UK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2600 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 10430 times:
Just saw this on Sky News.
With my local airport being one of the quietest in the UK I can start to sympathise with those who will be affected by this. These are worrying times.
I wonder what Air Atlantique will do. I hope they find an alternative location and get the chance to fly their fleet out. Maybe somewhere like Durham Tees Valley Airport would be worth looking at. There is spare hangar space and lots of land.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3287 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10220 times:
This is very unhappy news indeed. The UK economy is in a truly bad state at the moment. Within the last few weeks we have seen the near-total liquidation of First Quench drinks retailers (Threshers, Wine Rack and so on) and of Borders Bookstores in the UK. Now an airport succumbs to the economic climate.
CVT seems to have been fatally hit when its application to build a new terminal was rejected in 2006. At that time Thomsonfly had a low-cost base at the airport - this base was initially set up by My Travel for a low-cost arm called MyTravelLite. When Thomsonfly pulled out last year there were no other scheduled passenger services there and the inability to build a new terminal was unappealing to other airlines.
It is very sad. One wonders whether other aiports are at risk of a similar fate.
Humberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4943 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8712 times:
Quoting Trintocan (Reply 4): CVT seems to have been fatally hit when its application to build a new terminal was rejected in 2006. At that time Thomsonfly had a low-cost base at the airport - this base was initially set up by My Travel for a low-cost arm called MyTravelLite.
MyTravel Lite was always at BHX.
It was TUI that took CVT over from Air Atlantique to try and get the planning permissions through for TOM to start operations at CVT
Mozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2301 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5795 times:
How long did that airport actually have a life as an airport for commercial scheduled/charter operations? I remember when I was doing project work in the region in 1996 I drove to that airport to check it out, and there was nothing going on. Then some years later Thomsonfly started out its life at Coventry and I thought "so finally that airport does have a use". And no it's dead again.
Derby/BMA also flew schedules to the Channel Islands in the summer right up to the 80s. There was also a short-lived CVT-based schedule to Amsterdam (or Paris?) by Venture Airways using leased Viscounts and then all business-class configed 748s. In the late 50s/early 60s, the original Orion Airways (with Vikings) was originally based there and had big plans for a scheduled network, which never materialised. They later moved their operation to Gatwick before going bust themselves.
R2rho From Spain, joined Feb 2007, 3205 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5071 times:
Sad, but unfortunately I doubt it is viable to run a commercial airport that is so close to BHX, particularly since it seems to lack any type of facility. Maybe its future should be as a GA airport instead. BHX doesn't seem to be full enough to justify the need for a separate LCC airport.
MWHCVT From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 810 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4780 times:
As a CVT local this is a crying shame, I have to say that the writing has been on the wall for CVT since the Terminal plans were rejected, I found it very sad that there were campaigns by local residents to stop the plans, I find the phrase NIMBY's would be the best way to describe these people
CVT's proximity to BHX was always and issue however with better services and transport links to BHX being a massive attraction.
I believe that a new operator will be found for CVT as it still has a role to play in both GA and Commercial OP's one area of development should certainly be Cargo Op's
MWH @ CVT
Must think up a new one soon, slow moving brain trying to get into gear ;)
Planesmith From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2009, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4660 times:
Quoting AAMDanny (Reply 10): I hope the site dont get turned into a shopping park or an industrial estate
Now then - don't hold your breath - what you will find will be row after row of nasty little badly built houses accompanied by industrial units to match those along the A45 and at least one new Tesco stores (Can't have too many Tescos can we!) Most of these will remain empty for some time...
I must confess however, that whenever I drove along the Eastern RIng Road I kept a steady eye on the sky as there would often be a very low approach by some random aircraft, I almost expected a dented roof on more than one occasion!
9VSIO From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 729 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4563 times:
What will happen to ATC coverage in the long run? Coventry Radar were always a nice bunch to talk to. And I don't think Birmingham will want to provide a basic service if you're just in the area! Does F'bough LARS go that far north?
The one time I actually landed there, I loved the facilities at the Almat flying club. I was actually thinking of going there for a shopping trip when the weather turned. Very sad news. I hope someone steps in to rescue it...
Anyone got a sinking feeling at Norwich?
Me: (Lining up on final) I shall now select an aiming point. || Instructor: Well, I hope it's the runway...
FlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2319 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3176 times:
It is a shame that CVT has closed, I agree though that it will probably be saved and be used for GA & Biz ops.
Quoting 9VSIO (Reply 17):
Anyone got a sinking feeling at Norwich?
I think that NWI will be safe, its part owned by both the city and county council so I'm sure that they would want to keep a fairly important portal open in the interests of the town and county. Isn't Norwich the only commercial ops airport in East Anglia?
Quoting Babybus (Reply 11): It's like trying to develop Biggin Hill as a competitor to Gatwick.
Or LPL when MAN is so close
But Seriously, I don't think it would have been sustainable in it's current form. BHX is too established and very close, had CVT had gotten the go ahead for the new terminal I'm sure that it would have attracted more airlines and higher passenger figures.
Passengers like the convenience of travelling from their local airport, not going all the way to the likes of LGW & MAN. Travel companies capitalise on this through supplemental charges (I know because I worked for a tour operator a few years back). People would gladly pay a few pounds more to travel a shorter distance to an airport which is less busy if it means that there is less overall hassle.
Lifes a train racing towards you, now you can either run away or grab a chair & a beer and watch it come - Phil