airblue
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Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Tue Sep 14, 2004 5:44 am

With the new winter timetable Volareweb will cut 32 routes compared with the summer timetable (about 50% of the network).
However they start 11 new routes, plus they improve the Italian domestic network and they open a new base in Bologna (BLQ)
They also end up code sharing agreement with WindJet, Air Polonia and HLX.

Here the cutting list (according to Volareweb timetable):

- summer routes:

MXP-PMI
MXP-IBZ
VCE-ATH
VCE-VLC
VCE-IBZ
VCE-PMI
FCO-IBZ
BGY-OLB
VCE-OLB
LIN-LMP
BRI-BCN
CTA-BCN

- Domestic routes:

VCE-SUF
MXP-SUF
FCO-SUF
BRI-FCO
CTA-FCO (operated by WindJet on code sharing basis)
PMO-FCO (operated by WindJet on code sharing basis)

- European routes:

VCE-HHN
VCE-SXF
LIN-SXF
FCO-SXF
FCO-BIO
MXP-BIO
BRI-TIA
BRI-BRU
BRI-ORY
CTA-BRU
CAG-LTN
CAG-ORY
PMO-ORY
CTA-ORY

- Frequencies reduction:

VCE-FCO from 2 to 1 daily
BGY-FCO from 2 to 1 daily
FCO-ORY from 4 to 2 daily
LIN-CTA from 3 to 2 daily

The new routes including the new Bologna base where they base 2 A320:

MXP - Bucarest 1 Daily
BGY - Lamezia Terme 1 Daily
BLQ - Napoli 2 Daily
BLQ - Bari 1 Daily
BLQ - Cagliari 1 Daily
BLQ - Catania 1 Daily
BLQ - Palermo 1 Daily
BRI- Catania 1 Daily
BRI- Palermo 1 Daily
NAP - Catania 2 Daily
NAP - Palermo 1 Daily

Frequencies increasing:

LIN-NAP from 3 to 4 daily
BGY-CAG becomes daily
VCE-CAG becomes daily
BRI-VCE from 1 to 2 daily
MXP-PRG becomes daily
VCE-PRG becomes daily
VCE-Bucarest becomes daily
VCE-Timisoara becomes daily
VCE-WAW from 3 to 6 weekly
BGY-TLL from 2 to 4 weekly

For the winter season Volareweb will use 19 A320.



 
Pe@rson
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RE: Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Tue Sep 14, 2004 6:43 am

I flew FCO-VCE on 13th Aug (my 22nd birthday). The flight was meant to depart at 1855 but was an hour or so late. It looked like well under 1/2 the aircraft was full, but I can't be exact.
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OV735
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RE: Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Tue Sep 14, 2004 6:52 am

I would have expected to see BGY-TLL on the cut list too, but instead the frequencies are doubled.  Wow! The loads must be real good then.
 
airblue
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RE: Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Tue Sep 14, 2004 7:56 am

I would have expected to see BGY-TLL on the cut list too, but instead the frequencies are doubled. The loads must be real good then.

This route was planned to be only a summer route like many others (with late night flights), but it was so popular they decide to keep it and improve the frequencies, but they keep the not nice night schedule.

Here the winter scheduled from 31 Oct.

BGY-TLL-BGY
21.40-01.25/01.55-03.40 1-3-5-7

 
airblue
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RE: Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Tue Sep 14, 2004 8:02 am

I flew FCO-VCE on 13th Aug (my 22nd birthday). The flight was meant to depart at 1855 but was an hour or so late. It looked like well under 1/2 the aircraft was full, but I can't be exact

I'm not surprise a FCO-VCE flight (it's mainly a business route) was quite empty on the 13th Aug. What do you think about VA??

 
connector4you
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RE: Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Tue Sep 14, 2004 3:05 pm

"Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary says he doesn't see enough market value in the east to support a significant Ryanair presence adding that he believes that East Europeans cannot afford to fly to expensive cities in the West, and contending that the region has little in the way of value for Western tourists"
 Laugh out loud Laugh out loud Laugh out loud

Hey Mike, Bucharest and Timisoara are in Romania, Prague in Czech Republic, Warsaw in Poland, all of which are Eastern European countries ! ! !

