RJ100
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EasyJet To Malta?

Sun Oct 09, 2005 9:38 pm

Rumours here that easyJet just signed a deal with Malta airport authorities with operations starting in April 06 to Geneva and Basel (and possibly other destinations).

This after Ryanair was considering flying there as well.

Can someone confirm?

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mandala499
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RE: EasyJet To Malta?

Sun Oct 09, 2005 9:49 pm

If it's true, it'll be a minor PR setback for Ryanair...
The public will ask "If the fees are outrageous, why can another LCC (EasyJet) fly there and Ryanair can't?"

answer: Someone's too stingy or someone's too generous...

Up to them to answer  Smile

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RE: EasyJet To Malta?

Mon Oct 10, 2005 1:07 am

Quoting Mandala499 (Reply 1):
If it's true, it'll be a minor PR setback for Ryanair...
The public will ask "If the fees are outrageous, why can another LCC (EasyJet) fly there and Ryanair can't?"

answer: Someone's too stingy or someone's too generous...

Of course they won't. Why? Because your average person (read: 99.9% of the population) either don't know about it or, if they do, don't give a damn. And rightly so.

Besides, it's got nothing to do with being stingy: by reducing your costs (which include airport fees) and by becoming more efficient, you can offer lower airfares (which is becoming increasingly demanded in today's price-conscious times) or have higher profit margins. Either way, they can hopefully better achieve what they're in business to do - to earn as good a profit as possible.
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RE: EasyJet To Malta?

Mon Oct 10, 2005 1:14 am

I bet we will see both easyJet and Ryanair there.

The airport authorities look for routes to GVA, BSL, Gerona, Barcelona, Lisbon and Madrid and will give special terms to LCCs who accept certain circumstances.

So if GVA and BSL go to easyJet then Ryanair will step in and grabs the rest.

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RE: EasyJet To Malta?

Mon Oct 10, 2005 1:20 am

Why don't we just wait-and-see rather than acting as though we have a crystal ball?
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RE: EasyJet To Malta?

Mon Oct 10, 2005 1:29 am

Yeah that's true.
If something happens then they will announce it soon (if they want to start in spring).

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RE: EasyJet To Malta?

Mon Oct 10, 2005 3:24 am

I would think Malta - UK routes seem to be more profitable than Malta - Continental Europe (except Italy) routes...
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RE: EasyJet To Malta?

Mon Oct 10, 2005 3:35 am

U2 have never been low cost where airports are concerned, apart form in the UK. They operate into almost all major cities (AMS, CDG and ORY, HAM, MAD) in Europe, so flying into MLA shouldn't affect their cost base like it might affect FR who drive down airport charges so the airport operators actually have an airline flying there.

MLA is an established airport, with fixed fees and a history, unlike many of FR's airports where they are the sole airline, and thus have the upper hand where negotiations are concerned.
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RE: EasyJet To Malta?

Mon Oct 10, 2005 11:12 am

I doubt that there is enough traffic between GVA and Malta. To London yes but GVA? And Air Malta already fly to GVA.