Low-cost airline news - March2007 archives

March 31st, 2007

Monarch launches online check-in at Luton

Monarch Scheduled have launched online check-in at their London (Luton) base. This means that is now possible for customers to check-in online from all of their UK bases (Manchester, Birmingham and London (Gatwick) included).

New Greek flights for Transavia

Transavia will begin summer flights to Greece from their Amsterdam base. They will fly to Rhodos, Chania, Mytilene, Kos, Karpathos. They will also operate summer flights to Izmir, Bodrum and Malta. These new routes can be booked now at www.transavia.com.

March 29th, 2007

flyforbeans – a new low cost airline based in Cardiff?

flyforbeans is the name of a new low-cost airline that is expected to launch later in the year from Cardiff airport. The airline is a new operation run by an aviation consultancy, Skymerlin.

They are expected to launch flights before the end of the year from Cardiff to destinations in France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Eastern Europe. Flights are expected to go on sale in the autumn.

March 28th, 2007

Cagliari to Milan with Meridiana

Meridiana will begin weekly flights between Cagliari and Milan (Orio al Serio) from 13 June 2007. The flights, which will operate every Wednesday, are on sale now at www.meridiana.it.

MyAir to begin flights to Ibiza

MyAir will begin summer flights from their various hub airports to Ibiza this summer. From mid-July 2007, they will begin flying to Ibiza from Bucharest (Baneasa), Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi), Venice (Marco Polo), Bari and Milan (Orio al Serio).

Clickair to fly to Moscow

Spanish low-cost airline clickair will begin flights from their Barcelona base to Moscow (Domodedovo).They will fly daily on this route from 01 June 2007.

March 26th, 2007

Jet2 to fly to Avignon

Jet2 will begin flying from their Edinburgh base to Avignon. They will fly weekly from 23 June 2007.

March 25th, 2007

Virgin Express and SN Brussels merger

The merger announced last year between Virgin Express and SN Brussels will go ahead under the new name, Brussels Airlines. From today, previous routes operated by Virgin Express (primarily from Brussels (International)) will be operated by the new Brussels Airlines. As this airline no longer follows a specific low-cost model, their routes will cease to be included in the flycheapo database.

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

March 22nd, 2007

Transavia adds Mediterranean flights

From 28 April 2007 Transavia will begin three new routes to the Mediterranean. They will begin flying weekly from Rotterdam to Corfu, Amsterdam to Palermo and from Eindhoven to Heraklion. These new routes are on sale now at www.transavia.com.

New flights to Athens from Gothenburg

Sterling, the low-cost airline based in Scandinavia, will begin flights from their Gothenburg (Landvetter) hub to Athens. They will begin flying weekly from 21 May 2007. Flights can be purchased at www.sterlingticket.com.

Bourgas flights from Warsaw

centralwings will launch a summer service from their Warsaw base to Bourgas in Bulgaria. Weekly flights will begin on 16 June 2007, and can be booked now at www.centralwings.com.

Frankfurt to Perugia with Ryanair

Ryanair will begin flying from their Frankfurt (Hahn) base to Perugia in Italy. They will fly three times per week from 12 June 2007.

Five more routes for Vueling

Vueling continue to expand with the announcement that they will launch 5 more new routes during May and June 2007. These include flights from Alicante to Paris (Charles de Gaulle) and Amsterdam, Madrid to Mahon, Malaga to Amsterdam and Palma to Rome (Fiumicino). These new flights are on sale now at www.vueling.com.

Meridiana begins flights to Trapani

Meridiana, the low-cost airline based in Italy, will begin flights to Trapani from 01 April 2007. They will begin flying from both Palermo and Pantelleria. Flights can be booked now at www.meridiana.it.

Sterling to fly to Stockholm from Edinburgh

Scandinavian low-cost airline Sterling will begin direct flights between Edinburgh and Stockholm (Arlanda). They have previously operated flights via Copenhagen on this route, but will launch direct flights for the summer season from 28 May 2007. Tickets can be booked now at www.sterlingticket.com.

March 21st, 2007

More WindJet routes to Russia

Italian low-cost airline WindJet will launch new routes to Russia at the end of April. From 29 April 2007 they will begin flying from Verona (Villafranca) and Catania to both Moscow (Domodedovo) and St. Petersburg.

New Dortmund flights for Germanwings

Germanwings will begin flying from Dortmund from 21 June 2007. They will begin flights to Palma, Ibiza, Faro, Istanbul (Sabiha) and Vienna.

March 20th, 2007

SmartWings expansion for summer

SmartWings will expand their operation considerably for the upcoming summer season. They will add flights from the Czech Republic cities of Brno and Ostrava. They will become the first low-cost airline to operate flights to Ostrava, the largest Czech regional airport. From June 2007, they will begin flying from Ostrava to Thessaloniki and Girona. They will also fly from Brno to Girona.

Also during the summer season, they will expand the number of flights that they operate from their Prague base. From the beginning of June they will begin flying to Kavala, Kalamata, Rhodos, Ibiza and Faro.

Pantelleria flights with Blu Express

Blu-express, the low-cost airline based in Italy, will begin flights to Pantelleria. They will fly twice weekly to Pantelleria from their Rome (Fiumicino) base from 21 April 2007.

Three new routes for Air Berlin

Air Berlin will launch three new routes in May 2007. These include Stuttgart to Vienna, Munich to Athens and Berlin (Tegel) to Stockholm (Arlanda). They are on sale now at www.airberlin.com.

