TC957 From UK - England, joined May 2012, 334 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1119 times:
Travel Weekly reported this morning that for January '13. FR's LF was a mere 71% and down on Jan '12 as against EZY's 84.4% and up on the same month last year.
So has the flying public had enough of FR's constant rip-off tactics and voted with their feet ? Those figures would suggest so. Also I'd like to think that FR's anti-agent stance has cost them dearly as opposed EZY general helpfulness and approachability to the travel industry. Even a dog doesn't bite the hands that feeds it.
It was also reported that FR have parked up to 80 planes this winter, I don't think EZY have parked one.
PH-BFA From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 555 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (3 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1061 times:
Quoting TC957 (Thread starter): So has the flying public had enough of FR's constant rip-off tactics and voted with their feet
Could be possible; most legacies now offer around 99 euro return fares within Europe, where you can fly from decent airports, with decent customer service etc. Why even bother driving to some local airfield and take the ' FR experience'? In other words, the giant price gap that existed between the legacies and the likes as FR does not exist anymore and I am sure a lot of people are opening their eyes..
scouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3254 posts, RR: 10 Reply 3, posted (3 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 782 times:
Quoting konrad (Reply 2): The other reason could be that EZY has been much more conservative in its growth recently consolidating its operations at large bases while FR is constantly opening weird routes here and there.
DOn't know if it's a good or bad thing but this tactic by FR has created a whole new approach t holidays in the UK several of my friends book the cheapest flight they can find to anywhere and then build a holiday around it - novel to say the least!
peterinlisbon From Portugal, joined Jan 2006, 226 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (3 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 538 times:
I myself have noticed that the gap between Easyjet and Ryanair has widened more and more over the last year or so. They used to both have about the same level of service, but Easyjet has got bettter and better whilst Ryanair has got progressively worse. From the moment you start to try to make a booking, the difference is apparent: Easyjet has an simple and easy to use website, that clearly displays what flights are available and the prices for the whole month and multiple airports if you want, whereas Ryanair forces you to restart from the beginning everytime you try to look at a different date or airport. On Easyjet you can choose add of the flights you want and create an itinerary, add the services you want and at the end you confirm and pay for it, paying the credit card fee just once. On the other hand Ryanair forces you to make a different booking for each segment, go through pages and pages of crap where it tries to trick you several times into buying insurance and car hire in a deliberately misleading way. If you want to book 5 flights you have to go through all of this 5 times and pay the credit card fee 5 times, and if you want to book a return flight but only want to carry a bag on one flight it automatically and sneakily adds them to both so you pay twice. To avoid that you have to book the return separately and pay the credit card fee again, so they make you pay either way. This is before you even get to the airport where with Ryanair you can expect to be harrassed and mistreated by staff whose only concern is how to get more money out of you.
Easyjet is a generally a bit more expensive, but much much better and I think it is overall a far more honest and decent company. Ryanair is cheap but very dishonest and sneaky, and I think that they generally give a cheap headline fare but then hit you with lots of hidden costs and charges futher down the line, so that's something to consider...
Vasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3761 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (3 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 493 times:
A lot of people I talk to are horrified to think that I'm flying with FR. I ask them if they've ever used them - they say no.
It seems that their image has a big problem.
Plus, their fares are definitely creeping up. I used to take FR a lot when you could easily get a £5 deal to somewhere unusual. Now, when I compare airlines before booking a trip, the prices are often comparable to EZY or other airlines who offer a better service. The super-cheap deals are getting harder and harder to find.
Quoting peterinlisbon (Reply 4): Easyjet has got bettter and better whilst Ryanair has got progressively worse