Another failed state, like Mexico in the other thread. Now SAA can make a TV spot about how wonderful and cool Cape Town is. In Istanbul, it always surprises me to see people walking around on busy forms of public transport with expensive mobile telephones or their wallets poking out of their back p...Jump to post
An ad making fun of low status people who will never fly Aeroméxico to fluff the egos of worldly coastal jet setters... not what I would call brilliant. It’s just petty. If you think the ad is brilliant, it’s for you. This was the point I was trying to make, although I was trying to do it without b...Jump to post
But then, who would travel from MAD to ICN or PEK or whatever when they A) have nonstop alternatives B) have more options via half a dozen or more other hubs on more reputable (with all due respect) airlines than LO? I tell you who: the ones who go for the cheapest fares. That is why I mention seco...Jump to post
If they want to have a hub to Asia, they should open new short-haul destinations. For instance, in Spain they only offer flights to MAD and BCN. Many of their competitors like Turkish or Aeroflot already fly to second-tier cities like AGP, ALC, SVQ, BIO or VLC. I reckon the issue is strong low-cost ...Jump to post
We are clearly in a peak economic cycle and from here you can only go downhill. It seems to be 2009 all over again. Most of the newest Ryanair routes are in the "WTF" category. Routes no one ever asked for and that are only sustainable based on 1) subsidies + 2) extremely low fares + 3) no...Jump to post
In Spain you have Air Europa doing MAD-BCN with wide bodies. That route is 3-4 daily of which 2 daily frequencies are flown with A330s. Those are intended to make connections in MAD (mainly to LATAM), but you often have very cheap fares (25 or 30 EUR) in O&D. However you must add the train/metro...Jump to post
Russia's economy is pure garbage. I cant imagine SU makes much on Russian traffic alone. They get a lot of onward connections to places outside Russia. On the other hand, PAX at Moscow airports are exploding and must be at record levels or close to it. Russian carriers are launching all the time ne...Jump to post
I don't know whether it's supported by the facts, but the theory is that Turkish destinations like DLM and AYT compete with PMI (as well as some destinations elsewhere in Spain, Greece, Cyprus, and even on the African side of the Mediterranean) for the same customers - Northern Europeans seeking su...Jump to post
How much of the drop in British traffic last summer was down to the UK having a very hot June/July with weeks of sunshine? It was in the news in early-July that a lot of the package holiday companies were selling last minute holidays at the start of the school summer holiday period for ridiculously...Jump to post
Don't see Mallorca suffering: 29 million pax (+4%) in 2018, even December was +21% compared to 2017. Off season is getting stronger and stronger while the season is suffering from mass tourism if anything. The devil is in the details. PAX 2018 - 2019 UK: 5.66 million VS 5.43 million Switzerland: 1....Jump to post
MIflyer12 wrote:With this and WOW's significant pullback we can see the ULCC TATL bubble has been duly popped. Good for remaining carriers; not good for passengers seeking cheap fares.
Asturias subsidises Volotea. So this OVD-RMU IMO is subsidised but it is also a way to tell the government of Murcia that they would be happy to open some new destinations if they give them some money.
I could see BIO, somewhere in Galicia, PMI and IBZ at least.
I am not overly surprised.
Laudamotion (Ryanair) has opened tons of routes from Germany to Mallorca (main market). And PMI suffers from the recovery of Turkey.
Canarias a winter destination has also increasing competition from Morocco, Tunisia, Cabo Verde or Egypt.
I don't get this obsession with Western Africa. Those are minuscule markets (just look at the PAX numbers of those airports). RAM in Oneworld would be the perfect complement for both MAD and LHR. Maybe resuming Lagos could be logical, but I don't see the need to hunt smaller markets. Iberia is not T...Jump to post
I can’t imagine that to be the case. Last years growth looks good, but there was no growth between 2007 and 2017 making it the worst performing European mega hub by far growth-wise. Also the high speed train had a major effect. The Madrid-Barcelona HSL opened in 2008. Now it takes half of the traff...Jump to post
And other than a seasonal ARN-KEF on SAS, there is not a single new route for KEF so far planned for this year. It seems the Icelandic bubble has popped.Jump to post
Part is to blame for the new Tech / Internet bubble. Too much money around so people travel more. I suspect when this bubble pops, some carriers may leave or reduce SFO.Jump to post
Southwest blocks international visitors from their website (although this block does not seem to be perfect as I've accessed it from overseas before). I don't know why - perhaps it's not wanting to comply with GDPR or other international laws and whatnot, or maybe there's some other reason for it. ...Jump to post
How long will it take? I am flying to DUS next week.Jump to post
ESPRIT is not an Australian brand (unless there is another Esprit brand there independent than the one sold in the rest of the world).Jump to post
Thanks everyone so far for the great ideas. Many are intriguing. I am now toying with the idea of flying AMS-MAD on Air Europa's B787 (maybe currently it is an A330, but on the dates in may I am looking at it will be a 787, at least for now). and then again trying to get on LATAM from MAD to FRA (i...Jump to post
