The heavyweight budget airlines of Europe have joined in the price war with the announcement of cut airfares. easyJet has revealed their sale for January by reducing the price of all their flights serviced between March 1 to June 30th by 25%. Additionally, Europcar, which is the car hire partner of easyJet, is offering free upgrades from economy rentals to compact hires that are booked for dates between March 1st and June 30th as well.

As for Ryanair, a budget rival, they have put a sale on 1 million of their seats for more than 300 routes. These cuts in the market of budget airlines coincide with the premium market’s price war, which was sparked by airfare cuts from Virgin Atlantic.

Stephen McNamara, a Ryanair spokesman, said that the airline is happy to brighten the beginning of January with airfares that are unbeatable at only £2.50 for more than 300 routes across Europe. Going back to work for the first week is the worst, he continued, and that can be the perfect time to book a small city holiday, summer sun break, or a trip to go skiing. The price war during the New Year is going to make this even easier for travelers to do, while they can take advantage of the guaranteed lowest prices without any fuel surcharges, McNamara said. Ryanair’s half price sale for seats is a great pick for lifting spirits for a weekend, he added, and it will provide workers with something to look forward to during the year.

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