Newsletter - February/March 2014

This newsletter now appears on a bi-monthly basis. I hope that my readers continue to find it of use. If you have any colleagues or friends who you feel may find it of interest please send a note of their email address to atc@briantrichards and I will add them to the mailing list.

Gibraltar (GIB)

The summer schedule comes into effect on Sunday 30 March; therefore this timetable is correct until Saturday 29th.

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB574

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.00

11.05

11.10

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.40

11.55

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Tuesday

EZY8903

ZB446

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.30

14.05

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

11.40

12.15

14.50

EZY8904

ZB447

BA491

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB574

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.00

11.05

11.10

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

11.45

11.40

11.55

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Thursday

EZY8903

ZB446

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.30

14.05

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

11.45

12.15

14.50

EZY8904

ZB447

BA491

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

Friday

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

ZB574

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

11.10

14.05

18.15

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

11.40

11.55

14.50

18.55

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

ZB575

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

Saturday

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

11.50

14.00

15.40

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

12.25

14.50

16.50

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Sunday

ZB446

ZB574

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

ZB062

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

10.30

11.00

11.05

14.05

15.40

18.10

Birmingham

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

11.15

11.45

11.40

14.50

16.40

18.55

ZB447

ZB575

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

ZB063

Birmingham

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

The schedule for April 2014 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB574

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

11.10

11.15

11.40

12.40

Manchester

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

12.10

12.00

12.10

13.35

ZB575

ZB069

EZY8902

BA491

Manchester

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Tuesday

ZB446

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.25

11.40

12.40

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.25

12.10

13.35

ZB447

EZY8902

BA491

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB574

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

11.10

11.15

11.40

12.40

Manchester

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

12.10

12.00

12.10

13.35

ZB575

ZB069

EZY8902

BA491

Manchester

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Thursday

ZB446

EZY8901

AT(a)

BA490

Monarch

Monarch

Royal Air Maroc

British Airways

10.25

11.40

12.10

12.40

Birmingham

Gatwick

Marrakech

Heathrow

11.25

12.10

13.00

13.35

ZB447

EZY8902

AT(a)

BA491

Birmingham

Gatwick

Marrakech

Heathrow

Friday

ZB574

ZB068

ZB8901

BA490

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

11.10

11.15

11.40

12.40

Manchester

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

12.10

12.00

12.10

13.35

ZB575

ZB069

EZY8902

BA491

Manchester

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Saturday

EZY8901

BA490

BA492

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

11.40

12.40

15.50

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

12.10

13.30

16.40

EZY8902

BA491

BA493

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Sunday

ZB446

ZB574

EZY8901

BA490

BA492

AT(b)

ZB062

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Royal Air Maroc

Monarch

10.25

10.30

10.55

12.40

15.50

18.55

19.15

Birmingham

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Marrakech

Luton

11.10

11.20

11.25

13.30

16.45

19.35

20.00

ZB447

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

BA493

AT(b)

ZB063

Birmingham

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Marrakech

Luton

(a) Operates on 17 April only
(b) Operates from 20 April

Málaga (AGP)

Belgian airline Jetairfly (JAF) is adding three new French destinations from Málaga.
Deauville (DOL) – 1 weekly with effect from 16 April
Strasbourg (SXB) – 1 weekly with effect from 16 April
Metz-Nancy-Lorraine (ETZ) – 1 weekly with effect from 23 April – operates until 01 October
French carrier Air Méditerranée (BIE) is also introducing two seasonal services
Marseille (MRS) – 1 weekly from 18 April – operates until 03 October
Lyon (LYS) – 1 weekly from 24 April – operates until 09 October
Vueling (VY) is also launching flights to Lyon (LYS) – flights will operate twice weekly with effect from 19 April.
AGP-LYS VY9032 1840-2045 Tue
AGP-LYS VY9032 1555-1800 Sat
LYS-AGP VY9033 1550-1805 Tue
LYS-AGP VY9033 1305-1520 Sat
The Spanish low cost carrier is also introducing three weekly flights to Palma de Mallorca (PMI) with effect from 12 April.
AGP-PMI VY3148 1330-1455 Tue
AGP-PMI VY3148 2020-2145 Thu
AGP-PMI VY3148 1430-1555 Sat
PMI-AGP VY3149 2200-2325 Mon
PMI-AGP VY3149 2215-2345 Thu
PMI-AGP VY3149 0735-0905 Sun
Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY) has increased its London Gatwick (LGW) flights from three weekly to a daily schedule with effect from 13 February. With the new schedule the airline offers the earliest departure to London Gatwick. The new schedule –
AGP-LGW 0800-0940 DY5580 Daily
LGW-AGP 1015-1400 DY5579 Daily
Transavia France (TO) is introducing four weekly flights from Paris Orly (ORY) commencing on 14 April. Services will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft leased from Air France (AF).
AGP-ORY TO3143 1450-1710 Mon, Wed, Fri,
AGP-ORY TO3143 0945-1205 Sun
ORY-AGP TO3142 1145-1415 Mon, Wed, Fri
ORY-AGP TO3142 0640-0910 Sun

Seville (SVQ)

Brussels Airlines (SN) has announced that it is to resume service to Seville with effect from 01 April. The airline will operate three weekly flights from Brussels (BRU). It had previously discontinued service in April 2012.
BRU-SVQ SN3747 1120-1400 Tue, Thu
BRU-SVQ SN3747 1720-2000 Sat
SVQ-BRU SN3748 1440-1720 Tue, Thu
SVQ-BRU SN3748 2040-2320 Sat
Czech carrier Smartwings (QS) is to launch a weekly seasonal flight from Prague (PRG). The service will operate from 04 June until 24 September.
PRG-SVQ QS1160 1805-2130 Wed
SVQ-PRG QS1161 2215-0130+1 Wed

Berlin Brandenburg – The saga continues

Although widely anticipated, it has been confirmed by the Mayor of Berlin that the new flagship Berlin Brandenburg airport will not open this year. Klaus Wowereit, who is also Chairman of the Airport Supervisory Board, was unable to confirm when the airport would finally be ready. It is understood that continuing issues with fire safety equipment, construction problems and design faults are the reasons for the delay. The airport was originally scheduled to open in 2010. It had been hoped to open a limited number of gates to low cost flights in late 2014.

New Turkish visa arrangements

From 14 April Turkey is introducing new visa arrangements for most business or leisure travellers. Under the current system, most visitors to Turkey were able to purchase a visa on arrival at a Turkish airport or port and obtain a sticker in their passport. From April, Turkey is introducing an e-visa system which will require purchase online before travel using a credit card. The visa allows multiple entries during a period of 180 days commencing with the date stated in the online application and costs $20. Once the application is accepted the visa is emailed to the traveller who must then print it out and present it at immigration on arrival in Turkey. For further information on the new system check this link - https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/info/what-is-e-visa/. The new arrangements follow other states such as Australia and the USA which have introduced similar schemes in recent years.

 

Newsletter - December 2013/January 2014

This newsletter now appears on a bi-monthly basis. I hope that my readers continue to find it of use. If you have any colleagues or friends who you feel may find it of interest please send a note of their email address to atc@briantrichards and I will add them to the mailing list.

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for January 2014 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB574

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.00

11.05

11.10

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.40

11.55

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Tuesday

EZY8903(a)

ZB446

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.30

14.05

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

11.40

12.15

14.50

EZY8904(a)

ZB447

BA491

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB574

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.00

11.05

11.10

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

11.45

11.40

11.55

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Thursday

EZY8903(b)

ZB446

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.30

14.05

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

11.45

12.15

14.50

EZY8904(b)

ZB447

BA491

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

Friday

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

ZB574

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

11.10

14.05

18.10

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

11.40

11.55

14.50

18.55

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

ZB575

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

Saturday

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

11.50

14.00

15.40

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

12.25

14.50

16.50

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Sunday

ZB446

ZB574

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

ZB062

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

10.30

11.00

11.05

14.05

15.40

18.10

Birmingham

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

11.15

11.45

11.40

14.50

16.40

18.55

ZB447

ZB575

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

ZB063

Birmingham

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

(a) Operates on 07 January only
(b) Operates on 02 January only

The schedule for February 2014 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB574

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.00

11.05

11.10

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.40

11.55

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Tuesday

EZY8903

ZB446

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.30

14.05

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

11.40

12.15

14.50

EZY8904

ZB447

BA491

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB574

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.00

11.05

11.10

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

11.45

11.40

11.55

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Thursday

EZY8903

ZB446

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.30

14.05

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

11.40

12.15

14.50

EZY8904

ZB447

BA491

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

Friday

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

ZB574

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

11.10

14.05

18.10

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

11.40

11.55

14.50

18.55

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

ZB575

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

Saturday

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

11.50

14.00

15.40

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

12.25

14.50

16.50

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Sunday

ZB446

ZB574

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

ZB062

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

10.30

11.00

11.05

14.00

15.40

18.10

Birmingham

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

11.15

11.45

11.40

14.50

16.40

18.55

ZB447

ZB575

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

ZB063

Birmingham

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Málaga (AGP)

British Airways (BA) has announced that it is to offer twice weekly flights to London Heathrow from 30 March 2014. The airline will continue to operate from both London Gatwick (LGW) and London City (LCY). The schedule -
LHR-AGP BA454 1555-1950 Fri
LHR-AGP BA454 1600-1955 Sun
AGP-LHR BA455 2050-2235 Fri
AGP-LHR BA455 2055-2240 Sun
Delta Airlines (DL) will once again operate its seasonal service from New York JFK (JFK). Flights will operate daily from 06 June 2014.
JFK-AGP DL214 2205-1150 Daily
AGP-JFK DL215 1320-1550 Daily
Norwegian (DY) is to increase its current thrice weekly service to London Gatwick to a daily frequency with effect from 30 March 2014
LGW-AGP DY5579 0950-1335 Mon-Fri, Sun
LGW-AGP DY5579 0920-1305 Sat
AGP-LGW DY5580 0730-0910 Mon-Fri, Sun
AGP-LGW DY5580 0700-0840 Sat
The airline is also set to resume service to Warsaw (WAW) 19 February 2014. From this date the carrier will operate twice weekly, with the frequency increasing to thrice weekly from 30 March. The airline previously ceased operation on the route in August 2010. The initial schedule –
AGP-WAW DY5556 0900-1300 Thu
AGP-WAW DY5556 0700-1100 Sun
WAW-AGP DY5557 1330-1730 Thu
WAW-AGP DY5557 1130-1530 Sun
The timings from 30 March –
AGP-WAW DY5556 1515-1915 Mon, Wed, Sat
WAW-AGP DY5557 1955-2355 Mon, Wed, Sat
Vueling (VY) is to commence three weekly flights from Asturias/Oviedo with effect from 02 April 2014 –
OVD-AGP VY1628 1500-1630 Wed
OVD-AGP VY1628 2215-2345 Fri
OVD-AGP VY1628 2305-0035+1 Sun
AGP-OVD VY1629 1705-1840 Wed
AGP-OVD VY1629 2010-2145 Fri
AGP-OVD VY1629 2100-2235 Sun
The airline is also expanding its operations to Moscow Domodedovo (DME) next summer. With effect from 02 April 2014 flights will operated five times weekly (an increase from the current two). The new schedule
AGP-DME VY7792 2145-0505+1 Mon
AGP-DME VY7794 2200-0520+1 Wed
AGP-DME VY7792 2245-0605+1 Tue, Sat
AGP-DME VY7792 2330-0650+1 Thu
DME-AGP VY7793 0555-0930 Tue
DME-AGP VY7795 0605-0940 Thu
DME-AGP VY7793 0650-1025 Wed, Sun
DME-AGP VY7793 0735-1110 Fri
Irish airline Aer Lingus (EI) is to start twice weekly flights to Shannon (SNN) from 30 March 2014.
AGP-SNN EI926 1130-1330 Wed, Sun

SNN-AGP EI927 1410-1810 Wed, Sun

Seville (SVQ)

Vueling (VY) has announced five new routes for the 2014 summer season.
Palma Mallorca (PMI) – three weekly from 11 April
SVQ-PMI VY3941 2110-2245 Wed
SVQ-PMI VY3941 1320-1455 Fri
SVQ-PMI VY3941 1340-1515 Sun
PMI-SVQ VY3940 1405-1535 Wed
PMI-SVQ VY3940 1120-1250 Fri
PMI-SVQ VY3940 1140-1310 Sun
Asturias/Oviedo (OVD) – three weekly from 12 April
OVD-SVQ VY1620 1500-1625 Tue, Thu, Sun
SVQ-OVD VY1621 1700-1820 Tue, Thu, Sun
Nantes (NTE) – two weekly from 19 April
SVQ-NTE VY8892 1605-1810 Wed
SVQ-NTE VY8892 1625-1830 Sat
NTE-SVQ VY8893 1355-1550 Wed
NTE-SVQ VY8893 1845-2040 Sat
Lyons (LYS) – two weekly from 22 April
SVQ-LYS VY8886 1230-1405 Tue, Sat
LYS-SVQ VY8887 1510-1725 Tue, Sat
Rome Fiumicino (FCO) – three weekly 20 June – 16 September
FCO-SVQ VY6744 1000-1240 Tue
FCO-SVQ VY6744 1740-2020 Fri, Sun
SVQ-FCO VY6745 1310-1535 Tue
SVQ-FCO VY6745 2055-2320 Fri, Sun

Jerez de la Frontera (XRY)

With effect from 30 March 2014 Vueling (VY) is to launch four weekly flights from Barcelona (BCN). The timings –
BCN-XRY VY2286 1220-1400 Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun
XRY-BCN VY2287 1435-1615 Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun

Ryanair to introduce fully allocated seating

From 01 February Ryanair is to introduce fully-allocated seating on all its services. From that date passengers will pay €5 to select a specific seat when checking-in online more than 24 hours in advance or pay nothing and be automatically allocated a seat during the 24 hours before departure. The airline said that the move will make “the boarding process smoother” and enable “families or other groups to ensure that they sit together.”

Restrictions on the use of electronic devices in-flight to be eased

Passengers on European airlines should soon be able to use portable electronic devices during all phases of the flight (including take-off and landing) after new guidance is issued by EASA, the European flight safety regulator. Under current rules devices may be used in-flight as long as they have a ‘flight safe’ mode activated. This pending change in rules follows a similar move by the US FAA with regard to American carriers. The new rules will however not apply to ‘bulky’ items such as laptops which will still need to be stowed for take-off and landing.

 

Newsletter - October/November 2013

This newsletter now appears on a bi-monthly basis. I hope that my readers continue to find it of use. If you have any colleagues or friends who you feel may find it of interest please send a note of their email address to atc@briantrichards and I will add them to the mailing list.

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for November 2013 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB574

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

10.55

11.05

11.10

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.40

11.55

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Tuesday

EZY8903

ZB446

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.30

14.05

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

11.40

12.15

14.50

EZY8904

ZB447

BA491

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB574

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

10.55

11.05

11.10

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.40

11.55

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Thursday

EZY8903

ZB446

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.30

14.05

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

11.40

12.15

14.50

EZY8904

ZB447

BA491

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

Friday

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

ZB574

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

11.10

14.05

18.10

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

11.40

11.55

14.50

18.55

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

ZB575

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

Saturday

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

11.50

11.50

15.40

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

12.25

14.50

16.40

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Sunday

ZB446

ZB574

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

ZB062

EZY8905(a)

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

10.30

11.00

11.05

14.00

15.40

18.10

20.05

Birmingham

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

11.15

11.45

11.40

14.50

16.40

18.55

20.40

ZB447

ZB575

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

ZB063

EZY8906(a)

Birmingham

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

(a) Operates on 03 November only

The schedule for December 2013 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB574

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

10.55

11.05

11.10

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.40

11.55

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Tuesday

EZY8903

ZB446

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.30

14.05

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

11.40

12.15

14.50

EZY8904

ZB447

BA491

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB574(a)

EZY8903(a)

ZB068(a)

BA490(a)

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

10.55

11.05

11.10

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.40

11.55

14.50

ZB575(a)

EZY8904(a)

ZB069(a)

BA491(a)

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Thursday

EZY8903

ZB446

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.30

14.05

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

11.40

12.15

14.50

EZY8904

ZB447

BA491

Gatwick

Birmingham

Heathrow

Friday

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

ZB574

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

11.10

14.05

18.10

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

11.40

11.55

14.50

18.55

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

ZB575

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

Saturday

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

11.50

11.50

15.40

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

12.25

14.50

16.40

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Sunday

ZB446

ZB574

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

ZB062

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

10.30

11.00

11.05

14.00

15.40

18.10

Birmingham

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

11.15

11.45

11.40

14.50

16.40

18.55

ZB447

ZB575

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

ZB063

Birmingham

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

(a) Does not operate on 25 December

Summer 2014
Each of the airlines serving Gibraltar has released their schedules (and opened ticket sales) for the summer schedule for 2014 which comes into effect in most cases on Sunday 30 March.
British Airways (BA) will maintain its nine weekly flights to London Heathrow (LHR). BA490/1 will operate daily and will be retimed to arrive in Gib at 11.50 and leave an hour later. An additional flight will operate on Saturday and Sunday. BA492/493 will arrive at 1550 and 15.45 respectively and leave at 16.40 and 16.50.
easyJet (EZY) will continue to offer a daily flight to London Gatwick. Monday-Saturday, EZY8901/2 will arrive in Gib at 11.40 and leave at 12.10. On Sunday, the flight will be on the ground from 10.55 to 11.25. From 02 July, the airline will add an additional four weekly flights which will operate in the evening. Services will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and arrive in Gib at 20.00, departing 30 minutes later.
Monarch (ZB) will offer flights to Birmingham (BHX), London Luton (LTN) and Manchester (MAN). Birmingham will be served thrice weekly with flights arriving at 11.15 on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, with departure an hour later. Flights to Luton will operate six weekly, with no flight on Thursday. The Sunday flight is the only one to operate in the evening as ZB062/3 will arrive in Gib at 18.35, departing at 19.20. Flights on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday will be on the ground from 11.15 to 12.00. A new Saturday flight will arrive at 10.40 and leave at 11.25. Manchester will continue to be served four times a week, with flights operating on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. ZB574/5 will arrive at 11.30 and depart at 12.15. If previous years are a guide, it is possible that the airline will add additional flights (particularly to London Luton) as the Summer season progresses. These extra schedules will of course be reflected in the newsletter and online.

Málaga (AGP)

Air France (AF) has confirmed that it is to close its base in Toulouse (TLS). It is therefore expected that its twice weekly seasonal flight will not operate during Summer 2014.
Vueling (VY) is to commence three weekly flights to Santiago de Compostella (SCQ) with effect from 21 December.
Russian carrier Transaero (UN) is to transfer operation of its twice weekly flights from Moscow from Domodedovo Airport (DME) to Vnukovo Airport (VKO) with effect from 30 October. The schedule is as follows:
UN349 VKO-AGP 1025-1305 Wed, Sat
UN350 AGP-VKO 1405-2200 Wed, Sat

Seville (SVQ)

Iberia (IB) is to launch twice weekly flights from Asturias/Oviedo (OVD) with effect from 27 October. Services will be operated on behalf of Iberia Regional by franchise partner Air Nostrum. The timings –
IB8245 OVD-SVQ 1205-1355 Fri
IB8245 OVD-SVQ 1530-1700 Sun
IB8244 SVQ-OVD 1410-1540 Fri
IB8244 SVQ-OVD 1735-1905 Sun
easyJet Switzerland (EZS) is to start twice weekly flights from Basel (BSL) with effect from 11 December.
EZS1215 BSL-SVQ 1225-1505 Wed, Sun
EZS1216 SVQ-BSL 1120-1400 Wed, Sun

Jerez de la Frontera (XRY)

Air Berlin (AB) is to cease its twice weekly flight from Dusseldorf (DUS) with the start of the winter schedule at the end of October 2013.

Iberia's new fare structure

Spanish national airline Iberia (IB) has launched a new three-way fare structure on its domestic and European routes. The new fares are split into three – Basic, Classic and Flexible – and apply to all services operated by Iberia, Iberia Express and Iberia Regional (Air Nostrum).
Basic – for economy class passengers with hand luggage only. No changes/refunds.
Classic – fare includes one piece of checked luggage and offers a choice of seating and the facility to change the reservation (for a fee).
Flexible – fully changeable/refundable. Passengers receive priority boarding.

Lufthansa to charge for seat reservations

Lufthansa (LH) is joining a number of airlines (including British Airways) in charging passengers if they wish to reserve a particular seat in advance. It is understood that the system will initially only apply to flights to short and medium haul destinations. Certain levels of frequent flyer will not be charged in the same way that some higher fare levels will also be exempt.

 

Newsletter - August/September 2013

With effect from this edition the newsletter will appear on a bi-monthly basis. I hope that my readers continue to find it of use. If you have any colleagues or friends who you feel may find it of interest please send a note of their email address to atc@briantrichards and I will add them to the mailing list.

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for September 2013 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.40

11.50

18.55

19.55

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.10

12.50

19.40

20.30

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Tuesday

ZB446

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.30

11.10

11.40

11.50

Birmingham

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.15

11.55

12.10

13.10

ZB447

ZB069

EZY8902

BA491

Birmingham

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.40

11.50

18.55

20.05

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.10

12.50

19.40

20.40

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Thursday

ZB446

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.30

11.40

11.50

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.15

12.10

12.50

ZB447

EZY8902

BA491

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

Friday

ZB068

EZY8901(a)

EZY8901(b)

BA490

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.40

11.55

11.50

18.55

19.20

Luton

Gatwick

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.10

12.25

12.50

19.40

19.55

ZB575

EZY8902(a)

EZY8902(b)

BA491

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Gatwick

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Saturday

BA490

EZY8901

BA492

British Airways

easyJet

British Airways

11.50

12.55

15.50

Heathrow

Gatwick

Heathrow

12.50

13.30

16.40

BA491

EZY8902

BA493

Heathrow

Gatwick

Heathrow

Sunday

ZB446

EZY8901

BA490

BA492

ZB062

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

10.30

10.55

11.50

15.45

18.35

18.55

20.20

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Manchester

Gatwick

11.15

11.30

12.50

16.50

19.20

19.40

20.55

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

BA493

ZB063

ZB447

EZY8906

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Birmingham

Gatwick

(a) Operates from 20 September
(b) Operates until 13 September

The winter timetable begins on Sunday 27 October. The schedule below covers the period from 01-26 October only.

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.40

11.50

18.55

19.55

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.10

12.50

19.40

20.30

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Tuesday

ZB446

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.30

11.10

11.40

11.50

Birmingham

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.15

11.55

12.10

13.10

ZB447

ZB069

EZY8902

BA491

Birmingham

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.40

11.50

18.55

20.05

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.10

12.50

19.40

20.40

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Thursday

ZB446

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.30

11.40

11.50

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.15

12.10

12.50

ZB447

EZY8902

BA491

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

Friday

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.40

11.50

18.55

19.20

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.10

12.50

19.40

19.55

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Saturday

BA490

EZY8901

BA492

British Airways

easyJet

British Airways

11.50

12.55

15.50

Heathrow

Gatwick

Heathrow

12.50

13.30

16.40

BA491

EZY8902

BA493

Heathrow

Gatwick

Heathrow

Sunday

ZB446

EZY8901

BA490

BA492

ZB062

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

10.30

10.55

11.50

15.45

18.35

18.55

20.20

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Manchester

Gatwick

11.15

11.30

12.50

16.50

19.20

19.40

20.55

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

BA493

ZB063

ZB447

EZY8906

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Birmingham

Gatwick

The number of passengers using Gibraltar Airport in 2012 was a record-breaking 387,000.

Málaga (AGP)

Swiss (LX) has confirmed that it is to convert its summer seasonal route to Geneva (GVA) into a year round service. The route will operate twice weekly –
GVA-AGP LX2104 0650-0910 Thu, Sun
AGP-GVA LX2105 0950-1210 Thu, Sun
The service will offer direct competition to easyJet (EZY) which maintains a service throughout the year. 
US carrier Delta Air Lines (DL) has confirmed that it will again offer a non-stop flight to New York JFK (JFK) next summer. Frequency on the route will increase to daily and the service will operate from 24 May 2014 until early September.
JFK-AGP DL214 2205-1150+1 Daily
AGP-JFK DL215 1320-1550 Daily
As with previous years Ryanair (FR) will discontinue a number of routes for the winter season. Destinations which will not be served from early November –
Aarhus (AAR)
Bologna (BLQ)
Bratislava (BTS)
Cork (CRK)
Haugesund (HAU)
Ibiza (IBZ)
Knock (NOC)
Krakow (KRK)
Leipzig (LEJ)
Maastricht (MST)
Malmö (MMX)
Marseille (MRS)
Milan Bergamo (BGY)
Palma Mallorca (PMI)
Santander (SDR)
Shannon (SNN)
Stockholm Vasteras (VST)
Tampere (TMP)
Valencia (VLC)
Valladolid (VLL)
Venice Treviso (TSF)
Wroclaw (WRO)
The airline will however continue to serve a total of 31 destinations during the winter. It is expected that most of the above routes will recommence in March 2014.

Jerez de la Frontera (XRY)

Ryanair (FR) will discontinue its five weekly flights to London Stansted (STN) with effect from 04 November. Its twice weekly service to Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) will also cease from 05 November. It is expected that these flights will return for the 2014 summer season.

Ryanair increases hold baggage charges

According to Michael O’Leary, the budget airline’s flamboyant CEO, 20% of the carrier’s passengers check baggage onto its flights. His stated aim is to reduce that figure still further. The central part of that strategy is to further increase charges for checking in luggage. The airline confirmed that it has increased the charge from €30 to €50 for the summer. The rationale is clear and perhaps cynical – that passengers going on holiday travel with more luggage!

easyJet developments

As I reported previously, easyJet has introduced mobile check-in and boarding passes. After a successful trial from a small number of departure points, the facility has now been extended to any flights departing from 83 different airports. The facility allows passengers to check-in online and download a mobile boarding pass to their IPhone or Android mobile device. The boarding pass is scanned at checkpoints by presenting the device.
The airline has also confirmed that passengers purchasing its ‘flexi fares’ will now be entitled to free fast track security at a number of airports across its network. The scheme currently covers 27 airports and is expected to be widened further.

Vueling and IAG
Spanish low cost airline Vueling is now majority owned by the IAG Group, the owners of Iberia and British Airways. Over the last couple of years the airline has expanded rapidly with a large increase in destinations served and a growing fleet. To cater for further development the airline is to receive 120 new Airbus A320 aircraft recently forming part of a 220 unit order placed by the parent company.

