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Old June 25th, 2014, 10:30 AM   #1
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Other Scottish Airports | ABZ, DND, INV etc. | News & Developments

A dedicated thread for Scottish airport news and developments outwith Edinburgh, Glasgow and Glasgow-Prestwick.

  • You'll be able to boast the successes of Aberdeen and Inverness with their passenger growth and international route expansion.
  • Contrast with the doom and gloom as Dundee constantly battles to keep it's daily London flights.
  • And highlight any interesting goings on at any of the micro-airports on our various, remote island air-links.



Westray to Papa Westray - the world's shortest commercial flight.
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Old June 25th, 2014, 10:35 AM   #2
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Boris’ airport plans could be worth millions to Dundee



A Transport for London (TfL) report has named Dundee as one of eight potential new air connections to be established if the new four-runway airport was ever built.

The study claims that the new direct air link would deliver a £139 million economic boost to the city on an annual basis by 2050 and would support 1,180 jobs in the wider regional economy.

The document envisages six flights a day from the city, with more than 370,000 passengers being carried on the route each year.

The aircraft used on the route would be able to carry up to 100 passengers, almost treble the capacity of the current Flybe flights to London Stansted.

Inverness is the other new direct Scottish connection suggested in the report, while there would also be a beefing up of current London flights to and from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The TfL report is the latest salvo in a long-running dispute over how London’s air capacity should be developed with the addition of a new third runway at Heathrow being the other main contender.

The study says that Dundee would not benefit from expansion at Heathrow as the city would be squeezed out by airlines looking for slots for more profitable routes.
http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/loc...-1.438111#poll
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I'd always assumed the Westray and Papa Westray airports faced toward each other so the flight was a straight line.
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Old June 27th, 2014, 08:37 PM   #4
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Flybe to offer Inverness to Dublin service

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...lands-27810757

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Flybe is to start flights between Inverness and Dublin from 26 October.

The airline also said that it will be increasing its flights from the Highlands airport to Birmingham and Belfast City to six times a week.

In April, Flybe announced that will start flights between Inverness and London City airports from October.

Flybe operated a service between Inverness and Gatwick Airport before selling the slots to Easyjet in a £20m deal last year.
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I'd always assumed the Westray and Papa Westray airports faced toward each other so the flight was a straight line.
Same but I suppose you have to offer some challenge to the pilots of a 90 second flight!
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ABZ Flight Route Expansion

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easyJet, Scotland’s largest airline, has today announced that it will introduce Aberdeen’s only scheduled flights to Geneva. The new route to Switzerland launches on 13 December and will operate weekly until April 2015 to help Scottish skiers reach some of the world’s best slopes. Flights to Geneva went on sale this morning at www.easyJet.com with fares starting from £40.99* per person.

easyJet will operate the flights using a 156 seater Airbus A319 and expects to carry over 3,500 passengers to and from Geneva throughout the winter.

http://www.aberdeenairport.com/about...hts-to-geneva/




Switzerland flights will be a big plus for Aberdeen's portfolio.
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Possible Scottish Spaceport

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Scotland could host the UK's first dedicated base for spaceplanes, according to new government plans.

Ministers want to establish the UK spaceport by 2018 - the first of its kind outside of the US.

Eight aerodromes have been shortlisted and Scotland has six of the potential locations.

For ministers and the space industry, the major interest in a UK spaceport is as a facility to enable satellite launches, but hopefully it would also become a centre for the new tourism initiatives from specialist operators such as Virgin Galactic and XCor.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...itics-28276525
  • RAF Leuchars
  • RAF Machrihanish
  • RAF Kinloss
  • RAF Lossiemouth
  • Glasgow-Prestwick
  • Stornoway
  • Newquay, Cornwall (England)
  • Llanbedr, Gwynedd (Wales)

What sort of infrastructure does a space port need?



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Old July 13th, 2014, 09:52 PM   #8
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  • RAF Leuchars
  • RAF Machrihanish
  • RAF Kinloss
  • RAF Lossiemouth
  • Glasgow-Prestwick
  • Stornoway
  • Newquay, Cornwall (England)
  • Llanbedr, Gwynedd (Wales)

What sort of infrastructure does a space port need?
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Or maybe this:



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“Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.”
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Perhaps not a place for vertical rocket launches, but something like the Mojave Spaceport, which is currently configured for sub-orbital 'hops' into space.



