November 30th, 2004
bmibaby have today put 4 new routes on sale from their summer timetable from Birmingham (International). These new routes include Nice, Bordeaux and Murcia starting around 10 June 2005. They will also begin a route to Cork on 27 March.
They will begin flying from Norwich on 27 March 2005 when they launch routes to Belfast (City) and Edinburgh. On 07 May they will launch a route to Jersey and on 16 June they will launch a daily route to Glasgow (International).
They will launch 9 new routes from 3 May 2005. The new routes announced today include London (Gatwick), London (Luton), East Midlands, Girona, Niederrhein, Hamburg (Luebeck), Milan (Orio al Serio) and Stockholm (Skavsta).
November 29th, 2004
They will begin flying from both airports for the summer 2005 season.
As of today, flybe have put on sale 2 new routes from Leeds (Bradford) to Southampton (starting 12 May 2005) and Exeter (starting 16 June). This is in addition to the route they already fly to Belfast (City).
They have announced their intention to make Leeds (Bradford) a hub and it is expected that they will launch more new routes for the summer 2005 season.
bmibaby will put the routes from their summer 2005 timetable on sale this week. They will announce the routes and put them on sale every day this week (from Tuesday) for each of their UK hubs:
November 27th, 2004
Czech low-cost airline, SmartWings, have announced 4 new routes for the upcoming summer season (beginning May 2005). The new routes are from their base in Prague to Larnaca (SmartWings will become the first low-cost carrier to fly here), Heraklion, Thessaloniki and Palma (Mallorca).
November 26th, 2004
Air Southwest will connect a number of cities in the UK and Ireland after 11 April 2005. They are now taking bookings on new routes including Leeds (Bradford) to Plymouth, Bristol to Dublin, Leeds (Bradford) and Newquay, Newquay to Dublin, Leeds (Bradford) and Manchester.
Their schedules would suggest that they are introducing so many new routes with little overhead by including a number of stops (but not changes) on each journey, so in some cases flying times may appear much longer than you’d expect.
Nonetheless, it is about time that some more low-cost routes became available for shorter distances such as some of these.
Over the last few days, a number of new Wizz routes have been released. Beginning on 29 March 2005, they will commence flying between Budapest and Venice, Budapest and Katowice, Katowice and Girona, Gdansk and Stockholm (Skavsta) and Katowice and Frankfurt (Hahn).
November 24th, 2004
The French low-cost route flywest, who had previously only flown 2 routes, have announced that they will launch more routes next year. These include a weekly service from Cork to Brest, and 2 weekday routes from Toulon and Brest to Paris (Charles de Galles).
They will launch 2 new routes from Berlin (Schoenefeld) to Pisa and Olbia, both routes will commence on 08 April 2005. In addition, they will begin a new route from London (Gatwick) to Olbia on 27 May and one from London (Luton) to Cagliari on 21 April.
Today, Ryanair have announced that they will launch 1 new route between Venice (Treviso) and Paris (Beauvais) (a launch date is not yet clear), which will become the 65th international route into or out of Italy operated by Ryanair. In addition, they have increased frequency on many other routes previously operated by Volareweb.
In addition, they are in talks with all of the airports previously used by Volareweb.
November 23rd, 2004
November 22nd, 2004
As anticipated, Ryanair today announced that Liverpool will become their next base. They will add 9 new routes, will bring them up to 13 routes from Liverpool. This move is perhaps surprising as for some time, Liverpool has been a major hub for easyJet and is also served by 7 low-cost airlines.
November 21st, 2004
At present they are due to fly 4 routes from Liverpool over the coming seasons, including Dublin, Girona, Milan (Orio al Serio) and Rome (Ciampino). It is expected that they may announce as many as 8 new routes tomorrow, and it is rumoured that they will base 3 or 4 aircraft at Liverpool in order to service this expansion.
November 19th, 2004
The Italian low-cost airline Volareweb has grounded all flights and suspended ticket sales today. It is said that the company has financial debts of around €250 million.
At present it is believed that all ticket holders will be reimbursed for flights which have been cancelled. The future of Volareweb is uncertain and we will await further announcements.
They will also begin 3 new routes from London (Stansted) including Brno in Czech Republic (24 March) and Granada (7 February) in Spain, both of which are new destinations for low-cost airlines in Europe.
They also launch a new route to the Polish city of Wroclaw on 24 March.
Tickets are on sale now.
November 16th, 2004
Jet2 have announced that they will commence flying a new route to London (Gatwick) from their new base at Manchester. They will begin this route on 17 January 2005, tickets are available for purchase now.
easyJet will continue to make the remainder of their timetable available over the coming weeks.
Flights on this new route can be booked as of today.
November 14th, 2004
November 13th, 2004
flynordic, the recently renamed nordic airlink, will launch a new route from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Kiruna in the arctic region of Northern Sweden. They will be the first low-cost airline to fly to Kiruna.
The route will commence on 02 February 2005.
November 10th, 2004
The new Italian low-cost start up airline, MyAir, have announced details of 2 new routes to Bucharest from their bases at Venice (Marco Polo) and Milan (Orio al Serio) on their launch date, 17 December 2004.
Tickets appear to be on sale now.
November 5th, 2004
November 3rd, 2004
This winter, Thomsonfly have announced that they are offering travellers to Lyons the opportunity to continue their journey by coach direct to the French Alps. This will include Moutiers, Aime, Bourg St. Maurice, Val D?Isere, Tignes.
More information can be found at www.thomsonfly.com.