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Old Mar 21, 19, 7:24 am
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LGW Slots utilisation

Does anyone know if the all the LGW slots that IAG bought after the Monarch collapse have now been utilised by IAG group companies or are some still rented out to other operators pending IAG / BA's future plans? Might we see further new BA routes once airframes are available?
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Old Mar 21, 19, 8:03 am
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I am very much hopping there are still some available and that once the new domestic arrivals area and connections route opens later this summer that we might see an announcement for new LGW domestic routes. INV & ABZ for example. (ABZ is I understand, actively looking for a LGW connection and so may provide reduced landing fees their end).
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Good question.

I know that iag just recently purchased the final 3 slot pairs that flybe held at LGW so you would have to assume that they are already using the current available slots ?


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Not at all. Purchasing slots is an entirely strategic decision. IAG would buy more slots even if they had to rent out others at present, because they will have crews and aircraft to operate routes using those slots in the future, forever (or however long LGW lasts as an airport)
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Qatar are still leasing some slots.
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Old Mar 21, 19, 9:28 am
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Originally Posted by rapidex View Post
Qatar are still leasing some slots.
Did Thomas Cook get some slots to baby sit too? & Do they still have them?
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Did Thomas Cook get some slots to baby sit too? & Do they still have them?
Not sure on that.
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If Norwegian folds under the pressures of the 737 MAX 8 saga, more slots could become available.
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Old Mar 21, 19, 12:59 pm
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If Norwegian folds under the pressures of the 737 MAX 8 saga, more slots could become available.
I heard Boeing are paying 50K$ per day per grounded aircraft. That might help keep the wolf from the door.
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Originally Posted by rapidex View Post
I heard Boeing are paying 50K$ per day per grounded aircraft. That might help keep the wolf from the door.
And potentially a lot more for the Indonesian and Ethiopian ones ...

... but I digress. Sorry, been following the PPRuNe thread VERY closely!
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And potentially a lot more for the Indonesian and Ethiopian ones ...

... but I digress. Sorry, been following the PPRuNe thread VERY closely!
or, sadly, perhaps not. From today’s NY Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/21/w...core-ios-share
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or, sadly, perhaps not. From today’s NY Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/21/w...core-ios-share
I understand that is what they get from Lionair. I think they may still be able to sue Boeing.
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Originally Posted by T8191 View Post
If Norwegian folds under the pressures of the 737 MAX 8 saga, more slots could become available.
Plus Thomas Cook airlines up for sale, so possibly more slots up for grabs there too.
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Plus Thomas Cook airlines up for sale, so possibly more slots up for grabs there too.
Would TCX stop operating if it's sold? I would have thought it more likely that it will just continue as a going concern under new ownership.
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Would TCX stop operating if it's sold? I would have thought it more likely that it will just continue as a going concern under new ownership.
I would have thought so, but maybe not all routes - I would imagine TC would look to buy seats on a competitive basis once they are no longer an operator. Which if not continued on TCX, some routes maybe become uncompetitive and slots sold?... Maybe.

Alternatively…. I think I read somewhere that TCX is currently only operating on a profit margin of 3.7% which would make a BA direct bid unlikely, but could there be interest from Level, with a view from IAG of using some slots by BA?
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