Might be a good option right now. I wouldn't like to guess whether the domestic APD change on the horizon is sufficient to sort out the economics of the Edinburgh route for them, but it can only be helpful.I suppose i resigned myself to the likes of Dublin not returning for a while. Hopefully we may see Edinburgh and Paris return earlier than i hoped! Interestingly today it was posted on twitter that Loganair took flight to Bergen and Stavanger offsale from Edinburgh and Newcastle. I can't see Newcastle come back but maybe Loganair could be a contender to resume Edinburgh again to fill the gap.
Would the airport though want to risk making the same mistake as before in putting all it's eggs in one basket again? For an airport like Cardiff relying on one carrier a lot of time seems to come back to bite them.There is talk on another forum that the 'new' Flybe intends operating many of its former routes. CWL has been particularly adversely affected by the loss of the original Flybe with a number of that carrier's routes not replaced by other airlines.
Obviously the aviation industry is in a state of uncertainty still but it might be something to keep an eye on. It might depend on the sort of package the WG through its airport company could come up with.
That's a valid point.I don't think that they have much choice, they need to get some routes up and running again.
Personally i'm not sure this government would actually pay an airline like Flybe for routes/base, it's probable that the airport company might do some sort of deal via waiving fees etc but with the climate change emergency and transport not seemingly as high a priority as in previous governments considering transport is now subsumed into the Climate change ministry paying an airline unless it's prestigious and provides an international route like Qatar Airways to Doha might be more frowned upon by this government.In any case the WG could justify a financial outlay to attract the latest incarnation on the grounds that the routes are necessary to boost the Welsh economy. Even before the pandemic the government message was becoming louder* that airport profitability might be some way off but that the facility was vitally important to Wales as an economic driver.
Personally i'd expect them to look at Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and maybe Southampton.On the other forum, all the emphasis seems to be focused on Birmingham, and what routes could re-appear with FlyBE from there, there seems to be a belief that all domestic routes have been taken up by other airlines, perhaps some of the contributors should look at CWL there are plenty of vacant routes there.
Looks like BA Cityflyer at Belfast City will be a more permanent thing. They've added extra to Exeter, Glasgow and Leeds apparently and just announced Birmingham.
Keeping my fingers crossed they'll add Cardiff as well!
Guess only time will tell or more likely we'll probably have more of a clue about them staying long term if they put summer 2022 on sale.i think just extended through the winter. it won't be long term permanent i don't think - when things recover those aircraft and crews will be deployed back to normal exLCY routes with Emerald coming in to replace them.
I think time will tell but EXT load factors have been impressive. There is defiantly more capacity here for more than an ATR operation.i think just extended through the winter. it won't be long term permanent i don't think - when things recover those aircraft and crews will be deployed back to normal exLCY routes with Emerald coming in to replace them.
I think time will tell but EXT load factors have been impressive. There is defiantly more capacity here for more than an ATR operation.
CAA stats for July (the latest available) show 2,049 passengers on EXT-BHD. At 4 x weekly that gives an average load of around 60.what have the loads been?