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Near-Europe’s Latest LCC Destination: Aqaba

European charter airlines and low-cost carriers are slowly but steadily adding destinations in countries just outside of Europe. While Ryanair and most charter airlines—the latter feeding into holiday packages—fly to a range of destinations in Morocco, these are but one demonstration of the latest frontier. Among other routes of note, the Russian low-cost carrier SkyExpress » Read more

May’s Budget Air Numbers: Ryanair vs. SkyEurope

We apologize for the slight delay in our May low-cost carrier number crunching exercise. We were on holiday. We might just offer this excuse repeatedly over the next several days. Stay tuned. In May, Ryanair carried 17% more passengers than in May 2006, though the leading budget airline’s load factor—or percentage of seats filled—fell 2%, » Read more

Bristol: Ryanair’s Newest Base

Bristol: Ryanair’s Newest Base

Ryanair announced yesterday that Bristol is set to become its 20th base airport. Currently, Ryanair flies between Bristol and just three destinations: Barcelona Girona, Dublin, and Shannon. With Bristol’s upgrade to base airport status, 13 destinations have been added to the roster. In November, Ryanair will begin flying between Bristol and Bratislava, Bristol, Derry, Dinard, » Read more

Flash: Wizz Air Goes All-Inclusive

Polish low-cost carrier Wizz Air has moved to an all-inclusive pricing model, in its adverts at least. This means that the fares now quoted include taxes and charges. The airline’s lowest fares begin at €19.99. To celebrate (why not, right?) Wizz Air is also offering flights at 30 percent off through June 3. For what » Read more

Flash: Cheap Germanwings Flights

Flash: Cheap Germanwings Flights

German low-cost carrier Germanwings is having a pretty massive sale on flights in and out of Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, Stuttgart, Hamburg, and Berlin right now. Destinations include Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Bucharest, Dresden, Dublin, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Leipzig, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Nice, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stockholm, Verona, Warsaw, Vienna, Zagreb, and Zurich. Don’t know about you, » Read more

Air Flash: Ryanair Makes It Easy; easyJet Expands

Air Flash: Ryanair Makes It Easy; easyJet Expands

Through midnight in Western Europe, Ryanair’s crazy absolutely free flights remain bookable. The airline is now providing a link from their homepage to a PDF listing remaining promo flight availability. We’re not sure how regularly the flight availability list is being updated, but we do like having some of our research work done for us » Read more

Ryanair, SkyEurope, & Monarch: April Figures

Ryanair, SkyEurope, & Monarch: April Figures

It’s time, yet again, for a moment of reflection on the performance of a few low-cost carriers over the preceding month. For the first time we’re including Monarch‘s stats in our comparative essay. Why? Well, because Monarch sent us a nice little email a few days ago with their April stats. Low-cost carrier publicists, take » Read more

Flash: Ryanair Expands. And Contracts.

Flash: Ryanair Expands. And Contracts.

Ryanair announced today that as of May 7, they’ll fly four new routes: Frankfurt Hahn-Faro, Frankfurt Hahn-Fez, Frankfurt Hahn-Marrakech, and Marseille-Bournemouth. The shuffle isn’t all about expansion, however. May 7 will also see the end of 11 Ryanair routes, including Barcelona-Faro, Liverpool-Tampere, Marseille-Rome, and Frankfurt Hahn-Krakow. Meanwhile, there’s a buzz and a half in the » Read more

Cheap Fare Alert: SkyEurope’s Vienna Flights

Cheap Fare Alert: SkyEurope’s Vienna Flights

Photograph by SkyEurope To promote their recent addition of Vienna as a new base airport, SkyEurope is hawking €19 airfares (taxes and charges included!) to and from Vienna. These low fares will apply to flights to and from all sixteen destinations served by SkyEurope from Vienna. Among the highlights, in our view: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bucharest, » Read more

Reaching for the Slovak Sky

Reaching for the Slovak Sky

photograph courtesy of planespotter.de/baseman.mathes.co.uk We continue to be impressed with the meteoric rise of Slovak low-fare airline Sky Europe. Their passenger totals are up 38.1% in January 2007 compared to January 2006. More impressively, their seat load factor is up 10.3% over the same period. Compare these to Ryanair‘s equivalent figures: up 23% in passenger » Read more