On a wing and a prayer for airport

On a wing and a prayer for airport

On a wing and a prayer for airport

First published in Opinion

THESE are difficult times for Bournemouth Airport. It was unfortunate timing that the Manchester Airports Group should invest £50m in Bournemouth at the very same time that the UK economy suffered its worst downturn for decades.

The aviation sector always gets hit hard when the going gets tough.

Today’s news that Blue Islands is pulling out from next month is another massive blow, though one that probably came as no big surprise to airport management.

They will have seen the figures. And for the airline, they simply don’t stack up, especially when compared with Southampton. Quite simply, not enough people are using the services available. Carriers won’t commit to new destinations unless they are confident they will be supported.

As Rob Veron of Blue Islands says, they must concentrate on sustainable services. And that’s the heart of the problem.

A fine new look airport. But not enough sustainability.

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12:06pm Thu 3 Jan 13

The Renegade Master says...

Interesting that the Echo has once again failed to condemn the airport's drop off fees which have clearly upset and alienated a significant number of potential passengers, leading many to boycott the airport in protest.
Quite honestly, the airport deserves to fail because it's owners have no business sense. If you treat us like cash cows we will treat you with the contempt you deserve.
Bournemouth Airport. R.I.P.
Interesting that the Echo has once again failed to condemn the airport's drop off fees which have clearly upset and alienated a significant number of potential passengers, leading many to boycott the airport in protest. Quite honestly, the airport deserves to fail because it's owners have no business sense. If you treat us like cash cows we will treat you with the contempt you deserve. Bournemouth Airport. R.I.P. The Renegade Master
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12:33pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

A nice clean local airport that is convenient for residents.
The drop off fee does generate bad feeling towards the airport though and does nothing to encourage people.
A nice clean local airport that is convenient for residents. The drop off fee does generate bad feeling towards the airport though and does nothing to encourage people. Victor_Meldrew_Lives!
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1:32pm Thu 3 Jan 13

EGHH/BOH says...

The airport have not kept in contact with whats going on the outside world, and what other airports are doing to get new routes, (Lowing charges etc) NO But Bournemouth Airport do the differ and put them UP & UP & UP.
The airport have not kept in contact with whats going on the outside world, and what other airports are doing to get new routes, (Lowing charges etc) NO But Bournemouth Airport do the differ and put them UP & UP & UP. EGHH/BOH
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