05/02/2012

Nature abhors a vacuum: airlines also

Iberia pilots have been striking in protest at the setting up of a new low-cost subsidiary, Iberia Express. Now there is another Spanish airline operating low cost services to Geneva.


Iberia Express, owned by International Airlines Group (IAG), began operating services at the start of this Summer season, on Sunday 25 March 2012. Its international destinations do not include Geneva, perhaps because that would imply a competition with easyJet.

Since the 27 April, another Spanish airline has started to fly twice daily between Madrid and Geneva. This airline is called Air Europa, based in Majorca, and is the third largest Spanish airline. I have not seen it described as a low-cost airline, but judging by the offered prices it might effectively be one. I checked on the price of a one-way flight from Geneva to Madrid for tomorrow, Thursday May 3, over the web sites of the various airlines which offer this possibility, and I got the following (surprises) :-

Air Europa : CHF 91.31
Swiss : CHF 116
easyJet : CHF 117.95 (excluding a CHF 16 admin fee)
Iberia : CHF 997

Interestingly, the on-line booking site ebookers.ch came up with some slightly different figures. They confirmed Air Europa as the cheapest, at CHF 133 total cost, followed by easyJet at CHF 154 total cost, but both Swiss and Iberia were quoted at over CHF 1000!

Maybe Swiss should contact ebookers!

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