Airline in talks with Southend Airport ceases operations

Echo: An OLT Express plane An OLT Express plane

AN AIRLINE in talks over flying from Southend Airport to Germany has been grounded.

German budget airline OLT Express, which operated flights to Dresden and Saarbrucken before Christmas and was in talks to offer more flights from the airport this summer, has ceased operations due to a lack of ongoing funding.

Jonathan Rayner, head of busines development for Southend Airport, said: "OLT Express did operate a number of flights from London Southend Airport to Germany over the 2012/13 holiday and festive period, and we have been talks with them about further services from London Southend Airport in summer 2013.

“Unfortunately we now understand that the airline is no longer commercially viable and has ceased flying operations as of Sunday, January 27.”

No Southend Airport customers are believed to be affected by the loss of the airline.

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12:57pm Thu 31 Jan 13

maxell says...

Its not worth commenting on at this stage
Its not worth commenting on at this stage maxell
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1:32pm Thu 31 Jan 13

emcee says...

Airlines come and airlines go. Been like that for decades. It is the nature of the business. Unless and airline is in ultra strong financial position (and few are) it is going to be a constant balancing act to keep its planes in the air. The really big names only tend to survive because of the branding but we have even see a few of these fall.
Airlines come and airlines go. Been like that for decades. It is the nature of the business. Unless and airline is in ultra strong financial position (and few are) it is going to be a constant balancing act to keep its planes in the air. The really big names only tend to survive because of the branding but we have even see a few of these fall. emcee
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1:38pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Max 269 says...

need more planes more noise more compensation hahah
need more planes more noise more compensation hahah Max 269
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3:14pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Joe Wildman-Clark says...

Would you care to elaborate on your comment, as you clearly have something to say on the issue but your comment appears to be a futile attempt at comedy that clearly fails.

I take it you are aware that this is a financial failure of the airline and it’s failure was not caused by the operating procedures employed at Southend Airport , many airlines grow too quickly for their own good and fail to properly ascertain the financial viability of a route they are operating, it also needs taking into account that if passenger numbers are low it is not necessarily the arrival airport putting people off, the things most people take into account are the cost of the flight and the timings, an lacklustre advertising campaign has been the death knell of several airlines of the decades.
Would you care to elaborate on your comment, as you clearly have something to say on the issue but your comment appears to be a futile attempt at comedy that clearly fails. I take it you are aware that this is a financial failure of the airline and it’s failure was not caused by the operating procedures employed at Southend Airport , many airlines grow too quickly for their own good and fail to properly ascertain the financial viability of a route they are operating, it also needs taking into account that if passenger numbers are low it is not necessarily the arrival airport putting people off, the things most people take into account are the cost of the flight and the timings, an lacklustre advertising campaign has been the death knell of several airlines of the decades. Joe Wildman-Clark
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3:15pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Joe Wildman-Clark says...

Joe Wildman-Clark wrote:
Would you care to elaborate on your comment, as you clearly have something to say on the issue but your comment appears to be a futile attempt at comedy that clearly fails.

I take it you are aware that this is a financial failure of the airline and it’s failure was not caused by the operating procedures employed at Southend Airport , many airlines grow too quickly for their own good and fail to properly ascertain the financial viability of a route they are operating, it also needs taking into account that if passenger numbers are low it is not necessarily the arrival airport putting people off, the things most people take into account are the cost of the flight and the timings, an lacklustre advertising campaign has been the death knell of several airlines of the decades.
Sorry this was directed towards Maxell
[quote][p][bold]Joe Wildman-Clark[/bold] wrote: Would you care to elaborate on your comment, as you clearly have something to say on the issue but your comment appears to be a futile attempt at comedy that clearly fails. I take it you are aware that this is a financial failure of the airline and it’s failure was not caused by the operating procedures employed at Southend Airport , many airlines grow too quickly for their own good and fail to properly ascertain the financial viability of a route they are operating, it also needs taking into account that if passenger numbers are low it is not necessarily the arrival airport putting people off, the things most people take into account are the cost of the flight and the timings, an lacklustre advertising campaign has been the death knell of several airlines of the decades.[/p][/quote]Sorry this was directed towards Maxell Joe Wildman-Clark
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3:56pm Thu 31 Jan 13

supershrimper says...

