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Cheap Flights from Hanoi with Vietnam Airlines

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Vietnam-airline.org recently launched a new program called “Cheap Tickets for Everyone,” which has the airline offering cheap tickets for flights from the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.  These flights can be as much as 50% off the regular price, depending on when the flight is booked, and customers can book flights right on the airline’s homepage, with options such as one-way, round-trip, and multiple destinations available.

 

As a part of the program, there are a number of preferential destinations, both domestic and international.  Domestic routes include Hanoi to Hue, Danang, and Ho Chi Minh City and international routes include Hanoi to Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.  Those who want to take advantage of the offer just need to go to the website and click on “Book Your Trip.”

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Finding the Cheapest Holiday Destinations for 2013

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Cheapflights.co.uk has put together a list of the cheapest holiday destinations for 2013 to help those who want to get away even though the sterling has fallen compared to the Euro in recent months.  Popular resorts have lowered their prices, which makes a vacation is little more affordable than people might have thought.  The new Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer has determined that prices in the Algarve have dropped by 15% and prices in Spain have gone down by 20%.

 

Albufeira in the Algarve in Portugal offers the best value for holiday-makers with cheaper drinks and meals, allowing it to narrowly beat out Spain.  In addition, the Post Office Holiday Costs basket of goods, which includes ten items – a cup of coffee, a newspaper, a three-course meal, a glass of wine, a bottle of beer, a soft drink, cigarettes, bottled water, sunscreen, and insect repellent – only costs 16p less in Algarve than in Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol and 80p less than in , Javea on the Costa Blanca.

 

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Budget Carrier FastJet Ends Flights on Two Routes

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

The low-cost airline FastJet is showing signs of business distress after making the decision to suspend flights on two major routes in Tanzania.  Only recently, the management of the airline held a press conference to announce the launch of new routes and now they are suddenly cutting two routes.  The airline announced the flight cuts in an advertisement to customers, stating that the Kilimanjaro to Mwanza flights and Kilimanjaroto Zanzibar flights have been canceled.

 

Passengers who have booked seats on any of these flights will be refunded the price of the ticket.  The two canceled routes are very important for business and leisure travelers.  FastJet Public Rrelations Consultant, Ms. Meg Muigai, has confirmed the cancelation of the two routes, saying the suspension is temporary and that it is due to low demand during the rainy season.  She says the airline will continue to fly on the Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam and Mwanza routes and that the suspended routes will begin again in July.

 

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Finnair Offers Cheap Flights from New York

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Finnair is now offering a flight sale with cheap flights between New York and Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, and Russia.  Round trip tickets can be purchased for these routes for less than $700 as follows: $670 to Stockholm, Sweden; $655 to Tallinn, Estonia; $695 to Vilnius, Lithuania; and $679 to St. Petersburg, Russia.  Business-class seats are also on sale and range from $2,729 to $2,755.  Those who live in the west, such as Los Angeles, can take advantage of these prices by finding a deal of a flight to New York.

 

The sale is good for travel from now through the end of April and from the October 1 through the end of the year.  This is a deal for the off-season and sale prices on tickets to New York for those who live elsewhere will still make this a fabulous deal for traveling overseas.  Flying direct on Finnair from Los Angeles to Tallinn costs $1245 return, making it cheaper to fly to New York first.

 

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Southwest Airlines Drops One Flight from Jackson to Houston

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Only days ago, Southwest Airlines celebrated five inaugural flights to five cities and now the airline has announced that they are cutting one of their three daily flights from Jackson to Houston.  According to Dirk Vanderleest, chief executive officer of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, the budget carrier will drop the 2:10 pm flight from its schedule as of June 1, which will leave them operating the 6:45 am and the 6:20 pm flights.

 

This latest move is the final bit of tweaking the airline is doing as part of integrating Air Tran into its flight plans.  The new flight destinations the airline began offering on Sunday include Puerto Rico, San Juan, Tampa Bay, and Orlando.  Vanderleest says they are just finalizing their new schedules and it is common for airlines to adjust and reallocate their resources to make the most of their flight schedule.  He adds that although they are disappointed, they are glad the airline is still with them.

