Not a good week to run an Airline…

A bizarre week for British aviation.

While Heathrow’s new Terminal 5 goes into meltdown, Flybe are accused of virtually raping the environment by purposely running flights to avoid a fine from Norwich Airport.

Firstly Heathrow. Despite the fact that T5 has been planned for decades and British Airways (still “The World’s Favourite Airline”?…) have been in the terminal for the past 6 months, it’s been nothing short of a disaster for passengers from day one.

Literally thousands of pieces of luggage are still “in the system”, separated from their owners. Dozens of flights were cancelled outright while many more were severely delayed.

Next Flybe. They were actually going to hire actors to fill seats on the Norwich to Dublin run to avoid paying a £280,000 penalty. WTF? What environment?….

UPDATE: I just read Will Hutton’s excellent piece on the Heathrow fiasco in the Guardian. Sums it up nicely. The  introduction:

Britain does fiascos well and by any measure, the opening of BA’s £4.3bn Terminal 5 was a corker. The plunge from the pomp of the official opening by the Queen on 14 March to BA chief executive Willy Walsh finding his job on the line after more than 200 cancelled flights has been dramatic. This is no longer about ‘teething problems’, it raises fundamental questions about the private sector’s capabilities, values and priorities.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: