FR is – once again – in poll position for punctuality, having beaten U2
– for 52 weeks in a row in 2003!
Some people will attribute this excellent punctuality to FR
flying into tiny, in-the-middle-of-nowhere airports. Yes, it does generally fly to such airports, but nevertheless its punctuality is better than U2
’s, and that’s all that really matters to the average punter who is not interested in analysing airline performance. Do not forget that FR
also serves STN
and several other main airports. Do not forget that not everyone wants to go to the major cities, so flying into such airports can benefit people by reducing their flying and travel time. For instance, if I wanted to go to northern Spain and tour by car, it would be easier for me to fly into either GRO or Valla. instead of MAD or BCN. Similarly, if I wanted to tour the eastern coast of Italy, I could fly into Bari or any of the other places instead of Milan or Rome. It can, indeed, be very convenient. And what if you wanted to go from London to Londonderry? Fly into BFS/BHD and go by road? No - fly into the airport non-stop from London. Evidently there IS a demand for such flights, which appear to the narrowminded and igornant to be silly and worthless in view of the location in which they arrive and depart - a location which could seriously aid a trip. It is totally unfair and inaccurate to say that everyone will be wanting to go to the nearest major city, because they don't. So not only added convenience, but also arriving ontime or early and generally flying for very little (there are exceptions, of course).
The airline also welcomed the arrival of its 50th new 737-800, which was delivered on 18th March.
announced the commencement of a thrice-weekly Dublin-Murcia flight on the 16th March. It will leave DUB
at 1355 (arriving into MJV at 1755) and arrive back at 2030 (having left MJV at 1830). This new route means that a total of 22 are now operated from DUB
, and 147 routes throughout its network to 16 countries.
Ryanair also increased its services between Kerry and DUB
[Edited 2004-03-22 10:33:01]
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