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April 26th, 2011

Vueling to add flights from Amsterdam to Zurich

The move seems surprising, but Spanish low-cost airline Vueling are to begin flying from their newly established Amsterdam base to Zurich later this year. They recently began flying to Zurich from some Spanish airports and will begin this new route from 14 September 2011. Tickets can be booked now at www.vueling.com.

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.

January 12th, 2010

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.

July 6th, 2009

easyJet launches winter 09/10 routes

easyJet have put a number of new routes on sale for the 09/10 winter season. The new routes, which begin from the end of October 2009, include the following flights:

February 20th, 2009

Amsterdam to Rimini with MyAir

MyAir have put a new route on sale from Rimini to Amsterdam. They are due to begin flying weekly on this route from 30 May 2009.

January 25th, 2009

New Norwegian routes from Oslo and Stockholm

Norwegian Air Shuttle have put three new summer routes on sale from their Oslo (International) base. They will begin flying from Oslo (International) to Istanbul (Sabiha) and Venice (Marco Polo) from 23 June 2009. They also begin flying from Oslo (International) to Amsterdam in April, and from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Pula in May.

These flights are available to book now at www.norwegian.no.

December 18th, 2008

Norwegian to replace Sterling on Copenhagen routes

Norwegian Air Shuttle will launch a large number of new routes from Copenhagen, replacing the collapsed airline Sterling, most beginning at the end of March 2009. They will launch routes to Amsterdam, Budapest, Edinburgh, London (Gatwick), Faro, Heraklion, Krakow, Palma, Paris (Orly), Pisa, Prague and Split.

December 12th, 2008

WindJet to expand at Bologna Forli

WindJet will add 12 new routes from their Bologna (Forli) base next year. Flights, most of which begin at the end of March 2009, include routes to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin (Tegel), Krakow, Lampedusa, Naples, Prague, Riga, Timisoara, Brussels (International), Cagliari and Paris (Charles de Gaulle).

September 13th, 2008

bmibaby summer 2009 routes on sale

bmibaby have put new their flights on sale for summer 2009. This includes four new routes: Manchester to Toulouse and Amsterdam, Cardiff to Lisbon and East Midlands to Almeria. These flights are available to book immediately at www.bmibaby.com.

February 2nd, 2008

Atlas Blue to connect Amsterdam and Tangier

Moroccan budget airline Atlas Blue will continue their low-cost links to Amsterdam with new flights to Tangier. They will begin flying from Amsterdam to the port of Tangier from 30 March 2008.

New Air Berlin flights to Rimini

Air Berlin will begin two new routes to Rimini in May. From 03 May 2008 they will fly to Rimini from Berlin (Tegel) and Amsterdam. These flights can be booked now at www.airberlin.com.

New Centralwings routes to Lisbon and Amsterdam

centralwings will begin flying to Lisbon from their Warsaw base this summer, with flights beginning from 02 April 2008. They will also begin flying to Amsterdam from Poznan at the end of March.

January 30th, 2008

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.

December 23rd, 2007

Transavia summer 2008 routes from Amsterdam on sale

Dutch low-cost airline Transavia have put a number of new routes on sale for the summer 2008 season. These flights, which in most cases begin from April 2008, include the following destinations from their Amsterdam base: Ajaccio, Almeria, Bodrum, Catania, Corfu, Heraklion, Olbia, Palermo and Rhodos. They will also begin flying from Rotterdam to Toulon at the end of March.

All of these flights, and the remainder of their summer timetable, are available from www.transavia.com.

New Centralwings routes from Gdansk and Wroclaw

centralwings will launch three new routes from Gdansk next year, including flights from Gdansk to Manchester, Girona and Amsterdam. These flights will begin on 01 April 2008. They will also launch flights between Wroclaw and Rome (Ciampino) at the end of March. All of these are available to book now at www.centralwings.com.

December 7th, 2007

Three new Krakow routes from Centralwings

centralwings have put three new routes on sale from their Krakow base. They will begin flying from Krakow to Birmingham, Amsterdam and Hamburg (Fuhlsbuettel). These flights will begin from the end of March 2008, and can be booked now at www.centralwings.com.

October 1st, 2007

Bari expansion for MyAir

Italian low-cost airline MyAir will launch four new routes from Bari this winter. From mid-December 2007 they will begin flying to Amsterdam, Brussels (International), Athens and Madrid. They are also due to launch flights from Bari to Sofia in March 2008.

