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Easyjet

The only direct flight I could find Amsterdam to Catania (Sicily, IT) is on EasyJet. All the Alitallia flights have a layover. Thoughts on EasyJet?

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I was happy with my August 2017 EasyJet flight from Jersey (Channel Islands) to London-Luton. Just be sure you know about any extra fees you may pay, such as for checking baggage, and pay attention to the carry-on allowance.

Budget airlines sometimes use unexpected/inconvenient airports, but that doesn't appear to be the case with the Amsterdam-Catania non-stops.

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6874 posts

Book it asap otherwise the price goes up. Read and comply with the baggage allowance rules and let their system choose the seat for you otherwise it costs more

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7792 posts

No idea when you plan to fly, but I found Transavia has non stop service AMS-CTA

Never been on Transavia or easyjet, but you may have a choice

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2505 posts

We flew EasyJet London to Lisbon last summer and it was fine. We choose up front seats and paid a bit more. This allowed us an extra carry on per person and assured ample overhead bin space for our bags (total three rollaboards in the bins, three small bags under the seat). We don't like to check bags so this was important to us. See this: http://www.easyjet.com/en/help/booking-and-check-in/choosing-a-seat
Snacks, all liquids (including water) are for purchase and are not cheap, so bring your own.

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98 posts

Flew Easyjet from Naples to Krakow this past year. No problems at all. I did spring for the extra fees for luggage and reserved seats, but, even with the extra fees, the price was very reasonable.

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170 posts

Flew Easy Jet twice...Naples to Paris and London to Geneva and both worked fine
-paid for the better seats. Both planes were in very good condition. Overall a very
good experience and very reasonable.

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92 posts

Have flown Easyjet on several occasions and they were on time and service was good. Carefully read baggage allowances. On all instances I paid a little extra for seats up front and early boarding. Polite and professional staff. Would not hesitate to fly with them again.

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31318 posts

Erin,

EasyJet is my preferred budget airline in Europe and I fly with them whenever possible. I've always had good service and never any complaints. In the last few years I've been paying for the extra Speedy Boarding and seat selection, and I find that makes a big difference in the "comfort level". I believe they operate on a sliding scale, with ticket prices increasing as the flight fills up. The cheapest tickets are non-refundable and non-changeable once booked so choose carefully (Flex tickets have more options).

As with any budget airline, be sure that you're clear on their Terms & Conditons, especially related to luggage limits. With the cheapest tickets, you're allowed ONE carry-on item per passenger (that doesn't mean "one plus a personal item", it means ONE ONLY). If you upgrade with some of the options I mentioned above, they allow two carry-ons.

Also, there is no check-in at the airport. You'll print your Boarding Pass up to a month prior to your flight. If that has to be reprinted at the airport, there will be a hefty charge! They have a smartphone App, which I've found very helpful.

I would have no hesitation in booking another flight with EasyJet.

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2520 posts

I make between 8 and 10 flights a year with Easyjet last one was less than 4 weeks ago.great company but do have strict baggage rules so check up on them.
The are pretty good with being on time and often leave early if they can and all passengers are on board.Only had one major delay and that was this time last year,EU compensation was paid within 6 weeks of the event.
if going hand luggage only they have size restrictions but no weight restricts for cabin bag but you are only allowed one bag unless you have a premium type ticket.
they do what is called Hamds Free where for a small fee (£4 from my home airport) you can put your hand luggage in the hold which gets you over any liquid rule problem you may have and also allows you to take another small bag on board that must go under your seat. I used it very successfully last month to and from Dubrovnik and meant I could bring wines and beer bag for a very small fee.

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2520 posts

just wanted to add that I use the App that has already been mentioned, not had a problem once I learned they right way to hold the phone in the various scanners you go through.

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11450 posts

We have used Easyjet about half a dozen times now over last 5 years or so.

Never had an issue,, but we READ the terms , understand we have to pay for luggage ( and we pay online ahead of time for better price than at airport) and print out boarding passes. Flights within Europe are generally short ( think longest flight we have taken within EU was london to Mykonos and that was only 4. 5 hours ) so we don't fuss about lack of onboard services. Pay for something to eat onboard or bring something..

