Articles tagged “low-cost carriers”

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Ryanair Revives Plan to Open Routes to Ukraine

Ryanair Revives Plan to Open Routes to Ukraine

Volodymyr Verbyany, Bloomberg

Europe’s largest budget airline sees a silver lining in every crowd. Ukraine's 45 million residents are the latest group it hopes will become customers. They have enjoyed visa-free travel in the European Union since summer 2017.

3 months ago

Ryanair Is Buying a Majority Stake in an Austrian Airline

Ryanair Is Buying a Majority Stake in an Austrian Airline

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Not many people would have had Ryanair pegged as the potential partner for Niki Lauda's new Austrian airline. The Irish carrier has seldom chosen the M&A path in the past but an opportunity to take on Lufthansa in central Europe was probably too good an opportunity to turn down.

3 months ago

Virgin Atlantic Is Struggling to Cope With Low-Cost Competition

Virgin Atlantic Is Struggling to Cope With Low-Cost Competition

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Competition from legacy carriers and a new generation of long-haul discounters might just be too much for Richard Branson. How else to explain his decision to sell a significant stake in Virgin Atlantic to Air France-KLM?

3 months ago

Lufthansa Is Very Worried About Rivals’ Plans in Germany

Lufthansa Is Very Worried About Rivals’ Plans in Germany

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Ryanair and EasyJet have both used the demise of Air Berlin to boost their operations in Germany. You get the feeling that we'll be hearing a lot more from Lufthansa's low-cost unit Eurowings in the coming years.

3 months ago

Virgin Atlantic Adds Basic Economy to Fend Off Rivals

Virgin Atlantic Adds Basic Economy to Fend Off Rivals

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

So much for Virgin Atlantic's old direct, fun branding. Now it has “economy delight,” "economy classic," and "economy light" tickets. It would have been clearer to call seats Cheap, Cheaper, and For Complete Cheapskates Only.

4 months ago

AirAsia Won’t Always Be Able to Fly More Cheaply Than Its Budget Rivals

AirAsia Won’t Always Be Able to Fly More Cheaply Than Its Budget Rivals

David Fickling, Bloomberg

For 16 years the Malaysian carrier has grown by keeping its costs lower than its competitors have. But AirAsia may see its wings clipped as it faces a price war led by savvy new regional players, such as Malindo Air, a Malaysian airline launched in 2013.

4 months ago

Norwegian Air’s Expansion and 5 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Norwegian Air’s Expansion and 5 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in aviation, earnings are under way and Norwegian is hoping for a brighter 2018 bolstered by pilot recruitment and route development.

4 months ago

Norwegian Air Plans to Move On From a Terrible 2017 With Fleet Expansion

Norwegian Air Plans to Move On From a Terrible 2017 With Fleet Expansion

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Norwegian's critics say it is overstretched and unprofitable. So how does the airline counter this? By ramping up its expansion, of course.

4 months ago

Ryanair Finds One Benefit to Union Recognition

Ryanair Finds One Benefit to Union Recognition

Skift, Patrick Whyte

Ryanair might not have wanted to accept unionization, but one of the consequences could be growth at airports it had previously shunned.

5 months ago

Star Alliance Wants to Add More Low-Cost Carrier Members

Star Alliance Wants to Add More Low-Cost Carrier Members

Dong Lyu and Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

It's relatively expensive for an airline to become a full-fledged member of Star Alliance, part of the reason low-cost carriers don't join. But Star Alliance has developed what it calls a "Connecting Partner" model, allowing carriers to get some of the benefits of membership without footing the full cost.

5 months ago

Ryanair Claims It Won’t Concede in Looming Battle With Unions

Ryanair Claims It Won’t Concede in Looming Battle With Unions

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Ryanair's friendly approach towards labor unions doesn't appear to have lasted long. With CEO Michael O'Leary resuming his combative stance, one can expect further clashes between the low-cost airline and its workforce over the coming months.

5 months ago

Westjet Wants to Take New Low-Cost Carrier Swoop Into U.S. and Mexico

Westjet Wants to Take New Low-Cost Carrier Swoop Into U.S. and Mexico

Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg

Westjet is already stepping up its plans for low-cost offshoot Swoop. It hopes to use the airline to fend off competition from bargain-basement rivals such as Flair Airlines.

5 months ago