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Cheapflights.com-owned Momondo Creates Flight Rating System

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Price comparison service, Momondo, owned by Cheapflights.com, is aiming to improve metasearch by creating a flight rating system that will find the balance between price and flight duration.  In June, the Momondo talked about creating a semantic search engine and revealed the first step in the process would be to create a ‘convenience balancer.’

 

The idea behind the new flight ratings system is that the best flight is not always the cheapest flight.  The system rates flights on a scale from 1 to 10, based on a combination of the cost of the flight and the duration of the flight.  Users can also edit their findings based on their priorities for their trip.  Momondo is redesigning their website and will launch the new flight rating system at the same time and the new website goes online.  Momondo’s ultimate goal is to return better search results by making use of data based on the online behavior of customers.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Pegasus to Offer Cheap Flights From Dubai to Istanbul

Monday, August 27th, 2012

The budget airline Pegasus, that has been in operation for 20 years, is now going to start offering cheap flights on two additional routes.  Starting in the middle of October, the airline will be offering cheap flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen to both Dubai and Batumi.  Since Pegasus has been such a success with its budget model over the years it might offer up some pretty stiff competition to the other airlines offering cheap flights to Dubai.

 

The new Pegasus price for a one-way ticket from Istanbul to Dubai is TRY 185.00 (AED 377.91), which is a steal compared to the other carriers on the route.  Pegasus is also the only private airline in Turkey to run both domestic and international flights from Istabul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, which helps protect passengers from the expense of parking and the large amount of traffic that is a problem at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport.  It is also the first airline to show its monthly successes online.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Air Canada to Offer Cheap Flights Through Budget Branch?

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Air Canada is aiming to regain market share it has lost over the years and to deal with the overhead with which they are struggling.  In order to do this, they are toying with the idea of creating a budget branch to their airline, a branch that would offer cheap flights.  There have been many reasons for Air Canada pulling out of the second quarter at a loss, including strikes, fewer bookings, and issues with maintenance contracts.

 

With the budget branch of the airline, Air Canada plans to pay the pilots less than they pay their regular carrier pilots in order to subsidize the low cost of the tickets.  This is a controversial move.  The also plan to serve only some international routes, including the sun destinations in the US and some destinations in the Caribbean and Europe.  At this point, they do not plan to operate domestic cheap flights.  The timing of the operation of the budget carrier depends on the delivery of larger aircraft for the regular carrier.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Cheap Flights to Nashville on InsanelyCheapFlights.com

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

InsanelyCheapFlights.com is holding its end of summer sale and there are some really good deals with cheap flights to Nashville.  Nashville is a popular destination with tourists and has a culturally rich history as “The Music City.”  The Grand Ole Opry takes center stage as the longest running live radio show in the world.  In addition, visitors can enjoy the CMA Music Festival and the Tennessee State Fair.

 

Of course, there is more to just music in Nashville.  One of the most favorite attractions for all ages is a cruise on the historic General Jackson Showboat.  This incredible paddle wheel boat has been giving cruises down the Cumberland River since 1817.  Nashville is also known as the Athens of the South and has a replica of the famous Greek Parthenon that is home to many works of art, both classical and contemporary.  Finally, there is the amazing Nashville nightlife, including Hillsbro Village and many restaurants and bars.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Travellers Should Use More than One Site According to CheapFlightsFinder

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

CheapFlightsFinder, based in the UK, says that travellers should use more than one flight comparison site when planning their summer vacation if they want to get the best deal.  The different flights comparison sites offer different deals and the wealth of choices can become confusing.  However, focusing on one of them may not reveal the very best prices.  For example, one site might offer London to Magala on a certain day for £229 per person and another site might offer the same flight on the same day for £191.56 per person.

 

Comparison sites are a popular way to book vacations and 55% of travellers use the internet to book their vacations.  Shahab Siddiqui, founder of Cheap Flights Finder, said that the comparison websites have become popular, but no one website can scan all possible sources of deals, which is why travellers need to check more than one.  In today’s economic climate, saving a little on a flight can make a vacation go farther.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Cheap Fuel for Flights to Ecuador

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, is trying to attract airlines into the country and he is doing so by offering cheap fuel to any airline that flies there, allowing them to offer cheaper flights and entice travellers.  There will be a 40% discount on fuel for any airline that operates direct flights to and from Vancouver, Los Angeles, Rome, or Frankfurt.

