easyJet’s £800 return fares for late-booking MIPIM delegates

How much did these MIPIM delegates pay to get to Cannes this week? easyJet has charged up to £350 one-way for flights from London Luton to Nice and return flights on Friday have been over £400 for well over a month.

How much did these MIPIM delegates pay to get to Cannes this week? easyJet has charged up to £350 one-way for flights from London Luton to Nice and return flights on Friday have been over £400 for well over a month.

A good airline revenue manager knows when there are special events that can be treated differently, and where higher than usual demand can be managed by raising fares. Good examples of this are school holidays and sporting events.

Another example that anna.aero became aware of a few years ago is the annual MIPIM show and conference, described as ‘The world’s premier real estate event for professionals’, which takes place each year in mid-March in Cannes on the south coast of France, close to Nice. This year’s event runs 8-11 March and anna.aero has been tracking fares on easyJet’s daily (except Saturday) service between London Luton and Nice for several weeks to see how fares for flights around these dates have evolved.

Note: All fares quoted here are the basic one-way fares which do not include any charges for luggage, Speedy Boarding, travel insurance, any sports equipment or relevant credit/debit card fees.

Source: easyJet.com - Green shaded areas are Saturdays and Sundays.

Source: easyJet.com - Green-shaded areas are Saturdays and Sundays.

In the week prior to MIPIM, outbound fares barely reached £100, even though Monday, Thursday and Friday flights appear to have sold out before the day of departure. However, for the flight on the day of the event’s opening, the available fare during February and early March varied between £300 and £350. Interestingly, after peaking on 20 February at £354, the price was subsequently lowered to £304 and even the day before departure, this fare was still available. However, the Wednesday flight seems to have sold out a few days before departure. Another oddity, is that the Monday (6 March) flight appeared to be sold out on 3 March, but was available once more on 5 March.

Source: easyJet.com - Green shaded areas are Saturdays and Sundays.

Source: easyJet.com - Green-shaded areas are Saturdays and Sundays.

With no Saturday service, the Friday return flight has been priced at over £400 for well over a month, again peaking at £446 on 20 February, before subsequently falling slightly to £396. Since the beginning of February, the Thursday evening return flight has risen in cost from £126 to £296, although when checked on 5 March, the flight appeared to be sold out before re-appearing again on 7 March.

One-way London Gatwick – Nice fare for £500

When checked on 7 March, easyJet’s London Gatwick to Nice flight on Tuesday 8 March was still available for £304. Return flights on Wednesday and Thursday were already sold out, but the Friday morning return flight (EZY5066 departing NCE at 10:45) was on sale for £496.29, while the evening flight (EZY5072 departing NCE at 21:30) was still on sale for £346.29.

We would love to know if any of our readers have seen (or even paid) one-way fares in excess of £500 (€600) for a flight on a low-cost airline in Europe. Alternatively, if you know of any special events that you would like us to do a ‘farewatch’ on, please let us know in the comment section below.


Comments

  1. Mr Dunn says:

    And BA does charge today (11 Mar) €948 (£820) one-way!! So clearly easyJet is offering with something above €350 the lowest fare again :)

  2. Paul says:

    Up at Manchester, some of the property people going out to MIPIM chartered their own jet and filled it with delegates from the North West because of how much the lo-co carriers were charging on scheduled services. The organisers also did a deal with the airport, so for the price of £400.00 return it also included car parking at the airport, lounge access and transfers. Take note lo-co’s!

  3. D J Bentley says:

    MIPIM will always attract high fares just like any trade meeting where the trade is awash with money, such as property, finance, raw materials etc. Supply and demand. The statement about the Manchester biz jet hire hints as much about how those prices have come down as much as how scheduled air prices have gone up (and the real estate community there is a close-knit bunch that would have made those arrangements anyway). But since when in the last two years did easyJet revert to being a ‘low cost airline’ anyway? Your next project would ideally be the Champions League final at Wembley, (unless it features two English teams)as I guess it will feature Barcelona.

  4. David says:

    London-Innsbruck on Easyjet during February school half term, particularly out on the Saturday the holiday week starts, and returning a week later just in time for school to return has in the past had one-way published fares of GBP 450

  5. Joost says:

    Around UEFA Champions League finals, similar fares can often be found. I remember having seen similar fares for MXP-ATH in 2007, when AC Milan played the finals against Liverpool. UK-ATH had similar fares.

    It would be interesting to watch fares to London around May 28, as that will be the venue (Wembley) for 2011.

  6. Parker West says:

    Clearly, there are times when it helps to be creative combining trains and airplanes. I just wonder how much might be saved by flying low fare London to Paris, then Paris to Nice on board a fast train?

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