The March stats are up on the WAF site. Click here to view.
Total passengers down 18% (mainly due to the 6 Nations). This does mean that CWL has officially passed the 1 million passenger barrier for a rolling year! This is sad news, however, hopefully this should pick back up by the end of the year.
The LFs for the first few VY rotations were 61% for BCN, 65% for ALC and 48% for AGP. However, this is expected at the start of the season with much of the traffic being one way. April will give us a better insight.
Jan 2013 stats are now available on the WAF site. Apologies for the delay, this was due to university commitments. The stats for Feb and March will be up on the site in the coming days. Click here to view.
Also there is a delay expected for the releasing of April’s stats on WAF due to exams.
Thomson Airways has increased the number of flight it will operate for the winter 2013/14 season compared to this winter. Two additional flights week will be flown taking Alicante to twice weekly and Tenerife to three times weekly.
The schedule is as follows:
09:00 Sharm El Sheikh
06:15 – Alicante (New)
11:10 Paphos (Stops Dec-Mar)
11:25 Sharm El Sheikh
12:05 Tenerife (New)
13:45 Las Palmas
This follows the announcement of an increase in services by Thomson from Cardiff for this coming Summer with Malaga increased to 2 weekly, Palma increased to 5 weekly and Ibiza increased to 3 weekly.
Book now at thomson.co.uk
In an apparent example of superior airmanship by an Airbus A320 crew, a Syrian Arab Airlines flight traveling from Damascus to Latakia, Syria, last week landed safely after an Mi-8 military helicopter collided with the airliner, lopping off a large section of its tail.
The incident reportedly happened as the airliner was climbing through 12,000 feet over war-torn Syria. The helicopter clipped the upper half of the vertical stabilizer and rudder, causing the pieces to separate from the airliner and the helicopter to crash, killing its crew. The A320 was able to return to Damascus for a safe landing with no injuries to the 200 passengers or crew.
According to news reports, a replacement A320 completed the flight to Latakia and onward to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates with a delay of just a few hours.
The service of 25 helicopters at 23 bases, some not operating round the clock, is expected to save £15m a year as seven other bases are closed.
The Association of Chief Police Officers hopes for 20-minute response times for 98% of the population.
But some police crew memberNPAS, s fear the service will be stretched and slower responses could endanger lives.
Helicopters are used by police to track criminals, monitor major incidents and locate missing people.
It is estimated that the national service will cut the cost of running air support from about £63m to £48m a year.
“Artificial boundaries have meant that helicopters are restricted to operating within their own force area or consortia,” said Hampshire Police Chief Constable Alex Marshall about the old system.
“A truly national, borderless service will ensure effective coverage of urban and rural areas.”
Brian Greenslade, of the Association of Police Authorities, said: “From catching criminals to ensuring the safety of crowds, helicopters and other means of air support are essential tools in the fight against crime, but they are costly and in some areas used infrequently.
“This programme should ensure that forces retain the right capability to call on air support to protect the public whilst sharing its considerable costs.”
But one police crew member, speaking anonymously to BBC News, said lives would be “put at risk or possibly lost” because it would take too long to get to incidents.
He said the new service, which is now being phased in and will inlude three reserve helicopters, was focused on cost rather than capability.
But that claim has been denied by Supt Richard Watson, from the National Police Air Service (NPAS), who said while there were fewer aircraft, they were flying the same number of hours.
“We have made some changes to the bases so they’re more strategic bases covering a greater area. Under NPAS the principle is the nearest aircraft attends. It’s borderless tasking,” he said.
Sourced from BBC news