Low-cost airline news - April2005 archives

April 28th, 2005

bmibaby to fly to Newquay

bmibaby will begin flying 2 new routes this summer season from their bases at Birmingham (International) and Durham Tees Valley to Newquay. Flights will commence on 10 June 2005.

Germanwings expands at Cologne

Following their previous announcement that they will add Moscow to their network, Germanwings will launch a new route there from Cologne-Bonn. They will launch the route to Moscow (Vnukovo) on 16 July 2005 and will also begin flying to Dubrovnik a week earlier.

bmibaby introduce extra legroom

It is now possible to book seats with extra legroom on all bmibaby flights via their web site. It will cost an additional £10 per person per flight for this upgrade.

April 22nd, 2005

Win free flights with Vueling

For the next 30 days, Vueling are running a competition giving away free flights every day – more information can be found at www.vueling.com.

2 new routes from Milan for MyAir

MyAir will launch 2 new routes from Milan (Orio al Serio) to Palermo (beginning 27 May 2005) and Cagliari. The route to Cagliari is a 4-times weekly summer service which operates between 14 July and the end of September.

April 21st, 2005

Germanwings connect Stuttgart and Split

On 14 July 2005, Germanwings are due to begin flying 3-times weekly from Stuttgart to Split.

Tickets are available now on this route.

April 20th, 2005

Air Maxi – Serbia’s first budget airline?

Air Maxi is a new low-cost airline being established by the Serbian operator, Aviogenex.

It is expected that they will be based in Belgrade and will initially launch routes to Dubrovnik, Bucharest, Ljubljana, Budapest and other EU destinations.

Route and airline information will be added to our database when tickets go on sale. Flights are expected to commence for the summer 2005 season.

April 19th, 2005

Ryanair expands at Frankfurt

Ryanair will expand at Frankfurt (Hahn), adding 4 new routes. This will also see the introduction of a new airport to the low-cost map of Europe, as Ryanair will begin flying to Rzeszow in Poland.

They will also begin flying for the first time to Bratislava and Gdansk and will add a route to Oporto. It may come as a surprise to many that Ryanair will launch a route to Gdansk, as Michael O’Leary had previously criticised competing airlines for flying to Gdansk.

These routes will be launched for the winter season, commencing at the end of October 2005. Ryanair will fly a total of 27 routes from Frankfurt (Hahn).

April 18th, 2005

helvetic moves to Luton

From 15 May 2005, helvetic will operate from their base at Zurich to London (Luton) instead of Gatwick.

April 15th, 2005

flyglobespan begin flights to London

flyglobespan will begin flying 2 new routes from their bases at Glasgow (International) and Edinburgh to London (Stansted).

From 01 June 2005 they will fly twice-daily from both bases. Both of these new routes will be indirect competition with easyJet, who fly the exact same routes.

April 14th, 2005

Ryanair plans Hamburg hub

Ryanair have pledged that they will make Hamburg (Luebeck) a new hub airport and would base up to 4 new aircraft there.

This deal will go ahead if the airport is successfully sold from the City of Luebeck to Infratil, a New Zealand based investment group. Infrantil already owns a large proportion of Glasgow (Prestwick) which is used as a hub by Ryanair.

April 13th, 2005

Germanwings fly to Moscow

As As previously announced, Germanwings are due to launch a new flight flight from Berlin (Schoenefeld) to Moscow this summer season, although a launch date and airport was not confirmed at the time of the original announcement.

We have learnt that they are due to commence flying a 3-times weekly service to Vnukovo airport on 20 June 2005 and expect that flights will be on sale shortly from www.germanwings.com.

April 9th, 2005

flyglobespan winter sales begin

flyglobespan have put their winter 2005/06 seats on sale already for 3 routes, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. It is now possible to book tickets on flights from Glasgow (International) to Alicante, Malaga and Tenerife, until the end of February 2006.

flyglobespan also have tickets available on their new summer route from Edinburgh to Prague, beginning in May.

April 8th, 2005

MyAir launch new routes from Bologna

MyAir will make Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi) their next hub airport. From 24 June they will begin flying from Bologna to Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Brindisi, Palermo and Lamenzia-Terme.

Blue Air move to Maastricht

Blue Air have modified their route from Bucharest to Dusseldorf, which will now operate to Maastricht (Aachen) instead of Dusseldorf.

April 6th, 2005

easyJet announces 3 new Bristol routes

easyJet have announced that they will launch 3 new routes from Bristol from 7 July 2005. They will begin flying to Murcia, Pisa and Inverness. Tickets are available immediately for these new destinations.

April 4th, 2005

Budget airlines add capacity for Pope’s funeral

Extra capacity has been added on flights from Poland to Rome over the coming week, in order that citizens can attend the Pope’s funeral.

Centralwings have added capacity from Warsaw and Krakow to Rome (Ciampino). They also fly from Warsaw to Bologna, where an onward connection to Rome can be made by train.

Sky Europe have added capacity on their flights from Warsaw and Krakow to Rome (Fiumicino). Meanwhile Wizz Air have announced a temporary new route from Katowice to Rome (Fiumicino).

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