AlpiEagles: Linking Eastern Europe and Italy

Photograph courtesy of Yuki-a-Gogo!
Photograph courtesy of Yuki-a-Gogo!

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.

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Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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