Will we ever see one stop flights to London Stansted (STN) from Australia?

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ILIKEPLANES101

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Will we ever see one stop flights to London Stansted (STN) from Australia?

ILIKEPLANES101

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Im guessing the best bet would be on emirates or another carrier that is full at LHR and wants to expand to an airport other than LGW

watson374

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Oh, I can't possibly wait for Ryanair to launch one-stop flights to Australia...

anonymous

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AirAsia previously served STN from Australia via KUL. Didn't end up being viable.

ILIKEPLANES101

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Interesting - didnt know they had done that.

Chris_PER

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Was with a fuel guzzling A343, however.  Maybe if they used the A330 neo or A359 on the route it may be more successful...

madge

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Yup. D7 switched to LGW and still failed. Failed at CDG too.

I don't see any long haul LCC returning to the UK any time soon with the high APD charged for flights to the Far East.

Hugo

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It doesn't seem likely. If you look at how much you save by landing at Stansted instead of Heathrow, and then you divide it by the number of passengers, and then you ask yourself how many people are willing to put up with the hassle of going to Stansted just to save that many dollars, you've got your argument one way or the other. The saving would be a small percentage of a long-haul ticket, compared to a large fraction of the cost of a quick hop to Majorca. Furthermore the people who were willing to make the extra hike to Stansted would include a rather small portion of the big money front-of-the-bus pax.

Basically, running an airline whose only passengers are cheapskates who want to save fifteen quid off the cost of a 24-hour flight probably isn't a great business model.

charlieg

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YES! Check out Qatar Airways QR8928  = flightaware . com / live / flight / QTR8928

Thats a one-stop option right there from multiple Australian capitals!

Joshb

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Unfortunately you'd have to be cargo to get on QR8928

ILIKEPLANES101

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If only it was as easy as going in a parcel.

S

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I believe we will see this in the next year or two.

The newly created Thai AirAsia has stated that would like to begin flying to Australia 'shortly', to it's new base in Bangkok. This would likely connect into a flight to Europe down the track.

Tony Fernandes has been pretty public about his ambitions to return to London, due to the new Bankgkok base being within range of Europe with the airline's A330s. Previously they used the gas-guzzling A340s which were bought specifically to fly between KUL and Europe.

smit0847

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Doubt it - LCCs have tried and failed to do ultra long-haul.

johnaboxall

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Yes, it doesn't work. Larger aircraft costs, cost of carrying fuel for long haul, less oppoortiunities to shake down passengers for food, baggage, enterntainment than possible by having more frequent shorter flights, etc. 

TheRealBabushka

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Why Stansted? What is so special about it? I'm curious.

Or are you talking generally about low cost flights to London?

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