dukebluedevil
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Low Fare European Airlines

Wed Mar 17, 2004 8:39 pm

I just got news today that I have been accepted to the Duke-LSE program for the fall semester, and I will definitely be going. I've travelled through Europe quite a bit, but I would like to go out on my own without my family this time. So I will be using the Low-Fare airlines in Europe. I was wonder which low-fare airlines operated out of any of London's airports and to where they operated, a general "guestimate" on the fares, and a quick review of the airline (ie-aircraft cleanliness, safety, service, fleet, etc). Thanks!
 
steph001
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RE: Low Fare European Airlines

Wed Mar 17, 2004 9:51 pm

Ryanair operates from STN, Easyjet both from STN and LTN , as far as I know. See also
http://www.ryanair.com
http://www.easyjet.com
 
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RE: Low Fare European Airlines

Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:04 pm

Ryanair is generally considered to be at the bottom when it comes to service, Ts&Cs and so on. Ryanair are clean, no frills, no assigned seating, nothing is free. But you'll get (almost) to your destination. That is, you'll be in the boonies somewhere.

Note also that if you can't get the cheapest fares with the LCCs, BA is quite competitive.
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JGPH1A
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RE: Low Fare European Airlines

Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:24 pm

Re: Note also that if you can't get the cheapest fares with the LCCs, BA is quite competitive.

Agreed - and so is BD (sometimes lower than BA by a few Euros).
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Pe@rson
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RE: Low Fare European Airlines

Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:31 pm

They are as safe as any other form of airline.

In my (quite comprehensive) experience, both FR and U2 offer excellent value-for-money, at least if you manage to get one of their cheaper fares.

Yes - never assume that low-cost carriers will always be cheaper than 'traditional' airlines, for they are not always. The key is to do an extensive search prior to booking.

Try to be as flexible as you possibly can, for the cheapest fares are almost always designed for the discerning, flexible passenger. Try to travel off-peak (i.e. very early morning, around mid-day or in the very late evening), on a Tuesday or Wednesday, and never during school holidays or other major holidays. Also, don't forget to book 4-6+ weeks in advance, although FR frequently offers last-minute deals, which make it possible to get cheap seats a week before travel.
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alespesl
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RE: Low Fare European Airlines

Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:41 pm

Also Sky Europe operates from STN to Bratislava in Sloakia and to Budapest in Hungary. THis airline is very nice LCC, you will get a drink on board for free and small snack too. The prices for one way are around 25 Euros.

Have a good trip
 
keno
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RE: Low Fare European Airlines

Wed Mar 17, 2004 11:11 pm

For me this is the best website about LCC in the whole of europe. You can choose the airport you want to fly from, and the cities & airlines served. Alternatively you can pick your destination and see which airline flies there and from where.

Whichbudget.com
http://www.whichbudget.com/#from16
 
Flightlover
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RE: Low Fare European Airlines

Thu Mar 18, 2004 12:00 am

there is another good website if you are looking for cheap flights:
www.openjet.com
good luck on finding a good deal
 
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RE: Low Fare European Airlines

Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:25 am

SkyEurope has flights from Stansted, Amsterdam, Paris Orly to Vienna (Bratislava), Budapest and also Poland in the near future.
In my opinion, they provide the best service of all LCC.
Shiek!
 
anstar
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RE: Low Fare European Airlines

Thu Mar 18, 2004 4:28 am

Most European carriers now offer quite competitive fares.

BD, IB, BA, LH etc all do very good specials which can be cheaper than the likes of Ryanair & Easyjet etc
 
debonair
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RE: Low Fare European Airlines

Thu Mar 18, 2004 5:13 am

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http://www.ch-aviation.ch/lcc.php

chris aka debonair
 
worldoftui
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RE: Low Fare European Airlines

Thu Mar 18, 2004 12:56 pm

There is also Britannia (and all of the other charters!  Big grin )

The UK charter seat market is one of the most competitive in the world, with hundreds of flights a week, during summer at least, to places all over Europe.
Have a look at......
http://www.thomsonflights.com

and after that plug  Smile have a look at the BAA Gatwick website to get an idea of the massive number of destinations served from LGW.
http://www.baa.com/main/airports/gatwick/terminal_information_frame.html

Luton and Stansted also have very significant numbers due to EZY and FR bases.
http://www.baa.com/main/airports/southampton/terminal_information/destinations_frame.html
http://www.london-luton.co.uk

Still worth checking BA/BD ex LHR though! And SOU is only 1 hour from London by train (not much further than STN) and FlyBe is based there which should offer some great deals too.
http://www.baa.com/main/airports/southampton/terminal_information/destinations_frame.html


Have fun

Mark
 
Treg
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RE: Low Fare European Airlines

Thu Mar 18, 2004 10:33 pm

If you are interested of exploring north-eastern Europe (Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Sweden), then you can also take Estonian Air from LGW. One-way fares are well below 100 EUR. Not really a LCC but almost Big grin
 
Ryanair737
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RE: Low Fare European Airlines

Fri Mar 19, 2004 12:50 am

Germanwings has regular flights from STN and LGW to Cologne/Bonn in Germany using A319s/A320s. They are a very safe airline and they even talk about this on their website. They also have leather seating on all their aircraft.

http://www11.germanwings.com/

Ryanair737

[Edited 2004-03-18 16:58:39]
LAST FLIGHTS= Ryanair LPL-BGY-LPL - EI-DPS/DWV - MAY 08 // NEXT FLIGHTS= TBC
 
heisan67
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RE: Low Fare European Airlines

Fri Mar 19, 2004 12:58 am

And you may take a trip to Norway by choosing London-Stansted where Norwegian (Norwegian LCC) operates routes to Oslo (OSL-twice a day) and to Bergen (BGO - once a day) and Stavanger (SVG-once a day). Both Bergen and Stavanger is great gateways to the Norwegian fjords.

More on http://www.norwegian.no

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