Three more routes from Paris for Vueling

Spanish low-cost airline Vueling continue to put on new routes at their first non-Spanish base. They have announced three new routes from Paris (Charles de Gaulle) including flights to Venice (Marco Polo) and Rome (Fiumicino) (from mid-May 2007), and also flights to Ibiza (from the end of June). These flights are available to book at www.vueling.com.

March 18th, 2007

AlpiEagles begin flights to Cluj

Italian low-cost airline AlpiEagles will begin flights from their Venice (Marco Polo) base to the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca. They will fly twice per week from 01 August 2007.

March 14th, 2007

Paris to Oporto link from Transavia

Transavia, the Dutch low-cost airline, will begin flying from Oporto to Paris (Orly). They will fly twice per day on this route from 12 May 2007. This announcement appears surprising, given that they do not currently fly to either airport. Flights can be booked already at www.transavia.com.

easyJet to launch flights between Luton and Zurich

easyJet will begin flying twice per day from their London (Luton) base to Zurich. The new flights will commence on 16 September 2007.

March 13th, 2007

AlpiEagles to fly to Kiev

Italian low-cost airline AlpiEagles will begin flights to Kiev this summer. They will operate a summer service from their Venice (Marco Polo) base beginning on 01 August 2007. This will make them the first low-cost airline to fly to the capital of Ukraine. Later this month they will also launch flights to the Moldovan capital Kishinev.

March 11th, 2007

Good bye Air Scotland

Air Scotland, the low-cost airline based in Scotland, ceased operating during February. Oddly for a low-cost airline, they appear to have disappeared without trace and there was no formal announcement that they would cease operations. We have been unable to find any information about what should happen to passengers who have booked tickets.

The airline, registered in Greece, was previously licensed by the Greek Civil Aviation Authority. It is believed that they have had their operating license suspended, and therefore, cannot continue flying.

March 10th, 2007

New Transavia flights from Amsterdam

Transavia will launch a number of new routes for summer over the next few months from their Amsterdam base. These will include flights to Seville, Corfu, Heraklion, Calvi and Catania. They can be booked now at www.transavia.com.

March 8th, 2007

Vueling announces flights from Paris base

Following the announcement last month that Spanish low-cost airline Vueling would begin flying from Paris (Charles de Gaulle), they have now put three new routes on sale. From 09 April 2007 they will begin flying from Paris (Charles de Gaulle) to Milan (Malpensa). They will also launch flights to Amsterdam (from 15 May) and Seville (29 June). These flights can be booked now at www.vueling.com.

Ryanair begin flights to Maribor

Ryanair will begin flying from their London (Stansted) base to Maribor, the 2nd largest city in Slovenia. They will fly three times per week from 05 June 2007. They will become the first low-cost airline to fly to Maribor and this announcement will end months of speculation about whether Ryanair would fly to Maribor.

They will also begin twice weekly flights from Stockholm (Skavsta) to Rimini at the same time.

New routes from flybe on sale

Following their recent acquisition of BA Connect, flybe have put 11 new routes on sale from their UK hubs. These include flights from Manchester to Bergerac, Limoges and La Rochelle, from Southampton to Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Isle of Man and Frankfurt (International), from London (Gatwick) to Bergerac, from Cardiff to Paris (Charles de Gaulle), from Edinburgh to Rennes and from Guernsey to Norwich and Manchester.

All of these flights can be booked now at www.flybe.com.

March 7th, 2007

Stockholm to Paris flights with Norwegian

Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin flying from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Paris (Orly) on 04 May 2007 and will fly four times per week on this route. Tickets can be purchased now at www.norwegian.no.

flybe complete acquisition of BA Connect

flybe yesterday completed their acquisition of British Airways subsidiary BA Connect. This will see flybe operate 20 existing BA Connect routes, and add an additional 11 new routes. At the same time, they will also scrap a number of BA Connect routes that are deemed insufficiently profitable. These changes will take place this Spring.

More information on the merger can be found at www.flybe.com.

March 6th, 2007

Clickair adds Dubrovnik flights from Barcelona

clickair add to their growing list of flights operated from Barcelona with the announcement of a new route to Dubrovnik. Flights will begin on 01 June 2007.

New easyJet route from London to Krakow

easyJet will begin flights from their London (Gatwick) base to Krakow. They will begin flying daily on this route from 05 October 2007.

March 4th, 2007

Norwegian to fly to Birmingham

Norwegian Air Shuttle have announced that they will begin flying from their Warsaw base to Birmingham. They will fly three times per week from 17 April 2007.

They will also launch flights from Stavanger to Berlin (Schoenefeld) at the beginning May. Tickets for both of these flights are already on sale at www.norwegian.no.

More new flights from Barcelona for Clickair

clickair will begin yet more new flights from their Barcelona base in the coming months. From 01 April 2007, they will launch flights to Casablanca and Marrakech in Morocco. From the beginning of May they will also launch flights to Palermo and Marseille.

Centralwings flights to Malaga

centralwings will begin new flights from their Warsaw base to Malaga. They will fly weekly on this route from 30 April 2007. Flights can be booked at www.centralwings.com.

FlyMe filed for bankruptcy

FlyMe, the Swedish low-cost airline, announced on Friday 02 March 2007 that they would file for bankruptcy. FlyMe aircraft are grounded and the airline has suspended both ticket sales and flights.

As expected, this has left passengers stranded across Europe. Scandinavian low-cost airline Sterling has offered to rescue stranded passengers for free, and to offer discounted replacement tickets to those who have not yet commenced flying. More information is available at www.sterlingticket.com.

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