|Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 2):|
That new market I am referring to is for airlines like Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar and Etihad to fill these airlines shoes that have left MAN and offer a far greater number of connections to where people want to fly through these new "super hubs" that are springing up in places like SIN and DXB.
Operated twice weekly via CDG
. Good loads reported but cancelled at the same time that SA
scrapped other secondary destinations like VIE
and concentrated instead on offering daily services to fewer main hubs (as MH
are now doing)
Air India - Bombay - A310-300
Another popular route, frequency increased from 3 to 5 weekly, all via FCO
. The reason given for withdrawal was lack of aircraft availability. There is a market for MAN
- India and the next few years will see Indian Airlines, Jet or Kingfisher at MAN
Gulf Air - Bahrain - B767-300
Not to BAH
but to AUH
and onwards to Muscat. This was never going to work because AUH
wasn't a proper hub for GF
, and it was stated that they would return but flying to BAH
once they'd built a hub operation there. They still haven't done this, leaving EK
with all the passengers instead.
Qantas - Melbourne / Sydney - B747-200
route was MAN
. No longer a profitable way to run an airline! We may see Jetstar at MAN
with a more leisure orientated service, as QF
try to claw back passengers from EK
I am sure that their were many different reasons for each of these airlines pulling out of Manchester. Is their a underlying problem with Manchester ??
No underlying problem, but non-capital city airports often struggle with yield. Especially in the UK, where the bulk of economic wealth is in the South East. This gets discussed ad infinitum.
With the amount of services to Tokyo, Johannesburg, Washington, Hong Kong, Melbourne to name but a few operating out of LHR. What are the prospects of possible services out of MAN ? What does Manchester have to do to attract these routes?
Fingers crossed, MAN
just has to wait for the operating economics of the 787, an aircraft designed for secondary markets.
Will NW take on the Boston route next year and will they at last start DTW ??
I don't know about NW
taking on the BOS
route, because it's unclear as to whether AA
will continue it. As for DTW
, yes probably.
I've said this a million times, but if you compare MAN
to other European airports like BCN
, it actually does very well indeed.