Having regard to all the French routes that UK regional airports boast - I know that France is somewhere that is extremely popular with British second-home owners - it does seem strange that Germany is relatively poorly served across the board.UK regional airports always seem to struggle to gain new flights to Germany. I think the Germans have a night-time flying ban at many of the big airports. I know our LBA-DUS service operated by Jet2 has diverted into Cologne-Bonn on the odd occasion when it's been running late. This must put a strain on the slots available through the normal operating hours. Scandinavia also seems to be another difficult fish to catch but I've no idea why.
I totally agree Seasider. The same can be said about almost all the major regional airports as we are all too aware. Top of the list will almost always include New York yet in practice the route is very unlikely to prove successful and this isn't unique to Bristol in anyway. The best way for airports to gauge opinion is through destinations served previously. I believe National Statistics also conduct passenger surveys at airports with particular reference to the passenger origin.Seasider said:I just hope that people answer honestly and say which routes they would use, how many times per year. A lot of people say that they will use it and don't, or not very often. A difficult thing to gauge the response, good luck to them.
So do I. easyJet already serves Geneva and Basel. I'm a bit concerned about bmir's Dusseldorf route which is not a LH code share when Ryanair begins Cologne-Bonn in the autumn at 4 x weekly.If BRS was to get a ZRH route in the future then i think BMI with a SWISS codeshare or SWISS itself would be the better option for the airport as it would lead to a better long haul connectivity for the airport.