RyanairGuru wrote:While not altogether unsurprising, closing STN means that there is now nothing left from Go.
Sad day for all those involved.
I'm also not surprised about NCL - it seems like Jet2 have focused heavily there in recent years and easyJet have been stagnant. The key UK routes will likely remain served by Bristol and Belfast based crew/planes, with maybe some other services like AMS and BCN remaining served by easyJet Europe.Jump to post
Leaves easyJet with no bases in the north of England You're right, apart from their bases at Manchester and Liverpool... They are in the Midlands, anywhere south of Lancaster = Midlands No they are not actually, Manchester and Liverpool are both in the offical English region of North West England a...Jump to post
I don't work for SN so I might be wrong, but in many EU airlines (and especially in the case of SN who's fleet is rather limited in size), you see that the planning focuses mainly on optimizing the usage of the planes and their crews by finding a good mix between longer and shorter legs to fill the...Jump to post
Are you sure, I doubt this. All my flights with swiss ex ZRH were in German first, followed by French! I'm sure I've been on short-haul LX flights out of ZRH to non-French speaking countries where they haven't spoken French at all, maybe I wasn't paying attention. Not sure how far French would get ...Jump to post
In some cases it's also because the gate is still in use for the previous flight and therefor you don't want people for the next flight standing at the gate yet. The gate is only being announced once the previous flight has completed boarding. I often use this as a trick to figure out which gate wi...Jump to post
Agreed, I think "traditional" leisure airlines are dying out in Europe anyway. We've had two significant independent carriers, Germania and Monarch, go out of business in the past couple of years. I can't think of many players outside the TUI or Thomas Cook Group. I think for airlines to b...Jump to post
Indeed it's the Ryanair invasion. Only on bases where they don't face much competition from Ryanair, like Amsterdam, they still got a strong foot. Once Ryanair moves in they got no choice but to move out. Out of those two LCCs, Ryanair always has the lower fares by a significant margin and to low-c...Jump to post
Galwayman wrote:They’ve failed everywhere FR and Wizz have succeeded because they’ve failed to keep their costs low enough
He's "not a racist".......hmmmmm. I bet he even has a black friend too.
Also Ryanair are now basically saying their cabin crew are Spanish and didn't pick up on the racist language.
I suspect there's also a bit of a cultural element, whereas to a Spanish native speaker (presumably the crew / airport authorities) this looks like a very rude passenger, it would for sure be classed as a racially abusive exchange in the UK. Ironically enough I also experienced a racially abusive pa...Jump to post
I hope they can turn it around. FlyBe is the only large independent regional airline I know of. But it's certainly a difficult business model. Not to mention they also serve markets hardly anyone else will consider serving such as the smaller UK regional airports, places such as the Isle of Man (ad...Jump to post
Interesting. I wonder what’s the main market with Ibiza to Athens - Greek tourism to Ibiza or the other way around. No shortage of beaches and beautiful islands in Greece so maybe predominantly Spanish tourism to Athens and onward connections? Aegean connects a lot of people from nearby countries t...Jump to post
The livery is great, the format is also in keeping with the Ryanair livery (billboard style with logo on the tail). Say what you want about the business but I think the Ryanair Group definitely has the best liveries among the European LCCs! Very smart compared to easyJet, Wizz, Vueling etc...Jump to post
Interesting. I wonder what’s the main market with Ibiza to Athens - Greek tourism to Ibiza or the other way around. No shortage of beaches and beautiful islands in Greece so maybe predominantly Spanish tourism to Athens and onward connections?Jump to post
I saw a quote somewhere, it might have been said by the previous CEO, that you'd have to establish an airline that fulfills Flybe's role if it did not exist. By the nature of geography, Britain needs regional air connectivity. Places like the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, South Wes...Jump to post
TC957 wrote:Perhaps Flybe and fly BMI should merge to create a real force in regional UK air transportation. Or Flybe make them a franchise partner.
