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« Reply #15 on: February 23, 2019, 04:46:07 pm »

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I live 20 mins from Heathrow, no need for car parking. 1 hr 30 mins from Southampton, so it's no contest really

At the location of my moniker, I'm almost equidistant between LHR and SOU.

For flights to destinations available from SOU that will always be my choice, for the reasons that eightondee mentions.

Over the last year, I've taken 7 day-return trips, to the likes of Guernsey (not available from LHR, until a new single-daily summer-season-only flight that was announced this week), Belfast City and Jersey (not available from LHR) and only experienced one delay.

At SOU it's quite possible (having checked in on-line) to arrive 45 mins (to allow time for security) before departure, and after arrival be in the car driving out of the airport 10 after stepping off the aircraft. Try that at LHR! 
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« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2019, 08:35:59 pm »

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I live 20 mins from Heathrow, no need for car parking. 1 hr 30 mins from Southampton, so it's no contest really

At the location of my moniker, I'm almost equidistant between LHR and SOU.

For flights to destinations available from SOU that will always be my choice, for the reasons that eightondee mentions.

Over the last year, I've taken 7 day-return trips, to the likes of Guernsey (not available from LHR, until a new single-daily summer-season-only flight that was announced this week), Belfast City and Jersey (not available from LHR) and only experienced one delay.

At SOU it's quite possible (having checked in on-line) to arrive 45 mins (to allow time for security) before departure, and after arrival be in the car driving out of the airport 10 after stepping off the aircraft. Try that at LHR! 

I fly regularly to Glasgow and Belfast on business, so Heathrow suits me, by proximity and and regularity of flights - the occasional trip to Guernsey is good for you from Southampton - I guess that illustrates the versatility of air travel from National and regional airports, taking into account all the factors involved.
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« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2019, 07:35:06 pm »

FlyGWR?
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« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2019, 10:11:32 pm »

Flying from Southampton is so much ... better ... than from one of the London airports but, yes, it's a well hidden surprise to many people I speak to.

I've seen this advert at Raynes Park station and I think also at Wimbledon recently. Looks like a joint SWR / Southampton airport / easyJet advert. I think it's been there sometime based upon the dates. I wonder how many in South West London will be seduced by the charms of Southampton Airport.

(Sorry about the quality, I didn't notice the fluorescent lights reflections at the time)
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« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2019, 07:57:57 am »

Lots of cancellations this morning for operational reasons.

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/flybe-cancels-dozens-flights-operational-2714841
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« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2019, 08:34:17 am »

Aviation forum chatter suggests it's down to crew shortages.

Can't blame people for having jumped ship (especially when plenty of other airlines are hiring) following the recent uncertainty around whether the airline would survive/be bought/restructured etc.

Hard to make a plan until you know the outcome is likely to be.

Although that is now clearer, it could take a while for this to pan out and most airlines need more crews in the Summer (the Summer season for airlines started last weekend).
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« Reply #21 on: April 03, 2019, 11:31:57 am »

Larger than usual annual leave now being quoted. So crew using up annual leave prior to the end of the business year?
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« Reply #22 on: April 03, 2019, 11:42:01 am »

Possibly been told by the new owner that they can't carry it across into a new holiday year
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« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2019, 12:41:58 pm »

FlyBE are saying:

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Flybe sincerely apologises to all our customers and partners affected by the current flight cancellations. Whilst 95% of Flybe flights are operating as per normal, we do recognize the impact of today’s cancellations.

We are doing our best to mitigate the impact of the current situation that has arisen due to a combination of factors including seasonality, pilots’ end of leave year, Easter holidays, base restructuring and the shortage of pilots across the industry that Flybe has highlighted over recent months.

We have already identified several mitigation actions and will be issuing further updates throughout the day.

All those affected have been emailed and advised they can re-book for travel on an alternative flight or apply for a full refund.

Customers are advised to regularly check our website for more details.
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« Reply #24 on: April 03, 2019, 02:15:07 pm »

Tough times for the airline industry.
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