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User currently offlinegkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24923 posts, RR: 56
Posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 11382 times:

Ok, so a thread about the regional airports in the UK (other than MAN which has it's own thread).

So lately we have:

(Starting from North to South)

Aberdeen:
Azerbaijan Airlines starting 2 x weekly A320 service to Baku (starts 7th May IIRC), at the moment I believe it's a scheduled charter flight which cannot be booked by the general public, although I could expect this to change,
easyJet starting Gatwick flights.
Aer Lingus Regional (Aer Arann) starting Dublin flights in competition with Ryanair.

HIAL (Inverness,Dundee, Wick, Islands etc):
Extra flights to the Shetlands from Aberdeen and Edinburgh with Loganair/FlyBe.
CityJet now using Fokker 50s on DND-LCY and frequency reduced to 2 x daily from 3 x daily.

Edinburgh:
easyjet have announced new routes to Athens, Tenerife and Grenoble, with a 5th based a/c (an A320).
Blue1 have recently commenced fligths between EDI and HEL using 717 a/c.
Jet2 have started Malaga and Budapest flights from EDI with a 4th/5th based 733.
BA CityFlyer continue to add frequencies on EDI-LCY - could we perhaps see them launch direct European services from EDI in the future?
Speculation surrounding BMI's future on the LHR route, will it go the same way as GLA?

Glasgow:
Jet2 have now launched their base with a 733 and 752 based.
Summer season has now started at Glasgow, so it'll start to look like a proper airport again  
easyjet are reintroducing 6 x weekly flights to Amsterdam.
US Airways have returned on a longer season this year, still using 757s.
Still no sign of GLA-DXB going 2 x Daily, presumably this is due to shortage of a/c at Emirates.

Prestwick:
Still struggling away with Ryanair and Wizz being the main airlines along with all the freighters and military activity.

Newcastle:
Thomas Cook: 4 x 757s based ( 2 x TCX, 1 x Mint and 1 x Astraeus) for the summer.
Lufthansa using a mix of CR7/CR9/735s on the DUS route, the CR2s still appear from time to time.
Cimber dropped CPH very suddenly, no replacement carrier for this route yet.
easyJet down to 3 x A319 based, Stansted no longer operating. No replacement carrier found yet.
Jet2 added a 3rd based 733 to go along with the 2 757s.
The Airport is reportedly up for sale.
Wideroe upgraded the SVG flights to Q400, and added an extra frequency.

Durham Tees Valley:
Still struggling, with KLM and Eastern being the only scheduled carriers.
Summer season has started now, so the usual Onur Air Turkey charters will be starting.

Humberside:
No FlyBe AGP flight, although Ryanair have started 2 x weekly ALC flights (although these are rumoured for the chop due to FR falling out with ALC (surprise, surprise!)

Leeds/Bradford:
I assume Jet2 and Ryanair have added flights?

Blackpool:
Anyone?

Liverpool:
Anyone?

East Midlands:
Jet2 have added a 2nd based 757.

Birmingham:
Anyone?

Cardiff:
BMI Baby Closing the base after the summer.

Newquay:
Anyone?

Plymouth:
Airport to close

Bristol:
I assume easyjet and Ryanair have made additions?

Exeter?
Anyone?

Bournemouth:
Ryanair have returned operating their sunshine flights.
Has there been any replacement for Palmair?
Are Thomson still opertaing from BOH?

Southampton:
Anyone?

Norwich:
Anyone?


Feel free to add any news or rumours you hear about the regionals in the UK (No London Airports or MAN - they have their own dedicated threads).


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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 11332 times:

Quoting gkirk (Thread starter):
Norwich:
Anyone?

It would appear that Flybe have not reinstated the summer service from Norwich to Exeter this summer  http://www.norwichairport.co.uk/scheduled-flights.asp

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinezbb757 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 11288 times:

Thanks GKirk for starting a regional thread.

Rumours from Leeds - U2 very happy with loads from their sole GVA flight, will be looking to add more winter routes and summer routes next year. With the possibility of a based aircraft.

Jet2 will be basing a B738 at Leeds, with the other two at MAN. One currently in service at MAN. They were planning SSH this summer season but have pulled it, not sure why.

