Low-cost airline news - October2005 archives

October 28th, 2005

FlyGlobespan adds Spanish routes from Edinburgh

FlyGlobespan will fly from their base at Edinburgh to Murcia and Ibiza for the 2006 summer season.

This information comes following the announcement earlier in the week that Jet2 will begin flying from Edinburgh to Murcia. The Jet2 offering looks far more favourable, as they will operate up to 5 times per week during the peak summer season, compared to the once-per-week service offered by FlyGlobespan.

The FlyGlobespan flight to Ibiza will operate twice per week. Both routes commence on 01 April 2006.

Aer Arann operate between Luton and Isle of Man

Aer Arann will begin flying between London (Luton) and the Isle of Man from 24 November 2005. They will fly as often as twice per day (weekdays only).

Norwegian to Madrid

Norwegian Air Shuttle will launch a new route from Oslo to Madrid on 29 March 2006. This service will operate 4 times per week.

October 24th, 2005

Jet2 want your help to expand at Edinburgh!

It has been confirmed that Jet2 are making Edinburgh their 6th UK base, as indicated in our story this morning.

It’s not often the public get a direct say in the expansion of an airline, but Jet2 are asking the public to come forward and nominate routes that they would like to see flown from Edinburgh. E-mail your suggestions to edinburgh@jet2.com.

This development could see Jet2 become the primary low-cost airline at Edinburgh. A number of other airlines already operate to the Scottish capital, however there still remains plenty of scope for a low-cost airline offering high frequency flights abroad.

Sterling sold to Icelandic investors

It has now been confirmed that Sterling has been sold to an Icelandic investment group, FL Group. They already own Icelandair, and a 13 per cent stake in easyJet.

Sterling – Scandinavia’s largest low-cost airline – is planning rapid expansion, and intends to launch routes to the USA.

Jet2 expanding at Edinburgh

Jet2 will launch a new route from Edinburgh to Murcia from 03 April 2006. Jet2 began flying their first route to Edinburgh, from Manchester, earlier this year.

Jet2 are expected to announce a number of new routes from Edinburgh shortly, perhaps indicating that it could become a new hub airport for the airline.

October 21st, 2005

Aberdeen – Newcastle connection with Air Wales

From 14 November 2005, Air Wales will launch a flight, operating 6 times per week, between Aberdeen and Newcastle. This will act as a replacement for the service that they will terminate shortly prior to the 14th, between Plymouth, Liverpool and Aberdeen.

Air Wales already offers connections from Newcastle to Cardiff and Plymouth.

October 18th, 2005

Expansion at Iceland Express

Iceland Express are due to begin flying to 5 new European destinations in mid-May 2006. This will more than double the number of routes currently operated from their Reykjavik base.

The new routes will be from Reykjavik to Stockholm (Arlanda), Gothenburg (Landvetter), Berlin (Schoenefeld), Alicante and Friedrichshafen.

Air Scotland in trouble?

It has been reported in the news during the last week that Air Scotland flights have been excessively delayed by their inability to pay fuel bills. This inability is allegedly not to do with a lack of finance, but rather confusion during a partial change of ownership.

It would seem that these extensive delays have been building up, and Air Scotland were required to charter in an additional aircraft to clear some of the delay backlog. Unfortunately the aircraft drafted in was unable to help passengers, as the pilot refused to fly until the bill for this temporary charter was settled in full. They were unable to do this, and the additional aircraft charter was cancelled.

This is raising concerns within the industry, and clearly a number of suppliers to Air Scotland are concerned about their ability to pay debts. At this time, it has been recommended that passengers reconfirm their flight times before travelling, in order to determine if their flight will be subject to delay.

FlyGlobespan to Amsterdam

Not content with competing with easyJet on routes between London (Stansted) and Glasgow, Edinburgh and Geneva, FlyGlobespan will launch a new route from Glasgow to Amsterdam.

