Cheap Flights to Europe
|By adamrowden, 18 Dec '12 at 11:20
The arrival of discount airlines opened up the options for cheap flights to the Alps. For flexible Europe flights there are now more options and better prices, particularly if you know your dates in advance or are travelling mid-week. Just bear in mind all the potential 'extras' they may charge, such as for taking luggage or paying by credit card.
However, don't automatically assume the mainstream airlines will be more expensive. In many cases, particularly for busier dates, they will have the best prices.
So, to help you out we thought we would produce a huge list including some of the best budget airlines, the best major airlines and some links to British airports. Here it is...
European 'Discount' Airlines:
easyJet (Geneva, Lyon, Milan, Zurich, Munich)
easyJet is Europe's leading airline, operating on over 600 routes across 30 countries with a fleet of over 200 aircraft. They employ over 8,000 people including 2,000 pilots and 4,500 cabin crew and last year they served over 55 million passengers.
They have strong positions in key markets: No.1 in Gatwick, Milan and Geneva; No. 2 in Paris with over 300 million people within a one hour drive of an easyJet carrier.
Cheap flights; find and compare Cheapflights.co.uk
Cheapflights is a flight deals publisher. They’re a nice bunch of people who just want to help you find the best and cheapest flight they possibly can.
They're not travel agents and don't take your money (that's right, put it back in your wallet). If you want to book a flight - they should be your first port of call. You tell them where you want to go, they match you up with the best people to fly there. Because they don't sell their own tickets, they aim to give you the best deals available no matter where they find them.
Convenience and flexibility is a priority when booking flights with MyTravel. They offer competitive prices for hundreds of flights throughout the UK, Europe and the world. They provide lots of choice, using scheduled, charter and no-frills airlines.
Working with some of the leading suppliers in travel, MyTravel.com offers consistent value for money and competitive prices for any holiday duration, all of which are calculated live at the time of booking.
Ryanair (St Etienne, Turin)
Ryanair state that they are the world’s favourite airline operating over 1,500 flights per day from 51 bases on 1,500 low fare routes across 28 countries, connecting over 168 destinations. Ryanair operates a fleet of over 290 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft with firm orders for a further 13 new aircraft (before taking account of planned disposals), which will be delivered over the next year. They have a team of more than 8,500 people and expect to carry over 80 million passengers in the current fiscal year.
Thomson (Grenoble, Salzburg)
At Thomson, they say that they understand that it’s the little things that make the big difference. They employ nearly 18,000 people to make your holiday special. Thomson started up back in 1965 with the aim of making foreign travel accessible to all. Instead of soggy trips to the seaside, people began jetting off to the Continent for a dose of sun.
Fast forward 40 years and they’re still going strong. they’ve got more staff based around the world than any other travel company, and a huge collection of holidays to choose from. So whether you’re after a cruise or a 5-star hotel, they’ll help you find a break that’s right for you.
British Airways (Geneva, Lyon, Zurich etc)
British Airways (BA) is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom, based in Waterside, near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport. It is the largest airline in the UK based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations and second largest measured by passengers carried, behind easyJet.
They may not be considered the cheapest all year round, but some pretty good deals for flights to ski hubs like Geneva can be found at the right time of year.
Jet 2 (N England to Geneva, Chambery, Salzburg)
Now operating across 168 routes,thee’ve flown over 20 million passengers to more than 50 destinations. They currently have a fledgling fleet of 39 aircraft, and the annual sales of our parent company, Dart Group PLC, exceed £400 million.
Jet 2 like to think that key figures such as these show the size and stature of Jet2.com, meaning you can have complete confidence every time you book with them. They offer a number of good deals with alpine ski holidays, so are well worth checking out.
Snowjet is the dedicated ski division of Titan Airways, one of the UK's most successful and prestigious charter airlines. At Snowjet they organise whole plane ski charters and part charters on behalf of some of the UK's leading tour operators, using Titan's own jet fleet.
Titan's flexible range of aircraft and extensive experience in ski enable Snowjet to offer tour operator flight seat capacity to some of Europe's most challenging airports, including those with short runways such as Chambery and Sion. Their dedicated ski flight team have an intimate knowledge of the Alps and can advise on the most suitable airports for particular ski resorts so that transfer times are kept to a minimum.
travelsupermarket.com; find and compare flights
Looking for a cheap flight? Then travelsupermarket.com flights search will help unearth a huge range of air fares, from low cost carriers, charter airlines and full service scheduled airlines. This includes special fares offered by online travel agencies which can often be cheaper than booking direct with the carrier.
They allow you to pick up to three departure points to your chosen destination and the option to pick days either side to give you more flights to consider. Often by moving your take off by a day or so can save huge amounts of money.
European 'Mainstream' Airlines:
Here is another list of useful airlines that you may want to check out before you book your flights...
SN Brussels Airlines UK
Swiss International Air Lines
Gatwick Airport Hotels
London Heathrow Express
Leeds Bradford International
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