Glasgow Airport Movements 2022
As of January 2022, the content of my monthly Glasgow Airport Movements pages will likely be somewhat reduced. This is mainly due to other commitments and the fact that the current downturn in flights has meant a considerable drop in the volume and variety of interesting aircraft passing through Glasgow Airport.
The global pandemic has presented the aviation industry with major challenges and although there are signs of recovery in many sectors, it may be a long time before the situation stabilises. Large-scale worldwide travel has been detrimentally impacted with fewer airlines offering fewer routes than before, but with the same number of airports vying for business. Many airports, especially those in a similar position to Glasgow (which has already seen most of its international routes relocate to Edinburgh), will struggle to regain lost business and secure new connections in an intensively competitive market.
The middle of the month saw three storms sweep across the UK within a week causing widespread travel disruption and misery for many. The first was Dudley on Wednesday 16 February, closely followed by Eunice on the 18th then Storm Franklin on February 20. High winds, fallen trees, night-time flooding and snow in some places, led to chaos across the transport network.
This is the M80 near Castlecary, between Glasgow and Stirling. Flights from Glasgow Airport weren`t badly affected though.
The Invasion of Ukraine
Storms at this time of year are commonplace, but the world watched on in shock and disbelief as Russia's President Vladimir Putin launched his cataclysmic Red Storm on neighbouring Ukraine and its people. On February 24, he ordered the first of 190,000 troops, which had been massing in Russia and Belarus, into Ukraine, a move which had a seismic effect on Europe and the Western world. Global security and the world`s economy became far more volatile in an instant. Three days before the full-scale dawn attack was launched, the Kremlin broadcast Putin's pre-recorded hour-long, rambling address in which he emphasised that Russians and Ukrainians were `one people,` and argued that Ukraine's statehood was a demonstrable fiction and a mistake, its population, controlled by neo-Nazis and bandits, was in urgent need of liberation and would welcome Russian troops with flowers and smiles. The neo-Nazi reference regarding Ukraine`s government was particularly bizarre as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish.
Apparent intelligence failures led Moscow to believe Russian forces could achieve their initial objectives by rapid advances spearheaded by small, specialised units and airborne drops which would quickly penetrate Ukrainian defenses and decapitate Zelensky's government in the capital, Kyiv. These high-risk operations failed, with units bogged down and destroyed by highly motivated, well-trained, and well-armed Ukrainian defenders. Lack of progress has resulted in the invaders resorting to indiscriminate mass artillery bombardments and long-range rocket and missile strikes, to not only soften up defences but terrorise the civilian population and pound them into submission. Thousands of homes and vital civilian infrastructure including hospitals and schools have already been destroyed. Russia does not refer to the ongoing situation as a war, or an invasion, and state media must refer to it as a `Special Military Operation.` Draconian laws have been drafted so that anyone referring to the invasion as such, or spreading `fake news` would be liable arrest and could spend to up to 15 years in prison.
Not only did Putin badly underestimate the capabilities of his armed forces, but he also gravely miscalculated the West`s resolve. Now NATO, the rest of Europe and much of the wider world stand unified in response to Russia's aggression. Ukraine`s losses are horrendous, but Moscow now sits atop a pile of economic rubble because of the devastating sanctions imposed and now counts the cost, not only in rubles but bodies, as high-quality weapons and defensive systems, many of which have been supplied by Ukraine's allies, take their toll.
(Ukraine images: © Sky News, ABC News, PA)
Early in the campaign, Putin announced that he was placing his nuclear forces on `high alert` which understandably caused widespread concern and met with almost universal condemnation, especially given Russia`s previous use of chemical weapons. He said his order was in response to aggression shown by the west, but rather than a real escalation, his likely aim was to emphasize that should NATO choose to intervene militarily he would have no choice but to escalate. The change to `high alert` came just a few days after the Russian leader`s TV address during which he warned that should any country try to interfere in Ukraine, there would be consequences `such as you have never seen in your entire history.`
Following the launch of the invasion, Ukrainian airspace immediately became out of bounds to aircraft not involved in the conflict, forcing thousands of flights to re-route, as this screenshot from FlightRadar24 shows. A massive aerial operation was mounted by NATO and non-alliance partners to protect NATO`s eastern flank. Military planes operating over Poland and other countries bordering Ukraine sometimes showed on flight-tracking websites and these included tankers, intelligence gathering aircraft and transports, as well as occasional front-line fighters and UK-based B-52 bombers. Obviously this is just a small fraction of the airborne assets at the West`s disposal, and their identities and locations are being made available as another reminder to Russia of the extent of NATO`s resolve.
