Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

Ryanair over the Alps

Low Cost Airlines…

In the 1970s and the 1980s for most people it was only really possible to travel if you used the services of a High Street Travel Agent because only they had the necessary network of connections to the big holiday companies and overseas hotels.  And then the Web came along and opened up vast new horizons.  Suddenly it was possible to delve into previously unknown dimensions and start to think about the unthinkable.  Arranging your own overseas holidays directly and bypassing the travel agents and their 10% commission (possibly more, I don’t know).

That was all well and good but how was one to get to these new locations and the opportunities that were opening up?  The answer came thanks to Michael O’Leary and Ryanair.  Low cost air travel!  That was what I was waiting for and thanks to St Michael that is what now makes European travel available to us all.  I like the cheap flights and have set out to take advantage of them for as long as they are available and see as much of Europe as I possibly can.

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8 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

  1. Good one! And how lucky you are to be close to such a ‘low cost’ network. Though i shouldn’t complain – though it’s still a few arms and legs for flights from Oz to the rest of the world, the ‘low cost’ bug infected our local airlines and at least we don’t have to invest in legs and arms to visit cities in our own country now :)

  2. It makes me laugh when people pay for low cost tickets and expect the same service as high cost air fares. Wake up folks they are cheap for a reason.

  3. I’ve used Ryanair a couple of times and Easyjet often. I have no problem with the no frills approach, now that I know that an advertised EUR5 fare will cost rather more that once taxes and extras are included.

    I like the joke about Michael O’Leary ordering a beer in the bar and being told it would cost 50 cents.

    ’50 cents? That’s a great price!’ says Michael.

    ‘And will you be wanting a glass with that?’asks the bartender.

    • That’s a good joke! They are getting more expensive but still good value. In 2003 I went to Carcassonne for 1p each way and no extras. On the plane I sat next to Griff Rhys-Jones who had also paid only 1p.

  4. Sounds like a good deal, Andrew. Were Griff’s jokes extras?

  5. Hi Andrew, you’re right, that’s how it works today and I’m very thankful for lowcost air travel. My partner and I live in two different countries, low budget flying solves all the costy problems. And I can stick to my motto:
    “The only travels I regret, are the ones I didn’t make.”

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