Monday, September 24, 2012

Ryanair, a low cost airline company at the expense of...

Over the past weeks the Irish airline company Ryanair was always in the news as a result of various incidents suffered by their by their aircraft in Spain.

With growing concern, during the last couple of weeks Ryanair doesn´t stop being on the cover news as a result of the serious incidents that their aircrafts are suffering. . However, it continues being the most commonly used low cost airline company by passengers.

However, many wonder how it is possible that nowadays, where fuel prices keeps increasing, as well as the airport taxes, and more news relating to the decline in number of passengers at the airports, under these circumstances, how keeps Ryanair low cost prices?

New line of business.
As well as Ryanair and other airline companies are expanding their businesses in other sectors closely related to the sale of it airline tickets service.

Now, when you make a flight booking to Valencia for example, its reservation system offers you a car rental in Murcia or good deal hotel rooms as well, or if you fly from Alicante its system offers you parking at Alicante airport...

All these services, surely commissioned, keeps increasing their benefits.
Aircraft fuel savings.
The company gives strict orders so that their aircrafts travel always with the minimum allowable legal fuel.

Not only that, but also it is rumored that that the airline makes lists of "recommended" pilots according to the average fuel of fuel spend on its flights. This generates a great tension between the pilots of the company besides of provokes the desire for competition at the expense of possible security infractions between the pilots.
The fact is that these impositions, when loading fuel in the aircrafts, keeps causing continuous aircraft incidents of the airline company seeking a forced landing at any airport on their way to its destination.
There is a suspicion that these landings are requested due to a lack of fuel to reach their destinations or to hold the aircrafts in the airspace due to air traffic incidents.
Savings on staff.
In a letter that Sepla Union presented in 2009, were already warning about alleged irregularities regarding flight staff. Most pilots and cabin crew are self-employed persons and contribute in Ireland despite the fact that most of them have their residence here in Spain.

This way the company saves a lot of money in social security, income tax, low staff and possible indemnities.

Savings in marketing.
This airline company doesn´t need to spend many Euros to generate advertising campaigns.

The continuing occurrences of the company to achieve lower costs are continuing news items on the main European TV news stations.
Proposals such as make obese people pay for two tickets, or travel stand on flights of short duration in order to increase the number of passengers, charge you for going to the toilet, travel without a co-pilot...are continuing news items in all medias that undoubtedly is intended to advertise its brand name for free, with no charge.

Savings at the expense of charging the unchargeable.
As we all know when flying with Ryanair we have to be carefully with the weight of our luggage. Any stated weight excess can incur to an over expenditure of 40€. And of course, when you are about to check in we do not arise about if it is or not a scam and we just pay for it.

The same happens with the print out of the boarding pass. If you are traveling with Ryanair you have to print out your boarding pass at home because other wise you will have to pay an extra charge for it.

The company claims all these charges as a result of their need to reduce their own costs, aircraft space, remove the out printing of boarding passes and reducing wait time to check-in and this way in necessary staff, etc...

Do you think it´s worth to travel low cost without really knowing at the expense of what for?

Friday, August 24, 2012

The importance of having a profile in Google +

It´s becoming more common that companies create and configure a public profile in Google +, but what advantages can it provide when making such profile?

Google is creating its own social network Google+, attempting this way to compete directly with Facebook or Twitter and overtake them.It currently has around 250 million users and expect a significant growth through 2012.

Besides, this network counts with the possibility to create the known company sites, aimed to obtain a greater benefit of the same.
If we decide to create a company site in Google + our first step will be creating a user profile. Currently, any company page on Google + has a profile of these features.
What can you do with a profile in Google+?
The same as in all other social networks, the main objective within Google is the share.

Sharing experiences, thinkings, pictures, work... and to be able to share it is necessary to relate with the rest of the network.
Google + provides different tools to achieve this:

  • Circles, allows the users to categorize the rest of the users with whom they establish a contact relationship within the network. They are equivalent to Facebook friend groups or Twitters lists.
  • Hangouts, places to facilitate video-chats with members of our circles.
How to create a company profile in Google +?
First step to do, as mentioned before, is to create a users profile.
Once created the profile and and logged within the Google network you should direct to the following site
You have to follow the established steps and fill in all the requested information about the company.
Many are the companies who already have joined this network, such as car rental in Alicante companies, or service  of car parking at Madrid Airport or important hotels in Barcelona and other destinations, and most important Airline companies in Europe...