 

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Porter Airlines Says They Will Bring about Cheaper Flights

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Porter Airlines has a plan, a big plan, that they say will bring cheaper flights.  The plan includes the expansion of the airline across the continent, which is a huge risk.  However, the airline has to overcome some rough spots, including the concerns being raised by the Toronto municipal government.  Robert Deluce, chief executive of Porter, attended a press conference on Wednesday where he said that if they can proceed with the expansion, then destinations such as Vancouver, Calgary, Los Angeles, and Miami would be on their schedule.

 

Deluce stressed that if they are successful, then there would be more competition leading to more affordable airfares for passengers.  The airline currently serves 19 destinations, but the new plan would see that number increase by 14, starting in 2016.  The expansion will cost the airline a significant amount of money, with $2.3 billion being spent on new aircraft from Bombardier.

 

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Wizz Air to Start Flights from Riga to Bergen

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Low-cost airline Wizz Air, which operates flights throughout Central and Eastern Europe, recently launched flights from Riga to Bergen.  The flights began on Monday, April 1 and they will be operated twice per week, on Mondays and Fridays.  Aldis Murnieks, Chairman of the Board of Riga International Airport, said that they appreciate the fact that Wizz Air is able to offer travelers more and more choice in travel destinations.

 

Daniel de Carvalho, Wizz Air Corporate Communications Manager, echoed those sentiments, saying that Wizz Air is very happy to have operated their first flight, carrying 128 passengers from Riga to Bergen.  He added that this opens up much potential for tourism at both destinations and their low fares get the people of Riga flying.  Riga International Airport is the biggest air travel hub in the Baltic States, with 17 airlines operating out of the airport, offering flights to 81 destinations.

 

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Qantas Partnership with Emirates Spawning Cheap Flights

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Qantas Airlines has developed a very tight-knit and extensive alliance with Emirates and this has caused many other airlines that fly between Europe and Asia to reduce the price of tickets on those routes.  Flight Centre, the biggest travel agency in Australia, said that airlines such as British Airways, Malaysia Airlines, and Cathay Pacific are selling tickets that can be as much as thousands of dollars cheaper than they were last year.

 

An example of a cheaper flight this year compared to last year can be seen in the British Airways flight from Sydney to London.  This flight is $1778 this year, which is $849 cheaper than the same flight was last year.  In order to get their statistics, Flight Centre analyzed fares from April 5 and compared them to flights at the same time last year.  Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner said these savings are available across all classes and some of them are for flying during the peak northern summer season.

 

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Are Cheap Flights Coming to Washington?

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

In February, American Airlines and US Airways announced their plans of a merger of the two airlines, which is relatively straightforward because they only overlap on 12 of 900 routes.  However, one area of concern is Washington’s Reagan National Airport, which operates with a cap on the number of flights allowed.  Both American and US Airways operate out of Reagan and JetBlue, which has a hard time increasing its presence at the airport, is concerned about the dominance of American and US Airways.

 

US Airways is the carrier with the largest presence at Reagan National.  At the current time, US Airways holds 55% of the slots at Reagan and American holds half of the remaining slots.  The two airlines only overlap on two routes out of the airport, to Nashville and Raleigh-Durham.  This will be unlikely to continue, which means as many as 10-20 slots will probably be up for grabs by discount carriers such as JetBlue and Southwest, helping lower the cost of flights out of the airport.

 

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Weigh Less, Pay Less with Samoa Air

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

The South Pacific airline Samoa Air is the first to offer pay-by-weight airfare for their flights.  This means that diet just might pay off more than you think and you might want to leave the loose change at home.  Samoa Air is the first airline to charge by weight for the sale of a ticket, the weight being the combined weight for everything, including passenger and baggage.  When booking the ticket, the passenger enters an estimate of their weight and the weight of their baggage.  The ticket price is calculated on a per kilo rate.

 

Samoa Air chief executive Chris Langton said that charging by weight is the fairest way to charge people to fly.  It saves families traveling with small children and there are no other extra baggage fees.  What you weigh is what you pay.  The cost per kilo varies depending on the distance of the flight.  The cost is as low as AU$1 (65p) per kilo for the shortest domestic routes to AU$4.16 per kilo for their longest flights to American Samoa.

 

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