Isn’t it a massive irony that the regional airports, whose whole commercial model revolves around airlines that survive (thrive?) on the basis of the clever idea that lower prices lead to greater load values seem to run their airfields with the opposite intention?
I want to go to Bournemouth: four hours in the car vs one hour in the plane. A quick call to Signature in Bournemouth says that they need to charge me £118 (not sure if we need to add VAT – all I needed was smelling salts to bring me round). I called Bliss who wanted £80.40 which included VAT. I’m sorry but that is just daylight robbery! They must be mad. Bournemouth is not an especially busy airfield. It’s not even a fun airfield to visit
(hi viz hell, high security irritation, I suspect – no idea, last went there years ago).
Anyway, my point is: why on earth do they not want to fill the spare capacity there and incrementally add to their income streams? It’s bad for business, bad for the local area, and it’s bad for GA, and bad for GA safety to be so unwelcoming. I just cannot justify spending £80 for an approach that lasts less than five minutes and a departure that lasts less than that. I can afford it but it’s just such poor value for money I won’t do it.
Why is there this notion that anyone flying a GA aircraft is the aviation equivalent of dog muck on the bottom of the commercial aviation shoe? I can kind of understand it at places like Biggin Hill but at places like Cardiff, Exeter and others, less so. Even Edinburgh (prohibitive) has large periods of the day with nothing going on. Surely some demandbased pricing would be good for everyone? Ed Lennox, Shropshire