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Could SOU-NWI Flights Work?

Fri Jul 21, 2006 7:00 pm

On a recent inspection of a route map i noticed Air Southwest serves BRS-NWI and that seems the only non - london to somewhere else in southern UK . could flybe offer NWI - SOU as it is one big trek around the M25 and a diffacult train connection waterloo to liverpool st . 2 x daily dash 8s could work ?
 
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RE: Could SOU-NWI Flights Work?

Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:02 pm

Flybe also fly NWI-EXT

Its a shame the train from Ipswich/Colchester/Chelmsford to Baisingstoke was withdrawn a few years ago. If that started at Norwich and finished at Southampton it would have provided a quality cross London train service
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RE: Could SOU-NWI Flights Work?

Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:07 pm

There was a CWL-NWI service operated by Air Wales. I believe that the loads were quite high using ATR42's, at around 75%+.

I would have thought though that a service from SOU-NWI may not be "worth" operating, as an airline could use the aircraft on a similar more profitable route, for example SOU-LBA.

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RE: Could SOU-NWI Flights Work?

Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:13 pm

Quoting Christa (Reply 2):
There was a CWL-NWI service operated by Air Wales. I believe that the loads were quite high using ATR42's, at around 75%+.

That was just a once weekly Saturday positiong flight for NWI-DUB wasn't it?
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RE: Could SOU-NWI Flights Work?

Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:18 pm

Not sure about the viability of that route, but it is cheap - and not too long - to travel Norwich-London-Southampton by train. Indeed, the Norwich-London Liverpool Street sector costs from just £5 - and when I travel the route, which is several times per week, I get it at that price 9 times out of 10. (The other 1 time is at £10 - the second-cheapest price.) It takes just under 2 hours and operates every half-hour on weekdays (hourly at particular times).

From Liverpool Street, simply transfer by tube to Waterloo, thence board a Southampton-bound train. It takes about 1 1/4 hours to Southampton and costs from £16.00 one-way - expensive.

So, you could get Norwich-London-Southampton for £27 one-way including 1x £3 tube ticket, and it should take, centre-to-centre, about 3.75 hours. Not bad.

Or as a London-Southampton-London ticket costs from £16.75 - just 75p more than a darn one-way ticket - you could get Norwich-London-Southampton-London-Norwich for £32.75 - including 2x £3 tube tickets.

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RE: Could SOU-NWI Flights Work?

Sat Jul 22, 2006 2:21 am

Quoting Humberside (Reply 3):
That was just a once weekly Saturday positiong flight for NWI-DUB wasn't it?

The NWI-CWL flight was bookable, it gave passengers flying from NWI options of connecting to other services by other airlines and also including those offered by Air Wales.

The flight I believe was operated 4x weekly and operated the following:-

CWL-NWI-DUB-NWI-CWL

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RE: Could SOU-NWI Flights Work?

Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:23 am

Quoting Christa (Reply 2):
I would have thought though that a service from SOU-NWI may not be "worth" operating, as an airline could use the aircraft on a similar more profitable route, for example SOU-LBA.

SOU-LBA already has BE and T3!  Wink SOU-NWI could perhaps work as a 'tag on', such as extending ABZ-NWI to ABZ-NWI-SOU.
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