 

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for August 2013 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.40

11.50

18.55

19.55

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.10

12.50

19.40

20.30

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Tuesday

ZB446

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.30

11.10

11.40

11.50

Birmingham

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.15

11.55

12.10

13.10

ZB447

ZB069

EZY8902

BA491

Birmingham

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB5068

EZY8901

BA490

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.40

11.50

18.55

20.05

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.10

12.50

19.40

20.40

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Thursday

ZB446

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.30

11.40

11.50

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.15

12.10

12.50

ZB447

EZY8902

BA491

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

Friday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8901

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.50

11.55

18.55

19.20

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.50

12.25

19.40

19.55

ZB575

BA491

EZY8902

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Saturday

BA490

EZY8901

BA492

British Airways

easyJet

British Airways

11.50

12.55

15.50

Heathrow

Gatwick

Heathrow

12.50

13.30

16.40

BA491

EZY8902

BA493

Heathrow

Gatwick

Heathrow

Sunday

ZB446

EZY8901

BA490

BA492

ZB062

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

10.30

10.55

11.50

15.45

18.10

18.55

20.20

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Manchester

Gatwick

11.15

11.30

12.50

16.50

18.55

19.40

20.55

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

BA493

ZB063

ZB447

EZY8906

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Birmingham

Gatwick

 

 

Newsletter - May 2013

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for June 2013 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

ZB574

EZY8905(a)

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.40

11.50

18.55

19.55

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.10

12.50

19.40

20.30

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

ZB063

EZY8906(a)

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Tuesday

ZB446

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.30

11.10

11.40

11.50

Birmingham

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.15

11.55

12.10

13.10

ZB447

ZB069

EZY8902

BA491

Birmingham

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB5068

EZY8901

BA490

ZB574

EZY8905(b)

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.40

11.50

18.55

20.05

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.10

12.50

19.40

20.40

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

ZB063

EZY8906(b)

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Thursday

ZB446

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.30

11.40

11.50

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.15

12.10

12.50

ZB447

EZY8902

BA491

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

Friday

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

ZB574

EZY8905(c)

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.40

11.50

18.55

19.20

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.10

12.50

19.40

19.55

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

ZB063

EZY8906(c)

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Saturday

BA490

EZY8901

BA492

British Airways

easyJet

British Airways

11.50

12.55

15.50

Heathrow

Gatwick

Heathrow

12.50

13.30

16.40

BA491

EZY8902

BA493

Heathrow

Gatwick

Heathrow

Sunday

ZB446

EZY8901

BA490

BA492

ZB062

ZB574

EZY8905(d)

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

10.30

10.55

11.50

15.45

18.35

18.55

20.20

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Manchester

Gatwick

11.15

11.30

12.50

16.50

19.20

19.40

20.55

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

BA493

ZB063

ZB447

EZY8906(d)

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Birmingham

Gatwick

(a) Operates from 24 June
(b) Operates from 19 June
(c) Operates from 21 June
(d) Operates from 23 June

The winter schedule commences on Sunday 27 October this year and each of the airlines serving Gibraltar has now released their timetables.
British Airways (BA) will continue to operate 9 weekly flights to London Heathrow (LHR). As usual during the winter months the daily service (BA490/1) moves back by just two hours. The airline continues to operate an additional flight on Saturday and Sunday.
LHR-GIB BA490 1015-1405 Daily
LHR-GIB BA492 1150-1540 Sat, Sun
GIB-LHR BA491 1450-1650 Daily
GIB-LHR BA493 1650-1850 Sat, Sun
easyJet (EZY) will operate a daily service to London Gatwick (LGW). The flights have been retimed to arrive in Gibraltar just over 30mins earlier. The
LGW-GIB EZY8903 0710-1105 Mon-Fri, Sun
LGW-GIB EZY8903 0755-1150 Sat
GIB-LGW EZY8904 1140-1335 Mon-Fri, Sun
GIB-LGW EZY8904 1225-1420 Sat
Monarch (ZB) has confirmed that it will continue to operate thrice weekly flights from Birmingham (BHX).
BHX-GIB ZB446 0735-1130 Tue, Thu
BHX-GIB ZB446 0635-1030 Sun
GIB-BHX ZB447 1215-1410 Tue, Thu
GIB-BHX ZB447 1115-1310 Sun
The airline’s Manchester (MAN) service will also run three times per week.
MAN-GIB ZB574 0700-1055 Mon, Wed
MAN-GIB ZB574 1415-1810 Fri
GIB-MAN ZB575 1140-1335 Mon, Wed
GIB-MAN ZB575 1855-2050 Fri
London Luton (LTN) will be served four times weekly. There will, as usual, be additional flights around Christmas and New Year.
LTN-GIB ZB068 0720-1110 Mon, Wed, Fri
LTN-GIB ZB062 1440-1830 Sun
GIB-LTN ZB069 1155-1340 Mon, Wed, Fri
GIB-LTN ZB063 1915-2100 Sun

Málaga (AGP)

As part of the transfer of a large number of services from Lufthansa, Germanwings (4U) is to operate one weekly flight from Berlin Tegel (TXL) with effect from 27 October.
TXL-AGP 4U8534 0605-1025 Sun
AGP-TXL 4U8535 1105-1435 Sun
Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY) is continuing to expand its operation throughout Europe and has announced the launch of a number of new routes between Spain and Germany. As part of this it is to start three new routes from Málaga. With effect from the start of the Winter schedule the airline will operate thrice weekly to Cologne (CGN) and Hamburg (HAM) and twice weekly to Munich (MUC).
Cologne (effective 31 October)
AGP-CGN DY5594 0800-1050 Thu, Sat, Sun
CGN-AGP DY5595 1130-1425 Thu, Sat, Sun
Hamburg (effective 01 November)
AGP-HAM DY5596 0700-1025 Wed
AGP-HAM DY5596 1610-1935 Mon, Fri
HAM-AGP DY5597 1105-1425 Wed
HAM-AGP DY5597 2015-2335 Mon, Fri
Munich (effective 01 November)
AGP-MUC DY5424 1740-2035 Mon, Fri
MUC-AGP DY5425 2105-2355 Mon, Fri
A new operator Melilla Airlines (LLY) has commenced flights between the North African Spanish enclave of Melilla (MLN) and Málaga. The airline has scheduled seven weekly flights in each direction using an ATR42 turboprop aircraft leased from Spanish operator Let’s Fly. The airline competes with Iberia (IB) on the route.
MLN-AGP LLY551 0805-0855 Mon-Fri
MLN-AGP LLY553 1130-1225 Mon
MLN-AGP LLY553 1705-1755 Sun
AGP-MLN LLY552 0925-1015 Mon
AGP-MLN LLY552 1935-2025 Sun
AGP-MLN LLY554 1750-1835 Mon-Fri
Ceuta Helicopters (HCT) has started scheduled helicopter flights linking Málaga with the other Spanish African enclave of Ceuta (JCU). The route has been dormant since Inaer Helicopters ceased operating it in 2012.
JCU-AGP HCT201 0800-0835 Mon-Sat
JCU-AGP HCT203 1830-1905 Mon-Fri, Sun
AGP-JCU HCT202 0915-0950 Mon-Sat
AGP-JCU HCT204 1945-2020 Mon-Fri, Sun
Good Fly will launch a weekly seasonal flight from Léon (LEN) with effect from 03 June. Flights will operate until 30 September.
LEN-AGP 1530-1700 Mon
AGP-LEN 1830-2000 Mon
(flight numbers to be confirmed).

easyJet to trial mobile boarding passes

Low cost carrier easyJet (EZY) is to trial mobile boarding passes at six of the airports it serves. The airline claims that passengers will be able to check-in in less than 10 seconds and store boarding passes on Android phones and other devices including the Iphone. Boarding passes will be stored offline so will be available when no internet service is available. The airline introduced compulsory online check-in at the end of April for all flights. The trial will cover all flights departing London Stansted (STN), London Southend (SEN), Manchester (MAN), Edinburgh (EDI), Amsterdam (AMS) and Nice (NCE). It is hope that if successful the service will be rolled-out across the network.

easyJet's new cabin baggage rules

With effect from 02 July easyJet (EZY) is introducing new rules for hand luggage. The airline, along with many others is suffering from a shortage of overhead and under seat stowage space for cabin baggage. While the maximum size permitted – 56cm x 45cm x 25cm remains unchanged; passengers with bags of this size on busy flights run the risk of them being stowed in the hold. Under the new rules, if a bag is no bigger than 50cm x 40cm x 20cm the airline will guarantee that it will not be stowed in the hold – that it will have space in the cabin.
An easyJet spokesman added “if a relatively small proportion of passengers decides to bring the smaller sized bag, it will go a long way to help reduce the number of incidences where a passenger's bag has to go into the hold”. The airline confirmed that it has no plans to change the maximum cabin bag dimensions or introduce a weight limit for hand luggage.

Flybe launches fare 'lock' facility

Following the lead of a number of competitors, low-cost airline Flybe has launched a facility which will allow passengers to guarantee ticket prices on the carrier’s website for up to 24 hours. The ‘Price Lock-Down’ service allows passengers to freeze a fare – for a fee. For a minimum of £5 per booking, or £1.99 per person if more than that amount, customers can hold a booking and later confirm the passenger names when completing the booking process. After 24 hours, the price lock-down is automatically cancelled for no additional charge. The facility will only apply to flights where the departure date is more than 14 days in advance.

And Finally...
Virgin Atlantic boss Sir Richard Branson obviously believes in settling his bets. He recently dressed up as a female flight attendant on low cost carrier Air Asia X. He was honouring a bet he lost with airline’s CEO Tony Fernandes over which Formula 1 team would cross the line first in the Abu Dhabi grand prix. By dressing up, he raised $300,000 dollars for charity.
A news report on his inflight duties can be found here –
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXFxtGzwTA8

 

Newsletter - April 2013

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for May 2013 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

ZB574

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

11.10

11.40

11.50

18.55

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

11.55

12.10

12.50

19.40

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

ZB063

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Tuesday

ZB446

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.30

11.10

11.40

11.50

Birmingham

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.15

11.55

12.10

13.10

ZB447

ZB069

EZY8902

BA491

Birmingham

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB5068

EZY8901

BA490

ZB574

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

11.10

11.40

11.50

18.55

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

11.55

12.10

12.50

19.40

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

ZB063

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Thursday

ZB446

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.30

11.40

11.50

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.15

12.10

12.50

ZB447

EZY8902

BA491

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

Friday

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

ZB574

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

11.10

11.40

11.50

18.55

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

11.55

12.10

12.50

19.40

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

ZB063

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Saturday

BA490

EZY8901

BA492

British Airways

easyJet

British Airways

11.50

12.55

15.50

Heathrow

Gatwick

Heathrow

12.50

13.30

16.40

BA491

EZY8902

BA493

Heathrow

Gatwick

Heathrow

Sunday

ZB446

 

EZY8901

BA490

BA492

ZB062

ZB574(b)

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

Monarch

10.30

 

10.55

11.50

15.45

18.35

18.55

Birmingham

 

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Manchester

11.15

11.15

11.30

12.50

16.50

19.20

19.40

ZB447(a)

ZB575(b)

EZY8902

BA491

BA493

ZB063

ZB447(b)

Birmingham

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Birmingham

(a) Operates until 19 May
(b) Operates from 26 May

Monarch (ZB) has made significant changes to their timetable from 01 May. From 05 May, the weekend Birmingham (BHX) flight moves from Saturday to Sunday. The airline is also introducing a ‘W pattern’ for a number of its flights – the same aircraft will operate, for example Luton-Gibraltar-Manchester-Gibraltar-Luton during a single day. This explains morning arrivals from Luton with the return not being scheduled until the evening.

Málaga (AGP)

British Airways (BA) is to increase frequency of its LCY-AGP route with effect from 25 July. The additional flight will operate on Thursday –
BA8487 LCY-AGP 1400-1755 Thu
BA8488 AGP-LCY 1910-2055 Thu
Flights are operated by its franchise partner BA Cityflyer using Brazilian made Embraer EMB190 aircraft.
US carrier Delta Air Lines (DL) will resume its summer only service from New York JFK (JFK) with effect from 07 June. Flights will operate four times weekly –
DL162 JFK-AGP 2200-1150+1 Fri, Sat
DL162 JFK-AGP 2208-1150+1 Mon, Tue
DL163 AGP-JFK 1320-1550 Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun
Flights will operate until 31 August.

Granada (GRX)

British Airways (BA), again through BA Cityflyer has announced that it is to start five weekly flights from London City (LCY) with effect from 25 July. The frequency will be reduced to four weekly from 26 August although it is expected to operate year round.
The schedule from 25 July –
BA3289 LCY-GRX 0910-1250 Mon, Wed, Fri
BA3289 LCY-GRX 0940-1320 Thu (until 25 August)
BA3289 LCY-GRX 1520-1900 Sun
BA3290 GRX-LCY 1335-1515 Mon, Wed, Fri
BA3290 GRX-LCY 1400-1540 Thu (until 25 August)
BA3290 GRX-LCY 1940-2120 Sun

Seville (SVQ)

Transavia (HV) has confirmed that its formerly seasonal thrice weekly service from Amsterdam (AMS) will now operate on a year round basis.

And Finally...
I hope my regular readers will appreciate this true story which is doing the rounds on internet social media –

An award should go to the United Airlines gate agent in New York for being smart and funny, while making her point, when confronted with a passenger who probably deserved to fly as cargo. For all of you out there who have had to deal with an irate customer, this one is for you.
A crowded United Airlines flight was cancelled. A single agent was re-booking a long line of inconvenienced travelers.
Suddenly, an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket on the counter and said, "I HAVE to be on this flight and it has to be FIRST CLASS."
The agent replied, "I'm sorry, sir. I'll be happy to try to help you, but I've got to help these folks first; and then I'm sure we'll be able to work something out."
The passenger was unimpressed. He asked loudly, so that the passengers behind him could hear, "DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO I AM?"
Without hesitating, the agent smiled and grabbed her public address microphone. "May I have your attention, please?” she began, her voice heard clearly throughout the terminal. "We have a passenger here at Gate 14 WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHO HE IS. If anyone can help him with his identity, please come to Gate 14".
With the folks behind him in line laughing hysterically, the man glared at the United Airlines agent, gritted his teeth, and said, "F*** You!"
Without flinching, she smiled and said, "I'm sorry sir, you'll have to get in line for that, too."

 

Newsletter - March 2013

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for April 2013 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

ZB574

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

11.10

11.15

11.40

11.50

Luton

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.55

12.00

12.10

12.50

ZB069

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

Luton

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Tuesday

ZB446

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.30

11.40

11.50

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.15

12.10

12.50

ZB447

EZY8902

BA491

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB574

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

11.15

11.40

11.50

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

12.00

12.10

12.50

ZB575

EZY8902

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Thursday

ZB446

EZY8901

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.30

11.40

11.50

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.15

12.10

12.50

ZB447

EZY8902

BA491

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

Friday

ZB068

EZY8901

BA490

ZB574

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

11.10

11.40

11.50

19.40

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

11.55

12.10

12.50

20.25

ZB069

EZY8902

BA491

ZB575

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

Saturday

ZB446

BA490

EZY8901

BA492

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

British Airways

10.30

11.50

12.55

15.50

Birmingham

Heathrow

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.15

12.50

13.30

16.40

ZB447

BA491

EZY8902

BA493

Birmingham

Heathrow

Gatwick

Heathrow

Sunday

EZY8901

BA490

BA492

ZB062

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

10.55

11.50

15.45

18.35

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

11.30

12.55

16.30

19.20

EZY8902

BA491

BA493

ZB063

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Málaga (AGP)

Málaga based Helitt Líneas Aéreas (H9) confirmed late last month that it had suspended all scheduled flights. It operated to Madrid (MAD), Badajoz (BJZ), Melilla (MLN) and Casablanca (CMN). The airline had announced major job losses in January and now plans to offer its three aircraft for charter.

British Airways launches hand baggage only fare

From 26 February, British Airways (BA) launched ‘hand baggage only’ fares on five short-haul routes from London Gatwick (LGW). The airline claims that the discount over fares including hold luggage varies between £9 and £15 depending on the route.

According to Peter Simpson, the airline’s Director London Gatwick, ‘the fare is all about giving our customers more freedom to choose the kind of flying they want. Many British Airways customers on Gatwick short-haul breaks choose not to check in a bag as they’re already taking advantage of our generous two-bag hand luggage policy.’

From 02 April, the airline has confirmed that the new fares will be extended to all 32 short-haul routes operated from Gatwick following what it claims is very positive customer feedback. British Airways’ hand luggage allowance permits one case up to 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, plus a handbag or laptop case. It remains to be seen whether these new fares are extended to other routes including long-haul from Gatwick and to those operated from other airports.

easyJet makes online check-in compulsory

With effect from 23 April all passengers travelling with easyJet must have checked in online and printed boarding passes before arriving at the airport. An announcement in the airline’s in-flight magazine (although it does not appear on the company’s website) advises that ‘the service is free and can be done from 30 days before you fly until 2 hours prior to departure.’ The airline is removing traditional check-in desks and replacing them with Bag Drop desks. It is not clear whether the airline will (like Ryanair) levy fees to passengers who arrive at the airport without having pre-printed boarding cards or who have failed to use the online check-in facility.

And Finally...
A week of mega orders -
On 19 March Ryanair and Boeing confirmed that the Irish airline has placed an order for 175 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The deal is worth $15.6 billion and will see the airline increase its fleet to some 405 aircraft.
Just a day earlier, in what is viewed as a major blow to the US manufacturer, Indonesian low-cost airline Lion Air swapped to Airbus when it placed an order for a total of 234 A320 and A321 aircraft in a deal valued at $24 billion – it currently operates a large fleet of Boeing 737s.
To cap a winning month for Airbus, rapidly expanding Turkish Airlines placed an order for 82 A320 series aircraft in a deal worth some $9.3 billion and Lufthansa also ordered 30 new generation A320 models spending just under $3 billion.

 

Newsletter - February 2013

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for March 2013 is as follows:
(The Summer timetable comes into effect on Sunday 31 hence the changes to some services on that date.)

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB574

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

10.55

11.05

11.10

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.40

11.55

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Tuesday

ZB446(a)

EZY8903

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.30

11.05

14.05

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.15

11.40

14.50

ZB447(a)

EZY8904

BA491

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB574

EZY8903

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.55

11.05

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.40

11.40

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Thursday

ZB446(b)

EZY8903

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.30

11.05

14.05

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.15

11.40

14.50

ZB447(b)

EZY8904

BA491

Birmingham

Gatwick

Heathrow

Friday

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

ZB574

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

11.10

14.05

18.10

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

11.40

11.55

14.50

18.55

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

ZB575

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

Saturday

ZB446(c)

EZY8903(d)

EZY8903(e)

BA490

BA492

Monarch

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

10.30

11.50

13.20

14.05

16.05

Birmingham

Gatwick

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

11.15

12.25

13.55

14.50

16.50

ZB447(c)

EZY8904(d)

EZY8904(e)

BA491

BA493

Birmingham

Gatwick

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Sunday

EZY8901(f)

EZY8903(g)

BA490(f)

BA490(g)

BA492(f)

BA492(g)

ZB062(g)

ZB062(f)

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

Monarch

10.55

11.05

11.50

14.05

15.45

16.05

18.30

18.35

Gatwick

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Luton

11.30

11.40

12.50

14.50

16.50

16.50

19.15

19.20

EZY8902(f)

EZY8904(g)

BA491(f)

BA491(g)

BA493(f)

BA493(g)

ZB063(g)

ZB063(f)

Gatwick

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Luton

(a) Operates from 26 March
(b) Operates from 28 March
(c) Operates from 23 March
(d) Operates until 23 March
(e) Operates from 30 March
(f) Operates from 31 March
(g) Operates until 24 March

Málaga (AGP)

Finnair (AY) is to increase its service from Helsinki (HEL) from five weekly to a daily frequency with effect from 30 April. The schedule –
HEL-AGP AY733 1715-2105 Sat
HEL-AGP AY735 2020-2355 Daily (except Sat)
AGP-HEL AY736 0055-0630 Daily (except Sun)
AGP-HEL AY734 2205-0330+1 Sat
Turkish Airlines (TK) announced plans at the end of January to upgrade aircraft used on its five weekly services to Istanbul (IST) to a 151 seat Boeing 737-900ER. This plan has however been cancelled. The airline remains on track however to increase frequency to a daily service with effect from 23 June.
Brussels Airlines (SN) is increasing its Saturday schedule to four daily flights from Brussels (BRU) during peak season (29 June to 31 August). The timings –
BRU-AGP SN3733 0620-0915
BRU-AGP SN3735 1150-1440
BRU-AGP SN3733 1710-2000
BRU-AGP SN3739 1900-2150
AGP-BRU SN3734 0955-1240
AGP-BRU SN3736 1520-1805
AGP-BRU SN3738 2040-2325
AGP-BRU SN3740 2230-0115+1
After an absence of four years, Air Europa (UX) has announced that it is to resume flights to Madrid (MAD) with effect from 22 March. The route will be operated twice daily using turboprop ATR72 aircraft leased from Spanish carrier Swiftair. The schedule –
MAD-AGP UX5035 0700-0835 Daily
MAD-AGP UX5037 1455-1630 Daily
AGP-MAD UX5036 1135-1310 Daily
AGP-MAD UX5038 1930-2105 Daily

The introduction of Air Europa’s service to Madrid adds competition to a route which has seen the number of flights reduced in recent years following the introduction of improved rail links between the capital and Andalucía. At present, the only airline on the route is Iberia (IB) which offers service through a combination of franchise operator Air Nostrum (operating as Iberia Regional) and low-cost subsidiary Iberia Express.
Currently, flights operate four times daily –
MAD-AGP IB3866 0725-0835 (Iberia Express)
MAD-AGP IB8034 1125-1235 (Air Nostrum)
MAD-AGP IB3872 1550-1700 (Iberia Express)
MAD-AGP IB3862 2130-2240 (Iberia Express)
AGP-MAD IB3861 0630-0750 (Iberia Express)
AGP-MAD IB3865 0910-1030 (Iberia Express)
AGP-MAD IB8035 1310-1420 (Air Nostrum)
AGP-MAD IB3873 1735-1855 (Iberia Express)

Jerez (XRY)

Ryanair (FR)is to start twice weekly flights to Dusseldorf Weeze (NRN) with effect from 01 April. The schedule –
NRN-XRY FR8531 0640-0945 Mon
NRN-XRY FR8531 0655-1000 Fri
XRY-NRN FR8532 1010-1300 Mon
XRY-NRN FR8532 1025-1315 Fri
With effect from 24 March the airline will also increase the frequency of its services to London Stansted (STN) – from two to four weekly.
STN-XRY FR8396 1710-2100 Mon, Wed,
STN-XRY FR8396 1640-2030 Fri
STN-XRY FR8396 0900-1250 Sun
XRY-STN FR8397 2125-2310 Mon, Wed
XRY-STN FR8397 2110-2255 Fri
XRY-STN FR8397 1315-1500 Sun

Granada (GRX)

Low-cost start-up Hispania Airways (NVD) has not confirmed whether it will resume services in March as planned. It operated for just two weeks in December and had announced schedules to a number of European capitals and domestic points in Spain.

Iberia industrial action

As I put this newsletter together pilots, cabin crew and ground staff working for Iberia are in the middle of the first of three five day strikes in protest at job cuts and other cost cutting measures at the airline. Further strikes are scheduled for 04-08 and 18-22 March. It is estimated that the action could cost the airline up to €100 million in lost revenue and ancillary costs. During the period of the strikes the Spanish Government sets ‘minimum service’ levels which dictate how many cancellations will be announced. Under the first strike 90% of long haul flights must operate, along with 61% of medium haul international services and 46% of domestic flights. Flights operated by Iberia Express, Iberia Regional (Air Nostrum) and Vueling are also affected as they use Iberia ground handling staff at some airports.

And Finally...
The problems with Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner have been well-publicized with the 50 aircraft so far delivered being grounded indefinitely. Most aircraft were either at their home bases or en-route when the grounding order was issued by the US Federal Aviation Authority and safety bodies worldwide. Some airlines were however not so lucky and have a number of aircraft stranded around the world –
ANA (Japan)                 1 aircraft in Frankfurt (FRA)
Qatar Airways (Qatar)     1 aircraft in London Heathrow (LHR)
Japan Airlines (Japan)   1 aircraft in Boston (BOS) – damaged by fire
LOT (Poland)                 1 aircraft in Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
United Airlines (USA)     1 aircraft in Tokyo Narita (NRT)
Unless these aircraft are given temporary permits to fly, they are stuck in situ until the problems are resolved. In the meantime the airlines have to continue to pay for parking and maintenance to third parties. With no end in sight to the type’s grounding, this expense is one of many that is just going to keep growing.

 

Newsletter - January 2013

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for February 2013 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB574

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

10.55

11.05

11.10

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.40

11.55

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Tuesday

EZY8903(a)

BA490

easyJet

British Airways

11.05

14.05

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.40

14.50

EZY8904(a)

BA491

Gatwick

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB574

EZY8903

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.55

11.05

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.40

11.40

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Thursday

EZY8903(b)

BA490

easyJet

British Airways

11.05

14.05

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.40

14.50

EZY8904(b)

BA491

Gatwick

Heathrow

Friday

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

ZB574

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

11.10

14.05

18.10

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

11.40

11.55

14.50

18.55

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

ZB575

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

Saturday

EZY8903(c)

EZY8903(d)

BA490

BA492

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

11.50

13.20

14.05

16.05

Gatwick

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

12.25

13.55

14.50

16.50

EZY8904(c)

EZY8904(d)

BA491

BA493

Gatwick

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Sunday

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

ZB062

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

14.05

16.05

18.30

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

11.40

14.50

16.50

19.15

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

ZB063

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

(a) Operates from 12 February
(b) Operates from 14 February
(c) Operates from 16 February
(d) Operates until 09 February

Gibraltar airport has launched its own website which now includes arrival and departure information drawn from the FlightStats database -
http://www.gibraltarairterminal.com/

Each of the airlines serving Gibraltar have now confirmed their schedules for the summer timetable which comes into effect on Sunday 31 March.
British Airways (BA) will continue to operate 9 times weekly from London Heathrow (LHR). The daily flight (BA490/1) will be retimed to arrive earlier. The additional flights on Saturday and Sunday have also been rescheduled.
LHR-GIB BA490 0800-1150 Daily
LHR-GIB BA492 1155-1545 Sat
LHR-GIB BA492 1205-1555 Sun
GIB-LHR BA491 1250-1440 Daily (except Tue)
GIB-LHR BA491 1310-1500 Tue
GIB-LHR BA493 1650-1840 Sat, Sun
easyJet (EZY) will operate a single daily flight from London Gatwick (LGW). The flights have been slightly retimed.
LGW-GIB EZY8901 0745-1140 Mon-Fri
LGW-GIB EZY8901 0900-1255 Sat
LGW-GIB EZY8901 0700-1055 Sun
GIB-LGW EZY8902 1210-1400 Mon-Fri, Sun
GIB-LGW EZY8902 1330-1520 Sat
In addition, as in 2012, the airline will add an additional four weekly flights which will operate from Wednesday 19 June –
LGW-GIB EZY8905 1610-2005 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
GIB-LGW EZY8906 2040-2230 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
Monarch Airlines (ZB) will continue to operate its newly introduced thrice weekly flights from Birmingham (BHX) during the Summer season. The service will commence on 23 March.
BHX-GIB ZB446 0635-1030 Tue, Thu, Sat
GIB-BHX ZB447 1115-1310 Tue, Thu, Sat
The airline will also retain its three weekly flights from Manchester (MAN) with little change to timings.
MAN-GIB ZB574 0715-1115 Mon, Wed
MAN-GIB ZB574 1540-1940 Fri
GIB-MAN ZB575 1200-1355 Mon, Wed
GIB-MAN ZB575 2025-2220 Fri
Finally, the airline will continue to operate thrice weekly from London Luton (LTN). Flights will increase to five weekly from May with additional services on Tuesday and Wednesday.
LTN-GIB ZB068 0715-1110 Mon, Fri
LTN-GIB ZB062 1440-1835 Sun
GIB-LTN ZB069 1155-1340 Mon, Fri
GIB-LTN ZB063 1920-2105 Sun

Málaga (AGP)

With effect from 23 June 2013 Turkish Airlines (TK) will increase its flights from Istanbul (IST) to a daily frequency. Currently the service operates five times weekly.
IST-AGP TK1305 0940-1310 Daily
AGP-IST TK1306 1410-1920 Daily
British Airways (BA) has confirmed its London schedule for next Summer. The airline will operate 27 weekly flights from London Gatwick (LGW) along with four weekly services from London City (LCY).
LGW-AGP BA2712 0645-1040 Sun
LGW-AGP BA2712 0700-1055 Mon, Wed, Fri
LGW-AGP BA2712 0710-1105 Tue, Thu, Sat
LGW-AGP BA2714 0950-1340 Daily (except Mon)
LGW-AGP BA2714 1000-1350 Mon
LGW-AGP BA2716 1535-1920 Daily
LGW-AGP BA2718 1820-2210 Sat
LGW-AGP BA2718 1845-2235 Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun
AGP-LGW BA2713 1125-1310 Sun
AGP-LGW BA2713 1140-1325 Mon, Wed, Fri
AGP-LGW BA2713 1150-1335 Tue, Thu, Sat
AGP-LGW BA2715 1425-1610 Daily (except Mon)
AGP-LGW BA2715 1435-1620 Mon
AGP-LGW BA2717 2005-2150 Daily
AGP-LGW BA2719 2255-0035+1 Sat
AGP-LGW BA2719 2320-0055+1 Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun

LCY-AGP BA8487 0835-1230 Fri
LCY-AGP BA8487 0940-1335 Mon, Wed,
LCY-AGP BA8487 1310-1705 Sun
AGP-LCY BA8488 1320-1505 Fri
AGP-LCY BA8488 1420-1605 Mon, Wed
AGP-LCY BA8488 1750-1935 Sun

Seville (SVQ)

Transavia France (TO) is to launch a weekly flight from Lyon (LYS) from 20 April. The flight will operate on Saturday.
LYS-SVQ TO3966 1110-1330
SVQ-LYS TO3967 1915-2120
Ryanair (FR) have confirmed that its popular flights to Malta (MLA) will resume on 25 March with a one off Monday flight in the first week of operation. Thereafter the service will operate twice weekly.
MLA-SVQ FR8821 1405-1700 Tue, Sat
SVQ-MLA FR8822 1730-2015 Tue, Sat

Granada (GRX)

New airline Hispania Airways (NVD) suspended operations just two weeks after launching services to a number of European destinations. The airline blamed low passenger numbers and a dispute with the travel agency responsible for issuing tickets. It is understood that the suspension came as the airline was due to be sold to US investors. According to the company’s website, the airline will recommence flights on 01 March. Whether it does so remains to be seen.

Berlin airport opening delayed again

The opening of Berlin’s new Brandenburg Airport (BER) has been delayed again – until at least 2014 with some commentators expecting even that date to slip to the following year. As I have previously reported, the new airport had been due to open in early 2012 but its opening has been delayed by a number of different issues including problems with fire safety equipment. This latest delay is rumoured to be due to serious problems with the airport’s baggage handling systems.
When it opens, the airport will replace the current facilities at Tegel (TXL) and Schoenefeld (SXF).

And Finally...
A tale of two new airline liveries –

On 17 January American Airlines unveiled a new colourscheme for its aircraft as part of a major rebranding exercise. It is the first major change in over 40 years.

