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CentralWings - are there any positive views?

Softsong 5 | 492  
18 Aug 2008 /  #1
Well, I am excited. It will be a brief trip, but I am going to Ireland to visit my ex Polish boyfriend. Then I am flying into Gdańsk. I will be especially visiting places where my ancestors lived.

Had no problem getting a flight on Ryanair to Poland, but for the time frame I have to work with, Centralwings was the only one returning on the day I need.

Now I am hearing very bad news about them cancelling flights, etc. I have to make it back to Dublin to catch my plane back to the USA.

Anybody have some positive news about the airline? I would feel a lot better! :-)
Gab - | 133  
18 Aug 2008 /  #2
No. Cancel your flight with Centralwings, you'll be better off.
OP Softsong 5 | 492  
18 Aug 2008 /  #3
That's what I am afraid of. Well, I'll go back to the drawing board and see if another airline flies back to Dublin from Gdańsk that I can afford. :-(
Gab - | 133  
18 Aug 2008 /  #4
That's a good idea. They canceled my flight the day before. They notified me via email. And I was flying from Wroclaw to Shannon I think. Take care :)
19 Aug 2008 /  #5
No. Cancel your flight with Centralwings, you'll be better off.

Good advice, as Centralwings are very unstable at the moment, but saying that so are a lot of the budget airlines in trouble.
I was reading in The Times the other day that up to 50 airlines in Europe face possible bankruptcy this winter, which is a bit of an exaggeration I think, but you never know.

I think the days of cheap air flights are numbered, and if you do get one it's a lottery to if you will actually fly on the day you booked, because to obtain the cheap flight you have to book early, even up to six months...... but a lot can change in six months!!
szkotja2007 27 | 1498  
19 Aug 2008 /  #6
Booked flight to Gdansk 3 months in advance, got reservation number. Phoned to confirm 3 days before flight - no seat.
"But I have a reservation number" - "Yes, but you have no seat" !!!!!

Could happen with any cheap airline I suppose - if you pay peanuts you get monkeys.
OP Softsong 5 | 492  
19 Aug 2008 /  #7
And the bad news is that if I cannot make my flight back to Ireland at the right time, I will miss my flight back to the USA, that company will charge $250 plus any difference in airfare for rescheduling.

Ryanair flight is already booked for that date. I do have them going to Poland. The only reason I chose Centralwing is because they were the only less expensive ones that were going on the right day to make my connection.

I only have four days for my visit in Poland, so I don't want to come back to Ireland a day sooner, and I cannot come back a day later without a big penalty from my carrier in Ireland. Not to mention my job would not like me to be late back to work.

Wizzair is out because flies to another part of Ireland and I need Dublin.

I did find that Lufthansa flies to Frankfurt and then Dublin after the Centralwings is scheduled to leave, so I think I would have an option to book that flight if Centralwings cancels. Getting another flight over to Ireland involves less money than paying the penalty on my flight back home to the USA.

Wish I could afford a better airline, but this trip is already costing $1,200.00 between the two segments of the vacation and with all my home repairs, new roof etc, I am hard-pressed to come up with more cash.

Anyhow, I wrote to it will do ask if they have many bookings for that day. Hopefully, if they do, the flight will take off as planned.

So, I cast my fate to the wind...or is that wings. LOL
Barney 16 | 1714  
19 Aug 2008 /  #8
What times and dates? I'm in Belfast and if dates etc. suit I can pick you up and drop you to Dublin. It's about two hours to Dublin.

Is your carrier continental? they fly from Belfast.
Saturdays are out for me.
OP Softsong 5 | 492  
19 Aug 2008 /  #9
Oh my goodness, what a generous thing to offer. I am going to see what happens with Centralwings and then re-route as needed. I know it is a chance, but economically, I have to give it a shot. Maybe Centralwings will be fine.

I almost wish I was flying to Belfast to meet such a kind person. Thanks so much, Barney!

I am very touched.
22 Aug 2008 /  #10
You could always get the train down to Warsaw (about four hours from Gdansk) and get a flight from there to Dublin.

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