EGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 13 Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1065 times:
I don't think so im afraid VS744, yes there was dispute about airport fee's and that's why they dont do the LPL-LTN run no more Easyjet are buying more and more aircraft and they are venturing into bigger things now so maybe thats long forgotten.....
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7260 posts, RR: 14 Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1039 times:
Ah, the selfish ways! If I had my way, I'd compel all MAS and MAU to stay at MAN, tell BA to actually serve Britain and not London and generally cause a commotion to the world's airlines by telling them to actually take advantage of Britain's regions instead of trying to totally clog up London!
David/MAN: 238 and counting (or 237 according to the countdown clock on BBC Manchester's reception; my countdown is correct though!)
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54 Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1037 times:
It stopped because they lost pots. There is too much competition on a route like that and LPL-LTN is only going to serve a business market in the local catchment areas of the two airports. The big market is MAN-LON and having to travel at both ends makes it unlikely to succeed. I was a bit more surprised that MAN-LCY failed though (can't remember who that was) as I would have thought there was a market for that.
As for U2 operating LPL-LGW, I'm sure that they wouldn't mind, but even with BA vacating slots they are still in short supply and other routes would be a long way ahead in terms of priority.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
BCal DC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 720 posts, RR: 5 Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1004 times:
There was a Blackpool to London service in the summer.
Randomly, it was to Biggin Hill, and it wasn't low fare either at £199 return std fare, but it did include "luxury" coach transfers between Biggin Hill and the City. Though those quiet empty streets of London... ahem.
I'd love to see a Blackpool service again. My parents live in Lytham and it would make life very easy flying home to visit. I currently fly to MAN and get the old man to pick me up.
I've used the Sleasy Jet service from Liverpool as well, and thought it was very good.
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54 Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 999 times:
The whole Barclay's thing was a bit of a media scam. Barclays didn't run the airport, they just had a stake in the airport operator. Of course, attacking a bank is always a good way of getting the public onside as everybody hates them!
On the issue of airport fees themselves, when U2 first started, they were offered preferential rates as a new entrant. Why should they continue to be virtually nothing? After all, the airport operator has to make money too. Besides, as much as they might whinge about it, they don't have that much choice, they can't just close down LTN and go elsewhere. The same with LPL, where else are they going to go with a decent catchment area? Manchester? Oh, yes I'm sure they'll get a great deal there.
LGW is slot constrained, even if you assume that Easyjet got all the newly available slots, which won't happen, it would only be enough for about four high density routes.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
Parra From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 977 times:
I'd love to see a Blackpool service. For those of you who like to laugh at the idea remember that Blackpool has 18 million visitors every year. Humberside and Teeside get London flights but I can't imagine 18 million people wanting to visit Hull or Hartlepool, 18 would be a lot.
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7260 posts, RR: 14 Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 960 times:
Manchester International Airport? We haven't been called that since 1986 (though various media types report it as such!).
Manchester has MAN - about 10 miles from Manchester city centre; it's about 40 miles from Liverpool.
Liverpool has LPL which is around 5? miles from Liverpool city centre (please someone correct me -I've been to Liverpool only twice. Twice too many times some might say )
The "dual" airport that could have been developed was the former USAF base at Burtonwood near Warrington, which was near equi-distant between Manchester and Liverpool.
Docpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1955 posts, RR: 3 Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 944 times:
Well International flights fly into MAN, making it in an international airport right? ha.
40 miles is about 65 km which would take less than an hour to complete under normal traffic conditions. That isn't too bad, is it. Unless traffic between the two cities is terrible.
I also wonder how SIA supports a daily flight to Manchester. Are there that many people going there everyday? And for that matter, how do so many airlines support daily international flights to MAN? There's nothing much to do there, is there? Except Old Trafford? And even if it's the football crowd, at the rate they're going these days, hmmmm, Man U's gonna lose a lot of fans.......
Unless MAN is the international gateway into beautiful Scotland?
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7260 posts, RR: 14 Reply 20, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 936 times:
For me the word "International" means that the airport provides customs facilities. Not such a big deal, besides you don't hear of Heathrow International or Gatwick International!
There are 33 million people within 2 hours car drive of Manchester. Suffcient catchment area, I would think, to support a fair number of daily intercontinental flights! I will admit that you won't tend to find too many in the front end of the planes but remember that we have an airline that prefers to shuttle passengers down to LHR rather than introduce long-haul out of MAN!
Looking at the situation pre-September, MAN was experiencing some 7% growth in passenger numbers; my website (http://fly.to/northwest-spotters) has passenger statistics up to June for the international flights from Northwest England, although I have yet to upload the statistics for the picture to August.
Being specific to SQ, they along with MH and EK do well in providing connections to Australia. Once I am at home again, I will furnish a better response!
As for the ignorant comment about Man Utd, you may be surprised to learn that when they were relegated in 1973-4, the following season saw them have the highest average attendence in England despite being in the old Division 2. There's a lot of mythology about the attendences as they have consistently been in the top 2 or 3 even in the long, unsuccessful period that they had!
BCal DC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 720 posts, RR: 5 Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 932 times:
What tossy comments about MAN and why people fly there. It is a gateway to the North, and a welcome one at that, for people who can't be arsed to deal with hassle that goes with LHR/LGW.
A David said there are over 30 million people who are within a few hrs of MAN. Like my parents, going to Altanta on Delta from MAN, who are quite happy at the fact that they don't have to fly down and change planes at LGW, or anywhere else.
I do question why SIA have a flight out of MAN though. How can so many people want to go to a boring as 'eck place as Singapore is anyones guess.
At least Manchester is hip, happening, booming, top nightlife, fab clubs, music scene, Commonwealth Games coming up etc etc... unlike Singapore.