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    More death and destruction

    Sorry, but that is not correct. Ted MacCauley was a big supporter of the TT, Mike Hailwood's biographer and played a major role in Mike's comeback, in 1978. I believe that you are thinking of Ian Wooldridge, who wrote mainly for the Daily Mail, and waged a one-man campaign against the TT, for over 30 years after he visited in 1973.
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    flybe/Eastern axe Belfast service?

    History shows, over 15 years or so, that getting into bed with Eastern always ends in tears......Their services to Southampton, Bristol, Birmingham, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds have all come and gone, over the years. The 'big girl' was very naive to think that this would have a good ending.
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    DEFA consultation Document.

    I got the impression from the way the Manx Radio report was worded - 'we cannot report their current whereabouts, due the Data Protection issues, but..........' that they are probably in the Jurby Hilton, pending payment?
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    MLC nominations open

    For the same reason that they didn't elect Michael Moyle, when he let his name go forward, a few years ago. The MHK's do not want anyone too smart in there, to spoil their fun. The overall list of chancers, most of whom have never shown any interest in holding public office before, shows that the whole thing is a compete charade.
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    Ronaldsway Airport

    So, rather than just open up the existing 'spare' scanner, and employ the extra bods at peak times, and see if that does the trick, they have to spend £300k. It's beyond belief.....
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    MLC nominations open

    Am I correct in thinking that Geoff Corkish has yet to show his hand? Whilst I'm sure he'd be reluctant to remove his nose from the trough, the 'electorate' i.e. membership of HoK has changed a lot since he was elected last time, with around 15 new members, and perhaps he's not that confident of getting the new boys and girls to back him?
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    Ronaldsway Airport

    Before anyone spends money on more staff, more scanners and a bigger area, there are a couple of obvious things they need to do. The delays are caused by the pathetically slow processing of passengers. It is so fucking obvious, that there are several pinch points and blockages in the system, but no-one is trying to deal with them. When someone beeps when they walk through the arch, the whole process stops while they are frisked. That takes about 40 seconds, so if you get a run of people who haven't emptied their pockets properly or who are just selected randomly, everything stops. Just watch, next time you are there. An easyjet A320 holds 180 passengers. If we assume that the first passengers arrive at security 90 minutes before departure, and the last ones 45 minutes before, then they have to process 4 passengers every minute (on average). If there are other flights departing in that 45 minute window, the rate increases. it is as simple as that to manage. I agree that calculation assumes a uniform rate of passengers presenting, but that essentially sums up what they have to do. It isn't rocket science. I flew to Gatwick last Friday afternoon. It took 25 minutes to reach the guy who checks your boarding pass and another 20 minutes to pass through the actual security process. The boarding pass guy was Dougie, who will be well known to regular travelers for his jovial and friendly manner, but even he was getting stressed, trying to manage passengers who really thought they were going to miss their flight and wanted to be fast tracked to the front. Returning through Gatwick on Sunday, it took 4 minutes to complete the whole process. When is Harmer going to get a grip of this?
  8. Well at this rate, it will only take 81 years to reach their target, which may actually be OK, as it seems unlikely the DoI will actually be ready to start any reconstruction work in that timeframe.
  9. The Manx Electric Railway Society have launched a 30 day Crowd-Funding Campaign to save the horse trams. They hope to raise £2,000,000. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/manxelectric-railwaysociety I suspect that they haven't really done their sums properly here!
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    Gatwick Route By Easyjet

    EasyJet have not loaded schedules for any routes after 25th March, 2017
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    Gatwick Route By Easyjet

    was it Ronaldsway's opening hours coming to a close or an airways issue? Not sure. I wasn't on the aircraft but a friend was. What he said was that air traffic control had refused permission to fly. This seems strange as I would have thought that they wouldn't start boarding if there was no permission in the first place?? Or is it just an excuse so that they can blame everything on the ATC? The flight was already 6 hours late, and the original reason was some sort of technical problem which needed an engineer bringing from Gatwick to resolve, so they were already liable for EU261 compensation to all passengers. However, presumably the airline were keen to get the plane and crew back to their base without an overnight stay,and to avoid Liverpool being an aircraft short for the start of their Saturday flying programme. That said, after hanging around for 6 hours, they must have been aware that the curfew was about to kick in. A bit unfortunate, but if their own flight from Gatwick (with the engineer onboard) hadn't been two hours late, they'd have got out, with ease
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    Gatwick Route By Easyjet

    Sorry John, but you are not correct. Open skies is part of the problem. According to the airport website, there are almost record numbers of passengers flying to/from the IOM and the route network is much what it was ten, twenty, thirty years ago, so the instability is not caused by too few passengers, or too many routes. But open skies allows easyJet to run a schedule which suits only them. So we have no flights to London on a Satuday, only one flight a day for much of the week, and that flight regularly arriving in London at midnight. Throw in terrible customer service, and the authorities here can do nothing about it. The airport said months ago there would be a lack of capacity to London this summer, and Travelwatch endorsed that view, although you did not need to be a genius to work it out. If we had some modest intervention with IOMG setting a few standards on number of seats, frequency, fares mix and punctuality etc., easyJet would need to comply or make way. That is what we are missing, at the moment. As a little aside, I wonder if easyJet are paying the requisite fees, every time the airport has to stay open after 22.00, to accommodate their delays?
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    Gatwick Route By Easyjet

    The inbound flight arrived on time, but clearly 'went tech' while on the ground here. It looks like they plan to fly an engineer on their flight from Gatwick which itself is an hour late, so I'd doubt it will be going anywhere before 22.00, if at all. Another bad day at the office, for our friends in orange.
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    Gatwick Route By Easyjet

    But John, Open Skies has meant that IOMG has no control over pretty much any aspect of the air services. I am not a fan of wholesale regulation and intervention, but some measure of 'light touch' influence to ensure the right mix of frequency, fare mix and corporate responsibility would surely make sense. Overall, it is hard to see that Open Skies has delivered much. Many unsustainable, and in some cases, stupid routes, have come and gone, and the network looks much the same as it did ten or twenty years ago. I know that IOMG can't influence the business models at Gatwick or Heathrow, so perhaps the best option for the Island, when easyJet do disappear, is a better balanced service, with the right sized aircraft to Stansted or Luton. I know they aren't the greatest airports, but perhaps they are in our league, if our leaders are honest with themselves?
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    Gatwick Route By Easyjet

    So, I think we are all agreed that the easyJet Gatwick service is crap. Many of us know, and understand, how we got to this situation; wildly over-optimistic passenger growth predictions + open skies policy + runway extension + the 'big girl' encourging bigger planes (apparently without understanding the impact on frequency) + flyBe almost going bust and selling up at Gatwick = easyJet monopoly. The big question is, do Reynolds/Gawne/Black even recognise that there is a problem, and when are they going to give the travelling public some reassurance that they have a robust plan to re-establish reliable and dedendable services, either with easyJet, or with another carrier?