Low-cost airline news - May2004 archives

May 28th, 2004

Hapag-Lloyd Express and Air Polonia announce code share

Hapag-Lloyd Express and Air Polonia have announced a code share on the routes from Warsaw to Frankfurt (Hahn) and from Katowice to Cologne-Bonn.

This is further evidence of the growing trend towards route sharing and partnering amongst budget airlines in Europe. Both routes are currently operated by Air Polonia.

May 22nd, 2004

Sterling puts winter timetable on sale

Sterling have put their winter timetable on sale, with flights now available until the end of April 2005. New routes for the winter include Billund to Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), Arrecife (Lanzarote) and Tenerife (Sur) and Copenhagen to Arrecife (Lanzarote).

May 20th, 2004

EUjet plans British budget launch for September 04

EUjet have announced, after a much anticipated wait, that they will begin a budget operation primarily based at Kent (Manston), an airport the owners would like to see dubbed as ‘London-Manston’. They will also have a 2nd hub at Shannon in Ireland.

From Manston, EUjet are scheduled to fly to a range of destinations in Europe, flights beginning in September include: Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, Faro, Girona, Jersey, Murcia, Nice and Prague.

Further routes are due to begin from Manston in October, including: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Milan (Malpensa) and Palma (Mallorca). Their final batch of new routes (still from Manston!) are scheduled to take-off in December, including: Geneva, Salzburg, Toulouse, Turin and Zurich.

Their routes from Shannon are due to begin from September (again over a period of months), to Dublin, Geneva, Malaga and Murcia.

May 19th, 2004

MyTravel Lite announce Winter schedule

As of today, MyTravel Lite flights from 1 November 2004 until the end of April 2005 are on sale. They do not appear to have altered their destinations but have altered route frequencies.

May 17th, 2004

New Norwegian route to Murcia

At the end of October 2004, Norwegian are due to begin a new route from Trondheim to Murcia. Flights appear to be on sale now.

New Gotlandsflyg route to Visby

From 28 May, Gotlandsflyg will begin a route from Stockholm (Skavsta) to Visby, this in in addition to their route from Stockholm (Bromma).

May 16th, 2004

New Air Berlin route from Berlin

Air Berlin will begin flying a new route from Berlin (Tegel) to Warsaw at the beginning of June 2004.

Vueling Airlines – a new budget airline for Europe

Vueling Airlines is a new Spanish budget airline with bases in Barcelona and Valencia.

They are due to begin flying on 01 July 2004, with the aim of connecting Spain with the ‘major capitals’ of south-west Europe. Initially, they will begin flying (from both bases) to Paris (Charles de Gaulles), Brussels, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca.

Aer Arann announce first UK route from Knock

In line with their current expansion, Aer Arann will begin a new route from Knock to Liverpool from 21 June 2004. This is their first route from Knock to the UK.

New Wizz Air routes from Budapest

Wizz Air have announced that from 15 July 2004 they will begin flying from Budapest to Brussels (Charleroi) and Stockholm (Skavsta).

It would seem that Wizz, who begin flying next week, have changed their flight destinations a number of times since their original announcement to fly. A number of routes keep disappearing from their system with no official announcements, including routes to Venice (Treviso) and Munich.

May 12th, 2004

Budget start-up JetGreen suspends

The new Irish budget carrier, JetGreen, which began flying only last week, suspended operations today at midday. Their web site (www.flyjetgreen.com) has little information about their suspension, but it doesn’t look too hopeful.

Once again, customers who are currently abroad are to make their own way back to their origin, and JetGreen are not offering any compensation for their suspension.

New easyJet routes starting earlier

Apparently due to unprecedented demand, easyJet has brought forward the start dates on a number of new routes, including:

May 9th, 2004

Search improvements

We’ve improved the primary search mechanism to facilitate searching using all available airports from any city (if there is more than one airport). For example, this allows you to search for ‘London (all airports)’, rather than having to individually search all of the London airports.

In addition we have fixed some bugs with the search interface and the results it returns. Further improvements are planned.

May 8th, 2004

New airline added – JetGreen

A new Irish budget carrier, JetGreen has been added. Their unique selling point is ‘low fares but with all the frills’. Similar to the recently deceased duo, they also offer first class/business class services.

Their base is at Dublin. This month they have launched flights to Alicante and Malaga. From 08 June they will also begin flying to Faro, Rome (Fiumicino) and Nice.

Coventry Airport support

ThomsonFly have run into trouble at their UK base at Coventry due to a lack of planning permission for their temporary terminal building. Many residents are against the idea of building a new terminal, however a group of local supporters (independent of the airport) have launched a web site to publicise the campaign which is pro-development. The site can be found at www.supportcoventryairport.co.uk.

May 7th, 2004

Germanwings add new destinations

germanwings will add 3 new routes this summer, all originating from Cologne-Bonn. They include Krakow and Zagreb (beginning 26 June 2004), and also Split, beginning 26 July 2004.

May 5th, 2004

flywest – new budget carrier for France

A new French budget airline, flywest will begin flying on 18 June 2004 from Brest to (a new addition to cheap0) Toulon.

May 1st, 2004

Duo suspends operations

The UK-based budget airline duo has today suspended operations and called in receivers. All 23 routes they were flying have therefore been dropped and there are no plans to continue.

No passenger refunds will be issued. For more information see www.duo.com.

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