Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12166 posts, RR: 35 Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 556 times:
How far are European airlines going to go with giving their low cost carriers strange names. Now we have two "big brother" based low cost carriers - Go (BA) and Buzz (KLM) both facing each other down at Stansted. What's next? SAS to set up Smorgasbord? Lufthansa to launch "Achtung" or Iberia's new "Paella" or "Siesta"?
Joking apart, this is really something which was forced on KLM uk, as its Stansted home base must have been quite badly affected by the low cost carriers. Low cost carriers certainly seem to be the way forward.
A proposal by Ryanair to build its own terminal and charge only £1 per head for each passenger is to be considered by the Irish government in a cabinet meeting next month. The move, if allowed, would result in Ryanair offering up to 5 new services from Dublin to Europe next year and reintroducing services to Shannon, which it dropped a few years ago.
Mike O'Leary, Ryanair's head, described Shannon Airport as a "wee wee stop" for Royal Jordanian and Pakistan International for the t/a flights!!
(An accomplished diplomat, our Michael!)