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February 20th, 2010

Large expansion for Vueling at Ibiza

Spanish low-cost airline will ramp up the number of flights that they offer from Ibiza this summer. From the end of June 2010 they will add flights from Ibiza to Alicante, Amsterdam, Milan (Malpensa), Seville, Malaga and Rome (Fiumicino). The new routes are on sale now at www.vueling.com.

February 4th, 2010

Plenty of new Ryanair routes from Cork

Ryanair have just put seven new routes on sale that they will operate this summer from their Cork base. They will begin flying in June 2010 to Alicante, Bordeaux, Faro, La Rochelle, Arrecife, Reus and Malaga.

January 21st, 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.

July 17th, 2009

11 new Ryanair routes to Oslo announced

Ryanair have announced 11 new routes to Oslo, including flights to both Oslo (Rygge) and Oslo (Torp).

The new routes include flights to Oslo (Rygge) from Alicante, Bremen, Brussels (Charleroi), Girona, Madrid, Milan (Orio al Serio) and London (Stansted). The new routes to Oslo (Torp) include flights from Krakow, Lodz, Paris (Beauvais) and Rome (Ciampino).

These new routes begin operating from October/November 2009 and are on sale now.

May 4th, 2009

Massive Ryanair expansion in Spain

Ryanair have announced massive plans to expand their operation in Spain, including new flights from Alicante and Madrid.

From July 2009 they will add flights from Alicante to Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi), Fez, Gdansk, Lille, Marrakech and Santander. From mid-July they are due to begin flights from Madrid to Almeria, Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi), Granada, London (Gatwick) and Malta.

April 29th, 2009

New Ryanair routes from Haugesund to Edinburgh and Alicante

Ryanair have put two new routes on sale from Haugesund in Norway for this summer season. They will begin flying from Haugesund to Edinburgh and Alicante from July 2009.

March 19th, 2009

New Ryanair routes from Memmingen and Brussels

Ryanair have announced that they will launch 7 new routes from Memmingen starting from the end of next month. They will launch flights from Memmingen to Girona, Dublin and London (Stansted) in April 2009 and flights to Alghero, Reus, Pisa and Alicante from June.

They will also launch routes from Brussels (Charleroi) to Bristol, Palma and La Rochelle from June.

March 5th, 2009

Six new Vueling summer routes to Ibiza

Vueling will launch six new routes to Ibiza this summer. From 12 June 2009 they will begin flying to Ibiza from Alicante, Bilbao, Seville, Valencia, Paris (Charles de Gaulle) and Milan (Malpensa). At the same time they will also launch routes from Madrid to Mahon and from Barcelona to Palma. All of these new routes can be booked immediately at www.vueling.com.

February 26th, 2009

Three new Ryanair routes from Alicante

Ryanair have put three new routes on sale from Alicante beginning in July 2009. They are set to begin flights from Alicante to Aarhus, Santiago de Compostela and Hamburg (Luebeck).

February 24th, 2009

Ryanair to begin flights to Osijek (Croatia)

Ryanair have put a new route on sale from their Frankfurt (Hahn) base to Osijek in Croatia. They are to begin flights on this route from 06 May 2009. They will also launch new routes from Frankfurt (Hahn) to Rimini, Carcassonne and Alicante this summer.

February 2nd, 2009

New Ryanair routes from Bratislava and Pisa

Ryanair will begin flying two new routes from their Bratislava base this April – they will launch new routes to Pisa and Alicante. They will also launch a new route between Pisa and Maastricht during April 2009.

January 18th, 2009

Ryanair announces expansion at Bristol, Edinburgh and Alicante

Ryanair have this week announced a massive expansion of their operations from Bristol (from July 2009), Edinburgh (from April 2009) and Alicante (from June 2009). The new routes that they will launch are as follows:

November 20th, 2008

Transavia to open Copenhagen base

Transavia, the Dutch low-cost airline, have announced that they will open a base at Copenhagen, in place of the recent bankrupted Danish airline Sterling. From 08 December 2008 they will operate 10 routes from Copenhagen including flights to Malaga, Alicante, Arrecife, Las Palmas, Tenerife (Sur), Faro, Rome (Fiumicino), Nice, Salzburg and Innsbruck.

