Left my house in South Dublin @ 6.00am for a 8.10am departure and didnt get to airport till 7.25am, departed Dub @ 8.20am and landed Luton 9.30am and reached London @ 10.55am.
What happens when Dublins Terminal + new Runway starts??? I can drive to Waterford from my house in less than 2 hours at that time of the day and with no delays or a walk of 2 miles to board your Aircraft.
BTW I was lucky to get the flight @ Dub on the morning in question!
It took me 5 hrs to get to destination!
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They are hoping to get 16.5 million of the 63 million grant. What they hope will happen is that they will have permission to start on extending the runway straightaway. When that starts they will start almost start straight away on the terminal building although I wouldnt expect it to be anything massive maybe enough for about 3 planes at a time which i think is enough. I would expect them also to plan for a firestation. i also think that more hangars for the small planes will be introduced. Im certain that the runway extension will be towards the sea direction because there is not much room up the other end and a emergency road is close to the runway up there too. i think there planning on at least 1800m altogether.
I think that flyu are meant to be starting in early May. with the extra route to birmingham with aer arann.
If there is anymore news will post it as soon as I know
Id also be surprised if they start any major building work this side of summer. The published summer timetable at flywaterford.com does not show any Aer Arann flights operating at the same time like last year. If they coped with 3 ATR72?s on the ground at the same time with up to a total of 420 passengers (70 X 3 X 2) over a 90 minute period they should be able to cope with a 146 and a 72 the max passengers would be only 340 (70 + 100 X 2). Although it is a bit of a squeeze in the arrivals hall.
The major issue I have seen is ramp space, squeezing 3 72?s on the current ramp last summer was credit to both the pilots and marshallers. I would not like to try it with a single 146 and a 72. If the airport wants to attract more business they need somewhere to park them.
Looks like FlyU have confirmed the following destinations on local radio during the week although no timetable has been published, all flights will be twice per week with a BAe146-200
My sources say that the funding for all regionals should be announced next week. It will be interesting to see who gets what. Everyone is looking for a lot of money from such a small pot.
Dublin ?????????? 18,451,000
Cork ?????????? 2,730,000
Shannon ?????????? 3,302,000
Donegal (Border region) ?????????? 47,776
Sligo (Border region) ?????????? 39,593
Knock-(West region) ?????????? 530,084
Galway (West region) ?????????? 253,309
Kerry (South West region) ?????????. 382,678
Waterford-(South East region) ????????.. 74,357
In the first round of Regional Airport funding, Waterford recieved ?1,895,000, they received a further grant of ?410 for Extra Security Measures. In the Second Round of Funding for the NDP funding Waterford Recieved ?1,980,000 wheras Kerry Recieved ?2,013,000. In recent years waterford received no funding under the PSO reigime, where Galway recieved ?1M and Kerry recieved ?1.3M, how can you expect the PAX numbers to be down, I know in recent year Dublin was applying for some ?130 million for a project at the airport, there only investing half that into 6 regional airports.
Not many regionals training themselves outside the IAA these days
23rd January 2007 - Student Air Traffic Control Officer
Due to continuing growth at Waterford Airport, we now have a vacancy for a Student Air Traffic Control Officer.
Air Traffic Control Officers at Waterford Airport are responsible for the safe, orderly and expeditious movement of air traffic on and in the vicinity of the airport and within our area of responsibility.
This is a unique opportunity to become part of a small enthusiastic team in an exciting industry where no two days are the same.
Training will be provided at Rudloe ATC Training College, UK and at Waterford Airport. Suitable applicants will possess;
1. The Leaving Certificate with a minimum of five passes, which should include English & Maths and Grade C in two
Higher Level papers;
2. An equivalent qualification or relevant experience in Aviation may also be acceptable.
The successful applicant will be at least 21 years of age and will be required to undergo a Class 3 Aviation Medical examination before being accepted for training. Full time employment will only be offered when the student has been awarded an Air Traffic Control Officer?s licence issued by the Irish Aviation Authority.
Closing date for applications is Wednesday 31st January 2007.
Please forward your CV to: Donal Leahy Air Traffic Services Manager Waterford Airport, Killowen, Co. Waterford. Telephone: 051-875589
WATERFORD AIRPORT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER.
Dublin Spotter wrote:I see that flyU are to start operations from Galway raher than waterford, any info on this?
Do ya not think they can operate from both airports and get the most out of the market
"FlyU is a new regional airline which will be based at Waterford Airport. It will provide regular services to European cities and holiday destinations using a BAE 146 200 series aircraft. Services will also be provided from Galway to holiday destinations.
The airline is now recruiting suitably qualified personnel for its Waterford based"
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