Basteward From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2224 times:
With the launch of MyTravel Lite I was wondering are we getting too many of these type of carriers here in the uk? I think they are a great idea and that we (at BA) should never have sold GoFly but surely there is only so much demand? What do you think? Who will launch one next? etc etc....
Eugdog From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2095 times:
BASTEWARD - BA are offering a measily 50,000 seats a month at the discount prices - that is nothing compared to the 2-3 million seats on Ryanair/Easy jet combined - (although some are sold at higher prices)
Likewise the newcomers are very small players on the market and are focusing on outside of London.
Although it is very annecdotal - the most recent discount airline flight I was on was the v late evening flight from Venice-TReviso to Stansted this Monday - the 198 seat B737-800 was completely packed! Pretty good for a Monday evening flight!!
BTW I urge everyone to visit Venice - it is absolutely Stunning!!!!!!
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1970 times:
Delete 'GO' from that equation (absorbed by easyjet) and replace it with Ryanair-it's fairly obvious that these two should still be around...although I would put most of my money on Ryanair.
It will indeed be interesting to see whether the rest will survive, because I too wonder how many LCCs Europe can support...my bet is that we'll eventually see Easy and Ryan offering flights all over Europe, to the detriment of airlines just now beginning to set up...but maybe not.
British LCCs have been getting a lot of negative press coverage recently.......Ryanair for failing to provide adequate baggage delivery, and now Easyjet for failing to create viable rosters for its aircrew...resulting in many flight cancellations.
The frilly British carriers, such as BMI, BA and now Flybe are making a big deal about their lower fares, and much simplified fare structures....and I'm sure we all salute them; even though I'm a fan of LCCs, I recognise that repeated problems (such as those above) can leave a very bitter taste in people's mouths....so much so, that they may refuse to fly LCCs again, after 'experimenting' with them.
Also, I wonder whether the EU will raise the cost of travelling by air, due to environmental concerns....rumours have appeared in the British press about the need to curb the tremendous growth in air travel....I wonder how this might affect the low-cost airlines....?
John Walton From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1899 times:
EasyJet + Ryan Air + More Flights All Over Europe = Higher Costs = Higher Fares
Whereas if you have 4 or 5 Ryan Air sized loco airlines, these airlines can control their outgoings much easier and more efficiently, and pass on these cost benefits to the passenger.
Besides, there is still a large un-tapped market for low cost travel in the UK and Europe, which is only now starting to increase exponentially. And where there is an unserved demand for a service, new companies are born.
I can see at least one, possibly two more loco/ no frills airlines in the UK over the next 10 years.