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CO EWR-EDI Possible Route?

Sat May 25, 2002 11:01 pm

Edinburgh EDI is offering incentives to Continental for service to EWR. Anyone here thing this route would have the loads to be profitable? Would it be a continuation of service to Glasgow or nonstop?


Saturday, 25th May 2002

Airlines urged to explore direct route to US

ALASTAIR JAMIESON


AIRPORT bosses have brought transatlantic flights from Edinburgh a step closer by offering help to encourage airlines to establish a direct north America link.

BAA Scotland, which runs both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports, is understood to be offering Continental Airlines discounts of up to 75 per cent on landing charges for new transatlantic routes to and from its airports.

Although Edinburgh has recently become Scotland’s biggest airport for scheduled air passengers, Glasgow is the only departure point north of the Border for direct US flights. The Scottish Executive has said it would back up any new route from Edinburgh with marketing help.

BAA said the plan was to build transatlantic services from both Glasgow and Edinburgh, but industry analysts doubt there is enough business to sustain two services.

Kieran Daly, the editor of Air Transport Intelligence, said: “Many people in the US won’t care whether they are flying into Glasgow or Edinburgh and the deals and conditions which airports offer are tremendously important in luring business.”

Edinburgh is already growing faster than Glasgow and has far more of the lucrative business travellers that airlines and airports value most.

BAA Scottish Airports’ business development manager, David Field, confirmed he had made a “very generous offer” to Continental in an effort to lure it to Edinburgh. He said: “We want to build transatlantic services to both airports. Any Edinburgh service would be in addition to, rather than instead of, Glasgow flights.”

Nick Britton, a spokesman for Continental, said: “We welcome help in launching new services, but we would only consider a new destination if it were viable in its own right. We have operated the Glasgow-Newark route now for four years and that will remain. We will not be considering anything else until the economic situation becomes clearer.”

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RE: CO EWR-EDI Possible Route?

Sat May 25, 2002 11:55 pm

the route has been in discussion for a while now. CO were expected to give the go ahead for the route to start this summer, but talks were postponed after september 11th. Talks resumed a few months ago, and CO are expected to commence the route summer 2003.

From reports i read a while ago it seemed pretty much certain that the route would go ahead, but the article above seems to sugest Co are doubtful or at least playing it down for the time being...

Personally i think the route will ge given the nod. Cant wait to see a CO 757 at EDI...
 
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RE: CO EWR-EDI Possible Route?

Sun May 26, 2002 1:27 am

The route was discussed for a while back in early 2001 and was most likely shelved due to the post-9/11 environment. I wouldn't be surprised if CO did add an EWR-EDI 757 service in the spring of 2003, but it will most probably be a seasonal route.

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