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spiritus 68 | 666  
22 Apr 2008 /  #1
I've just booked a flight to Gdansk in June for £ 53 return. Wizz air now charge £ 12.00 for every piece of baggage checked in and also charge £ 3.00 each way if you pay by credit card.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
22 Apr 2008 /  #2
when it costs you more to take a bag on the flight than the flight does itself, you know something aint right

ryanair charge £18 to take a bag to gdansk

outragous
LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
22 Apr 2008 /  #3
£3 each way with credit card? I can't think of any way to book a Wizz flight that doesn't involve a credit card. I doubt that they'd appreciate the contents of my piggy bank in a jiffy bag.

Central Wings seems to be the only airline to Poland that isn't taking the Pis5. For now at least.
Frank 23 | 1,183  
22 Apr 2008 /  #4
Yup, Ryanair reckons 85% of trips are for 4 days and less, so they believe hand lugagge will suffice! Expect more unusual charges on Ryaniar et al over the next year as the price of oil strikes home....you have been warned!
LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
22 Apr 2008 /  #5
so they believe hand lugagge will suffice!

They've never seen how many pairs of shoes I need for a weekend break LOL!
szarlotka 8 | 2,209  
22 Apr 2008 /  #6
Expect more unusual charges on Ryaniar et al over the next year

I am now convinced that it would be cheaper to buy a new set of golf clubs/skis etc each time in the destination than pay the airlines to carry mine.

They've never seen how many pairs of shoes I need for a weekend break LOL!

It's not just my wife then !
sapphire 22 | 1,241  
22 Apr 2008 /  #7
i hate Ryanair... they charge a £12 fee for certain types of credit cards, not to mention the other hidden charges. Honestly if it werent for T5 fiasco I would rather give my money to BA
Mali - | 300  
22 Apr 2008 /  #8
they believe hand lugagge will suffice!

Yikes! I take more than a hand luggage when I go camping for 2 days! A hand luggage will fit toothpaste, some lipgloss and maybe a light sweater lol!

From Canada, it costs more than $1000 to travel to pretty much anywhere in Europe :( Toronto to Montreal costs anywhere from over $200 - $500 and the flight is a little over an hour. rip off.
Dzhaklin 3 | 166  
22 Apr 2008 /  #9
Honestly if it werent for T5 fiasco I would rather give my money to BA

yeah hear T5 was insanse. So much for smooth sailing...
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
22 Apr 2008 /  #10
i aint being funny or nuffink like but when i fly to poland the size of some peoples' hand luggage is often bigger than the bag i check in. strangely enough these people are not normmaly cheeky english chapies
sapphire 22 | 1,241  
22 Apr 2008 /  #11
you must have been in Poland far too long, your English appears to have taken a turn for the worse :o)

I believe its 10kg walk on and 15kg in the hold on Ryanair.. (sorry, I seem to have become obsessed with them).. theres hardly any difference here, but you still have to pay £18 each way for checking in your luggage. At least Sleazyjet have their taxes included in the price. Its all marketing innit.. advertise a 1p flight but charge £100 for it. Shouldnt be allowed.
finT 12 | 167  
23 Apr 2008 /  #12
Central Wings seems to be the only airline to Poland that isn't taking the Pis5. For now at least.

HA_HA_HA!!! I've just had anoher sh!t experience with them. They cancelled a flight I was booked on for the 24th. A few days ago got an SMS saying it's on again, followed ten minutes later by an e-mail saying "sorry, mistake, it's off again!"

Spent ten days on hold at their call centre attempting to change the ticket, regularily getting recorded phone comp messages saying that a connection cannot be made to this number (could have gone with a 'real' airline for the price of the time I spent on the phone!). A couple of days ago my wife got through and changed the ticket date, no confirmation was received so I called again yesterday and eventually got through to be told that the ticket had not been changed, or that someone had simply forgot to put it through the system. Had to go through the process again, listening to the stupid little girls friends giggling in the background at her attempts to sort out my problem in English ( although when she said "Y for Wine" with reference to my booking code I almost cracked up as well!). Had I not managed to get through to them before tomorrow I suppose I would have just lost the ticket price. The word around town is that they are in a very bad financial position and ain't going to last much longer. Can't be sure if that's true but I even heard that from a mate who works at LOT (CW is a partner company of LOT)
LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
23 Apr 2008 /  #13
Hmm... so maybe I was wrong LOL!

These must be tough times for these budget airlines - the other day, a friend was telling me that things were looking a little shaky at Air Berlin.
finT 12 | 167  
23 Apr 2008 /  #14
A long time ago in a distant land I remember reading that most new budget airlines only survive until the 'big guns' move in on the routes they have established. If this is true then the moment Easyjet and Ryanair moved into Poland the others were f@cked. They might be more expensive but are well established and have the financial back-up to keep going.
Anika - | 3  
23 Apr 2008 /  #15
I go from Krakow to Paris at least once a month, I used to be able to get a ticket for 50euro, now 100 is a cheap one.

