The problem seems to me flying from Kuopio. According to wikipedia only 5 airlines serve the airport and the only international flights leaving from Kuopio are with airBaltic to RIX.
BTW, have you checked whether you can buy the 350 EUR return ticket with Finnair and throw the return leg away? Or whether there is the option of changing the date and time of the return flight free of charge or for a small fee?
Thanks t_maia, we didn't think of that but are also looking to visit Belgrade as well and the whole trip planning is getting erm, interesting. I wouldnt think Kuopio is that well connected but he was looking into flights from Helsinki as well.
As for Redpaddy's question, yes we've both flown budget before but I shall just speak for myself hereon. At least 95% of the flights I do are intercontinental cos of work and there aren't too many budget airlines flying these routes direct, are there?. I've only flown budget within SEA and do not like it. I haven't needed to fly budget at all within Europe cos I have enough miles on my FF accounts, or I take the train.
You know, I was just asking myself this question the other day when I was looking to book a flight from my hometown to LAX International. I was looking at a 45 minute flight, and the price for that flight was $477USD, but for a two-way, it was only $377USD.
I couldn't believe. I was seeing all these commercials on TV about how airlines are dropping prices to encourage people to fly more, but yet, to fly for 45 minutes, the price was phenomenal! And the weird thing, if wanted to get a connecting flight that had 1 or more stops, then the price dropped dramatically!! For a layover in San Francisco, then to LAX, the price for ticket was $170USD.
Meanwhile, my ticket from LAX to Auckland, New Zealand, was $650USD and that's a 13 hour flight!! WTH!! I was so stunned by the prices, that I felt the need to blog about it on my site.
But as to why they charge the way they do... You got me. I would also like to know why, in the States, inter-state travel is so damn expensive!!
WebGuy.... Is that $377 for one return or two singles??
[ Edit: Edited on 10-Jun-2009, at 12:37 by Redpaddy ]
Redpaddy, it was for the return flight with the same carrier.
I just ended up getting a rail ticket for $55, sure beats $377+
[ Edit: Edited on 10-Jun-2009, at 12:44 by WebGuy ]
It's a strange old world innit - the travel industry. I can buy a return train ticket from Manchester to London for £35, if booked in advance. That's around €42 or $(USA)55. The journey time is just over 2 hours by the fastest service. If I turn up on the day and want to buy an open return (any train - any time) it will cost me over £200 - and I might have to change trains en-route, thus it'll take me a lot longer.
If I get a flight from MAN to LHR booked around a month in advance, I can get it for somewhere between the 2 prices. However, I can get a flight From Liverpool to Southern Turkey (over 4 hours) for under £80 return. That is - however, 2 singles.... £30 going out and £50 coming back. Same airline, same route, same inward and outward airports, outside school and public holidays - and that includes tax, fees etc. There are about 150 people on the flight - and that's close to full.
How come, if I want to do a return flight from MAN - JFK (6 hours 40 minutes) with American Airlines, I can't get anything for under £380?? It's only just over 2.5 hours longer for the flight - and there's about 350 people on it.
Also, I can get 2 single flights to JFK with BA which are differently priced each way by almost £100.
How about this one.... One of GB's longest running budget airlines - EasyJet, flies to Amsterdam from both Liverpool and LGW (London Gatwick). I use both routes, depending on where I'm gonna be, a few days before (I live about 30 miles from Liverpool and something like 250 miles from LGW). Whenever I go, the flights are full. The flight from LGW takes 1 hour 15 minutes and costs £54 return (inc.) The flight from Liverpool on the same date, takes exactly the same time to get there and costs £38 return (inc). Now before people start saying things like "Supply and demand, different landing/take off fees" etc., here's a similar scenario. Again, involving the same two airports out of GB, same dates with EasyJet again - but to Malaga. The flights from Liverpool were £40 dearer.
[ Edit: Edited on 10-Jun-2009, at 14:25 by Redpaddy ]