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airevents
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Why Did Etihad Leave Gatwick?

Sat Aug 18, 2007 9:17 pm

Hello there,

I wonder why Etihad, who were flying Gatwick to Abu Dhabi for a while have stopped doing so? Was it just expanding flights until more slots at Heathrow could be obtained? When flying from London, I find Gatwick the much more pleasant alternative compared to Heathrow and Emirates operates a number of their 25+ daily flights from Gatwick.

Just wondering...
 
sandrozrh
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RE: Why Did Etihad Leave Gatwick?

Sat Aug 18, 2007 9:35 pm

Quoting Airevents (Thread starter):
Emirates operates a number of their 25+ daily flights from Gatwick.

Ehm, EK operates 25+ daily flights to LON? More like to the whole of UK.
 
BCA2005
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RE: Why Did Etihad Leave Gatwick?

Sat Aug 18, 2007 9:48 pm

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 1):
Ehm, EK operates 25+ daily flights to LON? More like to the whole of UK.

Not even 25+ to the UK! They operate around 14 daily flights from the UK (5 x LHR, 3 x LGW, 2 x BHX, 2 x MAN, 1 x NCL, 1 x GLA).
 
B747-4U3
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RE: Why Did Etihad Leave Gatwick?

Sun Aug 19, 2007 1:24 am

It had something to do with the fact that they got extra slots at Heathrow (I think they are now up to 17 per week) and the Gatwick service wasn't making money. They used the 77W to Gatwick which only has around 28 Business Class seats, the rest is economy. Heathrow gets the 3 class 346,345 and 332 aircraft with larger premium cabins and therefore the ability to generate higher yields. Heathrow, being London's primary gatway also has a larger throughflow of premium passengers.

Emirates, and to a lessor extent Qatar Airways could make Gatwick work because of their larger hubs in Dubai and Doha, and therefore the ability to pull more passengers due to the larger number of connecting destinations.
 
LH121GLA
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RE: Why Did Etihad Leave Gatwick?

Sun Aug 19, 2007 2:24 am

Quoting BCA2005 (Reply 2):
Not even 25+ to the UK! They operate around 14 daily flights from the UK (5 x LHR, 3 x LGW, 2 x BHX, 2 x MAN, 1 x NCL, 1 x GLA).

Correction - NCL does not start till 01 September.
 
boysteve
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RE: Why Did Etihad Leave Gatwick?

Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:39 pm

Quoting B747-4U3 (Reply 3):
It had something to do with the fact that they got extra slots at Heathrow (I think they are now up to 17 per week)

No, they operate 5 daily flights making it 35 per week!
 
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RE: Why Did Etihad Leave Gatwick?

Sun Aug 19, 2007 9:06 pm

Quoting Boysteve (Reply 5):
Quoting B747-4U3 (Reply 3):
It had something to do with the fact that they got extra slots at Heathrow (I think they are now up to 17 per week)

No, they operate 5 daily flights making it 35 per week!

No, they don't. This is their schedule for the 25 August. As you can see, only 2 daily flights.

13EY 12 F0 A0 J0 C0 D0 Y9 B9 LHRAUH 1305 2315 345 0
H9 K9 M9 Q9
14EY 18 F0 A0 J0 C0 D0 Y5 B0 LHRAUH 2120 0730#1 332 0
H0 K0

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