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Meridiana To Axe LGW-Florence  
User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1494 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

Haven't seen this story reported here yet ... but according to BA its code-share with Meridiana on the LGW-FLR route will end as the Italian airline is withdrawing from the route in January.

http://www.speedbirdclub.com/nl/all-...twelve/dectwelve/lgwflrsuspension/

Doubtless the decision has been taken in the light of Vueling opening a base at Florence and launching a daily service from LHR next spring:

http://www.businesstraveller.com/new...ng-to-serve-florence-from-heathrow

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User currently offlineLGWGate49 From Sudan, joined Nov 2009, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2145 times:

Seems like they are cutting their LGW-VRN too (last date for booking on their website is 6 Jan) - that didn't last long.

You can still book LGW-OLB in the summer however.



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User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

Wasn't that a monopoly route? Anyone I know who has taken it has always reported it being full.

I think Florence would benefit from a Ryanair LGW service. Meridiana have always been very expensive.


User currently offlineTeamInTheSky From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1865 times:

Sad to see this flight go. I have taken it before, and it was a great (typically cheap) way to get to FLR from London.

Regards,

Team



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User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

Quoting babybus (Reply 2):
Wasn't that a monopoly route?

Yes. Meridiana has held the monopoly on LGW-FLR for around 20 years.

Quoting babybus (Reply 2):
I think Florence would benefit from a Ryanair LGW service.

The problem with FLR, as was indicated in the news item, is the fact that its short runway can only handle certain plane types. FR's planes would not be able to land at FLR. That is why FR and other LCCs land at Pisa which is about 50 miles away from Florence.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1856 times:

Don't forget that BA serves PSA and not FLR.


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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1840 times:

Quoting babybus (Reply 2):
I think Florence would benefit from a Ryanair LGW service.

Why would Ryanair want to start this route, especially from Gatwick?

If anyone was to do this route from Gatwick, no choice it would be either BA or U2.



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User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4920 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 4):
Quoting babybus (Reply 2):
Wasn't that a monopoly route?

Yes. Meridiana has held the monopoly on LGW-FLR for around 20 years.

Not been a monopoly for the past couple of years however - Cityjet operate LCY-FLR

[Edited 2012-12-18 13:34:28]


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User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2388 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1693 times:

Meridiana fly is also undergoing a major restructuring and is planning to cut seven of its 13 A320 family aircraft, both A330-200s and a B767-200 of sister carrier Air Italy from the fleet next year. So they will have to make network cuts as well besides another 650 job cuts expected as a result.


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