Low-cost airline news - October2004 archives

October 28th, 2004

helvetic introduces fuel surcharge

A fuel surcharge of €6 will now be levied on all helvetic bookings to offset the rising cost of oil.

October 26th, 2004

MyAir – a new budget airline for Italy

On 17 December 2004, MyAir is due to commence flying. They are a new low-cost airline based in Italy who are offering both domestic and international routes.

Initially they will offer routes from Milan (Orio al Serio) to Brindisi, Catania, Naples and Madrid, from Venice to Madrid and Barcelona and from Catania to Madrid.

They are taking bookings now, with lead-in fares of €0.01.

October 25th, 2004

flybe expands at Birmingham

Further to their recent announcement that they were to make Liverpool a new hub airport, flybe have announced that they will begin flying 7 new routes from Birmingham (International) next year.

This increase in capacity at Birmingham will make flybe Birmingham‘s largest single scheduled carrier.

The new routes from Birmingham include Malaga, Alicante, Almeria, Palma (Mallorca), Faro, Murcia and Geneva. All of the routes will begin flying in March 2005, except Geneva, which we presume will begin in the 2005 winter season.

Flights for all destinations except Geneva are on sale now.

October 23rd, 2004

Icelandair purchase part of easyJet

The Icelandic national airline, Icelandair, has purchased an 8.4% stake in easyJet. There has been much speculation of a takeover at easyJet in recent days.

October 22nd, 2004

Virgin Express imposes fuel surcharge

From 01 November 2004 Virgin Express will add €4 per passenger to their fuel surcharge, bringing it up to €8 on all flights.

Many other budget airlines are still absorbing the rising cost of oil themselves and not explicitly charging a fuel surcharge.

Vueling adds domestic route

The Spanish low-cost airline, Vueling, has announced yet more expansion with a new route between Barcelona and Bilbao from 01 December 2004.

Tickets will be available for purchase after 24 October.

October 21st, 2004

Niki adds France to network

Austrian low-cost carrier Niki will begin flying a new route between Vienna and Paris (Charles de Gaulles) on 01 February 2005. This will be their first route to France and will make them the first budget airline to fly between these 2 cities.

Virgin Express adds Valencia

On 13 December 2004, Virgin Express will begin a new route from Brussels (International) to Valencia. Initially the frequency will only be twice weekly, but over the coming months it will be increased.

October 18th, 2004

helvetic launch Pristina route

On 01 November 2004, Swiss low-cost carrier helvetic are to launch a new route between Zurich and Pristina.

Vueling announces winter timetable

Vueling have announced their complete timetable from 01 November 2004. This includes a new route between Valencia and Seville.

October 14th, 2004

Bournemouth to become new Thomsonfly hub

In March 2005 Thomsonfly will make Bournemouth a new hub airport, their first in the south of England. They are yet to announce the destinations available from Bournemouth, but flights are due to go on sale in early December.

October 12th, 2004

easyJet connect UK with Grenoble

easyJet will launch a new route on 05 January 2005 from London (Stansted) to ‘the capital of the Alps’, Grenoble in France.

Germania Express adds Saarbruecken to low cost Europe

In November, Germania Express will commence flights between Berlin (Tempelhof) and Saarbruecken. This will be the only low-cost route to Saarbruecken at the moment.

WindJet adds German routes

Italian low-cost airline WindJet has added 2 new routes to Germany. From 06 November 2004 they will begin flying from Catania to Munich and Dusseldorf.

In addition, they will start a new route on 06 November between Palermo and Milan (Orio al Serio).

nordic airlink rebrands

The low-cost airline nordic airlink has rebranded, it would seem as of 10 October 2004 the airline, owned by Finnair, is now called flynordic.

October 11th, 2004

flybe ‘lands’ at Liverpool

flybe have announced that they are to make Liverpool a new hub on their network. From 2005 they will begin flights to Belfast (City) (on 10 February), Edinburgh, Glasgow (International) (both on 27 March 2005, when they commence flying their summer timetable) and Jersey (from 07 May).

This expansion at Liverpool will make flybe the 7th low cost carrier to fly to the airport, further making Liverpool a hub for budget travel in the UK and further fuelling competition in the north west. Their announcement comes only shortly after Air Wales and Wizz Air have announced routes to Liverpool, which is probably best known as a major easyJet hub.

October 8th, 2004

Germanwings to ‘rescue’ V-Bird passengers

Germanwings are flying V-Bird passengers with confirmed bookings at reduced rates, from their base at Cologne-Bonn.

Customers have until the end of this weekend to make reduced-price reservations with Germanwings.

V-Bird stops flying

The Dutch low-cost airline, V-Bird was declared bankrupt yesterday and as of yesterday evening, all flights are grounded. It is believed that their leased aircraft have already been returned.

There is currently little information about their future, and no announcements regarding passengers left stranded as a consequence of the bankruptcy.

Vueling to begin flying to Italy

Vueling are due to begin a new route on 01 December 2004 from Barcelona to Rome (Fiumicino). This will be their first route to Italy, and demonstrates their plans for further expansion outside their home country, Spain.

Tickets are due to go on sale on 10 October.

October 7th, 2004

Bexx Air restart looking unlikely?

Bexx Air, a Bulgarian low-cost airline, was shut down by the Bulgarian authorities in mid-September for allgedly not possessing the licenses required to fly.

Yesterday, a new statement was issued on their web site, www.bexxair.com saying that their plans to begin flying had been postponed, and oddly, a recommendation to fly with Air Bulgaria.

They had originally said that they would begin flying again in early November.

October 2nd, 2004

Hapag-Lloyd Express announce new routes for 05

Hapag-Lloyd Express have announced a selection of new routes which they will begin flying from 09 March 2005. These include Cologne-Bonn to Shannon, Newcastle and Rijeka in Croatia. They are the first airline to add Rijeka to the ‘European low-fares map’, and will also fly there from Hanover.

From Hanover they will also begin flying new routes to Stockholm (Arlanda) and Pisa. From Munich they will add routes to Newcastle, Palermo and Olbia,

In addition, on 05 December 2004 Hapag-Lloyd Express will begin a new service connecting Hamburg and Edinburgh.

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