My daughter used Transavia to fly from Amsterdam to Barcelona 1.5 years ago, we had never heard of them before, but discovered they are the budget arm of KLM and she had no issues either.

With Easyjet it does pay to buy your ticket as far in advance as possble for get best price.

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3565 posts

The rule for cabin carry-ons is one place first-timers come to grief with easyJet. For those with the standard ticket, one bag is the limit. And that means one; not a suitcase plus a purse plus a computer. My several flights with the airline have all featured passengers on the floor at the boarding area trying to stuff their stuff into one bag. Otherwise the value for money is high.
PS: Most thorough search for European budget airlines is www.skyscanner.com

PPS: Transavia is also connected to Air France, corporate partner of KLM.

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11613 posts

Once you understand the way it works, it's very easy. I prefer EasyJet for flights between European cities.

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440 posts

If you have hand luggage its great just staright through security no frills just a simple way of getting from a-b. If you take hold luggage you may pay more for that than the flight itself beware. Other than that go for it

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21327 posts

I will just add to the chorus about easyJet. There is no check-in at the airport just luggage drop. It is our go to discount airline. They remind me of Swest in the US.

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3176 posts

I prefer EasyJet lightyears over Southwest which is a cattle-car stampede for seating. No thank you to Southwest Airlines!

We've been flying EasyJet for over 15 years. They are fantastic for intra-European travel.

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3289 posts

Southwest: Since it's the only airline I know where people are given numbers (A1 to C30) and board sequentially, one by one, it's the least stampede type experience possible. Southwest also offers 2 free checked bags and unrestricted voucher refunds on any level fare, and a full service check in counter-- it doesn't sound much like easyJet.

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3176 posts

Southwest: Since it's the only airline I know where people are given
numbers (A1 to C30) and board sequentially, one by one, it's the least
stampede type experience possible.

First, people are running down the terminal to their gate to get into the coveted Group A. Rarely have I experienced people not being aggressive to get the seats they want. Second and worse, those who got to the seat they want "save" seats for those in their friends/colleagues/family who may be in a group behind them. Anyone who wants to sit in those seats are told by that passenger that those seats are "saved". All kinds of commotions then begin.

That's why I stopped flying Southwest several years ago.

To even remotely compare say Southwest and EasyJet are comparable is incorrect. EasyJet passengers aren't herded into 30 person blocs that scramble when its their turn onto the aircraft. Seats are assigned already by the passengers themselves or the airline.

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2505 posts

Well, this thread has morphed into a debate on Southwest. So, here goes: I fly Southwest once or twice weekly and have for years. There is no "stampeding" for the coveted A boarding. If you buy Business Select, you are automatically booked into A 1-15 and it does not matter if you wait to check in late, your position is guaranteed. Same if you are an A List member. That status is awarded to frequent flyers based on flights or miles and is good for a year. You are automatically in A 1-60. For all others when you buy a ticket for an additional $10-15 you can get Early Bird check in which gets you an A boarding position, or a B in some cases. It's important to check in on line 24 hours in advance if you don't have A List status or Early Bird check in to get the best possible boarding position. When the plane is to board you line up, A's first, number order and the signs are clear. They board. Same for B, then C. If you buy the cheapest fare, it's a full flight, you don't check in 24 hours in advance, you'll be in C and it's a middle seat for you. But, no stampede, no chaos.

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6888 posts

Indeed, why would people run down the terminal to get into group A? Your group name and number is already printed on your boarding pass when you check in (the day before). It in fact totally eliminates the need to push and shove. I find Southwest to be very humane, unlike most airline companies these days.

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19388 posts

I think Southwest may have at one time operated the way Continental describes, but I agree that my (few) recent trips have been fine, with an orderly line up of people based on the precise boarding positions (not just Group A) printed on their boarding passes.

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12400 posts

I have no problems with Southwest, like their style. Prices aren't bad either, just depends when you book or if you luck out. If the airfare is the same, I choose Southwest over other carriers.