BDRules said: Skymonster, I work at the airport and it aint all shaggers and boozers
Sure its not all... But the average "quality" of the passengers has gone down.
There's only so many people want to take weekends in Prague, etc, and when they've all done it the market contracts. What NEMA needs for long term sustainability of its route network is regular business travellers who pass through the airport week in, week out. Whilst some of them have adapted to the low-fare-carrier regime, many have gone to BHX
where the airlines typically offer a quicker service (in terms of checkin, security, etc), a more reliable service, and the extras such as through checkin, that the regular passenger demands. Fairly soon after Baby started I predicted that the growth wouldn't last, because the low-fare market is too fickle. The only way they can sustain growth is by bringing in new airlines (Ryanair), or by the based airlines introducing new destinations that bring new appeal to the weekend-away folks, and the shaggers and the boozers.
synically reinvented their NEMA operations as Baby in response to the commencement of services by Go, they did this party because they were scared that Go would take some of the fairly low yield back-cabin traffic which, whilst it didn't make BMI
much money, still contributed usefully to their DOCs - even though there was reasonable front-cabin traffic on some routes, the back-cabin made a difference in terms of sustainability of the routes. What actually happened was that they drove away some of the premium traffic, and much of that was the repeat business that the airport needed to sustain and grow its figures over the long term.
should have done, in reaction to Go, was leave the cheap end of the market to Go, and swapped out the 100 seat Fokkers for 50 seat Jungle Jets operated by BMI
Regional - by doing that, they could have retained the top end of the market by delivering what that market wanted, whilst at the same time reducing their dependancy on the back-cabin which they were going to loose anyway.
Anyway, no doubt the numbers will turn upwards again with the start of Ryanair service - this will largely counter the loss of BCN
services, and the time it will take Easy to develop Rome and Cologne. The bean counters in the office will no doubt have happy smiling faces again as soon as the numbers coming through the door increases again. But for how long? A few new charter destinations will held, and if Ryanair adds yet more services next winter or the summer after that no doubt the numbers will continue upwards, but if the route network remains fairly static as it has done this last year I see further declines to come in the medium term.