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Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:04 pm

Major happenings at Belfast International over the coming months, so I feel it also deserves its own news thread.

First stiry to report not terribly promising if true:

Aer Lingus has sold just 176 seats on its Belfast International to Heathrow route for the first month of operation of the new route in January, the Sunday Post reports. A total of 32,364 seats are available on the return route, with three 174-seat aircraft flying three return trips a day.

Rival and largest shareholder Ryanair, by contrast, has managed to sell almost 1100 seats for its recently-announced service from Belfast City to Stansted for the same period (although many of those will have been 'free' seats, where customers just pay taxes and charges).

Aer Lingus spokesman Niall Bradley said the reason for the low seat sales on its Belfast - London route was the lack of advertising to date, and that passengers travelling to Heathrow 'usually only book two to three weeks in advance'. However, given the outcry over the service (and the switch of the Heathrow slots from Shannon to Belfast), we find it hard to believe that the people of Belfast do not know about the route.

Nevertheless, Mr Bradley adds: 'We are launching a £500,000 billboard, TV and radio campaign in Northern Ireland tomorrow, and we expect this to drive up seat sales.'

He said 10,000 people had booked seats on the other seven European routes from the Belfast Airport. Aer Lingus has also had more than 1,000 applications for the 100 cabin and flight crew jobs to be created at the new base next year.

Shame EI are no longer in the OneWorld as it would really help wioth connection traffic through LHR.
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:45 pm

Fear not about the connections.. LHR will be codeshared with BA and AMS with KLM!
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:51 pm

Excellent news, I would expect nothing less of an EI LHR service from BFS!

Is the airport currently undergoing a makeover of gates 16 to 20something? That end of the terminal certainly needs to be redeveloped if it isn't being done now.
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:52 pm

Quoting GayrugbyMAN (Thread starter):
Shame EI are no longer in the OneWorld as it would really help wioth connection traffic through LHR.

Codeshares will boost the bums on seats when its all marketed properly. Advertising has only just begun so that could account for slack take up of seats. Also the SNN dispute has put some off in case BFS was scaled back or even scrapped. Now looks all going to plan so bookings should come in . We still have over 2 months to go so plenty of time.

Cant wait til 10th December . Im on the In augural. Hope there are some celebrations at BFS !!! Also hope they will have lounge agreements in place by then also.
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:56 pm

does BFS have any airbridges or is that BHD Iim thinking about?
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:02 pm

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 4):
does BFS have any airbridges or is that BHD Iim thinking about?

Yes BFS has always had air bridges . Well ever since my first flight into there 13 years ago .
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:06 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Yes BFS has always had air bridges . Well ever since my first flight into there 13 years ago

Though it does not have very many. One maybe two.
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:15 pm

I thought there were at least 4 . The one in the photo below was used for BMI flights to LHR . Then to the right of that you can see the circular viewing Gallery. Behind that there was another air bridge used by BA if I remember rightly. The the pier that has the old EI AC parked at it on the left had a few bridges I think. EI used to use the gate at the end of this pier .



[Edited 2007-09-25 14:16:29]
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:16 pm

Quoting Phollingsworth (Reply 6):
Though it does not have very many. One maybe two.

Does CO use a jetbridge at BFS for its EWR flight?
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:25 pm

Can someone provide the start dates for all the new EI services? Will a LHR service be the first operation out of BFS?
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:27 pm

Quoting GayrugbyMAN (Reply 9):
Will a LHR service be the first operation out of BFS?

10th December is the very first flight BFS-AMS then a few hours later BFS-BCN .

Belfast Starting Days

Amsterdam 10 December Daily
Barcelona 10 December Mo,We,Th,Fr,Su
Geneva 11 December Tu, Sa
London Heathrow 14 January Daily
Rome 25 February Mo, We, Fr, Su
Malaga 25 February Mo,We,Th,Fr,Su
Budapest 26 February Tu,Th,Sa
Faro 26 February Tu,Th,Sa
Nice 1 April Tu,Sa

[Edited 2007-09-25 14:32:16]
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:27 pm

Ryanair claim they will pay their pilots £11,000 more than what EI pilots in Belfast will get.

Quote:
RTE News has learnt that Ryanair is planning to pay its pilots based in Belfast higher salaries than Aer Lingus pilots.

A spokesperson for Ryanair confirmed that between basic pay and allowances, its most senior captains could earn almost £11,000 sterling more than their Aer Lingus counterparts.

http://www.rte.ie/business/2007/0925/aerlingus.html

Ryanair =  stirthepot 
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:29 pm

All the starting dates for new BFS flights.

