Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4023 times:
The airport Cologne/Bonn is planning low-cost flights to the United States. Michael Garvens (general manager of the airport) told the German magazine "Der Spiegel" that he is currently talking with well-known US airlines.
The destination of the new route is probably a city in the Middle West of the United States, already existing low-cost airlines from Germany like Germanwings and Hapag-Lloyd Express could operate feeder flights from German as well as European cities.
The oneway fares will start at 100 EUR, tickets should be bookable via the internet only. Amenities like lounges or frequent flyer programs will be not available to save costs.
The full article (unfortunately only in German) can be found here:
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3940 times:
Oh, I just saw that the article is from April 24th . Anyway, I heard it in the radio news today (on WDR 2) but I didn't find anything on the WDR homepage, so I searched via the Yahoo news search, then I got this article.
Ushermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2965 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3578 times:
Well if they have those fares year round, I'd for sure call it low cost.
Since it's half of what you pay on a regular restricted ticket in the low season, when you don't get a super special offer and a quarter than you'd pay between July and October this year.
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4693 posts, RR: 42
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3521 times:
Please keep it calm guys, this is not a revolutionary new concept, it is just what long-range charter flights with high-density configured aircraft are today. Only the seats won't be sold by brokers and tour operators, but directly to the customers.
And I am also pretty sure that we will see several renowned European airlines match their fare with similar offers, but also including frequent flyer miles and "full frills" onboard service.
Don't take me wrong, more competition means more choices and better fares for us customers. It is just not a very definitive plan yet and certainly not such a totally kick-ass new concept if you think about it.
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Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19204 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3511 times:
While not directly related to Germany, there's little or no point operating a low-cost airline between the UK and USA, as airfares are already low during the off-season - even 180.00 pounds return sometimes. However, there is probably a need for low-cost travel from the UK to the USA during the summer, when fares soar considerably - it's not unusual to see fares for 400-500 or more to NYC from LHR and even more to the west. So it would be good to have cheap fares during the summer. You could acquire a couple of old 747-200s or DC-10s, but two major problems would exist: a) what would you do with the aircraft during the off-season when they're not needed; and b) what would you do with the staff you have hired?
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