Thursday, 29 March 2012

Routes update

It's nearly April and those new routes are starting, the biggest news is the expansion of Monarch, which now have a based BHX fleet of 4/5 Airbus A320's and 21's. Also the evening Air France service from/to Paris Charles-de-Gaulle (AF1564/AF1565) is now operated by Brit Air Bombardier CRJ-1000's. The Brit Air Lyon service has now ended. So Air France now has 6 daily rotations at BHX to CDG, including the Flybe codeshares, 3 are E95's, 2 318's (although 320's are fairly common too) and a CRK.

Stay tuned for a Paris trip report in a few weeks! (Just missed out on the CRK, we're getting the later E95 flight :P)

Monday, 26 March 2012

Trip to BHX

It's exciting times at Birmingham, the plans for runway extension are being finalised with the preferred contractors being announced:

Monarch and bmiBaby are also starting their new routes in the coming weeks, details of these here:

Anyway! Some movements at BHX yesterday:
A Thomson Airways Boeing 767-300ER ready for departure to Bridgetown, Barbados
One of Flybe's new Embraer 175's...
...this example is G-FBJA.
Emirates 40 approaching Echo 1...
...operated today by Boeing 777-300ER A6-EBH.
Finally the star movement was an RAF C-17 Globemaster, even though their appearance at BHX is generally never a good sign:

Sunday, 18 March 2012

A quick update

Not much news other than Air Malta (KM/AMC) will be returning to Birmingham this summer with a series of charter flights.

Coming soon on Midlandskies...
  • A daytrip to Paris trip report
  • More pics from BHX
  • All the aviation news from BHX, EMA and COV

Monday, 5 March 2012

Ryanair Budapest cancellations

Firstly, these do not effect Birmingham flights. So why I am posting about this? I found their news release funny:


Ryanair, Hungary’s favourite airline, today (Fri 2nd Mar) announced that it would cancel 13 return flights to/from Budapest over the next two weeks (see below), as the Border Control Police at Budapest Airport insist that some Ryanair pilots and cabin crew get off the aircraft and clear through immigration on 25 minute turnarounds, despite the fact that these crews live and work in Budapest. There is no EU requirement for such immigration clearance for pilots and cabin crew on turnaround and this stupid procedure is not required or implemented at any of Ryanair’s 170 other EU airports.

Since Ryanair’s Budapest base opened on 17th February last, Ryanair has learned that the Border Control Police at Budapest require Ryanair’s Budapest based crews on 25 minute turnarounds (on flights that have arrived from Ireland or the UK) to get off the aircraft with their passengers, clear through immigration, so that they can get back on the aircraft and operate their flight departures. This idiotic procedure has caused a series of flight delays and considerable inconvenience to thousands of Ryanair passengers, both in Budapest and elsewhere."

You wouldn't get that from any other airline! 

Full version here: