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    AMcWhirter
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    Report two days ago in the Belfast Telegraph quotes Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary saying “Very shortly I hope we will be announcing a base in Belfast.”

    “We will be expanding into Belfast and making it another large base in Ireland and the UK.”

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/news/ryanairs-oleary-confirms-belfast-return-and-a-cut-in-fares-34277439.html

    If the move does go ahead, it would be logical to expect Ryanair to take over the Aer Lingus’ link between Belfast and London Gatwick which ends on March 26.

    http://www.businesstraveller.com/discussion/topic/BHD-LGW-Axed-1

    However unlike Aer Lingus, which departs Belfast City for Gatwick, Ryanair is expected to locate its new base at the main International airport.

    #539758

    SGJNI1961
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    Wonder if there will be some competition on prices. I have been looking at Easy Jet to LGW since it was announced that Aer Lingus were dropping their route but was a little surprised to find they wanted £50+ for the date I wanted in May yet many other flights that week were only £29. Could I bring myself to fly Ryanair for 60 minutes, even if they were significantly cheaper? Not too sure about that.

    #539759

    SimonS1
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    I never understand people who say they can’t manage 60 minutes in a Ryanair plane.

    It does what it says on the tin. Plus in my experience things like priority boarding etc are more effectively enforced than on some ‘full service’ carriers.

    I did Budapest not that long ago – front row seats, checked bag, priority security and boarding and still about half the price of BA

    #539760

    AisleSeatTraveller
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    I’d try to avoid Ryanair for a single minute, let alone 60 or anything longer

    #539761

    AisleSeatTraveller
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    I’d try to avoid Ryanair for a single minute, let alone 60 or anything longer

    #539762

    Travellator
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    Easy and Ryanair head to head at BFS – exciting times ahead ! But surely over capacity to LGW ? BHD haven’t found a replacement for EI on that route yet – that is if they are trying?

    #539763

    AMcWhirter
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    But who would want to compete with EZY/FR to LGW
    even if operating out of BHD as against BFS ?

    There are already services between BHD and LHR.

    #539764

    Panda01
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    I dont think Ryanair will return to Belfast. They came to city airport and left when the runway expansion wasnt going to happen. Should the runway at city be expanded, I dont doubt Ryanair will be back. Other airlines might also come.

    #539765

    Travellator
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    Is the runway just a 737 thing ?
    EI fly 320’s to Malaga, Palma and Faro. Vuelling do BCN with a 320
    BMI used to use 321’s albeit to LHR and BA sometimes use a 321 on the same route.

    #539766

    AMcWhirter
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    Panda01 – “I don’t think Ryanair will return to Belfast.”

    Did you see this link:

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/news/ryanairs-oleary-confirms-belfast-return-and-a-cut-in-fares-34277439.html

    #539767

    canucklad
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    One reason why Ryanair will make a go of it, is because they have chosen what has become Belfast’s secondary airport at Antrim.
    As a result of airlines leaving Aldergrove in favour of the more convenient city centre George Best location, it puts FR in a strong negotiating position to secure favourable terms.

    In traditional O’Leary style, I’ve no doubt his opening gambit was something along the lines of , you’ve got excess capacity , we’ve got the planes, take it or leave it !

    Overall good news for the travelling public in Northern Ireland !

    #539768

    Panda01
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    I am glad on this occasion that I was wrong. Having more airlines flying to Northern Ireland is a great thing and hope that more airlines will come. I hope this will help to get BA to improve the customer experience.

    #539769

    canucklad
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    Hi Panda01
    Actually Ryanair already fly into Northern Ireland. And are to be commended as they already fly out off London/Derry airport to a few limited destinations.

    #539770

    Travellator
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    On a personal note I am sad to see LGW disappear from BHD’s portfolio. The airport is mega handy and convenient for me and is a pleasure to fly through. I regularly commute via LHR to various destinations but also through Gatwick to the same routes served from there. One of the advantages of this was being able to transline baggage which EI would do for BA. The flights were always busy and the EI crew and service polite and efficient. With the expansion of BA routes and now CX from LGW a service to LGW would be great for me – selfish as it is !

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