Low-cost airline news - January2008 archives

January 30th, 2008

Alicante becomes SkyEurope destination

Sky Europe have put two new routes on sale to Alicante. These include flights from their Vienna and Prague bases, which will begin from May 2008. These can be booked now at www.skyeurope.com.

Additional Transavia routes for summer

Transavia will launch two new French routes from 12 April 2008 from their Amsterdam base to Bergerac and Montpellier. From the end of March they will also launch flights from their Rotterdam base to Paris (Orly). Visit www.transavia.com for booking information.

3 new flybe routes from Newcastle

flybe will add three new routes from Newcastle in the coming months. These include flights to London (Gatwick) and Aberdeen (both from 30 March 2008), and weekly flights to Rennes in France (from 24 May). The Gatwick flights will replace a route that is discontinued by Jet2 as of the end of March.

These three new routes may be booked now at www.flybe.com.

Additional Clickair routes from Seville

clickair will launch two new routes from their Seville base to the Canary Islands. From 30 March 2008 they will begin flying from Seville to Tenerife (North) and Las Palmas. At the same time, they will also add flights from Barcelona to Milan (Malpensa).

New Canary Island routes for Vueling

Vueling, the Spanish low-cost airline, will begin flights to the Canary Islands this summer. From mid-March 2008 they will fly from Madrid to Tenerife (North) and Las Palmas, and from Barcelona to Las Palmas. In March they will also launch routes from Barcelona to Ibiza and Mahon, and from Malaga to Bilbao. All of these new routes are available to book now at www.vueling.com.

January 18th, 2008

easyJet to add Swiss flights

This summer easyJet will add flights from their Geneva base to Ajaccio, Split (both from 29 June 2008) and Nantes (from 31 March), and from Basel to Cagliari (from 29 June). They will also begin flying a new route between Berlin (Schoenefeld) and Thessaloniki from 31 March.

January 15th, 2008

Birmingham to become 25th base for Ryanair

Ryanair will expand their capacity at Birmingham from mid-June 2008, making it their 25th base. During this time of expansion they will add flights to Biarritz, Billund, Bologna (Forli), Bratislava, Bydgoszcz, Dinard, Gdansk, Olbia, Oporto, Oslo (Torp), Perpignan, Poitiers, Reus, Rzeszow, Stockholm (Skavsta), Trapani and Trieste.

January 14th, 2008

flybe to connect Aberdeen and Gatwick

At the end of March 2008 low-cost airline flybe is to launch flights between Aberdeen and London (Gatwick). They will fly three times per day on this route, replacing flights have been axed by British Airways. Tickets on the new flybe flights can be booked now at www.flybe.com.

Shannon to Mallorca with Ryanair

Ryanair will launch their 31st new route from Shannon in March, when they will begin flights to Palma. They will begin operating on this route from 14 March 2008.

Centralwings flights to Lille

centralwings will add two new flights to Lille from this summer. They are due to launch flights from Lille to Girona and Krakow from the end of March 2008. These flights can be booked now at www.centralwings.com.

January 11th, 2008

New MyAir routes for summer

MyAir, the Italian low-cost airline, will add two new routes this summer. From the end of May 2008 they will launch flights from Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi) to Catania and from Bucharest (Baneasa) to Palermo. These can be booked now at www.myair.com.

January 9th, 2008

New Olbia flights for summer with Meridiana

Italian budget airline Meridiana will launch four new routes to Olbia this summer. From June 2008, they will fly to Olbia from Naples, Turin, Trieste and Venice (Marco Polo). Flights can be booked now at www.meridiana.it.

Bournemouth to become Ryanair’s 24th base

Ryanair today announced that they would make Bournemouth their 24th base. From April 2008 they will base one aircraft at Bournemouth that will be use to service five new routes. These new routes include flights to Malaga, Murcia, Palma, Nantes and Wroclaw.

bmibaby to add Birmingham to Warsaw route

bmibaby will add to their Polish destinations by adding a new route from their Birmingham hub to Warsaw. Flights, which begin on 27 May 2008, are already available to book at www.bmibaby.com.

January 8th, 2008

Vienna to Sicily and Sardinia with SkyEurope

Sky Europe will operate summer flights between their Vienna base and Olbia and Catania this year. The flights, which begin in mid June 2008, are available to book now at www.skyeurope.com.

New Gatwick to Larnaca and Menorca routes

Monarch Scheduled will launch new flights from their London (Gatwick) base to Larnaca and Mahon this summer. They will begin flying on these routes from 19 March 2008.

January 6th, 2008

AlpiEagles grounds all flights

Italian low-cost airline AlpiEagles have been forced to ground all of their aircraft and suspend operations. They have recently been operating a reduced service, but have been forced to suspend flying after their Air Operations Certificate (AOC – the license required to operate passenger flights) was revoked by the Italian national aviation authority (ENAC).

Their AOC was allegedly revoked due to ongoing financial problems, and the inability to settle outstanding debts for airport landing fees. These are believed to amount to around €6M. Although the final outcome remains to be seen, it looks unlikely that this Italian airline will recover from this financial crisis.

January 2nd, 2008

easyJet to move Bucharest airports in March

easyJet are due to move their flights to London (Gatwick) and Milan (Malpensa) from Bucharest (Otopeni) airport to Bucharest (Baneasa). This move will take place at the end of March 2008.

Gatwick to Olbia flights with Meridiana

Italian low-cost airline Meridiana will begin flying between London (Gatwick) and Olbia. They will begin flying weekly on this route from 05 April 2008. These flights can be booked now at www.meridiana.it.

January 1st, 2008

New Atlas Blue flights to Tangier

Atlas Blue will launch two new routes between Spain and the Morrocan port of Tangier next year. From 30 March 2008 they will fly from Tangier to Barcelona and Madrid.

easyJet to expand at Gatwick and Manchester

easyJet have put 23 new routes on sale from their London (Gatwick) base, and have also put their first flights on sale from Manchester. This additional capacity comes largely from consolidating their recent purchase of GB Airways, and includes a number of former GB routes. The new routes from Gatwick include flights to Ajaccio, Bastia, Arrecife, Tenerife (Sur), Las Palmas, Funchal, Gibraltar, Malta, Montpellier, Nantes, Paphos, Rhodos, Heraklion and Mykonos. They also include flights to Dalaman (Turkey), Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt).

From the end of March 2008, easyJet will begin flights from Manchester. These will include flights to Innsbruck, Heraklion, Malta, Paphos and Tenerife (Sur).

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