maxell wrote:
Its not worth commenting on at this stage
Then why did you comment?
[quote][p][bold]maxell[/bold] wrote: Its not worth commenting on at this stage[/p][/quote]Then why did you comment? supershrimper
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4:21pm Thu 31 Jan 13

jolllyboy says...

This is not the first time we have had an airline not able to step up to what was promised. For goodness sake try a PROPER airline if you must.
This is not the first time we have had an airline not able to step up to what was promised. For goodness sake try a PROPER airline if you must. jolllyboy
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4:23pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Joe Wildman-Clark says...

supershrimper wrote:
maxell wrote:
Its not worth commenting on at this stage
Then why did you comment?
Having undertaken a look back at previous stories relating to the airport “maxell” clearly has an Anti-airport view, I therefore summarise that he commented not just to be the first to comment on the story but did so in the manner he undertook as to appear the be “funny” in his comment.

A second line of thought is that because he could not find a way to attack the airport for the failure of the airline he commented simply to comment.

Such comments are noted to come from those that lack any real knowledge of the subject relating to the story, so a “quirky” comment is all they can post, they believe in a misguided way that they have more to convey on the subject than they actually do whilst being unable to admit openly that they do not understand the situations that arose to the failure of the airline.
[quote][p][bold]supershrimper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]maxell[/bold] wrote: Its not worth commenting on at this stage[/p][/quote]Then why did you comment?[/p][/quote]Having undertaken a look back at previous stories relating to the airport “maxell” clearly has an Anti-airport view, I therefore summarise that he commented not just to be the first to comment on the story but did so in the manner he undertook as to appear the be “funny” in his comment. A second line of thought is that because he could not find a way to attack the airport for the failure of the airline he commented simply to comment. Such comments are noted to come from those that lack any real knowledge of the subject relating to the story, so a “quirky” comment is all they can post, they believe in a misguided way that they have more to convey on the subject than they actually do whilst being unable to admit openly that they do not understand the situations that arose to the failure of the airline. Joe Wildman-Clark
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4:28pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Joe Wildman-Clark says...

jolllyboy wrote:
This is not the first time we have had an airline not able to step up to what was promised. For goodness sake try a PROPER airline if you must.
This was a “proper” airline it had all the licences and permits that it required to operate, if it had not met the exacting demands of the regulations set down across Europe they would not have been permitted to operate any services.

If by proper you mean like British Airways you only have to look back to see the demise of countless other airlines such as Swissair & DanAir or do you class these too as not proper airlines, a little knowledge of the subject will prevent foolish comments.
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: This is not the first time we have had an airline not able to step up to what was promised. For goodness sake try a PROPER airline if you must.[/p][/quote]This was a “proper” airline it had all the licences and permits that it required to operate, if it had not met the exacting demands of the regulations set down across Europe they would not have been permitted to operate any services. If by proper you mean like British Airways you only have to look back to see the demise of countless other airlines such as Swissair & DanAir or do you class these too as not proper airlines, a little knowledge of the subject will prevent foolish comments. Joe Wildman-Clark
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4:34pm Thu 31 Jan 13

maxell says...