Spanish national airline Iberia has also revealed its new colours although this will not start to appear on the airline’s aircraft until its financial position improves…
(With thanks to ‘Skyliner’ magazine – www.skyliner-aviation.de)

 

Newsletter - December 2012

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for January 2013is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB574

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

10.55

11.05

11.10

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.40

11.55

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Tuesday

EZY8903(a)

BA490

easyJet

British Airways

11.05

14.05

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.40

14.50

EZY8904(a)

BA491

Gatwick

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB574(b)

EZY8903

BA490

ZB574(c)

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

10.55

11.05

14.05

19.30

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

11.40

11.40

14.50

20.15

ZB575(b)

EZY8904

BA491

ZB575(c)

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

Thursday

ZB068(d)

EZY8903(d)

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.25

11.05

14.05

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.25

11.40

14.50

ZB069(d)

EZY8904(d)

BA491

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Friday

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

ZB574

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

11.10

14.05

18.10

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

11.40

11.55

14.50

18.55

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

ZB575

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

Saturday

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

13.20

14.05

16.05

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

13.55

14.50

16.50

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Sunday

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

ZB574(e)

ZB062

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

Monarch

11.05

14.05

16.05

18.10

18.30

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Manchester

Luton

11.40

14.50

16.50

18.55

19.15

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

ZB575(e)

ZB063

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Manchester

Luton

(a) Operates on 01 January only
(b) Does not operate on 02 January
(c) Operates on 02 January only
(d) Operates on 03 January only
(e) Operates on 06 January only

Málaga (AGP)

Low cost carrier Norwegian (DY) is to launch three weekly flights to London Gatwick (LGW) with effect from 08 April. The schedule –
AGP-LGW DY5579 1710-1905 Mon, Wed
AGP-LGW DY5577 0700-0855 Sat
LGW-AGP DY5580 1945-2340 Mon, Wed
LGW-AGP DY5578 0935-1330 Sat
Ryanair (FR) is to commence four weekly flights to Cologne/Bonn (CGN) with effect from 01 April. The timings –
AGP-CGN FR8803 0700-1010 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
CGN-AGP FR8804 1035-1330 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
In a widely publicized announcement the airline also confirmed that it is to cancel a number of routes and reduce frequencies on a number of others from both Madrid (MAD) and Barcelona (BCN). Among the routes affected is the airline’s service from Barcelona to Malaga. The airline will operate twice daily during the peak season in 2013. The revised schedule –
BCN-AGP FR6382 0630-0810 Daily
BCN-AGP FR6386 2000-2135 Mon, Tue, Sat, Sun
BCN-AGP FR6386 2005-2140 Wed, Thu, Fri
AGP-BCN FR6383 0850-1035 Daily
AGP-BCN FR6387 2210-2350 Mon, Tue, Sat, Sun
AGP-BCN FR6387 2215-2355 Wed, Thu, Fri
Additionally, as part of its plan to downsize its operations at Budapest (BUD) citing high airport operating costs, the airline has confirmed that it will cancel its seasonal route to Malaga (AGP) in summer 2013.
As a result of this cancellation, Hungarian low cost carrier Wizz Air (W6) is to increase its weekly schedule from two to three flights between 17 June and 13 September. Flights will operate as follows –
BUD-AGP W62389 1615-1955 Mon, Fri
BUD-AGP W62389 1650-2030 Wed
AGP-BUD W62390 2030-2350 Mon, Fri
AGP-BUD W62390 2105-0025+1 Wed
Vueling (VY) is to launch twice weekly flights to Hanover (HAJ) with effect from 16 March 2013. The frequency will increase to three weekly from 21 June. The times with effect from 16 March –
AGP-HAJ VY2162 0725-1040 Sat
AGP-HAJ VY2162 1515-1830 Thu
HAJ-AGP VY2163 1120-1435 Sat
HAJ-AGP VY2163 1910-2225 Thu
The times with effect from 21 June –
AGP-HAJ VY2162 0745-1100 Sat
AGP-HAJ VY2162 1530-1845 Wed, Fri
HAJ-AGP VY2163 1140-1455 Sat
HAJ-AGP VY2163 1925-2240 Wed, Fri
The airline has also confirmed that it is to resume flights to Brussels (BRU) – a route it last operated in 2008. The flights will operate twice weekly with effect from 24 April –
AGP-BRU VY2150 0845-1130 Sun
AGP-BRU VY2150 1135-1420 Wed
BRU-AGP VY2151 1205-1450 Sun
BRU-AGP VY2151 1455-1750 Wed
Frequency will increase to four weekly fro 17 June –
AGP-BRU VY2150 0845-1130 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
BRU-AGP VY2151 1205-1450 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
In a further announcement, the airline confirmed that it will operate four weekly flights to Munich (MUC) with effect from 16 June –
AGP-MUC VY2164 0825-1020 Mon, Tue, Thu, Sun
MUC-AGP VY2165 1155-1455 Mon, Tue, Thu, Sun
New airline Spanjet (JQ) is to operate seasonal flights to Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) and Gothenburg (GOT) between 13 June and 12 September. Flights will operate once weekly to each destination.
ARN-AGP JQ5147 0815-1245 Wed
AGP-ARN JQ5148 1345-1815 Wed
GOT-AGP JQ5151 0915-1315 Thu
AGP-GOT JQ5152 1415-1815 Thu
Air France (AF) has announced that it will again operate to Toulouse (TLS) next summer. The seasonal service will operate between 15 July and 01 September and will be flown twice weekly.
TLS-AGP AF4368 1100-1245 Mon, Fri
AGP-TLS AF4369 1320-1455 Mon, Fri

Seville (SVQ)

As part of its seemingly inexorable expansion plans, Turkish Airlines (TK) has announced plans to launch flights to Seville (SVQ) in 2013. At the time of writing, frequency and schedules have not yet been confirmed.
As part of its reduction of services at Barcelona (BCN), Ryanair (FR) has confirmed that Seville is among the destinations which will see the cancellation of flights next summer. The airline currently flies 15 times weekly.

Ryanair's new credit card fee

Ryanair (FR) announced the introduction of a new 2% credit card processing fee on all bookings made after 30 November. The airline blamed the new fee on a ruling by the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT). The new fee is in addition to the £6 ‘administration fee’ currently added to all bookings. Passengers using debit cards will avoid the new charge but will still be subject to the £6 admin fee.

And Finally...

Well it makes a change from turkey -
In an unusual move, Japan Airlines (JAL) plans to serve Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) meals on some of its flights this Christmas. The move reflects the popularity of the fast food in Japan – particularly around Christmas!
The carrier will serve a two-piece 'Air Kentucky Fried Chicken' meal on flights from Tokyo Narita to New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, London, Paris and Frankfurt between December 1 and February 28.
The meal will consist of one chicken drumstick, one boneless chicken breast fillet, flat bread, lettuce leaves and a cup of coleslaw.
These meals will only be served in economy and premium economy classes.

 

Newsletter - November 2012

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for December is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB574

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

10.55

11.05

11.10

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.40

11.55

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Tuesday

EZY8903(a)

BA490(a)

easyJet

British Airways

11.05

14.05

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.40

14.50

EZY8904(a)

BA491(a)

Gatwick

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB574

EZY8903

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.55

11.05

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.40

11.40

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Thursday

ZB068(b)

EZY8903

ZB574(b)

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

10.25

11.05

11.15

14.05

Luton

Gatwick

Manchester

Heathrow

11.25

11.40

12.00

14.50

ZB069(b)

EZY8904

ZB575(b)

BA491

Luton

Gatwick

Manchester

Heathrow

Fri

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

ZB574

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

11.10

14.05

18.10

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

11.40

11.55

14.50

18.55

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

ZB575

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

Saturday

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

13.20

14.05

16.05

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

13.55

14.50

16.50

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Sunday

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

ZB574(c)

ZB062

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

Monarch

11.05

14.05

16.05

18.10

18.30

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Manchester

Luton

11.40

14.50

16.50

18.55

19.15

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

ZB575(c)

ZB063

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Manchester

Luton

(a) Does not operate on 25 December
(b) Operates on 20 and 27 December only
(c) Operates Operates on 23 December only

As can be seen from the timetable shown above, Monarch (ZB) has added several additional flights around Christmas. Additional flights will operate as follows –
Manchester (MAN) – 20, 23 and 27 December
London Luton (LTN) – 20 and 27 December 

Málaga (AGP)

Norwegian (DY) has announced that it is to establish its first UK base at London Gatwick (LGW). The airline has confirmed that it will be launching regular flights to Málaga (AGP) in time for the 2013 peak season although the schedules and fares have not yet been released. The airline is also establishing its second Spanish base in Alicante (ALC).
Volotea (V7) has confirmed that its seasonal services to Asturias/Oviedo (OVD) will recommence in June 2013. For the first two weeks of operation flights will operate twice weekly, rising to thrice weekly from 17 June. Flights will terminate on 06 September. The schedule -
AGP-OVD V73924 1715-1855 Mon, Wed (Weds from 26 June)
AGP-OVD V73924 0920-1100 Thu (operates 06-20 June)
AGP-OVD V73924 0905-1045 Fri (operates from 21 June
OVD-AGP V73925 1925-2050 Mon, Wed (Weds from 26 June)
OVD-AGP V73925 1125-1255 Thu (operates 06-20 June)
OVD-AGP V73925 1110-1240 Fri (operates from 21 June)
The airline will also recommence its seasonal flights to Bordeaux (BOD). Again, the flights will operate twice weekly from 03 June, rising to thrice weekly from 17 June. Flights will cease on 06 September. The schedule –
BOD-AGP V73843 1455-1650 Mon, Wed (Weds from 26 June)
BOD-AGP V73843 0700-0855 Thu (operates 06-20 June)
BOD-AGP V73843 0645-0840 Fri (operates from 21 June)
AGP-BOD V73842 2115-2305 Mon, Wed (Weds from 26 June)
AGP-BOD V73842 1320-1510 Thu (operates 06-20 June)
AGP-BOD V73842 1305-1455 Fri (operates from 21 June
Ryanair (FR) is to launch three weekly flights to Nuremberg (NUE) with effect from 02 April 2013. The timings –
AGP-NUE FR8813 0655-1005 Tue, Sat
AGP-NUE FR8813 1635-1945 Thu
NUE-AGP FR8814 1030-1325 Tue, Sat
NUE-AGP FR8814 2010-2305 Thu
Vueling (VY) has confirmed that it will continue to operate its schedule to Copenhagen (CPH) beyond the end of March 2013. Flights will also increase to a four weekly frequency from the current two. The schedule –
AGP-CPH VY1876 0720-1100 Mon, Thu
AGP-CPH VY1876 1140-1520 Fri, Sun
CPH-AGP VY1877 1135-1510 Mon, Thu
CPH-AGP VY1877 1555-1930 Fri, Sun

Seville (SVQ)

Ryanair (FR) has terminated its thrice weekly flights to Malta (MLA) for the winter schedule. It has not yet been confirmed whether the service will resume in April 2013.

Jerez (XRY)

Lufthansa (LH) will commence thrice weekly seasonal flights to Dusseldorf (DUS). Services will operate between 22 July and 02 September 2013. The schedule –
DUS-XRY LH3294 0650-0945 Mon, Wed, Fri
XRY-DUS LH3295 1035-1330 Mon, Wed, Fri
The airline has also announced plans to operate twice weekly flights to Frankfurt (FRA). These services will also be seasonal and are timetabled between 05 July and 30 August 2013. The flights –
FRA-XRY LH1158 1400-1700 Fri, Sun
XRY-FRA LH1159 1750-2055 Fri, Sun

Monarch's new hand luggage rules

Hot on the heels of Wizz Air’s decision to introduce charges for hand luggage (as reported in last month’s newsletter) Monarch has announced changes to its rules for scheduled flights. Passengers are to be allowed two pieces of hand luggage (with the exception of services from London Luton (LTN) which only permits one piece to be carried onboard). COMBINED the items must not exceed 56 x 40 x 25cm, and a total weight of 10kg. On board, one of these items must be placed under the seat in front whilst the other can go in an overhead locker. New gauges will be installed at airports to help passengers check their hand baggage is within the size range.

Ryanair extends seat reservation scheme

As I have previously reported, by the end of this month all seats on easyJet flights will be assigned either in advance for a fee or at check in. While rival Ryanair has not gone that far it has announced that it will extend the number of rows which can be pre-booked on all its services. It will now offer reserved seating in rows 1, 2, 5, 15, 16 and 17 of its fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The airline’s current reserved seat fee is £10 (or £15 for some longer routes – from Northern Europe to the Canary Islands for example). This fee includes priority boarding and allows passengers to reserve seats in the front of the aircraft or in emergency exit (over-wing) seats. The airline will continue to offer Priority Boarding for £5 for those passengers who have not reserved seats in the six rows in advance.

And Finally...

Air New Zealand have introduced a striking new inflight safety video based on and featuring characters from ‘The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey’ film. The movie which has its world premiere in New Zealand on 28 November has been filmed in the country. The video features a number of cameo appearances including one from director Sir Peter Jackson.

Watch the video here –
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBlRbrB_Gnc

 

Newsletter - October 2012

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for November is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB574(a)

EZY8903

BA490

ZB062

ZB574(b)

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

Monarch

10.55

11.05

14.05

18.55

18.55

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Manchester

11.40

11.40

14.50

19.40

19.40

ZB575(a)

EZY8904

BA491

ZB063

ZB575(b)

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Manchester

Tuesday

EZY8903

BA490

easyJet

British Airways

11.05

14.05

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.40

14.50

EZY8904

BA491

Gatwick

Heathrow

Wednesday

ZB574

EZY8903

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

10.55

11.05

14.05

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.40

11.40

14.50

ZB575

EZY8904

BA491

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Thursday

EZY8903

BA490

easyJet

British Airways

11.05

14.05

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.40

14.50

EZY8904

BA491

Gatwick

Heathrow

Friday

ZB068

EZY8903

BA490

ZB574(c)

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

11.10

11.05

14.05

18.10

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

11.55

11.40

14.50

18.55

ZB069

EZY8904

BA491

ZB575(c)

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

Saturday

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

13.05

14.05

16.05

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

13.40

14.50

16.50

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Sunday

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

ZB062(d)

ZB062(e)

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

Monarch

11.05

14.05

16.05

18.05

18.30

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Luton

11.40

14.50

16.50

18.50

19.15

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

ZB063(d)

ZB063(e)

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Luton

(a) Operates from 12 November
(b) Operates on 05 November only
(c) Operates from 09 November
(d) Operates on 04 November
(e) Operates from 11 November

Málaga (AGP)

With effect from 02 April 2013 Vueling (VY) is to start three weekly flights to Cardiff (CWL). Flight numbers have not yet been confirmed but the schedule is as follows –
AGP-CWL 0930-1105 Tue
AGP-CWL 1500-1635 Thu
AGP-CWL 1640-1815 Sat
CWL-AGP 1140-1510 Tue
CWL-AGP 1710-2040 Thu
CWL-AGP 1850-2220 Sat
Air France (AF) will discontinue its three weekly flights to Toulouse (TLS) with effect from 27 October 2012. It is understood that the direct flights will again operate next summer.
Russian airline Transaero (UN) is to launch twice weekly flights from Moscow Domodedovo (DME) with effect from 31 October 2012.
DME-AGP UN349 1025-1305 Wed, Sat
AGP-DME UN350 1405-2200 Wed, Sat
The airline has operated seasonal charter flights from Moscow for a number of years but this is its first scheduled service to the Costa Del Sol. Flights will operate with 122 seat Boeing 737 aircraft offering Business, Premium Economy and Economy class accommodation.

Seville (SVQ)

In a change to its earlier announcement, Air France (AF) has confirmed that it will continue to operate its weekly direct flights to Toulouse (TLS) throughout the winter. The original plan was to discontinue the service at the end of October. Flights will operate four weekly. The schedule –
TLS-SVQ AF4366 0605-0750 Sun
TLS-SVQ AF4366 1005-1150 Wed
TLS-SVQ AF4366 1445-1630 Tue, Fri
SVQ-TLS AF4367 0825-1010 Sun
SVQ-TLS AF4367 1225-1410 Wed
SVQ-TLS AF4367 1705-1850 Tue, Fri

Granada (GRX)

Early December sees the launch of services by a new Spanish airline to be based at Granada airport. Hispania Airways (NVD) has been established, according to the company’s website, to tap into the tourist markets generated by the Alhambra and the nearby ski resort in the Sierra Nevada. The airline will use single class, 180 seat Airbus A320 aircraft leased from Lithuanian carrier Avion Express, under whose Air Operator Certificate (AOC) it will run. The airline’s initial destinations – Barcelona, Madrid, London Gatwick, Paris CDG and Rome Fiumicino will soon be joined by services to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lisbon and Marrakech. Timings for the new scheduled flights are as follows:
Barcelona – twice weekly from 08 December
GRX-BCN NVD7160 1215-1345 Tue, Sat
BCN-GRX NVD7161 1445-1630 Tue, Sat
Madrid – four weekly from 06 December
GRX-MAD NVD7151 2200-2255 Thu, Sat, Sun
GRX-MAD NVD7151 0815-0915 Tue
MAD-GRX NVD7150 0615-0715 Mon, Fri
MAD-GRX NVD7150 1005-1115 Tue, Sat
Paris CDG – twice weekly from 06 December
GRX-CDG NVD7141 0800-1015 Thu
GRX-CDG NVD7141 0800-1030 Sun
CDG-GRX NVD7140 1130-1400 Thu, Sun
London Gatwick – twice weekly from 07 December
GRX-LGW NVD7111 0815-1000 Mon, Fri
LGW-GRX NVD7110 1100-1445 Mon, Fri
Rome Fiumicino – twice weekly from 06 December
GRX-FCO NVD7100 1500-1730 Thu, Sun
FCO-GRX NVD7101 1830-2100 Thu, Sun
www.hispania-airways.com

Jerez (XRY)

Ryanair (FR) is discontinuing its four weekly flights to London Stansted (STN) with effect from 05 November. Its twice weekly service to Dusseldorf Weese (NRN) will also cease on that date. Twice weekly flights to Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) will also be discontinued from 06 November. This will mean that the airline’s four weekly flights to Barcelona (BCN) will be its only services from Jerez this winter.

A taste of things to come? Charges for hand luggage

In a move which follows that of low cost US airline Spirit Airlines, Hungarian airline Wizz Air is the first in Europe to introduce a charge for hand luggage. Following a recent trial on selected routes, the system will be introduced across the airline’s network from 24 October. The charges, it claims are aimed at encouraging passengers to bring smaller cabin baggage onboard and make the boarding process smoother and faster.
The airline, which serves just under 80 cities throughout eastern and Western Europe has a generous allowance for hold luggage of up to 32kg and is therefore, unlike its rival Ryanair, encouraging passengers to check-in more baggage.
Under the new rules passengers will still be limited to one piece of hand luggage but must decide whether it is large or small. There will be no fee to carry on what the airline describes as a ‘small cabin bag’. If the bag is up to 42x32x25cm or smaller and weighs less than 10kg it can be carried on free of charge. Larger luggage will be classed as a ‘large cabin bag’ (up to 56x45x25cm) and will incur a fee of €10. It must fit in the overhead compartment and can weigh up to 10kg.

Vueling's expansion plans for 2013

On 16 October, Spanish airline Vueling announced a major expansion of its operation for summer 2013. The airline is to launch 28 new routes from Barcelona (BCN) – four of the routes will be seasonal, add an additional nine Airbus aircraft and create 500 new jobs. The range of routes will add to the suite of destinations available to travellers from Málaga and Seville with a change of aircraft in Barcelona. The new routes –

Destination Weekly Frequency Effective From
Banjul (BJL) 2 03 April
Bari (BRI) 2 01 April
Bergen(BGO) 2 19 May
Bologna (BLQ) 6 31 March
Casablanca (CMN) 4 16 May
Catania (CTA) 3 31 March
Dortmund (DTM) 4 31 March
Dresden (DRS) 3 31 March
Dusseldorf (DUS) 10 31 March
Fez (FEZ) 2 19 May
Frankfurt (FRA) 12 31 March
Fuerteventura (FUE) 2 31 March
Gothenburg (GOT) 3 31 March
Hannover (HAJ) 3 31 March
Helsinki (HEL) 3 17 May
Kos (KGS) 1 26 June - 12 September
London Gatwick (LGW) 14 31 March
Luxemburg (LUX) 4 17 May
Nador (NDR) 2 19 May - 25 September
Oslo (OSL) 4 16 May
Pamplona (PNA) 6 31 March
Rennes (RNS) 3 31 March
Rhodes (RHO) 2 22 June - 15 September
Sofia (SOF) 2 23 June - 15 September
Stuttgart (STR) 6 31 March
Tangier (TNG) 3 16 May
Turin (TRN) 5 31 March
Valladolid (VLL) 4 31 March

And Finally...

Monarch Airlines has come in for a great deal of criticism during the summer for chartering aircraft from other airlines to cover for a shortage of aircraft. A couple of reports from the SkyTrax website (www.airlinequality.com) will provide a flavour of these complaints –


We flew from East Midlands to Alicante on a Small Planet Airlines 737-300 on 11th October 2012. The aircraft was nearly 24 years old and still carried the Norwegian red nose livery. The drop down tables were so worn that when I put my drink down it ended up in my lap as it was at about 20 degrees out of level. The aircraft was very tired and the cabin was somewhat distressed. The toilets had certainly been well used and not that well cared for. The crew and cabin staff were all Lithuanian and struggled to understand what a gin and tonic was. The crew announcements were faint and inaudible. When I book with Monarch I want to fly with Monarch. Not a good experience!


Birmingham to Rome, flight ZB 5409, 15th October 2012. A nightmare of trip. Aircraft was Air Explore. Firstly captain decided not enough fuel after sitting for 1 hour in plane - did he not know before? Only occasional communication to passengers. Disembarked and kept in terminal for 1 hour then re-embarked, then developed technical fault on taxi. Surely the fault must have been noticed after landing at Rome! Flight landed 5 hours overdue. Plane was very old 737-400 and dirty with broken seats. Captain’s management of the whole situation was at best extremely poor and worrying. Stewardess's English was poor, talked in their own language and dress code left a lot to be desired. Seem not to have any concern for passengers, many of whom were extremely concerned about the events. Landed 5 hours late. No effort on flight apart from a free cup of tea and no food apart from snacks which had to be purchased. Why Monarch continue to use Air Explore after all the bad reports and incidents is ludicrous.


 

Newsletter - September 2012

Gibraltar (GIB)

The winter timetable comes into effect on Sunday 28 October. Because of the wholesale changes I have split the month into two. The schedule until Saturday 27 October is as follows-

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

EZY8903(a)

BA490

EZY8903(b)

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.45

11.50

14.10

18.55

19.20

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Gatwick

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.30

12.50

14.40

19.40

19.55

ZB575

EZY8904(a)

BA491

EZY8904(b)

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Tuesday

EZY7295

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.00

11.50

14.10

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.30

11.45

13.10

14.40

EZY7296

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Wednesday

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062

EZY8905

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

11.50

14.10

18.55

19.20

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

13.10

14.40

19.40

19.55

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

EZY8906

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Thursday

EZY7295

BA490

EZY8903

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.50

14.10

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.30

12.50

14.40

EZY7296

BA491

EZY8904

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

Friday

ZB068

EZY8903(c)

EZY8903(d)

BA490

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

10.55

11.30

11.50

11.50

18.55

19.20

Luton

Gatwick

Gatwick

Heathrow

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.30

12.30

12.50

19.40

19.55

ZB575

EZY8904(c)

EZY8904(d)

BA491

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Gatwick

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Saturday

BA490

EZY8901

EZY72977

British Airways

easyJet

easyJet

11.50

12.55

17.35

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

12.50

13.30

18.10

BA491

EZY8902

EZY7298

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

Sunday

EZY8901(e)

BA490

EZY8901(f)

ZB062

EZY8905

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

11.45

11.50

15.45

18.10

19.20

Gatwick

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

12.30

12.50

16.20

18.55

19.55

EZY8902(e)

BA491

EZY8902(f)

ZB063

EZY8906

Gatwick

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

(a) Operates from 08 October
(b) Operates on 01 October only
(c) Operates on 19 October only
(d) Does not operate on 19 October
(e) Operates from 14 October
(f) Operates on 07 October only

The schedule for 28 to 31 October is -

Sun 28th

EZY8903

BA490

BA492

ZB062

easyJet

British Airways

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

14.05

16.05

18.10

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

11.40

14.50

16.50

18.55

EZY8904

BA491

BA493

ZB063

Gatwick

Heathrow

Heathrow

Luton

Mon 29th

ZB574

EZY8903

BA490

ZB062

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

10.55

11.05

14.05

18.55

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

11.40

11.40

14.50

19.40

ZB575

EZY8904

BA491

ZB063

Manchester

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Tue 30th

ZB068

EZY8903

BA490

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

11.00

11.05

14.05

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.45

11.40

14.50

ZB069

EZY8904

BA491

Luton

Gatwick

Heathrow

Wed 31st

EZY8903

BA490

ZB062

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

14.05

18.55

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

11.40

14.50

19.40

EZY8904

BA491

ZB063

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

The complete winter schedule will appear in next month’s newsletter.

Gibraltar’s new airport terminal will finally become fully operational from 26 September. After this date the terminal will be open for both departures and arrivals. The building had started to receive arrivals on 26 November 2011 with departures continuing to use the old terminal. In a statement to the press, a government spokesman noted that “It was simply not possible for the new Government to have commenced departures from the building earlier, given the number of issues that needed to be resolved as a consequence of the rush to open it for arrivals only at the end of last year.” The statement went on to note that the lower volume of flights under the winter schedule should allow all systems to be tested fully and all staff trained prior to the peak season in 2013.

Málaga (AGP)

Lufthansa (LH) has confirmed that it will continue to operate to Berlin Tegel (TXL) during Winter 2012/13. It was originally planned that the flights would cease at the end of October. Service will operate once weekly – (on Saturday)  
TXL-AGP LH3300 1145-1510
AGP-TXL LH3301 1550-1915
Iberia (IB) is to launch a weekly flight (on Saturday) to Moscow Domodedovo (DME) with effect from 02 November. The flight will be operated by Airbus A319 aircraft with 141 seats in business and economy class. The schedule –
AGP-DME IB3136 1000-1820
DME-AGP IB3137 0650-0910
With the start of the winter schedule on 28 October, Helitt Linéas Aéreas (H9) is to cease its four weekly direct flights to Badajoz (BJZ). The airline has however confirmed that it will operate a daily flight to Casablanca (CMN) throughout the winter period. The schedule –
AGP-CMN 1950-2005 Thu, Fri, Sun
AGP-CMN 2000-2015 Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat
CMN-AGP 2050-2305 Thu, Fri, Sun
CMN-AGP 2110-2325 Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat
Low cost airline Volotea (V7) has extended the operation of its three seasonal routes which were due to cease at the beginning of September. The carrier’s twice weekly flights to Venice (VCE) will continue until 14 October. Twice weekly services to Asturias/Oviedo (OVD) will finish on the same date. Thrice weekly flights to Bordeaux (BOD) will continue until 28 September.

Allocated seating on easyJet

After a much publicized trial on a limited number of routes over the peak summer season, easyJet has confirmed that it is to introduce allocated seating on all of its services by the end of November. The airline had decided to undertake the trial as a result of research which found that the scramble for seats could be stressful and a major source of negative feedback. The airline was keen to establish whether changing to full seat allocation would slow boarding and impact its punctuality with short ground turnarounds.

Under the new system the airline will allocate all seats on its flights. Passengers will be able to pay to select a seat in advance or be allocated a seat upon check-in. There will be three categories of seat and three levels of charge per sector which would be paid in advance at time of purchase or after booking through the ‘Manage My Booking’ section of the airline’s website:
£12 – extra leg room seats (row 1 and emergency exit rows)
£8 – up front seats (rows 2-5 on Airbus A319 and rows 2-6 on Airbus A320)
£3 – all other seats
The airline will retain its Speedy Boarding system. The fee for extra leg room or up front seats will include Speedy Boarding – allowing these passengers to board first and to use dedicated check in desks at most airports. In addition, passengers who hold easyJet plus cards or who have booked flexible fares will be able to reserve standard seats without charge and to continue to use Speedy Boarding.
Roll out of the new system will be staged during November. Services to/from these bases will feature fully allocated seating as follows –
13 November    London Gatwick (South Terminal)           Luton                Stansted
                        Southend                                              Bristol               Glasgow
20 November    London Gatwick (North Terminal)            Milan Malpensa Rome Fiumicino
                        Paris CDG
27 November    Belfast                                                  Edinburgh         Liverpool
                        Manchester                                           Newcastle         Basle
                        Geneva                                                 Lyon                 Nice
                        Toulouse                                               Paris Orly          Madrid
                        Lisbon                                                  Berlin Schoenefeld       
                       
easyJet’s Chief Executive, Carolyn McCall noted that “Allocated seating gives all our passengers a better boarding experience and offers the choice of selecting a seat to those who want to. On trial flights the majority of passengers were simply allocated seats when they checked in. Some passengers chose particular seats with bestselling seats usually those near the front, for those who wish to get off the aircraft quickly at their destinations, and exit row seats with their extra legroom. “We are confident this move will make our current passengers happier when flying with easyJet and will attract new passengers to fly with us in future.”

It will be interesting to see whether the airline’s competitors, most notably Ryanair, will follow suit.

Berlin's new airport delayed again

In what must be a hugely embarrassing move, the opening of Berlin’s new flagship Brandenburg airport (BER) has been further delayed. Although originally scheduled to open on 03 June this year, as we reported in the May newsletter the inauguration was pushed back to 27 March 2013. This delay was caused by issues with fire safety and ventilation systems. However, the Berlin authorities confirmed earlier this month that the revised deadline cannot realistically be met and that the airport will now not open until the end of October next year. This is a major blow for airlines which had announced enhanced schedules from Berlin and to the large number of businesses (including hotels) ready to open in the new terminal.

And Finally...

