Friday, 15 September 2017

Easyjet to launch Long Haul flights with airline partners

WestJet B767.
EasyJet have announced a linking up with Norwegian Airlines and WestJet of Canada, beating Ryanair to offer long haul flights to Asia, South and North America with Canada being served by Westjet.Com

The proposal is that Easyjet flights to and from London Gatwick  will feed into the long haul services of the long haul airlines and will have a guarantee of ensuring passengers if they miss their connection that they will be put on the following available flight. Passengers will be allowed a 2.5 hour connection time to ensure smooth running.

Bags will have to collected and handed to the Gatwick connects desk, so baggage will not be through booked as happens on other scheduled airlines, this might prove an unattractive aspect.

But the prices are expected to be competitive and a real challenge to British airways, KLM-AirFrance  and other legacy airlines

Norwegian Airlines fly Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft and Westjet fly Boeing 767

Top 10 facts about Tenerife you may not know

Top Ten Facts.

Tenerife is probably the most popular of the Canary Islands and is packed with interesting places to visit, and things to do.  Here's our top 10 facts about the island of Tenerife :

1. The emblematic flower of the island of Tenerife is the Bird of Paradise, or strelitzia.  This exotic orange and navy flower presents itself as a beak from the sturdy stems, and once one flower fades away, another is waiting to emerge.

2.  The Pyramids of Guimar in Tenerife are perhaps one of the oddest sights in the region. A mysterious collection of six stone structures, they were originally thought to be mere piles of stones. However, on careful inspection by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, they were found to be arranged in large steps with a ceremonial platform on top.

3.  In the small wine town of Icod de los Vinos in Tenerife, you will find the Drago Milenario (Thousand Year Old Dragon Tree).  This gigantic tree stands 17m high and has a diameter of 6m, and is within a protected garden.  How old is this tree? Probably around 600 years. Known for its magical properties, the resin of the tree turns red on contact with the air.

4. Vilaflor (flower town) is the highest village in the Canary Islands.  To date, the village remains unspoiled as most people tend to pass straight through it on their way to the National Park.  Linger for a while in Vilaflor's pine forests or visit the natural spring whose waters are bottled and sold all over Tenerife.

5.  Masca is a mountain village perched above a deep gorge.  Once a remote location, a road now leads to the village where visitors can then make their way down the gorge to the coastline below. However, be prepared for a long hike and ensure you're wearing suitable shoes and clothing.

6.  La Orotava in Tenerife is a jewel box of balconied facades, cobbled streets and wonderful historic buildings. Visit here during the Corpus Christi celebrations (usually in late May) to witness demonstrations of sand and flower pictures that cover the pavements. The best places centre around the Town Hall Square and the nearby streets.

7. Streets in Tenerife are often named after people and often they will be obscure local doctors, artists, sculptors, and politicians to name just a few.

8.  The cable car to the top of Mount Teide offers spectacular views of Tenerife's volcanic features, and takes visitors close to the summit of the mountain and is possibly the most painless way to ascend Teide and takes just 8 minutes to make the journey.

9.  From Castillo de San Miguel in Garachico, you will have views of the town below where you will clearly see the route taken by the lava of the volcanic eruption back in 1706 as it made its way down the cliffs to the sea.  You will see gardens and swimming pools constructed from the solidified lava.

10.  In Puerto de la Cruz you will find Plaza del Charco - full name being Plaza del Charco de los Camarones (Shrimp-Pod Square).  This reference is to days when the area surrounding the square used to fill with water at high tide and locals would then come here to fish for shrimp, 

If you're looking to visit the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, we would recommend :

Flights :
Low cost and ATOL protected flights can be booked online from Manchester, Gatwick and Glasgow over Christmas and New Year.

Hotels and Apartments :  Corona Holidays
Canary Island specialists (financially protected bookings) offering hotels, apartments and villas on the island of Tenerife. From self catering apartments to 5 star luxury hotels.  

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

EU passport check delays

Were you one of the unlucky tourists to be hit by the new EU passport checks which resulted in hours of delay at passport control?, where in the past most EU passports would be nodded through, the Eu has decreed that if you were unlucky enough to be a non schengen passport holder then a 2 minute per person computer check has to be carried out.  With aircraft averaging   180 passengers then you can work out the time to process a single aircraft, then assume that there are 5 arrivals a hour and you only have 2-3 immigration clerks then you can work out the issue.

Obviously employing more immigration staff would help, but some airports only have 5/6 booths maximum.

If you don't have to travel to the EU, then you could go to Non schengen EU countries (Eire, Denmark) or EEA countries (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland,Liechtenstein), or avoid the EU completely.

