Low-cost airline news - August2005 archives

August 30th, 2005

Hapag-Lloyd Express adds routes

Hapag-Lloyd Express will begin operating 3 new routes from 14 December 2005, including Munich to Bari and Naples and from Stuttgart to Stockholm (Arlanda). On 09 January 2006, they will also launch a route from Stuttgart to Milan (Malpensa).

Flights are available to book now on www.hlx.com.

Ryanair to fly domestic Norwegian routes

Ryanair are looking to establish a base in Norway, in order to enable Norwegian domestic flights. They wish to compete with SAS Braathens and Norwegian Air Shuttle for a part of the internal flying market.

It would appear that they are appealing to Norwegian airports for cheap landing fees in order to determine routes and a base.

August 26th, 2005

Volareweb to fly to Paris

It has been announced that Volareweb will begin flying from their base at Milan (Linate) to Paris (Orly).

They will operate 2 flights per day on this route from 12 September 2005.

Kent International Airport sold

A purchase of Kent (Manston) has been agreed from the administrators of Planestation PLC (owner of EUjet, who were forced into administration in July).

The new owners will be Infratil, who own Scotland’s low-cost hub airport – Glasgow (Prestwick). It remains to be seen whether they can (or want to) develop Manston in the same way.

Jet2 connects Cork and Newcastle

Jet2 will launch a new route between Newcastle and Cork on 20 October 2005. This will be their second route from Newcastle, and suggests that they may be considering further expansion here.

August 23rd, 2005

Blue Air launches route to Madrid

The Romanian low-cost airline Blue Air will launch a new route from Bucharest (Baneasa) to Madrid on 02 November 2005. They will fly twice per week on this new route.

August 18th, 2005

Aer Arann connect Liverpool and Isle of Man

From 03 October 2005, Aer Arann will launch a route between the Isle of Man and Liverpool. With a flying time of only 30 minutes, they will be flying 4 times per day.

August 17th, 2005

Early sale for Jet2 to Nice

Following a decision by British Airways to axe their service from Manchester to Nice, Jet2 have put their 2006 flights on sale early. Ordinarily they would not make seats for the summer 2006 season available until later in the year.

easyJet launches Geneva connections

easyJet will launch 3 new routes to Geneva this winter season. On 15 December 2005 they will begin flying daily from Doncaster and Edinburgh. They will also begin a weekly service from Glasgow on 17 December.

This will be the first route that easyJet will operate from the recently opened passenger airport at Doncaster.

August 15th, 2005

Ryanair to Malta?

Ryanair are still in negotiations with Malta International Airport over landing fees. It has been speculated for some time that Ryanair are keen to launch flights to Malta, but have been unable to due to high landing fees. They have recently been offered favourable fees if they agree to operate a route from Girona.

Michael Cawley of Ryanair claims these fees are still too high, however negotiations continue.

August 9th, 2005

Norwegian adds route to Hamburg

Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin flying from their base at Oslo to Hamburg from 31 October. They will fly 4 times per week on this route.

August 8th, 2005

Germanwings to establish a base at Hamburg

Germanwings will make Hamburg (Fuhlsbuettel) a base from this coming winter season. They will begin flying to 9 new destinations from Fuhlsbuettel, including Istanbul (Sabiha), Krakow, London (Gatwick), Munich, Oslo, Stockholm, Toulouse, Warsaw and Zagreb.

Flights will go on sale from 6pm (CET) on 10 August 2005 at www.germanwings.com.

August 5th, 2005

VLM introduces fuel surcharge

In a statement in May 2004, VLM stated that they “certainly don’t intend” to introduce a fuel surcharge. While many traditional scheduled airlines imposed a fuel surcharge last year, and increased it during 2005, the low-cost market remains very divided on this usbject.

As from today, all flights booked with VLM will be subject to a €5 per sector per passenger surcharge.

Key players such as easyJet and Ryanair remain without a fuel surcharge, however other European budget airlines have buckled under the pressure of high oil prices.

Poland – the hottest country for low-cost flying?

In recent days, both Ryanair and Germanwings have proclaimed their expansion into Poland a success. Ryanair is considering expansion into 5 more airports, and are rumoured to be considering Katowice, Deblin, Lublin-Niedzwiada, Szczytno and Bialystok. Ryanair are expected to announce at least another 2-3 routes to Poland this year.

Both Ryanair and Germanwings have stated that they may be looking to have a base in Poland.

August 4th, 2005

Jet2 launches Manchester to Ibiza connection

Jet2 will launch a new route between Manchester and Ibiza for Summer 2006. They will begin flying this route on 19 May 2006.

Flights are available to book from today.

August 2nd, 2005

easyJet launches routes at Bournemouth and Bremen

easyJet will launch routes at 2 airports which are new to them. They will begin a route from London (Luton) to Bremen on 31 October 2005.

They will also join Thomsonfly, Ryanair and Jet2 at Bournemouth, when they launch a daily service to Geneva on 15 December.

flyglobespan expands at Stansted

flyglobespan, the low-cost carrier based on Scotland, began competing on the Glasgow and Edinburgh to London (Stansted) routes earlier in the year.

They have announced for the winter 2005 season that they will fly 2 new routes from Stansted. They will begin flying daily to Tenerife (Sur) from 01 November 2005, and to Geneva from 22 December.

August 1st, 2005

Volareweb flies to Crotone

Volareweb will fly weekly from Milan (Linate) to Crotone until 10 September 2005.

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