I'm not so sure if it will make that much of a difference to NOC
compared to the current situation. There is a very good selection of express to DUB
coach services on offer from Galway, Cork and Limerick most of which offer an hourly service and get you for city centre to DUB
in just over two hours. I would suspect that any rail service from these cities will involve a change of train in Heuston which will still make the coach services more appealing. BFS
on the other hand should be more worried.
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It's going to be an interesting week - I hope this works out. I particularly liked the Financial Times article as it mentions that BA want to funnel their regional traffic via DUB and SNN instead of LHR in order to free up slots at LHR for itself. Nicely written!
Overall, I feel that an IAG
takeover of EI
will obviously be good for EI
but also for ORK
are not like IB
both of which could be described as basket cases when they were taken over by IAG
is a profitable airline who have successfully adopted a way of competing with FR
at their main airport. EI
's European network is one of the very few operated by a legacy carrier that actually makes a decent profit. It is hard to imagine why IAG
would want to interfere too much with it. In fact, one could see them learning from EI
and adopting a similar strategy to their existing European network.
There will of course be the usualy political backlash and serial troublemakers out on their soapboxes if this goes ahead but as always they are to be ignored. Previously Open Skies was supposed to see the end of transatlantic services at SNN
yet there is still a transatlantic network at SNN
that is the envy of many other airports of similar size. Long and short of it is despite the sheer number of previous doomsday predictions involving SNN
, it is still there. It is early days but in this new era of an independent SNN
where it has been cast adrift to sink or swim on its own terms it thus far has managed to stay swimming. This year will provide a better measure in terms of the current approach by the SAA given that the 17% increase in traffic recorded last years is compared to a very low base. If SNN
can achieve 4 to 6 % growth this year it will be a good result.
It would be great to see some additional long haul traffic feed through SNN
. I wonder would BA
consider the option of connections to SNN
on the LCY
service? It would help fill some of the business class seats on the SNN
service but obviously would require that the JFK
service to stop at SNN
on the say back.
Airports: SNN GWY NOC DUB ORK BOS EWR JFK ORD MCI BOI SEA LHR STN CDG LYS FAO GVA HKG MEL ADL HBA