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Flash: Brussels Airlines Steps Up

In an attempt to capitalize on Ryanair’s threat to junk flights in and out of their Brussels Charleroi base from mid-November on, Brussels Airlines has announced a slate of inexpensive fares from Brussels. The airline is currently promoting €49.99 all-inclusive evening flights from Brussels to 13 destinations across Europe. With b.places, the airline ensnares Second » Read more

Wed Alerts: New SkyEurope Site, Sloppy Ryanair Claims

What’s new this afternoon? 1. SkyEurope has gone and revamped their site. Very nice, especially the faint gray of the destination map. We just noticed for the first time that our favorite Central European LCC doesn’t fly to a single airport in Germany. Points to us for being observant. 2. Ryanair is in trouble with » Read more

Midweek Notables: TUIfly, Ryanair, Montenegro

Midweek Notables: TUIfly, Ryanair, Montenegro

What’s notable at midweek? 1. TUIfly may be in a financially shaky place, but they’re pulling out all the stops to get more people on board. They’ve just announced an “All you can fly” promotion, which runs €199. For your euros, you get unlimited travel between selected TUIfly destinations. These include 14 destinations in Germany, » Read more

Two for Thursday: TUIfly’s Sale; Ryanair in Spain

Two for Thursday: TUIfly’s Sale; Ryanair in Spain

1. TUI AG (the parent company of low-cost airline TUIfly) announced second-quarter earings today that seriously bummed investors out. Among other issues, TUIfly’s load factor is down a startling 12 percent, to 79.5%. But as if without a care in the world, TUIfly today released 555,000 €5 fares for travel through October 31. Taxes and » Read more

EasyJet, We’ve Been Ignoring You

EasyJet, We’ve Been Ignoring You

Exciting: EasyJet recently announced that they’ll soon be flying to Romania. Today’s new route annoucement goes one better: From November 3, the UK low-cost carrier will be flying between London Gatwick and Sofia three times a week. With one-way journeys starting at £27.99 (€41.30; $57), the airline is directly challenging Wizz Air on the London-Sofia » Read more

July Air Stats: The Ryanair/SkyEurope Face-Off

July Air Stats: The Ryanair/SkyEurope Face-Off

In July, Ryanair filled their planes impressively, managing a load factor of 90%. This number is identical to the Irish low-cost carrier’s July 2006 load factor numbers. Even more impressive is Ryanair’s 21% increase in passengers carried in July of this year against July 2006 numbers. Clearly, this summer’s fare war helped to fill planes » Read more

EasyJet Bares All (Taxes and Charges, That Is)

EasyJet Bares All (Taxes and Charges, That Is)

Three cheers for easyJet’s announcement yesterday that they’ve updated their website to show ticket prices inclusive of all taxes and surcharges from the first page of search results. This has long been a frustration on both airline websites and airfare price comparison sites, where taxes and surcharges aren’t tacked on until subsequent pages. What’s the » Read more

Ryanair’s Carbon Lie-Oxide

For the second time this year, Ryanair has been reprimanded for publishing misleading advertisements about its environmental record. The BBC reports that the Advertising Standards Agency in Great Britain has determined that the low-cost carrier was “likely to mislead” in recent ads claiming that the airline industry “accounts for just 2% of carbon dioxide emissions.” » Read more

SkyEurope’s Summer Sale

SkyEurope’s Summer Sale

They might not be giving away free flights à la Ryanair, but Slovak low-cost carrier SkyEurope is at least trying to keep up in the cheap fares department. Through July 29, SkyEurope is offering €39 all-inclusive one-way fares. No word on which routes are included in the sale. We performed our industry-feared fare check and » Read more

Ryanair: 150 Million UK Passengers

Ryanair announced today that their tally of passengers flown in or out of the UK has hit 150,000,000. It took the airline over 20 years to reach this milestone, and to celebrate it, they’re giving away a quarter million fares for “zilch, nada, zip, f**k all.” To which we say: terrifying and impressive, Ryanair. We’re » Read more

Norwegian Air Shuttle Flies to the North Pole…

…sort of. In late March, 2008, the Norwegian low-cost carrier will begin flying between Oslo and Longyearbyen, Svalbard‘s main settlement. Svalbard, an archipelago roughly half-way between Norway and the North Pole, has emerged as a big, and very expensive, eco-destination over the last few decades. The cheapest Norwegian Air Shuttle round-trip we found was just » Read more

Monarch’s Confidence

UK low-cost carrier Monarch is bursting with confidence these days, trumpeting their dominance of the Manchester-Barcelona route to anyone who will listen—a group of people, we suppose, that includes us. After Monarch inaugurated a Manchester-Barcelona service in late 2003, BMIBatwo other players on the route—ceased flying the route. Now Jet2, which began flying between Barcelona » Read more

