Eastern are scrapping 2 mid-week mid-day rotations. (If that makes sense :nea This and Glasgow with WW should encorage BE to do something :clapping: Come on BE :clapping:
So some good news for Eastern is that one of their routes, sadly not from LBA though, has seen significant growth in 2017. So much so that they are looking at a frequency increase. The route in question is a diagonal one across the UK and supports part of my post in the LBA General thread because the equivalent overland journey must be a nightmare.
They do seem to be doing well! I'm surprised because there prices are really high! Though there is an element of government travel maybe? What it may show is that if an airline like Eastern can grow the route at prices between 200-300 pounds for a roundtrip that there could be demand for an airline like Flybe to do a daily route at much lower prices.A poster in the LBA Eastern Airways thread posted the above today.
It seems the route may be CWL-NCL. The passenger numbers for the route in 2016 were 13,664 against 12,412 in 2015 which is a 10.1% increase. If anyone wants to develop this particular point it would be better done in the CWL Eastern Airways thread.
I think the route already has a morning and evening rotation on weekdays together with an evening Sunday rotation.
Would there be a market for a middle of the day rotation as well?
I thought the previous contracts specified aircraft no larger than 19 seats. Eastern hasn't got any of those. This will surely mean that more taxpayers' money is being expended on this controversial service if larger aircraft with a cabin staff member are used.
From what i'm hearing on the more welsh air forum and from what i've read on the news item Ken Skates (WG transport cabinet secretary) has been in discussion with the CAA. So it may well be that the J41 is capped at 19 seats for the VLY route so APD doesn't have to be paid. I believe a cabin crew member would have to accompany the flight but i think when Highland airlines operated it they had one? I honestly don't know if it will cost more.I thought the previous contracts specified aircraft no larger than 19 seats. Eastern hasn't got any of those. This will surely mean that more taxpayers' money is being expended on this controversial service if larger aircraft with a cabin staff member are used.