U2 have announced an interesting selection of new routes and a further two aircraft to be based at EDI.
As far as I can remember:-
EDI-HAM has been tried before. I'm not sure which airline (Scottish European? Duo?) but it didn't last. I think BA Cityflier also had a go at it with a similar outcome.
EDI-PRG and EDI-DBV both compete with LS
EDI-CPH competes with DY and BD (if you can call flying an A319 against an Embraer 145 competition!)
EDI-(presumably) SXF replaces a route which FR previously operated
by738 From Tonga, joined Sep 2000, 2361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2600 times:
Looks like interesting times ahead with EZY flooding some of those markets with low cost seats. Prague is not as popular as it once was and Dubrovnik is very seasonal. Jet 2 however have a habit of holding their ground. Will be interesting to see where all the extra passengers come from either in or outbound. Looks like lots of bargain seats all round !
Would have preferred some full service mainline carriers on the German routes especially, guess they will be unlikely now. Why did HAM and BER fail previously ? If anyone can stimulate low cost pax on those routes it is EZY.
Im guess the new based aircraft will be A319's rather than A320's ?
DouglasDC10 From Germany, joined Feb 2000, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2573 times:
Quoting ScottishDavie (Thread starter): EDI-HAM has been tried before. I'm not sure which airline (Scottish European? Duo?) but it didn't last. I think BA Cityflier also had a go at it with a similar outcome.
The last airline I remember on that route was Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX), don't know if LH Cityline gave it a try as well. Anyway, U2 might have a chance as there is no Northern Germany - Scotland connection at all after Ryanair's withdrawal from BRE-EDI.
In reference to the CGN route that had surprised me because they were in the local media not too long before discontinuing the service saying it had done well and was being upgraded to an A320. I had hoped they may have given it another go.
damian From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2252 times:
Quoting ScottishDavie (Reply 3): As far as I know HAM failed because of lack of demand. I've just checked and it was BA Connect, not Cityflier, which last tried it in 2006.
The frequency offered by BA Connect on EDI-HAM was dreadful, only twice-weekly I seem to recall. The route did much better under HLX, however they decided to pull the plug on their HAM base and the EDI route therefore vanished. At a sensible frequency EZY should do much better on EDI-HAM.