|Quoting KaiTak747 (Reply 11):|
BA Club Europe is a ripoff. VS could get win J customers from BA if they offer more than a glass of champagne and sitting at the front of the plane for short hall business class.
No Business Class on either BA
or, apparently, VS
does not have the facilities to handle either domestic or Common Travel Area (British Isles) arriving passengers.
Passengers travelling to and from the CTA
have to be kept entirely separate from passengers arriving on international flights for border control purposes. I cannot see it would be viable to implement the necessary changes to provide such separation for only a dozen or so rotations a day. It would require that certain gates would be dedicated to the use of CTA
passengers. Wouldn't that reduce the passenger handling capacity if VS
wanted to operate flights to ABZ
at peak times as the CTA
piers would not then be used at off peak times and arriving and departing international passengers on those stands would have to be bussed from and to their aircraft.
|Quoting jumpjets (Reply 26):|
On the assumption that neither of those two options would appeal to VS then I guess like it or not the VS routes to ABZ and EDI will be around for at least 3 years.
After three years VS
would theoretically have grandfather rights to the remedy slots. However these slots could not be used for most long-haul flights. Even after three years they must be used for flights either to a destination within the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and the Channel Islands or to Cairo, Moscow and/or Riyadh. If VS
could not make their flights to ABZ
work which flights within this constraint could they make work?
no longer wishes to operate the remedy slots to ABZ
after the six IATA seasons and does not wish to use them to the European or three specified mid-haul destinations, VS
must return the slots to IAG
or, if IAG
do not want them, to the LHR
Slot Coordinator for reallocation.