Luongo ‘has got the lot’ – Hasselbaink

first_imgJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has told QPR’s website he believes Massimo Luongo could establish himself as a top midfielder if he can add goalscoring to his repertoire.The Australian has been in excellent form this season, having responded to boss Hasselbaink’s insistence that he work harder off the ball.Now Hasselbaink wants to see Luongo, who has yet to score for the R’s, start finding the net.“Massimo has got the lot. He has energy, desire and he is a box-to-box player,” Hasselbaink said,“If he could add goals to his game I believe you could compare him with some of the best midfielders. And that is something he needs to really try to add to his game.“He is providing goals at the moment, which is great, and he needs to keep that going while adding his own goals. But it’s important we don’t try to force that.“We need to get him more into the box, and then the ball will fall for him and the goals will come.”Hasselbaink’s side, currently two points away from the play-off places, are away to Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.Click here for the latest QPR transfer gossipClick here for today’s QPR quiz See also:QPR v Bristol City player ratingsHasselbaink plays down play-off prospectsFriday’s QPR quiz – put your Rangers knowledge to the test  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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How low-cost airline policies hit your back pocket

first_imgStatistics released by a low-profile European online travel site show that countries failing to foster budget airlines and the development of so-called ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCCs) miss out on the air travel affordability revolution.Berlin-based Kiwi.com says it has analysed data on more than one million air journeys to come up with its annual review of air fares, which ranks the world’s top 75 countries for air travel affordability.The top of the affordability list is dominated by countries that have encouraged the proliferation of low-cost carriers, such as India, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines in Asia,  and the EU, which has fierce competition between low-cost carriers (LCCs) and full-service airlines as well as between low-cost carriers such as Ryanair and easyJet.The US, which invented the LCC —  the first of which, Texas-based Southwest Airlines, has grown to become the nation’s biggest domestic airline — has also now spawned ULCCs, such as Spirit Airlines, Allegiant and Frontier, which are among the country’s fastest growing and most profitable.But that has served only to highlight the glaring disparity between the US and its northern neighbor, Canada, which has a terrible record of discouraging competition and hiking the cost of air travel.According to Kiwi.com, the US is No.17 in the global air fare affordability ranking, whereas Canada is No.70, with only Japan, Netherlands, Qatar, Finland and United Arab Emirates bigger basket cases in that category. The Kiwi.com data shows fares in the US cost just $US9.81 per 100 kilometres compared with a whopping $US38.71 in Canada.That’s because Canada has high airport costs and security charges that can be as much as $US25 per passenger compared with as little as $US2 in other countries.It’s also pointed out that Canada’s insistence on 75 per cent Canadian ownership of airlines has stifled foreign investment, when jurisdictions like the US and EU allow 50 per cent foreign ownership.Some countries, such as Australia and New Zealand, even allow 100 per cent foreign investment. Without that, Australia would not now have two LCCs, as Virgin Australia subsidiary Tigerair started life as part of Singapore’s Tigerair and took advantage of the lack of ownership restrictions to set up a domestic service Downunder.Even so, according to Kiwi.com’s data, Australia, which has a reputation for high business costs, is barely better than Canada, coming in at No.66 on the list at $US35.69 per 100 kilometres — partly explained by the fact that Australia’s two LCCs are now part of the Qantas-Virgin duopoly.Compare that to Malaysia — No.2 on the list with average air fares retailing for just $US3.78 per 100 kilometres.Canada’s high-cost regime for airlines means that, until recently, the country has had only one LCC, WestJet.That has changed with the arrival of three fledgling ULCCs, Jetlines, NewLeaf and Enerjet, which are using or planning to use secondary airports, where costs are lower. Part of their strategy is to target the five million Canadians who cross the border into the US each year to access cheap fares unavailable at home.It’s not before time. “Griping about the cost of air travel in this country is as endemic as bitching about the weather,” business columnist John Ivison wrote recently in Canada’s National Post newspaper.Full Kiwi.com travel affordability comparison table here:last_img read more

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