Low-cost airline news - December2004 archives

December 29th, 2004

KLM goes low-cost?

KLM have announced that from 01 January 2005, they will cut fares to every one of their European routes (currently 66) from their Amsterdam base; the average price cut will be around 40%.

They are doing this in a move to compete more effectively with low-cost carriers who are rapidly taking over the European market for air travel. KLM will continue to offer complementary food and drink to their passengers, although will be altering their cost structure. For the meantime, it looks like they will not become a true budget airline.

Air Berlin launches new Stansted route

On 04 February 2005, Air Berlin will launch a new route between Leipzig (Halle) and London (Stansted). This will be the 18th route operated from Stansted to Germany.

December 22nd, 2004

VLM adds Southampton to Brussels

On 10 January 2005, VLM will begin a new twice per weekday service from Brussels to Southampton.

helvetic expands Italian operation

During their summer 2005 season, helvetic will introduce 4 new routes from their base at Zurich to Italy. The new airports they will fly to include Lamenzia-Terme, Catania, Palermo and Brindisi.

December 17th, 2004

EUjet announce new summer routes

EUJet will commence 8 new routes from Kent (Manston) for the summer 2005. From 27 March they will launch new flights to Alicante, Budapest, Belfast (International), Newcastle, Girona and Cologne-Bonn. From 01 May they will launch routes to Seville and Valencia.

December 16th, 2004

Wizz Air announce new Warsaw routes

Wizz Air are due to expand further at Warsaw, with the introduction of 4 new routes from 27 March 2005. The new routes are from Warsaw to Paris (Beauvais), Girona, Stockholm (Skavsta) and Frankfurt (Hahn).

In addition, they have launched a new product, ‘Wizz Bizz’, which allows business travellers to purchase fully flexible tickets, allowing flight changes.

December 15th, 2004

Monarch Scheduled expand at Birmingham & Manchester

From 28 April 2005, Monarch Scheduled will add 2 new routes from Manchester to Almeria and Madrid, and new routes from Birmingham (International) to Tenerife (Sur) and Malaga.

JetX temporarily suspends flights

The Italian low-cost airline, JetX, has announced that they have scrapped plans to fly routes during the upcoming seasons. Passengers already booked on the flights may get refunds for their tickets by contacting the airline directly.

For now it doesn’t appear that they are likely to file for bankruptcy, and rumour is they are due to begin flying again sometime in the new year.

December 14th, 2004

SkyEurope makes Manchester a base

Hot on the heels of the rapid route expansion in the North West of England, SkyEurope have announced that Manchester will be their next base.

They will begin flying from Manchester during their summer season, which commences on 27 March 2005. They plan to fly to Warsaw, Krakow and Bratislava. Tickets are available to book now.

centralwings – a new low cost carrier for Europe!

While the bankruptcy of Air Polonia is still unclear, today we learn that a new low-cost carrier – centralwings – will launch next year, backed by Polish state airline LOT.

centralwings will use 3 bases in Poland, Warsaw, Krakow and Katowice. They will commence flights to London (Gatwick) from Warsaw and Krakow on 01 February 2005.

They will then begin the roll-out of their summer timetable during March – May. This will include routes between Warsaw and Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi), Lisbon, Malta, Girona, Prague, Nuremberg, Catania, from Krakow to Rome (Ciampino) and from Katowice to Cologne-Bonn and Hanover.

December 12th, 2004

Sterling adds 7 new summer routes

Sterling have put 7 new routes on sale for summer 2005, including flights to Montpelier from their bases at Billund, Copenhagen (Kastrup), Stockholm (Arlanda) and Gothenburg (Landvetter). In addition they have will launch new routes from Oslo to Athens and Edinburgh and also Copenhagen to Edinburgh.

These new routes commence from May, although some begin later and only run for the summer season. Check their schedules for full details, as many of the flights are only once or twice per week.

December 8th, 2004

Jet2 connects Edinburgh and Manchester

From 14 February 2005, Jet2 will add up to 3 daily flights between their new base at Manchester and Edinburgh.