 

The only details he gave about the deal thus far he gave during his regular weekly address on Saturday, during which he said that the discounted airfare would last for five years and airlines would have to make a minimum of three flights per week.  The goal behind the offer of discounted fuel is to increase his country’s connectivity with the world, improving tourism, education, and business.  The country has much to offer, including the cities of Cuenca and Quito, plenty of rainforests, and the Galapagos Islands.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

CheapFlightsFinder.com Surveys Cheap Flights and Finds Huge Differences

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

CheapFlightsFinder.com did a comparison of 16 metesearch engines, searching for cheap flights, and found out that there can be a staggering price difference for an identical trip.  They found that the cost per ticket of an identical economy flight from London to New York can vary as much as £165.  Cheap Flights Finder searched flights for the autumn half-term break and found major differences even between the two top metasearch engines.

 

United Airlines was the cheapest airline, booked through Netflights.com at £468.59 for an economy seat, and the most expensive was Iberia, booked through Carlton Leisure at £633.59.  That means a family of four would pay a total of £660 for the more expensive tickets.  Cheap Flights Finder was launched in 2008 and guarantees they will find the cheapest flights available.  This survey shows how much prices on the same route can differ, depending on the carrier.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Brits Make a Break for Vacation Spots

Monday, August 13th, 2012

With the end of the Olympics, Brits are booking holidays like mad, trying to get away from the hectic days of games, or perhaps trying to sustain the momentum of the excitement.  Either way, Oonagh Shiel from Cheapflights.com says that the demand for Bank Holiday getaways is higher than usual.  The most popular destination is Spain, with locations such as Palma, Alicante, Malaga, and Barcelona being at the top of the list.

 

Laurence Hicks, director of tour operator and holiday rentals company CLC Leisure said that the end of July and early August were pretty quiet, but now there is a huge surge in bookings.  People have been booking more tennis holidays (up 17%) and bookings for sailing and windsurfing holidays are up 20%.  However, those who are planning to travel are being warned that possible strike action with easyJet pilots in France over the coming week could put a damper on travel plans.  The airline says they are hopeful the disruption will be minimal.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Air Canada Launching Cheap Flights to Holiday Destinations

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Air Canada, the nation’s largest airline, is getting set to launch their new budget carrier, which will allow for more affordable travel travel to the U.S., the Caribbean, and Europe.  With the lower fairs, more Canadians will be able to plan vacations for themselves and their families.  At the moment, the airline is waiting on the delivery of new, larger planes and until that happens they are waiting on the launch of the budget arm of their airline.

 

Calin Rovinescu, president and chief executive officer of Air Canada, said that the launch of the new carrier represents only growth for their pilots and the entire Air Canada family.  Once the new order of planes begin to arrive, the current planes, which are smaller, will be switched over to the new, cheaper routes.  At the present time, Air Canada does not expect the new carrier to launch until 2013 and will use up to 30 Airbus A319s and 20 Boeing 767s.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Air Canada to Offer Cheap Flights Starting in 2013

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Air Canada is set to launch a budget carrier in 2013, but will ramp up slowly with service.  Their announcement to launch next year comes after having overcome union resistance to the idea of a budget carrier.  The first destinations will be popular holiday destinations and the airline will slowly increase the size of the budget fleet to 50 aircraft.  The announcement for the launch was made after they reported a weak quarter, which caused stocks to plummet by 10%.

Air Canada is the biggest airline in the country and it has spent years promoting a budget carrier as a way to cut costs and increase revenues.  Only nine days ago was the airline able to move ahead with their plans, once an arbitrator forced a new labor agreement on pilots who were in opposition to the new budget carrier.  The airline says that the timing of the operation of the new budget carrier depends on the delivery of new, larger planes to Air Canada, which will allow them to devote the smaller planes to the budget operations.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

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