It would include all passengers whether Airbus or aviation-related staff or the general public. As this is a scheduled route open to anyone to fly on all passengers are shown under the scheduled heading in the CAA stats.Does that passenger count include Airbus staff ?
The BRS network is quite an extensive one for a newly independent airline, although perhaps the continuation of the airline name at present will have some resonance, and it will be interesting to see whether it works out.I was speaking to some BMI airline staff at LBA recently. They said the withdrawal of the aircraft from Leeds was to enable the new Bristol operation. Needless to say, they weren't happy bunnies.
According to Wikipedia there are around 21,500 soldiers based on the region, with families around 40,000 people, although half of those will be withdrawn by 2015, and the rest by 2019.[T]he Hannover flight will be well used by Forces families visiting relatives based in the nearby region of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The Bristol - Hannover route is not twice daily, its once daily Monday to Friday and one on Sunday, so dependant on the aircraft it be ok. I would suggest bmi regional will use the E135.If that's enough to justify twice daily I don't know, but it seems a bit more plausible now. I presume the army has regular military flights between bases for their own personnel.
I've also seen some large advertisements for the new routes on some First buses in Bristol and in Bath over the last couple of days.There are some big advertising posters around the airport for the bmi routes and I've also seen a city taxi or two bearing adverts.
TheLocalYokel said:I hope you are wrong about the bookings but I fear you might not be.
Although there are some adverts on some taxis in Bristol and some quite large ones along the side of some First buses in Bristol and Bath, I find the design not very striking and not that easy to read. Furthermore, the fact that the routes are from BRS is shown in fairly small lettering.