I can answer two of those..I hope this doesn’t come across as rude, but what kind of research are you doing? Contacting airlines on the other side of the world that have never expressed interest in long haul (Frontier, Southwest, Bangkok), plus a cash-strapped airline that has dropped its only UK route and ceased all scheduled flying is not going to be productive.
The airlines we really need to be hearing from are the ones we already have, and those who have expressed serious interest in the past.
- Do Aegean still have plans to relaunch ATH-BHX?
- Do Blue Air still have plans to launch BCM-BHX?
- Will Austrian return on VIE-BHX for summer 2021?
- Are Aurigny, Loganair, or any others looking at picking up the Isle of Man route?
- Will Indigo and Spicejet, who had applied for slots before the pandemic, still be interested in BHX if and when UK-India travel recovers?
- Are Ryanair and Wizz interested in basing further aircraft at UK airports outside London, with easyJet seemingly on the retreat, and Flybe gone?
Just start with Wizz and easyjet bases first !I also love the enthusiasm and optimism like this is something that is definitely needed at the moment. I totally agree with jfy1999 though, maybe it's time to channel all of that energy into some a little more realistic and he's given some great examples.
A few more.
Given the sheer amount of routes missing or seriously under served, easyjet and/or Wizz are possibly the two airlines that could make the biggest impact at BHX. I hope that a base from either is high up on the priority list.
If we are talking about getting new airlines in then Finnair and TAP Air Portugal would be good places to start. I'd also consider a potential return of Icelandair and Czech Airlines.
There may also be potential from more from existing airlines. What about TUi bringing back Goa and Phuket and finally giving us flights to Cuba? SAS bringing back Stockholm (hopefully with a decent schedule this time)? Eurowings adding Hamburg and/or Hanover?
Long haul I think is out of the equation for a few years and if BHX keeps what it had then that must be a result. For the medium term I'd be looking at aircraft such as the new A321s for flights to the North America, so JetBlue, Air Transat and possibly even an eventual return of United. Going east the two with the most demand are probably Mumbai and Hong Kong so you'd want to focus on Cathay and Air India.
It's an ambitious list but possibly a little more realistic than Bamboo Air
Sadly I think the next year or two is going to be about survival rather than growth but please keep going, we need someone championing the BHX cause
Longbridge ?????EVA AIR - Have responded and I hope it will be Positive especially in these economic times it will help boost MG ROVER - LONGBRIDGE and Midlands Economic Sectors - * Shanghai * B747 * Lets see what happens.
EVA AIR SAYS: " Hi there, thanks for reaching out. We appreciate the suggestion and we'll be sure to announce it if we decide to do so. Thank you! "
VISTARA: " Currently, we are operating flights to/from London to Delhi and return" -
( I am surprised they did not compete with Turkmenistan and Air India in Birmingham.)
* I also have contacted Air Seychelles they have given positive feedback that they will be looking at the route, in the future.
Don't want to sound picky Kjay, but its Birmingham Airport, NOT Birmingham International Airport, the word International was dropped 10 years ago!I have spoken today with two International airlines they both have expressed their strongest interest to operate direct flights from Birmingham International Airport. They have requested something in writing and will take it from that document to analyse Birmingham International potential and deliver a service. On both conversation calls they said Inshallah will serve Birmingham International.
BHX is not the ony UK airport that has removed 'International' from its name (addendum: I've now noticed Cathanger's post that was submitted when I was typing this post).Yes but how many carriers and routes have been lost because the rebrand may have diminished the airport as a departure point worth serving? I have never understood the reasoning behind that decision.
I'm afraid the snobbish people of Stratford upon Avon ARE appended to Birmingham and via the Bard. The Library of Birmingham and the University of Birmingham have fantastic holdings of books etc linked to Shakespeare as well as strong links with the RSC. They might not want to be linked to something as vulgar as an airport so that rules Coventry out, even if it is closer.Stratford upon Avon is semi local to me and I can assure you that the last thing people there want is to be appended to BIRMINGHAM in any way or form. Linking Shakespeare to anything as vulgar as an airport would be horrific! And if it were, then Coventry airport would be their choice as that is more local.