What advantages brings a company page in Google +?
In addition to all the advantages that a users profile provide in Google +, it main advantage is that it incorporates automatically into the company within Google´s search network.
They say that Google prioritizes in it search for the natural positioning the +1 for who has a company page in Google + and besides of indexing automatically all the publications that are made about the company profile in their network search.
Not only that, but also a profile of these features can be completely integrated with the rest of other tools that Google has for the company. A clear example like the integration of Google Maps and Google Local within the company profile, where all the information about a certain company that until now was only available in Google Maps is now also available in the profile of Google +.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Some basic tips before catching a plane from Barajas

Are you one of those persons who gets nervous when having to catch a plane? here are some tips that will make it easier for you.

Many people don´t like travelling by plane. Some of them because they feel panic to fly, others just because of the fact of breaking their daily monotony. Either way, here are some tips that will relax you when having to catch a plane at Barajas airport.

Basic tips before catching a plane
Think about the time you will need to get to the airport, most airports are on the outskirts of the cities, Barajas for example is just 14km away from Madrid city. Airline companies always recommends to be at the airport at least 2 hours before departure. It´s advisable to add to this also the time you need to arrive to the airport.
Deciding how to go to the airport is one the thing that makes us really nervous. Loaded with luggage and having to take the metro, train or bus for example is not very advisable for our nerves. The best option is hiring a airport car parking at Madrid airport and leave our vehicle parked at the airport. Same way, when we come back from our trip we will have our vehicle at the airport parking waiting for us and ready to drive directly to our house.

Once you arrive at the airport inform yourself when you have to embark, by going directly to the correspondent airlines check-in desk where they will inform you at what time your flight embarks and which gate you will need to go too.

Go to the pre-boarding area at the predicted time. Remember that you will have to pass through the metal detector. Don´t get nervous when it starts beeping, mainly it is just due to the belt buckle or because of some trim on your shoes.

Relax yourself in the "Free Shop" area, enjoy the stores while waiting to embark, but do not forget the number of your boarding gate that must take because Barajas Airport is a hub airport and it might happen that your favourite store and your boarding gate are quiet away from each other.

Go to the boarding gate when it is the time, also, speakers and TV screens will always let you know when to embark. Don´t worry, normally there cannot go anything wrong by taking a boarding gate because there are always some airline staff that will check that our boarding pass corresponds to the wright boarding gate.

Relax and enjoy your flight, it might be that they bring you to the plane by bus, but only if it is too far away. When you enter into the plane go to the seat that suits you and stop worrying, it is done now. Just enjoy from your trip through the sky.

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Parking Alicante Airport

Friday, August 3, 2012

How to get from Heathrow airport to London city

Are you going to the Olympics in London? are you traveling by plane?

If you are one of those lucky ones that will travel to London by plane to see some of the events of the Olympics 2012, have you thought about how to get from the airport to the center of the city?

Travelling to Heathrow airport

Which ever airport you depart from, the most comfortable way to go to the airport is driving to there with your own car. If Aena parking is to expensive for you, you can hire a car parking at Madrid airport, Barcelona airport, will be more cheaper and your vehicle, in some cases, will be parked even in better conditions.

Ones resolved the issue of how to get to the airport, the only thing that rests is taking your plane that brings you to Heathrow Airport.

Heathrow, one of the busiest air traffic airports in the world
Heathrow airport is one of the airports with most air traffic. On of the most important airports with great capacity with an estimation of 90 million people a year that passes through its facilities.

With such dimensions that we are talking about, it is not surprising that we concern about how to go from the airport to London city.
Getting from Heathrow to London
It is normal to find several different kind of public and private means of transport at an airport of these features, to get us from the airport to the center of the city.

Heathrow connect, is a train service that connects the airport with Paddington, it takes about 30 minutes approximately to get there, but it has train stands at all important stations during the trip, which can be an inconvenient if you are in a hurry. Its cost is not very economical, approximately 16.5 pounds.
The subway is the most economical means of transport that there is that can bring you to the center of London, but it is not the fastest one. It takes about 45 minutes to get there and it costs about 5 pounds. There is no service during the early morning hours.
Another option is taking the bus, it tends to be more expensive than the subway and it takes longer as well, due to this, the majority of tourists discards to use it.
Taking a taxi is one of the most comfortable options, but it also consumes your time, approximately one hour. Besides it´s one of the most expensive ones, only a one way rit can cost us easily between 50 to 60 pounds.

Hiring a car at Heathrow airport, hiring a car rental service at the airports of London. Like the rest of European airports, booking a rental car is the most convenient and comfortable option and might be also the most economic one. You can hire it directly at the same airport, for example at El Altet airport there are several car rental counters where you can hire a rental car at Alicante airport, same way as in Madrid, Barcelona and many other international airports. Alternatively you can book in advance from any existing online booking system.
Besides of going from Heathrow to London, with a rental car we also can visit other interesting destinations near London.

What option would you choose for?

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