Thomsonfly announces Bournemouth base details

Thomsonfly, who recently announced details of their new base at Doncaster, have unveiled the routes they will fly from their new base at Bournemouth for the summer season next year.

They will begin a total of 7 routes, including Paris (Charles de Gaulles), Malaga, Palma (Mallorca), Faro, Amsterdam, Pisa and Valencia.

Routes will begin from 22 March 2005 and tickets are on sale now.

December 7th, 2004

Thomsonfly: new Coventry routes

Thomsonfly have put 2 new routes on sale today from Coventry; they will commence flying to Paris (Charles de Gaulles) on 04 April 2005 and Faro on 29 March.

They have also put the rest of their summer timetable from Coventry on sale. Tomorrow they will announce details of their new routes from Bournemouth.

December 6th, 2004

Snalskjutsen begin new routes East

Swedish budget airline Snalskjutsen, an off-shoot of Malmo Aviation, will begin 2 seasonal flights from Stockholm (Bromma) to Budapest and Prague, beginning at the end of March 2005.

Thomsonfly announce Doncaster base

Today, Thomsonfly has announced the much awaited details of the routes they will fly from their new base at Doncaster. As with their base at Coventry, they will be the first low-cost airline to fly from Doncaster.

They will fly to Alicante, Malaga, Pisa, Palma (Mallorca), Jersey, Faro, Dublin, Prague, Ibiza and Valencia and Paris (Charles de Gaulles).

Flights from their new base are due to commence on 28 April 2005, with some beginning later in the season. . Tickets are on sale now.

Air Polonia suspension confirmed

Air Polonia have confirmed that they did indeed suspend flights on Sunday and are not taking any further bookings. They remain hopeful of finding an injection of capital in order to keep the airline alive.

In the meantime, those stranded can rebook with either Sky Europe or Wizz Air (where the airlines cover the respective routes) for free, they just need to pay the taxes on the flights.

December 5th, 2004

Air Polonia ceases operation?

A press release on the Sky Europe web site suggests that Polish low-cost carrier Air Polonia will suspend flying today, Sunday 05 December. Sky Europe are offering to carry ‘stranded’ Air Polonia passengers for free (if they pay taxes and charges).

There has been no official announcement from Air Polonia about grounding flights, however their web site is currently generating errors if you try to book a flight.

December 3rd, 2004

Wizz Air adds Palma

Wizz Air have added a route from Katowice to Palma (Mallorca) to their summer timetable, weekly flights appear to commence on 21 June 2005.

December 2nd, 2004

Germania Express adds Leipzig

Germania Express will begin flying from Munich to Leipzig (Halle) on 16 January 2005. They are the first low-cost airline to make use of the Leipzig airport.

Jet2 add Manchester to Amsterdam

On 10 February 2005, Jet 2 will add yet another route from Manchester. The new route to Amsterdam will run 3 times daily.

easyJet expands Belfast hub

easyJet announced 3 new routes to commence on 01 July 2005 from their base at Belfast (International). The new routes include Inverness, Geneva and Palma (Mallorca).

3 new bmibaby routes

bmibaby will launch 3 new routes on 29 March 2005, Cardiff to Faro and Durham Tees Valley to Cork and Paris (Charles de Gaulles).

Thomsonfly to launch Coventry to Barcelona

On 10 February 2005, Thomson fly will launch a new route between their base at Coventry and Barcelona. Tickets are available now.

December 1st, 2004

flybe adds routes for summer

We have just added 10 new flybe routes to the database (in addition to other new summer routes announced over the last few days) for the summer 2005 season.

They will begin new routes from Birmingham (International) to La Rochelle and Bergerac, from Southampton to Limoges, Exeter to Palma (Mallorca) and Aberdeen to Belfast (City) (all beginning in March).

In May, more new routes will start from Southampton to Liverpool, Bordeaux and Rennes and form Jersey to Southend. Finally, they will add a route from Exeter to Liverpool on 16 June.

This announcement will make flybe the only low-cost airline to use Southend and Rennes next summer (at the moment!).

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