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Old 10th Nov 2014, 19:44
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^^ The (still uncertain) base in BTS may eventually be announced on Thursday (not Tuesday), during the press conference with O'Leary in Bratislava.
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Old 10th Nov 2014, 20:27
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Are the last two posters the same person or just a well rehearsed double act? Probably not.....but some posts make you wonder.
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Old 10th Nov 2014, 21:30
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Are the last two posters the same person or just a well rehearsed double act? Probably not.....but some posts make you wonder.
Not half as much as some people names
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Old 11th Nov 2014, 06:08
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I do not mean to be a spelling n*zi, but Racedo was your last post intended to be ambiguous, or was 'people' missing a couple of key strokes?

On a more serious note if Germany continues with the ridiculous tax situation is there also an opportunity in the Czech republic...say Karlovy Vary? Their own airline seems to be imploding and the road connections are improving.
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Old 11th Nov 2014, 07:11
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Karlovy Vary? A fine place, but not quite in line with the newest development targets.

In a way, I do regret that Ryanair has changed its policy towards small airports. Usually there exists a significant potential in these communities, both for local people and for incoming tourists. The only hurdle is the point-to-point strategy. How often you can fly from Tampere just to Bremen and nowhere else? How many of Bremen dwellers will decide to go to Tampere? That's the problem. FR or other lcc should give Tampere (as an example) more versatility (more choices by connecting some flights) to achieve more.
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Old 11th Nov 2014, 07:43
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At the right price point I think Karlovy Vary could manage a double daily Palma/greek islands in the summer and Egypt/canary islands through the winter without much risk. IF CSA goes the way of Malev anything could happen.
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Old 11th Nov 2014, 10:46
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I've been to Karlovy Vari, very nice town, had a spot of lunch there.

Karlovy Vary was used for the casino in the film "Casino Royal".

Not a lot of people know that.

I went on Ryanair to Biarritz recently. They have improved, I like to know where my seat is, I hated the scrum and rush they used to have. They weren't checking the size of the bags like they used to and they even let passengers take their duty free or handbag as well as the carry on.

If they carry on like this, they will be getting a good name. This will never do!
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Old 13th Nov 2014, 14:13
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Base 71

Base no. 71 goes to... Bratislava.

2 aircraft, 1 new route to Madrid, 16 routes in total.
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Old 13th Nov 2014, 16:13
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Good God: if RYR continue to take over Europe, and God forbid, an Irish politician becomes EU commission president, then Guinness could become the enforced tipple of choice rather than gold nectar, and shamrocks would replace daffodils as the EU flower of Spring. The Emerald isle needs all the dosh it can get back home and the whole of EU could turn green/blue/yellow before you could say leaping leprechauns. They already have Spain surrounded; something the Brits failed to do. They have only Gib and Costa Mijas and a long gone memory of a burning Armada. The Irish have nearly finished off the job. So why don't they go for the full set and fly to Gib? If they own all the houses & hotels they can charge a premium everytime you land on one; that or go to jail without passing Go; when the flight is diverted.
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Old 13th Nov 2014, 16:16
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Bratislava and Copenhagen so far. Where will the 3rd promised base be ? Amsterdam, Hannover or somewhere else ?
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Old 13th Nov 2014, 16:51
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Bratislava and Copenhagen so far. Where will the 3rd promised base be ? Amsterdam, Hannover or somewhere else ?
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Old 13th Nov 2014, 16:52
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I've been to Karlovy Vari,
Boris goes to Karlovy..............
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Old 13th Nov 2014, 17:19
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Geographically: not many EU countries left without any Ryanair base (just a few).
  • Western and Central Europe: France, Austria, Luxembourg, Czechia.
France unlikely due to taxation and regulations. Vienna will now use Bratislava, LUX not very attractive, Prague...?
  • Northern Europe: Finland, Estonia, Latvia.
HEL still too expensive, Estonia probably too small, RIX rather worsening their conditions.
  • Southern and Eastern Europe: Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia.
unlikely
I guess no new country will show on the list of bases this year.
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Old 13th Nov 2014, 18:03
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Wales perhaps ? lol
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Old 13th Nov 2014, 19:19
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I guess no new country will show on the list of bases this year.
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Old 14th Nov 2014, 04:46
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Can we expect further announcements in relation to S15 routes and bases before Christmas?
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Old 14th Nov 2014, 06:11
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Switzerland was always a strong rumour. In the middle of the country, between Berne & Lausanne, there is a large military airfield doing nothing. I heard there had been a RYR visit a few years ago. It would lie between Basle, Geneva & Zurich. <2.00hrs from all of them. Kill many birds with one stone.
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Old 14th Nov 2014, 07:04
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FR are now at BSL daily from STN. Will they need to go elsewhere? There is a direct bus shuttle from the Swiss side of BSL to Basel Railway Station ... fast connections to Zurich and Geneva already exist, plus France ....
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Old 14th Nov 2014, 10:11
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Basel to Geneva is between two and a half and three hours by train once you have taken the shuttle so even by Ryanair standards not particularly fast. It is doable in a backpacker sort of way. The roads are also so so, having driven a few hire cars to and from duties there. A wide area around Zurich seems to be prone to jams and the speed limit and road fines make car progress leisurely, although the scenery is OK.
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Old 14th Nov 2014, 13:00
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For Ryanair backpackers flying to Basel is good because you can use cheap advance German railway tickets to get to almost any village in Switzerland. Buying train travel in Switzerland can quickly exceed all flying costs.
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