|Quoting EXTspotter (Reply 21):|
NQY isn't for Plymouth, its for Cornwall as a tourist destination, count the number of surfboards coming off many of the flights. My friend Phil is a dispatcher at NQY, from what I've heard, even though expanding NQY isn't viable and never will be because of the type of people using it, there isn't enough industry or people in cornwall itself to suport it, in tandem with miserable loads, the average on the BA to LGW was 16 people on a 734 throughout the whole summer apart from like 1 weekend.
Well, I don't think the BA
flight is much more than a slot warmer, but I could be wrong. I flew it midweek and there was a load factor of about 30% I seem to remember, it's operated with a mix of 734 and 735, with the latter being used more often from what I saw during the summer. I'm sure somebody here can provide the loadings, WOW fill four, if not five DH3s a day, so I'd have thought BA
could shift a few more pax on a 737...
I know NQY
isn't for Plymouth, I was taking the piss out of FR
Don't underestimate the potential of the Cornish region business wise though, wages might be rock bottom, but that's a good thing if you're looking to invest and there are also a range of tempting grants available for doing so, not to mention the 'pasty pound' NQY
has expanded a great deal, a few years ago they did so with the aim of handling 737 aircraft and everyone scoffed, but now look at them - BA
plus FlyBe with the DH4 all newcomers, even if the ambitious MON
flights didn't work out. One of the largest markets, certainly for SW
- London traffic is the second homes traveler, which is a lot more stable year around than the tourist market which only really affects the summer and other traditional 'getaway' holidays.
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