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Aer Lingus Pulls Out Of Gatwick & City

Fri Jun 20, 2003 11:36 pm

Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus is axing its services to London Gatwick and London City Airport within months, reports the Irish Independent.

It is also offloading its six BAe 146 jets ahead of a major decision on its airfleet, according to the paper.

Chief executive Willie Walsh said the airline is pulling out of Gatwick because it is failing to pick up business from other airlines, while London City Airport can't accommodate Airbus or the Boeing 737, the paper adds.

The board is expected to meet in September and will recommend whether the company opts fro Airbus or Boeing aircraft for its European routes, as Aer Lingus refashions itself as a low-cost carrier, the Independent reported.

...... BA will fill the LGW gap, but who's going to take over LCY-DUB???? Any ideas???
 
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RE: Aer Lingus Pulls Out Of Gatwick & City

Sat Jun 21, 2003 12:36 am

I wonder whether FR will increase its frequencies on its DUB-LGW-DUB in view of EI's termination of the route.

What are FR's loads like on this route?
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RE: Aer Lingus Pulls Out Of Gatwick & City

Sat Jun 21, 2003 12:56 am

Would it be likely that British Airways would take-over the Dublin route from London City with the RJ 100s?

Regards Adrian.
 
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RE: Aer Lingus Pulls Out Of Gatwick & City

Sat Jun 21, 2003 6:37 am

I agree with u AirX, I think CitiExpress will take the route over. As far as I know EI did quite well on the route, and it has more to do with disposing of the 146 fleet than anything.
 
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RE: Aer Lingus Pulls Out Of Gatwick & City

Sat Jun 21, 2003 7:10 am

I would expext Flybe. to give it a go, possibly aer arann??

regards

Mike
 
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RE: Aer Lingus Pulls Out Of Gatwick & City

Sat Jun 21, 2003 4:18 pm

Didn't Flybe. pull out of LCY due to competition with Aer Lingus? It would be interesting to see if they consider the route now that they are leaving.

Adrian.
 
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RE: Aer Lingus Pulls Out Of Gatwick & City

Sat Jun 21, 2003 7:44 pm

I flew LCY-DUB several times and found the a/c loads to be fuller than on LGW/DUB and on percent - fuller than LHR/DUB.

It's a shame. I would like to see Aer Arann doing the route. I think they could grow into a nice sized, local full service airline.

Sam.