PIA - No rumour, just interested how there twice weekly ISB flight is going?? Always seems very busy at airport and you can tell when the flight is due. Any chance of them upgrading the A310, can they upgrade it due to airfield restrictions?

Obviously a glut of seasonal routes starting, although nothing much to get excited about. Same old leisure destinations.

ZBB757



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User currently offlinesantos From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 740 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 11276 times:

Cardiff :

Helvetic Airways has started a 5 weekly service to Zurich- F100

Manx2 is to operate flights between CWL and IOM from 27th May to 12th June.


User currently offlinegkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24923 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 11268 times:

Quoting zbb757 (Reply 2):
Jet2 will be basing a B738 at Leeds, with the other two at MAN. One currently in service at MAN. They were planning SSH this summer season but have pulled it, not sure why.

Jet2 pulled all their Egypt and Tunisia flights due to the unrest in these countries. Additional flights to Spain and Portugal.
I'd expect Egypt and Tunisia to be back next summer however.



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User currently offlinefaddypainter From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 11241 times:

Birmingham -
New control tower and runway extension (from 2599 to 2950m) finally approved by the board and gone out for tender. Completion set for 2014, should please EK and PK (If they're still at BHX by then) eliminating their restrictions, and hopefully make the airport more viable to long haul operators.

Apart from that not much in the way of new routes.   


User currently offlinegkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24923 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 11207 times:

Edinburgh: Thomson are basing an a/c at EDI all year round now. This summer it's a leased Astraeus 757. During the winter, it reverts to a TOM 738.


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User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 10738 times:

Quoting gkirk (Thread starter):
Edinburgh:Speculation surrounding BMI's future on the LHR route, will it go the same way as GLA?

bmi - some extra summer flights to CPH and ZRH
Flybe new Knock service

Quoting gkirk (Thread starter):
Glasgow:

bmi - some extra summer flights to CPH

Quoting gkirk (Thread starter):
Humberside:
No FlyBe AGP flight, although Ryanair have started 2 x weekly ALC flights (although these are rumoured for the chop due to FR falling out with ALC (surprise, surprise!)

The good news:
FR to ALC, until October at least
h4u new Bodrum charter
Weston Aviation to open a new business aviation centre
New on-site hotel recently opened
A substantial increase in one-off special departure holidays

The bad:
No BE Malaga
Thomas Cook pulled HER and LCA
Olympic reduced the operating season of their HER and LCA
KLM have pulled the summer 4th daily, though if it boosts the remaining 3xDaily flights then its not all bad. The routes back over 10k per month and has seen increases in the first three months of the year

Thomas Cook also had a new Enfidha charter planned for this Summer (would have started today), but it got pulled before starting. A book it early Families 2012 brochure lists the flight, but that maybe a mistake

Quoting gkirk (Thread starter):
Leeds/Bradford:
I assume Jet2 and Ryanair have added flights?

Jet 2 are pretty stagnant in terms of number of flights. Bodrum and Funchal are new compared to last summer

Quoting gkirk (Thread starter):
Birmingham:
Anyone?

Do they even have a route development team  

Monarch converted a Paphos charter into a scheduled service. bmi baby will base an extra aircraft for Summer 2012

Quoting gkirk (Thread starter):
Newquay:
Anyone?

bmi baby MAN will be going
NCL/CWL links lost in latest T3/WOW network revision. New Channel Island links added. Who knows what will happen when Plymouth closes though. Another network recast will no doubt be needed

Quoting gkirk (Thread starter):
Bournemouth:
Are Thomson still opertaing from BOH?

Yes. BOH must be very grateful for them, especially in November before EZY start for the winter

Manston - Flybe axe MAN but add a seasonal BHD
DSA - Easyjet gone but a fair bit of the lost capacity replaced. TOM upgraded a based B737-300 to a B737-800, new FR TFS/FAO services and some extra Thomas Cook charters. And its the new home of the Vulcan bomber

Quoting gkirk (Thread starter):
Blackpool:
Anyone?

Jet 2 stagnant, not sure about Manx2/RE-EI Regional

Quoting gkirk (Thread starter):
Southampton:
Anyone?