All of these flights are available to book now at www.transavia.com.

November 19th, 2008

New Spanish Ryanair routes from Gatwick

Ryanair have put on sale two new routes from London (Gatwick) to Spain, bringing their total number of routes operated from Gatwick to 5. From 18 December 2008 they will begin flying from London (Gatwick) to Girona and Alicante.

October 9th, 2008

New Ryanair routes from Madrid

Ryanair have put four new Spanish domestic routes on sale from Madrid. These include flights to Santiago de Compostela, Alicante, Palma and Valencia, all of which begin on 18 November 2008.

June 21st, 2008

Nine new Ryanair routes from Birmingham

In January 2008, Ryanair announced that they were making Birmingham their 25th regional base. They have just announced an additional nine new routes from Birmingham which will launch in November 2008. These include flights to Alicante, Fuerteventura, Palma, Murcia, Derry, Katowice, Kaunas, Krakow and Prague.

April 29th, 2008

Manchester to Alicante with easyJet

easyJet will launch a new route from Manchester to Alicante next winter. They will begin flying four times per week on this route from 29 September 2008.

March 15th, 2008

Ibiza expansion for Vueling

Spanish low-cost airline Vueling will launch a number of flights to Ibiza from the end of April. On 25 April 2008 they launch flights from Madrid to Ibiza. On 30 May they will begin flying from Ibiza to Bilbao, Milan (Malpensa), Seville, Valencia and Paris (Charles de Gaulle). They will also launch flights from Ibiza to Alicante on 13 June. All of these can be booked now at www.vueling.com.

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.

December 18th, 2007

Two new Clickair routes from Barcelona

clickair will begin two new routes from their Barcelona base to Brussels (International) and Alicante. Flights will commence at the end of February 2008.

October 28th, 2007

New Ryanair routes from Shannon and Dublin

Ryanair have put four new routes on sale, including one from their Shannon base to Alicante, and three routes from Dublin. The new routes from Dublin include flights to Palma and Santander in Spain, and Zadar in Croatia.

October 10th, 2007

Sterling to expand at Malmo

Sterling will launch five new routes from Malmo next year, including flights to London (Gatwick), Alicante, Barcelona, Florence and Nice. These flights will begin from the end of March 2008.

Also from 30 March, Sterling will begin flying from Copenhagen to Murcia and Valencia, and from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Florence, Rome (Fiumicino) and Murcia.

Tickets are available to purchase for these new flights at www.sterling.dk.

August 30th, 2007

New routes from Bremen and winter flights for Ryanair

Ryanair will launch two new routes from their Bremen base at the end of October 2007. They will launch flights to both Alicante and Palma. They have also put three new winter routes on sale from Bournemouth to Milan (Orio al Serio), Liverpool to Friedrichshafen, and Stockholm (Skavsta) to Grenoble.

August 26th, 2007

Norwegian to open base at new low-cost Oslo airport

Norwegian Air Shuttle, currently based at Oslo (International), will begin flying from the new low cost airport for the city, Oslo (Rygge), next year. They will begin flights there from mid-February 2008, and destinations from Oslo (Rygge) will include: London (Stansted), Alicante, Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga, Marrakech, Warsaw, Szczecin, Palanga, Budapest, Istanbul (Sabiha), Athens, Belgrade and Bergen.

These flights are on sale now at www.norwegian.no.

