|Quoting Egerton (Reply 91):|
4. Set aside LHR slots exclusively for additional smaller domestic destinations than those currently served, enabling new direct air services to the UK's four constituent nations and their regions. AC have agreed.
This whilst ideologically a good idea , really needs caveats attached.
Fact is many of those previous and now lost routes simply couldn't even cover operating cost let alone make a profit.
And almost certainly won't even with available slots if ever tried again.
The best evidence of the conundrum must surely be bmi and the Glasgow route.
Carried significant passenger number however far to much being Codeshare connects.
The allocated costs from those codeshares was to put it simply trash.
The only way the BA
shuttles survive is actually via a balance of full fare point to point traffic - This makes the money to cover costs.
So unless sufficient passengers in say Liverpool Newquay or Tees-side can be persuaded to pay the requisite commuter fares - Someone is going to have to subsidise these routes.
As for the many comments largely from the US that they should go straight to a 4 runway operation why and on what economical case ?
It's not as if there is any case for comparing LHR
to the US mega hubs dominated by 100s of regional jets to a thousand little communities.
That domestic client base is better served via rail and road here.
Another thing probably cultural but you just wouldn't persuade many/anyone to consider say NCL
where mileage wise something similar across a US mega hub happens all the time.