EasyJet founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Iaonnou, is reported to be considering starting a new long-haul transatlantic airline service to compete with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
Details are sketchy right now but the rumored name is Fastjet. No word on when it would launch, what routes it would take or anything.
RyanAir threatened to get into transatlantic travel a few years ago but the plan never went anywhere.
More competition on the transatlantic market would be good for us all – if anything to lower overall fares, which have crept up over the past few years (mostly thanks to punitive taxes introduced by the British government which the airlines can do nothing about).
Would you jump at the chance to fly a ‘budget’ airline like Southwest Airlines to Britain? Suffering on a Southwest flight is fine for 2-3 hours – but can you imagine doing it for 7-8 hours? I guess if the price is right!
We’ll keep you posted on the latest Fastjet news!