Well for the last two years Ive watch the mass profits and loads being made by BMI and BA on their LGW / LHR to MAN operations...
in 2002 last minute fares could be had for av £50 return
and after the railways went to pot in 2003/4 the fares rose to over £180 return for last minute fares this summer.
I just noticed that finally Easyjet have discovered this (Just as the railways are complete) and so have Jet2 for ops from LGW-MAN.
With VLM's LCY-MAN operations also... this means 5 airlines flying around 30 flights a day between London and Manchester..... with LGW offering around 12 of them !!!
is there this much demand ? Or will this turn into the LAX-SFO/OAK shuttle situation pre sept11th, where DL/WN/UA/AS were all beating it out with $60 roundtrips 30 times a day followed by a bust where it all went to $300 !