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Bookings From Eastern Europe To UK Up By 20%  
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3201 times:

With the expansion of the EU tomorrow (01/01/04) BA, Czech Airlines, LOT and other airlines operating on UK-East European routes are reporting an increase of 20% in bookings for flights over the next few weeks as many East European nationals 'migrate' to Britain.


On a slightly unrelated topic, UK charter airlines are seeing a 'huge increase in demand' [Evening Standard] over the next week for holidays to Cyprus, Turkey and Egypt due to the bank holiday weekend.

[Edited 2004-04-30 17:10:51]


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User currently offlineJumbolino From Germany, joined Mar 2001, 490 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3188 times:

First:

Warm Welcome Estonia, Lettland, Lithuania (Litauen), Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta and last but not least Hungary to the European Union !

Second,
might be due to the facts that some people get a job in GB (I think GB and Irleland are the two countries which offers from the first day free living and working to all the new ten members ...) but also one reason might be that
they don't need any visas etc. after midnight and that they simply LIKE TO SEE the EU they joined at midnight  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Jumbolino.



Kind Regards, Jutta.
User currently offlineTs-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3487 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3170 times:


The EU is caught in the trap of its expansion...


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3145 times:
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Some of it is blown out of proportion by the media, but this Eastern European influx was expected anyway. Not only that, tourism from Britain to East European destinations has been increasing in the last few years.



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User currently offlineTreg From Estonia, joined Oct 2001, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3099 times:


Second,
might be due to the facts that some people get a job in GB (I think GB and Irleland are the two countries which offers from the first day free living and working to all the new ten members ...) but also one reason might be that
they don't need any visas etc. after midnight and that they simply LIKE TO SEE the EU they joined at midnight


Cannot be the case as there hasn't been any visa requirement for close to 10 years (I think Estonians can travel without visa already since 1997, most likely Czechs and Hungarians even longer times)


User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5712 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3045 times:

Jumbolino: "free living and working"???

Maybe just that only UK, Ireland and Sweden did not put the new EU members into a position of a 2nd class citizens, with Austria and Germany introducing absurd 7-year temporary measure banning free movement of workforce.

Visa? Are you kidding me? None since 1990...


User currently offlineAlespesl From Czech Republic, joined Jan 2004, 582 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3038 times:

British Airways, Easyjet, Czech Airlines, BMIbaby alone have about 15 daily flights between PRG and LHR,STN,LGW alone plus all other cities in UK and Ireland served by FLYBE, Jet2, Aer Lingus, Flyglobespan, EUjet, maybe others, but cant remember all of them.




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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3002 times:

Slightly off-topic, but why would Slovenia be admitted in this new group but not Croatia?


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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5712 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2989 times:

2 Stretch:

Slovenia is sort of class of its own within the former eastern bloc countries. They have by far the highest GDP per capita (close to Portugal), very decent economy (they had the most valuable industry in former Yugoslavia), great tourism potential... They were smart and lucky enough to pull out of the falling-apart Yugoslavia. Lucky because there was no Serb minority settled in Slovenia and smart to keep the weapons of the former Yugoslav army home-guard so they managed to defeat Serbs within a week or so in 1991. And Serbs left Slovenia alone after that since they did not have any significant territorial or ethnic interests there.
Croatia unfortunately has been too much involved, affected and damaged by the decade of cruel ethnic wars. Without the war Croatia would be a member of NATO and EU by now, I'm pretty sure about that.


User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7152 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2942 times:

Slovenia is a wealthier country per capita than Greece.

Typical Media hype, of course bookings are up... fares have fallen, and capacity has increased. However - the vast vast majority of passengers between the UK and Central Europe (not eastern europe) come from the UK. On a typical easyJet PRG flight, you would be lucky to find more than a handful of Czech people.



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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2919 times:

On a typical easyJet PRG flight, you would be lucky to find more than a handful of Czech people.

