Budget Airlines Go East

AP writes from Bratislava about how budget airlines are allowing middle-aged villagers from Central and Eastern Europe to get on an airplane for the first time. Presumably they will also allow British stag parties to enjoy piss-up weekends someplace other than Prague (or Ljubljana or Tallinn) for a change.

“British tourists can now discover Poland and decide for themselves what Gdansk, Bydgoszcz, Szczecin and Rzeszow have to offer…”

I’m all in favor of spreading the wealth! I’m thinking quite a few of these British tourists will be too inebriated to even remember which of those towns they’re in. (Certainly most British men won’t be coming for the hot Polish plumbers.)

That said, the flourishing of budget travel in hitherto exotic and crusty Eastern destinations is indeed good news — as is the recent revival of Italian budget flyer Volareweb (albeit with flight only within Italy).

The article forgot to mention Czech SmartWings and Italy’s six-month-old
MyAir (which does Bucharest), and probably others as well.

3 thoughts on “Budget Airlines Go East

  1. Sadly cheap flights in and out of Budapest have brought in the ignorant Brit lager tourists in droves, along with all their anti-social behaviour.

  2. I’m not familiar with gay culture and awareness in Poland. Do you think the makers of that advert had any idea just how camp it was, and who that would appeal to?

    Perhaps Gdansk will soon find itself overrun by British men looking for butch pipefitters, rather than strip clubs and cheap lager.

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