(Above photo: © AFP/ Business Insider. Following image © Reuters)
When the Russian invasion was launched, Antonov An-225 Mriya, the world`s largest aircraft, was undergoing maintenance at the Antonov plant at Hostomel Airport, near Hostomel, which is a northwestern suburb of Kyiv. The huge freighter could not be flown to a secure location and remained hangered while a fierce battle for control of the strategically important facility took place, during which the airport changed hands several times. Following contrasting reports as to the iconic freighter`s status it was eventually confirmed that it had been destroyed during the fighting. A press release on 27 February, however, said that the company planned to rebuild the iconic plane at Russia`s expense. The statement said: `The restoration is estimated to take over over five years and at a cost of $3 billion US Dollars. Our task is to ensure that these costs are covered by the Russian Federation, which has caused intentional damage to Ukraine's aviation and the air cargo sector.` A Ukrainian government spokesman also said that the An-225 would be rebuilt.
Glasgow-based charter aircraft present at the beginning of the month were Boeing 737-8s G-JZBI, G-JZBL, G-JZBM, G-JZBN, G-JZBO and G-JZHT, all from the Jet2 fleet, plus B737-8MAX G-TUMO of TUI. February`s noteworthy airliners as follows: Wednesday 2 February 2022: Boeing 737-8200 MAX SP-RZD Buzz and Airbus A319-112 D-AILH Lufthansa (Star Alliance Livery); Thursday 3 February 2022: A321-231W EC-MLD (f/v) Vueling, plus BA Airbus A320-232 G-EUYM departed after storage/maintenance; Friday 4 February 2022: Airbus A320-214 EI-DEI Aer Lingus (Irish Rugby colours); Sunday 6 February 2022: Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-EGE Emirates (United Arab Emirates 50th titles); Monday 7 February 2022: Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-ECU Emirates (Expo 2020 - Opportunity Livery), A320-214 EI-DEI Aer Lingus (Irish Rugby) again and B737-8K5(WL) OO-TNB (f/v) TUI Belgium; Wednesday 9 February 2022: Airbus A320-251NG-TTNA British Airways (BA Better World Livery), Embraer ERJ-190SR G-LCAG (f/v) British Airways, Boeing 737-8MAX SP-RZF Buzz and Airbus A320-214 EI-DVM Aer Lingus (Retro colours)...
Above: BA`s Better World liveried Airbus A320-251N G-TTNA worked a Glasgow-LHR Shuttle service on Wednesday 9 February 2022.
Sunday 13 February 2022: A320-214 EI-DEO Aer Lingus (Irish Rugby Team Livery); Tuesday 15 February 2022: Embraer ERJ-190LR D-ACJJ German Airways from Alicante; Wednesday 16 February 2022: Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-EGB Emirates (Year of the Fiftieth Livery), Airbus A320-232 YL-LDJ (f/v) SmartLynx (all-white colours) arrived with Bodo/Glimt from Bodo, while Enter Air Boeing 737-8Q8W SP-ESK (f/v) brought the team`s supporters, Airbus A319-114 D-AILF Lufthansa (Star Alliance Livery). Airbus A320-233 G-POWK Titan Airways departed with Rangers FC to Dortmund and BAe AVRO 146-RJ100 G-JOTS Jota Aviation transported the Gers` fans; Thursday 17 February 2022: A320-214 EI-DEO Aer Lingus (Irish Rugby), plus Boeing 737-8MG(WL) G-JZBL Jet2 departed with Rangers fans to Munster, Enter Air Boeing 737-8Q8W SP-ESK departed with Rangers fans to Cologne; Friday 18 February 2022: Boeing 737-804(WL) PH-CDF (f/v) Corendon Dutch Airlines and Boeing 737-8 MAX G-TUMH (f/v) TUI (Marrakesh> Manchester wind diversion).
Above: SmartLynx Airbus A320-232 YL-LDJ (f/v) arrives with Norwegian football team FK Bodo/Glimt from Bodo on 16 February.
