March 31st, 2007
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).
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 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
Air Berlin have put a number of new routes on sale for the coming months. These include:
- Munich to Dresden, Cologne-Bonn, Bremen, Muenster and Paris (Orly)
- Dusseldorf to Dresden, Nuremberg and Berlin (Tegel)
- Berlin (Tegel) to Cologne-Bonn, Karlsruhe-Baden, Nuremberg, Frankfurt (International) and Stuttgart
- Hamburg (Fuhlsbuettel) to Nuremberg and Leipzig to Lamezia-Terme.
All of these flights can be booked now at www.airberlin.com.
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).
March 26th, 2007
March 25th, 2007
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
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.
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.
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, 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.
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
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.
March 20th, 2007
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.
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
March 14th, 2007
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.
March 13th, 2007
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
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
flybe have now put the routes on sale that they will take over from BA Connect. They will begin operating all of these flights from 25 March 2007. These include flights from Birmingham to Milan (Malpensa), Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Dusseldorf, Stuttgart and Frankfurt (International), from Manchester to Edinburgh, Isle of Man, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Milan (Malpensa), Dusseldorf, Frankfurt (International), Stuttgart, Brussels (International) and Hanover, and also from London (Gatwick) to Inverness and Isle of Man.
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
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 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.
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
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
March 4th, 2007
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.
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.