I need advice from European aviation experts--
I'm leading a group of 15-18 college students on a trip from the US to Europe. We will be flying from NYC (JFK or EWR) to Krakow or Warsaw, Poland (preferably KRK) and then the return trip from Kaunas or Vilnius, Lithuania back to NYC. The trip is scheduled for mid-June.
Of course the fares are quite high since it's summer travel from the US to Europe -- one thought is to fly transatlantic to a European hub on a major airline and then switch to a European LCC for the intra-Europe flight.
For example: AA or EI JFK-DUB, and then DUB-KRK on SkyEurope. For the way home, we can fly KUN-DUB on FR and then DUB-JFK on AA or EI.
1) How much of a fare difference do you think would justify such a set-up?
2) How reliable are NE, FR, and any other European LCC that we could consider?
3) How much of a hassle is it to make an inter-airline transfer at a hub like DUB and how long of a layover would you leave? Remember we have a group of 15-18 people.
4) Would you consider it? We have a very tight itinerary and so the "cost" of an air travel screw-up is quite high (if not catastrophic).