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Offline Fly757X

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City of Derry/Eglinton Airport, 2019 in review from a spotter.
« on: December 27, 2019, 04:58:13 PM »
Initially, from the outside looking in 2019 was just going to be another year of a few calls for closure and more than likely similar movements and schedules to that of the previous 2 years. Just before the year commenced it was announced that TUI were to axe their PMI sun route from LDY, meaning that for the first time in over a decade LDY would have a summer season without a sun route. The route in question has had a few stints itself and this time lasted two seasons.

Moving into 2019 itself, January seen the operation of a Superbreaks charter to Akureyri, operated by a Titan Airways A321. (G-POWN) This was the biggest type to visit EGAE for a few years so it was certainly a welcome change to the usual B738/E145 mix.

G-POWN (28-01-19):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/156856042@N02/45994947115/in/photostream/

February tends to be pretty mundane like with any airport, dark, drab... The Optimism of sunny nights and milder temperatures of spring grows. This one was quite different. On Saturday the 16th I was bored, so I went spotting around mid afternoon and caught the usual... The odd Loganair, Ryanair and BMI Regional service. As I was editing my photos from that day I noticed 3 BMI ERJs from Munich positioning to Norwich for storage and later that night the surprising news broke that BMI Regional had infact entered administration. This surely enough threw the airport's future in to doubt again. It was quite strange knowing that in the matter of hours since I took a seemingly normal picture of an ERJ backtracking 26, that livery (One which has help a special place in me for years) was void of any place in aviation moving forward.

G-RJXB (16-02-19):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/156856042@N02/49281844342/in/dateposted/

G-RJXB & LY-DAT (17-02-19):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/156856042@N02/32186226827/in/dateposted/

It was only 2 days earlier that the DfT announced BMI would continue to operate the PSO to London for another 2 years.

Anyway, as expected the PSO was offered up again with the eventual winners in the process unsurprisingly being Loganair who commenced LDY-STN 11 days after BMI ceased. A very impressive turn around! They came back with awfully familiar equipment to many in the Northwest with a fleet of ERJs (Growing to 17 over the coming months, all being Ex-BMI with only 2 other Ex-BMI not taken in the process!) The new operation also re-hired much of the crew and also provided a similar schedule, with the addition of a Manchester service to commence in May. The next time I went spotting was on the 02-03-19...

G-SAJC, EI-FOG, G-RJXI & G-RJXB (02-03-19): https://www.flickr.com/photos/156856042@N02/49281238903/in/dateposted/

April was quiet... With the exception of this funny looking Ryanair B738...

50730 (18-04-19): https://www.flickr.com/photos/156856042@N02/49281744656/in/dateposted/

May was a quiet month for me with spotting done on my travels. One thing of note was the recommencement of LDY-MAN by Loganair. This is again a funny route with many attempts failing. The Current one has been difficult with it being suspended between January and May next year. However It increases to 5 weekly next summer (up from the originally published 3 weekly a few weeks ago!) So I guess it's bouncing back. The inaugural was operated by G-SAJH.

June again was fairly quiet with not much to report apart from ES-NSC. (first visited almost 30 years ago as EI-CFA, so a little bit of history there.) G-RJXB was also still stored at the start of the month but was later moved to Norwich during June.

G-RJXB & G-SAJH (01-06-19): https://www.flickr.com/photos/156856042@N02/49281307018/in/photostream/

ES-NSC (06-06-19): https://www.flickr.com/photos/156856042@N02/49281343788/in/photostream/

July was busy with The Open being held in Portrush. LDY was used as a base for many Business jets over the week, I missed most of those movements, including Tiger Woods' aircraft etc. There was also a big jump in passenger numbers using the 5 routes (the most domestic routes LDY has ever held at one time)

ZE700 (05-07-19): https://www.flickr.com/photos/156856042@N02/49281402148/in/dateposted/

9H-JPC (18-07-19): https://www.flickr.com/photos/156856042@N02/49282100077/in/dateposted/

August was again fairly busy, however nothing of any real not visited from memory apart from the odd larger business jet.

9H-VJU & N581D within minutes of each other (18-07-19):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/156856042@N02/48588059956/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/156856042@N02/48602597232/in/photostream/

For the next few months there was very little of note. However it was announced that LDY-STN would cease the London route would move to SEN. This hasn't been met with a resounding welcome however I'm sure that over time it'll grow in passenger numbers and load factors.


Overall Eglinton is a quiet airport as we all know with even the slightest equipment changes a very welcome change to us spotters. In what has been a challenging year with the bankruptcy of BMI Regional and the loss of any form a sun route. The airport is currently well on track for a fairly modest increase in passenger numbers for the first time in a few years. The airport currently has momentum and with the current chopping and changing within UK Regional aviation, 2020 will surely be an interesting year in itself with hopefully an addition or two. If anyone has any other questions in regards to other movements (this is only skimming the surface to other stuff I had lying around) then feel free to ask and I'm sure I could try to find a picture of mine somewhere.

Anyways, I hope you've all had a brilliant Christmas and have a very happy New Year!

I will follow this up with a more concise decade review all being well!





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Re: City of Derry/Eglinton Airport, 2019 in review from a spotter.
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2019, 12:36:09 PM »
Good idea to do a write-up!  I'm seldom up in that part of the World so it was interesting to see the year in recap, thanks for putting it together.

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Re: City of Derry/Eglinton Airport, 2019 in review from a spotter.
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2019, 05:27:57 PM »
Good idea to do a write-up!  I'm seldom up in that part of the World so it was interesting to see the year in recap, thanks for putting it together.

No worries mate! At least you enjoyed it. I do it as much for myself so I can refer back for old photos down the line!