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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF
Replies: 49
Views: 5684

Re: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF

MIflyer12 wrote:
With this and WOW's significant pullback we can see the ULCC TATL bubble has been duly popped. Good for remaining carriers; not good for passengers seeking cheap fares.


And Primera Air going bankrupt.

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spain will open its newest airport, Murcia International, on January 2019
Replies: 33
Views: 7345

Re: Spain will open its newest airport, Murcia International, on January 2019

Asturias subsidises Volotea. So this OVD-RMU IMO is subsidised but it is also a way to tell the government of Murcia that they would be happy to open some new destinations if they give them some money.

I could see BIO, somewhere in Galicia, PMI and IBZ at least.

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF
Replies: 49
Views: 5684

Re: Norwegian to close 737s bases in PMI/TFS/LPA/FCO/PVD/SWF

I am not overly surprised.

Laudamotion (Ryanair) has opened tons of routes from Germany to Mallorca (main market). And PMI suffers from the recovery of Turkey.

Canarias a winter destination has also increasing competition from Morocco, Tunisia, Cabo Verde or Egypt.

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD breaks its pax record
Replies: 14
Views: 2486

Re: MAD breaks its pax record

I don't get this obsession with Western Africa. Those are minuscule markets (just look at the PAX numbers of those airports). RAM in Oneworld would be the perfect complement for both MAD and LHR. Maybe resuming Lagos could be logical, but I don't see the need to hunt smaller markets. Iberia is not T...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAD breaks its pax record
Replies: 14
Views: 2486

Re: MAD breaks its pax record

I can’t imagine that to be the case. Last years growth looks good, but there was no growth between 2007 and 2017 making it the worst performing European mega hub by far growth-wise. Also the high speed train had a major effect. The Madrid-Barcelona HSL opened in 2008. Now it takes half of the traff...

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by SCQ83
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Closes All U.S. Stations Except: BOS/BWI/DTW/EWR
Replies: 59
Views: 10557

Re: WOW Closes All U.S. Stations Except: BOS/BWI/DTW/EWR

And other than a seasonal ARN-KEF on SAS, there is not a single new route for KEF so far planned for this year. It seems the Icelandic bubble has popped.

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by SCQ83
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: IAG's next conquest?
Replies: 28
Views: 4034

Re: IAG's next conquest?

I think Norwegian, Wizz Air or Volotea would be good fits.

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by SCQ83
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is LAX&SFO booming in terms of the number of European carriers?
Replies: 24
Views: 3181

Re: Is LAX&SFO booming in terms of the number of European carriers?

Part is to blame for the new Tech / Internet bubble. Too much money around so people travel more. I suspect when this bubble pops, some carriers may leave or reduce SFO.

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by SCQ83
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat to serve Split during summer 2019
Replies: 48
Views: 5125

Re: Air Transat to serve Split during summer 2019

parrotta wrote:
this flight is dropped


Really? When I saw the announcement I thought Split was an odd choice for a TATL flight. Dubrovnik is the place to go.

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by SCQ83
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What happen to Southwest website.
Replies: 45
Views: 4477

Re: What happen to Southwest website.

Southwest blocks international visitors from their website (although this block does not seem to be perfect as I've accessed it from overseas before). I don't know why - perhaps it's not wanting to comply with GDPR or other international laws and whatnot, or maybe there's some other reason for it. ...

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by SCQ83
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German airport security staff strike, 1000+ flights cancelled
Replies: 14
Views: 3989

Re: German airport security staff strike, 1000+ flights cancelled

How long will it take? I am flying to DUS next week.

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country
Replies: 61
Views: 3510

Re: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country

ESPRIT is not an Australian brand (unless there is another Esprit brand there independent than the one sold in the rest of the world).

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unique Flights ex-LON or ex-AMS
Replies: 22
Views: 2700

Re: Unique Flights ex-LON or ex-AMS

Thanks everyone so far for the great ideas. Many are intriguing. I am now toying with the idea of flying AMS-MAD on Air Europa's B787 (maybe currently it is an A330, but on the dates in may I am looking at it will be a 787, at least for now). and then again trying to get on LATAM from MAD to FRA (i...

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GA launches LHR-DPS flights
Replies: 37
Views: 6179

Re: GA launches LHR-DPS flights

MoKa777 wrote:
This is just strange.


