bri wrote:unless airlines get their arses in gear and get the price of flights back down to a reasonable level then I fear Brazil may end up a bit of a ghost town
last week there was an article in the "Diario do Nordeste" saying that the prices of petrol make the flights expensive which is true but matter of fact you can get to destinations more far than Fortaleza for cheaper prices. A lot of people have the suspicion that there is a deal between TAP (that has more or less a monopol situation - and high prices) and the airport management to take horrendous landing taxes from other companies or prevent the increase of more companies flying to Fortaleza. ItÂ´s a matter of fact that the number of companies is getting smaller. In 2000 and 2001 Austrian Airlines (Lauda) was flying to Fortaleza - stopped. Until last year Edellweiss Air from Switzerland was comming - stopped.
Some big Star Alliance companies are flying to Salvador,Recife, Natal, Sao Paulo - that is a longer distance - but they offer cheaper prices than coming to Fortaleza ????
thereÂ´s something wrong. Interresting that TAP is a partner of Star Alliance...........
In the article they wrote that the number of flights decreased but the number of tourists increased - howÂ´s that possible if the planes where loaded in the past and are still packed???
They also wrote that the Government of Ceara/ Tourist office is going to advertise on European sports channels - why they do that? - Everybody knows about Ceara and kitesurfing - they should have done this in 2000 maybe - and now they do it with a more than poor presentation. - see the video
very funny detail in the vid: they name the airport as one of the most modern airports in the world - ridiculous.
Toby wrote:in the future there will be more flights offered, what will bring prices down as well, but not a lot.
This we heared now for a long time - unfortunately the reality looks different - only solution restructuration of the airport mangement - stopping the monopol situation with TAP, or taking flights via Italy - they do normal prices.