Pe@rson
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Air Southwest's PLH-BRS-MAN-BRS-PLH Service

Tue Apr 13, 2004 10:23 am

Does anyone know how Air Southwest is performing on its PLH-BRS-MAN-BRS-PLH service? Its timings are thus:

PLH-BRS:

12345 0630-0705
12345 1335-1410
7 1730-1805

BRS-MAN:

12345 0725-0825
12345 1430-1530
12345 1725-1825
7 1825-1925

MAN-BRS:

12345 0855-0955
12345 1600-1700
12345 1855-1955
7 1955-2055

BRS-PLH:

12345 1015-1050
12345 2015-2050
7 2115-2150

All its flights are operated by the Dash 8.
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RE: Air Southwest's PLH-BRS-MAN-BRS-PLH Service

Tue Apr 13, 2004 11:01 am

Dunno how they're doing - I didn't even know they existed, but those timings sure are handy for me the next time I need to go to PLH.

Glad to see I'm not the only hardcore UK member still up at these ungodly hours! (serves me right for staying in bed all day feeling rough as a badgers arse!)

Cheers,
Gordon.
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RE: Air Southwest's PLH-BRS-MAN-BRS-PLH Service

Tue Apr 13, 2004 5:45 pm

LOL Gordon! Yeah, I must agree that but for the MAN-BRS-MAN and the early flight between PLH and MAN, most of the flights are not that conducive to a day trip. I wonder the extent to which these timings benefit day trips, and thus their worth to business people.
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RE: Air Southwest's PLH-BRS-MAN-BRS-PLH Service

Tue Apr 13, 2004 7:41 pm


It appears to be doing well (but that's only going off the MAN domestic passenger increases!) - the fewest passengers I've heard on it is 15, typically around the 30 mark and occasionally over 40 pax. Prices start at just £18.50 one-way.

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RE: Air Southwest's PLH-BRS-MAN-BRS-PLH Service

Tue Apr 13, 2004 7:54 pm

It's actually possible to get a MAN-PLH or PLH-MAN return trip for £8.50 each way (if you're flexible) and a total price, including all taxes, of £42. Not too bad. When I was in Bangor, it would have cost me £60+ to go by both train and coach back to Devon, the former taking 5-6 hours and the latter 10+, but now this is comparatively well-priced and convenient, even when getting to MAN (about £19 return; 2.5 hours) is taken into consideration.
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Capital146
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RE: Air Southwest's PLH-BRS-MAN-BRS-PLH Service

Wed Apr 14, 2004 2:25 am

I was wondering about this route myself a few days ago and saw the excellent fares they have to BRS and PLH from MAN during May. They are certainly living up to their promise of offering affordable air travel to the Southwest. Best of luck to them  Big thumbs up

Whilst the service will attract a number of business travellors (although the timing of the 2nd flight of the day from PLH could be improved together with an early dep from MAN) they hopefully will attract a good number of leisure travellors too who have always had to endure very long road/rail journeys in the past due to relatively high fares offerred by previous, short-lived services to BRS and PLH from MAN.
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RE: Air Southwest's PLH-BRS-MAN-BRS-PLH Service

Wed Apr 14, 2004 2:30 am

The average price on PLH-NQY-LGW-NQY-PLH or NQY-LGW-NQY is £65 including taxes and charges, which isn't particularly reasonable. Nevertheless, if you want/need to get to LGW quickly and not go by train (and connect to bus/taxi), coach or car, it's a pretty good option.
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Capital146
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RE: Air Southwest's PLH-BRS-MAN-BRS-PLH Service

Wed Apr 14, 2004 2:59 am

I'm sure that £65 incl taxes/charges is still better in real terms than what BACX or Brymon offered over the years on the route. Obviously they see the service to LGW as their 'premium' route and with the size of their DHC8-300's feel they can offord to 'up' the fares slightly whilst still getting a decent load.
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RE: Air Southwest's PLH-BRS-MAN-BRS-PLH Service

Wed Apr 14, 2004 3:02 am

Oh yeah! Probably half the price of what Brymon offered! I was just saying it's still not reasonable enough, but then I suppose it's not too bad if you're in a hurry or don't want an otherwise long trip.
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Capital146
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RE: Air Southwest's PLH-BRS-MAN-BRS-PLH Service

Wed Apr 14, 2004 3:14 am

Sadly for you, FR are unable to operate from PLH's short runway  Wink/being sarcastic, unless they kept hold of one of the ex-Buzz 146's to serve those deserving people Big grin

The good folk of the southwest of England will just have to make do with Air Southwest's fares for now. At least its a step in the right direction.
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RE: Air Southwest's PLH-BRS-MAN-BRS-PLH Service

Wed Apr 14, 2004 3:20 am

LOL! Cheeky monkey, eh? Nothing wrong with (generally) low fares!  Laugh out loud
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