October 28th, 2004
A fuel surcharge of €6 will now be levied on all helvetic bookings to offset the rising cost of oil.
October 26th, 2004
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.
They are taking bookings now, with lead-in fares of €0.01.
October 25th, 2004
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
October 22nd, 2004
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.
Tickets will be available for purchase after 24 October.
October 21st, 2004
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.
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
October 14th, 2004
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
October 11th, 2004
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
Customers have until the end of this weekend to make reduced-price reservations with Germanwings.
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 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, 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 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.