Low-cost airline news - August2006 archives

August 31st, 2006

Ryanair intend to fly to Malta

After considerable delay, it looks like a deal is imminent between Ryanair and the Maltese Government regarding landing fees in Malta. This should see Ryanair fly to Malta from London (Luton), Pisa and Dublin, with flights possibly beginning as early as 31 October 2006. However, the final details are yet to be confirmed and flights are not yet on sale.

Milan to Marrakech with MyAir

Italian low-cost airline MyAir will begin flying to Marrakech from their base at Milan (Orio al Serio). They will fly twice per week from 07 December 2006.

August 30th, 2006

Ryanair announces in flight phone calls

Ryanair intends to make it possible to use your mobile phone while flying from mid-2007. They are working with OnAir to provide mobile phone access “at rates that will mirror international roaming charges”. The new facility will allow customers to use their mobile phone as normal during the flight.

August 29th, 2006

Two new Ryanair routes to Turin

Ryanair will launch two new routes to Turin from their bases at Brussels (Charleroi) and Dublin. Flights will commence from 19 December 2006.

August 27th, 2006

Edinburgh to Lanzarote with FlyGlobespan

From 02 November 2006, FlyGlobespan will fly weekly between Edinburgh and Arrecife. The remainder of their winter timetable is also gradually going on sale.

August 24th, 2006

Vueling to fly from Bilbao to Madrid

Spanish low-cost airline Vueling will fly daily between Bilbao and Madrid from 30 October 2006. Flights are already on sale at www.vueling.com.

easyJet will launch a base in Madrid

easyJet will launch several new routes from 17 February 2007 from a new base in Madrid, although they have not yet announced what the routes will be.

It is believed that easyJet will offer domestic as well as international flights from their new base.

August 17th, 2006

Air Berlin buys dba

Air Berlin, the 3rd largest low-cost airline in Europe, will buy competing German low-cost airline dba. Apparently the motivation behind this move is to increase their capacity at Munich and Dusseldorf. The purchase is said to cost in the region of “mid-double-digit million” Euros.

From 01 April 2007, the airlines will offer a combined flight schedule, but will continue to operate as separate companies.

August 16th, 2006

Blue Air to fly from Bacau to Italy

Romanian low-cost airline Blue Air will begin flying from the Romanian city of Bacau from 29 October 2006. They will launch flights to both Rome (Ciampino) and Cuneo.

August 12th, 2006

New easyJet routes from Milan

easyJet will launch two new routes from their Milan (Malpensa) base in the coming months. On 31 October 2006, they will begin flying daily between Milan (Malpensa) and Amsterdam, and from 15 December, they will fly daily between Milan (Malpensa) and Prague. Flights are on sale now.

August 10th, 2006

New flights to Santiago de Compostela with Vueling

Spanish low-cost airline Vueling will launch 2 new routes to Santiago de Compostela next month. From 14 September 2006 they will begin flying daily between Santiago de Compostela and Madrid, and from 18 September they will begin flying between Santiago de Compostela and Paris (Charles de Gaulle). Tickets can already be purchased at www.vueling.com.

August 9th, 2006

Major expansion at Dublin for Ryanair

Ryanair will launch 12 new routes from their Dublin base over the coming months, bringing the total number of routes their operate from Dublin to 63. The new routes include flights to Madrid, Vitoria and Seville (Spain), Oslo (Torp) (Norway), Tampere (Finland), Billund (Denmark), Rzeszow (Poland), Friedrichshafen (Germany), Grenoble (France), Bologna (Forli) (Italy) and Pula (Croatia).

Extra capacity on London Gatwick to Ibiza

Monarch Scheduled will join the group of airlines operating low-cost flights from London (Gatwick) to Ibiza next summer. They will begin flying 5 times per week from 24 May 2007. easyJet and Thomsonfly already fly this route.

Krakow is a new destination for Jet2

Jet2 will launch 2 new routes to Krakow from the end of October 2006. They will fly from both their Leeds Bradford and Newcastle bases to Krakow, which will become their first Polish destination.

August 8th, 2006

Prague to Grenoble with SkyEurope

Sky Europe will begin flying weekly between Prague and Grenoble this winter season. They are due to begin flying from 23 December 2006.

Vueling to connect Valencia and Barcelona

Spanish low-cost airline Vueling are due to begin flying daily between Valencia and Barcelona. Flights can already be booked at www.vueling.com for this new route, which is due to commence on 18 September 2006.

Jet2 to launch Edinburgh to Milan flights

From 06 April 2007 Jet2 are due to begin flying between Edinburgh and Milan (Orio al Serio). They will fly 4 times per week during the summer season.

August 6th, 2006

New Helvetic routes to Southern Italy

Swiss low-cost airline helvetic will launch 2 new routes to Italy from 12 September 2006. They will begin flying twice per week from their Zurich base to Reggio Calabria and Bari.

August 2nd, 2006

Reshuffle at Munich for Condor

Condor will launch 2 new routes from their base of low-cost operations, Munich, from November 2006. They will begin flying to Paris (Charles de Gaulle) and Madrid, but will discontinue flying a number of routes from Munich in the meantime.

Hapag-Lloyd Express expansion at Leipzig

From the end of October 2006, Hapag-Lloyd Express will launch new routes from Leipzig to Dusseldorf and Munich. They will also add 2 new routes from Leipzig to Salzburg and Klagenfurt from mid-December.

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

New Naples flights for AlpiEagles

Italian low-cost airline AlpiEagles will launch two new connections from Naples on 31 October 2006, including flights to Valencia and Prague.

Jet2 launches Milan route from Manchester

Jet2 will begin flying between their Manchester base and Milan (Orio al Serio) later this year. From 29 October 2006, they will fly 4 times per week. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow.

easyjet to connect Geneva and Hamburg

From 01 December 2006, easyJet will fly daily between Geneva and Hamburg (Fuhlsbuettel). Tickets can already be purchased on this new route.

August 1st, 2006

Bristol to Paris low-cost connection with easyJet

easyJet will begin flying daily from their Bristol base to Paris (Charles de Gaulle) from 30 October 2006. Tickets are already on sale for this new route.

Low-cost flights from Aalborg with Sterling

Scandinavian low-cost airline Sterling will begin flying from the Danish city of Aalborg from 18 September 2006. They will launch flights from Aalborg to Copenhagen, London (Gatwick) and Malaga. Tickets can be booked now at www.sterlingticket.com.

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