Aberdeen Dyce Airport
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- Aberdeen Airport,
Scotland, AB21 7DU UK
- United Kingdom
- 1953m x 35m
- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
- Aer Lingus
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Thomas Cook Airlines
Virgin Atlantic Airways
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Air Europa Lineas Aereas
Air New Zealand
All Nippon Airways
Delta Air Lines
South African Airways
Aberdeen International Airport is the gateway to the UK’s energy capital, serving more than three million travellers a year. It is also the world’s busiest commercial heliport, transporting more than 500,000 passengers in support of the North Sea oil and gas industry. The airport is owned by Heathrow Airport Holdings, and is operated by Aberdeen International Airport Limited.
Location of Aberdeen Dyce Airport, United Kingdom
Ground Handlers and Cargo Handlers servicing Aberdeen Dyce Airport
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British Airways and parent company IAG are both ahead and behind on their incorporation of bmi, acquired in 2012 with integration commencing later that year. Financially, BA is ahead, with bmi contributing about GBP30 million of profit in 2013 (all earned in 2H2013) from a previous estimate of a GBP50 million loss. BA looks well on schedule to meet its original goal of having bmi contribute EUR100 million (GBP83 million) of profit in 2015.
But that stronger financial performance may indicate BA has not moved to open new long-haul destinations as quickly as previously implied . Such additional points carry substantial start-up costs but can offer larger profits, helping BA and IAG meet their commitment for better return on capital. Since northern winter 2011/2012 BA has opened from Heathrow only three long-haul destinations: Austin, Chengdu and Seoul Incheon. No others have been publicly announced despite BA highlighting the medium and long-haul growth opportunities bmi would bring - although this was always a long-term objective.
The largest changes to the former bmi operation are decreases to three domestic routes (Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Manchester) - although Virgin Atlantic has more than backfilled capacity. BA has also cut a number of bmi's North African routes while expanding to a number of European points, no doubt a slot holding exercise until long-haul opportunities are able to be realised.
bmi Regional is a familiar name now undertaking a very different strategy after what management terms an “engine change in-flight” when the carrier was sold off from IAG and had to migrate to its own IT systems, new office, IATA code and BSP in a matter of weeks.
During that time the focus was to keep the carrier operational, and with the transition settled down, bmi Regional is now looking to re-establish partnerships, grow its network focused on point-to-point traffic rather than the approximate quarter of traffic it received from Star Alliance, which it is no longer a member of. The carrier is viewing an open future across Europe, not just the UK, where sub-100 seat services are needed. A320 and 737 operations are not its focus, at least for now.
The relationship between England and Scotland has always been contentious with centuries-long battles for power between the King/Queen of England and heirs to the Scottish throne. While these kind of brutal disputes have ended, the air connectivity debate between London and Scotland remains high on the agenda. Even the European Commission got involved when it requested that British Airways surrender seven daily slot pairs at London Heathrow for explicit use on services to Aberdeen and/or Edinburgh Airport as part of the remedy package to clear the acquisition of bmi by British Airways (BA) parent International Airlines Group (IAG) in Mar-2012. On these routes, IAG was judged to have too large a hold on the market, either by number or proportionally.
London-Edinburgh is the largest UK domestic route by passengers and London-Aberdeen the fourth largest, and both routes are in danger of falling in a duopoly situation following the recent announcement by Flybe that it is withdrawing its London Gatwick-Aberdeen service as of 28-Oct-2012. This will leave easyJet and BA the only operators on the London-Aberdeen market.
BAA, the UK’s largest airport operator, announced it handled 9.34 million passengers in May-2011, a 9.2% year-on-year increase. BAA said the strong increase, was helped by the late Easter holidays and Royal Wedding leading to more passengers at the beginning of the month.
bmibaby stated it would cease all operations from Cardiff and Manchester Airports at the end of the summer 2011 schedule. As a result, four bmibaby aircraft based at the two airports will be redeployed to Belfast, East Midlands and Birmingham. The airline currently operates 40 weekly services from Manchester and 30 weekly services from Cardiff to European destinations.
Ryanair has been cancelling or suspending services at a wide range of airports across Europe, including in countries where it is growing. Is there any discernible strategy here or is it no more than coincidence, as a result of too many disagreements with airports? What future prospects are there for smaller airports when Ryanair decides to quit?