rwylie77
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LHR To MAN On Bmi

Fri Dec 24, 2004 2:01 am

I flew with bmi on Tuesday morning from LHR up to Manchester and was amazed the flight was on a A321, and was full! It raised a couple of questions:

1. Why is the route so busy? Is it a large number of connecting passengers at Heathrow connecting from United/Varig other Star Alliance flights?

2. What is the breakdown of O&D traffic vs. connecting?

3. I was surrounded by people who had just connected off long haul flights and their smell was unbearable. Why don't airlines provide showers for free for these passengers rather than just first class passengers?!

 
mhodgson
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RE: LHR To MAN On Bmi

Fri Dec 24, 2004 2:44 am

The flight will indeed have been full due to connections - not just those in Star either. Of course there may also have been O&D traffic - perhaps shopping in London, or business meetings or whatever.

In answer to question 3, I think the simple answer is cost!
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san747
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RE: LHR To MAN On Bmi

Fri Dec 24, 2004 2:47 am

Do only BA and BD fly the LHR-MAN route? And has either airline ever flown a widebody on the route? What is the daily frequency on the route? I'm just curious to know.

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rwylie77
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RE: LHR To MAN On Bmi

Fri Dec 24, 2004 3:01 am

Well I was going up for a couple of business meetings and it was really not pleasant being surrounded by so many people just off long haul flights!!! A few showers in the public toilets wouldn't cost BAA much to install, especially if subsidised by the airlines...

It makes sense for there being a lot of O&D traffic because it only takes 3 or 4 hours to drive there and it's also quick and easy to take the train. I live right next to Heathrow however so it's easier for me to fly, plus the train was £180 while it was only £115 to fly.

Yes, it's just BA and BD that fly to Manchester from LHR and in fact I don't think there are any other airlines that fly to Manchester from any London airports. Sleasyjet fly to Liverpool which isn't far from Manchester, but i think that is about it...please correct me if I am wrong!
 
Sabena 690
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RE: LHR To MAN On Bmi

Fri Dec 24, 2004 3:04 am

Yes, it's just BA and BD that fly to Manchester from LHR

QF also offer flights between MAN and LHR (operated by Flightline BAe146 aircraft). Those flights are only for QF connecting passengers, so not available for O&D.
 
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RE: LHR To MAN On Bmi

Fri Dec 24, 2004 3:27 am

Syrian fly MAN-LHR using their 747SPs  Wink/being sarcastic
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Sabena 690
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RE: LHR To MAN On Bmi

Fri Dec 24, 2004 3:41 am

That's also correct, Graham! Big grin

No O&D is allowed on that flight I guess?

Frederic
 
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RE: LHR To MAN On Bmi

Fri Dec 24, 2004 3:45 am

No idea, probably will be able to get on it, but I guess you cant get on Syrians flights from MAN-ORY with their 320s
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copySouthwest
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RE: LHR To MAN On Bmi

Fri Dec 24, 2004 3:51 am

In addition to the LHR-MAN route served by BA and BD, London-Manchester is linked by...

BA: LGW-MAN
Jet2: LGW-MAN (from Jan 05)
VLM: LCY-MAN
Eastern Airways: STN-MAN
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trident2e
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RE: LHR To MAN On Bmi

Fri Dec 24, 2004 4:29 am

San747 - BA used to regularly schedule 767s on MAN/LHR, but this stopped when bmi came onto the route and provided some much needed competition.

Rwylie77 - there are loads of public toliets at Heathrow with shower facilities, you can even pay a couple of pounds for a towel. I think those smelly people just can't be bothered!
 
rwylie77
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RE: LHR To MAN On Bmi

Fri Dec 24, 2004 8:12 pm

Trident2e - In all the years I've been flying from Heathrow, I've never seen them! They should be advertised for all connecting passengers!!
 
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RE: LHR To MAN On Bmi

Fri Dec 24, 2004 10:11 pm

....or better still, made compulsory!

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