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Attribution: I, Piotr Hojka

Attribution: I, Piotr Hojka

The Hungarian low-cost carrier WizzAir has released a press statement directed to theri passangers flying to Warsaw the next coming weeks.

If you are one of them you should read this as it contains vital information

Dear Passengers, due to numerous recent operational difficulties at the Modlin Airport (WMI), Wizz Air has decided to move all the flights during the Christmas holiday period (from midnight today – December 17th – till January 6th 2013) back to Chopin Airport (WAW).

We hope to guarantee a more dependable service for our 55000 passengers travelling with us this Christmas.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PASSENGERS:

If you have already done your online check in, your boarding card is now invalid.

Please go through the process again. Airport check in will be free of charge, but expect long queues.

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If you are flying to, or are in Budapest on Thursday the 13 December you should visit the GO 4 TRAVEL desk in Terminal 2B.  At 14.00 CET they will be giving away 100 one-way tickets, free of charge, among those who are wearing at least 2 pink pieces of clothing when showing up. The tickets are valid for a flight to Geneva on the 19th December.

More information on Budapest Airports facebook page – it is in Hungarian though 🙂

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With the world we live in and the amount of air travellers in the sky each year you are sooner or later bound to end up in some airports that have funny names.  A personal favourite of mine is Batman Airport (BAL) situated in the middle of Turkey. If you have flown to France you might have connected in Brest Airport (BES) or during your travels in Indonesia come across Fak Fak Airport (FKQ)

The list can be made long but then there are the airports that have names that doesn’t really make any sense at all or just sounds strange. Here are 10 of them.

1. Wuhu Airport (WHU), China

2. Xingning Airport (XIN), China

3. Wagga Wagga Airport (WGA), Australia

4. Woodie Woodie Airport (WWI), Australia

5. Wee Waa Airport (WEW), Australia

6. Puka Puka Airport (PZK), Cook Islands

7. Flin Flon Airport (YFO), Canada

8. Gorom-Gorom Airport (XGG), Burkina Faso

9. Linga Linga Airport (LGN), Papua New Guinea

10. Kar Kar Airport (KRX), Papua New Guinea

 

Vaclav Havel airport, Prague

Vaclav Havel airport, Prague

You wanna buy flight tickets for the upcoming christmas holidays but have decided to wait to see if the prices fall?

When it comes to bigger holidays there is really nothing to be gained by waiting to buy the tickets as the rule of the thumb is for regular carriers unless they have decided to release a special deal. But to be completely honest I have noticed a significant decrease of mails in my inbox from airlines advertising their “special” offers. Around holidays people will buy tickets anyway.

What will waiting cost you?

  • Add about 4€/$5 per day: For tickets booked from late November to second week in December
  • Add about 8€/$10 per day: For tickets booked after second week in December

Usually it is the date 18th December when airlines are selling their “cheap” tickets and the following day on the 19th December the ticket price will skyrocket with an average of 30 to 70% as the late birds always have to pay more. The rise in price is of course dependant on routes and cities.  Another rule of thumb here is the longer the flight is, the higher price you will pay. Flights that are an hour or less usually don’t have such an increase in prices.

Cheapest day of flying?

As you probably already have figured out the most popular days to fly are also the most expensive.
Generally the cheapest days of flying during christmas holidays are Christmas Eve/Day (24th or 25th Dec) and New Year’s Day 1st January. While the most expensive days to fly this year will be on Saturday and Sunday before Christmas 22-23rd December.
The Sunday before New Years meaning 30th December is also one of the most expensive days to fly on.
Mid-priced days are the Thursday after Christmas and New Year’s  27th Dec and 3rd Jan. Also the 29th Dec and 5th January which are the Saturday after Christmas and New Years are to be regarded as mid-priced days.

Finding cheaper tickets?

How amazing it might sound you still pay for comfort and if you plan your travels with a connecting flight as oppose to a direct flight you can save about 15-20% as direct flights always are more expensive. This does however vary on different routes and as comfort costs, always compare to be extra sure. Another trick is to fly from a major airport as they are in fact usually cheaper than smaller airports. The larger the hub is, the cheaper the flight will be.

Saving even more money on the ticket price?

As mentioned several times in this blog. Pack light. Count how many days you will be away and pack accordingly. Pack as if going for vacation with consideration to pack items that can be worn in several ways and combinations. This will save you both on check-in baggage fees and eventual carry-on baggage fees. Also you will hopefully manage to pack with you the christmas presents as well.
Weigh the bag/s before you head to the airport. Remember that this is a heavy holiday with lots of travellers and cues to be long. Having overweight check-in or carry-on WILL stress you out as it will cost you extra money and in worse case you have to start dumping clothes or things in the nearest trash can. A great way to start the holidays.

Are you one of the people who always feel a bit lost at airports?
Who feels that your connecting flight time is too short and that you need to run a marathon to make it?
Then this tip is for you.

Air France has an Airport guide for the cities that they traffic around the world, and there are a few of those cities.
The guides are providing a full range of airport information like available boutiques, restaurants, information about lounges and available transfers to the city center. The guides are really good and will prepare you for your departure, arrival or connection.

To access the free guides, yes free,  please click on this link: Air France Airport Guides

Attribution: Jyi1693 at en.wikipedia

Attribution: Jyi1693 at en.wikipedia

The best low-cost carrier in the world AirAsia is starting their Birthday bash sale on the 26th November. Since their site is functioning on Malaysian time which is GMT+8 that means the sale is available from 17:00 CET.

Amazing prices where tickets are sold from only 1 USD per one-way ticket including taxes and fees (Except for selected airports where airport tax is collected at the point of departure). Tickets are limited of course and price may not be available on all flights.

Backside though is that there is a credit card process fee when booking but still the prices are low.

Sale starts at 17:00 CET and goes on until 2nd December with travel dates between 3rd December and 31st March 2013.

For more information about destinations and booking please visit www.airasia.com

Are you going to fly to Spain, Portugal, Greece or Italy in the next few days?
Then check one more time that your plane really departs as last night general strikes was launched in southern Europe and much of the air traffic is at risk.

In Spain and Portugal, the trade unions for the first time jointly called for a general strike, which began at midnight on Wednesday. Even in Italy and Greece, the work will be down for several hours in protest against their government’s austerity packages.
Especially in Spain and Portugal it is expected that the general strike largely will cripple the country today and probably the next two following days. Trains and public transport has already stopped, schools are closed and a large number of international flights are canceled.

Those who are traveling to any of the countries within these days should check one more time with their airline that the plane actually departs as it should, but also expect that in the case of departure the journey can take much longer time than expected due to the strikes carried out.
In England, for example, Easyjet has already cancelled 30 flights from London to Spain, and diverted some flights to Greece instead.  The Spanish airline Iberia has so far cancelled 350 flights.
Most airlines, such as Ryanair, Lufthansa and British Airways, offer their passengers that are affected by canceled flights  to reschedule their tickets for other dates free of charge.

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