Low-cost airline news - November2004 archives

November 30th, 2004

bmibaby and summer at Birmingham

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.

Jet2 announce 2 new routes from Belfast

On 23 March 2005, Jet2 will begin 2 new routes from their new base at Belfast (International) to Bournemouth and Cork.

flybe move in on Norwich

Following their announcement yesterday to make Leeds (Bradford) a new hub, today flybe have announced that they will also make Norwich a hub airport.

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).

flybe will be the 2nd low-cost airline to make use of Norwich, Air Wales recently began a route between Norwich, Dublin and Cardiff.

Ryanair makes a new base at Shannon

Following recent speculation in the media about Ryanair negotiating particularly cheap landing fees at Shannon, as anticipated, they have today announced it as a new base.

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

Thomsonfly to announce Bournemouth & Doncaster routes

Thomsonfly will reveal the destinations they are to serve from their new hubs at Doncaster and Bournemouth next week, on 6 and 8 December respectively. Tickets will be available from these dates.

They will begin flying from both airports for the summer 2005 season.

flybe makes Leeds (Bradford) a new hub

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 summer 2005 routes

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

Intersky expand from Friedrichshafen

Intersky will begin 3 new routes from their base at Friedrichshafen in February 2005. These include routes to Prague (starting 07 February), Graz (06 February) and Venice (Treviso) (05 February).

New Smart Wings routes for summer

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).

Blue Air – Romania’s first low cost airline

In December 2004, Blue Air will begin their first flights. Blue Air is the first low-cost airline to emerge from Romania, with a base at Bucharest (Baneasa).

Initially, they will fly from Bucharest (Baneasa) to Milan (Orio al Serio), Timisoara, Reus and Lyon.

November 26th, 2004

Air Southwest expands

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.

Wizz Air announce more summer routes

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).

Later in the season (21 June) they will begin a new route from Budapest to Palma (Mallorca).

November 24th, 2004

flywest adds more routes

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).

easyJet expands in Italy

easyJet have taken the opportunity today to announce 4 new routes to Italy, presumably following the loss of Volareweb from low-cost Europe.

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.

Ryanair replaces lost Volareweb routes

In the wake of the suspension of all Volareweb flights last week, Ryanair haven’t wasted any time responding by increasing their Italian presence in order to ‘fill the gap’ they left.

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.

easyJet have also made it clear that they would like to take over some of Volareweb‘s landing slots at Paris (Orly).

November 23rd, 2004

Ryanair add connection between Pisa and Girona

In addition to all the UK-centric routes that Ryanair have announced over the last few days, they will also launch a new route between Girona and Pisa on 01 March 2005.

November 22nd, 2004

Ryanair announces new Liverpool base

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.

The new routes include flights to Reus, Cork, Granada, Pisa, Limoges, Murcia, Nimes, Shannon and Venice (Treviso).

Jet2 annouce Manchester to Alicante

From today it is possible to book tickets on a new route from Manchester to Alicante. Jet2 will begin flying this new route on 27 March 2005.

Ryanair announce new Blackpool route

Ryanair have announced that they will begin a new service on 31 March 2005 connecting Blackpool and Girona daily.

November 21st, 2004

Ryanair to make Liverpool a new hub

Tomorrow it is expected that Ryanair will announce that Liverpool will become their next hub airport, making it their 12th base.

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

Volareweb suspends flights

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.

Ryanair announce 4 new routes

Ryanair will launch 4 new routes next year. From London (Gatwick) they will launch a new route to Knock on 19 January.

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.

Germanwings announce new route to Verona

On 12 May 2005, Germanwings will launch a new route between Cologne-Bonn and Verona.

Tickets are on sale now.

Wizz Air summer timetable 2005

Wizz Air have announced their summer timetable for 2005 for destinations from Budapest, tickets are on sale now. This includes new routes to Girona and Frankfurt (Hahn).

November 16th, 2004

Jet2 to connect Manchester and London

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 summer 05 timetable on sale

Today, easyJet has announced the first part of their summer timetable. Various flights are on sale now from Belfast, Bristol, Newcastle and East Midlands for the summer 2005 season.

easyJet will continue to make the remainder of their timetable available over the coming weeks.

flybe connect Exeter and Paris

flybe have announced that on 27 March 2005 they will launch a new route between Exeter and Paris (Charles de Gaulles).

Flights on this new route can be booked as of today.

November 14th, 2004

WindJet link Verona and Catania

On 01 December 2004, WindJet will launch a new route between their base at Catania and Verona.

November 13th, 2004

flynordic adds Kiruna

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

MyAir announces routes to Bucharest

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

Basiq Air announce route to Pau

Basiq Air, their airline shortly to be rebranded as Transavia, will begin a new route on 23 December 2004 from Amsterdam to Pau.

Vueling announce new routes to Milan

On 03 December 2004, Vueling will begin flying from their bases at Barcelona and Valencia to Milan (Malpensa). Tickets will go on sale for this route on 07 November.

November 3rd, 2004

Thomsonfly provides ski bus transfers

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.

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