I find that somewhat harsh. Nick Barton took over the helm at BHX shortly before the biggest downturn that commercial aviation has ever known. However, during that time the number of dedicated freight flights have increased significantly (OK, many of them are small aircraft), which have helped to continue revenue being generated for the airport.
As for him not being 'a proven leader as there is no proof of substantiated success', look at what he achieved at Luton and the growth of Easyjet at BHX.
Growth is never going to be an overnight task in commercial aviation. It often takes many years of discussion with an airline to deliver a new service (and we have no idea of what talks are going on on the background).
BHX will never have the 'clout' that MAG has with major airlines (although, personally I believe that MAG should be broken up as it has way too much of a monopoly outside of London). Be thankful that BHX is still operating. Had it been run poorly, you might now be seeing it bulldozed and turned into a housing estate and business/retail park.
A monopoly definition is ‘exclusive possession of a service or commodity’. Given there are approximately 30 airports offering scheduled passenger service in the U.K., MAG owning 3 airports comes no where near monopoly status.
BHX will never have the 'clout' that MAG has with major airlines (although, personally I believe that MAG should be broken up as it has way too much of a monopoly outside of London).
Birmingham has just had an announcement for several new routes and an extra aircraft based this winter has it not? Versus what? Either a 4 weekly or 14 weekly flight to Belfast? Hardly indiciciatrive of unfairness?Interesting that Ryanair are re-launching Belfast again and which three English airports have they picked?…..STN, EMA and MAN. What a shocker!
Hardly indiciciatrive of unfairness?
Not unfair, but when I saw which routes they would fly, I did clock the same thing
It was like a ‘BHX never gets picked’ post, which it clearly does get picked.
I suppose I’m just tired of this undertone of anti-MAG that seems to be rife in this forum, seeping into many posts that goes relatively unchecked by moderators (many of said moderators actually join in), but if you call it out, then whaddya know, it’s like you cant moderate fast enough…
I’m not sure if you just like causing tension or what but whenever Manchester gets mentioned in a threads you get offended. There is a simple way “ignoring” the post.I suppose I’m just tired of this undertone of anti-MAG that seems to be rife in this forum, seeping into many posts that goes relatively unchecked by moderators (many of said moderators actually join in), but if you call it out, then whaddya know, it’s like you cant moderate fast enou
12 minutes is nothing and not really worth mentioning. A 12 minute delay to departure can easily be made up during the flight. Likewise, an on time departure can experience strong head winds resulting in a late arrival. It's the long delays (hours or even days) that need to be addressed. Loss of a days holiday, missing an important business meeting and the stress involved, especially on the elderly or those travelling with small children. Yes, compensation may be given, but it doesn't make up for that lost day of a holiday that a family have saved all year for.The media have given the above story huge prominence this morning and have linked Nick Barton's pay increase into the mix. Not good publicity all round for BHX. It seems an average delay last year of 12 minutes is the end of the World for some people