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Thursday, 16 May, 2002, 12:08 GMT 13:08 UK
Q&A: Budget airline takeover
The no-frills airline Easyjet is paying 374m to take over its rival, Go, and become Europe's biggest low-cost airline, but will it mean a better deal for passengers?

Will ticket prices go up?

Prices will not go up as a result of the deal, according to Easyjet's chief executive, Ray Webster.

Mr Webster, who will also be chief executive of the new enlarged company, said it would need to keep fares low to stimulate the market.

The company also expects to face more intense competition from traditional airlines such as British Airways and Air France.

That would help keep prices down.

Can I still book with either Easyjet or Go?

Yes you can.

Both companies are still operating exactly as they did before the deal was announced.

They will continue to accept bookings over the phone and via their websites.

Can I book Easyjet flights through Go and vice versa?

No, not at the moment.

At some point the two companies will be combined and there will then be one booking system.

It is too early to say when that will happen, but you can expect Go and Easyjet to continue with their separate bookings systems until at least the end of October.

Will the two airlines continue operating all of their existing routes?

Yes they will.

Between them they fly 78 routes.

Easyjet says there is little overlap and they have no intention of dropping any of the destinations.

They will also continue to operate from their all their existing UK bases.

Will the new company have a new name?

No, it will be called Easyjet.

The Go name will disappear and its planes will be resprayed in the trademark Easyjet orange colours.

See also:

16 May 02 | Business
Easyjet buys Go for 374m
09 May 02 | Business
Easyjet blasts Go partner
08 May 02 | Business
Easyjet moves to buy BA's German arm
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