It is not strange. Bali is becoming very popular in Europe lately. With everybody in Europe having been to Thailand already thanks to the ME3, Bali is the new Phuket. :D

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country
Replies: 61
Views: 3510

Re: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country

New Balance has been very popular and trend in the last 5 years or so in Europe. It seems that in the last year or so it is fading a bit. Supreme is awfully popular here at the moment Where is here? I would say Supreme is awfully popular all around the world right now. Even the street sellers in Spa...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1861

Re: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2019

777klm wrote:
:airplane: :redflag: LUX - (to be) axed routes (or airlines on that route)
none so far :smile:


Luxair is not resuming LUX-ALC. They flew it last summer.

I am surprised Ryanair does not try either ALC-LUX or VLC-LUX.

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK starting MEX and CUN
Replies: 48
Views: 7019

Re: TK starting MEX and CUN

Charter flights (most often sold by tour operators) are one thing. Scheduled flights are another. The airlines flying those charter flights are getting paid regardless if the plane is full or not. That is not the case with TK. Your point isn't really valid. First and foremost, CUN is a tech stop. P...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK starting MEX and CUN
Replies: 48
Views: 7019

Re: TK starting MEX and CUN

Couldn't EK also fly DXB-CUN-MEX?

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Germania in trouble
Replies: 28
Views: 5232

Re: Germania in trouble

Funny how everyone is talking macro economics here. That's got little bearing on Germania. Germania hasn't been able to turn a profit over the large scale expansion of the German economy over the past few years. They are back to the wall, if they can't find an investor they will be toast very short...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Germania in trouble
Replies: 28
Views: 5232

Re: Germania in trouble

We have seen an steady decrease in unemployment and a rise in salaries from 2010. That trend has not turned yet and I would say is the most important aspect in regards to the holiday makers, that is the primary customer group of Germania. Cost of living in Germany has exploded since 2010. Particula...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Germania in trouble
Replies: 28
Views: 5232

Re: Germania in trouble

I remember the days when there was the following line up at SCN on a Saturday morning : Tuifly to PMI, ST to LPA, AB to PMI, XQ to AYT, Sky to AYT just on the charter side. This is all gone now and mostly there is just EW to PMI and many people drive to HHN to fly FR somewhere as many traditional b...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Germania in trouble
Replies: 28
Views: 5232

Re: Germania in trouble

With the German economy now doing worse, I think we will see some consolidation in the leisure holiday market in Germany. If I am not missing anything there are those players: - Condor - Germania - Sundair - SunExpress Deutschland - TUI fly Deutschland And then there are: - Lufthansa / Eurowings - B...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK starting MEX and CUN
Replies: 48
Views: 7019

Re: TK starting MEX and CUN

And Turks have no beaches nearer by than Cancún?? As for Mexico-Middle East / C.I.S. traffic: what is the yield x volume? I disagree with saying this flight is only about MEX. Cancún today is a global beach destination which also combines some "basic culture" (Mayan ruins). E.g. checking ...

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by SCQ83
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 117
Views: 12238

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

[quote="mjoelnir"]December 2018
departing 189,754, arriving 203,294, transferring 213.050, total 606.618, 0,09% decrease compared to December 2017/quote]

When was the last time PAX in KEF decreased?

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by SCQ83
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 117
Views: 12238

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

I flew BRU-BMA a couple of years ago and a lot of PAX seemed to be connecting in BRU. I guess (probably like in the case of Finnair) for a lot of people flying to "Stockholm City Airport" is just an added advantage VS other connections and then flying to ARN. Bromma feels like a village ai...

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by SCQ83
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eurowings in 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 3318

Re: Eurowings in 2019

cityshuttle wrote:
According to the media article, LH / EW is currently only considering options for leisure long-haul destinations in case that DE (Condor / Thomas Cook) might cease operations ...


Is Condor in trouble? :O I am flying them in a few weeks (short-haul).

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by SCQ83
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Arabian Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 76
Views: 4690

Re: Arabian Aviation Thread - 2019

Just curious.... With Etihad, Emirates and Turkish Cargo serving or having served the Puerto Rican market, how much longer you guys think Puerto Rico will see Arabian airline service (of any type, that is)? Ummm never? SJU is a very small market to Europe, so for the ME and Asia it would be even sm...

