Two more European carriers announce budget services
- BTN News
- Sunday, 19 March 2017
Europe's Alitalia and British Airways' parent IAG have announced new budget services.
Alitalia will introduce 'budget conditions' of no seat selection, meals or drinks on flights of four hours or less while IAG has unveiled 'Level', a new airline that will fly from Spain to California, USA and Latin America.
The Alitalia plan is part of the carrier's turnaround business plan and is subject to Alitalia’s trade unions agreeing to a new collective works agreement and staffing levels.
The intention is to reduce the carrier’s costs by EUR1 billion by 2019, with reductions in staff and other operating costs.
The short-haul budget services will not impact long-haul flights, but it is likely the plan also will dovetail with major shareholder UAE-based Etihad's planned changes to its own cargo and passenger services.
Meanwhile, IAG's 'Level' will offer a no-frills service from Spain to Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Oakland California and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic beginning in June.
One-way fares will start at EUR99 from Europe and US$149 from the US, with its A330-200 jets configured with 293 economy seats, plus 21 premium economy seats priced from EUR599.
Seats at the lowest prices are expected to sell out quickly, much as they have at Norwegian, which made headlines with its sub-GBP70 fares to the US from Edinburgh, Scotland.