I would bet on EDI, CWL or STN.
I am surprised they don't even serve Edinburgh. Glasgow and Edinburgh are two clearly independent cities/markets. Edinburgh is a very international city (tourism, university, kind of a "Monocle" magazine city) and those markets tend to work well for EK
. I think some OPs are focusing too much on secondary cities in England that are a) no well-known internationally (yes, I know that how internationally renowned a city is does not grant a EK
service; and I am sure there are businesses and sub-Asian communities in, let's say, Leeds... but probably EDI
has them as well) and b) have easy access to cities already served by Emirates. NCL
is served by Emirates but Newcastle is far from any other EK
city (contrary to Leeds or Bristol).
I think CWL
could work the same way that NCL
works for EK
. Not a huge market, but no overlap with any airport, and currently CWL
is not served by anyone else. Emirates is so well-known in the UK that it could work in CWL
and it would certainly keep away anyone else (especially TK
) from Cardiff any time soon.
As for London, I would put my money on STN
. I have been to LTN
a couple of times, but I found the airport the least appealing and worst in terms of infrastructures of the London area, not to mention the connection to the Parkway train station. STN
might be a Ryanair fortress, but the airport itself is quite nice (it certainly does not feel like a low-cost airport like LTN
does) and has a direct connection with public transportation, and it is not far from some wealthy areas (Cambridge, for instance).
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