August 11th, 2007

Valencia and Alicante to become Ryanair bases

Ryanair will open their 21st and 22nd bases this year at Alicante and Valencia airports, in Spain. They will add new routes from Alicante during November and December 2007, including flights to Karlsruhe-Baden, Basel, Billund, Bournemouth, Brussels (Charleroi), Doncaster, East Midlands, Gothenburg (Saeve), Maastricht, Milan (Orio al Serio) and Paris (Beauvais).

They will add new routes from Valencia in October, to make this their 22nd base. The new routes include flights to Karlsruhe-Baden, Basel, Billund, Bologna (Forli), Eindhoven, Liverpool, Malta, Maastricht, Paris (Beauvais), Oporto and Santiago de Compostela.

July 17th, 2007

Various new routes for Vueling

Vueling have put five new routes on sale including Granada to Paris (Charles de Gaulle) and Rome (Fiumicino) (from the end of October 2007), Seville to Bilbao and Venice (Marco Polo) and from Alicante to Brussels (International). These are all available now at www.vueling.com.

June 16th, 2007

13 new Ryanair routes from Stockholm

Ryanair will increase capacity at their Stockholm (Skavsta) base this October. They will begin flights from Stockholm (Skavsta) to Alicante, Basel, Berlin (Schoenefeld), Bratislava, Eindhoven, Karlsruhe-Baden, Liverpool, Malta, Pisa, Oporto, Salzburg (from December 2007), Trapani and Valencia.

March 22nd, 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.

February 8th, 2007

Expansion across Europe for Ryanair

In addition to their recent announcement to make Weeze their 19th base, Ryanair will launch a further 12 routes over the coming months. These include flights from Liverpool, London (Stansted) and Pisa to Palma and Alicante, Rome (Ciampino) to Zaragoza (Spain), London (Stansted) to Zadar (Croatia), Girona to Maastricht, Dublin to Bremen and Alicante and Frankfurt (Hahn) to Palma.

Weeze airport becomes 19th base for Ryanair

Ryanair will increase their presence at Weeze airport from July 2007. They will make it their 19th European base and add four new routes including flights to Alghero, Palma, Alicante and Venice (Treviso).

November 30th, 2006

Sterling to fly from Gothenburg

Sterling will begin flying from Gothenburg (Landvetter) from 27 March 2007. They will fly between Gothenburg (Landvetter) and Alicante, Malaga, Nice and Florence. Flights can be booked at www.sterlingticket.com.

October 18th, 2006

FlyMe to launch nine new routes

Scandinavian low-cost airline FlyMe will launch nine new Swedish routes from March 2007. These include flights from Malmo to Nice, Alicante and Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi); Stockholm (Arlanda) to Rome (Ciampino), Alicante, Nice and Lulea; Gothenburg (Landvetter) to Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi) and Athens.

October 5th, 2006

Summer expansion for FlyGlobespan at Aberdeen and Durham

FlyGlobespan has announced the launch of four new routes from Durham Tees Valley and six from Aberdeen for the summer 2007 season. They will begin flying from Durham Tees Valley to Malaga, Palma, Alicante and Faro. From Aberdeen they will fly to Paphos (Cyprus), Alicante, Palma, Faro, Murcia and Barcelona.

July 12th, 2006

Eindhoven and other winter flights with Transavia

Dutch low-cost airline Transavia will launch flights from Eindhoven from 30 October 2006. They will begin flying to Alicante, Malaga and Faro. They have also added 3 routes for the winter season including Rotterdam to Innsbruck and Geneva, and Amsterdam to Salzburg.

Flights for these and other winter routes are on sale at www.transavia.com.

June 23rd, 2006

Transavia will fly from Eindhoven

From November 2006, Transavia will begin flying from Eindhoven, becoming the 3rd Dutch airport they will operate from (their main bases being Amsterdam and Rotterdam).

Flight times are not yet confirmed, however Transavia announced that they will fly from Eindhoven to Malaga, Alicante and Faro.