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by SCQ83
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country
Replies: 61
Views: 3510

Re: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country

Speaking of TK Maxx... I was surprised to see ellesse stuff there. I thought they were gone for ages and have them associated forever with 1980s/90s pro tennis. Ellesse (like FILA) is now back in trend. https://www.jdsports.co.uk/page/ellesse-hub/ ALL ABOUT ELLESSE On top when it comes to the retro...

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by SCQ83
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country
Replies: 61
Views: 3510

Re: Dead or dying fashion brands still popular outside your home country

Nautica is sold in Amazon European websites. Amazon Europe is interesting because they stock some American brands that I have never seen in a physical store anywhere in Europe. For instance, they also sell (usually heavily discounted) Eddie Bauer. I reckon since those are sold in Amazon US, it is qu...

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by SCQ83
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded
Replies: 31
Views: 8001

Re: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded

Any non-EU citizens could well have had visa issues with Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia.. I doubt this would happen even in any possible combination :) First of all, Romania and Bulgaria are EU countries. Serbia and Macedonia are very lax with visas. For instance, Chinese and Russian citiz...

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by SCQ83
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair "threatens" with the closure of bases in the Canaries
Replies: 55
Views: 7552

Re: Ryanair "threatens" with the closure of bases in the Canaries

I think that FR has a hard time making these long flights work out financially. Some of them edge on the 5 hours flight time, putting FR in a tight spot in terms of yield management. FR in Canarias is not only about "those long flights". It is not Eilat or Aqaba. Canarias-Mainland Spain i...

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by SCQ83
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc applies for Boston
Replies: 43
Views: 5858

Re: Royal Air Maroc applies for Boston

MIflyer12 wrote:
Given the presence of MAD-JFK/EWR/IAD non-stops I'll guess that RAM is doing this with garbage fares. Aviation economists had figured out 40 years ago that much use of marginal cost pricing is lethal.


IAD-MAD (as well as IAD-BCN) are seasonal only.

Also RAM serves AGP, VLC and BIO.

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by SCQ83
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded
Replies: 31
Views: 8001

Re: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded

I think even more, as they would not be able to take shortest route, unless all passengers had passports - which would be unusual on intra-EU flight. You can enter Serbia and Macedonia with any European (EU) ID card. As well as Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and some other random countries (Georgia) a...

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by SCQ83
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded
Replies: 31
Views: 8001

Re: FR8562 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded

Why not landing in SOF? Sofia to Thessaloniki is only 4-5 hours by coach.

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by SCQ83
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair dead last of 19 major airlines: survey
Replies: 10
Views: 1061

Re: Ryanair dead last of 19 major airlines: survey

In Europe it is very socially accepted to complain about Ryanair. Added to that that it is the airline which carries the more passengers (esp. "casual" passengers), it is not surprising that it ranks so badly. I have flown +100 FR flights and never had any issue so far. I personally prefer...

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by SCQ83
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC unveils slots allocation/airline distribution for Beijing’s upcoming PEK/ZBAD dual-hub system
Replies: 73
Views: 9254

Re: CAAC unveils slots allocation/airline distribution for Beijing’s upcoming PEK/ZBAD dual-hub system

Those two plus EWR/JFK and HND/NRT. But yes, your point stand - LH doesn't just fly to two airports "just because" in general. LCY and LIN targets business pax, HND (and LIN also) is the much more "preferred" airport, while JFK/EWR involved a slightly more "preferred" ...

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by SCQ83
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PR seeks overflight rights from Saudi Arabia for MNL-TLV flights
Replies: 46
Views: 6100

Re: PR seeks overflight rights from Saudi Arabia for MNL-TLV flights

What is the rationale of this route? Catholic pilgrimage? Israeli backpackers? Connections to Australia? All of that would be very low yield. I can't imagine there is sufficient business traffic to warrant the route, and no workers/maids traffic (unlike on PR's routes to the Gulf), which is low yie...

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Didn't pre-book your seat? You need to get off the plane
Replies: 7
Views: 2989

Re: Didn't pre-book your seat? You need to get off the plane

This would have never happened with Ryanair, as FR does not overbook.

Next time she should fly with Ryanair instead of easyJet.

