As from April, Irish low cost airline Ryaniar will start flying from Charleroi Brussels South Airport (around 40 km from Brussels, capital of Belgium) to 6 new destinations: Pisa, Venice, Shannon, London, Stockholm, Carcasonne. This will supplement their current three daily flights to Dublin.
Belgium already has a so called low-fare airline, Virgin Express, though they never really had succes with the concept. They have had more losses than profits, and it seems that their costs are too high. They fly from Brssels main airport in Zaventem.
The question is, what will be the results fot carriers like Sabena and Virgin Express when Ryanair starts its flights. Ryanair only competes directly with Virgin Express on the route to London, but will be competing with Sabena on the routes to Venice, Dublin and Stockholm. What will be the impact on Sabena's load factors? How did it go in Ireland? Did Ryanair expanded the market with new passengers or did they steal a lot of passangers from Aer Lingus?
Let me know your opinion!!