As the authorities in Berlin have a serious amount of egg on their faces, this feeling is surely shared by airline and airport ground crew at Paris Charles de Gaulle. A French woman was asleep after arriving in Paris from Lahore on a flight with Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Ground and flight crew, including cleaners, failed to notice her and when she woke up she was on her way back to Pakistan on the return flight after a two hour stopover in the French capital. The airline announced that it was launching a thorough investigation as they put the passenger on another flight heading back to Paris. PIA has confirmed that whoever is deemed to have been at fault will have to cover the cost of the passenger’s new ticket.


 

Newsletter - August 2012

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for September 2012 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.50

14.10

18.55

19.20

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.50

14.40

19.40

19.55

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Tuesday

EZY7295

ZB068

WW5471(a)

BA490

EZY8903

easyJet

Monarch

bmibaby

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.00

11.50

11.50

14.10

Liverpool

Luton

East Midlands

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.30

11.45

12.30

13.10

14.40

EZY7296

ZB069

WW5472(a)

BA491

EZY8904

Liverpool

Luton

East Midlands

Heathrow

Gatwick

Wednesday

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062

EZY8905

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

11.50

14.10

18.55

19.20

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

13.10

14.40

19.40

19.55

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

EZY8906

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Thursday

EZY7295

BA490

EZY8903

WW5471(b)

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

bmibaby

11.00

11.50

14.10

19.35

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

11.30

12.50

14.40

20.15

EZY7296

BA491

EZY8904

WW5472(b)

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Friday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

10.55

11.50

14.10

18.55

19.20

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.50

14.40

19.40

19.55

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Saturday

BA490

EZY8901

WW5471(c)

EZY72977(d)

EZY7297(e)

British Airways

easyJet

bmibaby

easyJet

easyJet

11.50

12.55

18.55

19.55

20.30

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Liverpool

Liverpool

12.50

13.30

19.35

20.25

21.00

BA491

EZY8902

WW5472(c)

EZY7298(d)

EZY7298(e)

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Liverpool

Liverpool

Sunday

BA490

EZY8901

ZB062

EZY8905

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

11.50

15.45

18.10

19.20

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

12.50

16.20

18.55

19.55

BA491

EZY8902

ZB063

EZY8906

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

(a) Operates on 04 September only
(b) Operates on 06 September only
(c) Operates on 08 September only
(d) Operates from 22 September
(e) Operates until 15 September

On 14 August Monarch Airlines (ZB) announced that it is to commence three weekly flights to Birmingham (BHX) with effect from 23 March 2013. The flights will reinstate the link with the UK Midlands which will be lost when bmibaby ceases its service to Nottingham East Midlands (EMA) on 08 September. Flights to Birmingham will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The schedule –
BHX-GIB ZB446 0635-1030
GIB-BHX ZB447 1115-1310

Kevin George, the airline’s Managing Director said that “We are delighted to be introducing what we are sure will be a popular route. We have carried out a lot of research to understand the routes our customers want and we are confident that a service from Birmingham to Gibraltar will meet their demands.”
According to press reports on 13 August, the Gibraltar government will be making an imminent announcement on the full opening of the new terminal. A government spokesman noted that ‘the new terminal will be used for both incoming and outgoing passengers. The date on which outbound passengers will start to use the terminal will be announced imminently (but not today!)’ Following on from my comment last month, the full operation of the new terminal cannot come soon enough. The building has been open for arriving passengers since 26 November last year.

Málaga (AGP)

Having been unable to find a replacement operator, Inaer Helicopters (INR) finally ceased the scheduled helicopter link between Ceuta and Málaga last month. The company had originally signaled that it would cancel the service from 25 March but decided to keep it open while negotiations were in place with other operators interested in serving the route.
Low cost carrier Volotea (V7) has announced that it will cancel all its routes from Málaga with effect September/October. The airline intends to focus on its operations in France and Italy but plans to return to the Costa Del Sol next year.
Bordeaux (BOD) – three weekly cease 28 September
Asturias/Oviedo (OVD) – two weekly cease 14 October
Zaragoza (ZAZ) – three weekly cease 09 September
Venice (VCE) – two weekly cease 14 October
Delta Air Lines (DL) will discontinue its seasonal service to New York JFK (JFK) on 01 September. The airline has however confirmed that the flights will return next summer with the first flight from New York set for 25 May. Flights will operate daily to the following schedule –
JFK-AGP DL162 1700-0700+1
AGP-JFK DL163 1015-1245
Russian national carrier Aeroflot (SU) has confirmed its increased winter schedule and will operate five weekly flights to Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) from 28 October. The schedule –
SVO-AGP SU2520 0815-1035 Mon, Wed, Fri
SVO-AGP SU2522 2015-2240 Sat, Sun
AGP-SVO SU2521 1125-1940 Mon, Wed, Fri
AGP-SVO SU2523 2330-0755+1 Sat, Sun

Seville (SVQ)

Volotea (V7) will cancel its three weekly flights to Vigo (VGO) on 09 September.

Granada (GRX)

Volotea (V7) will cease its two routes (to Ibiza (IBZ) and Menorca (MAH)) on 09 September.

Málaga airport & noise
The opening of Málaga airport’s new runway in June seems to have caused some problems as the authorities are reported to have received a substantial number of complaints from residents living under the new flight path. With the runway’s opening, one was to be used for arrivals and one for departures. It is understood that extensive testing of noise levels is to be undertaken in response to the complaints. It may be coincidence but on two full day trips to the airport recently (in mid-July and then mid-August) the airport had reverted to single runway operation with the new strip not being used at all. We await developments with interest.

And Finally...

Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary could hardly be described as publicity shy but even he raised eyebrows at a recent EU Convention. Dismissing checked baggage as ‘the most useless service ever invented by mankind’ he mocked the idea of transporting passengers’ bags on the same aircraft and giving them back on arrival; ‘unless of course you flew British Airways, in which case they lose 50% of them in between.’ Ryanair, he said, believes ‘Why don’t you take your bag with you yourself, and then if you lose it, you go find it.’ But if you insist on checking in your baggage, there will be charges…’not because we want your money, we just don’t want your bl@@dy checked in bag!’


 

Newsletter - July 2012

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for August 2012 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.50

14.10

18.55

19.20

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.50

14.40

19.40

19.55

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Tuesday

EZY7295

ZB068

WW5471

BA490

EZY8903

easyJet

Monarch

bmibaby

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.00

11.50

11.50

14.10

Liverpool

Luton

East Midlands

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.30

11.45

12.30

13.10

14.40

EZY7296

ZB069

WW5472

BA491

EZY8904

Liverpool

Luton

East Midlands

Heathrow

Gatwick

Wednesday

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062

EZY8905

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

11.50

14.10

18.55

19.20

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

13.10

14.40

19.40

19.55

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

EZY8906

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Thursday

EZY7295

BA490

EZY8903

WW5471

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

bmibaby

11.00

11.50

14.10

19.35

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

11.30

12.50

14.40

20.15

EZY7296

BA491

EZY8904

WW5472

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Friday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

10.55

11.50

14.10

18.55

19.20

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.50

14.40

19.40

19.55

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Saturday

BA490

EZY8901

WW5471

EZY7297

British Airways

easyJet

bmibaby

easyJet

11.50

12.55

18.55

20.30

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Liverpool

12.50

13.30

19.35

21.00

BA491

EZY8902

WW5472

EZY7298

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Liverpool

Sunday

BA490

EZY8901

ZB062

EZY8905

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

11.50

15.45

18.10

19.20

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

12.50

16.20

18.55

19.55

BA491

EZY8902

ZB063

EZY8906

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Media speculation that Monarch Airlines (ZB) will replace bmibaby (WW) on the route to Nottingham East Midlands (EMA) has not been confirmed and neither timetable nor prices have been publicised. The airline recently announced plans to set up a base at EMA following the news that bmibaby will cease all operations in the second week of September.

Winter Schedule 2012/13
Each of the airlines operating flights to Gibraltar have confirmed their timetables for the winter schedule which in most cases comes into effect on Sunday 28 October.

British Airways (BA) is retiming its existing daily flight into Gibraltar from London Heathrow (LHR) – BA490. In addition the airline is also adding an extra flight which will operate at weekends only. The new timetable
BA490 LHR-GIB 1015-1405 Daily
BA492 LHR-GIB 1215-1605 Saturday, Sunday
BA491 GIB-LHR 1450-1650 Daily
BA493 GIB-LHR 1650-1850 Saturday, Sunday

easyJet (EZY) will cease the four additional flights operated during the Summer timetable, returning to a single daily flight to London Gatwick (LGW). This flight has been retimed to arrive in Gibraltar three hours earlier on weekdays with slight changes to the weekend schedule.
EZY8903 LGW-GIB 0710-1105 Monday-Friday, Sunday
EZY8903 LGW-GIB 0910-1305 Saturday
EZY8904 GIB-LGW 1140-1335 Monday-Friday, Sunday
EZY8904 GIB-LGW 1340-1535 Saturday
As previously announced, the airline’s thrice weekly flight to Liverpool (LPL) is to cease with effect from 27 October.

Monarch Airlines (ZB) has confirmed that it will operate three times per week to London Luton (LTN) compared to the average four flights that it scheduled last winter.
ZB062 LTN-GIB 1500-1855 Monday
ZB068 LTN-GIB 0720-1110 Friday
ZB062 LTN-GIB 1415-1810 Sunday
ZB063 GIB-LTN 1940-2125 Monday
ZB069 GIB-LTN 1155-1340 Friday
ZB063 GIB-LTN 1855-2040 Sunday
With effect from 14 November, the airline will also operate three weekly flights to Manchester (MAN), (the Wednesday flight will be added from this date).
ZB574 MAN-GIB 0700-1055 Monday, Wednesday
ZB574 MAN-GIB 1415-1810 Friday
ZB575 GIB-MAN 1140-1335 Monday, Wednesday
ZB575 GIB-MAN 1855-2050 Friday

bmibaby (WW) - As previously reported, the airline will cease all flights in early September as its owners, IAG have been unsuccessful in finding a buyer. The carrier’s last flight to Gibraltar from Nottingham East Midlands (EMA) will be on 08 September.

A brief comment -
And still the wait goes on…
The new Gibraltar airport terminal has been open to arriving passengers since 26 November last year. Departing passengers, as I write this in mid-July must still use the faded and now rather sad facilities of the old terminal. It was promised that the terminal would be fully operational by 31 May as staff had been trained and all was ready. And still we wait. Dark mutterings of political gamesmanship between the current and previous governments cannot disguise the fact that the current open ended situation is a farce and hugely embarrassing for Gibraltar. Unfortunately anyone waiting for passengers in the new terminal (as I did myself on Saturday last week) will continue to see a stream of hot and bothered tourists being directed back to the old facility. There is inadequate signage and a seeming disregard for how this ‘tale of two terminals’ is playing with the (often foreign) travelling public. If passengers arrive in one building they generally assume that they will depart from the same place…
The terminal needs to be fully open now – the message is as simple as that!

Málaga (AGP)

Air Finland (OF) joined a growing list of Nordic airline failures when it ceased operations on 26 June. The airline had operated a number of weekly scheduled charter flights to Málaga from Helsinki (HEL) for a number of years using Boeing 757 aircraft.
Air France (AF) is to cancel its three weekly flights to Toulouse (TLS) with effect from 28 October.
Dutch low cost carrier Transavia (HV) is to launch four weekly flights to Dusseldorf Weeze (NRN) with effect from 11 October. The new service will be competing with Ryanair (FR).
HV6705 NRN-AGP 0715-1015 Friday
HV6705 NRN-AGP 0730-1030 Monday
HV6705 NRN-AGP 1530-1830 Sunday
HV6705 NRN-AGP 1600-1900 Saturday
HV6706 AGP-NRN 1100-1400 Friday
HV6706 AGP-NRN 1115-1415 Monday
HV6706 AGP-NRN 1915-2215 Sunday
HV6706 AGP-NRN 1945-2255 Saturday
Norwegian (DY) is to launch a new twice weekly service to Oslo Rygge (RYG) with effect from 28 October.
DY5587 RYG-AGP 1050-1455 Saturday
DY5587 RYG-AGP 2010-0015+1 Wednesday
DY5588 AGP-RYG 0605-1005 Saturday
DY5586 AGP-RYG 1525-1925 Wednesday
In addition, the airline is also increasing its service to Gothenburg (GOT) to a twice weekly frequency.
DY4237 GOT-AGP 1450-1840 Saturday
DY5567 GOT-AGP 2000-2350 Tuesday
DY5566 AGP-GOT 0620-1010 Tuesday
DY4238 AGP-GOT 1925-2315 Saturday
British Airways (BA) has confirmed that it is to operate 10 weekly flights to London Gatwick (LGW) this winter – an increase over the single daily flight operated last year. The new timetable is effective from 28 October.
BA2712 LGW-AGP 0740-1125 Daily
BA2714 LGW-AGP 1635-2020 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
BA2713 AGP-LGW 1210-1350 Daily
BA2715 AGP-LGW 2105-2250 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
In addition, the airline will also operate four weekly flights to London City (LCY). Flights are operated on the carrier’s behalf by BA Cityflyer using state of the art Embraer EMB190 aircraft.
BA8487 LCY-AGP 0940-1330 Monday, Wednesday, Friday
BA8487 LCY-AGP 1305-1655 Sunday
BA8488 AGP-LCY 1420-1600 Monday, Wednesday, Friday
BA8488 AGP-LCY 1750-1930 Sunday

Spanish Airport Tax Increase

The cash strapped Spanish government announced a substantial increase to Spanish airport tax in its budget at the end of June. The increase is around 18.9% (roughly €7) although charges for Madrid Barajas (MAD) and Barcelona El Prat (BCN) are higher. The new tax rates are effective for departures on or after 01 July.

What has caused a huge outcry however is that the increase will not only apply to new bookings after that date but also retrospectively to bookings made before (for travel after 01 July). Airlines have been tasked with recovering the extra tax from their passengers. Some, like the IAG Group (owners of British Airways and Iberia) have promised to absorb the retrospective charge. Others however, such as Vueling, Ryanair and bmibaby have emailed ticketholders advising them that they will make an additional charge to the credit card used to make the booking to cover the extra tax. The email has offered the option of cancellation should the passenger not wish the charge to be made. For new bookings (i.e. after 01 July) the new tax has been included in the fare.
Commenting on the increase and the backdating the European Travel Agents Association (ECTAA) said that “At the very least the airport charges should not have been applied on tickets already issued for on or after July 1, as it is a technical and financial nightmare to recover the extra charges. It also causes a lot of consternation among the travelling public why they should be required to pay additional charges after they have already paid for their ticket.”

And Finally...

To lighten the doom and gloom, a few more traveller tales from the annals of SkyTrax – www.airlinequality.com

A UK based passenger on a flight with Monarch -
Flight virtually on time both ways, staff very polite but as tired looking as the interior of the workhorse 757 we flew on. I appreciate the economics but the seat pitch in economy was such that at 6'2" I couldn't actually sit in the seat - with my pressed firmly knees against the seat in front I couldn't actually get my backside on the seat base. Crew indifferent as its a regular occurrence, but 3.5 hours is a long time to crouch in such an uncomfortable position. Extra legroom seats were not available to pre-book as travelling with an infant. No in-flight entertainment, good food but as I couldn't extend the table, eating it was awkward. Inaudible comms from the flight deck).
A Singaporean passenger on Emirates –
I took a flight (EK142) from Madrid to Dubai on 15 June at seat 19K. The button on the left to recline the seat was missing! Instead there was a hole. When I complained to the male flight attendant, his response to was 'What can I do, I am not an engineer, I cannot do anything!' Makes me wonder if Emirates even trains its staff!
Another UK passenger, this time with Jet2.com –
Edinburgh-Faro return. Paid £2200 (family of 4) for a direct flight, some £500 more than a 2-leg flight with BA or Lufthansa. Disappointed to discover that Jet2 craft were 25-year old rust-buckets which, despite trendy red and grey leather makeovers, still rattled. Combine that with miserable cabin crew, air-con stuck at mid- December and seats which provided no buttock support and you have the makings of a fairly unsatisfactory experience. Next time, will ignore the family's calls for a direct flight, go with the "£500 less" option even if it does take a couple of hours longer.


 

Newsletter - June 2012

(Apologies for this month’s shorter newsletter – due to extensive travel commitments – normal service will be resumed in July!)

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for July 2012 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.50

14.10

18.55

19.20

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.50

14.40

19.40

19.55

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Tuesday

EZY7295

ZB068

WW5471

BA490

EZY8903

easyJet

Monarch

bmibaby

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.00

11.50

11.50

14.10

Liverpool

Luton

East Midlands

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.30

11.45

12.30

13.10

14.40

EZY7296

ZB069

WW5472

BA491

EZY8904

Liverpool

Luton

East Midlands

Heathrow

Gatwick

Wednesday

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062

EZY8905

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

11.50

14.10

18.55

19.20

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

13.10

14.40

19.40

19.55

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

EZY8906

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Thursday

EZY7295

BA490

EZY8903

WW5471

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

bmibaby

11.00

11.50

14.10

19.35

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

11.30

12.50

14.40

20.15

EZY7296

BA491

EZY8904

WW5472

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Friday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

ZB574

EZY8905

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

10.55

11.50

14.10

18.55

19.20

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.50

14.40

19.40

19.55

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

EZY8906

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Saturday

BA490

EZY8901

WW5471

EZY7297

British Airways

easyJet

bmibaby

easyJet

11.50

12.55

18.55

19.35

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Liverpool

12.50

13.30

19.35

20.10

BA491

EZY8902

WW5472

EZY7298

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Liverpool

Sunday

BA490

EZY8901

ZB062

EZY8905

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

11.50

15.45

18.10

19.20

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

12.50

16.20

18.55

19.55

BA491

EZY8902

ZB063

EZY8906

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Málaga (AGP)

Scandinavian Airlines SAS (SK) will start one weekly flight from Gothenburg (GOT) with effect from 03 November. The flight will operate each Saturday. The schedule –
GOT-AGP SK1807 1255-1605 Sat
AGP-GOT SK1808 1750-2140 Sat
The airline will also launch a single weekly flight to Trondheim (TRD) again from 03 November.
TRD-AGP SK4677 1020-1505 Sat
AGP-TRD SK4678 1555-2025 Sat
The new flight will not operate however between 06 January and 08 February 2013.
Vueling (VY) is to start twice weekly flights to Copenhagen from 31 October. The times –
AGP-CPH VY1876 0925-1305 Wed
AGP-CPH VY1876 1130-1510 Sat

CPH-AGP VY1877 1345-1720 Wed
CPH-AGP VY1877 1545-1920 Sat

And Finally...

An unashamed moan…

As is clear from the Gibraltar airport timetable I have produced above, there are four scheduled flights each Sunday. It is surely not beyond the wit of taxi operators to ensure that there are taxis waiting for passengers to arrive from these flights. Having arrived from Hong Kong via London on British Airways on Sunday 17 June – we were second in the queue and still managed to wait for twenty minutes. For the first 15 minutes wait there were no taxis at all outside the arrivals area. We were embarrassed at the negative image this portrayed to first time visitors. Still, at least we were kept occupied by seeing the constant stream of departing passengers turning up with luggage at the new terminal only to be turned away to the old facility. A clear explanatory sign or two would not go amiss…

 

Newsletter - May 2012

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for June 2012 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

ZB574

EZY8905(a)

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

11.10

11.50

14.10

18.55

19.20

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.50

14.40

19.40

19.55

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

EZY8906(a)

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Tuesday

EZY7295

ZB068

WW5471

BA490

EZY8903

easyJet

Monarch

bmibaby

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.00

11.50

11.50

14.10

Liverpool

Luton

East Midlands

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.30

11.45

12.30

13.10

14.40

EZY7296

ZB069

WW5472

BA491

EZY8904

Liverpool

Luton

East Midlands

Heathrow

Gatwick

Wednesday

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062

EZY8905(b)

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

11.50

14.10

18.55

19.20

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

13.10

14.40

19.40

19.55

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

EZY8906(b)

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Thursday

EZY7295

BA490

EZY8903

WW5471

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

bmibaby

11.00

11.50

14.10

19.35

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

11.30

12.50

14.40

20.15

EZY7296

BA491

EZY8904

WW5472

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Friday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

ZB574

EZY8905(c)

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

10.55

11.50

14.10

18.55

19.20

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Manchester

Gatwick

11.55

12.50

14.40

19.40

19.55

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

EZY8906(c)

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

Saturday

BA490

EZY8901

EZY7297(d)

WW5471

EZY7297(e)

British Airways

easyJet

easyJet

bmibaby

easyJet

11.50

12.55

17.35

18.55

19.35

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

East Midlands

Liverpool

12.50

13.30

18.10

19.35

20.10

BA491

EZY8902

EZY7298(d)

WW5472

EZY7298(e)

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

East Midlands

Liverpool

Sunday

BA490

EZY8901

ZB062

EZY8905(f)

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

11.50

15.45

18.10

19.20

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

12.50

16.20

18.55

19.55

BA491

EZY8902

ZB063

EZY8906(f)

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Gatwick

(a) Operates from 11 June
(b) Operates from 13 June
(c) Operates from 15 June
(d) Operates until 09 June
(e) Operates from 16 June
(f) Operates from 17 June

easyJet (EZY) has announced that it is cancelling its thrice weekly service from Liverpool (LPL). The last flight will operate on Saturday 27 October.
In another blow to the airport, IAG the owners of bmibaby (WW) have confirmed that the airline will cease all operations in early September. IAG are not confident in finding a buyer for the low cost carrier (see below). As a consequence, the airline’s three weekly flights from East Midlands (EMA) will cease with effect from Saturday 08 September. The service only began at the end of March this year. Press reports have noted that the Gibraltar government is in negotiations with another carrier to reinstate the route in time for summer 2013. With Monarch’s announcement of a new base at East Midlands (see below), they must be odds-on favourites to be the operator in question.
In more positive news, Monarch (ZB) has confirmed that they will operate three weekly flights to Manchester (MAN) from the start of the winter timetable (an increase from the twice weekly operation this summer). It has been reported in the press that the airline will actually operate four weekly winter flights but these additional timings/seats are not yet confirmed or available for sale. 

Málaga (AGP)

In the wake of the forthcoming closure of bmibaby, Monarch (ZB) has announced that they will open a new base at East Midlands (EMA). The airline will operate a daily flight to Málaga (AGP) with effect from 31 August 2012.
The schedule –
EMA-AGP ZB7448 0730-1115 Daily, except Sun
EMA-AGP ZB7448 0830-1220 Sun
AGP-EMA ZB7449 1220-1410 Daily, except Sun
AGP-EMA ZB7449 1320-1510 Sun
In addition to the new flights from East Midlands, the airline has also confirmed that it will increase frequencies on its existing route from Birmingham (BHX) another of bmibaby’s bases. The airline will operate 14 weekly flights with effect from 20 July.
The schedule –
BHX-AGP ZB970 0700-1100 Daily
BHX-AGP ZB978 1505-1900 Mon, Wed
BHX-AGP ZB978 1415-1810 Fri, Sun
BHX-AGP ZB972 2315-0315+1 Fri, Sun
BHX-AGP ZB972 2330-0330+1 Sat
AGP-BHX ZB973 0415-0545 Mon, Sat
AGP-BHX ZB971 1200-1345 Daily
AGP-BHX ZB979 1945-2130 Mon, Wed
AGP-BHX ZB979 1910-2055 Fri, Sun
AGP-BHX ZB973 0430-0600 Sun

The owners of bmibaby (WW) have announced that the airline’s routes will be cancelled in two stages, with the first batch ceasing in June and the second tranche closing in September. The airline’s three weekly flights to Belfast City (BHD) will finish on 10 June. The carriers’ eight weekly flights from Birmingham (BHX) will close on 09 September. The airline’s 13 weekly flights from East Midlands (EMA) will be cancelled from the same date.
Danish low cost carrier Cimber Sterling (QI) filed for bankruptcy and ceased all services on 03 May. The airline had operated flights from Copenhagen (CPH), Aalborg (AAL) and Billund (BLL). As a result of the airline’s closure, competitor Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY) has announced that it is to increase frequencies on its existing route from Copenhagen (CPH).

The airport’s second runway opened to traffic on 17 May. The first movement was the arrival of a Transavia Boeing 737-800 from Amsterdam. It is anticipated that one runway will be used for landings and one for departures. The new runway is 2,750m.

Seville (SVQ)

easyJet (EZY) has announced that it is to start three weekly flights from Geneva (GVA) with effect from 21 February 2013. Flights will be operated by its Swiss subsidiary, easyJet Switzerland (EZS). The schedule -
GVA-SVQ EZS1529 1600-1820 Mon, Sat
GVA-SVQ EZS1529 1245-1505 Thu
SVQ-GVA EZS1530 1855-2120 Mon, Sat
GVA-SVQ EZS1530 1540-1805 Thu

bmibaby
As reflected in the schedule section above, IAG (the owners of British Airways and Iberia) announced that bmibaby (WW) is to be closed down by September this year. The low cost airline has been making heavy losses for a number of years and its new owners (following the purchase of bmi) have decided to find a new buyer or close the business. IAG is not confident that a buyer can be found and has therefore taken the decision to cease operations. The airline operates a fleet of ageing Boeing 737-300 aircraft from Belfast City, Birmingham and East Midlands. IAG has been successful in finding a purchaser for another subsidiary of bmi – bmi Regional has been sold to a number of Scottish based investors.

Iberia Industrial Action Called Off

Having announced a series of strikes throughout the coming months (every Monday and Friday from April to 20 July), unions representing Iberia pilots called off their action following instructions from Spanish government on 28 April. The authorities in Madrid have ordered the airline and unions to enter talks to resolve their long running dispute over the establishment of Iberia Express and its employment of flight crew under different conditions of employment.

Berlin Brandenburg Opening Postponed

In a hugely embarrassing move, it has been confirmed that Berlin’s new Brandenburg airport will not open as scheduled on 03 June. The opening has been delayed by major technical issues with fire safety and ventilation systems in the new terminal building. No new opening date has been announced. Some airlines, including Lufthansa and Air Berlin have called for the airport’s opening to be delayed until October fearing disruption of having to transfer operations to the new facility at the height of the holiday season. Lufthansa in particular had announced a 40% increase in capacity over its operation at the Berlin Tegel airport and had already scheduled services to 30 new destinations. Existing flights and services to new destinations will now operate from Tegel (TXL) and Schoenefeld (SXF) airports until an the new facility can open. Announced as this newsletter went to press – the airport’s opening has been delayed until 17 March 2013!

Budapest Changes

With the collapse of Hungarian national airline Malev earlier this year, Budapest (BUD) has been presented with the problem of too much terminal capacity and spiraling costs. As a result, the decision has been made to relocate all flights to Terminal 2 with effect from 30 May. All easyJet, Germanwings, Jet2.com, Norwegian and Wizz Air passengers will depart from Budapest Airport’s Terminal 2B. Passengers flying on these airlines will arrive at Terminal 2A (from Schengen countries) or at Terminal 2B (from non-Schengen countries). Terminal 1 has its own railway station with access to the Hungarian capital so all passengers will now need to transfer by bus to the less convenient Terminal 2 if using public transport.

And Finally...

Sunday 22 April found me at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley in the UK. I was attending (not for the first time I confess) the UK’s largest aviation enthusiast’s fair – LGW2012 organised by the Gatwick Aviation Society. For those unfamiliar with the twilight world of the aerosexual (or aviation geeks), this show is a revelation. Just under 140 stallholders had pitched up with everything from aircraft models, books, DVDs, photographs, slides, stickers and postcards to the slightly more niche market ephemera. The number of collectors of airline safety cards, menus, swizzle sticks and even ‘motion discomfort containers’ (sick bags to you and me) never cease to amaze. This year the show was visited by over 1,000 visitors and the organizers even provided an old London Route Master bus as a free shuttle to Gatwick Airport’s terminal. What more could the diehard transport nut require! Next year’s show will be held at K2 on 28 April 2013.       
http://www.gatwickaviationsociety.org.uk/introduction.asp

 

 

Newsletter - April 2012

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for May 2012 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

ZB574

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.10

11.50

14.10

18.55

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Manchester

11.55

12.50

14.40

19.40

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Tuesday

EZY7295

ZB068

WW5471(a)

BA490

EZY8903

WW5471(b)

easyJet

Monarch

bmibaby

British Airways

easyJet

bmibaby

11.00

11.00

11.50

11.50

14.10

17.10

Liverpool

Luton

East Midlands

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

11.30

11.45

12.30

13.10

14.40

17.50

EZY7296

ZB069

WW5472(a)

BA491

EZY8904

WW5472(b)

Liverpool

Luton

East Midlands

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Wednesday

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.50

14.10

18.55

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

13.10

14.40

19.40

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Thursday

EZY7295

BA490

EZY8903

WW5471

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

bmibaby

11.00

11.50

14.10

19.35

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

11.30

12.50

14.40

20.15

EZY7296

BA491

EZY8904

WW5472

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Friday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

ZB574

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

10.55

11.50

14.10

18.55

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Manchester

11.55

12.50

14.40

19.40

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Saturday

BA490

EZY8901

WW5471

EZY7297

British Airways

easyJet

bmibaby

easyJet

11.50

12.55

18.55

19.35

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Liverpool

12.50

13.30

19.35

20.10

BA491

EZY8902

WW5472

EZY7298

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Liverpool

Sunday

BA490

EZY8901

ZB062

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.50

15.45

18.10

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

12.50

16.20

18.55

BA491

EZY8902

ZB063

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

(a) Operates on 29 May only
(b) Operates until 22 May

Monarch Airlines (ZB) has reduced its Manchester (MAN) flights to twice weekly. Flights will operate on Monday and Friday only. In addition, the airline has just released seats for the winter schedule (beyond the end of October). The delay had led to much press local press speculation that the airline would be dropping the route this winter. The carrier has confirmed that it will continue to operate twice weekly with a third weekly flight which will operate over Christmas and New Year.

