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New U2 Flights From EDI  
User currently offlineScottishDavie From UK - Scotland, joined Feb 2011, 184 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2632 times:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-19908611

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

[Edited 2012-10-11 07:23:15]

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User currently offlineby738 From Tonga, joined Sep 2000, 2334 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2580 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 ?


User currently offlineDouglasDC10 From Germany, joined Feb 2000, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2553 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.


User currently offlineScottishDavie From UK - Scotland, joined Feb 2011, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2512 times:

Quoting by738 (Reply 1):
Why did HAM and BER fail previously ?

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.

FR pulled out of EDI-SXF allegedly because of costs:

http://www.business7.co.uk/business-...-edinburgh-routes-106408-23759761/

I wish U2 well - I fly them whenever possible and rate them as an excellent operation. However they tried to compete with 4U on the EDI-CGN route and gave up after little more than a year.


User currently offlinebergkampsticket From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2012, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2316 times:

Quoting ScottishDavie (Reply 3):

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.


User currently offlinercair1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1323 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2278 times:
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Dang - I thought it was about new flights of the U2, not by U2


rcair1
User currently offlinedamian From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 245 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2232 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.


User currently offlineby738 From Tonga, joined Sep 2000, 2334 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2138 times:

The BA connect fares would have put off the majority, looks as if the HAM route is more suited to a low cost operation. HAM gets very nice reviews. One would assume an EZY frequency would be 5-7 days

User currently offlineLH121GLA From Germany, joined May 2004, 455 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

Quoting by738 (Reply 7):
One would assume an EZY frequency would be 5-7 days

HAM will operate Mo/Th/Fr/Su


User currently offlineACdreamliner From UK - Scotland, joined May 2005, 519 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1843 times:

Looks line KEF is going from EDI as well from March...


Where are you going?
User currently offliner2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1651 times:

Quoting ScottishDavie (Reply 3):
HAM failed because of lack of demand. I've just checked and it was BA Connect, not Cityflier, which last tried it in 2006.

HAM and the airline landscape in Europe have evolved since 2006. Good to see someone back to try the route, if anyone can make it work it would be U2.


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