Saturday 19 February 2022: Boeing 737-8AS(WL) 9H-QAO (f/v) Ryanair Malta (Rugby charter from / to Treviso), Lufthansa Airbus A320-214 D-AIZN (Star Alliance Livery) and Embraer ERJ-190LR D-AECB (f/v), plus A320-251N G-TTNK British Airways headed south after a period of storage/maintenance; Sunday 20 February 2022: A320-214 EI-DVM Aer Lingus (Retro colours), Boeing 737-8AS(WL) SP-RSO Ryanair Sun and BAe AVRO 146-RJ100 G-JOTS Jota Aviation; Monday 21 February 2022: BA A320-232 G-EUUR left after maintenance; Tuesday 22 February 2022: A320-214 EI-DEO Aer Lingus (Irish Rugby); Wednesday 23 February 2022: Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-EPE Emirates (Expo 2020 - Sustainability Livery), A320-214 D-AIZR Eurowings (Borussia Dortmund BVB09 Livery) arrived with Borussia Dortmund from Dortmund, plus Embraer ERJ-190LR D-ACJJ German Airways arrived from the same location with the team`s supporters...
Soon to depart, Aer Lingus A320-214 EI-DVK taxis past Area Juliet en route to Alpha One on Sunday 27 February.
Thursday 24 February 2022: Eurowings A320W D-AIZR (BVB 09 colours) returned. Jet2 Boeing 737-8MG(WL) G-JZBM departed with Celtic to Bodo and Boeing 737-8K5(WL) G-TAWB of TUI/Sunwing took the Celtic fans; Friday 25 February 2022: Airbus A319-112 D-AIBH Lufthansa (Star Alliance Livery), A320 EI-DVM Aer Lingus (Retro colours), plus Boeing 737-8MG(WL) G-JZBO and TUI Boeing 737-8K5(WL) G-TUKM (f/v) returned with Celtic fans from Bodo; Saturday 26 February 2022: Airbus A321-271NX C-GOIJ restarted the Air Transat Glasgow/Toronto service; Monday 28 February 2022: and finally, another visit by A320-214 EI-DEO Aer Lingus (Irish Rugby Livery).
Jota Aviation BAe AVRO 146-RJ100 G-JOTS called in on February 16 to collect Rangers fans and take them to Munster for their team`s Europa League clash with Dortmund. This British specialist charter company is often used for flights in connection with football matches.
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Through at Edinburgh, Ryanair has announced its biggest ever summer schedule from Edinburgh with two additional aircraft increasing the based fleet to ten, of which five will be Boeing 737MAX8-200 aircraft. The airline will operate 65 routes including eight new summer destinations (Bari, Cork, Madrid, Marrakesh, Nimes, Palermo, Paris, and Santiago de Compostela), a total of 250 weekly flights (50 more than pre-pandemic summer 2019).
Above: One of the Ryanair / Buzz Boeing 737-8AS(WL)s, SP-RKM, is pictured above at Glasgow, having just arrived on Sunday 27 February.
Photo courtesy of STV News ©.
Glasgow-based Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline celebrated its 60th anniversary on 01 February and as a thankyou to its passengers, it marked the day by announcing that 18 more routes are being added to its codeshare agreement with British Airways. There were also balloons, cake, and commemorative chocolates for passengers on every flight and a special 60th anniversary offer for its Clan Loganair frequent flyers.
Meanwhile the following fleet changes had either taken place or were due to do so: ATR72-212A G-FBXA re-registered as 2-FBXA and G-FBXB to 2-FBXB, both currently stored at Francazal, ATR72-600 G-LMTD, `Clan Duncan / Clann MacDonnchaidh` due March 2022, ATR72-600 G-LMTE `Clan MacEwen / Clann MacEoghainn` due Apr 22, ATR72-500F G-LMRW (ex OY-YBU) due Aug 22, ATR72-500F G-LMRY (ex F-OMRU) due Apr 22, ATR72-500Fs G-LMRV and G-LMRX Acquired. Saab 340 G-LGND was withdrawn from use (WFU) on 01 Feb 22. It flew Glasgow-Orebro, Sweden on 18 Feb 22 and is now with Nyx Air.
