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1. Posted by klangeluk (Full Member 146 posts) 11y

hi

just wondering which lowcost airliners (europe-based) that you guys have flown and what are you guys think of them...which one do you prefer best..? pros & cons (if not too much to ask lol)

thanks...cheers!

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

Easyjet (merged or taken over by Transavia I think since not so long, or it that another one) is very cheap and quite OK. I travelled from Brussels to Malaga once and I don't complain. Don't expect food or something on the plane, its just basic (but that's why very cheap). At this moment thy are advertising a flight from Amsterdam to Istanbul for 19 euro. The airport tax is 2 times higher then the flight itself

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I think you cant beat Ryanair for sheer value. You dont get any trimmings but it gets you from A to B, and if you book early enough you can get fantasticly cheap airfares.

Their hub is at London Stansted and also Dublin and Shannon in Ireland. From those centres they operate routes all over Europe. They dont fly into many major cities. Usually, they fly to smaller airports between 30mins to 1 hr from major destinations and provide transport from there. Its a good way to see smaller towns in Europe too! :)

I've never had a bad experience yet flying with them (apart from missing a flight, but that was my own fault! ) They have a very quick turnaround time, so they often arrive at their destintaions ahead of schedule. They check people in quickly, the service on-board is good, and they have a very low incidence of lost luggage.

The only minor issus is that you are only allowed to bring 15kg checked luggage, you pay for anything above that. Also, they stipulate that you can only carry one piece of hand luggae on board, but no-one has ever stopped me for carrying on more than this before.

So, no complaints about Ryanair. ;)

4. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 11y

Ive used thomson fly before as well - found they had less leg room than other cheap airlines ive been on. it made the 2 and a bit hour flight to Pisa rather uncomfortable, but i guess thats what u get for cheap fares.

5. Posted by whereshego (Budding Member 22 posts) 11y

I just flew Easyjet and it was ok but not great...

I am in spain now and need to find a cheap one here to get to rome...

6. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 11y

Till now i used Ryanair, Easyjet, Sterling and Snowflake and i have to say there is not much different and as long as you don't expect to much it's a great cheap way to travel.

The nice thing do about Snowflake is that they just use seats in SAS flights (they are owned by sas) so that could mean that in some cases you have some more leg room.

Greetings,
George :)

7. Posted by klangeluk (Full Member 146 posts) 11y

seem like easyjet, ryanair so far has most votes. they seem to have more routes too

8. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 11y

Yes sounds Logic because they just are the two biggest in the European market. Air Berlin should come third but i don't know if there are a lot of German people here :)

9. Posted by klangeluk (Full Member 146 posts) 11y

well airberlin voted best lowfare airline (EUROPE)?? 2nd vueling, 3rd easyjet

http://www.airlinequality.com/2005/airline-05-regional.htm

10. Posted by jaykay (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

Hi,

In general the European based LCC's (Low Cost Carriers) are of good quality (maintenance, service, etc...). Just don't expect it to be as pleasant as a transatlantic flight. Legspace is most of the time poor (especially for tall persons; i'm 1,94m myself), but on the otherside the longest trip with an LCC is appoximately 2 hours within Europe. To solve the problem of legspace: try to get a seat at the emergency exit (most of the times around row 13) or a seat on the first row. On some LCC's it is possible to get a seat assigned. This is not the case at Ryanair and Easyjet. The first one to board is able to get the best seat. Most of the time passengers are not aware of the Emergency seat having extra legspace. One time I boarded as one the last and I still got the emergency exit seat. You are only able to sit at these seats if you are able to open the emergency exit (elderly people and other less mobile people are not allowed to sit here, because they could obstruct the entrance). The two major airlines are Ryanair and Easyjet. Ryanair is the most cheap only with prices of below €50,- ($60,-) for a roundtrip including taxes. These prices are only applicable if you book months ahead. I've flown with both airlines on several occasions and have never had any major problems. This one time I came late for my flight with Ryanair (and they never wait for late passengers) due to sevear snow fall. Only one flight was leaving per day to the destination I was going to. I had to pay €60,- ($75,-) to get on the flight for the next day. This was twice the price I paid for the roundtrip. It would have been cheaper to fly with KLM. Don't expect of the LCC's to be cheap and helpfull in this sort of situations. I fly approximately 8 times a year with LCC and I was never disapponted very much, because they are EXTREMELY CHEAP!!! The following airlines I have flown with:

- Ryanair (www.ryanair.com)
- Easyjet (www.easyjet.com)
- Transavia (www.transavia.com; formerly known as Basiq Air. The Airline is 100% owned by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. They are not merged with Easyjet (as Wouterrr mentioned).Easyjet is a independent company)
- Sky-Europe (www.sky-aurope.com; mostly eastern-European oriented)

If you would like to know particular routes of LCC's. Please check the following websites:

- www.lowcostairlines.nl (Only in Dutch, but you can click the route on a map (anyone can do that... ;-) and get the airline operating that route)
- www.flightsite.co.uk (English website with major LCC's and their routes; unfortunately not very up-to-date)

I hope this information is of any help to you.

Best Regards,
JayKay