HOLIDAYMAKERS are cashing in on the price war between airlines at Manchester and Liverpool airports. Budget airline easyJet launched the war with the announcement of a new cut-price service between Liverpool and Paris. But a survey by the M.E.N. for holiday flights for a family in the first week of June showed there are many bargains from Manchester Airport.
We found that Liverpool John Lennon Airport is winning the great bargain flight tickets battle in the north west, with easyJet being cheaper to most destinations. But we also found Manchester is not far behind, with British Airways offering a much cheaper price to Amsterdam.
Stelios Haji-Ioannou's no-frills carrier announced it would add Paris to its list of destinations out of Lennon airport, with a one-way ticket costing as little as £17.50 including taxes. It means it is now cheaper to fly to Paris from Liverpool than it is to get a taxi from Manchester city centre to Altrincham. It represented another blow for strike-plagued Manchester, in the middle of a furious cost-cutting drive to attract new carriers like easyJet . It came just a week after BA announced a ticket sale which included a £94 return to Paris from Manchester.
EasyJet's £35 return fare easily trumped BA's best price, or even a new sale price announced by Air France of £104 for a return to Paris. We decided to put the airlines to the test and, like many passengers, found the headline-grabbing prices elusive.
We looked for the best deals for the first week in June for a family of two adults and two children to Paris, the latest battleground in the price war, -Amsterdam, Madrid, Geneva, Palma and Malaga.
We found easyJet was cheaper for most destinations but BA, which provides a meal and a drink, was not far behind. In fact, the national carrier provided by far the better deal to Amsterdam. We could not secure easyJet's much-trumpeted £17.50 single fare to Paris on its website. With a departure on Saturday, June 1, and a return on Sunday, June 9, the best price was £498.36, around £62 each when £5 in airport tax and a £1.60 "insurance and security charge" are added. The price came down markedly to £378.36 in return for going out a day later and returning a day earlier. The best BA offered was a £474 deal including a £20 discount for internet booking and departing and returning on Sundays. A Saturday departure meant the bill rose alarmingly to £864. The best deal we could find with Air France to Paris was £774.
The price rises again for a week of sun in Majorca. The best easyJet could offer was £898. For Amsterdam, easyJet charged £732.24 for Saturday to Sunday, a price easily beaten by BA, which offered £478.80 for Sunday to Sunday. EasyJet offered £1,200 for Geneva, Saturday to Sunday, falling to £960 for a Sunday departure. The best BA could offer was £1,591.20.
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2592 times:
While some of EZ's fares are much lower than BA's, they do have some rather expensive fares. This is probably as a result of Easyjet expanding at Gatwick, which traditionally has higher landing fees and more expensive to operate from. Flying from the likes of LHR/LGW/MAN is more expensive than say LTN or LPL.
EGNM-LBA From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2564 times:
Typical half-hearted journalistic effort.
Full-service carriers always offer low-price flights if the stay includes a Saturday flight. Business traffic dries up at the weekends but they still need to utilise their a/c. Low-cost carriers, which by their nature, are aimed more at the leisure traveller, see highest demand at the weekends and therefore their lead-in fares will be hard to come by. The MEN have therefore compared full-service at their best rates with the worst rates offered by the no-frills carriers - a position they have exagerated by choosing the double bank-holiday week in June.
In the interests of balance, the MEN should have compared day-return fares, with would show where the no-frills carriers are really competitive.
For Thursday 6th June, the cheapest day return offered by Expedia between MAN-CDG is £438. Easyjet are offering a return fare of £51. On the same date, a day's business in AMS will set you back £486.50 with BA from MAN, £400 with KLM UK and £70 with Easyjet from LPL.
Perhaps some one should drop a line to the MEN and ask them to look harder next time!
By738 From Tonga, joined Sep 2000, 2175 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2542 times:
Both BA and BMI are offering great prices from GLA-LHR, with flights for about 65 pounds being widely available and including taxes , and a meal.
I would much rather fly BA at these prices. EZY is of comparitive price only on some flights.
Britair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2539 times:
This article isn't the first to highlight this great misnoma that exists.....
In the current "TimeOut Guide to Low Cost Airlines" they published an example (depart 11 April return 15April) of the following fares:
Ryanair (Stansted to Hahn) 48.23
British Airways (LGW or LHR to FRA) 72.00
Buzz (Stansted to FRA) 98.30
Lufthansa (LHR to FRA) 148.90
British Airways (LHR) 148.90
Iberia (LHR) 178.40
Go (STN) 203.30
EasyJet (LTN) 216.30
The low cost airlines also have the hidden cost of the travel to and from their ridiculous airports! For instance a return on the StanstedExpress from London Kings Cross is GBP18!!! Compare that to GBP5 for an all day travelcard to Heathrow on the underground! And at the other end ..... Ryanair's so called services to Frankfurt are to Hahn 60 miles away by bus taking 1 hour and 50 minutes!! Or "Stockholm" Ryanair serves Skavsta 55 miles away and Vasteras 65 miles from Stockholm.
The moral is do your research and way up all the costs, usually BA comes out tops!
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2534 times:
It is true that at certain times, it can be cheaper to fly with the full-frills airlines (and in most cases, quite a bit more convenient).
BA in particular are pushing those fares right down, they already have a number of very good value fares from BHX, just take a look at ba.com
However, it has to be said that most, if not all no-frills airlines are cheaper when one compares fully-flexible Economy tickets.
And based on plenty of experience, I have to disagree with Britair's view that 'usually BA comes out tops'. BA, in my experience, usually comes out outrageously expensive in most instances, which is exactly the reason the low-cost airlines are doing so well.
The airports they serve can be inconvenient, but there are very good reasons why they shun the likes of LHR.
In the end, I personally check all airlines out. I have to say that BA's £59 fare to Madrid from BHX is just the ticket for me. BHX is closer than LPL, and EZY was not able to match this fare on the same sector-however, the difference was that the BA fare came with many restrictions.
All in all, in terms of flexible tickets, you are still likely to fly more cheaply with the no-frills.
Britair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2524 times:
OK, so maybe I got a little carried away
I am glad that BA's fare was right for you to MAD. I hope you enjoy your flight
Things are changing though, BA is currently revamping their Euro fare structure, starting with UK domestic fares.....they are going to be very popular! Cant give away too much but let's just say Saturday nights are going to be yours to choose where you want to be!