British Airways wants to serve Eindhoven

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  • AMcWhirter
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    According to Luchtvaart.nl [NL] British Airways would like to serve Eindhoven.

    But the carrier has found this impossible owing to a lack of slots … at Eindhoven rather than Heathrow.

    http://luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieuws/categorie/2/airlines/british-airways-wil-naar-eindhoven-vliegen-maar-mag-niet

    Airport boss Joost Meijs is quoted as saying that it hurts him to refuse British Airays. A destination such as London Heathrow would really provide a quality boost.

    Besides the point-to-point travel BA would see Eindhoven as another source of sixth-freedom traffic.


    LuganoPirate
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    Eindhoven has really grown in the last 20 years, and is now an important business destination in the Netherlands in it’s own right. It’s now mainly used by the LCC’s such as Ryanair, Transavia and WIZZ and they have some amazing fares to other European destinations. My ex flew to Alicante for the day to visit my daughter and paid just EUR 32 return. I’m also told they are a lot less pedantic than the check-in staff at UK airports.


    RHMAngel
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    I wish…. I go twice a year from LHR and refuse to go on LCCs so have to route through AMS adding on 90 minutes train journey.

    Hope BA can bid tactically if ever a slot becomes free.


    SimonS1
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    I wish…. I go twice a year from LHR and refuse to go on LCCs so have to route through AMS adding on 90 minutes train journey.

    Hope BA can bid tactically if ever a slot becomes free.

    I thought BA was a LCC these days on short haul?

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    canucklad
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    I ‘m not sure about the ins and outs of slots , taking into account airspace slots over the Netherlands and the North Sea.

    But, a quick look at the arrivals and departures board on their website suggests many opportunities to squeeze a 319 into the daily equation .

    But as I said , not an expert.

    Plus I wonder what the Eindhoven board of commerce has to say about the decision ?


    AMcWhirter
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    Later I discovered that Eindhoven is a military airport

    https://english.defensie.nl/organisation/air-force/bases-and-units/eindhoven

    and that there have been a record number of complaints about noise pollution.

    Eindhoven Airport – Record number of noise pollution complaints

    According to the above article the growth at the airport is currently restricted to 43,000 flights a year.

    But from 2020 there will a new cap on the the number of flights allowed.

    Residents and environmentalists want there to be no growth at the airport. But the airport itself and businesses see matters differently and want expansion.

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    nevereconomy
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    If Eindhoven doesn’t want it, I bet Maastricht would be happy to have BA ??!! About time the most civilized part of the country had air connections.


    flyingdutchman1
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    If they would start flying from Heathrow to Maastricht I would be on it many times a year !!
    But I do not hold my breath, it will not happen.


    AMcWhirter
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    But I do not hold my breath, it will not happen.

    flyingdutchman1- You may well be right and I realise it’s an environmentally sensitive issue.

    However one of this airport’s main civilian users is Ryanair.

    And, although Ryanair continues to operate at Eindhoven, it closed its base there last November 5.

    In the longer term the airport expects the “reduction in the number of Ryanair flights to be filled either by Ryanair itself or by other airlines.”

    https://nieuws.eindhovenairport.nl/168918-ryanair-sluit-basis-op-eindhoven-airport

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