Low-cost airline news - June2006 archives

June 29th, 2006

Centralwings winter schedule on sale including new routes

centralwings, the low-cost airline owned by Polish state airline LOT, have put their winter 2006/07 schedule on sale. This includes many new routes, such as flights from their Warsaw base to London (Stansted), Lille and Grenoble. They heavily upgrade the routes from their Wroclaw base, including flights to London (Gatwick), Cologne-Bonn, Cork and Rome (Ciampino). They will also launch routes between Krakow and Cork, Gdansk and Shannon.

With many of these new routes being to Irish airports, one wonders whether centralwings is attempting to challenge Ryanair.

All of these flights, and other winter flights are now on sale at www.centralwings.com.

Germanwings to launch Hamburg to Moscow connection

From 31 October 2006, Germanwings will begin flying between Hamburg (Fuhlsbuettel) and Moscow (Vnukovo). This will be their 4th route to Moscow (Vnukovo).

SkyEurope to fly between Paris and Salzburg

From 15 September 2006, Sky Europe will begin flying 3 times per week between Paris (Orly) and Salzburg.

Jet2 flights to Geneva and Salzburg

Jet2 will launch some winter flights on 11 December 2006. These will include routes from their Leeds Bradford base to Geneva and Salzburg, and also from Manchester to Geneva.

Tenerife connections from Aberdeen and Durham with FlyGlobespan

FlyGlobespan will begin weekly scheduled flights from Aberdeen and Durham Tees Valley to Tenerife from mid-November 2006.

These are the first routes for FlyGlobespan from Aberdeen or Durham Tees Valley.

June 27th, 2006

flybe announce more winter flights

flybe have announced a further 8 new routes in their winter timetable, which will begin flying from mid-December 2006.

The new routes include Berne from Southampton and Birmingham, Chambery from Norwich and Birmingham, Salzburg from Southampton and Birmingham and also Geneva from both Southampton and Birmingham.

Flights are already on sale on these roues at www.flybe.com.

Wizz Air expands into Romania

Central European low-cost airline Wizz Air will continue to expand in January 2007, when they will launch an extensive network of flights to Romania.

From 16 January, they will launch 5 new routes from Bucharest (Baneasa) to London (Luton), Budapest, Barcelona, Dortmund and Rome (Ciampino). They will add 2 new routes from Tirgu Mures to Barcelona and Rome (Ciampino), and they will also begin flying between Arad and Milan (Orio al Serio).

June 26th, 2006

Monarch Scheduled puts summer 2007 flights on sale

While many low-cost airlines are yet to reveal their winter 2006 timetable, Monarch Scheduled have put flights on sale for summer 2007 already.

These include new routes from Manchester to Jerez and from Birmingham to Ibiza.

June 23rd, 2006

Polish expansion for Norwegian

Norwegian Air Shuttle will expand their operation in Poland by launching 7 new routes from 15 September 2006. They will begin flying from Warsaw to Dublin, Stockholm (Arlanda), Rome (Ciampino), Milan (Malpensa) and Athens. They will also begin flying to Stockholm (Arlanda) from Krakow and Wroclaw.

Flights on these new routes can be booked at www.norwegian.no.

Transavia will fly from Eindhoven

From November 2006, Transavia will begin flying from Eindhoven, becoming the 3rd Dutch airport they will operate from (their main bases being Amsterdam and Rotterdam).

Flight times are not yet confirmed, however Transavia announced that they will fly from Eindhoven to Malaga, Alicante and Faro.

Air Scotland to rebrand as topjetair

Air Scotland – the low-cost airline which was intended to be the Scottish flag carrier is to be renamed.

It has been speculated that one of the reasons for the name change is to help offset the reputation that the airline has recently obtained for heavily delayed and cancelled flights.

Last year, Air Scotland was acquired by Spanish hotel chain H-Top Hotels, and has since begun flying from English airports, as well as Scottish ones. The parent company says that the new name – topjetair – will give the airline a “more international flair”.

June 22nd, 2006

Grenoble flights with Thomsonfly

Thomsonfly will launch 2 winter routes to Grenoble from Coventry and Bournemouth on 23 December 2006.

They can be booked at www.thomsonfly.com.

flybe winter routes on sale

flybe have put a number of new routes on sale for the forthcoming winter season. These include, from 29 October 2006, flights to Aberdeen from Leeds Bradford and Exeter, to Amsterdam from Exeter and Norwich, from Birmingham to Hanover, and from Belfast (City) to Doncaster and Galway.

From 16 December, they will launch skiing routes to Geneva from Exeter and Norwich, and from Exeter to both Salzburg and Chambery.