New Balance has been very popular and trend in the last 5 years or so in Europe. It seems that in the last year or so it is fading a bit. Supreme is awfully popular here at the moment Where is here? I would say Supreme is awfully popular all around the world right now. Even the street sellers in Spa...Jump to post
Charter flights (most often sold by tour operators) are one thing. Scheduled flights are another. The airlines flying those charter flights are getting paid regardless if the plane is full or not. That is not the case with TK. Your point isn't really valid. First and foremost, CUN is a tech stop. P...Jump to post
Funny how everyone is talking macro economics here. That's got little bearing on Germania. Germania hasn't been able to turn a profit over the large scale expansion of the German economy over the past few years. They are back to the wall, if they can't find an investor they will be toast very short...Jump to post
We have seen an steady decrease in unemployment and a rise in salaries from 2010. That trend has not turned yet and I would say is the most important aspect in regards to the holiday makers, that is the primary customer group of Germania. Cost of living in Germany has exploded since 2010. Particula...Jump to post
I remember the days when there was the following line up at SCN on a Saturday morning : Tuifly to PMI, ST to LPA, AB to PMI, XQ to AYT, Sky to AYT just on the charter side. This is all gone now and mostly there is just EW to PMI and many people drive to HHN to fly FR somewhere as many traditional b...Jump to post
With the German economy now doing worse, I think we will see some consolidation in the leisure holiday market in Germany. If I am not missing anything there are those players: - Condor - Germania - Sundair - SunExpress Deutschland - TUI fly Deutschland And then there are: - Lufthansa / Eurowings - B...Jump to post
And Turks have no beaches nearer by than Cancún?? As for Mexico-Middle East / C.I.S. traffic: what is the yield x volume? I disagree with saying this flight is only about MEX. Cancún today is a global beach destination which also combines some "basic culture" (Mayan ruins). E.g. checking ...Jump to post
I flew BRU-BMA a couple of years ago and a lot of PAX seemed to be connecting in BRU. I guess (probably like in the case of Finnair) for a lot of people flying to "Stockholm City Airport" is just an added advantage VS other connections and then flying to ARN. Bromma feels like a village ai...Jump to post
cityshuttle wrote:According to the media article, LH / EW is currently only considering options for leisure long-haul destinations in case that DE (Condor / Thomas Cook) might cease operations ...
Just curious.... With Etihad, Emirates and Turkish Cargo serving or having served the Puerto Rican market, how much longer you guys think Puerto Rico will see Arabian airline service (of any type, that is)? Ummm never? SJU is a very small market to Europe, so for the ME and Asia it would be even sm...Jump to post
Speaking of TK Maxx... I was surprised to see ellesse stuff there. I thought they were gone for ages and have them associated forever with 1980s/90s pro tennis. Ellesse (like FILA) is now back in trend. https://www.jdsports.co.uk/page/ellesse-hub/ ALL ABOUT ELLESSE On top when it comes to the retro...Jump to post
Nautica is sold in Amazon European websites. Amazon Europe is interesting because they stock some American brands that I have never seen in a physical store anywhere in Europe. For instance, they also sell (usually heavily discounted) Eddie Bauer. I reckon since those are sold in Amazon US, it is qu...Jump to post
Any non-EU citizens could well have had visa issues with Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia.. I doubt this would happen even in any possible combination :) First of all, Romania and Bulgaria are EU countries. Serbia and Macedonia are very lax with visas. For instance, Chinese and Russian citiz...Jump to post
I think that FR has a hard time making these long flights work out financially. Some of them edge on the 5 hours flight time, putting FR in a tight spot in terms of yield management. FR in Canarias is not only about "those long flights". It is not Eilat or Aqaba. Canarias-Mainland Spain i...Jump to post
MIflyer12 wrote:Given the presence of MAD-JFK/EWR/IAD non-stops I'll guess that RAM is doing this with garbage fares. Aviation economists had figured out 40 years ago that much use of marginal cost pricing is lethal.
I think even more, as they would not be able to take shortest route, unless all passengers had passports - which would be unusual on intra-EU flight. You can enter Serbia and Macedonia with any European (EU) ID card. As well as Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and some other random countries (Georgia) a...Jump to post
Why not landing in SOF? Sofia to Thessaloniki is only 4-5 hours by coach.Jump to post
In Europe it is very socially accepted to complain about Ryanair. Added to that that it is the airline which carries the more passengers (esp. "casual" passengers), it is not surprising that it ranks so badly. I have flown +100 FR flights and never had any issue so far. I personally prefer...Jump to post
Those two plus EWR/JFK and HND/NRT. But yes, your point stand - LH doesn't just fly to two airports "just because" in general. LCY and LIN targets business pax, HND (and LIN also) is the much more "preferred" airport, while JFK/EWR involved a slightly more "preferred" ...Jump to post