There's easyjet, wizz and transavia and i usually combine them to get the best price and dates. But i have to say i really hate wizz! They're usually the cheapest but the airports are far and they seem to be late all the time! and a few hours in overcrowded Bouvais airport aint that much fun.. But maybe it's just the Katowice-Paris connection that's so bad for them?

BTW, what's up with prices of water in airports and on the plane??!!
I think this is totally against the consumer law or whatever you call it in English. In the area of the airport after the customs control, where you're not allowed to have any liquids, the water costs 2 - 3 times more.

In Bangkok they have free water in the big bottles, in Doha water fountains (like most airports in the States probably?) But in Poland or Paris nothing like that. Don't know about UK.

Maybe i'm being silly here but it just drives me crazy to think about the profit they make by abusing the fact we're not allowed to carry liquids.
Harry  
23 Apr 2008 /  #16
CentralWings are indeed heading down the toilet at high speed. Not because of RyanAir/EasyJet/etc, just because CW are crap.

As I always want to bring hold luggage and always want to pay with credit card, I used to always fly BA. Unfortunately they've now stopped flying Warsaw-Heathrow, instead they go Warsaw-Gatwick and Gatwick is a pain in the arse to get to. So now I'm stuck using only LOT!
LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
23 Apr 2008 /  #17
BTW, what's up with prices of water in airports and on the plane??!!

It's called profiteering ;)
Frank 23 | 1,183  
23 Apr 2008 /  #18
CentralWings are indeed heading down the toilet at high speed.

End of this year........I expect both CentralWings and Wizzair....to either have been taken over or failed.....

Only Ryanair/Easyjet left......on lots of routes..purely on aviation fuel costs alone....the others cant afford the higher fuel costs plus Ryanair etc have huge reserves.
finT 12 | 167  
23 Apr 2008 /  #19
I expect both CentralWings and Wizzair....to either have been taken over or failed.....

Most East European business ventures fail and the directors end up in jail. Let that be a warning to the King of Centralwings, be afraid be very afraid A-hole!
OP spiritus 68 | 666  
27 Apr 2008 /  #20
End of this year........I expect both CentralWings and Wizzair....to either have been taken over or failed.....

Only Ryanair/Easyjet left......on lots of routes..purely on aviation fuel costs alone....the others cant afford the higher fuel costs plus Ryanair etc have huge reserves.

CentralWings earlier announced new flights from Manchester to Gdansk and then promptly cancelled the plan.

WizzAir "appears" to be in a stronger position. The flights are always full and they are ordering new planes on a regular basis.

However, I also am finding their service has deteriorated recently with a lot of late flights.
LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
27 Apr 2008 /  #21
Ooooh how confusing - I never posted those comments....

In fact, I do see Wizz in a v. strong position. I received a press release the other day, announcing that they were creating a hub in the Ukraine.
telefonitika  
30 Apr 2008 /  #22
WizzAir "appears" to be in a stronger position. The flights are always full and they are ordering new planes on a regular basis.

In 2008 Wizz Air will fly a young fleet of 19 Airbus A320s. Based on the current fleet development plan, the fleet should consist of over 100 aircraft by 2016. Wizz Air offers flights from Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and Romania on over 100 European routes. Wizz Air carried 4.2 million passengers in 2007.

Ive applied to work for them as i am half way through a college cabin crew course currently :)
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
30 Apr 2008 /  #23
When is a direct flight to Aberdeen gonna happen? The buggers have chickened out
OP spiritus 68 | 666  
23 Jun 2008 /  #24
Two months on from my original post and flight prices to Poland are going through the roof !!!

Return flights to a Katowice OR Gdansk are averaging around £ 200 per return. A friend has just had to pay £ 225 for a return ticket from Gdansk to Liverpool.

Another friend of mine wanted to fly with Wizz to see her family at Christmas but flying out well before Xmas and AFTER New Years Day and prices were £ 480 return !!
LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
23 Jun 2008 /  #25
When are they travelling Spiritus? Peak times / weekends?

I'm travelling to Szczecin and back later this week with Ryan Air (without checked luggage, mind you) and the total spend is £80.
OP spiritus 68 | 666  
23 Jun 2008 /  #26
flying on Wed 16th July from Gdansk and returning Mon-total cost £ 225 !!

Ryanair are launching a new route from Manchester to Gdansk in October so I hope their prices are better.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
23 Jun 2008 /  #27
Anyone want 2 tickets to Newcastle from Krakow? Any takers?

Bought for 670PLN but will sell for 300PLN. For 9/7/08
OP spiritus 68 | 666  
24 Jun 2008 /  #28
Hi Seanus,

Create a new thread with your offer in the title. You might get more visibility that way my friend :)
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
24 Jun 2008 /  #29
I've never done that. How do I start a new thread?
szarlotka 8 | 2,209  
24 Jun 2008 /  #30
Techno sheep - not!!!

Click on the home page link. Choose the category that you want to open the thread in - eg Polish travel and vacations and at the bottom of the page you will find the subject and content windows.

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