|Quoting 8herveg (Reply 23):|
Could someone please tell me when the LGW-GIB-MAD-GIB-LGW was announced and what is the reason for it?
Airways (a franchisee of BA
) have been operating LGW
traditionally. The new thing is the GIB
The whole story began when IB
announced its MAD
service, once the authorities of Spain and Gibraltar reached an agreement to use this airport as a civil terminal (before, they were not allowed to serve any other route from GIB
out of UK).
When the Spanish carrier started (at some point at the end of last year) the route (which it operates daily departing Madrid at... ¿11:30?), it was said that IB
was in talks with BA
to complete the service with an afternoon flight in order to ensure passengers travelling to MAD
to come back home at the end of the day.
agreed to implement the new frequency. Now you can fly to/from Gibraltar with one ticket (since both flights offer both BA
codes), with your morning flight being operated by IB
and the afternoon one by BA
(better yet, by GB
Airways for BA
Iberia expects 40% of the traffic to be connecting passengers (that's why they put such a strange schedule, to pack all passengers coming from the US/America to GIB
) and operates the route with an Airbus 319 with both tourist class and business. Apparently, the load factors were around 50% the first months, probably due to the fact that Málaga Airport is very close to GIB
and allows more flexibility to choose the flight you want, but now it is starting to raise.
Airways is using an Airbus 320 (with two classes), and apparently its arrival will dinamize the route, since now travellers will be able to have nicer schedules (2 daily flights instead of only 1). As far as I know from BA
Airways is offering in its GIB
service a pay-as-you-go model on board similar of the one that IB
used in short haul flights, and therefore travellers will not be able to have a free drink and a snack, but you can purchase them if you want.
Let's cross our fingers to make the service successful.