Low-cost airline news - May2006 archives

May 31st, 2006

Prague connection for Blackpool

Jet2 will continue their expansion at Blackpool with a route to Prague. They will begin flying on this new route from 29 October 2006, and they will fly 4 times per week.

May 26th, 2006

SmartWings schedule from Budapest confirmed

As previously announced, SmartWings will begin flying from Budapest as of the winter 2006/07 season. It has now been confirmed that they will begin flying these routes from 29 October 2006. They will launch routes to their Prague base, and also to Rome (Fiumicino), Milan (Orio al Serio) and Paris (Charles de Gaulle). In addition to the previously announced routes, they will also begin flying to Madrid.

Ryanair will increase capacity to Morocco

Ryanair has signed an agreement with the Moroccan government to increase capacity to Morocco.

Ryanair, who will begin flying to Morocco in October this year, intend to launch 20 routes to Morocco over the next 5 years.

May 24th, 2006

FlyGlobespan winter 2006 flights

FlyGlobespan continue to put their winter 2006/2007 schedule on sale. New routes include Liverpool to Prague and Glasgow (International) to Fuerteventura.

They have also expressed their intention to operate from Aberdeen next summer.

May 23rd, 2006

Centavia – the new Serbian low-cost airline?

A new low-cost airline is due to launch from the Serbian capital, Belgrade. Centavia expect to begin flying with 2 aircraft during the summer 2006 season. They will initially operate some summer routes to Turkey, Greece, Egypt and Spain.

They expect to launch regular routes from their Belgrade base to Basel, Cologne-Bonn, Bratislava, Budapest, Hamburg (Fuhlsbuettel) and Milan (Orio al Serio) from autumn 2006.

Gothenburg to Budapest with Wizz Air

From September 2006, Wizz Air will begin flying between their base at Budapest and Gothenburg (Saeve).

MyAir to operate last-minute summer routes

MyAir are late to announce some new routes that they will fly this summer. The routes, some of which begin as early as next week, include: Milan (Orio al Serio) to Heraklion, Rhodos and Santorini, from Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi) to Ibiza, from Venice (Marco Polo) to Heraklion and Rhodos and finally Milan (Malpensa) to Heraklion.

Belgrade back on the European low-cost map

Belgrade will return to the low-cost map of Europe, as German budget airline Germanwings will begin flying there from 02 September 2006. They will fly from their Cologne-Bonn base.

MyAir to fly to Istanbul from Milan

Italian low-cost airline, MyAir, will begin flying between Milan (Orio al Serio) and Istanbul (Sabiha) from 07 July 2006. They will initially fly twice per week on this new route.

Centralwings to fly to Thessaloniki for summer

centralwings will fly weekly from Krakow to Thessaloniki from 12 June 2006. This will be a summer only route.

Flights can be booked now at www.centralwings.com.

Fly from Blackpool to Malaga with Jet2

Jet2 will increase their presence at Blackpool by adding a route from Blackpool to Malaga. They will begin flying 5 times per week on this route from March 2007.

May 13th, 2006

Fly between Warsaw and Wroclaw with Centralwings

centralwings will begin flying between the Polish cities of Warsaw and Wroclaw from 26 May 2006. They will fly 3 times per week.

May 10th, 2006

Germanwings winter 06/07 flights

Tomorrow, Germanwings will release tickets for part of their winter 2006/07 season flights. These will include new routes to Pristina from Stuttgart and Hamburg (Fuhlsbuettel), along with a large number of existing destinations.

Flights will be available to book at www.germanwings.com from 6pm CET.

FlyGlobespan winter route to Tenerife from Edinburgh

FlyGlobespan have put more of their winter 06/07 timetable on sale, including a route from Edinburgh to Tenerife. Flights are available from November 2006.

Ryanair launch Marseille base

From 06 November 2006, Ryanair will launch a major operation at Marseille and will make it a hub airport in their network. In addition to flights to Dublin and Glasgow (Prestwick), they will operate new routes to London (Stansted), Oporto, Brussels (Charleroi), Aer Lingus, Karlsruhe-Baden, Oslo (Torp), Rome (Ciampino) and Frankfurt (Hahn).

Following their recent announcement to fly to Marrakech, they will also add 3 routes from Marseille to Morocco, including Marrakech, Fez and Oujda. These flights will be of concern to Moroccan low-cost airline Atlas Blue, who already fly from Marrakech to Marseille, and were previously the only low-cost airline to fly to Oujda.

Ryanair will fly from Dublin to Berlin

From 01 June 2006, Ryanair will begin flying daily between their base at Dublin and Berlin (Schoenefeld). This will bring the number of routes they fly from Dublin to 52.

Wizz Air to fly to Doncaster

Central European low-cost airline, Wizz Air will begin flying from their Katowice base to Doncaster. The route, which begins on 19 September 2006, will be the first low-cost connection from Doncaster to Poland.

May 8th, 2006

MyAir to fly from Venice to Cagliari

Italian low-cost airline, MyAir, are due to begin flying between Cagliari and Venice (Marco Polo) from 21 July 2006. They intend to fly 3 times per week, and flights are on sale now.

FlyGlobespan from Liverpool to Tenerife

While fellow Scottish low-cost airline Air Scotland have recently established a large presence at Manchester, FlyGlobespan have announced that they will fly from Liverpool to Tenerife this winter.

FlyGlobespan will fly daily, from 03 November, between Liverpool and Tenerife. They have also started selling tickets for a number of their existing routes for the winter 06/07 season.

May 5th, 2006

Vueling to fly to Granada

Vueling will begin flying from their Barcelona base to Granada from 29 June 2006. They will fly daily on this route. Tickets can already be purchased at www.vueling.com.

AlpiEagles add 2 summer routes

Italian low-cost airline AlpiEagles will launch 2 routes on 03 June 2006 for the summer season. They will fly from Cagliari to Palermo, and from Bari to Olbia.

Air Berlin delays flotation

Shares in Air Berlin, the German low-cost airline, were due to begin trading today, but Air Berlin have decided to extend the period for initial public offering. This news comes amid fears from investors about the long-term viability of an airline in such a cut-throat industry.

Shares will now be available to purchase until 10 May, and they will begin trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange from 11 May.

May 3rd, 2006

Blu-express to fly to Libya

North Africa could become big business for European low-cost airlines. Following the recent trend for European low-cost airlines to launch routes to Morocco, Italian budget airline Blu-express will begin flying to Libya.

They are due to begin flying twice per week from their Rome (Fiumicino) base to Tripoli – the capital of Libya. They will fly twice per week on this new route.

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