Low-cost airline news - March2005 archives

March 31st, 2005

easyJet expand at Basel

easyJet will launch 5 new routes from their hub at Basel in June.

On 17 June 2005 they will launch routes to Alicante, Barcelona and Nice. A week later, on 24 June, they will launch new routes to Palma and Rome (Ciampino).

There has been no official announcement of these new routes yet, however they all appear in the easyJet booking system and are available to book from today.

March 29th, 2005

Virgin Express adds routes to Toulon and Milan

From the beginning of June 2005, Virgin Express will begin flying between their base at Brussels and Milan (Orio al Serio) and Toulon. The route to Orio al Serio will replace their current route to Milan (Linate).

Tickets are on sale now for these new routes.

March 27th, 2005

British Airways – the real no-frills airline?

Contrary to what British Airways would like to have us believe, they may not be as “full service” as they make out. The Observer today revealed that 3/4 of the aircraft operated by British Airways CitiExpress do not have the necessary equipment to land in fog when visibility is reduced to less than 300m.

CitiExpress is a division of the legacy airline which primarily operates domestic routes. Their British-based low-cost competitors, who frequently come under the microscope for cutting costs, all have category-3 equipment fitted to their entire fleets.

Aircraft unable to land in category-3 conditions are most often diverted to fog-free airports or delayed at departure.

This week, British Airways were also criticised by the Air Transport Users Council for having one of the highest levels of “taxes, fees and charges” – additional costs which are added at the final stages of booking.

March 26th, 2005

SmartWings and helvetic to codeshare

The Czech low-cost airline SmartWings and Swiss airline helvetic have begun code sharing on the route between Prague and Zurich. They will cooperate on sales and marketing, although flights will be operated by helvetic.

SmartWings stopped flying to Zurich in January due to intense competition on the route.

March 25th, 2005

Air Scotland announces route to Amsterdam

Air Scotland will launch a twice-weekly flight from Glasgow (International) to Amsterdam on 21 May 2005.

Tickets are available now on this route for the summer season.

March 23rd, 2005

easyJet to offer ‘all inclusive’ pricing

easyJet have announced that later this year they will modify their web site to quote fares inclusive of all taxes and charges from the outset of booking.

This news is in response to an Air Transport Users Council report released today illustrating that airlines are not pricing transparently, where they withhold the highly variable ‘taxes and charges’ information until the final stages of a booking.

March 22nd, 2005

Murcia and Catania are new Virgin Express destinations

On 05 May 2005 Virgin Express will commence flying a new route from Brussels to Catania. They will also begin a new route from Brussels to Murcia on 10 May.

Tickets are available now for these new routes.

March 18th, 2005

More Vueling routes from Barcelona

Vueling are due to begin 2 new routes on 16 May 2005 from Barcelona to Lisbon and Menorca. These flights are available to book from today.

March 17th, 2005

MyAir add Venice to Cagliari connection

On 16 July 2005, MyAir will launch a route for the summer from Cagliari to Venice, it is due to run until the end of September.

March 14th, 2005

Sterling and Iceland Express to merge

It has come to light that Sterling is to be sold to Icelandic investors Fons Eignarhaldsfelag. They were previously major shareholders of Icelandair and currently own Iceland Express, the only low-cost carrier to fly to Iceland at the present time.

It seems likely that Iceland Express, which is considerably smaller than Sterling, will be merged into the Sterling operation.

March 13th, 2005

Air Berlin connect Berlin and Amsterdam

From 01 May 2005, Air Berlin will commence a new route between Amsterdam and Berlin (Tegel). The flights will be daily (except Saturday).

March 12th, 2005

Norwegian add Polish routes

Norwegian will add 2 new routes from their Oslo base. From 14 April 2005 they will begin flying to the Polish cities of Krakow and Warsaw.

Vueling add routes from Malaga

Vueling have announced 2 new domestic routes from Malaga. From 11 April they will fly from Malaga to Bilbao and Barcelona.

March 11th, 2005

FlyMe to fly from Gothenburg to Nice

The Swedish low-cost carrlier FlyMe will launch a new route on 16 June 2005 from Gothenburg to Nice.

Germanwings make Berlin next base

Hot on the heels of easyJet‘s announcement last week that they were to expand their operation at Berlin (Schoenefeld) this September, Germanwings have announced that they will expand their operation at Schoenefeld in June.

From 05 June 2005, they will commence flying new routes to Zagreb, Split, Stockholm (Arlanda), Istanbul (Sabiha), Ankara, Munich and Dusseldorf. All of these routes are available to book immediately at www.germanwings.com.

Germanwings have also announced that they will commence flying to Moscow, also in June. They are yet to confirm which airport they will fly to in Moscow. Tickets are expected to be available on this route soon in the next couple of days.

March 8th, 2005

Air Polonia to fly once more?

The Warsaw Business Journal this morning revealed that a buy-out deal looks likely for Air Polonia, the Polish low-cost airline which was grounded at the end of last year due to lack of funds.

The rumoured deal is for an American investor to take a 100% stake in the company.

March 6th, 2005

Vueling add 3 new routes

For the summer season, beginning on 27 March 2005, Vueling will launch an additional 4 new routes. These include Bilbao to Valencia and Rome (Fiumicino), and Ibiza to Valencia and Barcelona.

Tickets on these routes are already on sale for the beginning of the season.

March 4th, 2005

VLM launch route from Cork to Jersey

VLM will launch a new twice-weekly route between Cork and Jersey on 29 May 2005. The route is scheduled to run for the summer season.

Tickets are available now.

March 2nd, 2005

easyJet expands Berlin base

easyJet have announced that they will launch 3 new routes from their base at Berlin (Schoenefeld) on 21 September 2005. They will begin flying to London (Gatwick), Milan (Linate) and Rome (Ciampino).

This will make Schoenefeld their 2nd largest base, after London (Stansted).

Seats will go on sale for these new routes on 09 March.

AlpiEagles add 2 routes

AlpiEagles have made 2 new routes available from their summer timetable, beginning 27 March 2005.

They will fly from Bari to Verona and from Naples to Olbia.

March 1st, 2005

MyAir to fly between Venice and Paris

My Air have announced that they will start flying a new twice-daily route between Venice (Marco Polo) and Paris (Orly) on 01 April 2005.

Blue Air add routes to Rome and Dusseldorf

Blue Air, the low-cost carrier based at Bucharest (Baneasa) have announced that they will launch 2 new routes on 27 March 2005.

The routes to Rome (Ciampino) and Dusseldorf are scheduled to fly for their summer season.

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