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Lewisbeecham

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Re: Cardiff airport

PostFri Jul 06, 2018 5:23 pm

It's interesting that TUI are labelling the flights as British Airways. They are codeshared, perhaps they felt Qatar is too unknown and people would be more attracted to BA?
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Re: Cardiff airport

PostTue Jul 17, 2018 4:21 pm

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/ne ... 50646.html

Eleven weeks after Qatar Airways launched flights between Cardiff Airport and its hub in Doha, the airline’s chief executive has expressed disappointment with how well the flights are attracting passengers.

Akbar Al Baker told The Independent: “Cardiff is still not performing as we expected it to perform. We are giving it time. We are hoping Cardiff will come around, passenger-wise. Air freight-wise, it’s doing absolutely well – there’s a lot of air-freight demand in and out of Cardiff.”

Cardiff Airport was bought by the Welsh Government for £52m in 2013. Its most recent figures showed an annual loss of £6m.

The airport narrowly won the new route to and from Doha in competition with nearby Bristol. Mr Al Baker told the BBC in March: “We had competition between Wales and Bristol and Wales won.”

The connection with Doha has had wide-ranging benefits. South Wales is now one stop from New South Wales and the rest of Australia, with Bali, Bangkok and 150 other destinations available to travellers.

The launch, on 1 May, also put Cardiff on the map in many other parts of the world, making it accessible from China, India and Africa with a single change of plane.

It is unusual for an airline chief executive to comment on a new route other than to say it is performing in line with expectations.

In common with other airlines, Qatar Airways keeps its performance figures for individual routes confidential. For the coming weekend, demand – and fares – are very high. But the airline will be looking keenly at forward bookings.

Comparing the airline’s fares from Cardiff with those from other UK airports, such as Manchester, prices are often lower from Wales. To Mumbai on the Saturday before Christmas and returning a fortnight later, for example, the prevailing fare from Manchester is almost 50 per cent higher than from Cardiff. But Mr Al Baker said: “It is a long-term investment, and we will wait and see how the Cardiff flights will rebound.”

He added: “The rest of the network in the UK is doing good."

The Qatar Airways chief executive has also warned travellers looking ahead to Christmas 2022 to book early, because of the reduction in the supply of seats caused by Qatar’s staging of the World Cup in November and December of that year.
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Re: Cardiff airport

PostWed Jul 18, 2018 9:00 am

New 'smart' terminal and hotel in Cardiff Airport 20-year plan

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-44864963

It's also been announced that the Airport Company are taking over the management of the Saint Athan runway and business park from the MOD.
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Re: Cardiff airport

PostWed Jul 18, 2018 9:16 am

It is concerning that the Qatar CEO put out such a statement. Trying to read between the lines here, but are they considering pulling the route??
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Re: Cardiff airport

PostWed Jul 18, 2018 12:19 pm

Cardiff Airport has said that 1500 of the 1750 seats available last week were sold. That's at 84% capacity.

It's a rather odd thing to do from an airline CEO. I have no doubt that the May stats were dissapointing, but if sources are to be believed June, July and August have very solid numbers, as the figures above suggest.
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Re: Cardiff airport

PostWed Jul 18, 2018 5:00 pm

The interesting point I took from the Cardiff Airport Master plan is that the rail link is back on. This is a no-brainer.
Build it and they will come.
Get it wrong and they will fall off.
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Re: Cardiff airport

PostWed Jul 18, 2018 5:03 pm

Lewisbeecham wrote:Cardiff Airport has said that 1500 of the 1750 seats available last week were sold. That's at 84% capacity.

It's a rather odd thing to do from an airline CEO. I have no doubt that the May stats were dissapointing, but if sources are to be believed June, July and August have very solid numbers, as the figures above suggest.


May is one of the quietest months for all airlines. Give it six months.
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Re: Cardiff airport

PostWed Jul 18, 2018 5:42 pm

Msmurf wrote:
Lewisbeecham wrote:Cardiff Airport has said that 1500 of the 1750 seats available last week were sold. That's at 84% capacity.

It's a rather odd thing to do from an airline CEO. I have no doubt that the May stats were dissapointing, but if sources are to be believed June, July and August have very solid numbers, as the figures above suggest.


May is one of the quietest months for all airlines. Give it six months.


The Qatar route should be most popular right now and in the winter. Part of me thinks the whole quote was either taken out of context (like the female CEO issue) or its a political stunt to get publicity.

Anyway... The MASTERPLAN!

I like how it's ambitious, but not overly ambitious. Careful planning has been put into it. It doesn't seem to invade Roose or likely to cause any environmental impact outside of its current perimeter.

The biggest thing for me is the transport improvements with the rail link and link roads. Currently it doesn't give a very good impression for those visiting Wales coming through the airport.
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Re: Cardiff airport

PostWed Jul 18, 2018 7:06 pm

An article in the independent that states Cardiff is 50% cheaper than Manchester not a bad bit of advertising?

Not sure the article would have been written if not for a bit of a headline?
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Re: Cardiff airport

PostWed Jul 18, 2018 7:29 pm

Lewisbeecham wrote:The biggest thing for me is the transport improvements with the rail link and link roads. Currently it doesn't give a very good impression for those visiting Wales coming through the airport.


The improvements to Five Mile Lane and proposed Pendoylan by-pass are certainly a plus. I'm at a loss though as to why there are still no improvements planned for the A4050. At the very least it should be duelled between Culverhouse Cross and the Barry Docks link road - preferably with grade seperated junctions replacing the roundabouts.
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