But with projects such as Reaction Engines' SKYLON in development (as I've mentioned before), there could be a real advantage in having orbital spaceflight capability in the near future.

The sort of infrastructure required to support SKYLON is highlighted in this wee video:

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Some better insight into what such a spaceport would do:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/...-uk-spaceport/

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The British government continued its steady path towards recovering its space ambitions by revealing visions of what would become the first spaceport on the UK mainland. As expected, the base would be targeted mainly towards the suborbital space tourism market and possibly commercial satellite launches – likely to polar orbit destinations.

UK Spaceport:
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Old July 17th, 2014, 06:25 PM   #11
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Not ambitious enough. All I'm asking for is...


Rockets to the Moon... from Fife!
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Old July 17th, 2014, 08:28 PM   #12
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Aberdeen to London City route axed because of Air Passenger Duty says BA

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The decision by British Airways to axe the Aberdeen to London City Airport route was caused by the UK Government's tax on flights, it has been revealed.

According to the Press & Journal, BA Executive Chairman Keith Williams blamed the Westminster Government's Air Passenger Duty (APD) as a key factor in the decision to axe the route.

Keith Williams stated that, "air passenger duty has played a significant part in this route failing to reach commercial viability. It would be encouraging if Sir Malcolm Bruce continued the campaign against APD, which has been repeatedly increased by the government he supports."

Lib Dem MP Bruce has previously campaigned for a cut to Air Passenger Duty, but despite his elevation to Deputy Leader of his party in the House of Commons, the tax remains in place.

Research revealed by the SNP last week showed that before 2007, a family of four going on holiday to Spain would have paid just £20 in APD for the return trip. The same family making the trip today face a surcharge of £52.

For long-distance flights the cost is even more marked. In 2007 a family of four travelling to Florida would have paid £80 in APD for their trip. Today the 'tourism tax' would cost them £276.

The Scottish Government has, in Scotland's Future, set out plans to cut APD in Scotland by 50% before moving towards the complete abolition of the charge that discourages airlines from flying to and from Scotland.

Commenting, SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

"These remarks from Keith Williams are deeply telling as once again Westminster's Air Passenger Duty has damaged Scotland's economic interests.

"The Aberdeen to London City route is an important service, but is trying to compete with one hand tied behind its back thanks to the punitive tax applied to such services.

"The fact is that despite repeated opportunities and calls to act, all we have seen from Westminster is Air Passenger Duty rise and rise.

"It is abundantly clear that the only way we will get action on APD is with a Yes vote in September.

"Keith Williams is also right that all North East politicians – including Sir Malcolm Bruce – should recognise how damaging APD is to the economy of this part of Scotland and be actively campaigning for its abolition. This must be the final wakeup call for all North East politicians.

"But the fact that despite his promotion to Deputy Leader, Malcolm Bruce has been unable to make any inroads into cutting APD shows that it is only with a Yes vote that we will see real progress.

"With a Yes vote in September, we can cut APD with a view to abolishing it completely – making major savings for air passengers and supporting jobs across Scotland's economy."

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BA still serve Aberdeen - Heathrow 8 times a day, and Easyjet do a couple of flights each to Stansted & Gatwick, so it's still connected to London pretty well.
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I should have said to the London City airport, for me the easiest airport to then get into central London. I guess Heathrow is the next convenient one.

Stansted and Gatwick always been pain in the arse for me.
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Rockets to the Moon... from Fife!
[dream] If Reaction Engines can pull off the Sabre engine and get SKYLONs routinely flying into orbit, we could very well be seeing the parts of the first interplanetary ships being lofted into LEO for assembly! The Clyde may very well return to shipbuilding! [/dream]

In all seriousness though, I'd absolutely love a Spaceport that did a proper job rather than send wealthy bell ends on fifteen minute sub-orbital hops. Having such a piece of infrastructure now will be a long term investment in the hope that the technology for runway-to-orbit spaceplanes improves, and once it does, it won't be long before everyone's building them.
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Dundee airport still struggling as Highland flight numbers increase

BQ Magazine - 21st July, 2014

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Dundee is still lagging behind its air traffic passenger numbers, despite a PSO early this year.

Passenger numbers at HIAL’s regional airports grew by almost 8,000 during the last quarter, with the group’s island airports driving growth, however the Tayside city and Wick both saw a fall-off in passengers numbers.

