The true cost of flying low cost (

By Alex Macheras Over the last decade, low-cost airlines have dominated the air travel sector. Around the world, passengers have become accustomed to being able to fly 2,000 miles for as little as $20. The rapid rise of low-cost airlines all over the globe, including Norwegian Air, and the Air Asia Group, has driven down […]

October 22, 2018

Low cost airlines like AirAsia mean a higher safety risk (

Geoffrey Thomas Comment: The latest incident involving AirAsia X in Australian skies is a severe blow to the AirAsia Group — the biggest low-cost airline conglomerate in Asia. Once again passengers will ask should we fly AirAsia to our favourite holiday destinations of Bali or Kuala Lumpur? Surveys show that while 60 per cent of […]

June 27, 2017

ETF Solidarity statement with TUIfly workers

The ETF and all of its affiliates are following the recent developments in German aviation with great concern. On behalf of 270,000 aviation workers the ETF represents all over Europe, we would like to express our support to ver.di members and aviation workers in Germany and tell them that they are not alone in their […]

October 7, 2016

Wizz air: Stop union busting now! The campaign continues!

Our blog on the 27 November 2014 brought you news of the sacking of the leadership and 19 cabin crew members by Wizzair Bucharest (Romania) and our Labour Start Campaign to support them. To date a total of 9,100 have supported the dismissed workers by signing the petition! Join the campaign now and let Wizzair know […]

January 8, 2015

Ryanair ordered to pay €8.3m by French court (

A French court has ruled that Irish low cost airline Ryanair must pay €8.1m (£6.4m) in damages and €200,000 in fines for breaches of French labour laws. An appeal court in Aix-en-Provence found the company guilty of paying workers under Irish contracts to avoid making French social security payments. The case refers to Ryanair staff […]

October 28, 2014

Parat victory in conflict with Norwegian

In the early hours of Monday, Parat and Norwegian reached an agreement on a new collective agreement and the strike has been called off. The head of the Cabin Crew Association, Marit Lindén, says that their demands have been met and agreement has beenreached on a common collective agreement structure for Norway and Denmark. In […]

May 19, 2014

European Commission sponsoring low cost airlines!

As of 1st April 2014, the European Commission has abandoned its policy to only use International Air Transport Association (IATA) airlines for professional missions and its officials are now obliged to fly low cost airlines. The Commission staff and the European civil aviation employees condemn this approach. They urge the Commission to revise its position […]

May 16, 2014