My wife and I have just recently moved to Corfu from Glasgow. We Scots think of ourselves as a country and our psyche demands the same services etc as in England. For example, the Central Belt, "M8" Corridor or whatever name you give it, is where most Scots live.
The Greater Glasgow and Greater Edinburgh areas have historically always had very different economic, cultural and even sporting structures.
Hence we now have 2 major airports which basically serve Scotland as a whole. Someone's post earlier mentioned not having to travel through to Glasgow from Edinburgh for a flight to Corfu next year. And, knowing how we think in Central Scotland, they are correct! But what about people from Dundee, Tayside, Aberdeen and Inverness and the North areas who wish to travel to Corfu? They have up to 3 or 4 hours to travel, probably by road, before AND after a holiday.
There are perfectly good airports in Inverness and Aberdeen to handle flights. But money talks....and it makes more FINANCIAL sense to tailor flights to areas with large population numbers rather than provide a service to a geographic part of the country. That is why what we Scots would call 'smaller' or 'minor' airports like Doncaster/ Sheffield, Leeds/ Bradford can 1. offer flights in the first place and 2. sometimes at a cheaper price. However, the population around these Cities determines whether the TO's operate from there or not. And, I believe, people in those airport catchment areas I mention, will probably feel the same about airports in more southerly areas. It is virtually impossible to get a 1 way or a flight not of 1 or 2 weeks to Corfu from Glasgow, never mind at a bargain price. But the further south you go the more these become available. And I don't buy the argument about fuel costs either...a slight tweak in the direction an aircraft is flying can save fuel. The shortest distance between 2 points is and always will be a straight line. It could be argued that I will not be using these flights now that I am based here now. But already this year, 10 return flights have been made by visitors to our new home who would not have come to Corfu at all. And they will return with others..I hope! None of them could be said to have paid a 'bargain'price.
Where is all this leading? Well, I suppose I am just on my soapbox but I will join those of you who have already done so to try and get the so called low cost airlines to recognise and revisit the demand from Scotland in particular.
As in the recent campaign on the Agni site to get people to vote for Food for the Donkey Sanctuary, which proved successful, maybe we should ask our friends and relatives to petition these airlines too.
Maybe we need a Scottish entrpreneur to start up an airline. Globespan did offer flights to Corfu on paper last year but Corporate Amnesia must have set in on that decision,eh?
Also, I feel that the Scottish Government needs to do more to encourage the said companies to operate more from Scotland.
With respect to Corfu and its Tourist trade downturn,it is no good the individual businesses fighting each other to survive but they need to band together with the local Corfiot government to also encourage and lobby airlines, and even the Scottish government, to bring more people BACK to this wonderful island paradise and take control of what, after all is there own destiny.
Anyway, time to put the soapbox away.
Message posted by christina12myrc on 22 August 2009 at 11:31pm - IP Logged
Myself and my family would greatly appreciate flights from any Scottish airports especially in the winter. Even the summer is a nightmare now all the companies have joined together with only 2 Scottish flights a week. I will certainly e-mail or join any petition necessary for us folk north of the border x
Message posted by Roseanne on 24 August 2009 at 12:51am - IP Logged
I too wrote to easyjet and an other airline company as 16 members of my family were unable to join me here...but one of them said, it would be cheaper for me to privately bring you home for us to be together again.
I don't know what has happen to the airline and why there is now little flights out from Scotland I am also told the same problem is also in Ireland???
Anyway 4 has made it out and booked in October at just under 1500...that's flights only
So ! Please count me in....
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