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The Future Of Core Air Links To The Island


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ScotsAlan

 

I like your romantic view of capitalism. It is sort of Victorian/Thatcherite.

 

Unfortunately (although you need to whisper it) the reality is that most big business is totally dependent on government money/subsidies/patronage. Usually heavily disguised but nevertheless so.

 

We are all so used to hearing about the lower classes/poor being scroungers and leaches on society. We rarely get to see how the super rich have got to where they are.

 

So, the reality is that Government money will ultimately have to be used to maintain reliable air links just as it is used to maintain reliable sea links.

How could it be otherwise when governments generally take it upon themselves to appropriate and spend 40% or more of the GDP of their population? It is of course not government money at all. It's taxpayers' money.

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The FlyBe management are over Thursday anyway to speak to the staff - they're just meeting AB out of courtesy more than anything. I don't think there's anything shy of £4 mill a year that will keep the base open for another year.

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The FlyBe management are over Thursday anyway to speak to the staff - they're just meeting AB out of courtesy more than anything. I don't think there's anything shy of £4 mill a year that will keep the base open for another year.

 

Wonder if anyone has put a call in to Michael O'Leary yet?

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The FlyBe management are over Thursday anyway to speak to the staff - they're just meeting AB out of courtesy more than anything. I don't think there's anything shy of £4 mill a year that will keep the base open for another year.

 

As a lot of the staff will be flying whilst the meeting is on it might be sparsely attended . Your figure based on any facts or just a guess?.

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Based on my own costings, so an educated guess.

 

My view is Flybe are going to keep a service to the Isle of Man but nightstop the crew and aircraft as opposed to using an IOM base, so you need to look at what the extra cost is to have the staff based in the Isle of Man. Essentially 50 jobs here or 50 Jobs in Manchester.

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So let's go through the take off check list:

 

- No shopping opportunities? Check

- No night life? Check

- Too high house prices? Check

- Extortionate energy prices? Check

- Dwindling tax advantages for businesses? Check

- At times very expensive sea travel ? Check

- Unreliable air travel with no guaranteed day trips to the most important business city in Europe? Check

- Little confidence in the abilities of the political leadership by the public and business community? Check

 

This plane is starting to look less and less airworthy. Those Channel Islands planes on the other hand...

 

The real funny bit of course is that you now have a fuck off big airport, where millions were spent on CV boosting exercises, while you have fuck all planes left to fly from it. Actually, that's not funny. That's sad.

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So let's go through the take off check list:

 

- No shopping opportunities? Check

- No night life? Check

- Too high house prices? Check

- Extortionate energy prices? Check

- Dwindling tax advantages for businesses? Check

- At times very expensive sea travel ? Check

- Unreliable air travel with no guaranteed day trips to the most important business city in Europe? Check

- Little confidence in the abilities of the political leadership by the public and business community? Check

 

This plane is starting to look less and less airworthy. Those Channel Islands planes on the other hand...

 

The real funny bit of course is that you now have a fuck off big airport, where millions were spent on CV boosting exercises, while you have fuck all planes left to fly from it. Actually, that's not funny. That's sad.

And the few planes that do fly here have zero support. No engineers to fix the unforeseen problems, no spare crews to fill gaps or sudden illness, no spares.

 

Sadly they will have all left the island to work for another airline, far from these shores.

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