Perfect Weekend Itinerary: Bratislava

Bratislava sits in a beautiful spot on the Danube River, has a cute old town with the castel towering over it, plenty of sights and good food and entertainment – all at prices much lower than neighboring Prague or Vienna – and, for now, without the tourist crowds. All this makes it the perfect weekend getaway – check out my … Continue reading

Snapshot WizzAir – Fast growing low-cost carrier from Hungary!

Wizz Air is a fast growing low-cost carrier (LCC) based in Budapest, Hungary, focused on connecting Eastern European cities with the rest of the region. Similar to other LCC, they connect many secondary cities non-stop, often with no direct competition, and they offer low, low prices. And you won’t be able to miss their planes in their bright pink/purple livery! … Continue reading

London Heathrow Airport expansion approved by parliament

The expansion of London’s Heathrow airport with a third runway has been a never-ending story, going back as far as I can remember. Now, the third runway has been approved by parliament in a decisive vote. But, true to form and history, this is by no means the end of the story: A number of parties, including London’s mayor have … Continue reading

New ICE Train races from Berlin to Munich in 4 hours

After a 26-year project costing $10Billion, the new train line from Munich to Berlin was opened and the new ICE train made it’s inaugural journey of 4 hours to the German capital at speeds of 300kph, cutting the travel time from 6 hours! Despite the long built, high cost and technical issues, this is a major breakthrough for public transport … Continue reading

WOW Air planning direct flights from Iceland to Asia

The Icelandic budget carrier WOW Air made headlines with $69 one-way flights between North America and Europe. Now, they are turning their eyes towards Asia and are planning to start direct flights in 2018. This could bring lower fares to travel between Europe and Asia, as well as between the US and Asia! … Continue reading

European airline consolidation continues: Czech Airlines takeover

After the insolvencies of alitalia, airberlin and Monarch Airlines this years, I expected other smaller regional airlines to follow. It looks like that happened sooner than I though. Czech Airlines, the struggling flag carrier of the Czech Republic is being bought out by Travel Services, a local corporation that owns leisure, charter and budget transportation. … Continue reading

UK’s Monarch Airlines bankrupt – 3rd European airline to fold in 2017, who’s next?

After airberlin and Alitalia entering insovlency this year, now Monarch Airlines went bankrupt and abruptly halted operations. The UK government refused to provide a loan like Germany or Italia had done and instead organized a “rescue mission” to bring back 110,000 Monarch customers stranded abroad! More than 700,000 customers have lost their future tickets and will have to pay for … Continue reading