BE add seasonal Pau, Beziers and Clermont Ferrand



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11638 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 10680 times:

Quoting Humberside (Reply 7):
bmi baby MAN will be going
NCL/CWL links lost in latest T3/WOW network revision. New Channel Island links added. Who knows what will happen when Plymouth closes though. Another network recast will no doubt be needed

I can see very few T3/SZ routes remaining without PLH, some need PLH more and the rest need each other to be viable. But that said, it's far from certain right now that PLH will indeed be closing.


Dan  



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User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 10638 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 8):
I can see very few T3/SZ routes remaining without PLH, some need PLH more and the rest need each other to be viable

I can't see the Channel Islands working without PLH for starters

Really don't know why T3 bought WOW. The route network is slowly being dismantled to the point where if PLH closes and further cutbacks are made very little of the old WOW network will be left



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11638 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 9750 times:

Quoting Humberside (Reply 9):

Really don't know why T3 bought WOW. The route network is slowly being dismantled to the point where if PLH closes and further cutbacks are made very little of the old WOW network will be left

So far as informed rumors go, it's now back to a profitable state. Therefore I can't see them being very happy that, less than a year after buying the airline from the owners of the airport, they announce the airport will shut. Even so, they got 4 pairs of LGW slots, 3 owned Dash 8s out of the fleet of 5, and £2 million in cash from advance ticket sales - for an airline which had 'only' lost about £6 million in total, that was a very good deal - they basically got paid to take the problem away from SHH.


Dan  



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User currently offlinegkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24923 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9284 times:

For winter 2011/12, the Icelandair service to GLA is split from MAN. GLA goes nonstop 3 x weekly in both directions, whilst MAN has a 2 weekly nonstop flight.


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User currently offlinekeegd76 From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Aug 2009, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9149 times:
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Just an observation, shouldn't the three Northern Ireland airports (Belfast City, Belfast International, City of Derry) be on your list too?

They are UK regional airports, no matter what some people might claim  



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User currently offlineMAN2SIN2BKK From Thailand, joined Feb 2009, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9118 times:

Quoting gkirk (Thread starter):
Bristol:
I assume easyjet and Ryanair have made additions?

Any chance of some flights to the main centres in Germany?


User currently offlinedavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7370 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8806 times:
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Quoting gkirk (Reply 11):
GLA goes nonstop 3 x weekly in both directions, whilst MAN has a 2 weekly nonstop flight.

MAN is mostly 2 weekly but there's a few weeks where it's 3 weekly and in one week it's 4 weekly.

Quoting keegd76 (Reply 12):
Just an observation, shouldn't the three Northern Ireland airports (Belfast City, Belfast International, City of Derry) be on your list too?

Okay we'll have the 5 weekly LDY-MAN service by BE from May to September.


User currently offlinebananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1577 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 8685 times:

Quoting gkirk (Thread starter):
No London Airports ... - they have their own dedicated threads).

Do they? Can't see threads on-going for LTN/STN/LGW & LCY.

Or is there and I'm missing them. If not, perhaps these should be included into this thread given how they probably don't warrant their own threads?

Mark

[Edited 2011-05-03 19:04:45]


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User currently offlinegkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24923 posts, RR: 56
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8616 times:

Quoting bananaboy (Reply 15):
If not, perhaps these should be included into this thread given how they probably don't warrant their own threads?

The'yre not regional  



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User currently offlineplanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4121 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8402 times:

Quoting gkirk (Thread starter):
Bournemouth:
Ryanair have returned operating their sunshine flights.
Has there been any replacement for Palmair?
Are Thomson still opertaing from BOH?

No replacement for Palmair. They had an allocation of 30 seats on a weekly Arrecife and Tenerife flight with Thomson, but that ended at the end of April.

Thomas Cook operating two weekly flights to DLM/AYT.

No flights to Bourgas, Heraklion, Larnaca or Malta this summer.


User currently offlineGSTBA From UK - England, joined Apr 2010, 465 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8212 times:

Quoting gkirk (Thread starter):
Liverpool:
Anyone?

T3 flights from LPL to ABZ and LPL to SOU - Will be cut from 2 to 1 x each weekday from 31st May

Quoting gkirk (Thread starter):
Southampton:
Anyone?

