New Route Gatwick - Antalya eff Summer 2020

Old Oct 9, 19, 6:33 am
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New Route Gatwick - Antalya eff Summer 2020

Just come up on my Facebook feed : -

"As we shape our summer 2020 schedule, we’re excited to announce the launch of a new route to Antalya, Turkey. Taking flight from 30 April 2020, we will be flying six times a week to this holiday hotspot from London Gatwick in the summer season.

Available to book from today, Antalya becomes our third destination in Turkey and will be operated on our A320 aircraft."
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Old Oct 9, 19, 6:36 am
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Thanks, spotted elsewhere as well, it should be a sh+ route





Also LGW to GIB and LIG will not return next summer

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Old Oct 9, 19, 6:47 am
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Looking forward to this next year, already booked!

This has Thomas Cook all over it, Antalya / Belek was a big one for them. Maybe there will be more like this to come.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 6:55 am
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A long way on a BA A320. TK looks a lot more appealing
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Old Oct 9, 19, 7:17 am
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Originally Posted by Swanhunter View Post
A long way on a BA A320. TK looks a lot more appealing
The direct operators are BA, TK, easyJet, Jet2 and Tui. TK uses 737s on the LGW route, and some of their services arrive at 02:00 or 03:00 hrs in the morning.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 8:39 am
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Great stuff! Do you think BA will take over routes to Enfidha and Monastir?
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Old Oct 9, 19, 8:42 am
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Any feedback on it as a destination for a family holiday in the summer holidays? Reading warnings of ridiculous heat.... any nice beaches that aren't overrun with the crazy huuuuge resorts i saw on first glance?
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Shame about Limoges - flights were always busy but of course may not be profitable. That route is back in the domain of Ryanair
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Old Oct 9, 19, 9:19 am
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Neilson have quite a few beach clubs in the area and they used Thomas Cook Airlines extensively. At one point TC owned Neilson as part of a diversification into activity holidays. I wonder if Neilson have made a block reservation on some of these flights.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 9:33 am
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Originally Posted by Sam Bee View Post
Any feedback on it as a destination for a family holiday in the summer holidays? Reading warnings of ridiculous heat.... any nice beaches that aren't overrun with the crazy huuuuge resorts i saw on first glance?
Looking at some the TC substantial passengers numbers - 8 million passengers a year - Antalya indeed has the mega resorts but their second market there was self catering, which is often in smaller locations.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 9:36 am
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This is quite disappointing if it does mean the death of the Limoges route, all the times I had flown the route it seemed busy. And I can't imagine Limoges airport was expensive for BA. I will probably go with Eurostar next year rather than traipse from South London to Stansted and Ryanair.
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It’s a shame to lose 2 routes from Gatwick, did GIB not perform well for them at Gatwick?

If BA want another French route then La Rochelle may work in the summer. It’s a beautiful city and region and easyJet have a solid presence already, with Jet2 beginning to launch flights from the airport.

Antalya is a good destination to add and not surprising given TCXs demise.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 10:32 am
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Excellent, just booked for our summer holiday next year on Avios (had to call up, online not working). Plumped for CE, getting too old for 4+ hours in ET.
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The runway length at La Rochelle limits the aircraft size that can use it.

It is at the limit of landing performance for a 738: Flap 40, max autobrake and full reverse and the end comes up real quick!

In the wet it's a nightmare; better to go to Nantes and drive!
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Old Oct 10, 19, 5:11 am
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Originally Posted by 737Av8tor View Post
The runway length at La Rochelle limits the aircraft size that can use it.

It is at the limit of landing performance for a 738: Flap 40, max autobrake and full reverse and the end comes up real quick!

In the wet it's a nightmare; better to go to Nantes and drive!
It shouldn’t be too much trouble for an A319 though but I appreciate that logistically it could be more work than it’s worth.

Anyone got any other destinations that BA could be adding from Gatwick next season?
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