March 31st, 2005
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
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
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
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
Tickets are available now on this route for the summer season.
March 23rd, 2005
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
Tickets are available now for these new routes.
March 18th, 2005
March 17th, 2005
March 14th, 2005
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.
March 13th, 2005
March 12th, 2005
March 11th, 2005
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
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
Tickets on these routes are already on sale for the beginning of the season.
March 4th, 2005
Tickets are available now.
March 2nd, 2005
Seats will go on sale for these new routes on 09 March.
AlpiEagles have made 2 new routes available from their summer timetable, beginning 27 March 2005.