Three new budget airlines at Zaventem
20 March 2006, BRUSSELS — Three budget airlines are to start offering services from Zaventem Airport in Brussels in coming months.
20 March 2006
BRUSSELS — Three budget airlines are to start offering services from Zaventem Airport in Brussels in coming months.
The airlines are from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. They will offer low-cost flights to Prague (Czech Republic), Krakow (Poland) and Munich (Germany).
The Slovakian airline will start offering flights to Krakow from Zaventem at the end of this month. The two other airlines will start operating soon after.
European budget airlines Ryanair and Easyjet have reported enormous growth in recent years. Amid rising profits, more low-cost routes have been added to their services. Other low-cost airlines are now trying to squeeze into the market.
However, there have been few budget airlines operating at Zaventem, due in part to high airport taxes. Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair, for example, opted to fly from Charleroi instead of Brussels.
And consultancy bureau Arthur D. Little has recently said that budget airlines have already reached their peak.
Despite the negative forecast, three low-cost airlines will soon launch services from Zaventem in a development expected to have an impact on existing carriers.
Traditional airlines are expected to cost personnel costs, service and distribution costs and seek more passengers. Traditional airlines are increasingly looking to last-minute travellers searching for a cheap ticket.
Competition is also increasing among budget airlines. Irish low-cost carrier Aer Arann, for example, will start flying from April at the Liège-Bierset Airport in Belgium.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news