joost From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 3128 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2398 times:
Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter): Ryanair will launch services from Dortmund to Alghero, Faro, Girona, Malaga, Porto and Palma in March 2013.
Ryanair's entrance at DTM follows the almost complete withdrawal of U2 from the airport. Once started as a 4-aircraft base in 2004, it has been shrunk ever since then. From the start of the winter season, all what's left is a LTN-DTM flight.
easyJet is to cease flights to BCN, PMI, BUD and SKG. PMI will be replaced by FR (and is also served by AB), BCN will be sort-of replaced by GRO.
Overall, DTM doesn't look the be a very successful airport. Most likely, it suffers from hefty competition from nearby DUS, NRN, FMO, CGN, PAD. AB, U2 and 4U all didn't manage to keep their operations viable. W6 so far is the only carrier that has shown growth over the years. Now, it will most likely become one of the many airports that see the majority of pax flying Europe's Ultra-LCCs FR and W6.
A major problem for DTM (for the U2 base) are opening hours. Also, compared to DUS and CGN, public transport connections aren't really good.
r2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2248 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (7 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1088 times:
Quoting joost (Reply 1): DTM doesn't look the be a very successful airport. Most likely, it suffers from hefty competition from nearby DUS, NRN, FMO, CGN, PAD. AB, U2 and 4U all didn't manage to keep their operations viable.
I don't believe that is the reason. By location and catchment area, DTM would IMO be the natural LCC airport for the Ruhr area, ahead of NRN, FMO or PAD. The main problem of DTM are the opening hours, as you also say in your post, which prevent any LCC from setting up base there. Another 300-500m or so of runway length would also help a lot. Admittedly though, the airport is in a lousy location as far as noise impact is concerned.