FlyGlobespan will launch a daily service to Amsterdam from 10 February 2006. This will replace a long standing easyJet service on this route, which will cease operation at the end of this month.

flybe allows seat prebooking

It is now possible to book your seat in advance using the flybe web site. Unfortunately, there is also a surcharge for this, of £5 per seat reservation, or £15 for a seat with extra legroom.

This additional feature is available for bookings made at www.flybe.com.

October 13th, 2005

Blu-express – a new Italian low-cost airline

Further information became available today about the new low-cost subsidiary airline being started by the Italian airline, Blue Panorama.

They will launch Blu-express, based at Rome (Fiumicino), with flights beginning from 21 November 2005. They have initially made details available about 6 routes. Blu-express will initially fly to Bari and Milan (Malpensa) from November, and will launch the remaining 4 routes to Grenoble, Munich, Vienna and Nice from 15 December.

It had originally been anticipated that this airline would be called Blue Express (there still appears to be some confusion on their official web site), and it is suspected that they changed this name very recently.

Germanwings summer 2006 timetable

Later this evening, Germanwings will put their summer 2006 timetable on sale. This will include new routes from Cologne-Bonn to Alicante, Gdansk, Gothenburg (Saeve), Heraklion, Jerez and Antalya. It will also include new routes from Berlin (Schoenefeld) to Ibiza, Stuttgart to Antalya and Hamburg to Izmir.

Flights will go on sale (for new and existing destinations) this evening at 6pm CET at www.germanwings.com.

October 12th, 2005

easyJet announces base in Milan

easyJet will make Milan (Malpensa) their next European base. They will begin operating a twice-daily service to London (Gatwick) from 01 December 2005, and from the end of March 2006 they will launch daily services to Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Madrid, Malaga and Athens. This will bring the number of routes operated by easyJet from Malpensa to 7.

They plan to expand further at Malpensa in summer 2006. Flights on these new routes will be available to purchase from 15 October 2005.

easyJet announces Dortmund to Geneva

easyJet has announced that from 15 December 2005, they will flying 4 times per week between Geneva and Dortmund. This is in addition to the other recently announced easyJet winter routes to Geneva.

October 11th, 2005

2 new destinations for Norwegian

From 10 November, Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin flying 2 new routes, from Oslo to Riga and Gdansk.

These routes will be the first low-cost flights to Norway from these respective airports.

flybe adds routes from Manchester

flybe will begin flying up to 4 times per day from Manchester to Belfast (City) from 06 January 2006. They will also launch a flight from 16 February, operating twice per day, between Manchester and Exeter.

October 10th, 2005

Low-cost airlines to Malta?

Ryanair have been at the fore of a Maltese press campaign to begin low-cost flights to Malta. The approach used by Ryanair, of discussing the viability of flying to Malta via the media, has angered local government officials.

The line taken by Ryanair is that the costs associated with flying to and from Malta are prohibitively high. The aim of their negotiation with the government has been to reduce these airport costs. At present, Ryanair are still awaiting further reductions before they agree to fly to Malta.

In the meantime, it has been reported over the weekend by Maltese press that easyJet are very near to closing a deal to begin flights to Malta, and flights could begin by April 2006. It has been reported that a number of other budget airlines are in discussion with Maltese authorities, but they have not been named.

October 6th, 2005

easyJet announces new routes from Bristol

easyJet will launch 2 new routes from Bristol during the forthcoming winter season. On 01 December 2005 they will launch a service (operating 6 times per week) to Hamburg, and they will begin flying 3 times per week to Grenoble for the winter season.

October 4th, 2005

Helsinki is new base for Sterling

Sterling, the Scandinavian low-cost airline currently in the process of merging with Maersk, will make Helsinki a base from March 2006.

From the end of March, they are scheduled to begin flying 11 new routes from Helsinki to Rome (Ciampino), Prague, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Paris (Beauvais), Nice, Malaga, Faro, Crete, Budapest and Bologna.

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