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Old 12.04.2010, 17:41
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any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

Anyone know why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week??

Even EasyJet is running at 300CHF one way.....and yes I know that last min costs more but it seems the prices are more in line with holiday/easter than just a normal week.

Am I missing something??
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Old 12.04.2010, 17:49
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

It's crazy. I wanted to go back the weekend after next - forget it. I tried to price up various weekends (from Basel to London) through May and into June and they were all really expensive.

I ended up booking at opodo.co.uk which sold me a BA return for less than I could find anywhere, including BA's own website. It priced it in sterling whereas all the rest price it in Swiss Franks.

I hope the prices come back down again. My parents are coming to visit me this coming weekend and their flights were very cheap with Swiss Airlines, but it's only cheap doing Lon -> Bsl not the other way around.
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

i heard there's some kind of strike going on
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

monday 19th is some kind of bank holiday in Zurich, maybe that pushes up the prices a bit?
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

It is a last minute thing. Once the flight has paid for itself they will push the price up. Book early it's the only way to get cheap flights even from the cheap operators!
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

various cantons school hols for the next couple of weeks, AG is already on hols, ZH start at the end of next week etc
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Old 12.04.2010, 17:59
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

Hi,

have you looked at flying from Basel ?The prices seem pretty normal for next week.

Have fun

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Old 12.04.2010, 18:03
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

because airlines, but mainly aiports themselves are thieves?
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

Because I live in Ticino, i fly from Milan and Begamo.
I was averaging flights of £3 including taxes and fees for the last 18 months with Ryanair.

The fairs have shot up and I am lucky to find anything for less than £20 one way now and Easyjet is as competative and from lina Malpensa as opposed to Bergamo (Milan - Bergamo by Ryanair even though it is a 45 minute bus journey from Milan).

I think the really really cheap time of flights where you go to a city for £10 return has ended.
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Old 12.04.2010, 18:35
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

Well I just had a look at Easyjet, flying out next Monday or Tuesday to Gatwick is only 126.00 CH ??? Depends on what day and where you want to fly to, obviously weekends are more exspensive.
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Old 12.04.2010, 18:41
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

Try the train: it's just 7 hours from Basel to central London which seems as quick as flying if you are not close to gatwick or Heathrow
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Old 12.04.2010, 18:45
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

If the times are good it's "only" 7 hours. But the train's not cheap, either, unless you book way in advance.

I expected a return weekend flight (Basel to Heathrow or City) to be around £120, and it was when I came mid January. Now it's close to £200.

I guess many people fly back Friday evening (or early Saturday morning) and back here Sunday night and there are really only two flights - Swiss and BA. I know Easyjet does it but I've found their prices closely mirror the main two, plus they go to Gatwick and there's always the scare that if their plane has a problem you're just stuck until the next day.
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

Hi,

shouldn't you be looking at the price in swiss francs ? With the massive devaluation of the pound against the swiss franc over the last year it is not surprising that the price in pounds has increased dramatically.

Just curious
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

Me? I only arrived in Switzerland in January; the exchange rate hasn't moved much.
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

a bank holiday in ZRH would help explain it...i guess the route it just getting more popular

I remember being able to get cheaper deals nearer the flight date through Easyjet a few years ago than are generally available now

oh well...
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Old 13.04.2010, 14:19
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

Flights to London in general have become more expensive in the past year and a half. And there seems to be high demand for the upcoming summer already.
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

I am not sure if anyone has noticed, but say with Swiss Air, if you book a flight departing from Zurich return, is more expensive if you were to book the similar flight from London.

So a weekend trip from ZH to LHR and back is more expensive then from LHR to ZH on the same days.
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

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I am not sure if anyone has noticed, but say with Swiss Air, if you book a flight departing from Zurich return, is more expensive if you were to book the similar flight from London.

So a weekend trip from ZH to LHR and back is more expensive then from LHR to ZH on the same days.
Yes have noticed this too. If you're flying to London often and predictably, then you can book the flights in the reverse direction. For the rest of us, we're screwed.
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Old 13.04.2010, 15:15
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Re: any idea why Swiss to UK flights are so expensive next week

I've noticed that it can often be cheaper to fly Basel to Manchester than Zurich to Manchester, even though flying from Basel generally involves catching the train to Zurich, with the train fare included in your ticket.
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Yes have noticed this too. If you're flying to London often and predictably, then you can book the flights in the reverse direction. For the rest of us, we're screwed.
Know any reason(s) why?
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