Low-cost airline news - January2010 archives

January 31st, 2010

New Air Berlin summer routes from Hanover

Air Berlin have just put three new routes on sale for this summer from Hanover. From June they will operate additional flights from Hanover to Dubrovnik, Olbia and Rijeka. The new routes are available to book now at www.airberlin.com.

January 30th, 2010

Flybe launch handy summer route from Newcastle to Guernsey

flybe are going to be operating a summer route between Newcastle and Guernsey this summer. They will fly twice per week on the route from 10 July to the end of August. Bookings can be made at www.flybe.com.

Five new Ryanair routes from Spain and Italy

Ryanair have put five new routes on sale with flights starting in May 2010. These include routes from Milan (Orio al Serio) to Marrakech, Poznan and Wroclaw, from Zaragoza to Paris (Beauvais) and from Ibiza to Turin and Venice (Treviso).

January 23rd, 2010

Ryanair announce 5 new routes from Pisa

Ryanair have put 5 new routes from Pisa on sale, beginning form April 2010. These include flights between Pisa and Santander, Reus, Madrid, Gothenburg (Saeve) and Fez.

Lleida – a new airport for Catalona and for Vueling

Vueling, the Spanish low-cost airline, will begin flights to the newly opened airport at Lleida. From February they will operate flights to Lleida from Palma and Paris (Orly) (later these will move to Paris (Charles de Gaulle)). The flights are on sale now at www.vueling.com.

January 22nd, 2010

3 new Ryanair routes from Billund

Ryanair will launch three new routes from Billund this summer. From May 2010 they will begin flights to Brindisi and Marseille and from June they will begin flying to Malaga.

January 21st, 2010

A couple of new Air Berlin routes from Nuremberg

Air Berlin have put two new summer routes on sale from their Nuremberg base to Nice and Venice (Marco Polo). Both routes are on sale now at www.airberlin.com.

New easyJet routes from Gatwick to Turkey and Greece

easyJet have put four new routes on sale from their London (Gatwick) base to Turkey and Greece. From May 2010 they will fly from London (Gatwick) to Zakinthos, Kos and Chania in Greece and Antalya in Turkey.

Wizz Air to add route between Warsaw and Turku

Wizz Air have put a new route on sale from their Warsaw base to Turku in Finland. They will operate weekly flights on this route form April 2010.

Norrkoping added to the European low-cost map

Ryanair are to put Norrkoping, in southern Sweden, on the European low-cost map. They will launch flights from Norrkoping to Alicante this summer, starting on 5 May 2010. Ryanair tend to be quite leftfield in their choice of airports and it isn’t immediately obvious why they would choose to fly to Norrkoping, but it will be interesting to see whether any other budget airlines join them.

January 20th, 2010

The next Smartwings destination is.. Girona

SmartWings continue to expand flights to Spain with the announcement of a 6th Spanish destination. From June 2010 they will begin flying to Girona from their bases at Ostrava and Brno. Flights are already on sale at www.smartwings.net.

Transavia launch 7 routes from Nantes

Transavia will begin flying from Nantes and will launch 7 routes to destinations in Morocco, Tunisia, Crete, Spain and Morocco. For the summer 2010 season they will fly from Nantes to Djerba, Monastir, Marrakech, Palma, Funchal, Oporto and Heraklion. Flights are available to book now at www.transavia.com.

January 18th, 2010

New Greek routes from SmartWings

The Czech low-cost airline SmartWings has put new flights to Greece on sale for this summer. They will fly from Prague, Brno and Ostrava to Samos and also from Prague and Brno to Kos from June 2010. More information is available at www.smartwings.net.

January 14th, 2010

helvetic to fly to Croatia for summer

helvetic will operate flights from their Zurich base this summer. From the end of June they will begin flying from Zurich to Pula and Rijeka.

January 13th, 2010

New SmartWings routes from Brno

SmartWings will begin flights from Brno for the summer season including flights to Kavala and Kos. These are in addition to their existing routes to Palma and Rhodos. Book now at www.smartwings.net.

Germanwings to launch new base at Hanover

Germanwings will this summer open a new base at Hanover and launch 15 new routes. From May 2010 they will begin flights to Stuttgart, Bastia, Palma, Vienna, Barcelona, Heraklion, Moscow (Vnukovo), Zadar, Budapest, London (Stansted), Rome (Fiumicino), Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Milan (Malpensa) and Split.

They are expected to create around 70 new flights per week which will be operated by three aircraft.

January 12th, 2010

Flybe – the interlining low-cost airline?

flybe has introduced what appears to be an interlining deal with Virgin Atlantic. The arrangement allows passengers that use a Flybe regional flight to easily connect with a Virgin flight at either London (Gatwick) or Manchester. flybe will issue boarding passes for all flights at the first check-in, allowing customers to remain airside throughout their journey.

The majority of low-cost airlines do not have interlining deals with other carriers due to the cost and complexity of offering these services. flybe already has similar deals with Brussels Airlines, British Airways and Etihad. More information on the arrangements can be found at www.flybe.com.

A further 21 new easyJet routes for 2010

easyJet have continued to launch new routes for 2010 with an announcement of 21 new routes. These include the following flights:

This brings to 70 the total number of new routes that easyJet have announced to be launched in 2010.

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