The Belgian low fare airline Virgin Express
(Euronext Brussels: VIRE; OTC Bulletin Board: VIRGY) has signed a cooperation
agreement with Holiday Autos, the world’s largest leisure car rental broker. From now
on all Virgin Express passengers can take advantage of the exceptionally low priced
car rental deals Holiday Autos is proposing.Being a broker, Holiday Autos is able to
select the best suppliers in each of its 4,000 locations worldwide, ensuring its quality
of service, safety standards, and value for money remain consistent.
Virgin Express will offer car rental deals via two distribution channels: its website,
(www.virgin-express.com), and the Virgin Express call centre (tel.: 070 35 36 37).
Since its inception, Holiday Autos has re-written the rules of car rental by offering
consumers affordable, fully inclusive prices, backed up by superb service. The
introduction of fully inclusive pricing was a revolution in the car rental industry.
Previously customers were quoted prices exclusive of a whole host of required
extras. That early innovation was rapidly followed by other initiatives, including the
car rental industry’s first ever price guarantee.
Neil Burrows, Managing Director of Virgin Express, said: “In recent years Virgin
Express has built a strong reputation being the most important internet-retailer in the
Benelux region. I am convinced that the car rental volume sold by Virgin Express will
increase considerably now that we can offer this service in cooperation with Holiday
Autos. This gives us the opportunity to provide even more excellent value for money
to our customers.”
About Virgin Express:
Virgin Express, voted best short haul airline in 2002 at the TM Travel Awards, is the
largest carrier at Brussels Airport and operates 12 Boeing 737s. With more than 90%
of its flights departing and arriving on time during 2002, Virgin Express is Europe`s
most punctual airline.
At present, the low fare carrier offers flights from Brussels to a wide variety of major
European destinations: Athens, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Faro, Geneva, Gothenburg,
Lisbon, Madrid, Malaga, Milan, Nice, Rome and Stockholm. From 30th March 2003,
Virgin Express will also offer its new services on the Rome-Amsterdam, Brussels-Bordeaux,
Brussels-London and Brussels-Palma de Mallorca routes.
About Holiday Autos
Holiday Autos is the world’s largest leisure car rental broker. It offers low cost car
rental in over 4,000 locations world-wide, and operates out of 40 countries. In 2002
the group’s turnover was c. £175m with the company handling in excess of 8 million
car rental days.