Entries in Manchester (2)

Tuesday
Jun282011

CityJet starts Manchester-Antwerp; cancels Manchester-London

CityJet, the Ireland-based subsidiary of Air France, has announced it will fly between Manchester Airport (IATA: MAN; ICAO: EGCC) in North West England, and Deurne Airport (IATA: ANR; ICAO: EBAW) in the Belgian city of Antwerp.  The route will be operated with the Fokker 50.  The precise timetable of the route is unpredictable, on some days flying two round trips, and on other days not flying at all.  The airline had planned to start service between Manchester and London City Airport (IATA: LCY; ICAO: EGLC), but recently set aside those plans.

Moreover, the Qatari national airline Qatar Airways has launched service between its base at Doha International Airport (IATA: DOH; ICAO: OTBD) and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (IATA: YUL; ICAO: CYUL) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  This service will operate in both directions, three times weekly, on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday, according to search results returned by the airline's website.  Flight times are 13 hours 20 minutes westbound, and 12 hours 25 minutes eastbound, according to results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.  The new Doha-Montreal route will be flown with the Boeing 777-200ER.

original stories

Discover Great-Britain with flights out of Antwerp Int'l Airport! (Air France)

Delivering 5-star Service to Montreal (Qatar Airways)

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Sunday
May162010

Heathrow and Gatwick closed as of 1:00 A.M. local time Monday

The busiest and second-busiest airports in the United Kingdom are both closed for the night.  The closures are due to renewed concern about the levels of ash in the air, from the continued eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano in south-central Iceland whose eruption brought all commercial air traffic in Europe to a standstill for several days last month.  These closures will follow a day of frustration for many air travelers in North West England, where Manchester and Liverpool each closed its own major airport today.  The ash cloud is estimated to move south and settle in over Greater London during Monday and Tuesday.  It is estimated the ash cloud will have moved on through London by Wednesday.

The United Kingdom’s two busiest airports, Heathrow (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL), and Gatwick (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) are scheduled to be closed from 1:00 Monday morning to 7:00 Monday morning local time (8:00 Sunday evening to 2:00 Monday morning, EDT).  Officials at both airports advise travelers who are scheduled to fly during the night to contact their airline for further information.

London City Airport (IATA: LCY; ICAO: EGLC) the one nearest to the center of The Metropolis, reports that London airspace is entirely closed from midnight to 6:00 Monday morning, local time.  Suburban Luton Airport (IATA: LTN; ICAO: EGGW) does not give any indication that it intends to close at this time.

Suburban Stansted Airport (IATA: STN; ICAO: EGSS) also does not yet plan to close.  But all advise air travelers to keep close contact with the operating airlines of their flights for updates.

related story

Eyjafjallajökull damage report, and spectacular new video (May 13, 2010)

original story (www.breakingtravelnews.com)

original story (CNN)

original story (BBC)

update from the BBC (BBC)