The airline is also reducing its Luton flights to operate just five times weekly this summer with no flights operating on Thursday or Saturday. On Monday and Friday a Luton based aircraft will operate to both Luton and Manchester – LTN-GIB-MAN-GIB-LTN. The airline has also confirmed that Luton (LTN) flights are to reduce to three weekly this winter.

Málaga (AGP)

The new low cost arm of Iberia (IB), and the reason for a summer of planned industrial action at the national airline, Iberia Express (I2) launched services on 25 March. With the start of the new carrier, Iberia intends to transfer some of its domestic and European routes. Iberia’s trunk route from Madrid (MAD) to Málaga (AGP) is one of those transferred to the new operator. Iberia will show its own flight number alongside that of Iberia Express on each of the five daily flights. The schedule is as follows:
AGP-MAD I22407 0540-0700 Mon-Fri, Sun
AGP-MAD I22407 0625-0745 Sat
AGP-MAD I22403 0930-1050 Daily
AGP-MAD I22411 1330-1450 Daily
AGP-MAD I22415 1730-1850 Daily
AGP-MAD I22413 2130-2240 Daily
MAD-AGP I22406 0745-0855 Daily
MAD-AGP I22408 1145-1255 Daily
MAD-AGP I22410 1545-1655 Daily
MAD-AGP I22412 1950-2055 Daily
MAD-AGP I22416 2245-2355 Mon-Fri, Sun
MAD-AGP I22414 2335-0045+1 Sat,
Inaer Helicopters (INR) announced on its website that it would cease to operate the scheduled helicopter links between Ceuta and Málaga and Ceuta and Algeciras with effect from 25 March. The carrier cited rising fuel prices, limited opening hours of heliports and frequent atc industrial action which had led it to make frequent flight cancellations. On a positive note however, the company has decided to continue to operate the routes indefinitely until a replacement operator can be found. It is understood that Barcelona based Cathelicopters is looking to take over the services and to also add flights between Ceuta and Tangier.
New low cost airline Volotea (V7) which announced a tranche of new routes last month has added a further two to the list. With effect from 15 June, the airline will start twice weekly flights to Asturias/Oviedo (OVD) with a third weekly flight being added with effect from 02 July. Flights will operate until 07 September. The company will also start three weekly flights to Zaragoza (ZAZ) with effect from 17 June. Again, these flights are seasonal and will cease on 09 September. The airline has ambitious plans for a newcomer and has scheduled 76 routes this summer with 53 destinations across Europe. It markets itself as ‘The airline of small and medium-sized European cities.’

The schedules –
Asturias/Oviedo
OVD-AGP V73925 0820-0950 Mon (from 02 July)
OVD-AGP V73925 0850-1020 Tue (until 26 June)
OVD-AGP V73925 0840-1010 Wed (from 04 July)
OVD-AGP V73925 0830-1000 Fri
AGP-OVD V73924 1015-1150 Mon (from 02 July)
AGP-OVD V73924 1045-1220 Tue (until 26 June)
AGP-OVD V73924 1035-1210 Wed (from 04 July)
AGP-OVD V73924 1025-1200 Fri
Zaragoza
ZAZ-AGP V73859 1625-1740 Tue
ZAZ-AGP V73859 1655-1810 Thu, Sun
AGP-ZAZ V73858 1805-1915 Tue
AGP-ZAZ V73858 1835-1945 Thu, Sun

Seville (SVQ)

Some of Iberia’s services to Seville (SVQ) are in the initial batch to be transferred to its new low cost arm, Iberia Express (I2) with effect from 25 March. Three of the national airline’s flights will be operated by the new carrier. The schedule (all flights operate daily) –
MAD-SVQ I22470 0830-0940
MAD-SVQ I22472 1200-1310
MAD-SVQ I22474 1545-1655
MAD-SVQ IB114 1930-2040
MAD-SVQ IB102 2245-2355
SVQ-MAD IB101 0655-0800
SVQ-MAD I22471 1015-1120
SVQ-MAD I22473 1345-1450
SVQ-MAD I22475 1730-1835
SVQ-MAD IB119 2120-2225
Ryanair (FR) has launched four weekly flights to Zaragoza (ZAZ). The schedule –
SVQ-ZAZ FR5274 1710-1835 Mon, Fri,
SVQ-ZAZ FR5274 1515-1640 Wed
SVQ-ZAZ FR5274 1115-1240 Sun
ZAZ-SVQ FR5275 1900-2025 Mon, Fri
ZAZ-SVQ FR5275 1705-1830 Wed
ZAZ-SVQ FR5275 1305-1430 Sun
New airline Volotea (V7) has confirmed that it is to operate twice weekly flights to Vigo (VGO) with effect from 16 June. Flights will operate thrice weekly from 29 June. The service is seasonal and will cease with effect from 09 September. The schedules –
VGO-SVQ V73827 1505-1625 Wed
VGO-SVQ V73827 1655-1815 Fri (from 29 June)
VGO-SVQ V73827 1505-1625 Sat (until 23 June)
VGO-SVQ V73827 1455-1615 Sun (from 01 July)
SVQ-VGO V73826 1650-1820 Wed
SVQ-VGO V73826 1840-2010 Fri (from 29 June)
SVQ-VGO V73826 1650-1820 Sat (until 23 June)
SVQ-VGO V73826 1640-1810 Sun (from 01 July)

Granada (GRX)
Granada (GRX) is another airport which will be added to the growing number served by Volotea (V7) when the airline launches two seasonal routes in June. With effect from 16 June the airline will start three weekly flights to Mahon (MAH) on Menorca. A day later, the carrier will also start three weekly flights to Ibiza (IBZ). Both of these routes will operate until 09 September.
Mahon
GRX-MAH V73949 0755-0915 Mon
GRX-MAH V73949 0745-0905 Wed
GRX-MAH V73949 0745-0905 Sat (until 23 June)
GRX-MAH V73949 0735-0855 Sun (from 01 July)
MAH-GRX V73948 0940-1105 Mon
MAH-GRX V73948 0930-1055 Wed
MAH-GRX V73948 0930-1055 Sat (until 23 June)
MAH-GRX V73948 0920-1045 Sun (from 01 July)
Ibiza
IBZ-GRX V73946 0630-0730 Mon
IBZ-GRX V73946 0620-0720 Wed
IBZ-GRX V73946 0620-0720 Sat (until 23 June)
IBZ-GRX V73946 0610-0710 Sun (from 01 July)
GRX-IBZ V73947 1130-1230 Mon
GRX-IBZ V73947 1120-1220 Wed
GRX-IBZ V73947 1120-1220 Sat (until 23 June)
GRX-IBZ V73947 1110-1210 Sun (from 01 July)

easyJet's allocated seating trial

As I reported in the November issue of this newsletter, easyJet is to trial allocated seating on some of its flights. In a move, and I quote “aimed at testing whether allocated seating makes travel easy, affordable and provides a better experience for all our passengers” the trial will start on all flights on selected routes from London Luton (LTN) and Glasgow (GLA) this month. The system will allow passengers to pay an additional £3 to choose a particular seat. Extra legroom seats (the front of the cabin or next to emergency exits) will cost £12 to reserve in advance. Unlike Ryanair, which only allows allocation of extra legroom seats, easyJet has confirmed that all seats will be assigned – if you do not pay to reserve in advance a seat number will be allocated at check-in. The destinations covered by the trial will be –
London Luton – Sharm el Sheikh (SSH)
London Luton – Málaga (AGP)
London Luton – Alicante (ALC)
London Luton – Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (SAW)
Glasgow – Alicante (ALC)
The trial will last for the summer schedule and once the results have been studied the airline will decide whether to widen its implementation across the network.

In a related development, the Irish Aviation Authority is examining complaints from passengers who have recently travelled on Ryanair (FR) flights where the emergency exit seats have remained vacant (i.e. passengers have not paid in advance to reserve them). Passengers in adjacent rows have complained that they are being instructed to open the doors in an emergency even though they are not seated near the exit door.

Berlin Brandenburg update

Amid much press speculation it is being reported that construction of the new airport terminal scheduled to open on 03 June is behind schedule and that contingency plans are being drawn up for the continued use of Berlin Tegel (TXL) airport. It is also being reported that the new terminal has insufficient check-in desks to cope with all flights scheduled to operate from the new facility and that the possibility of using temporary (outside) desks is being examined.

And Finally...

In a move that may well be welcomed by many but greeted by howls of indignation by others, Malaysia Airlines (MH) has announced that children below the age of 12 will not be permitted to sit on the upper deck of its new fleet of double deck A380 aircraft. The upper deck will feature 66 business class seats and a separate economy class cabin of 70 seats. The main deck will offer 8 first class seats with accommodation for a further 350 economy class passengers. Other airlines (and presumably passengers keen for a bit of peace and quiet) are watching developments with interest. The aircraft enters service on the London Heathrow (LHR) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) route in July.

 

 

Newsletter - March 2012

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for April 2012 is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

ZB574

BA490

EZY8903

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.15

11.50

14.10

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.45

12.00

12.50

14.40

ZB069

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Tuesday

EZY7295

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

WW5471

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

bmibaby

11.00

11.00

11.50

14.10

17.10

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

11.30

11.45

13.10

14.40

17.50

EZY7296

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

WW5472

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Wednesday

ZB574(a)

BA490

ZB068

EZY8903

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

11.00

11.50

12.00

14.10

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

11.45

13.10

12.45

14.40

ZB575(a)

BA491

ZB069

EZY8904

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Thursday

EZY7295

BA490

ZB068

EZY8903

WW5471

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

bmibaby

11.00

11.50

12.00

14.10

19.35

Liverpool

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

East Midlands

11.30

12.50

12.45

14.40

20.15

EZY7296

BA491

ZB069

EZY8904

WW5472

Liverpool

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

East Midlands

Friday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

ZB574

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.10

11.50

14.10

18.55

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Manchester

11.45

12.50

14.40

19.40

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Saturday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8901

WW5471

EZY7297

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

bmibaby

easyJet

11.00

11.50

12.55

18.55

19.35

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Liverpool

11.45

12.50

13.30

19.35

20.10

ZB069

BA491

EZY8902

WW5472

EZY7298

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Liverpool

Sunday

BA490

EZY8901

ZB062

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.50

15.45

18.10

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

12.50

16.20

18.55

BA491

EZY8902

ZB063

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

(a) Operates until 11 April

Málaga (AGP)

New Barcelona based low cost airline Volotea (V7) will launch twice weekly flights to Venice Marco Polo (VCE) with effect from 27 April. The frequency will increase to thrice weekly from 26 June.
VCE-AGP V71334 1615-1910 Mon until 18 June
VCE-AGP V71334 2005-2300 Tue from 26 June
VCE-AGP V71334 1615-1910 Fri until 25 May
VCE-AGP V71334 2005-2300 Fri from 01 June to 15 June
VCE-AGP V71334 1940-2235 Fri from 22 June
VCE-AGP V71334 2000-2255 Sun from 24 June
AGP-VCE V71335 1935-2210 Mon until 18 June
AGP-VCE V71335 2325-0200 Tue from 26 June
AGP-VCE V71335 1935-2210 Fri until 25 May
AGP-VCE V71335 2325-0200 Fri from 01 June to 15 June
AGP-VCE V71335 2300-0135 Fri from 22 June
AGP-VCE V71335 2320-0155 Sun from 24 June
The airline will also launch three weekly flights to Bordeaux (BOD) from 22 June.
BOD-AGP V71356 0850-1030 Mon, Wed, Fri
AGP-BOD V71357 1055-1235 Mon, Wed, Fri
Irish airline Aer Lingus (EI) has confirmed that it has no plans to recommence services on its route from London Gatwick which was cancelled at the end of the summer schedule in 2011. The airline continues to operate to Dublin (DUB), Cork (CRK) and Belfast International (BFS).
Málaga based carrier Ryjet Aerotaxis del Mediterraneo (RYJ) has suspended operations on its only scheduled route – to Melilla (MLN) on the North African coast.
In more positive news, Málaga based competitor Helitt Líneas Aéreas (H9) has announced the start of four new routes from Málaga to supplement its own route to Melilla (MLN). Each route will operate from 25 March.
Madrid (MAD) – 8 weekly flights.
AGP-MAD H9311 0800-0915 Sat
AGP-MAD H9312 1310-1500 Sun
AGP-MAD H9422 1645-1800 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
AGP-MAD H9818 1700-1815 Tue, Thu
MAD-AGP H9817 1030-1145 Tue, Thu
MAD-AGP H9421 1330-1445 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
MAD-AGP H9313 1345-1500 Sat
MAD-AGP H9316 2100-2225 Sun
Barcelona (BCN) – 4 weekly flights
AGP-BCN H9321 0600-0745 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
BCN-AGP H9322 2345-0130+1 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
Casablanca (CMN) – 4 weekly flights (effective 04 May)
AGP-CMN H9247 1850-1820 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
CMN-AGP H9248 1900-2245 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
Badajoz (BJZ) – 2 weekly flights
AGP-BJZ H9821 0700-0800 Tue, Thu
BJZ-AGP H9822 2100-2200 Tue, Thu

To reflect its new branding as Málaga – Costa del Sol, eagle eyed passengers will note that large new signage has been placed on the airside wall of Terminal 2. In addition, the application remains in place to change the three letter airport code from ‘AGP’ to ‘SOL’.

Jerez (XRY)

Ryanair (FR) is to reinstate its flights from London Stansted (STN) with effect from 25 March 2012. Flights will operate four times weekly -
STN-XRY FR8396 1710-2100 Mon, Wed, Sun
STN-XRY FR8396 1610-2000 Fri
XRY-STN FR8397 2125-2310 Mon, Wed, Sun
XRY-STN FR8397 2025-2210 Fri

Iberia Industrial Action
In early March, the Spanish commercial pilot union SEPLA announced 24 new dates for strike action in protest at Iberia’s establishment of a new low cost subsidiary Iberia Express. With the airline’s first aircraft fully painted at Madrid Barajas airport the union announced that it was suspending the action a few days before the first planned date (16 March) and was returning to the negotiating table. For reference, these are the remaining dates for industrial action –
March 23, 25, 26, 30
April 02, 04, 09, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
May 02, 04, 07, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28

easyJet and Ryanair Summer 2012

With the launch of the Summer schedules on 25 March I again outline below the two principal low cost carriers’ operations to our airports in the peak season. Data is based upon the week beginning Monday 02 July.

Gibraltar (GIB)                                                                     Weekly Flights


Liverpool (LPL)

easyJet

3

London Gatwick (LGW)

easyJet

11

Jerez (XRY)                                                                          Weekly Flights


Barcelona (BCN)

Ryanair

4

Dusseldorf Weese (NRN)

Ryanair

2

Frankfurt Hahn (HHN)

Ryanair

3

London Stansted (STN)

Ryanair

4

Málaga (AGP)                                                                       Weekly Flights


Aarhus (AAR)

Ryanair

3

Barcelona (BCN)

Ryanair

28

Basle-Mulhouse (BSL)

easyJet

5

Belfast International (BFS)

easyJet

8

Berlin (BER)

easyJet

4

Billund (BLL)

Ryanair

5

Birmingham (BHX)

Ryanair

8

Bologna (BLQ)

Ryanair

2

Bournemouth (BOH)

Ryanair

4

Bratislava (BTS)

Ryanair

3

Bremen (BRE)

Ryanair

3

Bristol (BRS)

easyJet

14

Bristol (BRS)

Ryanair

7

Brussels Charleroi (CRL)

Ryanair

7

Budapest (BUD)

Ryanair

3

Cork (CRK)

Ryanair

4

Dublin (DUB)

Ryanair

15

Dusseldorf Weese (NRN)

Ryanair

7

Edinburgh (EDI)

Ryanair

6

Eindhoven (EIN)

Ryanair

5

Frankfurt Hahn (HHN)

Ryanair

5

Geneva (GVA)

easyJet

8

Glasgow International (GLA)

easyJet

7

Glasgow Prestwick (PIK)

Ryanair

7

Gothenburg Save (GSE)

Ryanair

3

Haugesund (HAU)

Ryanair

2

Ibiza (IBZ)

Ryanair

6

Karlsruhe (FKB)

Ryanair

3

Krakow (KRK)

Ryanair

2

Leeds-Bradford (LBA)

Ryanair

7

Leipzig (LEJ)

Ryanair

2

Liverpool (LPL)

easyJet

11

Liverpool (LPL)

Ryanair

8

London Gatwick (LGW)

easyJet

36

London Luton (LTN)

easyJet

15

London Southend (SEN)

easyJet

7

London Stansted (STN)

easyJet

11

London Stansted (STN)

Ryanair

15

Maastricht (MST)

Ryanair

2

Malmo (MMX)

Ryanair

2

Manchester (MAN)

easyJet

6

Manchester (MAN)

Ryanair

9

Marseille (MRS)

Ryanair

3

Memmingen (FMM)

Ryanair

2

Milan Bergamo (BGY)

Ryanair

2

Milan Malpensa (MXP)

easyJet

11

Newcastle (NCL)

easyJet

7

Nottingham East Midlands (EMA)

Ryanair

10

Olso Rygge (RYG)

Ryanair

7

Oslo Torp (TRF)

Ryanair

3

Palma (PMI)

Ryanair

4

Paris Beauvais (BVA)

Ryanair

3

Paris CDG (CDG)

easyJet

6

Santander (SDR)

Ryanair

3

Santiago de Compostella (SCQ)

Ryanair

3

Shannon (SNN)

Ryanair

2

Stockholm Skavsta (NYO)

Ryanair

4

Stockholm Vasteras (VST)

Ryanair

2

Tampere (TMP)

Ryanair

2

Turku (TKU)

Ryanair

2

Valencia (VLC)

Ryanair

4

Valladolid (VLL)

Ryanair

2

Venice Treviso (TSF)

Ryanair

2

Wroclaw (WRO)

Ryanair

2

Seville (SVQ)                                                                        Weekly Flights


Barcelona (BCN)

Ryanair

27

Bari (BRI)

Ryanair

2

Bologna (BLQ)

Ryanair

4

Bordeaux (BOD)

Ryanair

2

Brussels Charleroi (CRL)

Ryanair

5

Cagliari (CAG)

Ryanair

2

Dublin (DUB)

Ryanair

2

Dusseldorf Weese (NRN)

Ryanair

2

Eindhoven (EIN)

Ryanair

2

Gran Canaria (LPA)

Ryanair

3

Ibiza (IBZ)

Ryanair

3

Lanzarote (ACE)

Ryanair

2

London Gatwick (LGW)

easyJet

4

London Gatwick (LGW)

Ryanair

3

London Stansted (STN)

Ryanair

7

Malta (MLA)

Ryanair

2

Marrakech (RAK)

Ryanair

2

Marseille (MRS)

Ryanair

2

Milan Bergamo (BGY)

Ryanair

7

Palermo (PMO)

Ryanair

2

Palma (PMI)

Ryanair

7

Paris Beauvais (BVA)

Ryanair

5

Pisa (PSA)

Ryanair

3

Rome Ciampino (CIA)

Ryanair

6

Santander (SDR)

Ryanair

7

Tenerife Sur (TFS)

Ryanair

2

Valencia (VLC)

Ryanair

7

Venice Treviso (TSF)

Ryanair

3

Zaragoza (ZAZ)

Ryanair

4

And Finally...

Over the years of reporting on the airline business I have come across some pretty embarrassing stories for company bosses. Sir Richard Branson, head of Virgin Atlantic must have had a particularly rude awakening when he read this headline – ‘Welcome to Barbados, your bags are flying back to the UK: Passengers left without luggage after ground crew couldn’t get hold door open.’
288 passengers had flown from London Gatwick to Barbados on VS029. On reaching the baggage carousel, the luggage belonging to 88 passengers which was in the front hold was ready for collection. Unfortunately, the ground crew could not open the rear hold and the decision was taken to return to the UK with 200 passengers’ luggage so that Gatwick based technicians could open it. By the time the luggage was returned to the passengers in Barbados a couple of days later it had travelled 13,000 miles.

 

Newsletter - February 2012

Gibraltar (GIB)

The summer schedule for most airlines comes into force on Sunday 25 March 2012. Owing to these major changes I have split the March timetable into two. The schedule from 01-24 March is as follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

EZY8903

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

11.00

11.10

11.10

13.55

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

11.55

14.55

EZY8904

ZB575

ZB068

BA491

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Tuesday

EZY8903

EZY7295

BA490

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

11.00

11.45

13.55

Gatwick

Liverpool

Heathrow

11.40

12.15

14.55

EZY8904

EZY7296

BA491

Gatwick

Liverpool

Heathrow

Wednesday

EZY8903

ZB574

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.00

11.10

13.55

Gatwick

Manchester

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

14.55

EZY8904

ZB575

BA491

Gatwick

Manchester

Heathrow

Thursday

EZY8903

EZY7295

BA490

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

11.00

11.45

13.55

Gatwick

Liverpool

Heathrow

11.40

12.15

14.55

EZY8904

EZY7296

BA491

Gatwick

Liverpool

Heathrow

Friday

EZY8903

ZB574(a)

ZB068

BA490

ZB574(b)

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

11.00

11.10

11.10

13.55

18.30

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

11.40

11.55

11.55

14.55

19.15

EZY8904

ZB575(a)

ZB069

BA491

ZB575(b)

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Manchester

Saturday

EZY7295

EZY8903

BA490

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

11.00

13.05

13.55

Liverpool

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.35

13.40

14.55

EZY7296

EZY8904

BA491

Liverpool

Gatwick

Heathrow

Sunday

EZY8903

BA490

ZB062

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

13.55

18.30

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

11.40

14.55

19.15

EZY8904

BA491

ZB063

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

(a) Does not operate on 16 March
(a) Operates on 16 March only

The timetable from 25-31 March is shown below. The inaugural bmibaby (WW) flight from East Midlands (EMA) takes place on Saturday 31 March.

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Sunday 25

ZB574

BA490

ZB068

EZY8901

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

11.15

11.50

11.55

15.45

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

12.00

12.50

12.40

16.20

ZB575

BA491

ZB069

EZY8902

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Monday 26

ZB068

ZB574

BA490

EZY8903

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.15

11.50

14.10

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

12.00

12.00

12.50

14.40

ZB069

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Tuesday 27

EZY7295

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.00

11.50

14.10

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.30

11.45

13.10

14.40

EZY7296

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Wednesday

28

ZB574

BA490

ZB068

EZY8903

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

11.00

11.50

12.00

14.10

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

11.45

13.10

12.45

14.40

ZB575

BA491

ZB069

EZY8904

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Thursday 29

EZY7295

BA490

ZB068

EZY8903

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

11.00

11.50

12.00

14.10

Liverpool

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

11.30

12.50

12.45

14.40

EZY7296

BA491

ZB069

EZY8904

Liverpool

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Friday 30

ZB574

BA490

ZB068

EZY8903

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

11.00

11.50

12.25

14.10

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

11.45

12.50

13.10

14.40

ZB575

BA491

ZB069

EZY8904

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Saturday 31

ZB068

BA490

EZY8901

WW5471

EZY7297

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

bmibaby

easyJet

11.00

11.50

12.55

18.55

19.35

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Liverpool

11.45

12.50

13.30

19.35

20.10

ZB069

BA491

EZY8902

WW5472

EZY7298

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

East Midlands

Liverpool

Málaga (AGP)

In the wake of the failure of Malév Hungarian Airlines (see later in this newsletter), low cost airline Wizz Air (W6) has confirmed that it will launch weekly flights to Budapest (BUD) from 06 April 2012. Frequency will increase to twice weekly with effect from 11 June 2012. Flights will operate as follows:
W62389 BUD-AGP 0730-1105 Fri (plus Monday from 11 June)
W62390 AGP-BUD 1140-1500 Fri (plus Monday from 11 June)
In a related move, Ryanair (FR) has also confirmed that it is to start three weekly flights from its new base in Budapest (BUD) with effect from 30 March 2012 –
FR5021 BUD-AGP 0600-0930 Mon, Fri,
FR5021 BUD-AGP 0610-0940 Sat
FR5022 AGP-BUD 1005-1335 Mon, Fri
FR5022 AGP-BUD 1015-1345 Sat
A new UK low cost airline JetXtra has announced plans to launch twice weekly flights from Humberside (HUY) with starting on 01 June 2012. Before it starts services however the airline is facing a legal challenge from Jet2 over the similarity between the names of the two competing airlines. The proposed timings –
JQ2153 HUY-AGP 1150-1545 Mon
JQ2553 HUY-AGP 0950-1345 Fri
JQ2154 AGP-HUY 1635-1830 Mon
JQ2554 AGP-HUY 1445-1640 Fri
With effect from 09 April 2012 Vueling (VY) is to increase its flights from Toulouse (TLS) from four to six weekly. In addition, the airline has increased its flights to Barcelona (BCN) to 34 weekly services.

Seville (SVQ)

Following Spanair’s cessation of operations (again, see later in this newsletter), Vueling (VY) has confirmed a huge expansion of its operation. With the start of the summer timetable on 25 March the airline will offer 60 weekly flights to Barcelona (BCN). In addition, the airline’s route to Bilbao will increase to 14 weekly.

Jerez (XRY)

In a major blow and in contrast to its increased operation from Seville (SVQ), Vueling (VY) has confirmed that has ceased all operations from Jerez. This departure and the loss of Spanair leaves Ryanair (FR) as the sole operator to Barcelona (BCN).

Granada (GRX)

From the start of the summer season Vueling (VY) will operate 32 weekly flights to Barcelona (BCN) following the closure of Spanair.

Airline Failures

Spanair

Just after midnight on 28 January, Spain’s fourth largest airline Spanair (JK) ceased all operations in a move which stranded more than 20,000 passengers across Europe and Africa. The airline, a member of the Star Alliance airline grouping operated a wide network of scheduled flights with major hubs in both Barcelona and Madrid and employed over 4,000 staff. Many analysts had been predicting problems for the airline in recent months and it is understood that two factors led to the final decision to cease operations. The airline had been in negotiations with Qatar Airways to purchase a stake in the carrier and these talks had failed on 27 January. In addition, the government of Cataluña had confirmed that they would not be in position to continue to offer the airline loans and financing to allow it to continue operations. The airline had suffered the crash of one of its MD80 aircraft in Madrid in 2008 which killed 154 passengers and crew.

Following the collapse, a number of airlines including Iberia, Vueling, Air Europa, easyJet and Ryanair offered ‘rescue’ fares to passengers holding tickets on Spanair flights. In the aftermath, a number of these airlines particularly Ryanair and Vueling have announced that they are to launch new former Spanair routes and increase frequency on others where they competed with the failed carrier.

Malév

Less than a week later, on 03 February, Hungarian national airline Malév stopped flying after 66 years of near continuous operation. The catalyst for the crisis was the European Commission’s order that the company repay various forms of state funding (amounting to approximately €130million) which had received from 2007 to 2010. The carrier which operated over 50% of the flights from Budapest airport employed 2,600 staff and operated a fleet of 22 leased aircraft. Most of the Boeing aircraft were ferried to Shannon in Ireland within a couple of days of the airline’s failure. The carrier was also a member of the OneWorld alliance along with British Airways, American Airlines and Qantas among others.

As with Spanair, a number of airlines, including Hungarian low cost airline Wizz Air, Ryanair and Air Berlin have acted quickly to launch new routes or expand their frequencies to Budapest in order to help fill the void left by the closure of the airline.

Berlin's New Airport

Berlin will open its new Brandenburg Airport (BER) on 03 June 2012. The new airport, situated on the south side of the existing Schoenefeld airport, 11 miles from Berlin, will replace the three airports which have, until recently served the city. The iconic city centre Templehof airport closed in 2008, Tegel will close later this year and Schoenefeld’s operation will be taken by Brandenburg. The new airport will use the existing Schoenefeld runway along with a newly constructed one and the newly built terminal will sit between the two offering an initial capacity of 30million passengers per year. Lufthansa, Air Berlin and Germanwings have already announced a major expansion of their Berlin operations to coincide with the opening of the new airport.

And Finally...

