Arion640 wrote:A388 wrote:I do know that TUI uses Montego Bay and Barbados as home ports for their cruise ships in the Caribbean but I'm not sure how it works precisely. About the airports being able to handle the A380, I think at the moment they can't but I can imagine if an airline commits to flying the A380 to any airport they will upgrade the airport to A380's standards provided the potential A380 airline signs a contract to actually fly the A380 to those airports. An airport isn't going to invest in facilities to accomodate the A380 if there won't be an A380 flying in and out of that airport.
What about airports on the UK end? Cardiff nor Bristol which do see Thomson 787 flights are not A380 capable. Doncaster would be in the same boat. I think DSA can land the A380 like CWL but they wouldn't have any A380 capable gates.
I'm curious, what exactly is an A380 capable gate? DSA doesn't use airbridges, so surely they could park an A380 on remote and uses coaches? Or park it across two stands and walk out? Might need to buy some big airstairs though. Is there other equipment that an A380 might need
Wether immigration could cope is another matter, DSA can be crazy if 2 Wizzair 320's land within a few minutes, imagine being the last pax off a full 380
That said I doubt we will ever see a 380 at DSA unless its a diversion