I'm not sure I agree that this is doomed to fail. The profile of services at LCY has changed in recent years. You have services with TAP to LIsbon and Porto, Alitalia to Rome and Milan, BA to Berlin, Prague and Reykjavik as well services to Palma and Ibiza etc. With the exception of Milan not of the...Jump to post
I wouldn't book a flight with them, since I would not trust Vueling to get it all operationally working so soon. I booked flights when they launched LTN-ZRH, they cancelled the entire route 8 days prior. Also booked AMS-MAN last year, which got canned again. I remember reading a report about Vueling...Jump to post
As for the Czechs, you seem to be also wrong. My own experience is that you rarely encounter Czechs anywhere in Western Europe and for instance this article for an EU foundation goes in the same line: https://www.euractiv.com/section/central-europe/news/working-abroad-unappealing-for-czechs/ This i...Jump to post
Expanding the topic, with the increase in BoB nowadays, where do the airlines stand regarding the licensing laws? Most, if not all, require premises where alcohol is sold to be licensed, and, I believe ,in the UK that a licensed person is on the premises when it is sold. In the UK the Licensing Act...Jump to post
Loads of markets still to play in - I think their bases in Eastern European have a lot of potential for connections to places like the UAE, Gerogie, Armenia, Azerbaijan etc if they can secure traffic rights.Jump to post
That sounds pretty ambitious. Frankfurt area is not a very touristic area and its main O&D traffic comes from business and VFR. Maybe most of the LC traffic is for Germans in the area going on vacations. Business and VFR traffic doesn't exclusively fly legacy you know! Most of my intra-Europe b...Jump to post
Vueling is useless. I was booked on their Luton - Zurich service last year which was cancelled at short notice and now my flight from Amsterdam to Manchester has been rerouted via Barcelona with a 40 minute connection in peak summer. Quite frankly i would not trust Vueling to get me anywhere, I rebo...Jump to post
Do they presently have crews from Eastern European bases that overnight in Luton and fly out the next day or do they already have crews that live in the Luton vicinity? Wizz don't currently have any crew permanently based out of Luton. In past Summer seasons, an A320 with crew from different bases ...Jump to post
Most of the complaints so far have been around the logistics which will no doubt be ironed out quite quickly. The European majors all followed each other in terms of adding extra seats to short haul aircraft and offering basic fares with no baggage allowance. LH will be watching this very closely. ...Jump to post
Didn't GB Airways and BA Connect have BOB? Nopes GB offered the same product as mainline including CE, however BA Connect did have BOB for the short time it existed. Actually GB Airways did BoB on their routes from MAN for a short while before they were sold to easyJet and they were branded as BA C...Jump to post
I just think with Wizz that eastern europe is a market that can be better served from MAN Ryanair covers Eastern Europe fairly well from MAN - but there's probably room for Wizz at both LPL and MAN as they both serve large cities and the wider North West. Wizz at DSA I've always found interesting, ...Jump to post
Reading the above thread made me think of the infamous Frankfurt Hahn which has the poorest connection to the city it serves I've ever encountered in Europe, and I am pretty sure there is only one small hotel. Yet the ULCC flights now pull in millions each year, so if the price is right I guess...Jump to post
Yet another LCC establishing a base in PMI; summer 2017 will see Ryanair, Vueling, easyJet, Norwegian and now Eurowings basing aircraft and crews at this leisure hub.
I suspect Eurowings will overtake Air Berlin with ease, AB has lost its relevance and fades from its core markets.
With Vueling rumoured to be setting up a base at Manchester, and the bases at Paris and Barcelona in particular also, could be a perfect fit for connections onto long haul flights. At MAN, Vueling is currently about the same size as Norwegian - now might be the right time to establish a small base ...Jump to post
So are they going to leave every main route and airport in Europe? (since FR and DY sooner or later will start any of them). I personally think you overestimate Norwegian's competitiveness against easyJet. Norwegian has time and time again failed to disturb easyJet - DY's LPL-CPH route was a disast...Jump to post
FR recruits from around Europe and a lot of the recruits are pretty young and without commitments so are happy to live in shared flats etc, they won't have a problem recruiting for the FRA base if they could recruit for their bases in Norway which is far more expensive.Jump to post
Vueling is a terrible airline, they should be stripped of their operating license. The fact that they are allowed to codeshare with other IAG airlines such as BA is worrying. I'd rate their service well below Ryanair, who at the very least are reliable and don't cancel flights because of poor planni...Jump to post
It would serve them bl**dy right. They run a shambolic operation... consistently late departures and a high number of cancellations.... If you get stranded by VY just pray your gods, or if you can, just don't bother with them and buy a new ticket (with another airline!) outright! I am too very surp...Jump to post
Transavia have their niche as the European leisure carrier for AF-KL but I can't see them setting up bases in aggressively fought LCC markets like Spain and and Central and Eastern Europe. I must admit I didn't realise they had quite such a large fleet though. In my opinion, the LCCs in Europe to wa...Jump to post
Sounds like quite a memorable experience, it must be hard work for the handling agents to sort out problems like this late at night. It seems that Monarch did quite well under the circumstances, although I'm sure many people will say they won't be flying with them etc. Poo happens as they say! I reg...Jump to post
catering to pensioners and factory workers looking to go on holiday :lol: Although it must be said that not everyone in Northern England works in a factory. I've flown with Jet2 about six times and I work in an office... :mrgreen:. However, you're right they do tend to aim their product towards low...Jump to post
Good news. I like Jet2. They seem to be falling somewhere in between a LCC and the old traditional charter carriers. They provide all-inclusive packages of a decent quality, and they offer reliable friendly service. I only fear that someone will not be happy about their bold move in their home turf...Jump to post
If travelling point-to-point, the Virgin train is the preferred option as it takes just over 2 hours and departs every 20 minutes from very early until very late, running from Manchester City Centre to Central London and offers a mix of cheaper advance non-flexible tickets (from around £8) and more ...Jump to post
If onboard an aircraft, those reporting concerns can be identified by name from the passenger manifest and seat number so I'm not sure what relevance this has in this situation. In the UK there's a long and successful tradition of people being able to report things anonymously to authorities in cert...Jump to post
I think easyJet displayed extraordinary professionalism here by prioritising passenger safety over on-time performance, I bet not every airline would take similar action over a minor disagreement like this. We'd have to know the full story, including why these water bottles couldn't be stacked in a ...Jump to post