April 7th, 2006

Norwegian launches a base in Poland

Norwegian Air Shuttle today made a surprise announcement that they would open a base in the Polish capital – Warsaw. They will begin flying from 13 July 2006 from their Warsaw base to Nice, Malaga, Alicante and Girona.

March 31st, 2006

Vueling to connect Alicante and Barcelona

Vueling will begin flying daily between Alicante and Barcelona from 02 June 2006.

Flights are already available to book at www.vueling.com.

March 9th, 2006

Norwegian expands to include St Petersburg and others

Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin flying from their Oslo (International) base to St. Petersburg from the beginning of May 2006. This follows the announcement last week that Germanwings would begin flying to St. Petersburg.

Norwegian Air Shuttle will also move their Oslo (International) to Paris route from Paris (Beauvais) to Paris (Orly) from April.

In June they will add 2 summer services to Alicante from Bergen and Stavanger.

March 7th, 2006

Further route development for easyJet

easyJet have announced that they will launch new routes from London (Luton), Edinburgh, London (Gatwick) and Paris (Orly).

They will fly from London (Gatwick) to Split, their second destination in Croatia – announced just a week after the first. From London (Luton) they will begin flying to Bordeaux and Rimini. easyJet are also planning a major expansion at Edinburgh – their first new route will be a weekly service to Alicante.

easyJet have also announced a new route from Paris (Orly) to Ajaccio (Corsica), making the first low-cost route to Ajaccio.

February 15th, 2006

easyJet expands at Glasgow

easyJet have announced that they will launch 4 new routes from Glasgow (International). This follows an announcement that they would cease operating their route from Glasgow (International) to Amsterdam at the end of March.

They will launch new routes to Alicante and Malaga (beginning 07 July 2006), Berlin (Schoenefeld) (from 03 May) and Palma (from 20 May).

Further expansion is expected for easyJet at both Glasgow (International) and Edinburgh over the coming months. This is as a result of a new deal to reduce airport charges at these airports for easyJet.

February 5th, 2006

Air Scotland launches Spanish flights from Manchester

Air Scotland will launch 4 routes from Manchester, beginning in May 2006. They will launch weekly flights to Malaga, Palma, Alicante and Girona.

Flights are already available to book at www.air-scotland.com.

December 24th, 2005

Jet2 launch Blackpool to Alicante connection

On 03 April 2006, Jet2 will further expand their operation at Blackpool airport by adding a route to Alicante. They will fly twice weekly on this new route.

November 17th, 2005

Air Berlin to Alicante from London

Air Berlin continue their expansion of UK operations with an announcement that they will launch a new route from London (Stansted) to Alicante.

Flights, which will operate daily, are due to begin on 01 May 2006. They will face direct competiton from easyJet, who already operate on this route.

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

November 11th, 2005

FlyMe expands outside Sweden

The Swedish low-cost airline, FlyMe, will launch 12 new routes from their base at Gothenburg (Landvetter) to a host of European destinations for the Summer 2006 season.

From 30 March, they will operate routes to Prague, London (Stansted), Alicante, Malaga, Palma (Mallorca), Rome (Ciampino), Crete, Rhodes, Amsterdam, Paris (Beauvais), Dusseldorf and Nice.

What is surprising about this announcement is that 5 of these routes are already operated by rival Scandinavian budget airline, Sterling.

Potential passengers may be interested to read the note on their site:

Be aware that we change our schedules regularly in order to adapt to the needs of our clients and to meet the current demand for departures.

This could be taken as an indication that they do not intend to launch all 12 of these routes, and will instead take bookings and decide which routes to axe (if demand is insufficient), maybe before they have even started. This was certainly a strategy employed by other emerging European low-cost airlines – for example Wizz Air.

October 18th, 2005

Expansion at Iceland Express

Iceland Express are due to begin flying to 5 new European destinations in mid-May 2006. This will more than double the number of routes currently operated from their Reykjavik base.

The new routes will be from Reykjavik to Stockholm (Arlanda), Gothenburg (Landvetter), Berlin (Schoenefeld), Alicante and Friedrichshafen.

