BA – initial Florence-London LHR service encounters problemsBack to Forum
Not quite the case, I think.
I’ve already said I wouldn’t book the BA (and also the SAS) A320 neo service, however it’s a moot point what ‘unsuitable’ equipment means – if the season now passes off with no further issues, is that suitable or what’s the threshold (% of operations) beyond which it is deemed to be unsuitable in the context of commercial air transport?
FLR has a runway length of 1560m, with an LDA of ~1450 on 05 and slightly under 1000m on 23 – I doubt the latter would be allowed with pax onboard, however the former seems akin to some Greek Island airports, which handle A320s – OAT and wind direction/speed may limit payload, though.
Watch this space, I guess.24 Apr 2023
[quote quote=1356675]For the last few years the bus has been replaced by an excellent monorail shuttle to Pisa Central. It is super easy and requires no Italian to work it out.[/quote]
Retired UK rail manager Chris Ogilvie yesterday tweeted this clip of the Piss Mover.
Like the new Luton DART it’s cable hauled (judging by the clip).
Rubber wheels, autonomous, low 1k pass per hr, *cable-hauled*, dedicated track – it doesn’t fit – but definitely a GadgetBahn. pic.twitter.com/0Yrbp5WawV
— Chris Ogilvie (@Ogilvie_CJ) April 27, 202328 Apr 2023
Now the season has been running for a while, there are a reaasonable number of data points.
I understand that about 1 in 3 services has either been canx or diverted to PSA.
Though I have not used this service, I am wondering if anyone affected has claimed EC261 compensation for delay or canx?
If so, I wonder if they have been paid or the airline has pushed back using extraordinary circumstances/weather?
That would be an interesting case to plead in the Small Claims Division, as I cannot see how this would stick as a 1/3 event at an airport, where the runway limitations and weather sensitivity were well known before the service was scheduled.
I argued earlier in the thread that it was difficult to argue that the aircraft type was unsuitable, but now there are a reasonable amount of data points, the evidence is starting to convince me that this is a prima facie argument.1 Jun 2023
I was on a BA flight recently from LHR that was delayed by an hour or so leaving. Reason given by the pilot was the earlier flight had been delayed coming into Heathrow. A quick check in flightradar told me the same plane had diverted to Pisa and was delayed returning for this reason. It’s not just the Florence passengers inconvenienced by this ongoing dilemma.1 Jun 2023