Bestwestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 6930 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2225 times:
The STN - AMS route was always supposed to be launched by Go at the start of their second winter, but becasue the AGP, ALC and FAO route were so popular they never quite got around to allocating capacity it. ZRH and LYS were launched instead, with EasyJet beating them to STN - GVA.
LJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4356 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2209 times:
About time! If only it was in operation in early September...
Why, you could also fly Basiq?
Anyway if easyJet's lowest fare is GBP 10 cheaper than the competition, does this mean that I get money to fly easyJet as Basiq's lowest fare is EUR 9 one way?
Anyway, again a route easyJet will loose to Basiq (they lost on AMS-NCE and AMS-BCN and Basiq pre-empted AMS-MAD). However, AMS-STN is still a better idea than the proposed AMS-AGP route (which easyJet is/was also considering).
The Basiqair total is from two one-way €9 fares, the easyJet total is from an outbound fare of £6.99 and an inbound fare of £11.83 - you won't find cheaper fares than that at the moment.
Quite simply, easyJet is cheaper than Basiqair. Yes, a €9 one-way fare does sound great, but Basiqair leave out a greater proportion of additional costs, hence higher total fares.
LJ, your support for Basiqair is admirable, but I fear that, perhaps, you are being patriotic (just a hunch) for no real reason. You suggest that Basiqair may be about to run easyJet out of AMS, which, in my opinion, isn't going to happen. easyJet is, or at least tries to be, a European company, not just a British one. easyJet have done well at AMS, and you can be certain that, without them, Basiqair wouldn't even exist. The days of the national airline in Europe are numbered, so please don't feel regret that those planes flying from AMS may not be Dutch registered. With a bit of luck, one day we may have an EU wide aircraft registration! EU-...?!
Lj From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4356 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2078 times:
You suggest that Basiqair may be about to run easyJet out of AMS, which, in my opinion, isn't going to happen.
easyJet won't be running out of AMS due to Basiq, but I haven't seen any of flights which easyJet would serve out of AMS (Paris, Zurich, Madrid and Malaga) materialise. Maybe next summer, but again I fear that again we won't see any new AMS-non UK flight and thus only have Basiq to the sun.
LJ, your support for Basiqair is admirable, but I fear that, perhaps, you are being patriotic (just a hunch) for no real reason.
I think you overestimate my support for Basiq and underestimate my support for easyJet. I would have flown easyJet to Nice or Madrid, but given the bad schedule to Nice and the fact that easyJet doesn't fly to Madrid (yet?) I don't have many options but to fly Basiq (not that they're a bad airline, but it's usually very difficult to get the cheap fares).
BTW an easyJet manager told a Dutch newspaper a few months ago (when they reduced flights to AMS) that there's too much capacity in the AMS-LON market. Therefore I wonder why easyJet suddenly decided to fly AMS-STN.
DoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2061 times:
It's good in some ways - from what I can see, easyjet's "policy" is for fares to increase as the date of departure draws near....so you know for sure that the only way of getting cheap fares with them is to book as far in advance as possible (barring special offers).
Basiqair (so far) appears to be offering slightly lower fares, even on some last-minute flightd; in some instances, I have seen flights departing in around 4-5 days selling for the promo 9 euros.....I don't know why or how, but I do know that this would not happen with easy.