR, it needs expanding!!
The777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6750 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3073 times:
It seems to me that even if they build T 5 at LHR, it only has two runways. I think they should build a new airport farther out from London and have four parallel runways like LAX or ATL. This will obviously take time and money but I think that's the only way to improve conditions and safety at the London airports. They could close LHR, LGW and LTN. Even if the new airport would be farther away, they could have highspeed rail lines to several railway stations in London. Even a new airport may not change Bermuda II since the US and UK have different objectives. As for BMI, I think they will continue to expand out of MAN. The777Man
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CHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 61
Reply 14, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3067 times:
Right heres what I think. I think London Heathrow is the best bet. I think that until it is expanded, it will mean that BMI will stay at Manchester. I also think that another runway and terminal at LHR is a priority, and the only people who are stopping it are the NIMBYS in the surrounding area. Another option at least in the short term would be to lift the night flight ban on the airport, or at least expand it say an hour either side of the limit. Either way, it will have to expand or it will die. Ideally, we need TWO new runways and TWO new terminals, plus better road access from the Centre of London, and another mainline rail link too. Then, you will have seven terminals, and four runways, which will go some way to releaving the congestion in the skies, becasue it is stacks that are causing the problems, and by cutting down on waiting time, ie: less time to wait for a runway slot, then stacks will be releaved making it easier and safer to fly into LHR. It will cost a lot of money but i am sure it will be worth it, as i feel strongly, that as the busiest airport in the world, it should be able to handle that business level without a problem, as air travel numbers will only rise. It may mean that the current cargo terminal and outbuildings are re-located, and the new runway built closer to the M25, and the terminal built almost on the hard shoulder. Surely road liks dont get any better! That area is mostly marsh and wetland, but it will have to go sooner or later. maybe it may be time for an underground terminal, on top of which the runway runs. Expensive yes, but it will save space, and the soil is a mixture of clay, chalk, and lime hardcore, which will make it easier to dig, and it is well suited to subterranean building projects. I dont know really, its just a thought, but these are new untested times, and it maybe time for such measures. Im sure the matter is well in hand, and will resolve itself soon, but i'd hate to see the airport lose its status, just because of some people who dont want triple sevens in their back yard. Actually screw it....How much do you wnat for the house?
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GKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3057 times:
I think theat bmi will expand more from MAN to places such as JFK and maybe SFO. As for LHR, is there any room to build another runway and terminal??? The suggestion about a new airport makes sense though, but its unlikely to happen, but they wont shut down LGW,STN and LTN though.
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