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1. Posted by allie1904 (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Hi All,
I posted a while ago regarded a trip to the costa brava a Christmas, we have gone ahead with our plans and are going to Blanes, for 3 weeks over Christmas! We are flying to Barcelona with easy jet.

Yesterday I had a little brain wave :) I would like to see a little more of Europe in particular Prague. I had a look round at flights and hotels and found some really good deals, but a very big BUT, i have read some mixed reviews on low cost European airlines. I have found some good price flights with Wizz Air and Air Europa, I could do my trip using easyjet (an airline i trust) but this would mean a trip to milan (not that im complaining) and a kip in the airport due to the cost of accommodation in milan. By using other airlines i could so straight to prague form Barca.

I am just wondering if anyone has ever used these airlines?

Thanks :)

2. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 7y

Yep, theyre fine. Not as bad as ryanair, bout the same as easyjet.

3. Posted by allie1904 (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

When you say fine, how many times have you flown with them, and which one have you used, due to the fact it will only be a few days in Prague I don't want it to be spoilt because of delays and cancellations..

Thanks :)

4. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 7y

Flew with Whiz from Simferopal to Lviv, then Timisoara to Venice. no problems.

Only flew with Air Eurpora once La Coruna to Valencia. was on time an everything.

5. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

I have used so many budget airlines in both the UK and across Europe.
Ryanair are really not as bad as a lot of people make out. They are by far the most efficient 'on time' budget airline by a mile. Not everyone's cuppa tea because of the press reviews they get, but I've flown with them dozens of times and they've always been very efficient for the price. After all, what other airline can fly you over 1/2 way across Europe for less than €10?
Easyjet are good, as are Jet2 but both have pretty poor timekeeping records.
Wizzair are along the same lines as Ryanair, but do many more Eastern European destinations. Some of their flights are close to Ryanairs tariffs and their punctuality record across the continent is excellent. Air Europa are Ok but their timekeeping is quite shabby overall. Another airline you might care to check out is German Wings. They do some 'petty cash' flights as well but are few and far between.
Overall Ryanair and Wizzair have the cheapest prices by a very big margin and if you can get to your destination with them, then I would recommend them above all the others. If you can check in on-line then really theres nothing else to worry about apart from getting on the plane and getting off at the other end. All budget airlines charge stupidly expensive prices for an on-board snack (a can of Pepsi on Jet2 is £2.20) so dont believe all you read about one being more expensive than the other. The difference is just pennies.
As for budget airlines being unreliable, theyre not the only ones that are plagued by delays. I've just got back from Mexico and my Lufthansa flight going out was 5 hours late. I came back with British Airways and that was delayed by 3 hours as well. Expensive airlines never necessarily means punctuality is guaranteed.

6. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 7y

Yeah Ryanair are probably the most punctual, but the are not the cheapest, not with all the extra extra charges they apply.

I was once 15 seconds late for check in and they woulnt let me on board. They tried to charge disabled people for using wheelchairs until the EU stopped them.

Ryan air are scum, Other airlines can be cheaper without resorting to such measures.

7. Posted by Musicolo (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Wizz air is fine, same as Easyjet and Ryanair but check out German wings if they fly to your destinations. They are very very low cost :)

8. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting HafJafMark

Yeah Ryanair are probably the most punctual, but the are not the cheapest, not with all the extra extra charges they apply.

I was once 15 seconds late for check in and they woulnt let me on board. They tried to charge disabled people for using wheelchairs until the EU stopped them.

Ryan air are scum, Other airlines can be cheaper without resorting to such measures.

I ask you what is the scum bit you mention about Ryanair? I have travelled with them many times and found them very good for the price and far more punctual than many airlines charging much more for the same route from the same airport.
Who would you class as the cheapest if not Ryanair?
British Airways and Aer Lingus have also been penalised for discriminating against disabled passengers and KLM close the gates on time, every time. So its not just Ryanair you know.
There is no need to check in with Ryanair at any airport if you book on-line, so no fear of being refused on board.

9. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting Musicolo

Wizz air is fine, same as Easyjet and Ryanair but check out German wings if they fly to your destinations. They are very very low cost :)

German Wings do offer some cheap fares but they are generally dearer than Easyjet and Ryanair. Also their cheap fares are not so often available as the other three airlines you mention.
Also Wizzair flights are generally around the same price as Ryanair, but quite a bit cheaper than Easyjet overall.

10. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 7y

Quoting BedouinLeo

I have used so many budget airlines in both the UK and across Europe.
Ryanair are really not as bad as a lot of people make out. They are by far the most efficient 'on time' budget airline by a mile.

You have to add the big but, and that is that they calculate more time for flights.

But in general I have to agree, you get what you pay for, and that is a cheap way to get from A to B, for little money. Just make sure where you are flying, as they use some out of the way airports. (from which you also need transportation, which needs time and money.) Also be careful when booking and don´t just add all the stuff they are offering.

That said there are over 50 budget airlines in Europe. If you book ahead they are cheap, if you book later, or add suitcases, you better check the regular airlines as well. (in that perspective, I think that Edreams does a good job in comparing both type of airlines.)