What’s wrong with airlines today?

I think there is something wrong with airlines, their policies, and their price making.  Here is one example.  I was looking for the cheapest way to get from Larnaca, Cyprus to Athens, Greece on Saturday, September 25th, 2010.  One of the lowest prices was offered by Aegean Airlines – 42 EUR for a one-way ticket.  That sounds awesome, doesn’t it?  Well, apparently that’s not the final price.  The final price with all the taxes and such came up to 156.16 EUR.

What’s the point of listing the price, on top of which you’ll have to pay the “tax” and “fee”, and which will be almost doubled by those extras?

Air plane crash

About two hours ago, an airplane of Helios Airlines has crashed 30km off Athens. It was flying from Larnaca, Cyprus to Althens, Greece carrying 115 passangers and 6 members of the crew. According to RBC news there are two versions of what happenned. One of them says that the plane crashed into the mountain when the pilot lost control. By another version, the plane blew up before it crashed into the mountain. The control tower lost all communications with the plane and that’s why it was followed by two fighter jets. There are also more details about pilots missing from the cabin a guy in the mask seen throught the window. This version doesn’t sound very authentic, but we’ll have to wait for the official version anyway.

I’m sure the tradegy will be all over the news for the next few days. Chances are that there were plenty of Greeks and Cypriots on board.

Update: Google news has about 300 stories already.