Thursday, February 21, 2008

Flight news

As air traffic hits the roof, competition is getting harder. Here are a few pieces of air travel news cut from the Norwegian press.

NORWAY: Non-stop flights from Bergen to Tokyo this summer

Japanese tourists may avoid overcrowded airports on their way to Norway this summer. Scandinavian Airlines has, in cooperation with Japanese tourist agencies launched 5 non-stop flights from Tokyo to Bergen International Airport, Flesland this summer. Only around 20 seats are left on the Airbus A330/A340 airplanes that will operate these flights. (Source VG / SAS Inside)

UNITED KINGDOM: Heathrows reputation as hell-hole strengthens as it shows most delays in 2007

I have previously declared Heathrow Airport the ultimate hell hole among airports. To the words overcrowded, long lines, too big, may now be added - delays. The recently published statistics from the IATA, proves it to be the worst airport in the world in punctuality. In fact more than one third of the flights to and from Heathrow are more than 15 minutes delayed, and the average delay is in fact over 35 minutes. This gives travellers using Heathrow a transit problem – how to reach their flights, especially if you need to change terminal.

So if you are going to the US - do as I do, travel Icelandair! (Source Aftenposten)

NORWAY: Tickets cheaper than airport parking

The Norwegian airports experience a travelling bonanza, as budget airlines offer tickets at low prices. Parking expenses at the airports may, however, be higher than the price of your low price ticket. The Norwegian paper Dagbladet found that. A weeks indoor parking at Oslo airport may cost you up to EUR 125, and leaving your car outside will cost you up to 110 EUR. The prices do vary, especially on the outdoor parking, so you better check before you pay up.

The prices at the new Rygge airport and the Ryanair hub, Torp Airport are much lower. Here you may get parking for around EUR50 for a week. (Source: Dagbladet)

NORWAY: Leg space new battleground for charter airlines

Sitting ten hours from London to Johannesburg with no leg space is hell on earth. As the attractive and increasingly demanding Norwegian charter tourist travels further and further away to experience sun, sand, and sea, the pressure on the charter air carriers are growing.

Last year the operator Star Tour launched a campaign, guaranteeing 84 centimetre leg space on all long-distance flights. Its rival, Ving, has now answered by declaring its own campaign. Two of its Airbus A330-200 will now be modified, providing the long-distance traveller leg space from 84 to 89 centimetres.

These planes will bring travellers with comfort to destinations as Florida, Thailand, as well as The Canary Islands. (Source: Aftenposten)

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