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC unveils slots allocation/airline distribution for Beijing’s upcoming PEK/ZBAD dual-hub system
Replies: 73
Views: 9254

Re: CAAC unveils slots allocation/airline distribution for Beijing’s upcoming PEK/ZBAD dual-hub system

Different situation, though. SHA serves as the "in-city" airport with limited international flight (vs. PVG), while PEK/ZBAD are split b/t airlines instead. OZ and NH are likely staying at PEK due to *A and totally ignore ZBAD. KE may possibly operate a few flights into ZBAD (due to ST pr...

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Biggin Hill airport
Replies: 36
Views: 5630

Re: London Biggin Hill airport

They did consult on imposing Class D airspace over the aerodrome (and most of Oxfordshire) last year. That would be a prerequisite for any serious commercial operation. Went down like a cup of cold sick with the large local GA community and others (including the MoD). They went off with their tails...

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC unveils slots allocation/airline distribution for Beijing’s upcoming PEK/ZBAD dual-hub system
Replies: 73
Views: 9254

Re: CAAC unveils slots allocation/airline distribution for Beijing’s upcoming PEK/ZBAD dual-hub system

I reckon regional carriers like Korean Air, Asiana, ANA or JAL could operate at both airports. After all they do the same in Shanghai (PVG/SHA).

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by SCQ83
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Biggin Hill airport
Replies: 36
Views: 5630

Re: London Biggin Hill airport

What is the reason OXF never took off? I am not familiar with OXF and I know it is somehow between LTN and LHR, but the area around Oxford is quite wealthy. I imagine it could attract some PAX from Swindon, Northampton or Reading.

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Wizz Air in London
Replies: 22
Views: 3939

Re: Future of Wizz Air in London

I wonder if Wizz Air UK could try a UK-Istanbul flight, which may allow another aircraft with a "virtual stand" (late night departure, morning return to Luton). Wizzair flew BUD-SAW for a while and left the market. IMO the issue with Western European low-cost carriers flying to Istanbul i...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Wizz Air in London
Replies: 22
Views: 3939

Re: Future of Wizz Air in London

From LTN Southern Italy IMO would have potential. Naples and Palermo only flown by easyJet. Cagliari and Lamezia Terme have no flights to LTN. S. Italy is a fast-growing city-break / tourism destination (and a source of VFR traffic to London), so it fits perfectly on the kind of destinations they ha...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Wizz Air in London
Replies: 22
Views: 3939

Re: Future of Wizz Air in London

Although Wizz doesn't target much of the London-Western Europe market... they might want to give it a go to some airports which currently do not have direct access to London area, or that they lost previous connections. Since we are talking about mainly expats-leisure markets, I wouldn't call them ...

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by SCQ83
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Wizz Air in London
Replies: 22
Views: 3939

Re: Future of Wizz Air in London

I wouldn't be surprised they launch LGW-WAW. The only other competitor in the route is easyJet. If they ever start STN, STN-WAW could be interesting. Currently the only Stansted-Warsaw route is STN-WMI in Ryanair, which had +400,000 PAX in 2017. I am sure WAW instead of WMI would be welcomed for fre...

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by SCQ83
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest & shortest routes in airline networks
Replies: 42
Views: 2309

Re: Longest & shortest routes in airline networks

Royal Air Maroc is interesting, because both its shortest and longest route are intercontinental flights

Shortest TNG-GIB: 69 km
Longest CMN-GRU: 7,518 km

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by SCQ83
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest & shortest routes in airline networks
Replies: 42
Views: 2309

Re: Longest & shortest routes in airline networks

Ryanair I think

Shortest ATH-JMK: 136 km
Longest TFS-NYO: 4,273 km

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by SCQ83
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Departures in the middle of the night
Replies: 88
Views: 13151

Re: Departures in the middle of the night

How does it become a cultural thing lol. Also maximising vacation time and saving money is something done worldwide. Are you saying Europeans dont do that. It is not part of European culture? Makes you wonder why so many low cost carriers exist in Europe if everyone can afford to buy regular fare t...

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by SCQ83
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Departures in the middle of the night
Replies: 88
Views: 13151

Re: Departures in the middle of the night

Is that really true? I know German airports have a night curfew and London airports also have night restrictions. But other European airports? CGN at least does not have any curfew. 24h operations. For example CDG, MAD and LGW have night time movements too to name a few, plus several large to mid s...

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