September 28th, 2006
Wizz Air, the Central European low-cost airline, will begin flying to Belfast (International) from Poland. From 29 May 2007 they will fly between Belfast (International) and their bases at Warsaw and Katowice.
Ryanair will add 17 new routes from their Girona base in February and March 2007. These new routes include flights to the Canary Islands and North Africa, with flights to Tenerife (North), Fuerteventura and Marrakech. They will also add flights to other European cities, including Bristol, Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley in the UK, Oporto and Faro in Portugal, Trapani, Bologna (Forli), Pescara and Verona (Brescia) in Italy, Gothenburg (Saeve) and Malmo in Sweden, Aarhus (Denmark), Oslo (Torp) (Norway) and Altenburg (Germany). Flights are on sale now.
September 26th, 2006
It has been known for some time that easyJet would be increasing the number of flights that they operate from Madrid. From mid-February 2007 they will launch six new routes from Madrid including domestic flights to Oviedo and La Coruna, and international flights to Lyon, Rome (Ciampino), Toulouse and Casablanca in Morocco. This will be the first route that easyJet will fly to Casablanca, and will in fact become the first low-cost route to Casablanca.
September 25th, 2006
It has been reported that Vueling, the Spanish low-cost airline, is planning a public flotation with an approximate value of €350 million. This comes at a time when the Spanish low-cost market is growing considerably. Amongst other things, around a third of all passengers arriving in Spain now do so using a low-cost airline, the Spanish flag carrier (Iberia) has a significant investment in a new Spanish low-cost airline, clickair, and easyJet intend to launch a new base in Madrid.
Jet2 will increase their presence at Newcastle airport, increasing the number of routes that they operate from their airport to 13. They will begin flying from late March 2007 to Malaga and Palma, and from late May to Valencia and Almeria.
September 24th, 2006
September 22nd, 2006
flybe will begin flying between Galway and Southampton from 16 December 2006. For most of the winter season they will fly 4 times per week on this new route. Flights can be booked now at www.flybe.com.
Ryanair continue their seemingly eternal route expansion with 5 new routes. In December 2006 they will launch a new route between Glasgow (Prestwick) and Derry. Over the coming months they will also add new routes from Dublin (as previously announced) to Fuerteventura, Tenerife (North), Alghero and Trapani.
September 20th, 2006
Jet2 will launch six new routes from their Manchester base next summer. The routes, some of which will begin from the end of March 2007 (the others starting later), include Manchester to Venice (Marco Polo), Warsaw, Toulouse, Barcelona, Berlin (Schoenefeld) and Paris (Charles de Gaulle).
September 19th, 2006
Ryanair will make Bremen their 17th European base airport. They will base two aircraft there from April 2007, and will launch nine new routes. The new routes will include flights to London (Stansted), Girona, Murcia, Tampere, Riga, Verona (Villafranca), Venice (Treviso), Pisa and Oslo (Torp).
September 17th, 2006
September 16th, 2006
flybe will begin flying to Inverness later this year. They will fly four times per week between their Belfast (City) base and Inverness from 16 December 2006. Flights are on sale now at www.flybe.com.
Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin low-cost flights to the port of Kristiansand in southern Norway for the first time. They will begin flying between Kristiansand and London (Stansted) from 02 November 2006. Flights can be booked at www.norwegian.no.
Ryanair will introduce 7 new routes to their network over the coming months. From the end of October 2006 they will begin flying from London (Luton) and Pisa to Malta, and from Pisa to Billund and Seville. From early November they will fly from Frankfurt (Hahn) to Billund, in December they will begin flights from London (Stansted) to Perugia and in February 2007 they will launch flights between Dublin and Malta. All of these flights are now on sale.
clickair, the new Spanish low-cost airline partially owned by Iberia – the national carrier of Spain, have put their first flights on sale. The flights, commencing 01 October 2006, include routes from Barcelona (their primary base) to Seville, Geneva, Zurich, and Lisbon. They will also fly from Seville to Paris (Orly). In November, they will launch flights from Valencia to Paris (Orly) and Rome (Fiumicino).
September 5th, 2006
Ryanair will launch three new routes from Dublin next year. This will include a new service to Malta, as well as new routes to Stockholm and the Canary Islands. The announcement is significant because the new route to the Canaries will have a longer flying time than any of their existing routes. This indicates a willingness to fly longer distances, and suggests that almost any route in Europe may be considered acceptable for low-cost flying. This contradicts previous wisdom that shorter flights were the only routes considered sufficiently profitable.
Earlier this week, the Maltese government finally gave the go-ahead for Ryanair and easyJet to begin flying to Malta. This provides these airlines with considerable subsidies towards the operation of flights to the region.
Ryanair is expected to launch services from their Dublin base from February 2007, and also from London (Luton) and Pisa, possibly as early as October this year. easyJet have not yet confirmed whether they will begin flying to Malta, but their proposed routes are from London (Luton) and Basel.
September 4th, 2006
German low-cost airline Hapag-Lloyd Express is to be merged with charter operator Hapagfly. Both airlines are owned by TUI, who wish to merge them in order to obtain efficiency gains. Further details are expected to be announced later in the year.
The Swedish low-cost airline FlyMe is in the process is acquiring a 51% holding in UK charter airline Astraeus. The completion of this acquisition will see FlyMe triple their fleet of aircraft. They also recently purchased a 33% share in Lithuanian Airlines (FlyLAL).
Germanwings have put a number of new routes on sale for the summer 2007 season. These include flights from their Cologne-Bonn base to Rhodos, Malta, Corfu, Lamezia-Terme and Mykonos. They will launch new routes from their Stuttgart hub to Athens, Ankara (Esenboga), Lamezia-Terme, Malta and Ibiza, and also from Hamburg (Fuhlsbuettel) to Corfu and from Berlin (Schoenefeld) to Mykonos.