Only two noteworthy turboprops called in this month: Thursday 24 February: ATR 72-500(F) HB-ABS (f/v) of Zimex/Afrijet flew in from Basel for a fuel stop en route to Keflavik. Saturday 25 February 2022: ATR 72-201(F) EI-SON (f/v) ASL Airlines (All white colours);
A modest amount of corporate traffic passing through which is no surprise at this time of year. Tuesday 1 February 2022: February`s biz-jets kicked-off with Learjet 75 G-ZNTJ of Zenith Aviation which flew in from Biggin Hill and Embraer Phenom 300 G-JMBO. Based Cessna CitationJet CJ2 G-NOCM of Air Charter Scotland and Citation Bravo G-CMBC were stopovers from January. Wednesday 2 February 2022: Cessna Citation Bravo G-CMBC flew in again, plus Cessna Citation Excel CS-DXZ, CitationJet CJ2s G-TWOP and D-ISJP, Learjet 254D N304VS from Keflavik and Embraer Legacy 650 G-SUGR of Air Charter Scotland; Saturday 5 February 2022: Dassault Falcon 2000EX G-NJAD, Cessna Citation XLS G-NJAC and Raytheon Hawker 750 9H-BSA; Sunday 6 February 2022: Gulfstream GV-SP N46GJ (f/v); Monday 7 February 2022: Gulfstream G650 M-ARJB (f/v); Tuesday 8 February 2022: Cessna CitationJet CJ4 M-KNOX made 2 visits; Wednesday 9 February 2022: Gulfstream G550 VP-CHI and Embraer Phenom 300 2-EMBR; Thursday 10 February 2022: Learjet 55 D-CGBR Jet Executive International Charter GmbH (from Grenoble/to Luton) and Learjet 75 G-ZNTH Zenith Aviation (from/to Farnborough) and Eclipse 500 2-MINI...
Friday 11 February 2022: Learjet 75 G-USHA and Raytheon Hawker 750 9H-BSA; Saturday 12 February 2022: Gulfstream G650ER N4CP (f/v), Bombardier Challenger 650 N244QS (f/v) from Toronto, Embraer Legacy 650 G-SUGR Air Charter Scotland from Grenoble, plus Dassault Falcon 2000EXs G-NJAD and CS-DLE; Sunday 13 February 2022: Bombardier Global 6000 EC-LTF Gestair, Raytheon 390 Premier I M-RKAY and Embraer Phenom 300 G-JMBO (plus other dates); Monday 14 February 2022: Legacy 650 G-SUGR and Falcon 2000EX G-NJAD both returned; Tuesday 15 February 2022: Bombardier Global 6000 9H-VJW (f/v) VistaJet from John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana, and Citation XLS G-NJAB from Oxford; Wednesday 16 February 2022: Raytheon Hawker 750 9H-BSA; Thursday 17 February 2022: Bombardier Global 5000 D-AVBA (f/v), Cessna 680A Citation Latitude D-CAWK from Malaga and Citation XLS G-NJAB) returned...
Sunday 20 February 2022: Cessna CitationJet CJ3 2-TEAM flew in from Jersey/ dep for Farnborough, plus Cessna 680A Citation Latitude G-LATO and Learjet 45 G-FEMC both operated by Zenith Aviation; Tuesday 22 February 2022: Gulfstream G550 VP-CHI, Cessna Citation Latitude G-SHUI Air Charter Scotland, Embraer Phenom 300 D-CSCE and Raytheon Hawker 125-900XP F-HPHX (f/v); Wednesday 23 February 2022: Cessna Citation M2 2-COOK; Thursday 24 February 2022: Citation Latitude G-SHUI returned, plus Learjet 40 G-UXLA (f/v) from Southampton; Global 6000 9H-VJC VistaJet Malta from Geneva, Embraer Phenom 300E D-CNOW (f/v), Citation M2 G-CMTO and CitationJet Cj2+ G-ILBG; Friday 25 February 2022: Gulfstream G450 G-TAYC, Dassault Falcon 2000LX LX-EPE, Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2+ OY-JSW from Aarhus, Denmark, CitationJet CJ3 2-TEAM and Citation M2 G-CMTO; Saturday 26 February 2022: Embraer Phenom 300s F-HRDG (f/v) and F-HLRS, plus Citation M2 F-HSHC (f/v); Sunday 27 February 2022: CitationJet CJ1 G-KION; Monday 28 February 2022: Falcon 7X M-CELT was this month`s last corporate arrival.
Above: On Tuesday 15 February, Bombardier Global 6000 9H-VJW (f/v) of VistaJet flew in from John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana, California, with actor Michael Keaton who is starring in Batgirl, the latest movie in the Batman Dark Knight franchise. The Caped Crusader has never been more popular with moviegoers and the producers identified locations in Glasgow as suitable atmospheric, gothic-style backdrops, none more so than the Necropolis. In addition to being an interesting place to explore, the summit of the ancient cemetery makes an excellent vantage point for wide-ranging views of Glasgow and its fabulous architecture - ideal as a stand in for Gotham City. Batgirl is expected to be released later this year.
(Batman images courtesy BBC News/Daily Record).
