Well the redoutable Manchester Evening News has done a price comparison on MAN and LPL services. I wonder what people will make of the idea that BA is cheaper than easyJet in some instances!
Air we go! Cheap holidays for all
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.