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LCC's In Eastern Europe?  
User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2926 posts, RR: 3
Posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3079 times:

How long does it take before european LCC's will expand their services to eastern parts of europe? I know EZY flies to the Checz republic and Slovenia as of now but when will they (or someone else) expand further to countries like Ukraine? Ukraine is especially interesting for me as i have a friend there and getting there today would require one to fly with lufthansa or BA which naturally are not the cheapest!

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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4706 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3067 times:

You mean to the former CIS countries? because AFAIK, there is already a multitude of airlines from EU states flying to the new EU members (e.g. 4U, EZY, AB), and a number of startups in these countries (e.g. Skyeurope from Slovakia, Air Polonia and Whizz from Poland).

Concerning the CIS countries, I have my doubt that there is a reasonably large market within the next few years. Restrictive bilateral aviation agreements, stringent VISA rules and a very low household income in the CIS being some of the prime reasons.

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User currently offlineSteph001 From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3062 times:

Hi MIka,

to answer your question: yes, there are LCC's in Eastern Europe , as SkyEurope http://www.skyeurope.com with hubs in BTS and BUD, Air Polonia http://www.airpolonia.com/index.php?lang=en with a hub I guess in WAW. Some days ago I saw a thread in this forum about a new LCC with a hub in PRG.

Unfortunately I don't know whether there are LCC's to the Ukraine. I know that VolareWeb flies from Venice to Bucharest, but I really don't know anything about the Ukraine.

If you are looking for cheaper flights than LH or BA you may try Malev http://www.malev.hu or CSA http://www.csa.cz, who serve KPB (Kiev-Borispol).



User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3065 times:

Here are the destinations outside of new EU/EEC/Croatia currently served by LCC's :-

Albania - Tirana - Volareweb from Bari
Bosnia - Sarajevo - Snowflake from CPH
Georgia - Tblisi - Germania Express from CGN
Kosovo - Pristina - Snowflake from CPH
Macedonia - Skopje - Snowflake from CPH & Germania Express from DUS
Romania - Bucharest & Timisoara - Volareweb from VCE
Russia - Moscow DME - Germania Express from MUC, DUS, TXL & EVolaVia from Ancona
Serbia - Belgrade - Snowflake from CPH & ARN

No LCC has yet to expand to Bulgaria.

User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3783 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3034 times:

Also, Germanwings flies to:

BUD , K R K , ZAG , PRG and WAW

regards, Florian

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User currently offlineVadheim From Norway, joined Jul 2000, 628 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3018 times:

LCC Norwegian (DY) flies from Oslo (OSL) to:
Berlin (Schönefeld)

..and Trondheim (TRD) to:

...and Bergen (BGO) to:


User currently offlineDelyan From Bulgaria, joined Jun 2005, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2910 times:

Bulgaria will joint the Open Skies Agreement next year and will open its aviation market to LCC.

User currently offlineVS11 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2899 times:

Much as I would like to see LCCs to Bulgaria, the cheapest SOF-LGW is $300, which I think is a lot, I do not see it happening soon. I remember some people in the Government wanted to postpone Bulgaria joining the Open Skies as naturally no Bulgarian airline is competitive enough to compete with a LCC from Western Europe. BulgariaAir is making money as its market is protected. And what about the domestic market. It is crying outloud for more competition. SOF-VAR is EUR 90 return. I hope someone will get the idea and offer new service.


User currently offlineConnector4you From Canada, joined May 2001, 948 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2851 times:

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As far as I know Volareweb is flying into Romania as a "regular-scheduled charter" flight. As a result accommodation for travelers at destination is build-in the airfare. Included accommodation is the "only restriction" that applies to LCC operating into Romania (outside EU). Of course in this case the old "80 EURO" or so for a round-trip is a little higher pending on your chosen accommodation.

Volareweb is quite happy with their "Romanian loads" and have plans to open Milan Malpensa and Rome Fumicino to Bucharest Baneasa.

User currently offlineJU101 From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 832 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2813 times:


I do not know why you state Kosovo seperate from Serbia. Kosovo is a province of Serbia.

Secondly, Snowflake recently pulled the plug on its flights to Belgrade. They faced strong competition from JAT.

User currently offline9A-CRO From Croatia, joined Jun 2000, 1574 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2741 times:

Germawings is about to start flight to both Zagreb and Split.
Also Croatia Airlines operates flights with limited number of low cost seats on domestic routes (ZAG-SPU and ZAG-DBV for less than 15EUR and ZAG-PUY for around 10EUR (no taxes included))

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User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2713 times:

While perhaps some of the Russian carriers are de facto "LCCs" due to the service levels and prices, I believe it is S7 that has a $24 r/t flight from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod, and Aeroflot and Kaliningradavia sell govt subsidized tickets to Kaliningrad from Moscow as well for like $30.

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