OLT Express Poland (ICOA: YAP) was a Polish charter airline, formally known as Yes Airways. On the 31st July 2012 it suspended all charter services, less than a week after the scheduled sister airline OLT Express Regional cancelled all its services. Stranded customers are to be returned home on LOT servicesAll leased aircraft were repossessed by lessors, and even some wet lease pilots were released back to their employer airlines. It is a sister airline of OLT Express Regional (ICOA: JEA), which filed for bankruptcy on 27 July 2012 after its licence was suspended by the Polish Aviation Authority. for any body that has suffered as a result of cancellations and delay may be able to claim compnsation. http://www.moneysavi
ngexpert.com/travel/
flight-delays
OLT Express Poland (ICOA: YAP) was a Polish charter airline, formally known as Yes Airways. On the 31st July 2012 it suspended all charter services, less than a week after the scheduled sister airline OLT Express Regional cancelled all its services. Stranded customers are to be returned home on LOT servicesAll leased aircraft were repossessed by lessors, and even some wet lease pilots were released back to their employer airlines. It is a sister airline of OLT Express Regional (ICOA: JEA), which filed for bankruptcy on 27 July 2012 after its licence was suspended by the Polish Aviation Authority. for any body that has suffered as a result of cancellations and delay may be able to claim compnsation. http://www.moneysavi ngexpert.com/travel/ flight-delays maxell
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4:45pm Thu 31 Jan 13

supershrimper says...

Joe Wildman-Clark wrote:
supershrimper wrote:
maxell wrote:
Its not worth commenting on at this stage
Then why did you comment?
Having undertaken a look back at previous stories relating to the airport “maxell” clearly has an Anti-airport view, I therefore summarise that he commented not just to be the first to comment on the story but did so in the manner he undertook as to appear the be “funny” in his comment.

A second line of thought is that because he could not find a way to attack the airport for the failure of the airline he commented simply to comment.

Such comments are noted to come from those that lack any real knowledge of the subject relating to the story, so a “quirky” comment is all they can post, they believe in a misguided way that they have more to convey on the subject than they actually do whilst being unable to admit openly that they do not understand the situations that arose to the failure of the airline.
Do you think he realised it wasn't funny?
[quote][p][bold]Joe Wildman-Clark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supershrimper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]maxell[/bold] wrote: Its not worth commenting on at this stage[/p][/quote]Then why did you comment?[/p][/quote]Having undertaken a look back at previous stories relating to the airport “maxell” clearly has an Anti-airport view, I therefore summarise that he commented not just to be the first to comment on the story but did so in the manner he undertook as to appear the be “funny” in his comment. A second line of thought is that because he could not find a way to attack the airport for the failure of the airline he commented simply to comment. Such comments are noted to come from those that lack any real knowledge of the subject relating to the story, so a “quirky” comment is all they can post, they believe in a misguided way that they have more to convey on the subject than they actually do whilst being unable to admit openly that they do not understand the situations that arose to the failure of the airline.[/p][/quote]Do you think he realised it wasn't funny? supershrimper
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5:22pm Thu 31 Jan 13

maxell says...

supershrimper wrote:
Joe Wildman-Clark wrote:
supershrimper wrote:
maxell wrote:
Its not worth commenting on at this stage
Then why did you comment?
Having undertaken a look back at previous stories relating to the airport “maxell” clearly has an Anti-airport view, I therefore summarise that he commented not just to be the first to comment on the story but did so in the manner he undertook as to appear the be “funny” in his comment.

A second line of thought is that because he could not find a way to attack the airport for the failure of the airline he commented simply to comment.