T3 will start direct services from SOU-DIJ from 06th June. Flights will operate 3 x weekly on a 29 seater J41


User currently offlinegkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24923 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7820 times:

Edinburgh:
Thomson have announced a short series of flights from Edinburgh to Sanford and Cancun next summer....each flight will operate for 3 weeks only.

Jet2 are introducing flights to Alicante for Summer 2012, with increased frequencies to Malaga.

East Midlands:
Jet2 to base a 733 for summer 2012, with new flights to Murcia and Malaga, and increased frequencies to Alicante, Faro, Palma and Tenerife.



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User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7388 times:

New Jet 2 LBA-LPA once weekly for Summer 2012


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User currently offlineammunition From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 1065 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7331 times:

Quoting Humberside (Reply 7):
Quoting gkirk (Thread starter):
Glasgow:

bmi - some extra summer flights to CPH

No extra summer flights from GLA, but a Friday and Sunday EDI-CPH flight is on sale from Jun-Aug with some good fares for a weekend getaway.



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User currently offlinesunshine79 From UK - England, joined Jan 2006, 1759 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7202 times:

Jet2 have added EWR shopping trips for December from NCL, GLA, LBA and EMA.


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User currently offlinegkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24923 posts, RR: 56
Reply 23, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7026 times:

New airline being set up at the Isle of Man...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/10/idUS152187503020110510

Quote:

Mystery surrounds a new airline that claims to be establishing a base at the Isle of Man Airport.

According to its website, Ellan Vannin Airways is set to take up residency in EuroManx House at the IOM airport and launch flights in 2012 from the Isle of Man, Cambridge and Oxford airports.

Apparently to use ERJ135s, and ERJ190s...also flying to Cambridge and Oxford....



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19202 posts, RR: 52
Reply 24, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7017 times:

Quoting GSTBA (Reply 18):
T3 flights from LPL to ABZ and LPL to SOU - Will be cut from 2 to 1 x each weekday from 31st May

Seems LPL-ABZ and -SOU will change from J41 to S20.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
25 Post contains images gingersnap : Well...I'd say STN & LTN are at least
26 Post contains images noelg : From Wikipedia (the oracle of global knowledge ): In European countries regional airports are usually classed as airports that don't serve the countr
27 Post contains images ual777uk : I really hope not, the business end is at EDI, BD need/should keep this route IMHO. A travesty. Lets hope that the closure is turned around, somebody
28 Post contains links Humberside : http://www.flybmi.com/bmi/en-gb/abou...e/press-releases/201104151205.aspx
29 gkirk : Jet2 starting flights from Glasgow to Ibiza, Malaga and Arrecife for Summer 2012
30 Post contains images ammunition : bmi regional offering 600DKK one ways/1200DKK return from copenhagen to edinburgh plus taxes, various dates, mainly friday and saturday travel. All in
31 LH121GLA : I'm hearing things about LH being linked to ABZ & GLA - anyone know any truth in these rumours?
32 zbb757 : Anyone got any idea what happened at LBA yesterday, The short-stay car parks and drop-off points were closed. Is this due to new building works or jus
33 ncl2011 : Any news on the (long) rumoured Emirates equipment ugrade (777) ? Are KLM still planning to retire their fokker aircraft serving newcastle?
34 gkirk : No adequate a/c available, hence no upgrades to the NCL and GLA flights until 2012 at the earliest I'd imagine.
35 Trin : I would love to see some more direct flights to/from the US and EDI..........it's getting a little tiring having to go via Newark to visit home! Oh fo
36 Post contains links fly2yyz : http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/18/idUS74810031420110518 This is the 18th year that Air Transat has offered service to Exeter Airport. Congrats
37 david_itl : PK pulling ISB-LBA from June
38 gkirk : FlyBe starting Inverness-Amsterdam with Q400s, 6 x weekly[Edited 2011-05-18 23:54:58]
39 Post contains links aidoair : bmibaby new summer 2012 routes; From EMA: to Gibraltar, Corfu, Murcia and Naples. Also Cologne goes year round. From Birmingham Airport: to Lisbon, Ro
40 lhr380 : Problems up north at EDI and ABZ with heavy winds shutting the airports. Just watching the news on Sky and in the background at EDI airport during a r
41 gkirk : EDI was closed for a bit due to the wind taking off parts of the terminal roof...
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