Low-cost airline news - July2005 archives

July 29th, 2005

Vueling moves in on Amsterdam

Vueling have announced that from 30 October 2005, they will begin flying to Amsterdam. They will fly from their Barcelona and Valencia bases.

Flights are available to book immediately at www.vueling.com.

eastJet adds another London to Geneva route

easyJet will launch a route from London (Stansted) to Geneva on 15 December 2005. This will be their 3rd route from London to Geneva, as they already fly from Luton and Gatwick.

During the peak winter ski season, they are already flying up to 9-times daily from Luton alone.

July 28th, 2005

Wizz Air moves in on Amsterdam

Wizz Air will launch 2 new routes to Amsterdam from Katowice (3 times per week) and Budapest (4 times per week). The routes will be launched on 01 November 2005 and 01 December respectively.

July 27th, 2005

Jet2 adds Manchester route to Palma

Jet2 have put a new route on sale from Manchester to Palma (Mallorca). They will begin flying there at the end of March 2006 – the beginning of their 2006 summer season.

Jet2 will be competing with both Monarch Scheduled and bmibaby who operate on this route.

SkyEurope announces winter ski routes

In addition to the previously announced route to Poprad (Tatry), SkyEurope have announced routes between Salzburg and Barcelona, Manchester and Warsaw and between Innsbrook and Paris (Orly) and Amsterdam.

These flights are available to book for the winter 05/06 season.

July 26th, 2005

EUjet suspends operations

As anticipated yesterday when shares in the PlaneStation Group were suspended from trading, EUjet has today entered voluntary administration.

Since this morning, EUjet flights from their base at Kent (Manston) have been cancelled. The future of the airline is unclear, and we have no details of any financial rescue package being offered.

easyJet have responded to the collapse of EUjet by offering stranded passengers due to travel inbound to the UK in the next 7 days reduced fares.

Ryanair launches route from Milan to Bratislava

Ryanair will launch a new route from their base at Milan (Orio al Serio) to Bratislava on 10 October 2005. Flights will operate daily on this route.

July 25th, 2005

Shares suspended in EUjet parent

Shares were suspended today for the PlaneStation Group, parent company of EUjet. It is believed that the reason for this suspension is their inability to secure additional funding required for EUjet.

PlaneStation were already forced to sell their 75% stake in the Kent International Business Park (in Manston) in order to raise additional finance.

At present, the future of EUjet is unknown, however flights today appear to be operating.

Nexus Airways begins flight sales

The new British low-cost carrier, Nexus Airways, began taking bookings last week for flights which are due to commence from Liverpool in November 2005.

It is not possible to book online yet, however it is possible to make telephone enquiries using +44(0)845-257-1721.

Would-be passengers are reminded that Nexus does not yet hold the commercial transport license required by airlines (an Air Operator Certificate), as they are hoping to work in partnership with a pre-existing airline. No details are yet confirmed of this, and their timetable is currently provisional.

SkyEurope launches Milan route

On 03 December 2005, SkyEurope will begin flying a weekly route from Warsaw to Milan (Orio al Serio).

July 23rd, 2005

SkyEurope begins flying to Poprad

SkyEurope will begin flying a new route from London (Stansted) to Poprad (Tatry) on 03 December 2005.

Poprad is in Northern Slovakia and is the highest (718m above sea level) international airport in Europe which is suitable for airliners.

July 20th, 2005

Ryanair makes Pisa new base

Ryanair have announced that they will launch 3 new routes from Pisa during the winter season, bringing the number of routes they fly from the airport to 10. It will become their 14th base in Europe.

The new routes from Pisa include Dublin (daily from 10 October 2005), Eindhoven and Alghero (both daily from 12 January 2006).

Monarch Scheduled adds 3 routes to Malaga

Monarch Scheduled have announced that from November 2005 it will be possible to fly to Malaga from Aberdeen (four times per week), Blackpool (daily) and Newquay (three times per week).

All 3 of these UK airports are new to Monarch Scheduled.

July 19th, 2005

Nexus Airways – a new British low-cost carrier?

Nexus Airways is set to be a new low-cost carrier, set up by 18 year old Daniel Reilly.

Flights are due to begin on 01 November 2005 from Liverpool to Tenerife (Sur), Fuerteventura, Arrecife (Lanzarote) and Las Palmas (Gran Canaria).

Flights will be added to our database in due course, if the operation gets off the ground.

July 14th, 2005

Aer Arann adds summer route to Lorient

On 23 July 2005, Aer Arann will begin a weekly summer service from Cork to Lorient.

easyJet adds 6 new routes

easyJet have just made 6 new routes available for booking. These routes include London (Gatwick) to Murcia and Grenoble, Geneva to Malaga and Lisbon and Dortmund to Milan (Malpensa) and Barcelona.

These routes will commence during the 2005/06 winter season, and are available now for booking.

July 13th, 2005

Wizz Air expands at Warsaw

Following the earlier announcement that Wizz would launch a new route from Warsaw to Kaunas, they will also launch routes from Warsaw to Dortmund and Budapest.

Flights will commence at the beginning of December 2005.

Wizz Air moves in on Kaunas

Wizz Air will launch a route from Warsaw to Kaunas on 01 December 2005. Following a similar model to their recently announced new route to Sofia, they are offering flights to Kaunas from 6 additional airports.

