Low-cost airline news - December2005 archives

December 27th, 2005

Virgin Express to fly to Palermo

From 01 April 2006, Virgin Express will launch a new route from Brussels (International) to Palermo. They will initially fly twice per week on this new route.

FlyGlobespan launches Greek destinations for summer

From the end of May 2006, FlyGlobespan will begin flying weekly to Athens and Heraklion from Glasgow (International). They will operate these flights for the summer season.

Blue Air to fly to Verona

From 11 February, Blue Air will launch a new route from Bucharest (Baneasa) and Timisoara to Verona (Brescia). They will fly 3 times per week on these routes.

December 24th, 2005

Germanwings to Moscow and Dubrovnik

Germanwings will launch 2 new routes at the end of March 2006, including a route from Cologne-Bonn to Dubrovnik and a route from Stuttgart to Moscow (Vnukovo).

WizzAir launch Corfu route

Wizz Air will launch a weekly route to Corfu from Budapest on 06 June 2006.

Ryanair to launch 16 new routes from Dublin

From April 2006, Ryanair will base 5 new aircraft at Dublin airport and will launch 16 new routes. They will also increase flight frequencies on 8 other routes from Dublin.

The new routes from Dublin will include Kaunas, Bratislava, Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Malmo, Gothenburg, Venice (Treviso), Milan (Orio al Serio), Salzburg, Oporto, Valencia, Marseille, Nantes, La Rochelle, Hamburg (Luebeck) and Karlsruhe-Baden.

Ryanair will also launch a flight between Dublin and Humberside, which will become the first low-cost route from Humberside airport.

Jet2 launch Blackpool to Alicante connection

On 03 April 2006, Jet2 will further expand their operation at Blackpool airport by adding a route to Alicante. They will fly twice weekly on this new route.

December 16th, 2005

flybe to charge for hold luggage

flybe will introduce charges for passengers wishing to put luggage in the aircraft hold from February 2006. Passengers will be charged £4 or £2 if booked in advance. As a consequence of these changes, flybe will also reduce the cost of every flight by £1.

They will increase the hand-luggage allowance to 10kg per person, and will increase the allowance for luggage in the hold to 25kg.

December 14th, 2005

Wizz Air to fly to Rhodes for summer

Wizz Air will launch a weekly summer service to Rhodes from Budapest on 17 June 2006.

Ryanair expands at Brussels Charleroi

Ryanair will add 5 routes from their Brussels (S. Charleroi) base from April 2006. They will begin flying to Faro, Nimes, Valencia, Salzburg and Malaga.

December 12th, 2005

Jet2 from Edinburgh to Pisa

Jet2 will start flying weekly from Edinburgh to Pisa from 22 May 2006 for the summer season.

Norwegian fly to Dusseldorf

From 27 March 2006, Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin flying daily between Oslo and Dusseldorf.

Increased competition at Cardiff

bmibaby have decided to stop operating flights in association with Air Wales on routes from Cardiff to Glasgow (International) and Belfast (International). Air Wales have responded by announcing the launch of their own route to Belfast (City).

In addition, Aer Arann have also announced the launch of 2 new routes to Cardiff, including one from Belfast (City) and one from Dublin (from 27 March 2006). This will mean that there will be 3 low-cost airlines competing on Cardiff to Dublin routes (Aer Arann, Air Wales and Ryanair), and also routes to Belfast (bmibaby, Aer Arann and Air Wales).

December 8th, 2005

Ryanair expands destinations

Ryanair will launch routes to 4 new destinations during early 2006. They will add Vitoria (Spain) and Parma (Italy) to the low-cost map of Europe, and will also start flying to Balaton (Hungary) and Lamezia-Terme (Italy). These 4 new destinations will initially be served from London (Stansted) and will be launched during February and March.

They will also launch a route from London (Luton) to Brest. Flights are already available to book on these new routes.

December 6th, 2005

Centralwings to expand UK and Ireland routes

Centralwings will launch 5 new routes to the UK and Republic of Ireland for the summer 2006 season. They will launch a route from Lodz to Dublin in direct competition with Ryanair, who recently announced that they would start flying this route from 04 April. They will also launch a route to Dublin from Gdansk.

In addition, they will launch routes to Edinburgh from Gdansk and Katowice, and to Leeds (Bradford) from Warsaw. At the same time, Centralwings will also launch a route from Krakow to Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi). All routes commence at the end of March 2006, and are available to book now.

Ryanair February 2006 expansion

Ryanair will add 6 new routes to their network from 22 February 2006, including Liverpool to Oporto and Seville, Glasgow (Prestwick) to Marseille and Reus, Paris (Beauvis) to Oporto and Frankfurt (Hahn) to Bari.

Flights are already available to book on these new routes.

December 5th, 2005

SkyEurope launch additional Bourgas route

The number of low-cost flights to Bourgas is increasing, as SkyEurope intend to launch a route there from their Bratislava base. They are due to begin flying there, twice per week, from 27 June 2006.

Jet2 launch Pisa route from Belfast

Jet2 will add to the number of hub airports flying to Pisa when they launch a route from Belfast (International) to Pisa on 26 May 2006. They will operate a weekly flight on this route.

Jet2 will also launch a new route from Leeds (Bradford) to Milan (Bergamo) on 07 April.

December 2nd, 2005

SmartWings to fly to Las Palmas

SmartWings will launch a new route from Prague to Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) on 14 January 2006.

Blue Air to fly to Barcelona and Cuneo

The Romanian low-cost airline, Blue Air, will relocate their route from Bucharest (Baneasa) to Reus to Barcelona airport on 26 January 2006.

They will also launch a new route from Bucharest (Baneasa) to Cuneo on 17 January.

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