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Thomas Cook Airlines reports "a good performance in a challenging year"
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Thomas Cook reports a good performance in a challenging year for operations. "The success of our holiday offer is supported by a well-managed airline which leverages its relationship with our holiday business while actively developing its own distribution channels to compete wing-to-wing with other European leisure carriers". 2018 was a strong year of growth for our airline against a backdrop of widespread disruption following the collapse of Monarch and Air Berlin in 2017 and strike action across European air traffic control. We took advantage of the upheaval in the market to expand...
Flybe up for sale!
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After much speculation regarding the future of Flybe the airline has announced it is now for sale. The airline blames difficult trading conditions, continuing Brexit uncertainty and rising fuel prices for it's decision. Picture by @elmdon74
Jet Airways commences flights between Manchester & Mumbai
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Manchester- Mumbai route takes off and is set to unlock £400m of benefits for the North The launch of new direct flights to Mumbai, India’s economic capital, is set to deliver a £400m boost to the North. Jet Airways’ five-times-a-week service takes off for the first time this morning, at a celebration attended by Aviation Minister, Baroness Liz Sugg and hundreds of guests from across the region. The route will unlock hundreds of millions of pounds of trade, investment and tourism benefits, according to a report released to coincide with the launch. It follows a sustained push from...
The future of Domestic UK air travel
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What is the future for UK domestic air travel ? We are not a big country and yet getting around by any form of transportation can prove taxing to say the least ! Our roads are clogged ( don't even mention pot-holes ! ) . Train travel , in my opinion its worse since BR days , more expensive , more packed with shorter trains. It's ok to and from the capital in general for most big towns and cities, but cross country, that's very different, with still scant investment, outside London and SE for getting around. And what of domestic air routes, over the years these seemed to have diminished...
FLYBE issues profit warning
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Profit Warning Flybe's woes continue with the company issuing a full-year profit warning this morning in a trading update ahead of its results for the first six months of 2018. A full-year tax loss of £12 million is now anticipated which follows a £19.2 million loss in 2017. Flybe attributes the situation to higher fuel prices, the lower value of sterling and weaker customer demand. The airline is reviewing further capacity and cost-saving measures along with its current strategy which sees it concentrating on its most popular routes. This has seen passenger seat revenue increase by...
Ryanair Add Corfu from Liverpool
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Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, today (10 Oct) announced a new route from Liverpool to Corfu, with a twice weekly service from June, as part of Ryanair’s Summer 2019 schedule, which will be launched shortly. North West consumers and visitors can now enjoy even lower fares and the latest “Always Getting Better” improvements including: Ryanair’s full Liverpool Summer 2019 schedule will be unveiled soon. To celebrate its new Corfu route, Ryanair has launched a seat sale, with seats from Liverpool available from just £9.99, for travel in October, November, December and January. Ryanair’s...
United Airlines celebrates 21 years at Glasgow
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United Airlines' popular New York - Newark route marks two decades of service from Glasgow Glasgow Airport and United Airlines today (Thursday, October 4) celebrate 20 years of the popular New York/Newark route. Since the first flight took to the skies to cross the Atlantic back in 1998, at that time under the banner of Continental Airlines, the route has carried more than 2.1 million passengers on over 14,000 flights between Glasgow and New York/Newark - gateway to the Big Apple and over 70 nonstop connections across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Operated by a...
Ryanair General Meeting 2018
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Attended the AGM with the media as MOL had to back down and let them in. ATC issues in Portugal, Germany, France and Spain, have had a huge effect on the schedule. Whilst an agreement with the irish union, the company has been advised of strikes in Belguim, Italy, Holland, Portugal and spain next friday (28th) and it looks as if german union staff will also join in. strikes will continue on a monthly or more frequent basis. Ryaanir have lost their court case in the european court on this union issue. whilst they hoped the Irish deal could be dovetailed in other european countries, the...
Trip Report: TUI BHX-LPA-BHX
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So I returned on Thursday (15th) from once again a lovely week away in Gran Canaria using BHX for the second time, and once again it was a very enjoyable visit We departed Cardiff at around 03:30 and arrived at BHX shortly after 05:30, We paid the £2 to drop off outside the terminal and it was a very quick and efficient process, We approached the TUI bag drop area, which was very quiet , A friendly greeting arrived and we were asked if we had used the self service bag drop before, indeed we had so we proceeded to scan the boarding pass and place the bags on the scale to weigh and print...
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And the alcohol for tonight is....?
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Primarily a Friday and Saturday night thread for people to discuss their favourite tipples. Their latest Gin or Whisky collection or maybe the local ale.
What's your favourite Christmas advertisement?
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Christmas is almost upon us and the annual array of Christmas advertisements are starting to fill our TV screens. Which Christmas advertisement is your favourite, past or present? My personal favourites are produced for a local shopping mall The Victoria Quarter in Leeds. I look forward to seeing their latest Christmas advertisement every year. It may possibly be used by the owners of the centre for other shopping malls in the UK. As for the national Christmas advertisements, John Lewis is good but I don't think there ad is as good this year as it usually is. Similarly with the Heathrow...
Global Warming or Global Cooling?
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What are your thoughts on climate change? For the last two decades at lest we have been spoon fed a global warming agenda, "the Earth is burning up", our "use of fossil fuels is causing Co2 to spiral out of control". More recently the IPCC lead by the United Nations released a report saying we have to take immediate action to save the planet from catastrophe. During the 90's I went along with this narrative. As a person who has always been interested in weather and the climate I have always followed the subject with much interest and like most people I went along with the idea that man...
Brexit
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Generally speaking I try not to get involved in political debate and discussions.However i would like to play devils advocate here. Did anyone else see the story in one of the National papers last week stating the reasons why most of the EU want the U.K. to stay in the Union. Strangely it was missed by the pro EU propaganda machine that is the BBC,as well as other sources. The reason,as if we didn’t know is purely down to the money we put in.They do not want to lose it,as admitted by Malta and the Czech Republic.Also no one ever tells what the implications are for the rest of the EU,how...

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oldendays wrote on a300boy's profile.
True, TCX has seen better days but their LBA offering was already on its arse so there's no excuse to have lost what little was left. At least Bill Savage secured a base from the then Airtours, and Britannia/Thomson. Now all lost. Meeson must be laughing. I really don't understand how Jet2 - a relative newcomer - seem to be able to get it right and the elder statesmen can only cut and run. Backhanders, maybe ?
oldendays wrote on a300boy's profile.
Is it just me, or has LBA achieved nothing since David Outlaws and his gang have been in charge ? Terminal improvements aside, which are a legacy of the previous management, the airport just keeps on losing business. If I was AMP, I would be putting the genial Geordie on notice just now.
Is anybody feeling christmassy yet ? Im not ;-( Maybe some mulled wine will help with proceedings ??
10th anniversary of mum's death and my near miss. Gone but never forgotten,
So Manchester Airport has done a Throwback Thursday featuring my shot of an An124. Nice surprise.

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