Low-cost airline news - June2005 archives

June 23rd, 2005

Hapag-Lloyd Express winter timetable pt2

Hapag-Lloyd Express released the 2nd part of their winter timetable today at 5pm (GMT).

Amongst the routes on sale is a new route from Hanover to Stuttgart.

Tickets can be purchased now at www.hlx.com.

easyJet winter timetable pt2

easyJet have put the 2nd part of their winter 2005 schedule on sale. This includes routes from Basel, Berlin (Schoenefeld), Geneva and London (Luton).

flybe expands at Norwich and Exeter

flybe have announced further expansion at their Exeter and Norwich bases.

During the upcoming winter season, 6 new routes will be added from Norwich (bringing their route total to 10). They will launch flights to Alicante and Malaga from the end of September 2005. On 17 December, they will launch new routes to the ski destinations Chambery and Geneva. On 16 March 2006, they will launch new routes to Aberdeen and Dublin. It looks likely that flybe will compete with Air Wales, who already operate a route from Norwich to Dublin.

flybe will also add 3 new routes to their Exeter base, bringing their total routes to 18. On 01 November they will add a new route to Murcia, and then on 17 December to Geneva and Chambery on 24 December.

These new routes are available to book now on www.flybe.com.

Evolavia launches summer route to Bol

In association with the Prima Tour Travel Agency, Evolavia will launch a weekly route from their base at Ancona to Bol (Brac) in Croatia. This route will be operated from 17 July 2005 until 04 September.

MyAir expands routes to Naples

From 17 September 2005, MyAir will begin flying from their Venice and Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi) bases to Naples. They will also add a route from Naples to Bucharest (Baneasa).

June 21st, 2005

Air Turquoise – a second low-cost airline for France

A new French budget airline, Air Turquoise, are due to commence flying their ‘regular’ schedule of flights as early as 23 June 2005. They will fly daily from Reims (not Betheny as previously expected) to Bordeaux, Nice and Marseille.

They appear to be taking bookings from today.

Hapag-Lloyd Express to Westerland

Hapag-Lloyd Express will launch a summer route from Cologne-Bonn to Westerland (Sylt) on 08 July 2005. This route will be operated twice per week until 22 August.

Volareweb adds route to Lamezia-Terme

On 03 July 2005, Volareweb will launch a weekly service from their base at Milan (Linate) to Lamezia-Terme.

This route is only scheduled to operate for the summer season.

Ryanair adds routes from Stansted

As expected, Ryanair today announced details of their new routes from London (Stansted). This includes a route to Kaunas, their first Lithuanian route, and the first low-cost connection from outside Scandinavia to Lithuania. Flights will commence on 22 September 2005.

They will also launch 3 new routes to Lodz in Poland (another new Ryanair destination, and a new destination for the European budget route map), Poznan and Grenoble.

Ryanair also announced that they would be increasing frequencies on their routes from Stansted to Derry, Seville, Granada, Riga and Tampere.

June 20th, 2005

Hemus Air to enter low-cost market?

Bulgarian airline Hemus Air (formerly a state-owned airline, but now under private ownership) has reacted to Wizz Air‘s announcement to launch routes from Budapest to the Bulgarian capital – Sofia, with a decision to launch low-cost services.

They are said to be considering flying from Sofia to Vienna, Stuttgart, Cologne-Bonn and Leipzig using a budget airline model.

Air Turquoise – a new French low-cost airline?

It has been reported that a new budget airline will begin operating from Betheny, near Reims in France.

It is expected that Air Turquoise will fly to Bordeaux, Nice and Marseille. The airline has reportedly been formed by former Air France and Air Littoral employees.

At present no further information about the airline is available, and it is not possible to book any tickets via their web site. The airline and routes will be added to the cheap0 database, if and when tickets go on sale.

Ryanair to fly to Kaunas

After much speculation, it has been confirmed by Lithuania‘s Kaunas airport that they have been negotiating with Ryanair. Airport authorities expect Ryanair to begin flying there shortly.

No route details are available yet, however it is anticipated that Ryanair will give a briefing in Kaunas tomorrow.

June 17th, 2005

easyJet winter schedule on sale

easyJet will be releasing their winter schedule in batches, however the first batch of routes is now available to book, through until the end of March 2006.

June 16th, 2005

Wizz Air adds Sofia to their network

Wizz Air will add a new route from their Budapest base to the Bulgarian capital – Sofia. This will be the first European low-cost connection to Sofia since the demise of the Bulgarian budget airline Bexx Air.

They will begin flying this new route from 19 September 2005. Wizz are also offering ‘official’ connections from London (Luton) and Frankfurt (Hahn), which allow passengers to change planes at Budapest.

June 14th, 2005

Jet2 adds routes to Chambery

In addition to the announcement of Geneva flights yesterday, Jet2 will launch a further skiing destination from their bases at Manchester and Leeds (Bradford) this winter.

From 17 December 2005 they will start flying to Chambery.

Smart Wings and EUjet codeshare

Smart Wings and EUjet have announced that they will cooperate on a route from Kent (Manston) to Prague. From 12 July 2005, Smart Wings will help with sales and marketing on these flights. The flights will actually be operated by EUjet.

June 13th, 2005

Jet2 to Geneva this winter

Jet2 will begin flying to Geneva from their Manchester and Leeds (Bradford) hubs on 17 December 2005.

June 12th, 2005

bmibaby winter timetable

bmibaby will put their 2005 winter timetable on sale this week. Routes from Birmingham and Nottingham (East Midlands) will go on sale on 15 June, with Cardiff and Durham Tees Valley routes going on sale the following day.

From 16 June it will be possible to purchase tickets for the new route from Durham Tees Valley to London (Gatwick). bmibaby will commence flying this route on 30 October 2005.

June 9th, 2005

Germanwings winter schedule on sale

Following the announcement by Hapag-Lloyd Express, Germanwings have announced that they will begin the sale of flights from their 2005/06 winter schedule this afternoon at 4pm (GMT). This will include flights until 25 March 2006.

They will also put their routes on sale in phases. This first phase will include new routes from Berlin (Schoenefeld) to Oslo, Prague and Warsaw.

Bookings can be made at www.germanwings.com.

Hapag-Lloyd Express winter schedule

Hapag-Lloyd Express have announced that they will release tickets for their winter schedule (covering dates until 25 March 2006) in phases.

They will put the first phase of their winter schedule on sale this afternoon at 3pm (GMT) at www.hlx.com.

June 8th, 2005

AlpiEagles launch summer Nice service

AlpiEagles will operate a route, flying 4 times per week, from Olbia to Nice from the end of this month.

This summer service is due to run until the end of September 2005.

SkyEurope expands at Bratislava

SkyEurope will add 2 new routes from their base at Bratislava on 30 October 2005.

They will begin flying 4-times weekly to Basel and Cologne-Bonn. As SkyEurope have already put their winter timetable on sale, tickets are already available to book on these new routes.

June 2nd, 2005

easyJet adds 5 new summer destinations

easyJet will add 5 new summer routes in July from their various UK bases. These include:

Belfast to Faro (beginning 16 July 2005)
Newcastle to Ibiza (from 23 July)
Liverpool to Ibiza (from 24 July)
London (Gatwick) to Menorca (from 21 July)
Bristol to Menorca (from 23 July)

Tickets are now available to book for these routes.

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