Some interesting developments concerning one of my favourite little airlines (numerous NCL
and one BRU
recently, all with v.g. service).
How is Brussels for hubbing? I know the layout is quite good with a lot of spare capacity. But how expensive is it? How slot-restricted (not due to traffic, more to noise).
I've always maintained that BA
needs a large hub airport on the continent, close to the UK (I think MAD
/Iberia would be too far away) to use for transfer traffic and then focus O&D on LHR
. For example, pax flying from the UK regions to Asia or the M.E. could just as easily transfer through a continental hub on BA
metal than LHR
In the past, it was KLM and AMS
were after, for a merger that would mean you could fly BA
without ever going near LHR
or London. But could this proposal be changed to SNBA