Above: Photographed at close range during a blizzard, moments from touchdown on Runway 23 on 24 February: Learjet 40 G-UXLA (f/v) from Southampton followed by Global 6000 9H-VJC of VistaJet Malta. The latter biz-jet had flown in from Geneva, Switzerland.
Embraer Phenom 300s F-HRDG (f/v) and F-HLRS, obviously connected with the Scotland v France Six Nations Rugby match at Murrayfield, flew in on Saturday 26 February from Edinburgh to park, German-registered Phenom 300E D-CNOW (f/v) (on the right above) was an arrival from the 24th. Unfortunately, France romped to a six-try win with the home team greatly outclassed on the day.
Dassault Falcon 2000LX LX-EPE of Global Jet Luxembourg, Area J, Sunday 27 February 2022.
Once again, mainly Beech twins and Rescue helicopters although there were a couple of less-common visitors: Tuesday 1 February 2022: King Air 200s G-VALK from Biggin Hill and G-IASC; Wednesday 2 February 2022: King Air 200 G-CIFE, plus Cessna 208 Caravan I Floatplane G-LAUD made 2 touch-and-gos; Thursday 3 February 2022: King Air 200s G-FLYK Fly Wales and G-WCCP, plus King Air 350 SE-LLU. HMCG S-92A G-MCGF called in during the early hours; Friday 4 February 2022: King Air 200s G-WCCP and G-VALK; Saturday 5 February 2022: Piper PA-46-600TP Meridian G-ETET; Sunday 6 February 2022: King Air 200 G-CIFE, plus PA-46-600TP G-ETET returned; Monday 7 February 2022: King Air 200 G-IASB; Tuesday 8 February 2022: King Air 350 G-SRBM stopped off en route from Islay to Cannes, King Air 200 G-FSEU (plus other dates) and HMCG Sikorsky S-92A G-MCGF; Wednesday 9 February 2022: AW189 G-MCGT HMCG; Thursday 10 February 2022: King Air 350 G-SRBM (plus other dates)...
Friday 11 February 2022: Diamond DA42 Twin Star G-ZAZU; Sunday 13 February 2022: Pilatus PC-12/47E G-LUSO; Monday 14 February 2022: Sikorsky S-92A G-MCGF HMCG, plus DA42 G-ZAZU returned for another overshoot; Tuesday 15 February 2022: Beech King Air C90GTx M-TSRI and Coastguard AW189 G-MCGT; Thursday 17 February 2022: Diamond DA 62 G-JAAM from Isle of Man and HMCG AW189 G-MCGR; Friday 18 February 2022: AW189 G-MCGM, plus G-MCGR returned; Saturday 19 February 2022: HMCG AW189s G-MCGM and G-MCGT; Sunday 20 February 2022: Piaggio P-180 Avanti II 2-COOL (f/v)...
Monday 21 February 2022: DA62 G-JAAM, plus DA42 G-CIKM overshot Runway 23 at 12:45 hrs; Tuesday 22 February 2022: HMCG AW189 G-MCGR (3 visits & returned 23rd/24th; Thursday 24 February 2022: King Air 200GT M-CDJC from Farnborough; Friday 25 February 2022: Diamond DA42 G-ZAZU and DA42 G-CIKM each made an overshoot of Runway 23. Saturday 26 February 2022: King Air 200 G-FLYK; Sunday 27 February 2022: Pilatus PC-12/47E G-FLXI and King Air G-FLYK returned; Monday 28 February 2022: King Air 200GT G-IASB and further overshoots by DA42s G-ZAZU and G-CIKM.
The first military aircraft to visit Glasgow Airport this month was RAF Lockheed C-130J Hercules ZH867 (f/v), callsign `Comet 120`, on Monday 7 February which carried out two touch-and- gos via Runway 23 at 12:05 and 12:20 hours while on a training sortie. It was followed by German Air Force Bombardier Global 6000 14+07 on Wednesday 16th which did two approaches mid-morning before heading back to base.
Based University Air Squadron Grob Tutor G-CGKE departed south on 27 January with G-BYVH (ex Leuchars) acting as crew ferry for the journey. This means that for the time being the UAS has no aircraft currently on strength. Saturday 25 February 2022: French Navy Embraer EMB 121 Xingu (pronounced `Shingoo`) Serial Number 85 landed about 13:20 hours and parked up overnight. It left mid-morning the following day.
Construction & Development
This small herd of Roe Deer, photographed from Walkinshaw Road, was foraging along the fence line on the south bank of the Black Cart Water.