Wizz will offer connections to Kaunas from London (Luton), Paris (Beauvais), Stockholm (Skavsta), Dortmund, Liverpool and Malmo (Sturup). This will involve a change of aircraft at Warsaw (and collection and re-checking of baggage).

While airlines are aware that many passengers may ‘unofficially’ transfer from one flight to another, perhaps interchanging at a major hub such as London (Stansted), most of the low-cost carriers do not endorse this behaviour for cost-saving reasons. Wizz Air appear to be embracing it, and it will be interesting to see how this area of their business develops.

Ryanair launches 8 new routes to Britain

Ryanair have announced that they will add 8 new routes to Britain during the forthcoming winter season.

In particular, they have announced an expansion at Liverpool, where they will begin flying to Oslo (Torp), Riga, Bergerac and Carcassonne.

They will also begin flying to Krakow for the first time from London (Stansted) and Glasgow (Prestwick). This will see Ryanair introduce the 4th low-cost route from London to Krakow, and they will compete directly with SkyEurope, who already fly from Stansted.

Toulon becomes another new destination for Ryanair – they will begin flying there from Stansted in October 2005.

Ryanair will also begin operating a route from Oslo (Torp) to Newcastle. While Newcastle is not currently a base for Ryanair, this may indicate an intention to expand further there.

Air Berlin launches flights to Santiago de Compostela

Following the arrival of Ryanair at Santiago de Compostela, and the recent news of their expansion there – we have learnt that Air Berlin will also begin flying to Santiago de Compostela from 01 November.

They will operate a daily route from their base at Palma (Mallorca); this will become their 12th route from that hub.

July 12th, 2005

Wizz Air to make Kaunas a base?

Following the announcement by Ryanair a few weeks ago that they would begin flying from London (Stansted) to Kaunas in Lithuania, it is highly likely that Wizz Air will begin operations there.

7 new routes from Kaunas are suggested, including London (Luton), Paris (Beauvais), Stockholm (Skavsta), Warsaw, Dortmund, Liverpool and Malmo (Sturup). We await an official announcement and details of launch dates.

MyTravelLite to disappear

The low-cost scheduled arm of the MyTravel Group, MyTravel Lite will cease operation at the end of the current summer season.

From November 2005, the budget airline will disappear and be merged with the parent charter operation.

Air Service Plus to fly to Perugia

Air Service Plus will launch a route for the summer season on 21 July 2005. They will fly twice per week from Paris (Charles De Gaulle) to Perugia.

Jet2 adds routes to Murcia

Jet2 will launch 2 new routes to Murcia. In the first instance, they will launch a route on 04 September 2005 from Newcastle to Murcia – their first route from Newcastle.

They will also launch a route from Belfast (International) to Murcia for the 2006 summer season, commencing 01 July 2006.

Flights are available now for booking on these routes.

Germanwings route to Leipzig

On 29 september 2005, Germanwings will launch a new route from Cologne-Bonn to Leipzig.

Virgin Express to return to Berlin

From 05 September 2005, Virgin Express will begin flying their Brussels base to Berlin (Schoenefeld). They will initially fly once-daily, but the frequency of flights will increase to twice-daily from October.

Virgin Express previously flew to Schoenefeld, until 2000 when they withdrew the route.

Centralwings announces new winter routes

Centralwings have put their winter 2005/06 timetable on sale, including 7 new routes.

This includes 4 new routes from Warsaw to Shannon, Edinburgh, Grenoble and Milan (Malpensa).

They will also begin flying to Dublin from Katowice and Wroclaw on 16 December 2005. They will also launch a route from Wroclaw to Milan (Malpensa)

Thomsonfly announces winter timetable

Thomsonfly have put their winter 2005/06 timetable on sale. This includes routes to cover winter ski destinations, from Doncaster, Bournemouth and Coventry to Lyon and from Coventry and Bournemouth to Salzburg. They have also announced new routes to the Canary Islands, including flights from Bournemouth and Doncaster to Tenerife (Sur) and from Doncaster to Las Palmas (Gran Canaria).

This winter, they will also begin flying to Alicante from Bournemouth and to Amsterdam from Doncaster.

These flights are available to book now at www.thomsonfly.com.

Ryanair adds 2 new routes from Shannon

Ryanair will launch 2 routes from their new base at Shannon. From 30 October 2005 they will operate a new daily service between Shannon and Bristol.

From 01 November, they will also commence flying a route to Nantes, flying 3 times per week. This is currently the only European low-cost connection to Nantes.

Virgin Express increases fuel surcharge

From Friday 15 July 2005, Virgin Express will increase their fuel surcharge by an additional €2. This will bring their total surcharge to €10.

Ryanair launches winter timetable

Ryanair have put their entire winter 2005/06 timetable on sale, this covers flights up until 26 March 2006.

This includes reinstating a route between London (Stansted) and Esbjerg, and the inclusion of routes to Santiago De Compostela from Frankfurt (Hahn) and Rome (Ciampino).

Thomsonfly switch Paris airports

Thomsonfly will switch their choice of airport in Paris from 30 October 2005. They currently fly from all of their bases to Paris (Charles De Gaulle), however they will switch to Paris (Orly).

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