September 23rd, 2007

Click4Sky – a new European virtual low-cost airline

Click4Sky is a new low-cost airline created by CSA Czech Airlines. Unlike most other low-cost airlines, Click4Sky does not operate any flights – instead it is being used as a marketing brand in order to sell unsold seats on existing CSA flights. In addition, the airline will sell all seats at a fixed price. Customers travelling with Click4Sky will experience exactly the same on-board service as those travelling with CSA.

They will sell tickets on flights to 36 European destinations from their Prague hub. These will include flights to: Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin (Tegel), Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi), Bratislava, Brussels (International), Budapest, Copenhagen, Cologne-Bonn, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt (International), Hamburg (Fuhlsbuettel), Hanover, Istanbul (Ataturk), Kosice, Krakow, Ljubljana, London (Heathrow), London (Stansted), Madrid, Manchester, Milan (Malpensa), Munich, Oslo (International), Riga, Rome (Fiumicino), Thessaloniki, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Venice (Marco Polo), Vienna, Vilnius and Zurich.

August 21st, 2007

Transavia launch routes for winter

Transavia have put three new routes on sale for the winter season from their Amsterdam base. They will begin flying twice per week to La Palma and Fuerteventura from 01 November, and also to Innsbruck from 20 December. These flights are available to book at www.transavia.com.

June 21st, 2007

New Vueling flights to Seville

Vueling will add three new international routes to Seville this winter. From the beginning of December, they will begin flying from Amsterdam, Brussels (International) and Milan (Malpensa) to Seville. Flights can be booked now at www.vueling.com.

March 31st, 2007

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 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.

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.

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.

February 26th, 2007

More new routes from Seville for Clickair

On 01 May 2007, clickair will continue their expansions with new flights between Seville and both Frankfurt (International) and Amsterdam. These flights are available to book now.

February 3rd, 2007

New Transavia route to Corsica

Transavia will launch a new route from their Amsterdam base to Ajaccio on Corsica. They will fly weekly from 28 April 2007 on this new route. Flights can be booked now at www.transavia.com.

February 1st, 2007

Two new Transavia routes from Amsterdam

Transavia will add two new routes from their Amsterdam base at the end of April 2007. They will begin flying weekly to Almeria and twice per week to Olbia. Flights can already be booked at www.transavia.com.

December 19th, 2006

SkyEurope to open base at Vienna

Despite only being a short distance from their Bratislava base, Central European low-cost airline Sky Europe will open a base at Vienna from 25 March 2007. Traditionally, Vienna has been ignored by many low-cost airlines due to the high landing fees that airlines must pay to fly there.

From March 2007, Sky Europe will fly from Vienna to Barcelona, Amsterdam, Brussels (International), Paris (Orly), Nice, Venice (Treviso), Florence, Rimini, Bucharest (Baneasa), Sofia, Athens, Thessaloniki, Larnaca, Zadar, Dubrovnik and Split.

November 17th, 2006

Air Berlin to fly to Rimini

Air Berlin will begin flying to Rimini from 12 May 2007. They will begin flights from Amsterdam, Berlin (Tegel), Dusseldorf and Munich. These new routes are on sale now at www.airberlin.com.

October 17th, 2006

Clickair to expand flights to London and Barcelona

clickair, the new Spanish low-cost airline, will begin flying to London (Heathrow) on 01 February 2007, and will launch an extensive operation from Barcelona in the first quarter of 2007.

They will fly from London (Heathrow) to Valencia and Seville. From Barcelona they will launch nine new routes, including flights to Malaga, Oporto, Frankfurt (International), Munich, Berlin (Tegel), Basel, Amsterdam, Dublin and Prague. This will come as a major challenge to Vueling, whose main base is at Barcelona.

August 12th, 2006

New easyJet routes from Milan

easyJet will launch two new routes from their Milan (Malpensa) base in the coming months. On 31 October 2006, they will begin flying daily between Milan (Malpensa) and Amsterdam, and from 15 December, they will fly daily between Milan (Malpensa) and Prague. Flights are on sale now.

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.

June 22nd, 2006

flybe winter routes on sale

flybe have put a number of new routes on sale for the forthcoming winter season. These include, from 29 October 2006, flights to Aberdeen from Leeds Bradford and Exeter, to Amsterdam from Exeter and Norwich, from Birmingham to Hanover, and from Belfast (City) to Doncaster and Galway.

From 16 December, they will launch skiing routes to Geneva from Exeter and Norwich, and from Exeter to both Salzburg and Chambery.

Their schedule also shows some flights beginning 08 March 2007 from Birmingham to Aberdeen and Galway.

Tickets can be booked at www.flybe.com.

