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geoff

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An article in the business section of Wales on Line, in relation to the CWL-Valley route, shows the Welsh Government paid out over £750,000 in 2020, for no flights being operated on the route, this information was released as a result of a FOI request. It appears that for this week, the BHD service is being operated by a Southampton aircraft, which is routing via CWL.{ according to CWL arrivals and departures boards}.
 

Jerry

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I wonder if it was some sort of contractual obligation that they had to pay it?
 

geoff

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Yes it was apparently, the contract runs until 2023, and was valued at £8.3 million, so if they don't resume the Valley service, they will be paying out a lot more money again, without any flights.
 

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Must be some sort of severance clause in the contract?
If it's a contract until 2023 it'll be interesting to see if the route resumes or the WG may well be happy to pay Eastern off in the name of being environmentally friendly.
 

CM.

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It’s the same with LBA-NQY. Must seem demand isn’t there at the moment.
 

geoff

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I doubt they will be back at CWL, if CWL-Valley doesn't restart, let's hope that FlyBE have their eyes on the route when they start.
 

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I've been told elsewhere that the Welsh government told Eastern Airways to stop the Belfast City route. Maybe something connected as a clause in the VLY PSO.
 

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I don’t believe many governments are keen on any airline using an idle PSO aircraft for further commercial gain between PSO flights. Presume that’s in case the a/c gets delayed on a non PSO obligation sector. Not sure if that is true but would make some sense
 

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I don’t believe many governments are keen on any airline using an idle PSO aircraft for further commercial gain between PSO flights. Presume that’s in case the a/c gets delayed on a non PSO obligation sector. Not sure if that is true but would make some sense
The Anglesey route is not in operation at the moment and i believe it is aloud for them to operate another route in between the PSO flights.
 
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