Amsterdam 10 December
Barcelona 10 December
Geneva 11 December
London Heathrow 14 January
Rome 25 February
Malaga 25 February
Budapest 26 February
Faro 26 February
Nice 1 April

[Edited 2007-09-25 14:29:26]
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:52 pm

Quoting COEWRNJ (Reply 8):
Does CO use a jetbridge at BFS for its EWR flight?

Yup, I was there last week and that was the only jetbridge that I remember seeing. I think the other ones have been removed, but could be reinstalled. Incidentally, the bridge roughly in the location where the EI a/c in in reply 7
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:53 pm

Quite a bit of info here about BFS . Some of it is speculation, some of it is fact.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfast_International_Airport

Belfast International Airport / Aerfort Idirnáisiúnta Bhéal Feirste

Aer lingus hope to start transatlantic services to desgtinations like: new york and boston. They said by 2009 they hope to have these flights in operation(when there 6 new airbus A330-200 comes into action.)


The BIA masterplan downloadable here makes for interesting reading::

http://www.belfastairport.com/en/content.asp?area=5&id=238

[Edited 2007-09-25 15:19:39]
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:58 pm

Quoting COEWRNJ (Reply 8):
Does CO use a jetbridge at BFS for its EWR flight?

Yes - most, if not all of the long haul flights from BFS, such as Air Transat, CO and GSM use the gate at the very top of the international pier - im sorry i can't remember the gate number, possibly 22, but definitely not sure.

I have a query of my own - after years of using this airport, I experienced my first take off from RWY17 on Saturday night. It appears the main runway 25 was having work done to it. I have always took off and landed on RWY25 90% of the times i have flown in and out of BFS, with WAY07 used the other 10% of the time. Never ever have i personally, or no of, anyone else who has ever used RWY17. It was a fantastic takeoff, the A320 really was at fully power and you could really feel the power, due to the shorter length of the southerly runway. As it is a south departure, this also offered great views of Belfast itself which we overflew.

Anyone else ever experience this?

Craig
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:05 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Aer lingus hope to start transatlantic services to desgtinations like: new york and boston. They said by 2009 they hope to have these flights in operation(when there 6 new airbus A330-200 comes into action.)

Well all those A350s and A333s have to go somewhere Big grin
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:24 pm

It is indeed gate/stand 22 with the only airbridge at BFS now. The one at 27 was removed due to it 'taking up to much space'. The airbridge from stand 18 is still lying at the back of the woodgate hanger, so it could always come back for future use. Stand 11 was the other stand that had an airbridge at BFS.
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:35 pm

Quoting BFSBHD (Reply 17):
It is indeed gate/stand 22 with the only airbridge at BFS now.

So I presume that EI will not use the air bridge then at BFS. Or do they intend to use Gate 22???
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:52 pm

Well they could if they wanted too. It will be free up to 07:30, so they could park the aircraft there going to AMS everyday no bother. Jet2 will have a 757 based at BFS this winter so they might be looking to use it, along with the likes of Mytravel.
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:58 pm

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 16):
Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Aer lingus hope to start transatlantic services to desgtinations like: new york and boston. They said by 2009 they hope to have these flights in operation(when there 6 new airbus A330-200 comes into action.)

Well all those A350s and A333s have to go somewhere

The EI press release stated that (to paraphrase) "BFS can sustain all current and future expansion of the EI fleet". While this hints at L/H ex BFS, it is just a hint. Considering that whoever wrote that wiki cannot spellcheck I would be dubious of the veracity of their info.

And EI are getting the A330Es starting FROM 2009 rather than 6 that year as stated..
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Tue Sep 25, 2007 11:10 pm

Quoting Bramble (Reply 20):
And EI are getting the A330Es starting FROM 2009 rather than 6 that year as stated..

And the fact they are all -300s, not -200s. Anyway it just restated what we all know, that EI may start long-haul from BFS in the future.

I hope they do start long-haul from BFS but I suppose it depends on how well these routes do first.
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:33 pm

Reported in the local media here in NI that BFS is to hopefully get a direct rail link, A compnay has done a feasability stidy and the line can apparently be extended in to the airport. Assembly seem to be supporting it too.

I have a feling that BFS could be the next big hub airport in Europe in say 10 years time....there's a real feeling of anticipation and excitement about the place. And if rumours are true, we'll soon be seeing EK arriving at BFS!
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:38 pm

Anyone know what the loads were like on the BWIA service to BGI that once operated???
 
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RE: Belfast International (BFS) News 1

Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:43 am

Quoting GayrugbyMAN (Reply 22):
Reported in the local media here in NI that BFS is to hopefully get a direct rail link, A compnay has done a feasability stidy and the line can apparently be extended in to the airport. Assembly seem to be supporting it too.

Heres the video link ::

http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/new...m&news=1&ms3=6&nol_storyid=7004909

Would be good IF it ever happens.