I was in NCE the other day, and I managed to speak to the U2 crew who flew me down there from LGW. Their day consisted of LGW - NCE - LGW - MAD, then a nightstop in MAD, before returning to LGW the next morning.
I thought it wasn't in the business model of low cost carriers to overnight crew away from their home base. But I was clearly wrong! Apparently, MAD is a frequent nightstop destination for LGW based crew.
Are crews nightstopping in MAD because it is a new base and they do not have enough crew based there yet? Or is nightstopping a frequent occurence for U2 crew?
Also, I'm quite interested to know where U2 base crew. Please add/remove from this list:
BFS, EDI, GLA, NCL, LPL, EMA, BRS, LTN, STN, LGW, SXF, DTM, CDG, ORL, GVA, BSL, MXP and MAD.