Such comments are noted to come from those that lack any real knowledge of the subject relating to the story, so a “quirky” comment is all they can post, they believe in a misguided way that they have more to convey on the subject than they actually do whilst being unable to admit openly that they do not understand the situations that arose to the failure of the airline.
Do you think he realised it wasn't funny?
Thank you Professor Wild-man Clark I read with interest your analogy of my past comments its good to know that I have a groupie(although a bit weird) , surely you must recognise that nobody gives too hoots about your comments the very same as they care for mine. I do detect an anorak mentality when you can take an 8 word comment and manage to turn it into three paragraphs, and I have contributed to this string with up to date bona-fide information that is well researched, the fact that I may or may not like the airport is only your opinion which you are entitled to the same as you appear to be a complete anorak is my opinion of your good self, I respect your comment I wonder if you are able to respect mine.
[quote][p][bold]supershrimper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joe Wildman-Clark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supershrimper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]maxell[/bold] wrote: Its not worth commenting on at this stage[/p][/quote]Then why did you comment?[/p][/quote]Having undertaken a look back at previous stories relating to the airport “maxell” clearly has an Anti-airport view, I therefore summarise that he commented not just to be the first to comment on the story but did so in the manner he undertook as to appear the be “funny” in his comment. A second line of thought is that because he could not find a way to attack the airport for the failure of the airline he commented simply to comment. Such comments are noted to come from those that lack any real knowledge of the subject relating to the story, so a “quirky” comment is all they can post, they believe in a misguided way that they have more to convey on the subject than they actually do whilst being unable to admit openly that they do not understand the situations that arose to the failure of the airline.[/p][/quote]Do you think he realised it wasn't funny?[/p][/quote]Thank you Professor Wild-man Clark I read with interest your analogy of my past comments its good to know that I have a groupie(although a bit weird) , surely you must recognise that nobody gives too hoots about your comments the very same as they care for mine. I do detect an anorak mentality when you can take an 8 word comment and manage to turn it into three paragraphs, and I have contributed to this string with up to date bona-fide information that is well researched, the fact that I may or may not like the airport is only your opinion which you are entitled to the same as you appear to be a complete anorak is my opinion of your good self, I respect your comment I wonder if you are able to respect mine. maxell
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6:43pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Joe Wildman-Clark says...

Maxell: To simply cut and paste from Wikipedia is a hardy “well researched” it is the act of a person who has been proven to either ignore researching the facts relevant to the article before posting his/her comments or that they are just too lazy to do so, and only carry out “research” (if cut and paste) can really be called research.

I would like to pick you up on getting my name wrong, whilst it is evident that this was a deliberate act on your behalf, this was an immature and Infantile attempt to demean me this was done by you because I had to pick you up on your blatant arrogance of researching facts and your posting of irrelevant comments.
Maxell: To simply cut and paste from Wikipedia is a hardy “well researched” it is the act of a person who has been proven to either ignore researching the facts relevant to the article before posting his/her comments or that they are just too lazy to do so, and only carry out “research” (if cut and paste) can really be called research. I would like to pick you up on getting my name wrong, whilst it is evident that this was a deliberate act on your behalf, this was an immature and Infantile attempt to demean me this was done by you because I had to pick you up on your blatant arrogance of researching facts and your posting of irrelevant comments. Joe Wildman-Clark
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2:33pm Fri 1 Feb 13

maxell says...

once again my opinion anorak
once again my opinion anorak maxell
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3:12pm Fri 1 Feb 13

j-w says...

Joe Wildman-Clark wrote:
Maxell: To simply cut and paste from Wikipedia is a hardy “well researched” it is the act of a person who has been proven to either ignore researching the facts relevant to the article before posting his/her comments or that they are just too lazy to do so, and only carry out “research” (if cut and paste) can really be called research.

I would like to pick you up on getting my name wrong, whilst it is evident that this was a deliberate act on your behalf, this was an immature and Infantile attempt to demean me this was done by you because I had to pick you up on your blatant arrogance of researching facts and your posting of irrelevant comments.
At least when he cuts and pastes you can make sense of his posts which isn't the case usually, even if what he has cut and pasted is technically about the wrong airline.
[quote][p][bold]Joe Wildman-Clark[/bold] wrote: Maxell: To simply cut and paste from Wikipedia is a hardy “well researched” it is the act of a person who has been proven to either ignore researching the facts relevant to the article before posting his/her comments or that they are just too lazy to do so, and only carry out “research” (if cut and paste) can really be called research. I would like to pick you up on getting my name wrong, whilst it is evident that this was a deliberate act on your behalf, this was an immature and Infantile attempt to demean me this was done by you because I had to pick you up on your blatant arrogance of researching facts and your posting of irrelevant comments.[/p][/quote]At least when he cuts and pastes you can make sense of his posts which isn't the case usually, even if what he has cut and pasted is technically about the wrong airline. j-w
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4:53pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Joe Wildman-Clark says...

j-w wrote:
Joe Wildman-Clark wrote:
Maxell: To simply cut and paste from Wikipedia is a hardy “well researched” it is the act of a person who has been proven to either ignore researching the facts relevant to the article before posting his/her comments or that they are just too lazy to do so, and only carry out “research” (if cut and paste) can really be called research.