At least Volareweb seem to have a totally different point of view...





[Edited 2004-09-14 08:14:51]
 
sn26567
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RE: Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Tue Sep 14, 2004 4:41 pm

Not surprised to see VA cut routes which appeal essentially to summer holiday tourists. Look forward to see them come back next summer.

Also not surprised to see them increase frequencies on Italian domestic routes. Travellers get annoyed by bad service of AZ, and there will certainly be room for extension after the (announced?) demise of Alitalia due to the stubbornness of their unions.
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levent
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RE: Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Tue Sep 14, 2004 4:47 pm

Too bad, there goes my little trip to Venice... ;-(

Contrary to Mr Ryanair´s opinion, I think Eastern Europe is the next market to open up for both business and tourist travel. Trade with the new EU-countries will flourish, and they certainly have some very nice cities there!
 
godbless
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RE: Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Tue Sep 14, 2004 6:15 pm

From all I heard about their flights to HHN and SXF I can very well understand that they will be cut. Actually I only got to hear bad news from those routes, which of course added to my doubts...

Max
 
richardw
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RE: Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Tue Sep 14, 2004 6:21 pm

Are they likely to fly to LON from BLQ in the future, or is this more likley if the AZ situation gets worse?
 
airblue
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RE: Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Tue Sep 14, 2004 6:46 pm

My thinking is they avoid to go to compete in middle-north Europe where the competition level is higher then in South Europe and due to AZ situation they are trying to be in a good position to enter heavy in the domestic market.

For sure if AZ goes under all the private Italian carriers (Volare, AirOne, Meridiana, Alpi Eagles and WindJet) are ready to take over all the AZ domestic routes (except some only feeder short routes to FCO and MXP)
 
as739x
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RE: Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Tue Sep 14, 2004 9:57 pm

Pe@rson...don't think you are the only one. I spent a week with my friend in Venice last month. I hung with her and her friends, all Volare flight attendants. They don't even have a lot to say good about the airline. Specially not in on-time performance!

ASSFO
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L410Turbolet
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RE: Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Tue Sep 14, 2004 10:06 pm

"Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary says he doesn't see enough market value in the east to support a significant Ryanair presence adding that he believes that East Europeans cannot afford to fly to expensive cities in the West, and contending that the region has little in the way of value for Western tourists"

Whatever O'Leary. I mean nobody's missing you here, anyway.

At least Volareweb seem to have a totally different point of view...

It's rather that almost everyone but Ryanair has totally different point of view. EasyJet, EUjet, Norwegian, V-bird, bmi Baby, Air Polonia, Smart Wings, Wizz Air, Germanwings, Air Berlin, HLX, Volareweb and I'm sure I've forgot some other airlines.



[Edited 2004-09-14 15:14:55]
 
Russophile
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RE: Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Tue Sep 14, 2004 10:56 pm

"Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary says he doesn't see enough market value in the east to support a significant Ryanair presence adding that he believes that East Europeans cannot afford to fly to expensive cities in the West, and contending that the region has little in the way of value for Western tourists"

Shouldn't that read something to the effect of "Ryanair cannot afford to fly to the cheap cities in the East, because the airports there basically tell him to sod off when he asked for a kickback so as to allow Ryanair to start services".
 
gilesdavies
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RE: Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Wed Sep 15, 2004 12:34 am

It is no surprise to see LTN-CAG service vanishing!

They launched services from LTN last year to Venice, Cagliari, Rimini and Catania and were promising future growth from the airport to other destinations in Italy and these never materialised. The dropped all the services last winter except for the CAG service.
 
richardw
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RE: Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Wed Sep 15, 2004 12:57 am

I think that they had a go with LGW before choosing LTN.
 
airblue
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RE: Volareweb To Cut 50% Of The Network

Wed Sep 15, 2004 1:07 am

Yes before choosing LTN they flew to LGW, but it was 2 years ago when they were still a traditional airlines and they flew mainly on code sharing with Alitalia.

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