Sabena332
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DUS: More Slots Approved But Not Much Interest

Sun Nov 13, 2005 1:26 am

Finally did North Rhine-Westphalia's minister of transport approved more slots at DUS airport but the airline's interest is rather reserved.

Air Berlin and Germanwings spokesmans said that they will apply for new slots but they have no idea which new destinations they will serve from DUS in the future.

LTU spokesman Marco Dadomo said that his airline will definitely not offer new long-haul flights in the next summer.

Lufthansa announced more frequencies but only to their hubs in FRA and MUC, and to the Swiss hub in ZRH respectively.

Source: Travel issue of the WAZ newspaper from today.

The same old story:

  • DUS simply can't attract airlines to offer intercontinental flights

  • LH is apparently not interested to offer long-haul flights from DUS but is routing the passengers via their hubs

  • LTU doesn't offer anything new because they apparently know that everything they plan will be a failure anyway


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    RE: DUS: More Slots Approved But Not Much Interest

    Sun Nov 13, 2005 1:30 am

    Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
    LH is apparently not interested to offer long-haul flights from DUS but is routing the passengers via their hubs

    That is too bad!
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    RE: DUS: More Slots Approved But Not Much Interest

    Sun Nov 13, 2005 2:10 am

    Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
    DUS simply can't attract airlines to offer intercontinental flights

    I thnik it is an urban legend that the lack of slots in DUS has anything to do with the lack of intercontinental flights at DUS. There is always a limited slot availability for intercontinental flights as these tend to be operated at off-peak hours (DUS is not a hub airport), by new entrants (which are given priority when slots are allocated pursuant to EU regulation 95/93) or airlines which already hold slots for other services. Anyway, flights to North America depart at noon-time, flights to Asia in the afternoon or evening. No problem to get slots for a couple of weekly flights.

    The slot problem has made it difficult in the past for airlines to establish a large operation with aircraft based at the airport because of the overall availability of slots (cap) and the availability of slots during certain hours of the day which are necessary to justify a base.