Low-cost airline news - September2005 archives

September 29th, 2005

Jet2 move in to Blackpool

Following our recent discussion as to whether Jet2 are likely to expand further at Newcastle, they have announced the launch of 3 routes from Blackpool. From 04 November 2005, Jet2 will operate a flight 4-times per week from Blackpool to Belfast (International). They will begin routes to Palma (Mallorca) and Murcia on 06 April 2006.

September 22nd, 2005

Aer Arann launch Manchester to Isle of Man route

On 24 November 2005, Aer Arann will launch a new route (operating 3 times per day) between the Isle of Man and Manchester. This short route, just over 100 miles, has a scheduled flying time of 45 minutes.

Hapag-Lloyd Express summer 2006 flight schedule

Hapag-Lloyd Express will put their summer flight schedule (for flights between 26 March – 30 September 2006) on sale today at 17:00 (UK time).

They will launch a number of new routes, including Manchester to Hanover, Westerland (Sylt) to Hanover, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart, and from Leipzig to Stuttgart.

Flights will be available to book at www.hlx.com later this evening.

Birmingham expansion for Monarch Scheduled

Monarch Scheduled will launch new routes from Birmingham (International) including Murcia (from 10 February 2006), Menorca (from 03 May) and Palma (Mallorca) (from 07 May).

New Italian routes for Jet2

Jet2 will launch 2 new routes from Leeds (Bradford) next year to Rome (Fiumicino) and Pisa. Flights will begin on 07 March 2006 and 25 May respectively. This will bring the number of routes flown by Jet2 from Leeds (Bradford) to 18.

flybe adds another summer route from Norwich

flybe will also begin operating a route from Norwich to Faro on 27 March 2006. They will fly 3 times per week. They will also begin flying from Southampton to Palma (Mallorca) twice per week at the same time.

Tickets are already available for these new routes at www.flybe.com.

September 20th, 2005

flybe adds 2 Norwich routes

flybe will launch flights to Murcia and Guernsey from the end of March 2006. They are scheduled to operate for the summer 2006 season.

September 19th, 2005

Flynordic to connect Stockholm and Turin

Flynordic will start flying a new weekly route from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Turin on 24 December 2005.

September 18th, 2005

flywest suspends operations

flywest, the small low-cost carrier based in France which began flying in June 2004 has suspended flying. The airline web site no longer exists, and they are believed to have entered bankruptcy.

September 16th, 2005

Madrid new base for Vueling

Vueling are to launch 3 new routes from Madrid in the next few months. They will launch daily flights to Rome (Fiumicino) on 15 November 2005 and to Brussels and Paris (Charles de Gaulle) on 21 December.

These flights have not yet been formally announced, however they are already available for booking at www.vueling.com.

September 14th, 2005

easyJet expand further at Basel

easyJet will base an additional aircraft at their Basel base in the coming months. This will see the introduction of 4 new routes, including a twice-daily service to Paris (Charles De Gaulle) from 31 October 2005, and from 10 March 2006, daily services to Lisbon and Amsterdam. They will also add a service to Prague, operating 5 times per week.

SkyEurope to fly to Bulgaria and Romania

Next week, Wizz Air will begin operating their first flights from Budapest to the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. Today SkyEurope, one of the largest low-cost carriers in Central Europe has announced that they too will begin flying to Sofia, from their Bratislava base.

They will begin flying to Sofia on 09 December 2005. SkyEurope will also begin expanding into Romania by launching a route from Bratislava to Bucharest (Baneasa) on 12 December.

Ryanair announces 15th base at Nottingham East Midlands

Following the announcement yesterday that Ryanair will make Cork their 14th base, they have today announced that East Midlands will be their 15th base. They currently operate 5 routes from East Midlands, and will add a further 10 routes in March 2006, where they will base 2 aircraft.

