Brussels already has a weekly LHR
flight (nightstopper on a Saturday)
SN3831 day6 BRU
SN3832 day7 LHR
Obviously any slot at LHR
is valuable, but such a schedule during the weekend probably does not attract too much business traffic.
> such a move would create tensions with British Airways.
could possibly operate a few LHR
frequencies themselves instead of BA
. But their concern about creating tensions with BA
suggests that they would add frequencies of their own.
> Competitive? I don't think so. For the moment you have only 2 airlines BMI
There is already a lot of capacity on the market, especially if you include Eurostar, which has a seemingly endless capacity to sell return tickets as low as 80 EUR (all inclusive).
8 daily to LHR
7 daily to LHR
VLM 6 daily to LCY
2 daily to LGW
Eurostar 11 daily to Waterloo Station!
With currently 34 daily connections to London, there may be not too much need for additional capacity.
> In the 2004 flight I took, a lot of the passengers who boarded in LHR
were bound for African destinations.
Perhaps the current agreement between BA
is commercially a bit disappointing for SN
, especially in regards with those BA
flights that connect with SN
's African network.
throws a lot of cheap fares on the market (as from 60-70 EUR one way all incl.), but their first morning flight out of BRU
and out LHR
tend to be sold at a much higher fare (150+ EUR one way all incl.). These are exactly the flights that would connect with SN
's African flights.
The ideal schedule between LHR
07:00-09:10 + SN
AFRICAN DEPARTURES as from 10:30
AFRICAN ARRIVALS as from 05:30 + BA389 BRU
When you do a search on LHR
-AFRICA then you can sometimes see how SN
is offering very cheap fares on connections that require an overnight at BRU
. However the optimal (same day) connections (by using BA388+BA389) often come at a higher fare (e.g. +75GBP per segment = an extra 200+ EUR for a return ticket).
183 GBP + 183 GBP + taxes
Requires overnight in BRU
on departure + BA391 10:05-10:25 on the return
258 GBP + 183 GBP + taxes
BA388 07:00-09:10 on departure + BA391 10:05-10:25 on the return
540 GBP + 540 GBP + taxes
BA388 07:00-09:10 on departure + BA389 07:55-08:15 on the return
So it appears that SN
may have a fare handicap on AFRICA-LHR
, compared to its main competitors AF
, due to a lack of cheap capacity on the morning flights. This is what may motivate them to add LHR
services with their own aircraft. But just like with CDG
it may probably be limited to one or two frequencies per day.