12/31/2010

One strange consequence of the Heathrow airport paralysis

When a grandfather set out to drive his wife to London's Heathrow airport on 23 December he did not realise that his return home would turn into a marathon. There is a useful moral to his sad tale, which is ...

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12/29/2010

Why no press release from the airport today?

Now I know that the Irishman, Murphy, is alive and well. In releasing what I called a typically self-adulatory press release saying how well things had gone on Monday, 27 December, the airport tempted fate. It looks as if fate won!

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12/28/2010

Is Geneva airport not responsible for de-icing?

After reading an article on the TV teletext yesterday, 27 December 2010, repeated in part in this newspaper today, you might think that there were very few flight cancellations and delays. You might also believe that de-icing of aircraft is purely the responsibility of the airlines. Would you be right?

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12/24/2010

I (HB-JZI) am back at last to help out.

Now that it is crunch time for the airport and airlines, I have been allowed to come back. I hope that all goes well, that N recovers and J does not oversleep again, that I can get back from Brussels and that all my readers get where they want to go (and back again, in  due course) and have a truly Merry Christmas.


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GVA.CH : an unexpected error occured (sic)

Maybe it is because today is a busy day, maybe because Paris has problems, but the Geneva Airport web site is AGAIN not working!

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12/23/2010

Flyers predicted a cold winter

ladybird.jpgThis winter has been exceptionally cold and snowy over northern Europe, especially the United Kingdom. This was predicted very early by various flyers which flap their wings.

 

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12/22/2010

Not so easy Jet to London Gatwick!

As if travellers to and from the UK have not already suffered enough, the about turn of the last easyJet Switzerland flight to London Gatwick on Tuesday night, and the unavailability of the same aircraft the next day, had a big knock-on effect on Gatwick and other destinations. Compensation to passengers should be in order, including a family member of mine who was booked on the first flight this morning.

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12/21/2010

We need better Web information on flights!

In England people go to Heathrow airport because the BA website tells them to do so, yet when they get there they hear a message telling them to go home! The Times even published my letter saying that we need a web site which collects and correlates all available information on flights!

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12/18/2010

Your flight is delayed or cancelled: what next

You are booked on a flight which is cancelled, or delayed with the real likelihood of being cancelled: what now? Simple question, complicated answer. If you were affected, then WHAT DID YOU DO?

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12/17/2010

When it snows how does the Airport Web site perform?

After the snow which fell on the evening of Thurssday 16 December the Geneva Airport web site was sure to be tested on the Friday morning. My own tests were very revealing, and depressing.

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12/16/2010

Swiftcopters SA : hero or villain

In an article in the Tribune de Geneva today, 16 December 2010, which examines the noise nuisance of helicopter flights in winter to ski stations, the Geneva company Swiftcopters is presented as a hero. However, not so long ago its Director was cast more as a villain!

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12/15/2010

The Brits are coming already

Last weekend saw several incoming flights from the UK which were either charter or regular services which were not scheduled until January.

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12/12/2010

Poor decisions attract bad luck!

Poor, illogical planning of flights is common to the very noisy takeoff over Versoix at 0h36 last Saturday morning (11 December), three consecutive cancelled easyJet evening returns from Berlin last week and the latest return of a commercial flight (EZS1458 from Porto) this Autumn! In such cases, Murphy's law applies!

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12/09/2010

A day (almost) without aircraft

When the airport was closed on the day of the snow (1 December) it was interesting to see what activity was registered by the ARAG aircraft monitoring system!

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12/08/2010

Could Swiss re-register its aircraft in Ireland?

The Italian airline Alitalia is moving the registration of some of its aircraft from Italy to Ireland, probably for economy reasons. Could Swiss do likewise?

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