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Why So Many European Charters?  
User currently offlineMCOtoATL From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 474 posts, RR: 4
Posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2077 times:

I am fascinated by the large number of European charter airlines. Living in Orlando, we see a wide variety of charters at Orlando International and at Sanford. These airlines obviously seem to be doing well (heck, they're still around.) Why do there seem to be so many more European charter airlines than US charters? I have read that Turkey, for example, has a bustling charter industry.

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User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2068 times:

Europe has sooooo many charter flights by airlines they are:

Air Berlin
Hapag Lloyd
Onur Air
Sun Express
Bulkan Holidays
Euro Cypria
Cyprus Airways

There are loads more but im in a rush coz i have gotta go to work



User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2050 times:

There is a massive market in Europe for package tour holidays, probably more than in any area of the world.

The UK and Germany are two countries with the highest such demand and as such boast a very healthy number of holiday charter airlines.

I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineAirblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1828 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

Here more European charters:

Air Europa
Air Comet Plus
Yes Air
Air Europe
Lauda Italia
Blu Panorama
Air Adriatic

User currently offlineGoing64 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2017 times:

Two more in Holland:
Air Holland

User currently offlineSwiss-airplane From Switzerland, joined May 2000, 591 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2000 times:

two more in Switzerland:

and Swiss sun (charter division of Swiss International Airlines)

in Germany
Hamburg Internationa
and much more in Turkey

User currently offlineKuba74 From Poland, joined Mar 2000, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1988 times:

Another one from Poland- White Eagle Aviation (WEA) and soon Polonia Air which recently leased 2 ex- Pegasus 737.

User currently offlinePressclub From Belgium, joined Nov 2001, 775 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

In Germany and the UK more than 40 pct of the tourists prefer package holidays organised by touroperators. That explains the succes of the charter airlines. Many popular destinations (canary islands, madeira, balearic islands, cyprus, greek islands, ...) can only be reached by air...

User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1951 times:

as for your question: See my reply to the other charter thread by kay

MC and HNY

I know it's only VfB but I like it!
User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3842 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1950 times:

There is a difference between a schedule airline that operates charters for package holiday companies and a charter airline that is wholly owned by a holiday group company such as TUI.

User currently offlineExitrowaisle From United States of America, joined May 2000, 266 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 1876 times:

Here are two reasons I think you don't see many charter airlines in the U.S.

1) Americans don't really go for package tours, especially within the U.S. Probably because it's easy enough to plan your own vacation, and you can get just about anywhere by scheduled airline or car.

2) Charter airlines work when there are large numbers of leisure travellers all going to the same place at the same time, to areas that don't have enough scheduled service to meet the tourist demand. Americans don't all go to one vacation spot, so it's hard to support tourist-only flights. Even the old "vacation" airlines, like Sun Country and ATA, wound up going to scheduled service. Europeans seem to be much more homogenous in their vacation plans. In the U.S. you do see charter flights to high tourist areas, such as Hawaii, Florida, and Mexico, but overall, I think it's more common for tour companies to book seats on scheduled flights.

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