AlpiEagles: Linking Eastern Europe and Italy
Italian semi-low-cost carrier AlpiEagles now offers flights to a wide range of destinations across Eastern Europe. Forget the now standard destinations in Poland, the Baltics, Slovakia, and Croatia—AlpiEagles flies to even less well-served markets across Eastern Europe. Among its destinations are Bucharest, Club-Napoca, and Timisoara in Romania, Chisinau (Moldova), Kiev (Ukraine), and Moscow.
When push comes to shove, however, we don’t find the AlpiEagles fares to be all that cheap. We eyed a July roundtrip between Venice and Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. We came up with a €362.50 fare, leaving Thursday and returning Sunday. To offer a point of comparison, the cheapest equivalent fare we found on Expedia was an Austrian Airlines flight via Vienna, for €454 roundtrip. Against this fare, AlpiEagles clearly offers a better deal.
Nonetheless, €360 or so is not exactly Cheapo-friendly. We’ve been keen to visit Moldova (one gritty view of which can be seen above) for quite some time. If the AlpiEagles fare is the cheapest way to fly, however, we’ll be traveling overland by bus or train to Chisinau.