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Lewisbeecham

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Re: Cardiff airport

PostSat May 26, 2018 1:45 am

I flew Doha to Cardiff on May 8th with a load of 102. I've seen people quote figures over the past few from as low as 28 to as high as almost 200. The key thing about this route is passengers are not the priority. Cargo is first, business class second, passenger numbers third.
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Re: Cardiff airport

PostSat May 26, 2018 1:14 pm

passenger numbers not a priority on a passenger route you in la la land mate
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Re: Cardiff airport

PostSat May 26, 2018 2:02 pm

Sadly halfnhalf it’s you who are wrong. The big key to the success for this route is plenty of cargo. 85% of the worlds air cargo is carried in the hold of passenger flights. If the cargo is full and bussness is full the money from econermy class is all profit.
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Re: Cardiff airport

PostSat May 26, 2018 3:47 pm

I am in the middle on this....cargo is the moneyspinner but pax is what people see. Must do better...and probaly will once flights from DOH to DXB resume
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Re: Cardiff airport

PostSat May 26, 2018 6:12 pm

Qatar need to sort out their airspace issues in the gulf. And naturally it's a new route, and it's not a route to Spain, it needs time to mature. People aren't immediately thinking to look at Cardiff when booking trips the Middle East, Asia, Australia etc. Although the marketing has been great people are still learning about this route, and you don't exactly book to fly next week typically long haul. Cardiff for a few years has suffered with that reputation of being expensive and flying to nowhere. Neither are true if you have the right dates and the right destination. Qatar has some fantastic offers but some are being overlooked by the airports reputation. The culture of that is slowly turning around, but it's going to take time and marketing money.

The passenger numbers are not the most important factor for the airline, but it is the most important factor for the airport. The airline is after a healthy yield, which is achievable from the cargo and buisness class passengers. But the airport needs healthy passenger numbers to sell to future airlines and to possible investors.

The cargo is busy on these flights, the first flight I was on was at capacity with cargo. And as we were told, Qatar are in this for the long haul and plan on building a warehouse at the airport to manage the cargo. This route isn't going anywhere right now.

But at the end of the day, Qatar are a business who need to make money. If planes of low PAX are happening two years from now, it doesn't spell good for the routes existence. I'm pretty positive it will be successful in the long run.
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Re: Cardiff airport

PostThu Jun 14, 2018 11:31 am

The airport has now had 15 months on consequative growth. May 2018 was up 12% from 2017, that's an extra 18,000 passengers. The arrival of Qatar has clearly helped. For the year it's now surpassed 1.5m point and is likely to reach between 1.6 and 1.7m passengers for the 2018 calendar year.
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