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General Aviation Discussion => General Aviation Discussion => Topic started by: 737Fan on August 31, 2010, 12:57:34 PM

Title: Ryanair to pull out of City Airport
Post by: 737Fan on August 31, 2010, 12:57:34 PM
Just noticed on BBC News site that Ryanair is pulling out of the City Airport at the end of October. 
 
Not surprised at that news at all.  Looks like O'Leary is annoyed about there being no runway extension yet.
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-11139463 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-11139463)
Title: Re: Ryanair to pull out of City Airport
Post by: casper on August 31, 2010, 01:08:40 PM
That's bad news. I wonder if any others will follow?
Title: Re: Ryanair to pull out of City Airport
Post by: String on August 31, 2010, 01:09:09 PM
Yep because of the delay in the runway extention he has decided that enough is enough and pulled the plug.
Title: Re: Ryanair to pull out of City Airport
Post by: RNASMU on August 31, 2010, 09:24:46 PM
Yep because of the delay in the runway extention he has decided that enough is enough and pulled the plug.

For once I agree with MOL, too much dithering, just like the John Lewis saga :-X
Title: Re: Ryanair to pull out of City Airport
Post by: Merlin on August 31, 2010, 09:37:15 PM
I'm sure the local residents are happy  >:(

Maybe this was the plan all along.
Title: Re: Ryanair to pull out of City Airport
Post by: Dave on August 31, 2010, 10:08:42 PM
Quite disappointing. Ryanair are certainly not everybodys cup of tea but they did offer some dirt cheap flights to the UK so I personally will miss them at BHD. Will also miss spotting them aswell  :(
 
Having said that, if the runway extenstion does finally get approved in several years time, I believe Ryanair will return as they seemed to leave with nothing but good words about the BHD management.
Title: Re: Ryanair to pull out of City Airport
Post by: 737Fan on August 31, 2010, 11:19:15 PM
I'm sure the local residents are happy 

Maybe this was the plan all along.

I doubt they'll be toasting their success for too long.  There's always a chance that another airline could come in to BHD and take over those routes.   I think a few of the residents have gone over the top, in regards to that runway extension.  The best example of that was when they blamed aircraft for taking roof tiles off, even though it was later proved that the planes weren't flying too low.  That must have happened about two or three times.

City Airport's a great place for domestic flights, and imo that's what it should stick to.  Even if the runway was extended, it's not going to make them into a bigger airport than BFS.  It'll probably only get them a small handful of European flights.   Aldergrove is the better airport for international flights (no noise problems like BHD, open 24 hours a day, etc.)  I'd like to know how much more flights that City Airport would expect with an extended runway.  No doubt the same flying hours and noise restrictions will be in place.

At the minute, I guess all the City Airport can do is hope new airlines will come in.  The runway extension is one thing that won't be decided on for quite a while yet.
Title: Re: Ryanair to pull out of City Airport
Post by: Merlin on August 31, 2010, 11:23:28 PM
Having said that, if the runway extenstion does finally get approved in several years time, I believe Ryanair will return as they seemed to leave with nothing but good words about the BHD management.

For once MOL isn't burning the bridge after crossing it.
Title: Re: Ryanair to pull out of City Airport
Post by: Angry Turnip on August 31, 2010, 11:24:14 PM
It`s no great surprise that Ryanair have decided to pull out of BHD;they have done it elsewhere if they don`t get their way.
 
Have to agree with what O`Leary said about NI Politicians not being able to make a decision, without a public enquiry,except in the Glenavy Incinerator Plant case,which has been given the go ahead,despite the fact that the public enquiry has not taken place yet.
I wonder what BFS think of having a 100metre chimney near the approach to 07?
 
Not sure if any airline would risk trying to fill some of the slots left by Ryanair,but I suppose BMI Baby might consider it.
 
Realistically BHD is only going to operate as a UK regional airport,and I doubt the runway extension will happen anytime soon.