Budget carriers in UK launch fare war - Edinburgh,Glasgow Airport News

Airport news for Edinburgh,Glasgow on 01/01/2009.

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The Irish budget carrier’s offer has been made as rival bmi slashes prices on several routes to both Europe and the Middle East. An announcement is expected from easyJet next week about its seat sale specials.

Ryanair and bmi have followed the lead of BA and Virgin, who began a fare war last week, reducing prices on some of their flights by as much as 25 per cent.

Stephen McNamara, a spokesman for Ryanair, said that the airline understood how the recession was affecting its customers and was looking forward to the upcoming battle over airfares.

"Let's hope there is a price war," McNamara said.

IATA, the airline industry trade organization warned earlier this month that aviation is facing the worst trading conditions seen in decades, largely due to the sharp drop in the confidence of consumers.

It is also expected that sales will be hit by the recession as the travellers decide to save their money and reject overseas travel in 2009.

Bmi’s "better for business" sale has cut prices on routes such as Amman, which is now available from £399 return, and Moscow, priced from £185 return. Dublin fares start from £57 return, and Edinburgh and Glasgow return fares are priced from £64.

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