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Old 02.02.2012, 14:22
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Re: Easyjet Zurich - Manchester

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I must have some easyjet lucky charm or something.

People seem to give them a hard time here, but I've been here 5 years & flown with them dozens & dozens of times & I've only ever had 1 proper delay & it wasn't that big a deal. (Swiss delayed me last night & 2 other times in the past year - hey ho.)

Sure, when Swiss is a decent price it's nice to be given a nice cup of tea & chocolate & not be shouted at through an over amplified PA systen to buy scratch cards, but there is something I always like to remind EJ bashers: You should at least be thankful that we're not a Ryanair route.
I feel the same way. I also only once exprineced a serious EJ delay, but Swiss seems to be letting me down all the time. Just the concept of flying into LHR seems to be synonymous with delay and because EJ doesn't do that they've already got the statistical probability on their side. And then of course Gatwick has trains to many more destinations than LHR does. Swiss would have to be a lot cheaper than EJ for me to consider them.

Oh, and BTW I was looking into Manchester to London one-way flights the other day just out of interest and Swiss had one for 2500 GBP in economy class. I took the train. It would take an awful lot of complemenary coffee to justify that one.
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Old 02.02.2012, 17:39
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Re: Easyjet Zurich - Manchester

Not EJ, but Manchester Airport are going start charging (Not a refundable deposit!) £1 to use their new trolleys on 10th April,

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/%C2%A31-tro...efundable.html
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Old 02.02.2012, 20:53
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I feel the same way. I also only once exprineced a serious EJ delay, but Swiss seems to be letting me down all the time. Just the concept of flying into LHR seems to be synonymous with delay and because EJ doesn't do that they've already got the statistical probability on their side. And then of course Gatwick has trains to many more destinations than LHR does. Swiss would have to be a lot cheaper than EJ for me to consider them.

Oh, and BTW I was looking into Manchester to London one-way flights the other day just out of interest and Swiss had one for 2500 GBP in economy class. I took the train. It would take an awful lot of complemenary coffee to justify that one.
With London you either have the labyrinthine hell of Gatwick itself but the opportunity to get out by rail, or the relative ease of Heathrow followed by complete frustration at being unable to go anywhere other than the largely useless Paddington in less than 90 minutes.

You look at the public transport engineering feats of other countries, and then marvel how the UK left the world's third biggest airport with worse transport links than Zweikuhfladenwil AG.

Oh, and Swiss just don't want you buying single tickets - if you'd chosen a return, the price of both tickets together would have been less than the single. Plus, going on the tube from Kings Cross to Heathrow takes almost as long as it takes on the train from Euston to Manchester(!)
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Re: Easyjet Zurich - Manchester

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I emailed them.... this is what they said....

Thank you for contacting us.

I was concerned to learn that the rumours of easyJet opting out from Zurich caused you a worry.

I would like to inform you that the Manchester - Zurich route has not been dropped.

Since we do not have set release dates for future schedules I cannot give you the exact date when the flights will be released. My best advise is to visit http://blog.easyjet.com regularly or submit for newsletter. If you choose "preferred destination location" Zurich you will be informed via e-mail once the flights are released.

I understand the route is important to you and I can tell you that we had a number of enquiries about it already. I have checked all my records and I can only confirm that the route has not been stopped.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to reply to this e-mail and I will be happy to assist you further.

Yours sincerely

Jaroslaw Jurkowski
easyJet Customer Services
I sent a similar email to easyjet and received a very quick reply:

Dear kearney1989,

Thank you for considering easyJet.

I would like to inform that easyJet will be operating on to the Zurich-Manchester route by 28 March 2012 only. This route is being dropped for some operational reasons.

You may choose to fly to the other airports in UK such as Zurich-London Gatwick or Zurich-London Luton as there are flights available after 27th March. For the purpose, you can refer to the link mentioned below.

Timetable Link : http://www.easyjet.com/asp/en/planning/

Feel free to contact us for further information.

Regards,

Parul
easyJet Customer Services
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Re: Easyjet Zurich - Manchester

Easyjet along with other airlines abandoning routes to the North of England.. its so annoying!
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Re: Easyjet Zurich - Manchester

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Easyjet along with other airlines abandoning routes to the North of England.. its so annoying!
It certainly is. We have resorted to checking out other routes to Southern Germany or Northern Italy to and from Manchester. Got Bergamo £60 return but you have to factor in the hassle and extra travel cost........and that it's Ryanair.
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Re: Easyjet Zurich - Manchester

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Swiss do three flights a day and, on average, have been about 25CHF (per leg) more expensive whenever I've checked.

For this additional 25CHF you get:

- Extra legroom
- More sociable flight times
- A seat that you like
- Chocolate
- Good baggage allowance (read the small print and you can actually take loads into the cabin, esp. if female!)
- A snack
- A drink
- Preferential treatment at ZRH airport

All in all, it's well worth it. I take a regular flight to Manchester and average around 180CHF return.

Whilst choice is great, and having that later Easyjet flight available was good, it's no loss for me.
As the Chinese say "Be careful what you wish for".

I predict you will see Swiss increasing their prices now that Easyjet have pulled out of ZRH-MAN.

I write that as someone who always fly Swiss ZRH-MAN for exactly the reasons you have given.
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Old 06.03.2012, 18:31
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Re: Easyjet Zurich - Manchester

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Swiss do three flights a day and, on average, have been about 25CHF (per leg) more expensive whenever I've checked.

For this additional 25CHF you get:

- Extra legroom
- More sociable flight times
- A seat that you like
- Chocolate
- Good baggage allowance (read the small print and you can actually take loads into the cabin, esp. if female!)
- A snack
- A drink
- Preferential treatment at ZRH airport

All in all, it's well worth it. I take a regular flight to Manchester and average around 180CHF return.

Whilst choice is great, and having that later Easyjet flight available was good, it's no loss for me.
What is this preferential treatment as ZRH you speak of?

They never seem to do it when I'm flying.
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With London you either have the labyrinthine hell of Gatwick itself but the opportunity to get out by rail, or the relative ease of Heathrow followed by complete frustration at being unable to go anywhere other than the largely useless Paddington in less than 90 minutes.

You look at the public transport engineering feats of other countries, and then marvel how the UK left the world's third biggest airport with worse transport links than Zweikuhfladenwil AG.

Oh, and Swiss just don't want you buying single tickets - if you'd chosen a return, the price of both tickets together would have been less than the single. Plus, going on the tube from Kings Cross to Heathrow takes almost as long as it takes on the train from Euston to Manchester(!)
Which is why I fly to Luton and then train to St Pancras.
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Re: Easyjet Zurich - Manchester

BMI have been taken over by the British Airways parent company - perhaps this will eliminate the codeshare flights with Swiss and BA will provide some competition in the absence of Easyjet?
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