June 19th, 2006

flybe to connect Southampton and Amsterdam

flybe will launch a new route from their Southampton base to Amsterdam. They will fly up to twice per day on this new route, which will begin on 11 September 2006.

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

June 8th, 2006

easyJet targets BA with Gatwick expansion

easyJet will increase capacity at their London (Gatwick) base by 10% this winter. This will be reflected in additional flights on existing routes to Madrid, Cologne-Bonn, Milan, Amsterdam, Berlin (Schoenefeld) and Athens.

They will also add a new route between London (Gatwick) and Glasgow (International), which will operate 3 times every day.

With this expansion, easyJet aim to attract business passengers currently flying with BA. easyJet is now taking the time to publicise a change in policy which allows passengers to transfer to earlier flights free of charge, if there is space on an earlier flight. easyJet also continues to be attractive due to an unlimited weight allowance on hand luggage.

April 13th, 2006

Jet2 to fly from Blackpool to Faro and Amsterdam

Jet2 have announced that they will launch 2 new routes from Blackpool from 23 October 2006. They will fly to Amsterdam up to 5 times per week and Faro 3 times per week.

March 1st, 2006

Atlas Blue added to flycheapo

Following our expansion to include Morocco in flycheapo, we have added Atlas Blue – a low-cost airline operating in Morocco.

They fly a number of interesting routes between Marrakech and Milan (Malpensa), Brussels (International), Bordeaux, Lyon, Geneva, London (Gatwick), Amsterdam, Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Toulouse. From the end of March they will begin flying between Brussels (International) and the Moroccan airports of Tangier, Oujda, Nador. They also currently fly between Agadir and Milan (Malpensa).

Atlas Blue will operate a summer service between Brussels (International) and Al Hoceima, beginning in late June.

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 14th, 2006

SkyEurope to open Prague base

Sky Europe will make Prague their next hub airport. They will launch 7 routes from Prague from 10 April 2006. These will include flights to Amsterdam, Paris (Orly), Milan (Orio al Serio), Barcelona, Naples, Nice and Rome (Fiumicino).

January 11th, 2006

Vueling expands Madrid base

From 20 February 2006, Vueling will operate 3 new routes from their Madrid base. They will begin flying to Lisbon, Milan (Malpensa) and Amsterdam.

November 25th, 2005

SkyEurope adds Amsterdam to Poznan connection

From 25 March 2006, SkyEurope will launch a route between Amsterdam and Poznan. This will be their first route from Poznan and flights will operate 3 times per week.

November 21st, 2005

Jet2 expand at Newcastle

Jet2 have put 3 new routes on sale today from Newcastle, confirming their intention to make it a hub airport.

From 26 April 2006, they will begin flying daily to Amsterdam. From 22 May they will also commence routes to Menorca and Pisa.

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

FlyGlobespan to Amsterdam

Not content with competing with easyJet on routes between London (Stansted) and Glasgow, Edinburgh and Geneva, FlyGlobespan will launch a new route from Glasgow to Amsterdam.

FlyGlobespan will launch a daily service to Amsterdam from 10 February 2006. This will replace a long standing easyJet service on this route, which will cease operation at the end of this month.

September 14th, 2005

easyJet expand further at Basel

easyJet will base an additional aircraft at their Basel base in the coming months. This will see the introduction of 4 new routes, including a twice-daily service to Paris (Charles De Gaulle) from 31 October 2005, and from 10 March 2006, daily services to Lisbon and Amsterdam. They will also add a service to Prague, operating 5 times per week.

September 2nd, 2005

Smaller low-cost airlines rescue routes?

Both easyJet and Ryanair have been flexing their muscles in the last few days and making use of their power as the largest low-cost airlines in Europe. easyJet will cease operating a route between Glasgow and Amsterdam at the end of October, despite the assertion by Glasgow Airport that this route (also operated by KLM) is the busiest international route at the airport.

Ryanair have also announced plans to reduce the number of flights operated between London (Stansted) and Newquay by 12 flights per week from October due to the introduction of additional airport charges at Newquay.

It has now become common practice amongst the larger low-cost airlines to stamp feet and make a noise when the airports they fly to decide to raise charges. In many cases, even small increases in charges can prompt a budget airline to stop flying to the airport altogether.

Interestingly, with these 2 recent announcements, 2 smaller low-cost airlines appear to be coming to the rescue. flybe announced that they were looking at starting an operation to London from Newquay, and Newquay airport said they were offering Ryanair‘s old landing slots to other airlines. Similarly, FlyGlobespan have indicated that they may begin operations from Glasgow to Amsterdam.

