Friday 30th January 2015 - Farewell January Blues!

Eastern Airways BAe Jetstream 41 G-MAJC operated their morning flight to Newcastle

United Airlines Boeing 757-224 N13110 was a morning departure to Newark, New York operating the usual flight UA26

Flybe Dash 8-Q402 G-FLBC operated their delayed morning service to Belfast City

Thomson Boeing 737-8K5 G-TAWR was a departure outbound for Hurghada, Egypt

Air France Airbus A320-213 F-HEPD operated their morning flight to Paris CDG whilst a KLM Boeing 737-8 arrived on Runway 33

Monarch Airbus A321-231 G-ZBAJ was another morning service to Hurghada

SAS CRJ-900 OY-KFF operated their flight to Copenhagen, Denmark

Thomson Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-TUID taxied slowly down Sierra towards Runway 33 operating the TOM814 flight to Bridgetown, Barbados whilst a Brussels Airlines Avro RJ100 landed on Runway 33...

...It then departed rapidly off Runway 33 whilst having enough of the January blues!

Thomas Cook Airbus A321-211 G-TCDF was a mid morning departure to Tenerife South

KLM Boeing 737-8BK PH-BXU operated their morning service to Amsterdam

Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-8F2 TC-JHZ was a late morning departure outbound for Istanbul, Turkey...

...Whilst Flybe Embraer 175 G-FBJA taxied behind towards Runway 33 departing for Florence, Italy

Eurowings CRJ-900 D-ACNM operated their flight to Hamburg on behalf of Germanwings

HOP! Embraer 145 F-GUBE was an afternoon departure to Lyon on behalf of Air France

Later on in the afternoon Emirates Boeing 777-31HER A6-EBD operated their usual daily EK40 flight to Dubai

Turkmenistan Boeing 757-22K EZ-A012 departed not long after outbound for Ashgabat

And finally former CityJet VLM Airlines Fokker 50 OO-VLP headed towards Runway 33 operating a service to Paris CDG. This aircraft is currently in a plain white livery with "Spirit of VLM" titles near the nose

Wednesday 28th January 2015 - Hail, Haze & Delays! Severe hail showers and high winds cause disruption

United Airlines Boeing 757-224 N12125 operated their daily 9am service to Newark, New York

Later on in the morning the wind picked up rapidly and some very heavy hail showers passed over the airport which caused arrivals to circle and several aircraft to queue on the taxiway, such as Helvetic Fokker 100, Monarch Airbus A321 and Air Explore Boeing 737 (in photo) at the back of the queue and Ryanair Boeing 737 and SAS CRJ-900 at the front of the queue (not in photo)...

...First to depart after the runway reopened was Thomson Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-TUID which queued on taxiway Sierra outbound for Montego Bay, Jamaica, using full length of the runway and attempting to clear any excess water for the remaining departures! This aircraft includes "Angel of the Sky" titles

...Next to depart was Monarch Airbus A321-231 G-ZBAJ departing for Larnaca

...And finally Air Explore Boeing 787-8Q8 OM-FEX operating a service to Hannover. By now all operations at the airport were back to normal

Flybe Embraer 175 G-FBJA departed to Lyon off Runway 33 after more rain showers

Eastern Airways Embraer 145 G-CGWV operated their delayed morning flight to Newcastle. This aircraft is currently in plain white livery

Towards the end of the morning taxiway Sierra was closed due to maintenance works meaning that taxiway Echo was used for all departures until further notice...

Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 EI-DEP departed for Dublin, another delayed service this morning

Thomson Boeing 737-8K5 G-TAWR operated the TOM676 service to Enfidha, Tunisia

Thomas Cook Airbus A321-211 G-TCDG was a midday departure operating their delayed flight to Fuerteventura

Aer Lingus ATR 72-600 EI-FAW operated their lunchtime service to Dublin

easyJet Airbus A319-111 G-EZGH was a departure outbound for Geneva. The sun did come out eventually!

Lufthansa Airbus A319-114 D-AILN operated their afternoon flight to Frankfurt

Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRHZ operated their afternoon service to Paris CDG, with taxiway Sierra back open going full length!