By popular demand a couple more ‘interesting’ anecdotes from SkyTrax – www.airlinequality.com

A British traveller who flew with Cuban national airline Cubana in late 2011 –
Outbound - My partner and I were travelling Gatwick to Cuba for a two week holiday. We got on the plane to discover the rubbery arm on my seat hanging off. As we took off my partner’s seat reclined along with the passenger sat in front of her. This continued every time we had a slight incline throughout the flight. About an hour into the flight I asked the stewardess if there would be any films, to which she replied "sometimes we do, sometimes we don't". Needless to say, on this occasion they didn't provide any. When the food cart arrived, we learned that they had already run out of wine, and as the flight progressed, they started to run out of every other liquid content. Inbound - An hour delay, we had still not boarded, no representative at the gate to advise us. Yet again, there was no in-flight entertainment with no explanation. We had an average meal, which needless to say was our only highlight to this journey. My partner and I are frequent travellers, yet have never experienced such an embarrassing display of customer service.
An Australian passenger reporting on Aerolineas Argentinas earlier this year –
This airline has no check-in agreements with other airlines, if transiting with another airline allow time to clear immigration, customs, collect bags, re-check-in etc because they cannot do it for you. Auckland to BA - toilet out of order. Return flight 7 weeks later, same toilet out of order. Ceiling mounted TV was flickering for 13 hours. Service - rude. Movies - they only had 2. They lied to us about how long our flight would be delayed so they wouldn't have to pay for meals and accommodation. When we returned to the airport we found it was further delayed. We paid for 7 flights with AA and they changed departure and arrival times on us and in BA also switched arriving airports which meant we had to cross town to make our connecting flight. Don't order the special meals.


 

Newsletter - January 2012

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for February 2012 is as follows-

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

EZY8903

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

11.00

11.10

11.10

13.55

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

11.55

14.55

EZY8904

ZB575

ZB068

BA491

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Tuesday

EZY8903

EZY7295

BA490

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

11.05

11.45

13.55

Gatwick

Liverpool

Heathrow

11.40

12.15

14.55

EZY8904

EZY7296

BA491

Gatwick

Liverpool

Heathrow

Wednesday

EZY8903

ZB574

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.10

13.55

Gatwick

Manchester

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

14.55

EZY8904

ZB575

BA491

Gatwick

Manchester

Heathrow

Thursday

EZY8903

EZY7295

BA490

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

11.05

11.45

13.55

Gatwick

Liverpool

Heathrow

11.40

12.15

14.55

EZY8904

EZY7296

BA491

Gatwick

Liverpool

Heathrow

Friday

EZY8903

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.10

13.55

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

11.55

14.55

EZY8904

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Saturday

EZY7295

EZY8903

BA490

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

11.00

13.05

13.55

Liverpool

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.35

13.40

14.55

EZY7296

EZY8904

BA491

Liverpool

Gatwick

Heathrow

Sunday

EZY8903

BA490

ZB062

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

13.55

18.30

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

11.40

14.55

19.15

EZY8904

BA491

ZB063

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Málaga (AGP)

Vueling (VY) is to start three weekly flights from its new base at Nantes (NTE) with effect from 30 March 2012. Flights will be operated by Airbus A319 aircraft. The schedule (flight numbers to be confirmed) -
NTE-AGP VY 1140-1335 Mon, Wed, Fri
AGP-NTE VY 1410-1615 Mon, Wed, Fri
Demonstrating the success of the route, Turkish Airlines (TK) has confirmed that it is to increase the frequency of its flights to Istanbul (IST) to five weekly with effect from the start of the summer season (25 March 2012). The timings -
IST-AGP TK1306 0900-1230 Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun
AGP-IST TK1305 1330-1840 Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun
Reflecting perhaps the impact of the enhanced AVE train service to the capital, many of Iberia’s (IB) flights between Madrid and Málaga are being operated by its franchise partner Air Nostrum. The services are being operated by regional jet aircraft seating between 50 and 100 passengers instead of much larger mainline aircraft. Flights operated by Air Nostrum are easily identifiable as they are in the IB80xx range.
With the start of the summer season, British Airways (BA) has confirmed that it will increase its London flights. From 25 March the airline will operate 23 weekly flights to London Gatwick (LGW) with a further four flights heading to London City (LCY) operated by its franchise partner BA Cityflyer. The new schedule –
Gatwick
LGW-AGP BA2712 0650-1040 Sun
LGW-AGP BA2712 0700-1050 Daily except Sun
LGW-AGP BA2714 1000-1345 Thu, Fri, Sat
LGW-AGP BA2716 1450-1835 Daily
LGW-AGP BA2718 1845-2230 Daily except Wed
AGP-LGW BA2713 1125-1315 Sun
AGP-LGW BA2713 1135-1325 Daily except Sun
AGP-LGW BA2715 1430-1615 Thu, Fri, Sat
AGP-LGW BA2717 1920-2100 Daily
AGP-LGW BA2719 2315-0105+1 Daily except Wed
London City
LCY-AGP BA8487 0835-1225 Fri 
LCY-AGP BA8487 0940-1330 Mon, Wed
LCY-AGP BA8487 1305-1655 Sun
AGP-LCY BA8488 1320-1500 Fri
AGP-LCY BA8488 1420-1600 Mon, Wed
AGP-LCY BA8488 1750-1930 Sun

easyJet's New 'Admin Fee'

With many businesses being heavily criticised by the UK Office of Fair Trading among others for levying what many view as excessive and disproportionate charges for using credit and debit cards, easyJet has come up with a solution – of sorts. With effect from 12 January 2012 the airline has introduced a blanket ‘Admin Fee’ of £9 for all transactions irrespective of the payment method used. In a nod to the calls for transparency the airline now shows the charge as part of the first part of the booking process rather than at the end.
Previously, the carrier charged an £8 booking fee for debit card purchases - which was not displayed until the latter stages of the booking process - and waived extra charges for passengers that paid using Visa Electron cards. The new change effectively means that those paying by debit card will see a £1 rise in fares, as the former £8 booking fee has been scrapped, and Visa Electron users will see a £9 rise. Those using credit cards to book flights with easyJet will be subjected to the admin fee and a credit card fee too. It claims the latter is to cover the extra handling costs.
The new £9 admin fee will be applied just once regardless of the number of flights purchased per booking.

The Big Three - Airline Alliances

Many of the world’s leading airlines are members of major alliances whose brands are becoming more and more visible at airports and in the world’s media. This month, I thought it would be a good idea to provide an overview of these groupings which boast many benefits to the air traveller. Perceived wisdom has it that airline alliances offer substantial advantages over non-aligned carriers –

  • A wider range of destinations available on the same ticket
  • Code-sharing – the placing of one airline’s flight number on the service operated by a partner airline
  • Smoother connections through airline hubs
  • Greater frequency on popular routes
  • Access to a wider range of executive lounges
  • Mileage accrual on frequent flyer schemes which can be used on services of other airlines in the same alliance
  • The ability to tailor reasonably priced Round The World tickets

The airlines themselves benefit from

  • Cost reductions through common purchasing, group operational facilities such as scheduling, ticketing and computer systems and the ability to share operational staff

Entry to these alliances is strictly controlled with stringent conditions being required before carriers can be accepted for membership.
One of the requirements of membership is that each airline paints a percentage of the aircraft in its fleet with a common colourscheme advertising the alliance. This is one easy way of increasing the visibility and profile of the alliance.

There are three major alliances –

Star Alliance

Current Member Airline Country
Adria Airways (JP) Slovenia
Aegean Airlines (A3) Greece
Air Canada (AC) Canada
Air China (CA) China
Air New Zealand (ZK) New Zealand
ANA (NH) Japan
Asiana (OZ) South Korea
Austrian Airlines (OS) Austria
Blue1 (KF) Finland
BMI (BD) UK
Brussels Airlines (SN) Belgium
Croatia Airlines (OU) Croatia
EgyptAir (MS) Egypt

Ethiopian Airlines (ET)

Ethiopia
LOT Polish Airlines (LO) Poland
Lufthansa (LH) Germany
SAS (SK) Sweden, Denmark, Norway
Singapore Airlines (SQ) Singapore
South African Airways (SA) South Africa
Spanair (JK) Spain
Swiss International Air Lines (LX) Switzerland
TAM Airlines (JJ) Brazil
TAP Portugal (TP) Portugal
Thai Airways International (TG) Thailand
Turkish Airlines (TK) Turkey
United Airlines (UA) USA
US AIrways (US) USA
Future Member Airline  
Avianca (AV) Colombia
TACA (TA) El Salvador
COPA Airlines (CM) Panama
Shenzhen Airlines (ZH) China

Oneworld

Current Member Airline Country
American Airlines (AA) USA
British Airways (BA) UK
Cathay Pacific (CX) Hong Kong
Finnair (AY) Finland
Iberia (IB) Iberia
Japan Airlines (JL) Japan
LAN (LA) Chile
Malev (MA) Hungary
Qantas (QF) Australia
Royal Jordanian (JY) Jordan
S7 Airlines (S7) Russia
Future Member Airline  
Air Berlin (AB) Germany
Kingfisher Airlines (IT) India
Malaysia Airlines (MH) Malaysia

SkyTeam

Current Member Airline Country
Aeroflot (SU) Russia
Aeromexico (AM) Mexico
Air Europa (UX) Spain
Air France (AF) France
Alitalia (AZ) Italy
China Airlines (CI) Taiwan
China Eastern Airlines (MU) China
China Southern Airlines (CZ) China
Czech Airlines (OK) Czech Republic
Delta Air Lines (DL) USA
Kenya Airways (KQ) Kenya
KLM (KL) Netherlands
Korean Air (KE) South Korea
Tarom (RO) Romania
Vietnam Airlines (VN) Vietnam
Future Member Airline  
Aerolineas Argentinas (AR) Argentina
Garuda Indonesia (GA) Indonesia
Middle East Airlines (ME) Lebanon
Saudi Arabian Airlines (SV) Saudi Arabia
Xiamen Airlines (MF) China

And Finally...

A few months ago regular readers will recall that I provided a few choice examples of traveller horror stories from the pages of the SkyTrax website. I received a lot feedback after this story and thought I’d provide a further set of reports. With thanks to www.airlinequality.com

Posted by a UK based passenger on 11 January 2012 - Iberia
Husband and I flew home from Panama to Heathrow, Jan 2012. Despite checking in 4 hours before, a surly check-in staff member gave us the worst seats possible and we are both pensioners. We were sat in the last row and had to listen to cabin crew shouting all night. Even our domestic downmarket charter flights have individual back seat screens. Iberia should start joining the 20th century never mind the 21st. No food choice, just congealed pasta. Breakfast- a minuscule fruit salad plus 2 rock hard pieces of cake and roll.

Another UK passenger complained about Saudi Arabian Airlines on 17 January after a flight from London to Jakarta via Riyadh -
First leg was good with all systems working well and on time. Riyadh-Jakarta was poor on a 747-300 series. I didn't know anyone still had these, and it hadn't been refitted. Single large projector screen, no individual screens. Return journey was worse, same 747 with no IFE, and no individual lights. I was in the middle, most shutters were down so I couldn't even read. Second flight on B777, just started watching inflight movie when the screen goes blank. I asked twice for it to be fixed, but got no joy. I tried the call button, however this did not work. Cheap but not good value.

And finally an Irish passenger on 10 January reporting on a trip with Thomson Airways
Returned from a trip to Gran Canaria from Dublin. We were delayed 7 hours in Dublin outbound and missed New Years Eve at our hotel. We were given various stories of snow in Austria and leaks and having to get a new plane to fly to Dublin. If this wasn't bad enough we arrived for the flight home to be told we would have a 2 hrs delay, this delay turned in to 4 hours. The young flight attendant was extremely rude, he allowed passengers to take another person’s seat and when the lady with the ticket for the seat arrived to sit next to her husband and complained, he informed her she was free to leave the plane if she liked and he would get the doors opened for her. I have never heard such rudeness.


 

Newsletter - December 2011

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for January 2012 is as follows-

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

EZY8903

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

11.00

11.10

11.10

13.55

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

11.55

14.55

EZY8904

ZB575

ZB068

BA491

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Tuesday

EZY8903(a)

ZB068(a)

EZY7295

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.45

13.55

Gatwick

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

12.15

14.55

EZY8904(a)

ZB069(a)

EZY7296

BA491

Gatwick

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Wednesday

EZY8903

ZB574

ZB068(b)

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.10

13.55

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

11.55

14.55

EZY8904

ZB575

ZB069(b)

BA491

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Thursday

EZY8903

EZY7295

BA490

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

11.05

11.45

13.55

Gatwick

Liverpool

Heathrow

11.40

12.15

14.55

EZY8904

EZY7296

BA491

Gatwick

Liverpool

Heathrow

Friday

EZY8903

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.10

13.55

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

11.55

14.55

EZY8904

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Saturday

EZY7295

EZY8903

BA490

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

11.00

13.05

13.55

Liverpool

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.35

13.40

14.55

EZY7296

EZY8904

BA491

Liverpool

Gatwick

Heathrow

Sunday

EZY8903(c)

EZY8903(d)

BA490(c)

ZB062

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

12.30

13.55

18.10

Gatwick

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

11.40

13.10

14.55

18.55

EZY8904(c)

EZY8904(d)

BA491(c)

ZB063

Gatwick

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

(a) Operates on 03 January only
(b) Operates on 04 January only
(c) Does not operate on 01 January
(d) Operates on 01 January only

Málaga (AGP)

As reported previously, Delta Airlines (DL) has confirmed that it will recommence flights from New York JFK (JFK) on 01 June 2012. However the plan to increase the flights to a daily frequency has been shelved and in fact the service will now operate five times per week (instead of six weekly in summer 2011). The airline has also revised the timings for the flights. The new schedule –
JFK-AGP DL162 1700-0700 Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun
AGP-JFK DL163 1015-1250 Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun
New Málaga based airline Helitt Líneas Aéreas (H9) launched services to the Spanish enclave of Melilla (MLN) on 21 November. Flights operate once daily on weekdays (with a further flight on Sunday) in each direction using a 68 seat ATR72 turboprop aircraft. The schedule –
AGP-MLN H9123 0720-0810 Mon-Fri
AGP-MLN H9172 1120-1200 Sun

MLN-AGP H9139 1735-1815 Mon-Fri, Sun
A second airline based in Málaga also launched flights to Melilla on 21 November in competition with both Helitt and Iberia. Ryjet Aerotaxis del Mediterraneo (RYJ) is using a leased 19 seat Jetstream turboprop aircraft on the route. Flights operate as follows –
AGP-MLN RYJ5603 0940-1025 Mon-Fri
AGP-MLN RYJ5605 1730-1815 Mon-Fri
MLN-AGP RYJ5602 0810-0855 Mon-Fri
MLN-AGP RYJ5604 1610-1655 Mon-Fri
Air France (AF) is to start three weekly flights from Toulouse (TLS) in competition with low cost airline Vueling (VY). Flights will begin on 03 April 2012 and will operate with Airbus A319 aircraft with 138 seats.
TLS-AGP AF4368 1445-1630 Tue, Thu, Sat
AGP-TLS AF4369 1705-1840 Tue, Thu, Sat
Ryanair (FR) is to commence twice weekly flights to Leipzig (LEJ) with effect from 26 March 2012.
AGP-LEJ FR8871 0645-1020 Mon, Fri
LEJ-AGP FR8872 1045-1355 Mon, Fri
In addition, the airline announced that it is to establish a new base in Palma de Mallorca (PMI), its 49th. From 23 March the airline will start four weekly flights to Málaga –
PMI-AGP FR5676 1700-1825 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
AGP-PMI FR5677 1900-2025 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

Seville (SVQ)

In conjunction with its new flights to Málaga, Air France (AF) will also launch flights from Toulouse (TLS) to Seville on 01 April 2012. The new service will operate four times weekly –
TLS-SVQ AF4366 0605-0750 Sun
TLS-SVQ AF4366 1445-1630 Mon, Wed, Fri
SVQ-TLS AF4367 0825-1010 Sun
SVQ-TLS AF4367 1705-1850 Mon, Wed, Fri

Ryanair and Allocated Seating - Yet another Update

Regular readers will recall that last month I discussed Ryanair’s widening of its allocated seating programme to 80 of its most profitable routes. Those words had barely been written when the airline announced that the facility would be extended to all of its routes from 10 January 2012. The optional service allows passengers to pre-reserve seats in the front two rows of the aircraft along with over-wing emergency exit rows which provide enhanced legroom. These seats can be reserved in advance of travel for €10 per flight. This fee also includes the airline’s priority boarding fee.

Ryanair Increases Charges Again

The Irish low cost airline has also been winning some less positive headlines by announcing hefty increases in a number of charges it levies on passengers for checked luggage from December 15. The airline has announced that it is increasing the charges for checked luggage for travel at Christmas and during the peak travel months of June, July, August and September. During these periods, the fee for a checked bag weighing up to 15kg will increase from £15 to £25 with an overweight fee of £15 per kg. The fee will remain at £15 per 15kg bag outside these peak periods. These fees will apply to online bookings. If you have to pay for luggage to be checked in at the airport will increase to £100 for peak travel periods (up £60) and £60 (up £25) at other times. 
From 15 January 2012, if you forget (or are unable) to print your boarding pass before arriving at the airport you will be charged an eye watering ‘boarding pass reissue penalty’ of £60, an increase of £20!

Gatwick Express Update

With effect from 12 December, passengers using the Gatwick Express train service from either London Victoria or Gatwick Airport stations will have to purchase a ticket before boarding the train. New electronic ticket gates have been installed in both locations and the facility to buy tickets onboard trains has therefore been withdrawn. Passengers will be still be able to beat queues at ticket offices by buying tickets in-flight with a number of airlines or from a new team of ‘roving customer service advisors’ who will be standing close to the barriers.

UK Air Passenger Duty (APD)

The United Kingdom already has the highest rate of Air Passenger Duty in the world. The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced on 06 December that the rates would increase again by 8% from April 2012. The government is expected to raise £2.2billion from the tax in 2012 and it is estimated that this will rise to £3.8billion by 2016.
The amount a passenger pays in tax is charged based on the distance from London of the capital city to which the flight is being made. This throws up some glaring anomalies – it is more expensive to fly to the Caribbean than to Hawaii as the flight to Honolulu is calculated using Washington DC as the base.
The new rates per flight from April 2012 –
Band A             (up to 2,000 miles)         £13 (from £12)
Band B             (4,000 miles)                 £65 (from £60)
Band C             (6,000 miles)                 £81 (from £75)
Band D             (others)                         £92 (from £85)
Charges for passengers travelling in premium classes (business and above) are double those shown above.
One crumb of comfort for international passengers connecting through to the UK to another international destination on the same ticket is that they are exempt from the tax if their onward flight departs within 24 hours of their original arrival.
Naturally, this increase has provoked a furious reaction from airline bosses and tourism chiefs who fear the impact that the charges will have on passenger numbers. The government seems to have little desire to change tack from what has become a significant method of generating income for the Exchequer. It has also admitted that the primary goal of the tax is to raise revenue rather than fund projects to deal with the environmental impact of air travel.

And Finally...

Question – How does this happen in 2011?
My partner was recently flying from Barcelona to Istanbul and had boarded the aircraft awaiting pushback from the gate. At the centre of the cabin a passenger was complaining that another was occupying the seat shown on her boarding pass. Eventually, a member of the crew examined both passes and realized that the gentleman in situ was not only not flying with the airline, he was in fact supposed to be flying to Algiers – a flight leaving from an adjacent gate.
With the seemingly ever increasing burden of security and identity checks during the process involved in boarding an aircraft one has to ask – how could this happen???? Human error and lack of concentration must have played its part at several stages. There is simply no excuse for it and understandably events like these play into the hands of those who would see yet tighter restrictions on air travel.


 

Newsletter - November 2011

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for December 2011 is as follows-

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

EZY8903

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

11.00

11.10

11.10

13.55

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

11.55

14.55

EZY8904

ZB575

ZB068

BA491

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Tuesday

EZY8903

ZB068(a)

EZY7295

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.45

13.55

Gatwick

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

12.15

14.55

EZY8904

ZB069(a)

EZY7296

BA491

Gatwick

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Wednesday

EZY8903

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.10

13.55

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

11.55

14.55

EZY8904

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Thursday

EZY8903

ZB068(b)

EZY7295

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.45

13.55

Gatwick

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

12.15

14.55

EZY8904

ZB069(b)

EZY7296

BA491

Gatwick

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Friday

EZY8903

ZB574

ZB068

BA490(c)

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.10

13.55

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

11.55

14.55

EZY8904

ZB575

ZB069

BA491(c)

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Saturday

EZY7295

EZY8903

BA490(d)

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

11.00

13.05

13.55

Liverpool

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.35

13.40

14.55

EZY7296

EZY8904

BA491(d)

Liverpool

Gatwick

Heathrow

Sunday

EZY8903(e)

BA490(e)

ZB062(e)

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

13.55

18.10

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

11.40

14.55

18.55

EZY8904(e)

BA491(e)

ZB063(e)

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

(a) Operates from 20 December
(b) Operates from 22 December
(c) Does not operate on 30 December
(d) Does not operate on 31 December
(e) Does not operate on 25 December

Seasonal Flight Reductions
With effect from 10 January 2012, easyJet (EZY) will operate six weekly flights to London Gatwick (LGW) – there will be no Tuesday flight.
From the same date Monarch (ZB) will be reducing their services to London Luton (LTN) to just three per week.

easyJet (EZY) has announced that it will increase the number of flights it operates to Gibraltar (GIB) from London Gatwick (LGW) next summer. The airline is to add additional services on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The new flights will operate with effect from 11 June 2012 at the following times -
LGW-GIB EZY8905 1525-1920 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
GIB-LGW EZY8906 1955-2150 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

Airport Terminal Update
Following much publicized and well attended public tours of the new airport terminal, it has been confirmed that the new facility will start to serve arriving flights with effect from 26 November 2011. Flight departures will continue to use the existing terminal for the time being.

Málaga (AGP)

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has announced changes to its operation for Summer 2012.
Copenhagen (CPH) – From 31 March the airline will operate four weekly flights –
SK583 CPH-AGP 1425-1815 Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat
SK584 AGP-CPH 1905-2255 Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) – With effect from 31 March the carrier will operate up to four weekly flights. Actual days of operation will vary during the high season months but each flight will operate to this schedule –
SK1583 ARN-AGP 1345-1800
SK1584 AGP-ARN 1900-2315
Bergen (BGO) – Effective 23 June will operate a twice weekly flight (until 11 August) –
SK4651 BGO-AGP 1600-2005 Tue, Sat
SK4652 AGP-BGO 2055-0040+1 Tue, Sat
Stavanger (SVG) – With effect from 23 June will operate two weekly services (until 11 August) –
SK4681 SVG-AGP 0800-1140 Tue, Sat
SK4682 AGP-SVG 1230-1605 Tue, Sat
Oslo (OSL) – Effective 29 June the airline will introduce an eighth weekly flight. The service will operate every Friday until 27 July.
SK4679 OSL-AGP 1110-1530
SK4680 AGP-OSL 1620-2025
Lufthansa (LH) is to introduce a twice weekly service to Dusseldorf (DUS) with effect from 28 April –
LH3308 DUS-AGP 1515-1815 Sat
LH3308 DUS-AGP 0945-1245 Sun
LH3309 AGP-DUS 1855-2140 Sat
LH3309 AGP-DUS 1325-1610 Sun
Additionally], the airline is also set to launch a new twice weekly flight from the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) from 03 June –
LH3300 BER-AGP 1410-1735 Sat
LH3300 BER-AGP 0700-1025 Sun
LH3301 AGP-BER 1815-2135 Sat
LH3301 AGP-BER 1105-1425 Sun
Brussels Airlines (SN) is reducing its weekly flights to Brussels (BRU) to 14 in the peak summer season compared to 16 in 2011.
Ryanair (FR) is to open its 47th base at Karlsruhe (Baden-Baden) (FKB). The airline looks set to introduce three weekly flights with effect from 27 March 2012 -
FR5156 FKB-AGP 0605-0855 Tue, Thu, Sat
FR5157 AGP-FKB 0930-1230 Tue, Thu, Sat
In addition, the airline will also introduce two weekly flights to the Finnish city of Turku with effect from 04 April 2012. Flights will be operated by an aircraft based at Málaga (AGP).
FR2539 TKU–AGP 1935-2320 Wed
FR2539 TKU–AGP 1215-1555 Sun
FR2538 AGP-TKU 1350-1910 Wed
FR2538 AGP-TKU 0625-1150 Sun

Seville (SVQ)

Brussels Airlines (SN) is to discontinue its four weekly flights to Brussels (BRU) with effect from 16 April 2012.

Jerez de la Frontera (XRY)

Germanwings (4U) is to introduce a new weekly flight to Cologne-Bonn (CGN) with effect from 25 March 2012 –
4U574 CGN-XRY 0540-0840 Sun
4U575 XRY-CGN 0915-1205 Sun
Condor (DE) is to start a single weekly flight from the Berlin Brandenburg (BER) effective 01 June 2012. The flight from Berlin will actually start on 04 May but will operate from Schoenefeld Airport (SXF) during that month at the same times.
DE5414 BER-XRY 1435-1805 Fri
DE5415 XRY-BER 1905-2230 Fri

Vueling Expands in Barcelona

Spanish low cost airline Vueling (VY) has announced the launch of 11 new routes from its Barcelona (BCN) base at the start of the 2012 peak season. Flights will operate from 25 March and, as the airline allows flight connections, should be available as through fares from Málaga. The new routes are –


Aalborg (AAL)

2 weekly

Lyon (LYS)

5 weekly

Brest (BES)

2 weekly

Marseille (MRS)

4 weekly

Cardiff (CWL)

3 weekly

Munich (MUC)

6 weekly

Copenhagen (CPH)

4 weekly

Stockholm (ARN)

4 weekly

Florence (FLR)

7 weekly

Strasbourg (SXB)

3 weekly

Groningen (GRQ)

2 weekly

 

Vueling's Duo

In line with its stated policy of trying to attract the lucrative business travel market, the airline has launched a new product. Duo will be offered in the front row (i.e. row 1) of its fleet of Airbus aircraft and will offer a range of services designed with business travellers in mind –

  • Middle seat to be kept free
  • Guaranteed space for hand luggage
  • Complimentary snack and drink
  • Preferential boarding
  • Exclusive check-in desks in Barcelona and Madrid

The one way supplement for the new product will be €60 on domestic flights and €70 on European services.

easyJet to trial Seat Allocation

In a major announcement which had an air of inevitability about it easyJet (EZY) has confirmed that it will trial allocated seating on selected routes from Spring 2012. The airline currently operates an open (unreserved) seating policy which allows passengers to choose their seats once on board. Passengers can pay for Speedy Boarding to allow them to be the first to board. With the trial, all passengers will be allocated a specific seat but will be able to pre-assign the seats of their choice for a fee which will vary depending upon the chosen seat. This pre-allocation will include the sought after seats in the emergency exits at the front of the aircraft and over the wings – these seats will be allocated at a premium charge.
The programme will be introduced as a trial and the airline will assess passenger reaction and how it works in practice to determine whether it will be introduced system wide. easyJet’s CEO is quoted as follows – “This is another example of easyJet trying to do all it can to make travel easy and affordable for our passengers. We look forward to seeing how our passengers respond and how the trial works. We will roll it out further only if it works operationally, from a revenue perspective and increases passenger satisfaction. If it doesn’t, we won’t."

Ryanair and Seat Allocation

As regular readers of this newsletter will recall, Ryanair (FR) introduced reserved seating on routes from Dublin (DUB) to London Gatwick (LGW) and Málaga (AGP) earlier this year. It has now confirmed that the facility is now available on a total of 80 routes and that it will be extended if successful. Passengers can pre-book the service for €10 each way for seats in the front two rows or the over-wing emergency exits. All remaining seats remain unallocated and passengers make their choice once on board.

And Finally...

What follows is a brief moan from this air traveller who finds himself turning reluctantly into Victor Meldrew. Picture the scene, a fog bound Inverness airport, 27 passengers holding reservations for FlyBe’s flight to Amsterdam and a coach hired to take us the 100 miles to Aberdeen airport where our aircraft has been diverted. We arrive at our thankfully fog free destination just under three hours later. All passengers with luggage have it efficiently re-checked in and we are rushed through security as a group to the waiting aircraft. On the aircraft we wait – there are only 26 of us. And we wait. And we wait.  Eventually, after thirty minutes, the captain receives permission from Head Office to leave without the missing passenger and his luggage. My question is a simple one – where is he? Is he still wandering the duty free shops of Aberdeen Airport, has he been whisked to an offshore oil rig on one of the based helicopters or did he simply get waylaid and then turn up at the Flybe customer service desk to have a rant and rave? We’ll never know the answer. It does however push the argument for electronic tagging of passengers at check-in or would a lead be more appropriate?????