List: Wizz, Airplane Phones, Pink Night

New, nasty, and noteworthy. 1. Polish wonder LCC WizzAir announced this week that they’ll open their 7th base in Poznan in January 2008 by launching new routes connecting the western Polish city to Doncaster, Glasgow Prestwick, Malmö, and Oslo. Hot on the heels of that press release, the Wizzers announced today that they’ll inaugurate a » Read more

Move Quickly on TUI’s Super Cheap Fares

Move Quickly on TUI’s Super Cheap Fares

German low-cost carrier TUIfly is offering a bunch of cheap air fares for travel within Germany and from Germany to various points across Europe. Promo fares are good for flights in July and August. The catch? Tix must be purchased by midnight tonight. That’s midnight in Germany. In other words, time is of the essence. » Read more

Air France Flash: Summer Promotions

Air France Flash: Summer Promotions

Note: Published June 2007. Air France is offering a flat rate of €50 on all one-way trips in France purchased before June 26. Return trips are priced at €99. Rates apply from July 14 through September 2 and are good across the entire domestic grid. The only catch is a minimum three-night stay—or one Saturday » Read more

Austrian Airlines: Kids Fly Free

Parents! Don’t forget to take Mieze Katze, Bello der Hund, and Petzi Bär along, because the kids are flying too. Austrian Airlines is adding another Aktion to its summer repetoire by offering free flights to all children under the age of 11. Mothers and fathers who want to bring their tots along can book through » Read more

Icelandair Gives You (Smart)Wings

Good news for fans of SmartWings (EuroCheapo readers may remember it as the LCC operating out of Prague that isn’t SkyEurope). the carrier is set to triple in size. Icelandair recently signed a letter of intent to buy the carrier and the company that operates it, Travel Service. The process is meant to be complete » Read more

Aer Lingus: Athens, It’s Dublin Calling

Aer Lingus: Athens, It’s Dublin Calling

Now, you can fly direct from the land of Homer to the land of Joyce—and on a budget no less. Beginning on June 5, 2007, Aer Lingus will be running a new service between Athens and Dublin. Flights can be booked on the Aer Lingus site for travel up through October 27 of this year » Read more

Ryanair Goes Route-Mad

Ryanair Goes Route-Mad

Yesterday and today, Ryanair announced a whopping 20 brand new routes. From Barcelona-Girona, Ryanair will fly to Billund, Fez, Hamburg, Malta, and Wroclaw (from October) and to Bratislava, Granada, Graz, and Marrakesh (from November). From Milan Bergamo, Ryanair will fly to Bari, Cagliari, Santander, and Porto (from December) and to Alghero, Billund, Gothenburg, Riga, and » Read more

Flash: New Iceland Express Routes

Iceland Express, our favorite Icelandic carrier, is launching five new routes to and from Reykjavík. Over the summer, Iceland Express will fly between Iceland and Basel, Billund, Eindhoven, Paris, and Oslo. Flights between Reykjavík and Paris and Oslo will run from May 15 through August 31; flights between Reykjavík and Billund will run from June » Read more

Ryanair: Vaxjo Calling

Ryanair: Vaxjo Calling

Today, May 10, Ryanair announced a load of new routes in and out of Düsseldorf Weeze. From June, the airline will be flying between Weeze and Alghero, Alicante, Palma de Mallorca, and Venice. From October, flights between Weeze and Fuerteventura, Málaga, Marrakech, Milan, Seville, Trapani, Valencia, and Växjö will kick off. Through this expansion, the » Read more

Aegean Airlines Ticket Sale

Aegean Airlines Ticket Sale

Aegean Airlines, one of Greece’s main carriers, is having a massive sale on 230,000 flights. One-way domestic flights begin at €39, all taxes included, departing from Athens International Airport. For one-way domestic flights departing from other Greek airports, you’ll pay just €26. Make sure you read this twice. For the price of a dinner out, » Read more

Low-Cost Airlines: Shaky Numbers

On Monday, we ran through our standard reflections on Ryanair and SkyEurope‘s performances over the previous month, this time throwing in Monarch‘s stats for good measure. While SkyEurope continues to see an increase in passenger load factor—that is, the average number of purchased seats as a percentage of available seats—both Ryanair and Monarch have seen » Read more

Monarch + Hed Kandi = Low-Cost Glamour

Low-cost carrier Monarch is partnering with music label Hed Kandi on flights between four UK airports and Ibiza this summer. The house music label’s specially-liveried planes will allow dance-crazed Brits the opportunity to begin feeling the Ibiza magic long before they arrive on the White Island. The partnership ties in nicely with the music label’s » Read more

Crazy Cheap Air Fare Sale: Leipzig with TUIfly

Crazy Cheap Air Fare Sale: Leipzig with TUIfly

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Leipzig airport, TUIfly is selling off 8000 tickets for travel between Leipzig-Halle and Klagenfurt, Milan Orio al Serio, Munich, Naples, Rijeka, Salzburg, and Venice for just €8 per one-way ticket. Rather shockingly, these special fares include taxes and other charges. These tickets went on sale within the last » Read more

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