- Jan 31, 2016
Ryanair is reducing Belfast to 2 weekly from the winter timetable due to APD
The very same Ian F who reported excellent Manchester pax figures the other day.And of course the venerable Ian F, who is usually no where to be seen when the good news flows, but when any bad news breaks he suddenly develops Ussain Bolt characteristics to be front of the queue to post the news. But I digress.
We have lost potentially 11 weekly seats by Ryanair, but will gain at least 3 weekly via Easyjet, not including anything they add for the winter.
And let’s not forget we have substantial increases this year on other Ryanair routes so more than drowns out the bad news.
Friday-Sunday also works quite well for covering the construction traffic out of NI much of which goes to London and MAN. Note: STN is also seeing a reduction 2x weekly. I think RYR will probably pull out of BFS completely in the next round if this reduction goes poorly.I would have thought only 2 x weekly was pointless. Don't know when the flights are due to operate but I suppose Friday / Sunday could attract the weekend trippers. The loss of 11 or 12 weekly flights adds up to a lot of seats over the winter as a certain BHX contributor was quick to point out on another forum. Given how many a/c they tend to park up over the winter, I'd be surprised if the a/c were required for other routes.
I am only comparing the arrival into MAN side. The main reason is the setup for domestic arrivals into T3 vs T1. In T3 you walk off the aircraft into the UK arrivals corridor and into baggage claim. Even with a 3 y/o it takes about 5 mins from aircraft door to the reclaim belt or arrivals hall. In T1, you get the bus. For me this has taken anywhere from 10-40 mins, all depending on which bus you get, where in the loading of the bus you are and how long it takes for the buses to each get a release on the UK arrivals door.Just wondering why you think this?