 

Newsletter - October 2011

Gibraltar (GIB)

The schedule for November 2011 is as follows-

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

EZY8903

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.10

13.55

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

11.55

14.55

EZY8904

ZB575

ZB068

BA491

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Tuesday

EZY8903

ZB068(a)

EZY7295

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.45

13.55

Gatwick

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

12.15

14.55

EZY8904

ZB069(a)

EZY7296

BA491

Gatwick

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Wednesday

EZY8903

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.10

13.55

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

11.55

14.55

EZY8904

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Thursday

EZY8903

ZB068(b)

EZY7295

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.45

13.55

Gatwick

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

12.15

14.55

EZY8904

ZB069(b)

EZY7296

BA491

Gatwick

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Friday

EZY8903

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.10

13.55

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

11.55

14.55

EZY8904

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Saturday

EZY7295

EZY8903

BA490

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

11.00

13.05

13.55

Liverpool

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.35

13.40

14.55

EZY7296

EZY8904

BA491

Liverpool

Gatwick

Heathrow

Sunday

EZY8903

BA490

ZB062

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

13.55

18.10

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

11.40

14.55

18.55

EZY8904

BA491

ZB063

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

(a) Operates on 01 November only
(b) Operates on 03 November only

Málaga (AGP)

Delta Airlines (DL) has confirmed that it is to resume direct flights from New York (JFK) next summer. The airline has also announced that the service will be increased to offer a daily flight between the two cities (it operated six weekly in 2011). Flights will commence on 01 June 2012 and will be operated once again by Boeing 757-200 aircraft. The schedule is as follows:
JFK-AGP DL162 1910-0900+1 Daily

AGP-JFK DL163 1040-1320 Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat
AGP-JFK DL163 1135-1415 Thu
AGP-JFK DL163 1145-1425 Fri, Sun

With effect from the start of the winter schedule at the end of October, Royal Air Maroc (AT) is to increase its flights to Casablanca (CMN) to a daily frequency. Services will operate as follows using turboprop ATR72 aircraft of subsidiary RAM Express –
CMN-AGP AT984 0940-1210 Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
CMN-AGP AT984 1620-1850 Sun, Mon

AGP-CMN AT985 1250-1320 Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
AGP-CMN AT985 1940-2010 Sun, Mon

Russian national airline Aeroflot (SU) has announced a substantial increase to the frequency of its flights to Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) next summer. In the 2011 peak, the airline operated five weekly services, this will increase to nine for 2012. All flights will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft offering business and economy class accommodation. The schedule with effect from 30 April –
SVO-AGP SU2520 0715-1025 Daily
SVO-AGP SU2522 1900-2220 Fri, Sat

AGP-SVO SU2521 1125-1845 Daily
AGP-SVO SU2523 2310-0620+1 Fri, Sat

As in previous years, easyJet (EZY) will be offering a substantially reduced timetable from Málaga during the winter period. (Figures based on week of 21 November).

Destination Weekly Flights
Basel Mulhouse (BSL) 3
Belfast International (BFS) 4
Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF) 2
Bristol (BRS) 6
Geneva (GVA) 4
Glasgow International (GLA) 5
Liverpool (LPL) 6
London Gatwick (LGW) 18
London Luton (LTN) 5
London Stansted (STN) 6
Manchester (MAN) 3
Milan Malpensa (MXP) 3
Newcastle (NCL) 4
Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) 2

Manchester Terminal Moves

With thanks to my local correspondent (Mike Humphries).
Monarch’s (ZB) move from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 will now take place on 15 November. This will affect the airline’s flights to both Gibraltar (GIB) and Málaga (AGP). In a similar move, easyJet (EZY) services will transfer from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 on 17 November.

Iberia's New Low Cost Airline

Following lengthy speculation, Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of IAG (the parent company of both British Airways and Iberia) confirmed that the Spanish national airline is to launch a new low cost airline in 2012. Iberia Express will be based at Madrid Barajas airport and will initially commence operations with four Airbus A320 aircraft transferred from Iberia. It is expected that this will rise to a fleet of 13 aircraft by the end of the year.
The airline is being set up to try to compete more effectively with both easyJet and Ryanair which have both garnered large slices of the Spanish market. The new airline’s costs will be reduced as it will recruit new pilots and cabin crew on lower salaries and different terms and conditions to existing mainline staff while operating existing Iberia aircraft. By taking this course of action IAG looks set for confrontation with the Spanish unions who fear that Iberia will transfer a large tranche of domestic and European routes to the new airline.
Iberia also holds a 45.85% stake in Barcelona based carrier Vueling (VY).

Stelios' New Airline

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has thrown confusion into the market having announced that he is considering setting up a new airline. Stelios, who founded low cost carrier easyJet in 1995, has been involved in several highly publicized arguments with the board of the airline on which he still sits. It is understood that easyJet has confirmed that it has been notified by Stelios of some initial plans and that it would ‘take necessary action to protect the rights of easyJet and the interests of its shareholders’. With a fairly hefty hint or two, the entrepreneur has registered the internet address www.fastjet.com which bears a simple message – ‘Fastjet.com. By Stelios. Coming soon!’
No details have been made available of intended routes, bases or aircraft fleet. Much speculation remains about whether a new carrier would compete on short/medium haul routes with easyJet or operate long haul or whether the publicity storm has simply been a stunt by an aggrieved founder.
In a further twist to the story, it is understood that another possible name for the carrier could be ‘Stelios’! We await developments with interest.

And Finally...

Question - When does adding more seats to an aircraft increase legroom?
Answer – When the airline involved is Lufthansa.
At the end of 2010, the German national carrier started the mammoth task of refitting the cabins of its entire fleet of aircraft used on domestic and European routes. Putting aside the changes to in-flight catering options, the headline is that the airline was introducing a new slim-line seat which would offer ‘a surprising amount of room for your knees’. The new seats, designed and manufactured by Recaro, are considerably lighter than those they replace but are also much, much thinner. As a result, the airline has been able to add between 5 and 10% more seats to each aircraft equating to the capacity of an additional 12 Airbus A320s.
As a frequent flyer with the airline I was skeptical. Having recently flown from Barcelona to Dusseldorf and from Frankfurt to Málaga I have to admit that the claims are well founded. In addition to much smarter cabins (even on some of the oldest aircraft in the fleet), the seats do provide noticeably more leg room and greater comfort. With this move, the airline has done much to assist its bottom line but also to improve the flying experience of its short haul clientele – surely a rarity!  

 

Newsletter - September 2011

Gibraltar (GIB)

The winter timetable comes into effect on Sunday 30 October. Because of the wholesale changes I have split the month into two. The schedule until Saturday 29 October is as follows-

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

ZB574

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

11.15

12.00

14.00

19.55

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

12.00

12.00

12.45

14.35

20.40

ZB069

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Tuesday

EZY7295

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.05

11.55

12.00

14.00

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.35

12.40

12.45

14.35

EZY7296

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Wednesday

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

11.00

12.00

14.00

19.15

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

11.45

12.00

12.45

14.35

20.00

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Thursday

ZB068

EZY7295

BA490

EZY8903

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.05

12.00

14.00

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

12.00

11.35

12.45

14.35

ZB069

EZY7296

BA491

EZY8904

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

Friday

ZB574

BA490

ZB068

EZY8903

ZB062

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

12.00

12.25

15.45

18.55

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Luton

11.45

12.45

13.10

16.20

19.40

ZB575

BA491

ZB069

EZY8904

ZB063

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Luton

Saturday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8901

EZY7297

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

easyJet

10.55

12.00

12.55

17.30

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

11.40

12.45

13.30

18.00

ZB069

BA491

EZY8902

EZY7298

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

Sunday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8901

ZB062

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.55

12.00

15.45

18.10

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

12.40

12.45

16.20

18.55

ZB069

BA491

EZY8902

ZB063

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

The schedule for 30 and 31 October is

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Sunday

EZY8903

BA490

ZB062

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

13.55

18.30

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

11.40

14.55

19.15

EZY8904

BA491

ZB063

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Monday

EZY8903

ZB068

ZB574

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.10

13.55

Gatwick

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

11.55

13.55

EZY8904

ZB069

ZB575

BA491

Gatwick

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Málaga (AGP)

Airmel Líneas Aéreas has decided not to launch operations on the route to Melilla (MLN) owing to competition from existing carrier Iberia (Air Nostrum) and planned newcomer Helit Líneas Aéreas. The latter has now taken delivery of a third ATR72 turboprop aircraft and according to its website ‘will start flying in the coming months, after completing the long and complex start-up process necessary to create an airline.’ The airline, headquartered in Málaga plans operations throughout Spain, France and Portugal. We await developments with interest.
Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY) is to launch a single weekly flight from Oslo Torp (TRF) with effect from 05 November 2011. The new service comes in the wake of the airline’s withdrawal from the Oslo Rygge (RYG) route at the end of October. The new service will operate as follows:
DY2405 AGP-TRF 1055-1450 Sat
DY2404 TRF-AGP 1530-1925 Sat  

Seville (SVQ)

Vueling (VY) is to withdraw its four weekly flights to London Heathrow (LHR) with effect from 30 October 2011. This cancellation leaves the London link in the hands of easyJet (EZY) and Ryanair (FR).
Transavia (HV) is to launch three weekly flights to Amsterdam (AMS) with effect from 02 April 2012. The schedule is as follows:
HV6729 AMS-SVQ 0630-0925 Wed, Fri
HV6729 AMS-SVQ 1700-1955 Mon
HV6730 SVQ-AMS 1000-1250 Wed, Fri
HV6730 SVQ-AMS 2030-2325 Mon

Airline Profile - Norwegian Air Shuttle

A Summer Saturday morning at Málaga Airport sees the arrival in a short time frame of a host of new Boeing 737-800 aircraft operated by an airline which has made a big impact in the travel market to Scandinavia. Branching out from its Norwegian routes, the low cost airline now has bases in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki. In 2010 the airline transported some 13 million passengers making it the region’s second largest airline after multi-national Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS). The airline currently flies to 91 destinations in 32 countries. In addition to an extensive network of routes within the Nordic countries and to business centres in northern Europe the airline also flies to an expanding selection of cities around the Mediterranean. In 2012 Norwegian expects to take delivery of its first Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ with which it expects to launch services from Oslo to New York and Bangkok.

Norwegian operates scheduled flights to Málaga from –

Aalborg (AAL) Oslo - Rygge (RYG) until 24.10
Bergen (BGO) Oslo - Torp (TRF) from 05.11
Copenhagen (CPH) Stavanger (SVG)
Gothenburg (GOT) Stockholm Arlanda (ARN)
Helsinki (HEL) Trondheim (TRD)
Oslo - Gardermoen (OSL)  

 

 

 

 

The tails of most of Norwegian’s 737 aircraft feature the images of famous Scandinavian figures. In this example, Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie lifts off from Málaga in October 2009.

easyJet In-flight Entertainment

According to press reports, easyJet is to offer in-flight entertainment for the first time. The airline has established a partnership with travel service provider Mezzo to offer the hire of Dell Android OS tablet devices loaded with a range of films, TV programmes, music and games. Hire of the machines will cost £7.50 and they will be available on ‘selected flights’ initially from Manchester.

Ryanair's Pre-Paid Cash Card

From 04 October there will only be one way to avoid Ryanair’s fee for using credit or debit cards. The airline is introducing its own pre-paid ‘Cash Passport’ card through its website. There are problems with the new offering however; the card will cost £6, although purchasers will receive a £6 voucher against flights; if passengers don’t use the card for six months, users will incur a £2.50 rolling charge and although it can be used for other transactions, these will incur a 50p charge. As I reported in the July newsletter, the UK Office of Fair Trading is examining the controversial issue of fees levied by airlines for the use of credit and debit cards in payment for tickets.

And Finally...

With thanks to AERBT

During a recent early morning ‘rush hour’ at London City Airport a flight was delayed due to technical problems. Since they needed the gate for another service, the aircraft was towed away whilst the engineering crew worked on it. The passengers were then told a new gate number. Everyone moved to this gate, only to find a third gate had been designated for them.
After some further shuffling, they all boarded, and as they were settling in, the flight attendant made the standard announcement, "We apologize for the inconvenience of this last-minute gate change. This flight is to Edinburgh. If your destination is not Edinburgh then you should ‘deplane’ at this time."
At this point a very confused-looking and red-faced pilot emerged from the cockpit, carrying his bags. “Sorry,” he said, “wrong plane.

 

Newsletter - August 2011

Gibraltar (GIB)

The Gibraltar Airport timetable for September 2011 is set out below -

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

ZB574

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

11.15

12.00

14.00

19.55

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

12.00

12.00

12.45

14.35

20.40

ZB069

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Tuesday

EZY7295

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.05

11.55

12.00

14.00

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.35

12.40

12.45

14.35

EZY7296

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Wednesday

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

11.00

12.00

14.00

19.15

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

11.45

12.00

12.45

14.35

20.00

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Thursday

ZB574(a)

ZB068

EZY7295

BA490

EZY8903

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

10.35

11.00

11.05

12.00

14.00

Manchester

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.20

12.00

11.35

12.45

14.35

ZB575(a)

ZB069

EZY7296

BA491

EZY8904

Manchester

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

Friday

ZB574

BA490

ZB068

EZY8903

ZB062

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

12.00

12.25

15.45

18.55

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Luton

11.45

12.45

13.10

16.20

19.40

ZB575

BA491

ZB069

EZY8904

ZB063

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Luton

Saturday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8901

EZY7297

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

easyJet

10.55

12.00

13.05

17.30

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

11.40

12.45

13.40

18.00

ZB069

BA491

EZY8902

EZY7298

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

Sunday

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

EZY8901

ZB062

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.20

11.55

12.00

15.45

18.10

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

12.20

12.40

12.45

16.20

18.55

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

EZY8902

ZB063

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

(a) Operates on 01 September only

Málaga (AGP)

British Airways (BA) is to operate just 11 weekly flights to London airports from Málaga this winter. The airline has scheduled a single daily flight to London Gatwick (LGW) along with four weekly services to London City (LCY). Flights will operate as follows –
LGW-AGP BA2712 0740-1125 Daily
AGP-LGW BA2713 1210-1350 Daily
LCY-AGP BA8487 0940-1325 Mon, Wed, Fri
LCY-AGP BA8487 1305-1650 Sun
AGP-LCY BA8488 1415-1600 Mon, Wed, Fri
AGP-LCY BA8488 1745-1930 Sun
The winter schedule commences on Sunday 30 October.
In a similar move, Alitalia (AZ) is to reduce its flights from Rome Fiumicino (FCO). From the start of the winter timetable the carrier will operate 5 weekly flights –
FCO-AGP AZ90 1020-1300
AGP-FCO AZ91 1350-1615
As in previous years, Delta Airlines (DL) is to cease its seasonal direct service from New York JFK (JFK). The last flight for this year will depart to New York on Tuesday 06 September. It is to be hoped that the flight will resume next year. I will of course confirm details if and when they are received.
Norwegian (DY) will discontinue its single weekly flight to Oslo Rygge (RYG) with effect from Monday 24 October.
In the June newsletter I mentioned two new airlines both planning to commence services between Melilla (MLN) and Málaga during July. As this issue closes, unfortunately neither Airmel Líneas Aéreas nor Helit Líneas Aéreas have yet started operations.
Spanish newcomer GoodFly has launched a single weekly flight from Burgos (RGS). Flights operate each Saturday until 03 September using 35 seat turboprop aircraft leased from a Polish carrier.
With effect from 01 May 2012 easyJet (EZY) is to launch daily flights to its new base of London Southend (SEN) although initially flights will operate on a six weekly basis. There will be no Wednesday flight until 23 May. The schedule is as follows:
SEN-AGP         EZY7435           1650-2040        
AGP-SEN         EZY7436           2115-2310        

Jerez de la Frontera (XRY)

Air Berlin (AB) is to terminate its weekly flight to Berlin Tegel (TXL) with effect from 14 October 2011.

easyJet Winter 2011/12

Low cost airline easyJet (EZY) has confirmed its complete winter schedule and will operate a total of 89 weekly flights to local airports, the vast bulk (76) will serve Málaga, with 10 using Gibraltar (GIB) and just 3 operating to Seville (SVQ). In summary – (based on week of 14 November 2011)

Destination
Weekly Flights
Málaga
Basle Mulhouse (BSL)
3
Belfast International (BFS)
4
Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF)
2
Bristol (BRS)
7
Geneva (GVA)
4
Glasgow International (GLA)
6
Liverpool (LPL)
6
London Gatwick (LGW)
18
London Luton (LTN)
5
London Stansted (STN)
6
Manchester (MAN)
4
Milan Malpensa (MXP)
4
Newcastle (NCL)
5
Paris CDG (CDG)
2
Gibraltar
Liverpool (LPL)
3
London Gatwick (LGW)
7
Seville
London Gatwick (LGW)
3

Trains to Málaga Airport

With effect from Sunday 11 September trains on the Cercanías suburban line between Málaga and Fuengirola will run every 20 minutes, an increase from the current half hourly service. It is estimated that the new timetable will provide an extra 48% seats each day. Whilst the new timings were not available at the time of writing, the journey between Fuengirola and the airport takes 32 minutes with a single fare of €2.20 on most days of operation (there is a slight increase at weekends and public holidays).

And Finally...

Skytrax markets itself as ‘the world’s largest airline review site’. There is of course a whole host of positive feedback on its www.airlinequality.com but for sheer entertainment the equally voluminous ‘less than complimentary’ postings provide hours of fun! A few of recent reviews give a taste of what is on offer –

Posted by a UK based traveller on 15 August – Ryanair
I was happily asleep when I woke to the excruciating feeling of my knee cap being dislodged by a trolley being pushed by the head steward. After hearing my cry of agony and without a single word of apology his aggressive response was, 'you should get your knees out of the walk way, I'm busy trying to sell and can't look out for it'. Their priority is selling not their passengers. He refused to give me his name and covered up his badge so I couldn't lodge a complaint against him. 

Another UK reviewer writing about Virgin Atlantic on 12 July
I recently travelled on Virgin Atlantic and despite paying £700 for a return air flight I was offered a chocolate cake for breakfast on the outgoing journey. On the return journey the main meal included boiled rice and fish (this was obviously tinned fish). This was followed by a second snack meal consisting of a chocolate cookie. This was the worst meal I have ever had from an airline. Also, even though there were a number of spare seats available with allegedly extra leg room, passengers wishing to use these seats were required to pay an additional £30 despite the fact that these seats had not been booked. Needless to say I would not be using this pathetic airline again.

One final UK passenger reporting a trip from Orlando Sanford to Manchester with Thomson Airways – 15 August
Drink run straight after take-off, no water with meal. I went to galley where there were 2 open bottles of water and a stack of plastic glasses, I made the mistake of thinking this was for passengers. A female cabin crew ran down the aisle, snatched the glass out of my hand shouting at me for drinking the crew’s water. Their prices now compare with schedule airlines, will use them next time, more luggage allowance, plenty of drinks and from experience more polite staff.

 

Newsletter - July 2011

Gibraltar (GIB)

The Gibraltar Airport timetable for August 2011 is set out below -

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

ZB574

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

11.15

12.00

14.00

19.55

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

12.00

12.00

12.45

14.35

20.40

ZB069

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Tuesday

EZY7295

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.05

11.55

12.00

14.00

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.35

12.40

12.45

14.35

EZY7296

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Wednesday

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

11.00

12.00

14.00

19.15

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

11.45

12.00

12.45

14.35

20.00

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Thursday

ZB574

ZB068

EZY7295

BA490

EZY8903

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

10.35

11.00

11.05

12.00

14.00

Manchester

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.20

12.00

11.35

12.45

14.35

ZB575

ZB069

EZY7296

BA491

EZY8904

Manchester

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

Friday

ZB574

BA490

ZB068

EZY8903

ZB062

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

12.00

12.25

15.45

18.55

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Luton

11.45

12.45

13.10

16.20

19.40

ZB575

BA491

ZB069

EZY8904

ZB063

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Luton

Saturday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8901

EZY7297

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

easyJet

10.55

12.00

13.05

17.30

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

11.40

12.45

13.40

18.00

ZB069

BA491

EZY8902

EZY7298

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

Sunday

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

EZY8901

ZB062

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.20

11.55

12.00

15.45

18.10

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

12.20

12.40

12.45

16.20

18.55

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

EZY8902

ZB063

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

In a move which will affect its flights to both Gibraltar and Málaga among others, Monarch (ZB) will relocate its operations from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport (MAN) with effect from 08 November 2011.

Málaga (AGP)

In the wake of strong demand, Russian airline Aeroflot (SU) has confirmed that it is to double the number of flights it operates this winter. With effect from Sunday 30 October, the airline will operate four weekly flights to Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) using Airbus A320 aircraft. The schedule is as follows:
SU291 SVO-AGP 0800-1025 Mon, Wed, Fri.
SU233 SVO-AGP 2020-2250 Sat
SU292 AGP-SVO 1115-1915 Mon, Wed, Fri
SU234 AGP-SVO 2340-0740+1 Sat
On 12 July, Ryanair (FR) announced that Manchester (MAN) is to be its 45th base. From October the airline will base two aircraft at the airport and operate 17 routes this winter. Three weekly flights to Málaga will begin on 03 November.

Those recently checking the Spanish airport operator AENA’s website may have noticed a change to the name of Málaga airport. The government has agreed that from now on the airport will be known as ‘Aeropuerto de Málaga – Costa Del Sol’. The change was prompted by requests from various bodies including hoteliers keen to promote tourism and the profile of the Málaga region. It is understood that an application will also be made to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to change the airport three letter code from ‘AGP’ to ‘SOL’.

Seville (SVQ)

Ryanair (FR) has announced that it is to close its base at Reus (REU) from the end of October; the airline currently bases three aircraft at the airport and operates a total of 28 routes. Of these, its four weekly flights to Seville will cease with effect from 26 October 2011. The Irish low-cost airline has been unsuccessful in seeking additional government subsidy to retain operations from both Reus and Girona (GRO) following its move to the main Barcelona airport last year.

Airlines and Credit/Debit Card Fees

In March this year, the UK consumer organization ‘Which’ complained to the Office of Fair Trading about ‘hidden’ fees for using credit and debit cards on a number of transactions including the purchase of airline tickets. At the end of June the OFT upheld the complaint and the body has confirmed that it will introduce enforcement measures under the Consumer Protection Regulations to take action against companies who are not transparent about their surcharges for paying by card in the headline price. The lack of transparency issue stacks up against other consumer complaints including

  • The level of charges in relation to the amount the banks charge airlines to process card payments. It is estimated that the average charge levied by banks for debit card transactions 20p. Ryanair for example charges a £6 ‘administration fee’ to cover this cost per passenger, per one way flight.
  • Airlines which charge a fee ‘per passenger’ rather than ‘per booking’
  • Airlines which claim that standard fees can be circumvented by using cards very few people actually carry – such as Visa Electron or pre-paid MasterCard.

We await the OFT recommendations with interest.

BAA Airport Sale
The UK Competition Commission has published its final ruling in the case of airport operator BAA. The company will be forced to sell London Stansted (STN) and either Glasgow International (GLA) or Edinburgh (EDI). It is anticipated that the sell-off will commence within the next three months. BAA sold London Gatwick (LGW) in late 2009 to US based investment fund Global Infrastructure Partners.

And Finally...

What happens when a Spanish Army Chinook helicopter kicks up a dust storm when lifting off. (Málaga Airport 01 July 2011)

 

 

Newsletter - June 2011

Gibraltar (GIB)

The Gibraltar Airport timetable for July 2011 is set out below -

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

ZB574

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

11.15

12.00

14.00

19.55

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

12.00

12.00

12.45

14.35

20.40

ZB069

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Tuesday

EZY7295

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.10

11.55

12.00

14.00

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.40

12.40

12.45

14.35

EZY7296

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Wednesday

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

11.00

12.00

14.00

19.15

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

11.45

12.00

12.45

14.35

20.00

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Thursday

ZB574

ZB068

EZY7295

BA490

EZY8903

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

10.35

11.00

11.10

12.00

14.00

Manchester

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.20

12.00

11.40

12.45

14.35

ZB575

ZB069

EZY7296

BA491

EZY8904

Manchester

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

Friday

ZB574

BA490

ZB068

EZY8903

ZB062

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

12.00

12.25

15.45

18.55

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Luton

11.45

12.45

13.10

16.20

19.40

ZB575

BA491

ZB069

EZY8904

ZB063

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Luton

Saturday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8901

EZY7297

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

easyJet

10.55

12.00

13.05

17.30

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

11.40

12.45

13.40

18.00

ZB069

BA491

EZY8902

EZY7298

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

Sunday

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

EZY8901

ZB062

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.20

11.55

12.00

15.45

18.10

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

12.20

12.40

12.45

16.20

18.55

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

EZY8902

ZB063

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Winter Schedule 2011/2012
Each of the airlines operating flights to Gibraltar have confirmed their timetables for the winter schedule which in most cases comes into effect on Sunday 31 October.
easyJet (EZY) will maintain its single daily flight to London Gatwick (LGW). With the exception of Saturday each flight will operate arrive at 11.05am. In addition, the airline will also operate its three weekly Liverpool services with the only change being to the Saturday flight which now moves to the morning.
British Airways (BA) is retaining a single daily flight to London Heathrow with just a minor change to the timings.
Monarch (ZB) will reduce its Manchester (MAN) flights to three per week. Services to London Luton (LTN) will be reduced to operate four times per week.

The following reflects the winter schedule (based on week commencing 07 November 2011) -

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

EZY8903

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.10

11.50

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

11.55

12.50

EZY8904

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Tuesday

EZY8903

EZY7295

BA490

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

11.05

11.45

11.50

Gatwick

Liverpool

Heathrow

11.40

12.15

12.50

EZY8904

EZY7296

BA491

Gatwick

Liverpool

Heathrow

Wednesday

EZY8903

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.10

11.50

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

11.55

12.50

EZY8904

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Thursday

EZY8903

EZY7295

BA490

easyJet

easyJet

British Airways

11.05

11.45

11.50

Gatwick

Liverpool

Heathrow

11.40

12.15

12.50

EZY8904

EZY7296

BA491

Gatwick

Liverpool

Heathrow

Friday

EZY8903

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

11.05

11.10

11.10

11.50

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

11.40

11.55

11.55

12.50

EZY8904

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Saturday

EZY7295

BA490

EZY8903

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.50

13.05

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.35

12.50

13.40

EZY7296

BA491

EZY8904

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

Sunday

EZY8903

BA490

ZB062

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

11.50

18.30

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

11.40

12.50

19.15

EZY8904

BA491

ZB063

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Málaga (AGP)

Following encouraging passenger volumes, Turkish Airlines (TK) has confirmed that it is to increase its flights to Istanbul (IST). The airline will add a fourth weekly flight to operate each Tuesday with effect from 28 June. The new schedule –
IST-AGP TK1305 1035-1405 (Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun)
AGP-IST TK1306 1510-2020 (Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Jet2 (LS) is to launch three weekly services from Glasgow (GLA) commencing 30 March 2012. The flights will operate as follows:
GLA-AGP LS133 0730-1145 Mon, Fri
GLA-AGP LS133 1600-2015 Sat
AGP-GLA LS134 1230-1445 Mon, Fri
AGP-GLA LS134 2100-2315 Sat
Two new airlines have announced plans to launch operations between Málaga and Melilla (MLN). Currently, Iberia has a monopoly on the popular route and its flights are operated by the airline’s franchise partner Air Nostrum.
The first to commence services will be AirMel Líneas Aéreas (DX) which has been set up by a Melilla based consortium in conjunction with Danish Air Transport (DAT). The airline will use turboprop ATR72 aircraft provided by the Danish carrier seating 66 passengers. Flights will start on 01 July and the schedule is as follows:
MLN-AGP DX520 0805-0855 (m-f)
MLN-AGP DX526 1530-1620 (daily)
MLN-AGP DX528 1810-1900 (m-f, sun)
MLN-AGP DX524 0820-0910 (sat)
MLN-AGP DX524 1140-1230 (sun)
AGP-MLN DX521 0940-1030 (m-f)
AGP-MLN DX527 1650-1740 (daily)
AGP-MLN DX529 1930-2020 (m-f, sun)
AGP-MLN DX525 0940-1030 (sat)
Helitt Líneas Aéreas is the second carrier which has announced plans to start services. Although an ATR72 has been painted in the airline’s colours at Shannon Airport in Ireland the carrier has not yet received initial permissions to commence flights. I will provide schedule details when these become available.

easyJet Flexi Fares

In a move to attract more business travelers, easyJet has launched new ‘flexi fares’ on all its routes. The new fares provide passengers with the ability to change the date of travel up to two hours before the scheduled departure of their flight. The new tariffs also include automatic speedy boarding, one piece of hold luggage and no booking fees. As a comparison I checked one-way fares for a flight from Gibraltar to London Gatwick on 01 July –
Standard fare £82.99 plus speedy boarding £11.00, luggage £14.00, credit card fee £12.95 – total £120.94
Flexi fare £131.99 (including speedy boarding and luggage)

easyJet's 200th Airbus

This summer you may see an easyJet aircraft that looks somewhat different to the rest. In a ceremony at the manufacturer’s plant in Toulouse at the end of May, the low-cost airline accepted delivery of its 200th Airbus. To mark this milestone the aircraft (A320 registered G-EZUI) has been painted in a special overall orange colourscheme with additional ‘200th’ stickers prominently displayed. easyJet now boasts Europe’s largest fleet of Airbus aircraft, a mixture of A319 and larger A320 models and is in fact the world’s largest operator of the A319.

The specially painted Airbus A320 pictured landing at Málaga on 29 May 2011 a few days after being delivered to London Gatwick.

And Finally...

In a third easyJet story this month, the airline announced on 16 June that it is to open a base at a fourth ‘London’ airport. The low cost airline is to base three aircraft at Southend airport (SEN) from April 2012 and intends to carry 800,000 passengers in the first year of operation. It is expected that 70 weekly flights will operate initially to a batch of ten European destinations including Barcelona, Ibiza and Faro and it is to be hoped that the Costa Del Sol will also feature. Tickets for the new routes will go on sale from July. easyJet have entered into a 10 year agreement with the airport’s owners, the Stobart Group. Southend Airport has received considerable investment in the last few years with a new control tower in operation and a new terminal due to open in the autumn, Additionally, a new railway station will open this summer with up to eight trains per hour to Stratford, home of the 2012 Olympics.

