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BA announce Gatwick - Limoges for May 2017

Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:43 am

http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/fli ... new_routes

Surprised there aren't other French destinations they would launch first such as Strasbourg, Brest, Pau, Toulon, Rennes, Clermont-Ferrand, Carcassone, Perpignan etc. Actually, Gatwick - Rennes has just been announced by Vueling...
 
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Re: BA announce Gatwick - Limoges for May 2017

Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:13 am

Many of these French routes get big subsidies from the local authorities. Hence the BA flights to Quimper and Angers from LCY.
 
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Re: BA announce Gatwick - Limoges for May 2017

Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:27 am

seansasLCY wrote:
Many of these French routes get big subsidies from the local authorities. Hence the BA flights to Quimper and Angers from LCY.


I'm assuming as this route is served from LGW, it's going to be primarily O&D traffic. Therefore, would it not be more suitable for a less 'premium' airline to serve these types of routes, such as BE? I know BE don't fly from LGW anymore (apart from to NQY), but would EZY or FR not be better suited? I would have thought this route is primarily served by leisure pax rather than business pax. I can't imagine there would be many people booking Club Europe seats to small French airports? I could be wrong...
 
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Re: BA announce Gatwick - Limoges for May 2017

Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:34 am

Lots of second home owners and more sophisticated tourists.
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Re: BA announce Gatwick - Limoges for May 2017

Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:36 am

I reckon the logic of Gatwick-Rennes with VY and Gatwick-Limoges with BA is that Rennes will be a mix of French and British pax and Limoges will be overwhelmingly British.

So BA prioritizes British passengers (Oneworld status, etc) while those with a mix of passengers in cities where VY is known get the Vueling treatment.

Btw Ryanair already serves Stansted-Limoges. They serve a trillion small French airports, mainly from STN and CRL.
 
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Re: BA announce Gatwick - Limoges for May 2017

Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:50 am

SCQ83 wrote:
I reckon the logic of Gatwick-Rennes with VY and Gatwick-Limoges with BA is that Rennes will be a mix of French and British pax and Limoges will be overwhelmingly British.

So BA prioritizes British passengers (Oneworld status, etc) while those with a mix of passengers in cities where VY is known get the Vueling treatment.

Btw Ryanair already serves Stansted-Limoges. They serve a trillion small French airports, mainly from STN and CRL.


Yep,aware that FR serve lots of French airports from STN. Just surprised that there is a market for BA to serve these types of routes to with a Business Class section.
 
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Re: BA announce Gatwick - Limoges for May 2017

Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:54 am

8herveg wrote:
SCQ83 wrote:
I reckon the logic of Gatwick-Rennes with VY and Gatwick-Limoges with BA is that Rennes will be a mix of French and British pax and Limoges will be overwhelmingly British.

So BA prioritizes British passengers (Oneworld status, etc) while those with a mix of passengers in cities where VY is known get the Vueling treatment.

Btw Ryanair already serves Stansted-Limoges. They serve a trillion small French airports, mainly from STN and CRL.


Yep,aware that FR serve lots of French airports from STN. Just surprised that there is a market for BA to serve these types of routes to with a Business Class section.


Its an area that attracts British expats with a fair amount of money. The Club Europe section will probably be filled with BA pilots commuting to work :rotfl: :rotfl:
 
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Re: BA announce Gatwick - Limoges for May 2017

Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:33 am

8herveg wrote:
Just surprised that there is a market for BA to serve these types of routes to with a Business Class section.


Do they need to offer business class. Aren't the seats and seat pitch up front exactly the same as the economy class seats, so can't they just simply configure the booking system for these flights to be all Y and not offer business class at all?
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Re: BA announce Gatwick - Limoges for May 2017

Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:55 am

GCT64 wrote:
8herveg wrote:
Just surprised that there is a market for BA to serve these types of routes to with a Business Class section.


Do they need to offer business class. Aren't the seats and seat pitch up front exactly the same as the economy class seats, so can't they just simply configure the booking system for these flights to be all Y and not offer business class at all?


In theory, yes. But I can't imagine there has ever been a flight into Europe which hasn't sold any Club seats. Perhaps just 3 or 4 seats on a flight, but not none. They would never block it off/not sell them altogether.
 
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Re: BA announce Gatwick - Limoges for May 2017

Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:24 pm

Oh, but does anyone know which aircraft is going to operate this route?
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Re: BA announce Gatwick - Limoges for May 2017

Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:45 pm

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Oh, but does anyone know which aircraft is going to operate this route?


As its from LGW it will be either an A319 or A320. I'd bet on it being a 319.
 
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Re: BA announce Gatwick - Limoges for May 2017

Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:36 am

RacheyFlies wrote:
Oh, but does anyone know which aircraft is going to operate this route?



As Bongodog1964 points out, as the British Airways short haul fleet at LGW only consist of only two aircraft types the Airbus 319 and Airbus 320 it's obvious it will be flown by that type although I agree with Bongodog1964 it will more than likely be a 319 were see on the route.

Limoges is a popular destination flown by BE from SOU for a few years now and this new route with BA may well have an affect on SOU route.


One fact of the day Limoges being a beautiful town as it is but it's also known for its Porcelain.
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