Jet2.com vs Ryanair - when two budget airlines go to war

28 August 2009

When it comes to the recession, budget airlines have put their fingers in their ears and are shouting LA LA LA LA LA very loudly. At least that's what the headlines would have you believe. After last week heralding additional routes for Newcastle, Jet2.com has this lunchtime announced a new base of operations at East Midlands Airport.

The seven new routes on offer from the budget airline are Lanzarote, Dalaman, Corfu, Heraklion, Paphos, Tenerife and Sharm El Sheikh. All routes are now available for departures from May 2010, with starting fares from £59.99 one way including taxes. Last week new routes for Newcastle were announced, departing to Dalaman, Crete, Gran Canaria, Paphos and Sharm el Sheikh.

Between the two announcements Jet2.com are claiming up to 700 new jobs will be created. Now we can't knock that - more passenger choice and new jobs are very commendable - but will this be all there is to this story? Let's look at Ryanair - on August 11th, Ryanair announced a massive expansion in operations at Leeds-Bradford Airport, increasing the number of destinations served to 17 and creating 1,000 new jobs. Less than a week later, Ryanair announced it was closing down all services out of Manchester with the exception of a single route. 600 jobs will be lost.

Jet2.com launches counter-attack on Ryanair (artist's impression)

Jet2.com's main base of operations is Leeds-Bradford Airport, where they now have Ryanair potentially outgunning them in terms of prices and PR. Jet2.com clearly aren't happy about the situation, not least because they seemingly weren't told Ryanair were moving in on their patch. While it's unlikely Jet2.com will quit Yorkshire, it seems from today's announcement that Jet2.com is gearing up for a turf war; Ryanair already operates nearly 40 routes from East Midlands airport. It's good news for the consumer in the short term (unless you live in Manchester) but will both airlines survive?

TOPICS:   Travel

9 comments

  • Mewling P.
    This looks shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time, faggot.
  • SICKOFHOMOPHOBES
    stop using the word "faggot", you stupid mongol-cunt!
  • Mewling P.
    Faggots are a type of food, you fucking idiot. Stop assuming that everything is about your sexuality - WE DON'T CARE!!!
  • REKNAW
    Yeah, if you enhance the resolution, you can see the anti-aliasing on the layer edges. Fuckig Photoshop job if ever there was one you cunt.
  • G. T.
    I love sarcasm <- that wasn't sarcastic I love sarcasm with insults <- That was Less abuse please but more sarcasm You can also tell it has been photoshopped since one has its landing gear down so they must be travelling at different speeds and or heights.
  • Paul S.
    Do you know how much we paid the artist for that image? Wait til I catch up with the ten-thumbed bastard.
  • Mewling P.
    @G. Threepwood That's not landing gear mate - they're a new type of faggot bomb that dangle from planes.
  • G. T.
    @ Mewling Prick That's matey to you! "Airplane undercarraige, how appropriate. You fight like a dairy farmer!" Also re: the photos, the planes have shadows under the tail that indictate the two planes may have been photographed at different times- still not sure but the evidence is growing!
  • goon
    clouds don't match also

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