10/06/2010

easyJet Switzerland: Gatwick suffers yet again

(HB-JZ)I had an extremely busy day because of one of my siblings being sick. This is what I wrote in my secret diary.

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10/03/2010

Problems with aircraft of easyJet and Flybaboo

An easyJet Switzerland aircraft was grounded last Friday, 1 October, then an aircraft of Flybaboo had to make an in-flight turn around on Saturday 2 October. The sets of consequences were interesting!

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09/22/2010

easyJet: the cancellations start again

(HB-JZ)I, and some of my easyJet Switzerland brothers and cousins, had another bad weekend. Here is the story that I wrote in my  secret diary.

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09/14/2010

easyJet to Tel Aviv cancelled yesterday, 13/9/2010

Yesterday the easyJet flight to and from Tel Aviv was cancelled. Is this another reason why having only one Airbus A320 in the Swiss fleet causes problems?

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09/04/2010

easyJet refuse de participer à Infrarouge

Les problèmes récurrents d'easyJet devaient faire l'objet d'un débat télévisé en direct sur Infrarouge, mardi 24 août. Ce débat n'a pas eu lieu, faute de représentant d'easyJet. Pourquoi?

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easyJet refuses to appear on Infrarouge

The recurrent problems of easyJet were to be the subject for the televised live debate programme Infrarouge on Tuesday 24 August. It did not happen because easyJet refused to send any representative. Why?

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09/01/2010

easyJet problems are NOT because of the unique runway, nor the airport technical services.

Jean-Pierre Jobin, the previous director of Geneva airport, denies that the problems of easyJet are related to having only one runway. I agree with almost all that he says.

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08/31/2010

Easyjet and I had a bad weekend

The registration identifiers of the aircraft of easyJet Switzerland end in a letter between F and T inclusive. I had a bad weekend!

 

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08/25/2010

easyJet to Barcelona: another tale of woe!

A Sunday return flight from Barcelona cancelled for several consecutive Sundays by easyJet "justified by circumstances beyond their control or for reasons of safety".

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08/24/2010

easyJet still making the news

EasyJet problems still continue to be one of the sagas of this 2010 Summer!

 

 

Yesterday morning, Monday 23 August, I listened to the RSR radio programme "Le Grand 8", in which (for the second time in recent weeks) the discussion was on what they called the big serial story in the media this year (le grand feuilleton médiatique de l'été). I then sat over breakfast reading the article in this newspaper which said that the crisis of easyJet is also that of our airport (La crise d'easyJet est aussi celle de Cointrin). Strangely, I have not seen any reaction of the airport management to this  crisis! To cap it all, when I bought my paper this morning, the lady who runs the shop said that easyJet would be the subject for tonight's "Infrarouge" discussion. As it turns out, this latter statement is no longer true: the debate has been replaced by one on whether the seven Swiss State councillors should be elected by the whole Swiss population, rather than just the members of parliament. Clearly, in terms that would be understood by the Swiss who play the card game Jass, easyJet may be the ace of trumps but the Federal Council is the nine of trumps (the knave of trumps is reserved for the UBS doings!).

I have been told that the Infrarouge program has merely been postponed, not cancelled, so I will try to keep tabs on it and tell you when it will be broadcast.

The radio program included, as one of the four invited guests, the previous director of Geneva airport, Jean-Pierre Jobin. Naturally, having been a prime instigator of the arrival of easyJet in Geneva, he tended to defend them in various ways. Now, I have met him on a number of times (our children were at the same school at the same time, and he also has an interest in table tennis) and I have a lot of respect for him, especially since I have always understood that he was particularly concerned with ensuring that the closure time (0h30) of the airport for commercial movements be strictly adhered to. However, I found some of his defence of easyJet to be not entirely accurate, and hence somewhat misleading.

The article in this paper also tended to shift the blame for some of the easyJet problems onto the airport and the fact that there is only the one runway. However, in neither of these affirmations was there any documented evidence to back up any such a blame shift. In actual fact, although June and July haves been very busy this year, each month has seen less traffic than in the corresponding months of 2007 and 2008. At the same time, the aeronautic services of the airport, in particular of SkyGuide, appear to have improved since then.

I will deal with both the radio programme and the TdG article in a future blog, once I have established a number of facts: I do not believe in the old saying that "my mind is made up: do not confuse me with the facts!". Until then I might remind you of what one seasoned easyJet traveller commented on the newspaper article :-

Juste que je m'abstiendrai pour le moment de prendre des vols retour après 18h00,suite à une mauvaise expérience d'un retour de Majorque en juillet !!

Anyone who has sampled the delights of a 2am bus journey from Lyon airport to Geneva airport will no doubt agree with that statement.

 

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08/16/2010

easyJet (Suisse) annulations, retards et déviations: TROP, C'EST TROP

La semaine écoulée aura été horrible pour nombreux passagers d’easyJet Switzerland: vols annulés, déviations tard dans la nuit ou retards de plusieurs heures. Il est grand temps que l’Office Suisse d’Aviation Civile (OFAC) entende leurs récriminations.

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easyJet (Suisse) annulations, delays and diverted flights : ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

This last week has been absolutely awful for many passengers of easyJet Switzerland: flights cancelled, diverted late at night or operating hours behind schedule. It is high time that the Swiss Civil Aviation Office OFAC read the riot act.

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08/11/2010

easyJet to Lisbon via Lausanne and Geneva

On Tuesday morning, the easyJet flight to Barcelona turned around shortly after takeoff and came back to Geneva via Lausanne. Can we know the reason?

 

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08/06/2010

Going on holiday? Take your natel and laptop!

If you are going on holiday and flying easyJet then you must take your mobile phone and laptop computer with you, just in case the time of your return flight is changed!

 

 

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08/05/2010

An easyJet Switzerland airbus blocked in Stockholm

The easyJet flight to Stockholm early Wednesday morning left three hours late but did not come back: cancellations and delays for two days!

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