Budget news war ahoy - awards, rewards and more job losses
A smorgasbord of budget airline news popping a cap in your ass, ladies and gentlemen, and NONE of it involves Sky Marshall O'Leary. Yes, you're welcome:
Hang on to your hats - Jet2.com has been named Passenger Airline of the Year 2009 by the Baltic Air Charter Association. The budget airline received the accolade at the Baltic Air Charter Association’s 60th anniversary lunch and awards for excellence at the Guildhall in London last week. You'll know what a big deal this is when you hear the awards were hosted by none other than BBC presenter Clare Balding. Exactly
easyJet has begun a four day sale with up to 30 per cent off all flights; we've just had a quick gander at the dates and costs, and there are plenty of flights to Europe in January for under £40 return, although we haven't seen much yet that was cheaper compared to a week or two ago.
Monarch has joined forces with the she-devil of online payments, PayPal, to give customers the chance to win back the cost of their flights. Passengers booking flights through the website and paying through PayPal will be entered into a nationwide prize draw, and 500 PayPal customers will win back the value of their transactions each week.
bmibaby proves to be the runt of the budget airline litter - nearly 160 staff are eyeballing redundancy as the company considers the now legendary restructuring option to save itself. 54 pilot and 82 cabin crew positions at Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff airports at risk, and the airline is reducing its number of aircraft from 17 to 12 next year. A dozen planes. Really, why bother - put on buses or something.