The new routes will be introduced during the first half of March, and include flights to Berlin (Schoenefeld), Derry, Nimes, Carcassonne, Nantes, Dinard, Limoges, Lodz, Wroclaw and Bergerac.

Sky Europe to go public

SkyEurope Holding AG has decided to make shares in SkyEurope publically available. They will make the prospectus for the Initial Public Offering on 19 September 2005.

Trading of the shares is expected to commence on the Vienna Stock Exchange by 27 September.

September 13th, 2005

New base at Cork for Ryanair

Ryanair will make Cork a hub airport from November 2005. They will add 2 new routes, to Dublin and London (Gatwick), which will both begin on 24 November.

They will base an aircraft at Cork in order to serve these 2 routes, and the 2 routes they already operate from Cork, to Liverpool and London (Stansted).

Thomsonfly expands across UK

Thomsonfly has announced that they will begin selling “frequent”, “low-cost” flights from 11 UK regional airports from summer 2006. This will no doubt see capacity from the parent group, Thomson, being utilised for Thomsonfly branded flying.

Thomsonfly already operate flights from Coventry, Doncaster and Bournemouth, but from May 2006 will begin operating flights from Cardiff, Glasgow, London (Luton and Gatwick), Birmingham (International), East Midlands, Manchester and Newcastle. Destinations announced so far include Malaga, Alicante, Ibiza and Palma (Mallorca).

New Thomsonfly routes from these 8 additional regional airports are available to book now at www.thomsonfly.com. Summer 2006 routes from their current bases will be available to book shortly.

Ryanair add 17th route at Shannon

Ryanair has announced that they will launch a new route from Shannon to Malaga on 02 November 2005. This will become the 17th route for Ryanair at Shannon. They will operate twice per week on this route.

Ryanair announces 3rd Knock to London connection

On 30 October 2005, Ryanair will launch a new route between Knock and London (Luton). This is in addition to the routes they already operate to Stansted and Gatwick.

September 12th, 2005

easyjet announces route from Newcastle to Faro

easyJet will launch a new route from Newcastle to Faro on 1 November 2005. The new route will operate 3 times per week, and is available to book now.

September 9th, 2005

Germanwings expands further at Stuttgart

Germanwings will launch 6 new routes from Stuttgart at the end of October 2005. They will begin flying to Bologna, Verona, Prague, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Milan (Malpensa) and Dusseldorf.

They will also begin flying a route between Dresden and Hamburg on 27 November.

Flights are available to book on these new routes now at www.germanwings.com.

September 8th, 2005

Major expansion at Iceland Express

The CEO of Iceland Express has announced that they will begin flying 6 new routes in Spring 2006. They will begin flying to Bergen, Stockholm (Arlanda), Gothenburg (Landvetter), Hamburg (Luebeck), Friedrichshafen and Berlin (Schoenefeld).

Flights will go on sale in October for these new routes.

September 2nd, 2005

Smaller low-cost airlines rescue routes?

Both easyJet and Ryanair have been flexing their muscles in the last few days and making use of their power as the largest low-cost airlines in Europe. easyJet will cease operating a route between Glasgow and Amsterdam at the end of October, despite the assertion by Glasgow Airport that this route (also operated by KLM) is the busiest international route at the airport.

Ryanair have also announced plans to reduce the number of flights operated between London (Stansted) and Newquay by 12 flights per week from October due to the introduction of additional airport charges at Newquay.

It has now become common practice amongst the larger low-cost airlines to stamp feet and make a noise when the airports they fly to decide to raise charges. In many cases, even small increases in charges can prompt a budget airline to stop flying to the airport altogether.

Interestingly, with these 2 recent announcements, 2 smaller low-cost airlines appear to be coming to the rescue. flybe announced that they were looking at starting an operation to London from Newquay, and Newquay airport said they were offering Ryanair‘s old landing slots to other airlines. Similarly, FlyGlobespan have indicated that they may begin operations from Glasgow to Amsterdam.

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