Easyjet vs Ryanair

Easyjet and Ryanair are 2 of Europe’s biggest budget airlines which carry over 145 million passengers per year between them. In terms of statistics let’s take a look at Easyjet vs Ryanair – how they compare against each other head-to-head…

Background

Easyjet (U2) was established in 1995 and is headquartered at London Luton, UK. Easyjet plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: EZJ)

Ryanair (FR) was established in 1985 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. Ryanair Ltd is listed on the Irish Stock Exchange (ISEQ: RYA) plus additional listings in London (LSE: RYA) and in the US (NASDAQ:RYAAY).

Airports

Easyjet has 26 bases, serving 135 airports and 755 routes. Its main base is at London Gatwick (LGW).

Ryanair has 70 bases, serving 186 airports and 1,600 routes. Its main base is at London Stansted (STN).

Flights

Easyjet makes 440,000 flight sectors per year – an average of 1,205 flights per day. The average sector length is 691 miles.

Ryanair makes 525,000 flight sectors per year – an average of 1,438 flights per day. The average sector length is 788 miles.

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Lounges and Showers

Below is a listing of Amsterdam Schiphol airport lounges and shower facilities – with full details on how to access them.

Airline Lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol

KLM Crown Lounges – KLM has 2 large flagship lounges at Schiphol with a total combined area of 6,000m2. Lounge 52 (Intercontinental, non-Schengen) – on upper floor near F pier – and Lounge 25 (Schengen) – on upper floor near D pier. Facilities include drinks/snacks, business area,  seating and rest areas, showers. Open daily 0445 until last KLM departure.

How To Access Amsterdam KLM Crown Lounges:
• Air France/KLM/Delta/Skyteam business and first class passengers. Note, any arrival passengers technically need a 'same-day' ticket.
• Flying Blue Platinum/Gold and SkyTeam Elite Plus on Skyteam operated flight (+1 guest); Flying Blue Silver on payment of a fee (no guests).
• Delta SkyClub member on Skyteam flight.
• Air France-KLM Petroleum Club on overnight transfer only for Skyteam flight on designated oil route.
• Other airlines business/first class/elite passengers: Aer Lingus/Air Serbia/Cityjet/Etihad/Georgian Airways/LOT Polish Airlines/Ukraine International
• Interestingly, LOT Polish is the only Star Alliance airline using the KLM lounge - so Star Alliance Gold members flying LOT get access.

Skyteam airlines operating from Schiphol are Aeroflot/Air Europa/Alitalia/China Airlines/China Southern/Czech Airlines/Delta Air Lines/Garuda/Kenya Airways/Korean Air/TAROM

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How To Take a Private Jet Charter

Private jets can offer some great advantages over standard scheduled airlines – you can fly in privacy and comfort and set your own flight route and schedule.

The simplest way to fly in a business jet is to undertake a private jet charter – literally renting an aircraft for a set date, time and route.

Ad-hoc jet charters are certainly the best option for very light users of private jet aircraft, say 10 hours or 2-3 short return flights per year. Those requiring a greater amount of hours also have the choice of block hour jet cards and fractional aircraft ownership.

There are 2 basic ways of arranging a private jet charter:

1. Using an air charter operator – this is a licensed operator which has an aircraft fleet stationed at a home base or at multiple bases. They can vary from large operators with wide fleets to smaller operators with perhaps 1 or 2 aircraft.

2. Using an air charter broker – these are companies (or individuals) who act as an agent between the aircraft operator and the customer. They charge a commission on the charter but will have access to wholesale prices – so charter rates should be more or less equivalent to what an operator charges. The largest broking companies have a wealth of experience and global networks of aircraft available.

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How To Fly Business Class on the Cheap

Flying in first class or business class is out of reach to the majority of air passengers. With fares that can run into thousands of pounds/euros/dollars, the premium cabins are normally the preserve of corporate travellers on paid tickets and well-to-do individuals.

However, there are a few ways of joining the elite and finding cheap business class or first class airfares. Let’s take a look…

Business Class Airfare Sales

Every so often, international airlines will sell their premium cabin seats at very reasonable fares. Airfare sales can be offered simply to fill up empty seats or perhaps put the squeeze on a competing airline.

For long-haul flights in business class on major airlines we would regard fares under £1,000/€1,400/$1,500 as cheap and fares under £1,500/€2,000/$2,200 as reasonable.

Some examples: British Airways sold Club World (business class) tickets from London to Seoul for £777 return (November 2012). BA holds airfare sales a few times a year with the very best deals often coming around November for travel during Christmas and New Year.

KLM often has good deals to Suriname and the Antilles during the summer months. Return fares during summer 2014 were Amsterdam to Curaçao (€999) and Paramaribo (€975) for travel in KLM’s new business class seats.

American Airlines and LAN occasionally offer some great business class deals from the US to South America, priced around the $1000 mark.

To take advantage of such fares you need to keep up with the airfare market – get on email lists, follow airlines on social media and monitor the airline websites. Also keep your eye on the main air travel deal forums and blogs. When a great fare is released make sure you book as early as possible.

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