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Topic: Low Fare European Airlines
Username: Dukebluedevil
Posted 2004-03-17 12:39:32 and read 2242 times.

I just got news today that I have been accepted to the Duke-LSE program for the fall semester, and I will definitely be going. I've travelled through Europe quite a bit, but I would like to go out on my own without my family this time. So I will be using the Low-Fare airlines in Europe. I was wonder which low-fare airlines operated out of any of London's airports and to where they operated, a general "guestimate" on the fares, and a quick review of the airline (ie-aircraft cleanliness, safety, service, fleet, etc). Thanks!

Topic: RE: Low Fare European Airlines
Username: Steph001
Posted 2004-03-17 13:51:15 and read 2186 times.

Ryanair operates from STN, Easyjet both from STN and LTN , as far as I know. See also
http://www.ryanair.com
http://www.easyjet.com

Topic: RE: Low Fare European Airlines
Username: Starlionblue
Posted 2004-03-17 14:04:29 and read 2168 times.

Ryanair is generally considered to be at the bottom when it comes to service, Ts&Cs and so on. Ryanair are clean, no frills, no assigned seating, nothing is free. But you'll get (almost) to your destination. That is, you'll be in the boonies somewhere.

Note also that if you can't get the cheapest fares with the LCCs, BA is quite competitive.

Topic: RE: Low Fare European Airlines
Username: JGPH1A
Posted 2004-03-17 14:24:28 and read 2145 times.

Re: Note also that if you can't get the cheapest fares with the LCCs, BA is quite competitive.

Agreed - and so is BD (sometimes lower than BA by a few Euros).

Topic: RE: Low Fare European Airlines
Username: Pe@rson
Posted 2004-03-17 14:31:02 and read 2132 times.

They are as safe as any other form of airline.

In my (quite comprehensive) experience, both FR and U2 offer excellent value-for-money, at least if you manage to get one of their cheaper fares.

Yes - never assume that low-cost carriers will always be cheaper than 'traditional' airlines, for they are not always. The key is to do an extensive search prior to booking.

Try to be as flexible as you possibly can, for the cheapest fares are almost always designed for the discerning, flexible passenger. Try to travel off-peak (i.e. very early morning, around mid-day or in the very late evening), on a Tuesday or Wednesday, and never during school holidays or other major holidays. Also, don't forget to book 4-6+ weeks in advance, although FR frequently offers last-minute deals, which make it possible to get cheap seats a week before travel.

Topic: RE: Low Fare European Airlines
Username: Alespesl
Posted 2004-03-17 14:41:26 and read 2119 times.

Also Sky Europe operates from STN to Bratislava in Sloakia and to Budapest in Hungary. THis airline is very nice LCC, you will get a drink on board for free and small snack too. The prices for one way are around 25 Euros.

Have a good trip

Topic: RE: Low Fare European Airlines
Username: KEno
Posted 2004-03-17 15:11:50 and read 2088 times.

For me this is the best website about LCC in the whole of europe. You can choose the airport you want to fly from, and the cities & airlines served. Alternatively you can pick your destination and see which airline flies there and from where.

Whichbudget.com
http://www.whichbudget.com/#from16

Topic: RE: Low Fare European Airlines
Username: FlightLover
Posted 2004-03-17 16:00:46 and read 2061 times.

there is another good website if you are looking for cheap flights:
www.openjet.com
good luck on finding a good deal

Topic: RE: Low Fare European Airlines
Username: A330
Posted 2004-03-17 18:25:09 and read 2041 times.

SkyEurope has flights from Stansted, Amsterdam, Paris Orly to Vienna (Bratislava), Budapest and also Poland in the near future.
In my opinion, they provide the best service of all LCC.

Topic: RE: Low Fare European Airlines
Username: ANstar
Posted 2004-03-17 20:28:59 and read 1973 times.

Most European carriers now offer quite competitive fares.

BD, IB, BA, LH etc all do very good specials which can be cheaper than the likes of Ryanair & Easyjet etc

Topic: RE: Low Fare European Airlines
Username: Debonair
Posted 2004-03-17 21:13:11 and read 1948 times.

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http://www.ch-aviation.ch/lcc.php

chris aka debonair

Topic: RE: Low Fare European Airlines
Username: Worldoftui
Posted 2004-03-18 04:56:52 and read 1912 times.

There is also Britannia (and all of the other charters!  Big grin )

The UK charter seat market is one of the most competitive in the world, with hundreds of flights a week, during summer at least, to places all over Europe.
Have a look at......
http://www.thomsonflights.com

and after that plug  Smile have a look at the BAA Gatwick website to get an idea of the massive number of destinations served from LGW.
http://www.baa.com/main/airports/gatwick/terminal_information_frame.html

Luton and Stansted also have very significant numbers due to EZY and FR bases.
http://www.baa.com/main/airports/southampton/terminal_information/destinations_frame.html
http://www.london-luton.co.uk

Still worth checking BA/BD ex LHR though! And SOU is only 1 hour from London by train (not much further than STN) and FlyBe is based there which should offer some great deals too.
http://www.baa.com/main/airports/southampton/terminal_information/destinations_frame.html


Have fun

Mark

Topic: RE: Low Fare European Airlines
Username: Treg
Posted 2004-03-18 14:33:49 and read 1888 times.

If you are interested of exploring north-eastern Europe (Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Sweden), then you can also take Estonian Air from LGW. One-way fares are well below 100 EUR. Not really a LCC but almost Big grin

Topic: RE: Low Fare European Airlines
Username: Ryanair737
Posted 2004-03-18 16:50:34 and read 1839 times.

Germanwings has regular flights from STN and LGW to Cologne/Bonn in Germany using A319s/A320s. They are a very safe airline and they even talk about this on their website. They also have leather seating on all their aircraft.

http://www11.germanwings.com/

Ryanair737

[Edited 2004-03-18 16:58:39]

Topic: RE: Low Fare European Airlines
Username: Heisan67
Posted 2004-03-18 16:58:06 and read 1826 times.

And you may take a trip to Norway by choosing London-Stansted where Norwegian (Norwegian LCC) operates routes to Oslo (OSL-twice a day) and to Bergen (BGO - once a day) and Stavanger (SVG-once a day). Both Bergen and Stavanger is great gateways to the Norwegian fjords.

More on http://www.norwegian.no


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