Low-cost airline news - February2005 archives

February 25th, 2005

SkyEurope summer schedule

SkyEurope have modified their original plans for the summer season by moving a number of new routes to Krakow instead of Warsaw. Amongst other reasons, they cite rising costs at Warsaw for the move.

In addition to the previously announced schedules, they intend to add routes to Athens from Bratislava and Budapest. We haven’t seen a confirmation of flight times yet on these 2 new routes, when they do become available the routes will be added to the cheap0 database.

Alpi Eagles release summer routes

AlpiEagles will begin flying from Bari to Milan (Linate) and from Verona to Olbia and Naples on 27 March 2005.

Air Scotland to fly to Paris

Air Scotland will start flying a weekly route from Glasgow (International) to Paris (Charles de Gaulles) on 01 April 2005.

February 24th, 2005

easyJet launch new route between Maastricht and Berlin

easyJet will launch a new twice-daily route from Maastricht (Aachen) to Berlin (Schoenefeld) on 13 April 2005.

February 23rd, 2005

Sterling and flynordic to cooperate

Sterling and flynordic have announced a strategic alliance, they will begin route-sharing on a number of routes and have started cooperating on flight sales.

This will see flynordic operate flights from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Berlin (Tegel), Barcelona, Bordeaux, Budapest and Dublin, and they will also operate the route from Copenhagen to Tallinn.

Sterling will be operating flights from Arlanda to Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga, Nice and Prague. They will also cooperate on their route from Gothenburg to Copenhagen.

February 20th, 2005

Air Berlin summer schedules updated

We’ve just updated all of the Air Berlin routes to reflect the upcoming summer schedules.

This summer should see them flying around 300 direct routes, although the frequencies are low compared to other low-cost airlines in Europe, as they only fly once per week to many destinations.

February 18th, 2005

dba to take over Germania Express

It was revealed earlier in the week and confirmed today that dba are planning to taking over 15 routes currently operated by Germania Express. This will see them lease planes from Germania and operate routes on their behalf, but it is unclear to what extent dba will take over the operation of the airline.

It is also believed that dba are interested taking over Olympic Airlines, the Greek national carrier.

dba and Monarch Scheduled added to Europebyair network

Of interest to those outside Europe coming to visit is the Europebyair programme. This allows people to travel on all the routes operated by a number of airlines in Europe for $99 (excluding airport taxes) per flight. Bookings can be made in advance or on the fly.

Monarch Scheduled and dba have just been added to the network as new partners, joining other low-cost carriers including Alpi Eagles, flybe, Virgin Express and VLM, legacy carriers, and oddly – even Eurostar.

Europebyair passes can only be purchased outside Europe and are only available to non-Europeans.

Norwegian connect Prague and Bergen

On 09 April 2005, Norwegian Air Shuttle will launch a new route between Prague and Bergen.

February 17th, 2005

VLM connects London City and Amsterdam

VLM have announced that they will commence a 3-times daily service between London (City) and Amsterdam.

February 15th, 2005

dba link Munich and Muenster

dba will launch a new route on 04 April 2005 between Munich and Muenster.

February 14th, 2005

Centralwings fly (briefly) to Tenerife

The Polish low-cost carrier, Centralwings, will fly weekly from 19 February 2005 from Warsaw to Tenerife until 26 March.

Centralwings is a part of the state airline LOT. On the surface, this looks like they are simply trying to sell some spare capacity during the winter season.

February 9th, 2005

easyJet launches routes to Asturias and Grenoble

easyJet have announced that they will start a new route on 24 March 2005 from London (Stansted) to Asturias (Oviedo) in Spain. This of course makes them the first budget airline to add Asturias to the low-cost map of Europe.

They will also move their Grenoble route from Stansted to Luton airport on 20 April.

February 4th, 2005

MyAir launches route to Lampedusa

MyAir are due to launch a weekly summer route from Milan (Orio al Serio) to Lampedusa on 16 July 2005 which will run until the middle of September.

February 3rd, 2005

Iceland Express launch new route to Frankfurt

Iceland Express have announced a temporary summer route expansion. On 17 May 2005 they will launch a 3-times weekly route from Reykjavik to Frankfurt (Hahn), which is due to fly until 17 September 2005.

Tickets for this route will be on sale this morning.

February 2nd, 2005

Germanwings launch new route to Izmir

Germanwings will put tickets on sale this evening for a new route from Stuttgart to Izmir. Flights are due to operate from 17 July to 24 September 2005.

Sterling connects Copenhagen and Amsterdam

Sterling will begin flying a new route from Copenhagen to Amsterdam on 01 May 2005. They will use this route from Amsterdam to interconnect flights from their bases at Oslo, Stockholm (Arlanda), Gothenburg (Landvetter) and Billund.

A reminder that only direct low-cost routes appear in the cheap0 database at the present time.

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