Their schedule also shows some flights beginning 08 March 2007 from Birmingham to Aberdeen and Galway.

Tickets can be booked at www.flybe.com.

June 20th, 2006

Air Berlin make Zurich a new hub

Air Berlin, recently voted “best low-cost airline in the world” in a survey by Skytrax, will launch 5 new routes from Zurich on 04 November 2006. The new routes to Spain and Madeira include Arrecife, Fuerteventura, Las Palmas, Tenerife and Funchal.

Air Berlin will become the 2nd largest operator of routes at Zurich. These new routes can already be booked at www.airberlin.com.

Stansted to Chambery connection with FlyGlobespan

Following their announcement last week that they will launch a route from Edinburgh to Chambery, Scottish low-cost airline FlyGlobespan will also launch a route from London (Stansted) to Chambery. They will fly daily from 23 December 2006.

June 19th, 2006

flybe to connect Southampton and Amsterdam

flybe will launch a new route from their Southampton base to Amsterdam. They will fly up to twice per day on this new route, which will begin on 11 September 2006.

Flights are already available to book at www.flybe.com.

June 15th, 2006

Chambery new destination for FlyGlobespan

From 23 December 2006, FlyGlobespan – the low-cost airline based in Scotland – will begin flying from Edinburgh to Chambery in France. They will fly 5 times per week until mid-April.

June 14th, 2006

Autumn London – Akureyi service with Iceland Express

Iceland Express will operate flights between London (Stansted) and Akureyri – the second city in Iceland – during autumn. They will begin flying twice per week from 28 September 2006, and will operate for just 1 month.

Eindhoven a new destination for Wizz Air

Central European low-cost airline Wizz Air will begin flying to Aer Lingus from 19 September. They will initially fly 3 times per week from their Budapest base.

June 13th, 2006

bmibaby winter 2006/07 timetable

bmibaby will begin selling tickets from their winter 2006/07 timetable in stages from Thursday this week.

They will add winter flights to Geneva from their bases at Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and East Midlands.

Air Turquoise move from Reims to Vatry

French low-cost airline Air Turquoise will move from their Reims base to Vatry from 28 June 2006. They will move all their flights to Vatry, including flights to London (Luton), Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nice and Marseille.

They will operate a free shuttle bus service between Reims city centre and Vatry airport.

dba to fly between Stuttgart and Moscow

German low-cost airline dba will begin flying directly between Stuttgart and Moscow (Domodedovo) next week. This will see them compete with Germanwings who already fly between Stuttgart and Moscow (Vnukovo).

Flights on the dba routes can be booked now at www.flydba.com.

June 12th, 2006

flybe to begin flying to Germany

At the end of October 2006, flybe will begin flying to Germany from their Southampton base. They will begin flying twice daily to Dusseldorf and daily to Hanover.

The implication is that flybe intend to launch further German routes. The new routes from Southampton can be booked at www.flybe.com.

June 8th, 2006

easyJet targets BA with Gatwick expansion

easyJet will increase capacity at their London (Gatwick) base by 10% this winter. This will be reflected in additional flights on existing routes to Madrid, Cologne-Bonn, Milan, Amsterdam, Berlin (Schoenefeld) and Athens.

They will also add a new route between London (Gatwick) and Glasgow (International), which will operate 3 times every day.

With this expansion, easyJet aim to attract business passengers currently flying with BA. easyJet is now taking the time to publicise a change in policy which allows passengers to transfer to earlier flights free of charge, if there is space on an earlier flight. easyJet also continues to be attractive due to an unlimited weight allowance on hand luggage.

June 7th, 2006

Vueling expansion later this month

Spanish low-cost airline Vueling will add 4 new routes from 29 June 2006. These new routes will include Madrid to Malaga, Palma and Ibiza, and a route from Ibiza to Milan (Malpensa).

Tickets are have just become available, and can be booked at www.vueling.com

June 5th, 2006

New Manchester to Tenerife link from Jet2

Jet2 will operate a route from their base at Manchester to Tenerife this winter. They will begin flying 3 times per week from 31 October 2006.

June 4th, 2006

Hapag-Lloyd Express begin flying to Morocco

Hapag-Lloyd Express will begin flying from their Cologne-Bonn base to Nador in Morocco from 24 June 2006. They will fly twice weekly on this route, and tickets can be booked at www.hlx.com.

June 2nd, 2006

Wizz Air continue to grow in Scandinavia

Wizz Air will launch a new route from Katowice to Oslo (Torp) on 19 September 2006. They will fly 3 times per week on this route – which will become their 4th Scandinavian destination.

This should not be confused with a one-off route they are operating to Oslo (International) in mid-June.

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