October 13th, 2005

Germanwings summer 2006 timetable

Later this evening, Germanwings will put their summer 2006 timetable on sale. This will include new routes from Cologne-Bonn to Alicante, Gdansk, Gothenburg (Saeve), Heraklion, Jerez and Antalya. It will also include new routes from Berlin (Schoenefeld) to Ibiza, Stuttgart to Antalya and Hamburg to Izmir.

Flights will go on sale (for new and existing destinations) this evening at 6pm CET at www.germanwings.com.

September 13th, 2005

Thomsonfly expands across UK

Thomsonfly has announced that they will begin selling “frequent”, “low-cost” flights from 11 UK regional airports from summer 2006. This will no doubt see capacity from the parent group, Thomson, being utilised for Thomsonfly branded flying.

Thomsonfly already operate flights from Coventry, Doncaster and Bournemouth, but from May 2006 will begin operating flights from Cardiff, Glasgow, London (Luton and Gatwick), Birmingham (International), East Midlands, Manchester and Newcastle. Destinations announced so far include Malaga, Alicante, Ibiza and Palma (Mallorca).

New Thomsonfly routes from these 8 additional regional airports are available to book now at www.thomsonfly.com. Summer 2006 routes from their current bases will be available to book shortly.

July 12th, 2005

Thomsonfly announces winter timetable

Thomsonfly have put their winter 2005/06 timetable on sale. This includes routes to cover winter ski destinations, from Doncaster, Bournemouth and Coventry to Lyon and from Coventry and Bournemouth to Salzburg. They have also announced new routes to the Canary Islands, including flights from Bournemouth and Doncaster to Tenerife (Sur) and from Doncaster to Las Palmas (Gran Canaria).

This winter, they will also begin flying to Alicante from Bournemouth and to Amsterdam from Doncaster.

These flights are available to book now at www.thomsonfly.com.

June 23rd, 2005

flybe expands at Norwich and Exeter

flybe have announced further expansion at their Exeter and Norwich bases.

During the upcoming winter season, 6 new routes will be added from Norwich (bringing their route total to 10). They will launch flights to Alicante and Malaga from the end of September 2005. On 17 December, they will launch new routes to the ski destinations Chambery and Geneva. On 16 March 2006, they will launch new routes to Aberdeen and Dublin. It looks likely that flybe will compete with Air Wales, who already operate a route from Norwich to Dublin.

flybe will also add 3 new routes to their Exeter base, bringing their total routes to 18. On 01 November they will add a new route to Murcia, and then on 17 December to Geneva and Chambery on 24 December.

These new routes are available to book now on www.flybe.com.

April 9th, 2005

flyglobespan winter sales begin

flyglobespan have put their winter 2005/06 seats on sale already for 3 routes, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. It is now possible to book tickets on flights from Glasgow (International) to Alicante, Malaga and Tenerife, until the end of February 2006.

flyglobespan also have tickets available on their new summer route from Edinburgh to Prague, beginning in May.

March 31st, 2005

easyJet expand at Basel

easyJet will launch 5 new routes from their hub at Basel in June.

On 17 June 2005 they will launch routes to Alicante, Barcelona and Nice. A week later, on 24 June, they will launch new routes to Palma and Rome (Ciampino).

There has been no official announcement of these new routes yet, however they all appear in the easyJet booking system and are available to book from today.

February 23rd, 2005

Sterling and flynordic to cooperate

Sterling and flynordic have announced a strategic alliance, they will begin route-sharing on a number of routes and have started cooperating on flight sales.

This will see flynordic operate flights from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Berlin (Tegel), Barcelona, Bordeaux, Budapest and Dublin, and they will also operate the route from Copenhagen to Tallinn.

Sterling will be operating flights from Arlanda to Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga, Nice and Prague. They will also cooperate on their route from Gothenburg to Copenhagen.

