richardw
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Could EasyJet Buy LCY Airport...

Tue Aug 13, 2002 11:16 pm

.....because they seem to like spending at the moment.

Or is it regulatory not possible?

They could fly planes from GVA, MUC, LYS. CDG, AMS and other airports and really upset current flag carriers that currently fly into LCY.
 
saab2000
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RE: Could EasyJet Buy LCY Airport...

Wed Aug 14, 2002 12:14 am

1. There is very limited parking at LCY
2. The Boeing 737 is not capable of landing or taking off from a 1099 meter runway, at least not loaded.
3. The Boeing 737 cannot fly the steep approach that exists in LCY.

This will not happen unless HUGE changes occur at this airport.

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turbulence
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RE: Could EasyJet Buy LCY Airport...

Wed Aug 14, 2002 12:21 am

I'm afraid it is not possible. Please someone confirm, but LCY has very strict noise regulations. Most airplanes flying there are 146s/RJs and some modern turboprops. As far as I know, although 737s are "stage 3" engined, they do not meet the very limited exigences of London City Airport.

Unless... wait a minute:
I don't know if any smaller ones of the CFM56 series jets (are these ones exactly?) would meet these regulations, but this would mean EZY placing his next 100 unit order to A319s/320s, and leave the 737s for the Swiss subsidiary.

Hey, I must admit that at first it shocked me, and I found your thought interesting. Then I remembered the noise regulations. And this made me think of the tax exemption for CFM equipped 32Xs in Switzerland thanks to low noise and exhaust emissions.

I must confess I made a fantastic mix of suppositions, but the way U2 is expanding fleet and destinations... Who knows?

Low low fares... directly to city center instead of 55-mile away Lutton? Hmmm... if Stelios is reading this... who knows!!!

Έλα, ρε Στέλιο, κάνε κάτι μεγάλο και εντιποσιατικό!!!

Best turbulences
 
richardw
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RE: Could EasyJet Buy LCY Airport...

Wed Aug 14, 2002 12:23 am

I did not suggest that they flew B737s into LCY Saab 2000
 
turbulence
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RE: Could EasyJet Buy LCY Airport...

Wed Aug 14, 2002 12:24 am

Hey, is the runway really that short?

I'm afraid that no medium airplanes can fly there, then...

What a pity!
 
LJ
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RE: Could EasyJet Buy LCY Airport...

Wed Aug 14, 2002 12:44 am

Yes, they can buy LCY, but they can't fly to/from it.
 
eugdog
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RE: Could EasyJet Buy LCY Airport...

Wed Aug 14, 2002 1:21 am

They should operate from Stansted - much better for location and railway links - there is direct train line from Liverpool street station (still gotta take a shuttle bus to LCCY from the train station) - Liverpool Street station is right in the heart of the financial district so it is great for business travelors!!!!
 
saab2000
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RE: Could EasyJet Buy LCY Airport...

Wed Aug 14, 2002 3:18 am

RichardW,

Sorry if I offended you with my short answers. The reason I mentioned the 737s is that that is all the Easyjet operates. This is one of the reasons a low-cost airline like Easyjet works. Anyway, your idea is not bad. I think that companies like this are going to play an increasingly large role in aviation and that the ones which don't adapt will die.

Also, I was wrong. The runway is 1199 metes, not 1099 meters. Anyway, still too short for anything but really small planes. This is not the biggest problem though. The bigger problem is the steep approach.

In order for Easyjet to operate at LCY they would have to either add another fleet or have it operated for them. Both of these things go against the Easyjet philosophy.

Jim

PS - I was in LCY today on the Saab 2000!! As usual, an exciting approach!
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RE: Could EasyJet Buy LCY Airport...

Wed Aug 14, 2002 5:36 am

They are highly likely to operate from stansted, easyjet have stated that Go! will be fully merged into easyjet as since easyet is the larger and older partner the GO! name will disappear.

Sinces its going to be diffifcult to transfer everything over to luton(and why would you?) it can only make sense to stay at STN, especially since it wont cost anything, if they move it costs them money.
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