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Air New Zealand Makes Family Travel More Affordable

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Air New Zealand has taken the concept of comfort in economy travel to new heights with their new “Economy Skycouch” seating.  This new “Cuddle Class” of seating has three seats together that can form a sort of couch and offer adults and children a place to put their feet up and stretch out or lie down and sleep.  It also gives children more room to move around when they get restless.

The deal with the new Skycouhc is that two of these seats are paid for at the regular price, but the third seat is available at half the cost, which allows families to get a better deal when traveling to New Zealand and allows two adults more space at a lower cost than Business Class.  The Skycouch is available on the airline’s Boeing 777-300 class aircraft and the service is available on daily flights between London Heathrow, Los Angeles, and Auckland.

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Flybe Cuts Flights from Belfast to Gatwick

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Budget carrier Flybe has made the announcement today that they will cut their flights from George Best Belfast City Airport to London Gatwick.  The airline has sold all of their Gatwick departure and arrival slots to rival EasyJet for £20 million.  The decision will have a great effect on travelers and commuters from Northern Ireland, a fact that Flybe is fully aware of and for which the airline apologizes.

While EasyJet operates out of Belfast International Airport, the airline is not likely to keep the link between the cities.  Flybe issued a statement in which they said they had to cut 10% of their workforce and that Gatwick is trying to push out the smaller airlines with increases in fees and charges.  Flybe claims that these charges and fees have increase by 102% over the last five years, an increase that no business can manage in such a short period of time.

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Zest Airways Suspends Charter Flights between Aklan and Taipei

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

With ongoing tensions between the Philippines and Taiwan, budget carrier Zest Airways has decided to suspend its daily chartered flights from Kalibo, Aklan to Taipei.  The airline released a statement in which they said the flights were suspended on Monday and that this suspension was done at the request of the charter agent.  The move comes after the death of a Taiwanese fisherman, which is being investigated by authorities in both countries.

Zest Airways said they have been serving the route since 2011 and they hope that they can resume flights soon.  However, at the present time the flights have been suspended indefinitely, despite the fact that Kalibo, one of two gateways into Boracay Island, has become very popular among Taiwanese travelers.  Taiwan is the fifth biggest destination for tourists from the Philippines, behind South Korea, the Chinese mainland, the United States, and Japan.

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Ryanair Plans to Double Its Share of Short-haul European Market

Monday, May 20th, 2013

After posting a record annual profit of €569 million, despite rising fuel costs, Ryanair is now looking to double their share of the short-haul European market.  The budget carrier currently has about 10% of the market and wants to increase that to 20% within the next five years.  The plan is to take customers away from the “legacy” airlines, such as British Airways, Iberia, and Lufthansa and increase their passenger numbers by over 50 million per year by 2018.

 

The airline’s post-tax profit increased by a whopping 13% from April 2012 to April 2013 and revenues grew by the same amount, reaching €4.9 billion.  This increase in revenues came despite the fact that the airline’s fuel bill was €290 million and made up 45% of its costs this past year.  Much of the increase in Ryanair’s profits was due to customers spending more on extras, such as the airline’s reserving a seat or traveling with a suitcase.

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JetBlue and Southwest Offer Cheap Flights for Those Who Purchase Tickets Soon

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

If you are looking for a cheap flight and you are ready and willing to buy your tickets quick, then you will be able to take advantage of JetBlue’s “Flight Club” sale, which are to be purchased by May 8 for travel from May 21 through June 19.  The ticket prices range from $53 for a flight from Long Beach to Las Vegas to $229 from New York to Puerto Rico.

 

For the JetBlue deal, there are some blackout dates and the cheapest fares are generally for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but Saturday travel is included, as are taxes and fees.  While this deal may have slipped by many, Southwest Airlines is also offering a deal for tickets bought by May 9 and tickets start as low as $59.

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Finding Cheap Flights Means Paying Attention to the Details

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Finding cheap flights seems easy on the surface, but if you ever have to cancel your flight, then you will pay the big bucks.  Fortunately, there are options when it comes to cheap flights these days.  According to Andrew Lau, product manager and a deals expert at redflagdeals.com, if you are booking a basic economy fare, then the airlines usually give you a few options.  However, it is important to decide what options are available and how much you are willing to pay for access to those options.

 

One option many airlines have adopted is the ability for passengers to cancel their flight within 24 hours at no extra cost to them.  Once inside the 24 hours, the travel insurance policy is the next best bet, particularly for families, which provides travel health insurance and cancelation insurance up to a certain value.  However, these are not useful when you have simply changed your mind.  For that, many airlines now charge a cancelation fee or include a cancelation option for an extra fee when purchasing your ticket.

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