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1. Posted by 14x23 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

We already knew that budget airlines have a positive effects on the

tourism, so how about giving your first thought when budget

carriers first appear in the industry. My first opinion is that it

have the possibility of improving the regional tourism since

airfare is cheaper but the budget airlines itself will not last

long.

2. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

It may have a positive effect on tourism, but tourism has a negative effect on the environment (by environment I mean physical, mental, and cultural). Look at Tibet, the culture is being destroyed be cheap tourism.

Back to the airlines, like you say they don't last long, as for improving things I disagree.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting Brendan

It may have a positive effect on tourism, but tourism has a negative effect on the environment (by environment I mean physical, mental, and cultural). Look at Tibet, the culture is being destroyed be cheap tourism.

Back to the airlines, like you say they don't last long, as for improving things I disagree.

By cheap tourism? How is the culture being destroyed then?
Also by the Chinese influence I think.

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello 14X23

When the budget airlines appeared, I was delighted, because it is such an opporutity for me. I dont have stacks of cash, to spend, but I can still travel, because of budget airlines.

I think budget airlines make their money some way. Maybe the governments support them, in some way, because of the huge taxes on airline tickets. I often pay 12 euros return, for a ticket, to some city in Europe, from Munich, and 46 Euros tax.

Mel

5. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

improves tourism but can also have a knock on negative affect on the local community.

a place like estonia is now been infested with the british! the same for spain because of these cheap flights! however for the locals! this drives up the cost of living and for any potental local property buyers.

also the ozone layer is completley knackered from all these low cost airlines!

we used to fly in nice airlines and have half decent meals...

now you fly with ryanair, easyjet etc sitting in crappy seats! on a irish plane dealing with staff who cant even speak english!

MEL: government does not pay these airlines,why would they? how these airlines make profit is...flights are booked online through their website, so they do not have the additional costs of paying for telephone operators or travel agents to take your booking.

you can book through the phone but you pay much more...hence the reason they call them web-fares!

also if a ryanair flight is cancelled they do not put you in a hotel, no refund, no meal vounchers etc

to re-book a flight costs you a whack compared to other airlines! plus you pay the difference to another suitable time! each flight time varys in price! you also pay lots of money for drinks on the plane and food, pay for baggage etc

also ryanair do not employ any cleaners for there flights because of the turnaround time of a flight!...its just like moving cattle from one place to another!

another thing, most ryanair flights fly into many airports and citys that no one has ever heard off! they pay much cheaper taxes, renting fees etc etc.

i can only see government giving tax incentives but never money...thats about it.

also with ryanair everything is done via web, they have little staff also on the cheap. little over heads...

but then what you pay is what you get! scum!

cheap airline also means that a lot of the planes are not maintained as well as another airline! though i am aware they ordered some new planes and i have been in them too. its an accident waiting to happen.

back in the day...people only flew somewhere 1-2 times a year now we have people that fly 12 times a year!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 3, 2007, at 1:29 AM by oslaue ]

6. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Fully agree with Brendan; budget airliners have dealt a major blow to the environment. People are now hopping on a plane like it's a bicycle, and are flying where they used to take a train or bus, or didn't go on holidays at all. Not to mention the cultural damage that Oslaue mentions.

But hopefully, the days of budget flying will be numbered very soon; in Brussels, politicians are starting to become aware of the environmental issues pertaining to short-distance flying, and a number of bills is being prepared to make it considerably less attractive. Which is good; travellers should pay (dearly) for what they pollute.

Happy 2007, everyone :)

Niels

7. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

well europe is already talking about charging these low budget airlines a whack! that will almost put them out of business.
at the same time what this means is that less people will be able to afford to travel as these airlines will just put up the price for flights.

look at this...people in dublin fly to new york for a weekend just to do christmas shopping!

did i tell you that ryanair also charge £1 a min when you phone them up too?

the world is now realising that maybe one day we wont be able to live here on earth...EVERYBODY! lets move to mars!...see...movies like 'total recall' are true!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 3, 2007, at 1:43 AM by oslaue ]

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

I really am very curious about an explanation about that cultural damage stuff....;)

9. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

for starters i cant find a english man in london!!!

but i never mentioned the culture change...someone else did...

10. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 9y

Quoting bentivogli

But hopefully, the days of budget flying will be numbered very soon; in Brussels, politicians are starting to become aware of the environmental issues pertaining to short-distance flying, and a number of bills is being prepared to make it considerably less attractive. Which is good; travellers should pay (dearly) for what they pollute.

Happy 2007, everyone :)

Niels

You wouldn't think so in the UK! It is sometimes cheaper to fly from London to Edinburgh then it is to take the train! This is ridiculous! Our government are forcing us to use cars & planes because travelling by train is so expensive-not to mention unreliable. I actually really enjoy using the train, but it's almost a lottery to get a train ticket at a reasonable price.

Sorry slightly off topic here, but it makes me angry.