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Meridiana To Axe LGW-Florence

Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:18 pm

Haven't seen this story reported here yet ... but according to BA its code-share with Meridiana on the LGW-FLR route will end as the Italian airline is withdrawing from the route in January.

http://www.speedbirdclub.com/nl/all-...twelve/dectwelve/lgwflrsuspension/

Doubtless the decision has been taken in the light of Vueling opening a base at Florence and launching a daily service from LHR next spring:

http://www.businesstraveller.com/new...ng-to-serve-florence-from-heathrow
 
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RE: Meridiana To Axe LGW-Florence

Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:06 pm

Seems like they are cutting their LGW-VRN too (last date for booking on their website is 6 Jan) - that didn't last long.

You can still book LGW-OLB in the summer however.
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RE: Meridiana To Axe LGW-Florence

Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:42 pm

Wasn't that a monopoly route? Anyone I know who has taken it has always reported it being full.

I think Florence would benefit from a Ryanair LGW service. Meridiana have always been very expensive.
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
 
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RE: Meridiana To Axe LGW-Florence

Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:06 pm

Sad to see this flight go. I have taken it before, and it was a great (typically cheap) way to get to FLR from London.

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RE: Meridiana To Axe LGW-Florence

Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:08 pm

Quoting babybus (Reply 2):
Wasn't that a monopoly route?

Yes. Meridiana has held the monopoly on LGW-FLR for around 20 years.

Quoting babybus (Reply 2):
I think Florence would benefit from a Ryanair LGW service.

The problem with FLR, as was indicated in the news item, is the fact that its short runway can only handle certain plane types. FR's planes would not be able to land at FLR. That is why FR and other LCCs land at Pisa which is about 50 miles away from Florence.
 
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RE: Meridiana To Axe LGW-Florence

Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:11 pm

Don't forget that BA serves PSA and not FLR.
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RE: Meridiana To Axe LGW-Florence

Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:18 pm

Quoting babybus (Reply 2):
I think Florence would benefit from a Ryanair LGW service.

Why would Ryanair want to start this route, especially from Gatwick?

If anyone was to do this route from Gatwick, no choice it would be either BA or U2.
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RE: Meridiana To Axe LGW-Florence

Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:31 pm

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 4):
Quoting babybus (Reply 2):
Wasn't that a monopoly route?

Yes. Meridiana has held the monopoly on LGW-FLR for around 20 years.

Not been a monopoly for the past couple of years however - Cityjet operate LCY-FLR

[Edited 2012-12-18 13:34:28]
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RE: Meridiana To Axe LGW-Florence

Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:53 am

Meridiana fly is also undergoing a major restructuring and is planning to cut seven of its 13 A320 family aircraft, both A330-200s and a B767-200 of sister carrier Air Italy from the fleet next year. So they will have to make network cuts as well besides another 650 job cuts expected as a result.
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