January 17th, 2005

Monarch Scheduled extends summer expansion

Further to the announcement earlier today regarding expansion at London (Gatwick), Monarch Scheduled will also launch new routes from Birmingham (International) to Alicante and Faro (from early May 2005) and from Manchester to Naples, from 28 April.

These routes do not appear to have been announced yet, however they are on sale immediately.

December 17th, 2004

EUjet announce new summer routes

EUJet will commence 8 new routes from Kent (Manston) for the summer 2005. From 27 March they will launch new flights to Alicante, Budapest, Belfast (International), Newcastle, Girona and Cologne-Bonn. From 01 May they will launch routes to Seville and Valencia.

December 6th, 2004

Thomsonfly announce Doncaster base

Today, Thomsonfly has announced the much awaited details of the routes they will fly from their new base at Doncaster. As with their base at Coventry, they will be the first low-cost airline to fly from Doncaster.

They will fly to Alicante, Malaga, Pisa, Palma (Mallorca), Jersey, Faro, Dublin, Prague, Ibiza and Valencia and Paris (Charles de Gaulles).

Flights from their new base are due to commence on 28 April 2005, with some beginning later in the season. . Tickets are on sale now.

November 22nd, 2004

Jet2 annouce Manchester to Alicante

From today it is possible to book tickets on a new route from Manchester to Alicante. Jet2 will begin flying this new route on 27 March 2005.

October 25th, 2004

flybe expands at Birmingham

Further to their recent announcement that they were to make Liverpool a new hub airport, flybe have announced that they will begin flying 7 new routes from Birmingham (International) next year.

This increase in capacity at Birmingham will make flybe Birmingham‘s largest single scheduled carrier.

The new routes from Birmingham include Malaga, Alicante, Almeria, Palma (Mallorca), Faro, Murcia and Geneva. All of the routes will begin flying in March 2005, except Geneva, which we presume will begin in the 2005 winter season.

Flights for all destinations except Geneva are on sale now.

July 27th, 2004

bmibaby announces new routes from Birmingham

Further to their announcement last week that they were due to form a new base at Birmingham (International), bmibaby have today announced the 9 new routes they will be flying from 7 January 2005 from Birmingham. These include: Alicante, Knock, Amsterdam, Belfast (International), Edinburgh, Geneva, Malaga, Palma (Mallorca) and Prague.

This new base is in addition to their already-established hub at East Midlands.

July 17th, 2004

easyJet winter timetable

easyJet have begun the sale of their winter timetable in stages, this includes a number of new routes not previously announced. These new routes include Bristol and Newcastle to Geneva and Rome (Ciampino), Geneva to Alicante, Madrid and Rome (Ciampino), and Paris (Orly) to Madrid.

These routes begin in November 2004 and are on sale now (up until the end of March 2004), with more to be released.

July 13th, 2004

Thomsonfly announce new routes for winter

Thomsonfly have announced that their winter timetable (from November 2004) will include a range of new destinations from their hub at Coventry. The new destinations include Cork, Shannon, Amsterdam, Alicante, Salzburg and Grenoble.

No doubt this means a number of routes from their summer schedule will disappear, although they have not yet been announced.

May 12th, 2004

New easyJet routes starting earlier

Apparently due to unprecedented demand, easyJet has brought forward the start dates on a number of new routes, including:

May 8th, 2004

New airline added – JetGreen

A new Irish budget carrier, JetGreen has been added. Their unique selling point is ‘low fares but with all the frills’. Similar to the recently deceased duo, they also offer first class/business class services.

Their base is at Dublin. This month they have launched flights to Alicante and Malaga. From 08 June they will also begin flying to Faro, Rome (Fiumicino) and Nice.

April 21st, 2004

V-Bird new routes from Niederrhein

In May, V-Bird will begin flying from Niederrhein to Alicante and Rhodos. Flights will only be once per week to each destination though.

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