March 31st, 2006
Air Scotland will scale back the flights they operate from Scotland this summer, in favour of flying from English airports instead. From 07 June 2006, they will begin flying weekly from Birmingham and Newcastle to Girona. This follows their recent announcement that Manchester would become an Air Scotland base.
It was announced today that Virgin Express and SN Brussels will merge, and become operational as a single unit by April 2007. They intend to rebrand, although a name has yet to be revealed. The merger is apparently a response to there being insufficient room for competition in the Belgian market.
While early speculation has suggested that the new airline will continue to offer low-cost services, such as those provided by Virgin Express, this is not entirely clear yet. It has been stated that the new airline will sit in the “modified traditional” segment of the market, which apparently includes airlines such as SAS and Aer Lingus.
Flights are already available to book at www.vueling.com.
March 30th, 2006
March 29th, 2006
From June 2006, Italian low-cost airline AlpiEagles will begin flying between Verona (Villafranca) and Cagliari, and between Rome (Fiumicino) and Olbia. These routes are in addition to the currently timetabled flights to Sardinia during the summer season.
March 28th, 2006
In addition to their new route between Doncaster and Pisa announced earlier today, Ryanair will also launch a new route between Doncaster and Girona. They will fly 3-times per week on this new route, from 31 October 2006.
Ryanair will launch 6 routes from their Pisa base from 14 September 2006. They will begin flying daily to Valencia and Trapani, 4 times per week to Doncaster and Karlsruhe-Baden and 3 times per week to Friedrichshafen and Oslo (Torp).
Blue Air had decided to drop their route from Bucharest (Baneasa) to Paris (Beauvais) from the end of March 2006. By popular demand, they have decided to reinstate it from 09 May 2006. They will fly twice per week.
March 27th, 2006
March 26th, 2006
Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline, will introduce flat fares from 03 April 2006.
Their new betterFly tickets will cost €99 return (fully inclusive) and will be available on all routes from Germany to EU destinations, and flights to Turkey, Norway and Switzerland. They decided to roll out this scheme to 181 routes after a successful trial at Hamburg.
The catch is of course that tickets are limited, and will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.
March 24th, 2006
Flights will shortly be on sale at www.flybe.com.
March 23rd, 2006
Air Wales, the Welsh low-cost airline, has announced that they will stop flying regular passenger services from 23 April 2006. This will see the end of their low-cost operation, and they will instead focus on charter and freight flights.
Some of their routes will be taken over by other carriers, including Air Southwest. They claim that anybody booked after that date can apply for a full refund.
March 21st, 2006
March 17th, 2006
Air France operate on this route to Corsica under a “Public Service Obligation”, and as such, the French CAA would not allow a second airline to operate on this route.
March 16th, 2006
More news arrives of Air Berlin entering the British market as they announce that they will begin flying between Belfast (City) and London (Stansted). Air Berlin will fly twice daily on this new route, which indicates a desire for further growth outside Germany.
Flights are already available to book on this new route at www.airberlin.com.
March 15th, 2006
Flights are already available to book on these new routes.
It is now possible to check-in online when flying with Vueling. This allows passengers to check-in from 2 days prior to departure, up to 4 hours before departure. Customers will print their boarding cards and can go straight to the boarding gate.
For more information, see www.vueling.com.
March 13th, 2006
WindJet are due to expand from their Bologna (Forli) base at the end of March 2006. They will launch routes to Bucharest (Otopeni) and Moscow (Domodedovo). They will also launch routes from Palermo to Barcelona and Madrid and from Catania to Madrid.
March 11th, 2006
Flights can be booked at www.airberlin.com.
March 9th, 2006
Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin flying from their Oslo (International) base to St. Petersburg from the beginning of May 2006. This follows the announcement last week that Germanwings would begin flying to St. Petersburg.
March 8th, 2006
March 7th, 2006
They will fly from London (Gatwick) to Split, their second destination in Croatia – announced just a week after the first. From London (Luton) they will begin flying to Bordeaux and Rimini. easyJet are also planning a major expansion at Edinburgh – their first new route will be a weekly service to Alicante.
This will bring the total number of routes they fly from Bristol to 30.
March 5th, 2006
easyJet are to trial the opportunity for priority boarding by paying a £5 fee from the end of this month. The trial, which will involve flights between London (Luton) and Edinburgh, is aimed at business customers.
March 4th, 2006
March 2nd, 2006
Flights are on sale now at www.germanwings.com.
March 1st, 2006
Condor currently fly from Munich to Barcelona, and in April and May will launch flights to Brussels (International), Prague, Marseille, Genoa, Naples, Pisa, Turin, Venice (Marco Polo), and Istanbul (Sabiha). These are priced as single tickets.
Following our expansion to include Morocco in flycheapo, we have added Atlas Blue – a low-cost airline operating in Morocco.
They fly a number of interesting routes between Marrakech and Milan (Malpensa), Brussels (International), Bordeaux, Lyon, Geneva, London (Gatwick), Amsterdam, Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Toulouse. From the end of March they will begin flying between Brussels (International) and the Moroccan airports of Tangier, Oujda, Nador. They also currently fly between Agadir and Milan (Malpensa).
easyJet are set to shake up mainstream low-cost flying in Europe by expanding outside the EU, and even outside Europe.
Flights to Istanbul (Sabiha) will begin on 24 May 2006 from Basel and London (Luton) on 29 June. easyJet will begin flying between London (Gatwick) and Marrakech on 06 July. They will also launch a route between London (Luton) and Rijeka in Croatia on 30 June.
This move has prompted changes here at flycheapo. As a European guide, we did not previously cover Morocco. Given the clear intention to expand to neighbouring countries, we have decided to relax our definition of Europe (which already included Turkey), to include the North African country of Morocco.
We will take this opportunity to include additional airlines and routes, and will be upgrading shortly. This will include Moroccan low-cost airline, Atlas Blue, who already operate on the route easyJet are launching.