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BA CitiExpress Cuts Plymouth And Newquay Routes

Tue May 20, 2003 4:33 am


British Airways will withdraw its loss making services to Plymouth and Newquay from London Gatwick and Bristol airports on 30 October.

However, realising the importance of regional air links to the local community, the airline said it is keen to work with any other parties who may be interested in taking over the routes.

The decision has been made following a fleet and network review by BA CitiExpress, a wholly owned subsidiary of British Airways. It is part of a full regional review of the business which aims to deliver £20 million cost savings, £7m of which must be achieved during the current financial year.

Aircraft deployment

To provide a more efficient deployment of aircraft, the fleet of 10 BA CitiExpress Dash 8 turboprops, two of which operate on the affected routes, will in future be based primarily at Manchester where they will operate domestic services. The two Dash 8 aircraft that currently operate services from Southampton will continue to do so.

As a result of the Dash 8 fleet move, the three times a day Bristol to Newcastle service will also be withdrawn although the airline has reconfirmed its commitment to Bristol Airport and the development of its all jet operation there.

David Evans, Managing Director of BA CitiExpress, said: "A decision to withdraw routes is never an easy one to take and we know how disappointing this is for the people of Plymouth and Newquay. Sadly, we can no longer continue to operate these loss-making services. We will, however, continue to have a strong presence in the south of England at Bristol and Southampton where we have a solid and thriving network of services to Europe and other parts of the UK.

Cost-savings

"The fleet and network review was very important for us. It helped us identify where we can make necessary cost-savings and how we can better serve our customers with improved frequencies and schedules elsewhere in our operation."

BA CitiExpress employs 61 staff at Plymouth and 10 at Newquay.

Customers booked on affected flights will be offered a full refund, and are advised to contact their travel agent.
 
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RE: BA CitiExpress Cuts Plymouth And Newquay Routes

Tue May 20, 2003 4:44 am


Can see why the Plymouth to Bristol route has been dropped. Recently a aunt has been flying the route to connect through to EDI and said when she gets on the flight that the most passengers on it have been 5. Not good. Its a shame when any airport losses a carrier but if the local traffic is not good then the route will be dropped.
 
AirX
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RE: BA CitiExpress Cuts Plymouth And Newquay Routes

Tue May 20, 2003 4:56 am

Quite a blow to the local economy. Watching the local news earlier, it said that the effects could be catastrophic for the region. You can see why BA have done it but all the same it is pretty bad, I wonder if anyone will pick the route up like Air Wales? Also what happened to Sutton harbors "Air South West"?

Adrian.
 
backfire
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RE: BA CitiExpress Cuts Plymouth And Newquay Routes

Tue May 20, 2003 5:56 am

I thought the CitiEx Dash 8s were supposed to going to Sutton Harbour...not Manchester

[Edited 2003-05-19 22:56:45]
 
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RE: BA CitiExpress Cuts Plymouth And Newquay Routes

Tue May 20, 2003 6:14 am


Does this mean MAN will see new domestic services or increased frequencies on existing routes? If we're talking cost saving for BA CitiExpress, it could also mean that Flightline and Titan may not be called out as much as they are at present.
David
 
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RE: BA CitiExpress Cuts Plymouth And Newquay Routes

Tue May 20, 2003 7:28 am

Has the demise of these routes got anything to do with the new(ish) Ryanair service to Newquay from Stansted? If I remember correctly it was started last summer - it would be interesting to see what the loads are like.

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RE: BA CitiExpress Cuts Plymouth And Newquay Route

Tue May 20, 2003 8:02 am

Hiya Shamrock_747! The reason is two-fold. Ryanair has done very well on the route and therfore taken a lot of point to point traffic from BA. The second is due to the downsizing of BA's Gatwick hub, the feed has diminished as well.

Cheers mate  Smile
 
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RE: BA CitiExpress Cuts Plymouth And Newquay Routes

Tue May 20, 2003 5:15 pm

BA pulling off BRS-NCL before easyJet arrive eh...
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RE: BA CitiExpress Cuts Plymouth And Newquay Routes

Tue May 20, 2003 6:54 pm

Airports that sell the family silver to attract low cost carriers and then moan when full service carriers go away deserve what they get... If connecting traffic and Gatwick service is so important, why didnt they work with BA to improve service rather than pay Ryanair?
You are 100 times more likely to catch a cold on a flight than an average person!
 
AirX
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RE: BA CitiExpress Cuts Plymouth And Newquay Routes

Wed May 21, 2003 5:08 am

According to the BBC, Air Wales will take over the route.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_news/...von/3042521.stm

Adrian.