10/31/2014

Low cost air travel to Germany

Etihad Regional (Darwin) is expanding its low cost flights to Germany. Lufthansa is fighting back with its Germanwings subsidiary.


It has been reported in the press that some of the main European airlines are rather upset with Etihad, because they believe that the airline has somewhat artificial lower costs. The last I knew, this was being taken to legal courts.

Inside Europe, the company which used to be called Darwin, but is now known as Etihad Regional (Darwin), is rapidly expanding its low-cost destinations: it advertises a dozen destinations from Geneva. For many of these destinations it is putting itself in direct competition with the main low-cost airline in Geneva, easyJet.

Etihad Regional (Darwin) is also challenging the Lufthansa/Swiss flights to Germany. In response, Lufthansa is fighting back with its low-cost subsidiary, Germanwings. This latter company is now listed in the timetable of regular airline flights to and from Geneva.

One particular pilot of Germanwings may have had a little navigational problem flying from Hamburg to Geneva in the middle of the afternoon of Thursday, 30 November. At a time when aircraft were taking off on runway 05 over the lake, the pilot came in on exactly the other direction, as if he he was going to land on runway 23!

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By the time that he got near to Versoix it is quite clear that he was told to get out of the way of the departing aircraft and come in to land from the other direction. Doubtless, there was never any danger, but I am a little bit surprised that the Air Traffic Controllers did not correct him somewhat earlier.

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J'ignore la raison du changement de piste à l'arrivée pour le cas que vous mentionnez, mais il m'est arrivé d'innombrables fois d'obtenir des approches directes en sens opposé à la (ou aux) piste(s) en service, selon trafic et météo, mais aussi de devoir changer de piste au dernier moment sur demande du contrôleur.
Et ceci, pas seulement sur de petits terrains, mais sur des aéroports tels que Roissy, LAX, ZRH, New-York JFK et quantité d'autres. La routine pour tous les navigants.

Si le trafic le permettait, surtout de nuit sur de grands terrains (par ex. CDG), on demandait à atterrir de préférence sur la piste la plus proche de notre place de parking. Si accordé, autant d'économisé!

J'écris au passé, étant retraité.

Cordialement.

Posted by: J.-C. Heritier | 11/01/2014

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