The new development off Abbotsinch Rd on the opposite side of the airport has greatly reduced territory for wildlife, especially the larger mammals.
A dump of snow in the early hours of Thursday 24 February had mostly melted by mid-afternoon. The snow clearers at Glasgow kept the airport open with minimal disruption but other parts of Scotland were harder hit with roads in the north and northeast faring the worst. This is the view west from the new cycle / footbridge over the Black Cart Water...
The river crossing and connecting routes opened for business this month.
The new light-controlled pedestrian crossing just west of the bridge should make things a bit safer for all road users at this location.
This ultra-wide panorama shows both ends of the new bridge and the old stone bridge - the new construction doesn`t look like this in real life!
In the Garden
In addition to the usual tits and finches, a pair of Redpolls appeared at the feeder late afternoon on the 17th, stocking up on calories before Storm Eunice blew in overnight. The Spring breeding season and northbound migration has already begun with large skeins of Geese overflying the airport and surrounding area.
The increased avian activity always keeps Airside Ops busy at this time of year. Most of the birds that touch down inside or close to the permitter fence can be scared off relatively easily, but this chilled-out Swan enjoying the sunshine in a large puddle that formed after overnight rain near Taxiway Golf wasn`t so keen to shift. Despite some vigorous shooing and arm waving, rather than take flight it swam over to see if any treats were on offer. I continued round the perimeter after I took these snaps but could hear that it took three bird-scaring flares to persuade the Swan to relocate.
Out & About
Every two years, Scotland play France at Murrayfield during the Six Nations rugby tournament, a clash which attracts a large number of travelling French supporters. Most make their way to the Scottish capital by air and in years gone by, many of the planes parked up and stayed until the Monday morning to allow the French fans to celebrate or, depending on the result, drown their sorrows in Edinburgh`s bars, restaurants and clubs.
On Friday 25 February, with the match scheduled for the following day, I drove through to Edinburgh hoping for a crop of interesting planes but, like the previous Scotland/France Six Nations 2 years before, the variety and number was a bit disappointing. Before the pandemic struck causing a global downturn in the aviation industry the event drew a decent number of airframes, many seldom seen at Scottish airports. As in 2020 though, many of the flights were operated by an Enter Air Boeing 737s, some of which made return trips throughout the day.
Airbus A320-214 EI-DEI Aer Lingus (Irish Rugby Team Livery) made at least two trips between Dublin and the Scottish capital on Friday.
At least the weather was fine and the mound provides excellent views of the action.
Embraer ERJ-175STD PH-EXI of KLM Cityhopper.
Above: Go2Sky Boeing 737-8BK(WL) OM-GTH is still in Corendon Airlines colours after lease.
Aptly-registered Airbus A320-251N 9H-NEO was the first of two Air Malta jets to arrive with Rugby fans.
The second was 9H-NEC (below)...
Embraer ERJ-190LR D-AZFA of German Airways.
Regional carrier German Airways has its headquarters in Düsseldorf. It was formerly named Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter or LGW for short. Like many other small airlines It has struggled financially, even before the pandemic struck. In 2017, after years of cooperation with Air Berlin, it became a subsidiary of the larger company and when Air Berlin collapsed, German Airways was purchased by Lufthansa and became a unit of the group's low-cost carrier Eurowings. The contract with Eurowings was terminated in April 2020 and LGW filed for insolvency. Now back up and running, the German Airways fleet currently comprises five Embraer ERJ-190s, one of which is permanently parked up.
Wizz Air Airbus A321-271NX G-WUKO vacates the runway after landing.
Loganair ATR 42-500s G-LMRE (above) and G-LMRD (below).
Perhaps a group of like-minded Scottish entrepreneurs could launch a new carrier- GTF Airlines anyone?
Vueling Airbus A321-231(WL) EC-MPV.
Boeing 737-86J(WL) PH-CDH of Corendon Dutch Airlines.
Airbus A320-216 EC-NON of Volotea.
Smartwings Boeing 737-8GQ OK-TSO.
TUI Boeing 737-8K5(WL) G-TAWB is still in partial Sunwing colours.
Boeing 737-8Q8(WL) SP-ENX in an 100 Years of Independence livery made a welcome change from the Enter Air jets in standard colours.
Manx-registered Bombardier BD-700 Global 5000 M-PORT is operated by Sirom Aviation Ltd.
Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 2-NITE was the only other corporate jet photographed during my visit.