Latest figures for the last quarter to June show that passenger numbers at HIAL’s 11 airports grew by 7,806, an increase of 2.2% on the same quarter last year.

All of HIAL’s island airports recorded growth, with Sumburgh recording an extra 9,634 passengers (+13.9%), due to higher demand for scheduled services and continued growth in the energy sector, and Stornoway handling an additional 2,049 passengers (+6.3%) as demand for services to the mainland increased.

Barra was the fastest growing airport in the group, with a 22.1% increase in passenger numbers, representing an additional 569 passengers. Benbecula attracted an additional 717 passengers (+9.1%), while Kirkwall handled an extra 1047 passengers during the quarter (+2.2%). At Islay, passenger numbers grew by 2.9%, representing an additional 234 passengers.

An additional 1,034 passengers used Inverness Airport during the period (+0.6%) as demand increased on the Amsterdam, Belfast, Birmingham, Manchester, the Western Isles and Northern Isles routes.

Passenger numbers at Wick John O’Groats fell during the quarter by 39.3% compared to last year, which was an exceptionally busy year as a result of a major but short term helicopter contract. A new contract has recently been agreed and should result in further growth.

At Dundee, a new Public Service Obligation service to London Stansted was launched at the end of March and, as with any new service, the initial uptake has been slow. As a result, passenger numbers at Dundee fell by 27.6%. Passenger numbers were also down slightly at Campbeltown.

Inglis Lyon, managing director of HIAL, said: “It is very encouraging to see our smaller island airports driving growth across the group. The increased demand for island services is particularly good news for those local communities and underlines the role our airports play supporting the economic growth of these areas.

“The energy sector continues to drive growth at Sumburgh, where HIAL is investing in improved facilities, and the launch of a tender process to build two new aircraft to serve Barra, Campbeltown and Tiree is further good news for the long term future of air routes for these communities.

“Growth at Inverness was relatively modest during the quarter, but with increased capacity planned on existing Birmingham and Manchester services, both of which are proving increasingly popular as long haul connecting hubs, and new services to London City and Dublin due to begin in October, we are confident that demand at Inverness will grow.”
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Flybe adds new Aberdeen-East Midlands flight service

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Regional airline Flybe has added a new flight service connecting Aberdeen and East Midlands.

The airline said the new twice daily weekday flights will operate from October 26 this year to March 28, 2015.

Flybe said the new service adds to its recently announced new shuttle service connecting Aberdeen with Jersey, which includes stop offs at Leeds Bradford and Southampton.

With this latest announcement, Flybe will operate a total of seven routes from Aberdeen as part of its 2014-15 winter schedule.

Paul Simmons, Flybe’s chief commercial officer, said: “We are pleased to announce this additional route out of Aberdeen.

“Today's announcement is a clear indication of our appetite to maintain momentum with our plans for growth across Scotland.

“We are committed to increasing connectivity, both for business and leisure passengers and are doing so by using a rigorous profitability analysis and utilising our strict route assessment model.

“The decision to add this flight reaffirms our commitment to listening to the needs of our customers and to being ‘the fastest way from A to Flybe.”

Aberdeen Airport managing director, Carol Benzie, added: “Flybe’s new route is a welcome addition and it will benefit the business community greatly to have this extra option for travel to East Midlands Airport.

“Being able to provide choice for our customers is a great position to be in. We look forward to working with Flybe on this new service.”
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I've always wondered if there are air-bridges at ABZ? Could anyone enlighten me?
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Flybe takes on Aberdeen-London City route

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Flybe will begin operating the route on 27 October

Flybe has announced it will take over the service between Aberdeen and London City airport.

British Airways announced last month it was pulling out of the route in October.

Flybe will operate twice daily flights, by 78-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft, starting on Monday 27 October.

Carol Benzie, Aberdeen Airport's managing director, said she was "delighted" to see the route filled by Flybe.

She said: "The fact that they plan to launch their service to London City on the day after the previous carrier stops means that our customers will notice no drop in service and, for that, we are very grateful.

"Conversations started in earnest behind the scenes when we heard that the London City route could be lost.

"At that time, the team immediately began to have dialogue and whilst we were unable to discuss these in the public domain, I am pleased that they came to fruition with this announcement."
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Nice to see that Flybe were ready and willing to take this on the day after BA bailed out of it.

Hopefully they will find a way of making flights to both LCY and the recently announced EMA enjoyable for passengers - and profitable to themselves.
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