 

 

 

Newsletter - May 2011

Gibraltar (GIB)

The Gibraltar Airport timetable for June 2011 is set out below -

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

ZB574

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062(a)

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

11.15

12.00

14.00

19.55

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

12.00

12.00

12.45

14.35

20.40

ZB069

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063(a)

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Tuesday

EZY7295

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.10

11.55

12.00

14.00

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.40

12.40

12.45

14.35

EZY7296

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Wednesday

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062(b)

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

11.00

12.00

14.00

19.15

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

11.45

12.00

12.45

14.35

20.00

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063(b)

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Thursday

ZB574

ZB068

EZY7295

BA490

EZY8903

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

10.35

11.00

11.10

12.00

14.00

Manchester

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.20

12.00

11.40

12.45

14.35

ZB575

ZB069

EZY7296

BA491

EZY8904

Manchester

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

Friday

ZB574

BA490

ZB068

EZY8903

ZB062

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

12.00

12.25

14.00

18.55

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Luton

11.45

12.45

13.10

14.35

19.40

ZB575

BA491

ZB069

EZY8904

ZB063

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Luton

Saturday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8901

EZY7297

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

easyJet

10.55

12.00

13.05

17.30

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

11.40

12.45

13.40

18.00

ZB069

BA491

EZY8902

EZY7298

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

Sunday

EZY8901(c)

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

EZY8901(d)

ZB062

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.05

11.20

11.55

12.00

15.45

18.10

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

11.40

12.20

12.40

12.45

16.20

18.55

EZY8902(c)

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

EZY8902(d)

ZB063

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

(a) Operates on 06 and 27 June only

(b) Operates on 01 June only

(c) Operates until 19 June

(d) Operates on 26 June only

In a boost to the destinations available from Gibraltar airport, low cost UK airline bmibaby (WW) announced the launch of flights to Nottingham East Midlands (EMA) from the start of the summer 2012 schedule. Flights will operate three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and will be operated by Boeing 737-300 aircraft. Nottingham East Midlands airport is located in Central England in north-west Leicestershire and lies between the cities of Derby, Leicester and Nottingham.
The schedule with effect from 31 March 2012:
WW5471 EMA-GIB 0740-1150 Tue
WW5471 EMA-GIB 1525-1935 Thu
WW5471 EMA-GIB 1445-1855 Sat

WW5472 GIB-EMA 1230-1445 Tue
WW5472 GIB-EMA 2015-2230 Thu
WW5471 GIB-EMA 1935-2150 Sat

Málaga (AGP)

Alitalia (AZ) has announced that it will increase its weekly flights to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) for the July and August peak season. Flights will increase from seven to ten weekly from 01 July with a further flight to be operated from 01 August.
AZ090 FCO-AGP 1020-1300 Daily
AZ092 FCO-AGP 2110-2355 Wed, Sat, Sun (plus Fri from 05 Aug)
AZ093 AGP-FCO 0600-0825 Mon, Thu, Sun (plus Sat from 06 Aug)
AZ091 AGP-FCO 1350-1615 Daily
The majority of flights on the Iberia (IB) route to Madrid are being operated by low cost subsidiary Vueling (VY) until the end of October. It is understood that owing to its recent rapid expansion in certain markets, the airline has found itself short of crews. This arrangement will also include flights between Madrid and Alicante (ALC), Fuerteventura (FUE) and Lanzarote (ACE).
Citing strong year round demand, Aeroflot (SU) has announced that it will operate four weekly flights to Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) during the coming winter, an increase from last year’s two services. The schedule with effect from 30 October will be as follows:
SU291 SVO-AGP 0800-1025 Mon, Wed, Fri
SU233 SVO-AGP 2020-2250 Sat
SU292 AGP-SVO 1115-1915 Mon, Wed, Fri
SU234 AGP-SVO 2340-0740+1 Sat
Jet2 (LS) has announced that it will discontinue its three weekly flights from Edinburgh (EDI) at the end of the summer season with the last flight operating on Saturday 29 October. The flight will however be reinstated for summer 2012 with an increase to four weekly flights. Services will resume on Friday 30 March.
In a separate move, Jet2 (LS) has also announced that it will launch five weekly flights from Nottingham East Midlands (EMA) effective 04 May 2012. Flights will operate as follows:
LS605 EMA-AGP 0730-1115 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat
LS605 EMA-AGP 1445-1830 Sun
LS606 AGP-EMA 1150-1345 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat
LS606 AGP-EMA 1905-2100 Sun

Seville (SVQ)
With little advance notice, Ryanair (FR) recently launched five new routes from Seville (SVQ)
04 May             Ancona (AOI)                                        2 weekly
07 May             Bordeaux (BOD)                                   2 weekly
03 May             Ibiza (IBZ)                                             3 weekly
04 May             Santander (SDR)                                 4 weekly
07 May             Stockholm Skavsta (NYO)                   2 weekly

Airport Security Regulations Confusion

I reported several months ago that a change in EU regulations regarding what can and cannot be taken into the security area at an airport was due to come into place at the end of April. In a surprise move however the European Commission changed its mind and has left the situation unchanged. At least ten of the 27 EU member countries (including the UK, France and the Netherlands) confirmed that they would continue to maintain restrictions on gels, aerosols and liquids in defiance of any EU regulation change. Several countries, including Germany were keen to see the ban lifted as they had invested heavily in new scanning equipment. By the same token, airport operators had opposed the partial lifting of the ban warning that it would lead to longer delays at security checkpoints.

Ryanair and Reserved Seating

In a surprise move, Ryanair (FR) announced that it is to trial reserved seating on two of its busiest routes from May 16. Passengers travelling between Dublin and London Gatwick and between Dublin and Malaga will be able to pre-book seats for €10 each way; this fee will include the existing Priority Boarding charge. The facility to pre-book will only apply to seats in rows 1 and 2 along with emergency exit rows 16 and 17 on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft. If the trial proves a success, the airline plans to roll it out to other routes later in the year.

Lufthansa - New Baggage Allowances
Lufthansa (LH) has announced a fundamental change to the baggage allowances for all its flights. From 01 June the airline will switch to a ‘piece’ system which it claims will standardize and simplify baggage policies. The allowance by piece confirms the number of bags that can be checked in based on the class in which the passenger is travelling. The airline had previously introduced this system on its North American routes but will now extend its scope to cover all remaining long-haul routes along with intra-European flights.
The new allowances –
Economy class             1 bag    up to 23kg
Business class              2 bags  up to 32kg each
First class                     3 bags  up to 32kg each
Charges for excess baggage will also now be based on the piece system – passengers will be charged from €50 (€70 long-haul) for each additional piece
Economy class             up to 23kg
Business & first class    up to 32kg
Finally, the airline has adopted the piece system for hand luggage as well –
Economy class             1 bag
Business & first class    2 bags

And Finally...

Regular readers of these footnotes will recall a number of reports on the new lease of life given to time expired airliners as luxury hotels and hostels. In a new venture, one of two venerable Douglas DC-6 airliners until recently hauling freight for Air Atlantique out of Coventry Airport in the UK (G-SIXC for the anoraks among us) has been finally grounded. It has found new life as what is claimed to be Europe’s first and only aircraft diner. It is part of the Air Base ‘Living Air Museum’ recently launched at the Midlands airport.

Built in 1958, the aircraft saw service in the Far East and Central America before being purchased by Mike Collett, Chairman of Air Atlantique. Mike is an unashamed enthusiast for piston powered airliners and it was almost inevitable that he should see an opportunity to keep the DC6 in the public eye. The airliner has been converted into a restaurant/diner seating 40 covers with additional space at the bar. The aircraft’s interior has kept much of the original features and equipment including the cockpit. The menu keeps true to the aviation theme and includes Meteor Marinated Fillet Steak, Bomber T-Bone Steak, Cloudmaster Mixed Grill and Captain’s Lasagna   For more details of this unique diner check out www.classicflight.com


(Photo courtesy of FlightGlobal)

 

Newsletter - April 2011

Gibraltar (GIB)

The Gibraltar Airport timetable for May 2011 is set out below -

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

ZB574

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062(a)

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

11.15

12.00

14.00

19.55

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

12.00

12.00

12.45

14.35

20.40

ZB069

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063(a)

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Tuesday

EZY7295

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.10

11.55

12.00

14.00

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.40

12.40

12.45

14.35

EZY7296

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Wednesday

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.00

12.00

14.00

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.45

12.00

12.45

14.35

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Thursday

ZB574

ZB068

EZY7295

BA490

EZY8903

Monarch

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

10.35

11.00

11.10

12.00

14.00

Manchester

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.20

12.00

11.40

12.45

14.35

ZB575

ZB068

EZY7296

BA491

EZY8904

Manchester

Luton

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

Friday

ZB574

BA490

ZB068(b)

EZY8903

ZB062

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

easyJet

Monarch

11.00

12.00

12.25

14.00

18.55

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Luton

11.45

12.45

13.10

14.35

19.40

ZB575

BA491

ZB069(b)

EZY8904

ZB063

Manchester

Heathrow

Luton

Gatwick

Luton

Saturday

ZB068

BA490

EZY8901

EZY7297

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

easyJet

10.55

12.00

13.05

17.30

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

11.40

12.45

13.40

18.00

ZB069

BA491

EZY8902

EZY7298

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

Sunday

EZY8901

ZB574

ZB068(c)

BA490

ZB062

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

11.20

11.55

12.00

18.10

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Luton

11.40

12.20

12.40

12.45

18.55

EZY8902

ZB575

ZB069(c)

BA491

ZB063

Gatwick

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Luton

(a) Operates from 30 May

(b) Operates from 27 May

(c) Operates from 29 May

With the start of the summer timetable at the end of March, British Airways (BA) has increased the capacity available on its daily flight to London Heathrow (LHR). The service is now operated by Airbus A320 aircraft offering up to 154 seats in comparison to the maximum 132 available on the Airbus A319 previously used.

Málaga (AGP)

Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizzair (W6) has launched a weekly flight from Bucharest Baneasa (BBU). The flight operates during Saturday night –
W63189 BBU-AGP 2125-0035+1 Saturday
W63190 AGP-BBU 0135-0700 Sunday
With effect from 04 April the airline has also commenced a weekly flight to Sofia.
W64411 SOF-AGP 1715-2005 Monday
W6-4412 AGP-SOF 2040-0110+1 Monday
Ryanair (FR) is to start a weekly flight to Malmo (MMX) with effect from 03 July 2011.
FR2763 AGP-MMX 1400-1805 Sunday
FR2764 MMX-AGP 1830-2235 Sunday
Vueling (VY) will start a weekly flight to Lille (LIL) from 17 April 2011.
VY(TBC) AGP-LIL 0500-0730 Sunday
VY(TBC) LIL-AGP 0800-1035 Sunday
Among a host of new routes from Belfast City George Best Airport (BHD), bmibaby (WW) will start three weekly flights to Málaga with effect from 25 March 2012.
In a related move the airline will also cease its daily flights to Cardiff Wales airport (CWL) from 30 October 2011. The airline recently announced the cancellation of all its flights from the airport covering some nine destinations including Málaga.

Seville (SVQ)
As part of its plan to cut 80% of its operation at Alicante (ALC) outlined below, Ryanair (FR) has confirmed that its current daily flight from Seville will be reduced to operate 4 times weekly with effect from 01 November.

Granada-Jaén (GRX)

Blu Express (BV) the subsidiary of Italian carrier Blue Panorama Airlines will commence two weekly flights to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) with effect from 22 April.
BV2610 FCO-GRX 0830-1105 Friday
BV2611 GRX-FCO 1145-1415 Friday
BV2611 GRX-FCO 2145-0020+1 Monday
BV2610 FCO-GRX 1845-2110 Monday

Ryanair and Alicante

In an announcement which bears echoes of previous disputes with airports through Europe, Ryanair (FR) announced that it will be making drastic cuts to its operation from Alicante (ALC). The airline claims that airport operator AENA’s decision to force low-cost airlines to use airbridges to deplane and board passengers will cost it an additional €2million per annum. The airline currently bases 11 aircraft at Alicante and from the end of October 2011 this will reduce to just two. A total of 31 routes will be cancelled (50% of the current total) and other routes will see drastic reductions in frequency – weekly flights will dip below 200 compared to the current tally of over 600. It is further estimated that the airline’s annual passengers will fall to below 1.5 million from the current 4 million.
At Málaga (AGP) the airline also boards the majority of its flights through airbridges but agreed to pay the increased charges when the new terminal opened.

Cancelled Routes Route Reductions
Aarhus (AAR) Baden Baden (FKB)
Bournemouth (BOH) Billund (BLL)
Bratislava (BTS) Birmingham (BHX)
Brno (BRQ) Bologna (BLQ)
Cochstedt-Magdeburg (CSO) Bremen (BRE)
Cork (CRK) Bristol (BRS)
Derry (LDY) Brussels Charleroi (CRL)
Doncaster Sheffield (DSA) Dublin (DUB)
Fez (FEZ) Dusseldorf Weese (NRN)
Gdansk (GDN) East Midlands (EMA)
Haugesund (HAU) Edinburgh (EDI)
Humberside (HUY) Eindhoven (EIN)
Kaunas (KUN) Frankfurt Hahn (HHN)
Kerry (KIR) Glasgow Prestwick (PIK)
Knock (NOC) Gothenburg Save (GSE)
Maastricht (MST) Krakow (KRK)
Marrakech (RAK) Leeds Bradford (LBA)
Memmingen (FMM) Liverpool (LPL)
Oslo Torp (TRF) London Gatwick (LGW)
Palma (PMI) London Stansted (STN)
Paris Beauvais (BVA) Madrid (MAD)
Pisa (PSA) Manchester (MAN)
Poznan (POZ) Milan Bergamo (BGY)
Santander (SDR) Oslo Rygge (RYG)
Stockholm Vasteras (VST) Santiago de Compostella (SCQ)
Tampere (TMP) Seville (SVQ)
Valladolid (VLL) Stockholm Skavsta (NYO)
Vaxjo (VXO)  
Venice Treviso (TSF)
Wroclaw (WRO)
Zaragoza (ZAZ)

Iberia Goes Long Haul From Barcelona
On 29 March Iberia (IB) launched three weekly flights from Barcelona (BCN) to Miami (MIA). With the addition of these new flights, Iberia will now operate a total of 10 weekly services to Miami as it flies daily from Madrid Barajas (MAD). The new flights will be operated by Airbus A340-300 aircraft with 36 seats in Business Plus and 218 in Economy.

With effect from June 19, Iberia will also commence two weekly flights to Sao Paulo (GRU) again using Airbus A340-300. This new flight will directly compete with Singapore Airlines (SQ) three weekly flights which pick up passengers in Barcelona en route from Singapore to Sao Paulo. The Singapore flights started on 28 March and use Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

With these new long haul routes, Iberia has changed its long held strategy of operating all such flights from Madrid and feeding passengers to them on domestic services.

And Finally...

Ryanair’s 2011 ‘April fool’ was to announce that it was introducing ‘Child Free’ flights from October and the start of the winter schedule. It cited a genuine Europe-wide survey of 1,000 passengers which found that half would pay higher fares to avoid other people’s children. The survey further indicated that a third of passengers (36%) have had flights ‘ruined’ by other people’s noisy kids with one in five passengers (18%) urging Ryanair to restrict the number of children on flights. The airline subsequently admitted that it had no intention of offering these flights, no doubt to the disappointment of a significant number of those travellers!

 

Newsletter - March 2011

Gibraltar (GIB)

The Gibraltar Airport timetable for April 2011 is set out below -

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

ZB068

ZB574

BA490

EZY8903

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.15

12.00

14.00

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

12.00

12.00

12.45

14.35

ZB069

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Tuesday

EZY7295

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.10

11.55

12.00

14.00

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.40

12.40

12.45

14.35

EZY7296

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Wednesday

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.00

12.00

14.00

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.45

12.00

12.45

14.35

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Thursday

ZB574(a)

EZY7295

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062

Monarch

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

10.35

11.10

12.00

14.00

18.55

Manchester

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

11.20

11.40

12.45

14.35

19.40

ZB575(a)

EZY7296

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

Manchester

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

Friday

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.00

12.00

14.00

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.45

12.00

12.45

14.35

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Saturday

BA490

EZY8901

EZY7297

British Airways

easyJet

easyJet

12.00

13.05

17.30

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

12.45

13.40

18.00

BA491

EZY8902

EZY7298

Heathrow

Gatwick

Liverpool

Sunday

EZY8901

BA490

ZB062

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

12.00

18.10

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

11.40

12.45

18.55

EZY8902

BA491

ZB063

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

(a) Operates from 14 April

Monarch Airlines (ZB) has announced an increase in the number of flights it is to operate to Gibraltar this summer. From the end of May the airline will be operating a total of 16 weekly flights to the UK (11 to London Luton and five to Manchester). According to press reports the airline cited ‘soaring demand’ on the routes along with the ‘significant factor’ of the opening of the new airport terminal.
London Luton (LTN)
Effective 27 May, the airline is adding four additional weekly flights. The new schedule -


Monday

LTN-GIB

ZB068

0705-1100

GIB-LTN

ZB069

1200-1340

LTN-GIB

ZB062

1600-1955

GIB-LTN

ZB063

2040-2220

Tuesday

LTN-GIB

ZB068

0800-1155

GIB-LTN

ZB069

1240-1420

Wednesday

LTN-GIB

ZB068

0705-1100

GIB-LTN

ZB069

1200-1340

LTN-GIB

ZB062

1520-1915

GIB-LTN

ZB063

2000-2140

Thursday

LTN-GIB

ZB068

0655-1100

GIB-LTN

ZB069

1200-1340

Friday

LTN-GIB

ZB068

0830-1225

GIB-LTN

ZB069

1310-1450

LTN-GIB

ZB062

1500-1855

GIB-LTN

ZB063

1940-2125

Saturday

LTN-GIB

ZB068

0700-1055

GIB-LTN

ZB069

1140-1320

Sunday

LTN-GIB

ZB068

0800-1155

GIB-LTN

ZB069

1240-1420

LTN-GIB

ZB062

1415-1810

GIB-LTN

ZB063

1855-2040

Manchester (MAN)
A fourth weekly flight will operate each Thursday with effect from 14 April. In addition, the airline is also adding a fifth flight which will operate each Sunday from 01 May.
The new schedule effective 01 May 2011 -


Monday

MAN-GIB

ZB574

0715-1115

GIB-MAN

ZB575

1200-1355

Wednesday

MAN-GIB

ZB574

0700-1100

GIB-MAN

ZB575

1145-1340

Thursday

MAN-GIB

ZB574

0635-1035

GIB-MAN

ZB575

1120-1315

Friday

MAN-GIB

ZB574

0700-1100

GIB-MAN

ZB575

1145-1340

Sunday

MAN-GIB

ZB574

0720-1120

GIB-MAN

ZB575

1220-1415

Málaga (AGP)

Hungarian national airline Malev (MA) will operate a once weekly flight to Budapest (BUD) with effect from 04 June 2011. The flight is scheduled to operate each Saturday
BUD-AGP MA574 1300-1630 AGP-BUD MA575 1720-2030 Sat
Romanian low cost airline Blue Air (OB) is to increase its flights to Bucharest Baneasa (BBU). With effect from 30 May 2011 the airline will operate four weekly services on the route.
BBU-AGP OB125 1340-1700 AGP-BBU OB126 1750-2235 Tue, Thu, Sat
BBU-AGP OB125 1440-1800 AGP-BBU OB126 1845-2330 Mon

Seville (SVQ)
As a result of a dispute with the Catalan government, Ryanair (FR) has announced that it is cancelling 17 routes from Girona (GRO). The service to Seville is one of those affected and it will cease to operate its 7 weekly flights with effect from 27 March 2011.

A Summer of Industrial Action at Spanish Airports

In protest at the proposed part privatization of airport operator AENA, three major trade unions representing workers employed at the currently state run airports have announced 22 days of strikes from April to September. The unions are worried about rights, conditions and job security following transfer of airport operations to private sector entities. Coming in the wake of crippling industrial action by air traffic controllers at the beginning of December last year, commentators have expressed alarm at the impact this industrial action will have on the tourism industry and wider image of Spain as a destination.
The dates of the proposed strikes –
April 20, 21, 24, 25, 30
May 02, 14, 15, 19, 20
June 13, 23, 30
July 01, 02, 03, 04, 15, 31
August 01, 15, 31

Stop Press – AENA reached a preliminary agreement with unions on 16 March. The settlement will be put to a vote of individual members next week. The agreement was reached after 17 hours of negotiations. In principle the deal would guarantee jobs and current working conditions once privatization begins.

Gibraltar Airport Regular Visitors - Aircraft Profile 3

easyJet Airbus A319

Manufacturer     Airbus, European Intl.
Engines   2 × CFM CFM56-5B5/3 or /P turbofans
Length 33.84m
Wingspan 34.10m
Range   6,700km
Maximum Speed 871kmh
Seating Capacity  156
Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) 75,500kg
Number of Crew       2+4
Number in Fleet  160 (including 17 with EZS)

easyJet marked a strategic move away from its early operation of Boeing 737 aircraft when it placed an order for A319s in October 2002. The low cost airline now boasts the world’s largest fleet of the Airbus twin engine airliner including those operated by its subsidiary easyJet Switzerland. easyJet was the first airline to specify a revised toilet and galley layout which allowed it to increase seating capacity to 156 (from the typical 140 seat layout used by other airlines). As a result and to satisfy safety requirements aircraft were delivered with an additional over-wing emergency exit.

And Finally...

With the delivery of its new fleet of long haul Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, Air New Zealand is introducing a ground breaking new economy class seat. The Sky Couch, designed by the airline and built by Recaro offers a way to fly lying down. The Sky Couch is a set of three seats which create what the airline describes as a ‘flexible space’. Arm rests disappear into the back of the seat and with the touch of a button large flip-up cushions fill the space between the end of the seat and the next row. Passengers will have to buy the three seats together, even if only two are travelling. Pricing will be announced when the seats go on sale in April, the airline said, but the plan is that two adults would purchase two seats and the third seat at half-price. Of course, the seats can be used as regular economy seats without flipping up the cushions. The airline has confirmed that 22 sets of Sky Couch seats will be available on each of the new aircraft. The 777-300ER are expected to enter service on the airline’s routes from Auckland to Los Angeles and London later this year.

 

Newsletter - February 2011

Gibraltar (GIB)

The summer schedule comes into effect on Sunday 27 March with wholesale changes to the timings. I have therefore split the timetable into two. The Gibraltar Airport timetable for 01-26 March 2011 is set out below -

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Monday

EZY8903

ZB068

ZB574

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

10.50

11.10

11.10

11.50

Gatwick

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

11.20

11.55

11.55

12.50

EZY8904

ZB069

ZB575

BA491

Gatwick

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Tuesday

EZY8903

BA490

easyJet

British Airways

10.50

11.50

Gatwick

Heathrow

11.20

12.50

EZY8904

BA491

Gatwick

Heathrow

Wednesday

EZY8903

ZB068

ZB574

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

10.50

11.10

11.10

11.50

Gatwick

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

11.20

11.55

11.55

12.50

EZY8904

ZB069

ZB575

BA491

Gatwick

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Thursday

EZY8903

ZB068

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

10.50

11.10

11.50

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

11.50

11.55

12.50

EZY8904

ZB069

BA491

Gatwick

Luton

Heathrow

Friday

EZY8903

ZB068

ZB574

BA490

easyJet

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

10.50

11.10

11.10

11.50

Gatwick

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

11.20

11.55

11.55

12.50

EZY8904

ZB069

ZB575

BA491

Gatwick

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Saturday

BA490

EZY8903

British Airways

easyJet

11.50

13.00

Heathrow

Gatwick

12.50

13.35

BA491

EZY8904

Heathrow

Gatwick

Sunday

EZY8903

BA490

ZB062

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

11.25

11.50

18.30

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

12.00

12.50

19.15

EZY8904

BA491

ZB063

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

The schedule from Sunday 27 March to Thursday 31 March follows:

Day

Flight No.

Airline

Arrival

From

Departure

Flight No.

To

Sunday 27

EZY8901

BA490

ZB062

easyJet

British Airways

Monarch

11.05

12.00

18.10

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

11.40

12.45

18.55

EZY8902

BA491

ZB063

Gatwick

Heathrow

Luton

Monday 28

ZB068

ZB574

BA490

EZY8903

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.15

12.00

13.55

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

12.00

12.00

12.45

14.25

ZB069

ZB575

BA491

EZY8904

Luton

Manchester

Heathrow

Gatwick

Tuesday 29

EZY7295(a)

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

easyJet

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.10

11.55

12.00

13.55

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.40

12.40

12.45

14.25

EZY7296(a)

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

Liverpool

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Wednesday 30

ZB574

ZB068

BA490

EZY8903

Monarch

Monarch

British Airways

easyJet

11.00

11.00

12.00

13.55

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

11.45

12.00

12.45

14.25

ZB575

ZB069

BA491

EZY8904

Manchester

Luton

Heathrow

Gatwick

Thursday 31

EZY7295

BA490

EZY8903

ZB062

easyJet

British Airways

easyJet

Monarch

11.10

12.00

13.55

18.55

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

11.40

12.45

14.25

19.40

EZY7296

BA491

EZY8904

ZB063

Liverpool

Heathrow

Gatwick

Luton

(a) Inaugural flight from/to Liverpool

Málaga (AGP)

Turkish Airlines (TK) will launch three weekly flights to Istanbul (IST) with effect from 27 April. The timetable is as follows:
AGP-IST TK1306 1510-2020 Wed, Fri, Sun
IST-AGP TK1305 1035-1405 Wed, Fri, Sun
With the start of the Summer timetable, Monarch Airlines (ZB) is increasing the number of flights from London Gatwick (LGW) to a number of destinations including Málaga (AGP) to cope with increased demand.  Managing Director Kevin George noted that ‘we have been astonished by the soaring demand for Monarch flights in April’ which are ‘already up 49% compared with the same time last year.’ With effect from 27 March, flights will operate twice daily with the exception of Wednesday which will see a single service.
Jet2 (LS) will start twice weekly flights to Edinburgh (EDI) with effect from 02 April. A further weekly service will be added from 23 May.
Owing to the closure of Venice Treviso (TSF) airport for improvement works, all flights from 01 June to 30 September will use Venice Marco Polo (VCE) airport instead. This will include all Ryanair (FR) flights from both Málaga (AGP) and Seville (SVQ).

Ryanair and Seville - Summer 2011
Last month I provided a survey of Ryanair’s Summer operation from Málaga. I have been asked to do the same for Seville (SVQ) as more and more passengers from Gibraltar and the western Costa Del Sol prefer to use this quieter airport. Schedules are based on the week of 04 July 2011. The airline will operate a total of 142 weekly departures this Summer.

Ryanair
Destination Frequency Destination Frequency
Alicante (ALC) 7 Malta (MLA) 2
Barcelona (BCN) 21 Marrakesh (RAK) 2
Bari (BRI) 3 Marseille (MRS) 3
Bologna (BLQ) 3 Milan Bergamo (BGY) 7
Bristol (BRS) 2 Nottingham East Midlands (EMA) 3
Brussels Charleroi (CRL) 5 Palermo (PMO) 2
Cagliari (CAG) 2 Palma Mallorca (PMI) 7
Dublin (DUB) 2 Paris Beauvais (BVA) 4
Dusseldorf Weeze (NRN) 3 Pisa (PSA) 3
Eindhoven (EIN) 3 Reus (REU)

4

Girona (GRO) 7 Rome Ciampino (CIA) 4
Gran Canaria (LPA) 3 Santiago de Compostella (SCQ) 7
Lanzarote (ACE) 2 Tenerife South (TFS) 2
Liverpool (LPL) 2 Valencia (VLC) 9
London Gatwick (LGW) 3 Venice Marco Polo (VCE) (a) 4
London Stansted (STN) 7 Zaragoza (ZAZ) 4
(a) Normally Venice Treviso (TSF) - see note above

The Turkish Airlines Connection

The launch of thrice weekly flights between Málaga (AGP) and Istanbul (IST) will open up a host of possible connections with Turkish Airlines (TK). The Star Alliance member is implementing a strategy of rapid growth both in terms of aircraft fleet and destinations served. To provide some an idea of possible destinations reached via Istanbul, I have looked at departures from Istanbul following the arrival of the Málaga flights on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Adana (ADA)
Almaty (ALA)
Ankara (ESB)
Antalya (AYT)
Ashgabat (ASB)
Bahrain (BAH)
Beirut (BEY)
Damascus (DAM)
Doha (DOH)
Ercan (ECN)
Guangzhou (CAN)
Izmir (ADB)
Kayseri (ASR)
Kazan (KZN)
Khartoum (KRT)
Konya (KYA)
Kuwait (KWI)
Madinah (MED)
Riyadh (RUH)
Rostov (ROV)
Samsun (SZF)
Tashkent (TAS)
Tehran (IKA)

Gibraltar Airport Regular Visitors - Aircraft Profile 2

Monarch Airlines Airbus A320

Manufacturer     Airbus, European Intl.
Engines   2 × CFM CFM565A3/B4 turbofans
Length 37.57M
Wingspan 34.10m
Range   5,900km
Maximum Speed 871kmh
Seating Capacity  174
Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) 78,000kg
Number of Crew       2+4
Number in Fleet  5


The smallest aircraft in Monarch’s fleet, the Airbus A320 is schedule to operate all of the airline’s services to The Rock from both Manchester (MAN) and London Luton (LTN). The aircraft are operated in an all economy layout with several rows at the front of the aircraft providing additional legroom. These seats can be reserved for the payment of an extra charge.

And Finally...

Ryanair has again hi