Non EU countries
Montenegro is maybe an option, Turkey  is extremely cheap and with the threat of Terrorism has depressed prices further.,  Tunisia is coming back, but again terrorism is a threat that depress's prices but also reduces demand

There are smaller airports that have less traffic which will help if you have transfer easily from them to your destination I'm thinking particularly Spanish destinations like Reus, Girona, Valancia, Serville, Cadiz, Almeria, Murcia)  .  But if your travelling to Palma, the only way to avoid that is go via an intermediate point like Madrid, Barcelona Amsterdam or Paris that have the extra immigration infrastructure and you enter the schengen zone via there.

With the Euro approaching possible parity to the pound and these type of issues I would recommend looking at the Black Sea resorts and Romania.  The quality is very good and prices are low and it's a non Euro destination. flys there from Luton to Constanza, also is looking to do a Southampton flight.  Also consider Bulgaria either flying to Varna or Bourgas.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Could Ryanair buy Monarch Airlines?

With all the talk of Michael O'Learys claim that Monarch and Norwegian airlines are in trouble, is there another underlying strategy at play.

Ryanair will need a UK AOC (Air Organisers Certificate) by March 2019, maybe even sooner if they want to be selling this by March 2018.  Monarch being a UK airline have this, they also have some fairly juicy assets, Gatwick slots and Engineering subsidiaries are a must for an airline.

Ryanair could launch a  Gatwick flight programme using the Gatwick slots and if Norwegian were not around it gives a perfect opportunity to make Gatwick a major departure point for Ryan Air

It's food for thought, no one knows whats going to happen until it happens, but you can see logic in the above theory!
Monarch engineering.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Norwegian Airlines shares plunge on the Oslo Bource by 10%

Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) stock on the Oslo bourse plunged almost
10% in value on the opening of trading on Monday, September 4, following comments made by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of rival Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l), Michael O'Leary, about the Scandinavian LCC's future prospects. Comments attributed to the typically brash Irishman and carried by Travel Weekly said Norwegian faced bankruptcy in four to five months.“Both Monarch and Norwegian are in trouble," he said.

"It’s an open secret among airlines that Monarch Airlines (ZB, London Luton) and Norwegian may not survive through the winter. They are burning cash. Norwegian has huge aircraft orders that they don’t have the cash to pay for.” 

Norwegian Communications Director Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen later told Norway's Nettavisen newspaper that O'Leary's comments “have no basis in reality.”    "All we have to say is that this is classic O'Leary bullshit that has no basis in reality," he said. "Norwegian has run a profitable business for 10 years and we will continue to focus on our own global business, not on single-player games as is done by our competitors."

Despite Sandaker-Nielsen's response, Norwegian's stock plummeted from NOK194.70 to NOK178.20 on the opening of trading on Monday morning. Prices later recovered to NOK194.40 at the close of trading.

Norwegian and Ryanair have been in talks to develop their vaunted connecting flights project. According to O'Leary, the negotiations are still ongoing.

Are No Frills airlines becoming TOO powerful?

Ryanair B737-800.
Michael O'Leary has recently claimed that Norwegian and Monarch are in financial trouble,

"O’Leary told journalists in London: “Norwegian will go in four or five months. They are running out of cash. They are scrabbling around daily.” Norwegian denied it is in difficulty, with a spokesman insisting the Ryanair chief executive’s comments “have no root in reality.”
However, O’Leary said: “Both Monarch and Norwegian are in trouble. It’s an open secret among airlines that Monarch and Norwegian may not survive through the winter. They are burning cash. “Norwegian has huge aircraft orders that they don’t have the cash to pay for.”

So whats Michael O'Leary up to, whats his strategy in these fairy risky comments?  is he trying to weaken the airlines so they actually do collapse, cash flow is there life blood and if this is stopped or slowed then it causes a knock on effect. or is he just giving a fair assessment of the market?

No Frills airlines are increasingly becoming too powerful, they are becoming political lobbying and threatening governments and local authorities across Europe, they are creating a tunnel vision for consumers, where as the only way is Ryanair or EasyJet, how does the consumer kick back against these moves!

Well I would recommend, it's the premier airfare search engine and always comes up with the cheapest fare, They are objective and help counter the dark noncompetitive forces who try to relieve you of your hard earned money.

One thing you may not know is that there is no consumer protection for No Frills flights, apart from the Consumer Credit act of 1973 where if you have paid by a Credit Card and the purchase was over £100 and it was a UK transaction then you are covered. apart from that you can take out a SAFI policy, who recently launched gives this away with the seat sale. Also FlyLolo and other licenced Tour/Flight operators are covered by a CAA ATOL, no Frills are not apart from holiday package arrangements through their holiday divisions. 

So my advice for whats its worth is do a search and check out fares, because if we get down to only one or two airlines on a route, the consumer will pay dearly!!