I would like to pick you up on getting my name wrong, whilst it is evident that this was a deliberate act on your behalf, this was an immature and Infantile attempt to demean me this was done by you because I had to pick you up on your blatant arrogance of researching facts and your posting of irrelevant comments.
At least when he cuts and pastes you can make sense of his posts which isn't the case usually, even if what he has cut and pasted is technically about the wrong airline.
Please would you kindly inform me if it is my posting you do not understand?

I have at no point fallen into that dreadful text speak and have posted in English as you have done so.
[quote][p][bold]j-w[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joe Wildman-Clark[/bold] wrote: Maxell: To simply cut and paste from Wikipedia is a hardy “well researched” it is the act of a person who has been proven to either ignore researching the facts relevant to the article before posting his/her comments or that they are just too lazy to do so, and only carry out “research” (if cut and paste) can really be called research. I would like to pick you up on getting my name wrong, whilst it is evident that this was a deliberate act on your behalf, this was an immature and Infantile attempt to demean me this was done by you because I had to pick you up on your blatant arrogance of researching facts and your posting of irrelevant comments.[/p][/quote]At least when he cuts and pastes you can make sense of his posts which isn't the case usually, even if what he has cut and pasted is technically about the wrong airline.[/p][/quote]Please would you kindly inform me if it is my posting you do not understand? I have at no point fallen into that dreadful text speak and have posted in English as you have done so. Joe Wildman-Clark
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8:34am Sat 2 Feb 13

supershrimper says...

maxell wrote:
OLT Express Poland (ICOA: YAP) was a Polish charter airline, formally known as Yes Airways. On the 31st July 2012 it suspended all charter services, less than a week after the scheduled sister airline OLT Express Regional cancelled all its services. Stranded customers are to be returned home on LOT servicesAll leased aircraft were repossessed by lessors, and even some wet lease pilots were released back to their employer airlines. It is a sister airline of OLT Express Regional (ICOA: JEA), which filed for bankruptcy on 27 July 2012 after its licence was suspended by the Polish Aviation Authority. for any body that has suffered as a result of cancellations and delay may be able to claim compnsation. http://www.moneysavi

ngexpert.com/travel/

flight-delays
"No Southend Airport customers are believed to be affected by the loss of the airline."

What does your comment have to do with anything?
[quote][p][bold]maxell[/bold] wrote: OLT Express Poland (ICOA: YAP) was a Polish charter airline, formally known as Yes Airways. On the 31st July 2012 it suspended all charter services, less than a week after the scheduled sister airline OLT Express Regional cancelled all its services. Stranded customers are to be returned home on LOT servicesAll leased aircraft were repossessed by lessors, and even some wet lease pilots were released back to their employer airlines. It is a sister airline of OLT Express Regional (ICOA: JEA), which filed for bankruptcy on 27 July 2012 after its licence was suspended by the Polish Aviation Authority. for any body that has suffered as a result of cancellations and delay may be able to claim compnsation. http://www.moneysavi ngexpert.com/travel/ flight-delays[/p][/quote]"No Southend Airport customers are believed to be affected by the loss of the airline." What does your comment have to do with anything? supershrimper
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9:31am Sat 2 Feb 13

tophatdt says...

An effort to save OLT Express failed......let's move on....they have gone...but new ones will try to succeed in the future.
An effort to save OLT Express failed......let's move on....they have gone...but new ones will try to succeed in the future. tophatdt
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