And on an EZY flight from NCL-PRG you would be lucky to find a handful of people sober  Wink/being sarcastic



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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5712 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2872 times:

It's becoming more and more popular by the Brits to come to Prague just for a day or two on EasyJet, Jet2 or some last minute deals by CSA, get totally trashed Nuts with Czech beer and then fly back. "Tourists" from hell  Acting devilish Acting devilish Acting devilish doing really good job in driving other, decent tourists, away.

User currently offlineCtrl_alt_del From Ireland, joined Feb 2001, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2861 times:

L410Turbolet
Those are the same "tourists" which spend a weekend in Dublin using cheap Ryanair tickets from the UK, welcome to the EU.


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

Since EZY started NCL-PRG, apparently alcohol sales in Prague have risen 250%
 Big thumbs up  Laugh out loud



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User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7152 posts, RR: 57
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2832 times:

Since Ezy started NCL PRG no Czech person wants to come to England! Dont think we speak english over here anymore...


The world is really getting smaller these days
User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2802 times:

According to Slovenian media sources, the vast majority of bookings (about 80%) on EasyJet's STN-LJU service have been made by British tourists, as was the intention of the consortium that pushed for the new service. Some complain that EasyJet's passengers will not spend as much as other tourists, but most observers believe this is a big boost for the country's rapidly growing tourist industry.

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(BTW, L410Turbolet answered Stretch 8's question really well, but for a discussion on the enlargment, as well as details about Croatia's future membership, there is a thread open on the Non-Aviation Forum. Please post any questions over there as I'm afraid some mods may delete them here:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/non_aviation/read.main/540652/)

[Edited 2004-05-05 19:13:22]

User currently offlineAdriaticflight From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 516 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2756 times:

Eastern Euorpe is very very popular with the British nowadays. Just look through any sunday papers's travel section and you will see. I read some of the right wing newspapers over the weekend, it was disgusting. There were comments like "Tommorow the Slovak gypsies arrive" and there were interviews with so called 'gypsies' who claimed to be packing for their new life in Britain.
Even the BBC is guilty of a bit of stirring, they sent a reporter to Bratislava airport a few weeks ago. He was talking about gypsies migrating whilst standing under a Sky Euorpe sign advertising flights to London for 30Euro.
Can you imagine if newspapers talked about 'blacks' migrating to the UK, they would be closed down, but they are allowed to slag off gypsies.
I really hope that the planes were full this weekend, with people taking the opportunity to visit our neighbours and get to experience some of the rich cultures and great cities of these new members.

I recomend to anyone to go and visit: Ljubljana (been 5 times it's great), Vilnius, Bratislava, Budapest, Prague and although not in the EU, go to Sofia, Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik. In fact take the opportunity to so wherever you can.

EASYJET and RYANAIR should be given awards, they have done more for allowing the people of Europe to get to know each other than almost anyting else.


User currently offlineCopySouthwest From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2739 times:

PHX-LJU
Some complain that EasyJet's passengers will not spend as much as other tourists

I wonder how true this is. I spent last weekend in Ljubljana and having spent only GBP 30 on the easyJet flight I ended up staying in a more expensive hotel and spending more money in the city then I would have otherwise. The mini-break was also a great 'taster' of Slovenia ... I will be back!

Adriaticflight
In fact take the opportunity to so wherever you can.

Now that is good advice! Also, I must agree about Ljubljana, it is great!



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User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2722 times:

CopySouthwest wrote:

"I wonder how true this is. I spent last weekend in Ljubljana and having spent only GBP 30 on the easyJet flight I ended up staying in a more expensive hotel and spending more money in the city then I would have otherwise. The mini-break was also a great 'taster' of Slovenia ... I will be back!"

Oh, I agree with you wholeheartedly. The flights are great news for Slovenia and will introduce many Britons, especially young ones, to the country. It seems to me that the comments I talked about often originate with those in the tourist industry who fear change.

Glad you enjoyed your visit... How about a first-ever trip report for this service? We'd love to read about your experience!


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