July 29th, 2005

Vueling moves in on Amsterdam

Vueling have announced that from 30 October 2005, they will begin flying to Amsterdam. They will fly from their Barcelona and Valencia bases.

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

July 28th, 2005

Wizz Air moves in on Amsterdam

Wizz Air will launch 2 new routes to Amsterdam from Katowice (3 times per week) and Budapest (4 times per week). The routes will be launched on 01 November 2005 and 01 December respectively.

July 27th, 2005

SkyEurope announces winter ski routes

In addition to the previously announced route to Poprad (Tatry), SkyEurope have announced routes between Salzburg and Barcelona, Manchester and Warsaw and between Innsbrook and Paris (Orly) and Amsterdam.

These flights are available to book for the winter 05/06 season.

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.

March 25th, 2005

Air Scotland announces route to Amsterdam

Air Scotland will launch a twice-weekly flight from Glasgow (International) to Amsterdam on 21 May 2005.

Tickets are available now on this route for the summer season.

March 13th, 2005

Air Berlin connect Berlin and Amsterdam

From 01 May 2005, Air Berlin will commence a new route between Amsterdam and Berlin (Tegel). The flights will be daily (except Saturday).

February 17th, 2005

VLM connects London City and Amsterdam

VLM have announced that they will commence a 3-times daily service between London (City) and Amsterdam.

February 2nd, 2005

Sterling connects Copenhagen and Amsterdam

Sterling will begin flying a new route from Copenhagen to Amsterdam on 01 May 2005. They will use this route from Amsterdam to interconnect flights from their bases at Oslo, Stockholm (Arlanda), Gothenburg (Landvetter) and Billund.

A reminder that only direct low-cost routes appear in the cheap0 database at the present time.

December 29th, 2004

KLM goes low-cost?

KLM have announced that from 01 January 2005, they will cut fares to every one of their European routes (currently 66) from their Amsterdam base; the average price cut will be around 40%.

They are doing this in a move to compete more effectively with low-cost carriers who are rapidly taking over the European market for air travel. KLM will continue to offer complementary food and drink to their passengers, although will be altering their cost structure. For the meantime, it looks like they will not become a true budget airline.

December 8th, 2004

Thomsonfly announces Bournemouth base details

Thomsonfly, who recently announced details of their new base at Doncaster, have unveiled the routes they will fly from their new base at Bournemouth for the summer season next year.

They will begin a total of 7 routes, including Paris (Charles de Gaulles), Malaga, Palma (Mallorca), Faro, Amsterdam, Pisa and Valencia.

Routes will begin from 22 March 2005 and tickets are on sale now.

December 2nd, 2004

Jet2 add Manchester to Amsterdam

On 10 February 2005, Jet 2 will add yet another route from Manchester. The new route to Amsterdam will run 3 times daily.

November 5th, 2004

Basiq Air announce route to Pau

Basiq Air, their airline shortly to be rebranded as Transavia, will begin a new route on 23 December 2004 from Amsterdam to Pau.

August 10th, 2004

SkyEurope announces new base at Krakow

Central-European based SkyEurope have announced that their next new base will be Krakow. With this, SkyEurope‘s second base in Poland, they are adamant that expansion into Poland is the way to go, and they anticipate further expansion in the future.

They will begin flying from Krakow on 30 September 2004, initially to 5 destinations across Europe. The destinations include Amsterdam, Paris (Orly), London (Stansted), Milan (Orio Al Serio) and Rome (Fiumicino).

The new routes 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 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 20th, 2004

EUjet plans British budget launch for September 04

EUjet have announced, after a much anticipated wait, that they will begin a budget operation primarily based at Kent (Manston), an airport the owners would like to see dubbed as ‘London-Manston’. They will also have a 2nd hub at Shannon in Ireland.

From Manston, EUjet are scheduled to fly to a range of destinations in Europe, flights beginning in September include: Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, Faro, Girona, Jersey, Murcia, Nice and Prague.

Further routes are due to begin from Manston in October, including: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Milan (Malpensa) and Palma (Mallorca). Their final batch of new routes (still from Manston!) are scheduled to take-off in December, including: Geneva, Salzburg, Toulouse, Turin and Zurich.

Their routes from Shannon are due to begin from September (again over a period of months), to Dublin, Geneva, Malaga and Murcia.

April 1st, 2004

SkyEurope announces move into Poland

SkyEurope have announced Warsaw as their next European hub. They have announced new routes to Paris (Orly), London (Stansted) and Amsterdam.

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