Delta777jet From Germany, joined Jun 2000, 1421 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6061 times:
Used for the past few weeks often Aer Lingus new routes out of LGW to WAW and TFS.
On the very long trip and at redicolous low price there was just 50 pax on my outbound and inbound flight from TFS into LGW. Also I was able to count how many disembarked at TFS and it was about the same amount of passengers. How long Aer Lingus can afford to fly A320's for 4 hours each way with just 50 pax on board ? I was thinking such a holiday route would attract many more people to fly.
On the WAW flights I noticed a quite good load factor of around 110 pax each flight, so this must be much better performing for them than the TFS flights.
Shamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6479 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5939 times:
It's difficult to judge an entire route performance on just two flights, especially on routes that only started a month ago. That being said, I have heard from someone who's cabin crew at Aer Lingus that loads on both TFS and ACE are very hit and miss, sometimes totally full and other times close to empty. It's also interesting to note that neither appear in the summer schedule so it wouldn't surprise me to see them dropped if the loads are indeed so hit and miss.
Regarding the other routes, I think Ireland West Knock does quite well, the load factor has stayed around 70% since it launched in April and most of the other routes which were originally launched have done well in terms of load factor but in early summer the Aer Lingus chairman said they weren't having problems filling aircraft but achieving good yields on some routes. What management are probably most pleased about at the moment is the lower cost base they have gained at their two UK bases, both BFS and LGW are substantially cheaper to operate than the Irish bases at the moment.
Time will tell if the Gatwick base works out for Aer Lingus, they have a good product and low fares so I hope it does do well for them.
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4387 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5825 times:
e.g. the LGW-EIN flights... timing is not too good, and once a day only.
We also have FR performing twice daily, with good schedules, between STN and EIN.
So I can't see a success on the new EI route, and it might even be over capacity between those two cities...
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13018 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5796 times:
I think we will definitely see some changes for the Summer, but a lot will depend on what BA does; it's my strong believe that there will be a tie between routes dropped by BA and added by EI, although we have not as yet seen an announcement about this.
We may also see some progress made in EI obtain a British AOC, which might see (a) EI adding routes to places like Russia, Egypt and Turkey and (b) a long haul base being established there.