November 29th, 2005
Seats have just become available on a number of flybe routes for summer 2006. This signals the introduction of 9 routes to France for summer 2006, including flights to destinations which are new to the low-cost airline map of Europe – Avignon and Angers.
flybe will begin operating flights from Southampton to Angers and Avignon from the end of May 2006, flying 3 times per week. Their summer 2006 timetable also includes routes from Southampton to Perpignan and Brest. They will launch a direct route from Leeds (Bradford) to Bergerac and from Norwich to Bordeaux. flybe will also start-up summer routes from Birmingham to Perpignan and La Rochelle.
Tickets are available to book immediately at www.flybe.com.
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Flights, which will operate daily, are due to begin on 01 May 2006. They will face direct competiton from easyJet, who already operate on this route.
Flights can be booked now at www.airberlin.com.
November 16th, 2005
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November 13th, 2005
It has been reported that Ryanair will announce the ability for passengers to check-in online in early 2006. This means that there will be no need to queue at airport check-in desks, and will also offer passengers the opportunity to purchase ‘premium’ seats, with additional legroom, in advance.
It is thought that Ryanair may even offer passengers a discount for checking in online, due to the reduced overheads they will incur at the airport.
Only passengers who do not have any hold baggage will be able to use this facility, but it is believed that around 40% of Ryanair’s customers have only hand-luggage.
November 11th, 2005
What is surprising about this announcement is that 5 of these routes are already operated by rival Scandinavian budget airline, Sterling.
Potential passengers may be interested to read the note on their site:
Be aware that we change our schedules regularly in order to adapt to the needs of our clients and to meet the current demand for departures.
This could be taken as an indication that they do not intend to launch all 12 of these routes, and will instead take bookings and decide which routes to axe (if demand is insufficient), maybe before they have even started. This was certainly a strategy employed by other emerging European low-cost airlines – for example Wizz Air.
November 10th, 2005
FlyGlobespan have announced an additional 3 new routes for summer 2006. These include Edinburgh to Rome (Fiumicino) and Bournemouth, and from Glasgow to Ibiza. Flights to Bournemouth will operate daily, while the other routes will operate once per week.
November 8th, 2005
Nexus Airways, the new low-cost carrier established by 18 year old Daniel Reilly has run into difficulty – even before their first flight has taken off.
The airline was hoping to establish an operation using the Air Operator Certificate (the commercial transport license required to operate an airline) of another airline. According to Nexus, this undisclosed partner has subsequently ceased trading.
Nexus will instead purchase capacity from other airlines (who have not been announced) to fly passengers during peak periods, although neither flight numbers nor times are available at present. Any passenger who had intended to flying during a period not deemed to be ‘peak’ will need to rebook using another airline. Nexus claim they have no intention to contact potential passengers to inform them that their flight has been cancelled.
Passengers who wish to make a booking with Nexus for the future can apparently do so, however it is unclear how. Nexus have never accepted bookings online.
November 7th, 2005
November 3rd, 2005
Air Berlin have announced that from 16 December 2005 they will become the first German airline to offer domestic flights within the UK. They are due to make London (Stansted) a hub airport, adding routes to Manchester and Glasgow.
They will fly up to twice daily on these new routes. Stansted to Glasgow is a highly competitive route, with existing competition from easyJet and FlyGlobespan. FlyGlobespan have even introduced free breakfasts on their morning flights on this route, and their route between Edinburgh and Stansted, in an attempt to lure passengers away from their rivals.
Air Berlin will also become the first airline to use Stansted as a transfer hub. It will be possible to connect from Glasgow or Manchester to the destinations Air Berlin already serves from Stansted, and Air Berlin will ensure the safe transfer of your luggage from one flight to the next. This is exactly the sort of frill that was traditionally removed from the low-cost airline model.
The new flights are already available to book at www.airberlin.com.
November 2nd, 2005
In the next 2-3 months, Ryanair is expected to announce a partner company who will help them organise in-flight ‘gambling and gaming’. Ryanair hopes that the revenue received from additional activity such as this, compounded with their affiliated services such as car hire and hotel bookings, will allow them to fly passengers for free.
Ryanair is confident in their ability to generate significant revenue from this new venture. In September 2004 Ryanair was also confident that they would be able to make considerable revenue from in-flight entertainment by renting portable DVD players, however this proved unsuccessful and they never rolled the idea out.