|Quoting sawtooth (Reply 260):|
The SNN base is returning......to NOC! Great news for them though!
SAA take note - you're being left behind in a very big way. That announcement means that NOC
are almost on par in terms of European routes. In fact, the only two things that SNN
has that NOC
doesn't is a connection to a major European hub (LHR
) and a handful of transatlantic routes. I think this development proves without doubt that there is sufficient demand to and from the West of Ireland to attract new air services but somehow the SAA seem incapable of cashing in on the opportunities. What the hell are they at down there? You can say the catchment of SNN
is small but it is a hell of alot bigger than that of NOC
which is located in the heart of a region who's population has steadily been in decline (even during the Celtic tiger) whereas SNN
is located in the heart of a region which (according to someone's post in the last thread) has increasing population and the second highest disposable income in the country.
Also, not sure how much of a say they had, but management at NOC
that they have convinced FR
to open non-UK routes where there are other airlines i.e. avoiding a repeat of what happened at SNN