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January 13th, 2010

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.

July 14th, 2009

New Wizz Air routes from Sofia and Budapest

Wizz Air are set to launch new routes from Sofia to Eindhoven and from Budapest to Weeze. These new routes are scheduled to begin on 25 October 2009 and 21 September respectively.

February 1st, 2009

Six new Wizz Air routes from Budapest

Wizz Air continue their expansion at Budapest with the introduction of six summer routes. They will add summer flights from Budapest to Bourgas, Corfu, Heraklion, Rhodos, Varna and Palma. All routes will begin operating in early June 2009.

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.

October 21st, 2008

New Wizz Air routes from Budapest and Katowice

Wizz Air have announced that they will add a new aircraft to their Budapest base from the end of March 2009. From this time they will begin flying from Budapest to Barcelona, Madrid, Naples and Oslo (Torp). They have also put a new route on sale from Katowice to Kiev, which is due to begin on 29 December 2008.

September 28th, 2008

Paris to Budapest with easyJet

easyJet will begin flying between Paris (Orly) and Budapest this winter. They will begin daily flights on this route from 17 November 2008.

June 21st, 2008

Budapest to Dortmund with Wizz

Wizz Air will begin flying from Budapest to Dortmund this winter. They will fly three times per week on this route from the end of October 2008.

May 5th, 2008

Budapest to Dubai with SmartWings

Czech low-cost airline SmartWings will begin flying from Budapest to Dubai later this month. Their weekly flights on this route, which begin on 15 May 2008, are on sale at www.smartwings.net.

April 22nd, 2008

Wizz Air to add flights to Tirgu Mures

From 15 May 2008, Wizz Air will begin flights to the Transylvanian city of Tirgu Mures. They will fly to Tirgu Mures three times per week from their Budapest base.

February 17th, 2008

SkyEurope to begin flights to Trieste

Sky Europe have put flights on sale to Trieste from their Prague base, and also from Budapest. Flights begin on 08 June 2008 and 04 May respectively, and can be booked now at www.skyeurope.com.

December 30th, 2007

Wizz Air to expand operation at Budapest

Wizz Air have put eight new routes on sale from Budapest for the summer 2008 season. The flights, which begin during June and July, will include routes to Bourgas, Varna, Corfu, Rhodos, Heraklion, Oslo (Torp), Palma and Venice (Treviso). At the same time, they will also add a new route from Gdansk to Girona.

November 21st, 2007

Budapest to Girona with Wizz

Wizz Air will begin flying from their Budapest base to Girona next year. They will fly twice per week on this route from 17 May 2008.

October 18th, 2007

Wizz Air to fly to Cluj-Napoca

Wizz Air have announced that they will cease operating flights to Tirgu Mures in Transylvania, and will move these flights to Cluj-Napoca. On 13 November 2007, they will move flights to Barcelona, London (Luton), Budapest and Rome (Fiumicino). On 28 February 2008 they will launch a new route from Dortmund to Cluj-Napoca, replacing the previously announced new route to Tirgu Mures.

October 17th, 2007

Wizz to move flights to Rome (Fiumicino)

Wizz Air will move their flights from Budapest, Tirgu Mures and Sofia from Rome (Ciampino) to Rome (Fiumicino) on 28 October 2007. This is due to new traffic limitations placed upon Rome (Ciampino) airport.

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.

September 5th, 2007

SkyEurope to close Krakow and Budapest bases

The Central European low-cost airline Sky Europe will close its bases at Krakow and Budapest this winter. From 28 October 2007 they are expected to relocate their fleet and move capacity to their other bases at Prague, Vienna and Bratislava.

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 16th, 2007

Additional Ryanair routes from Dublin this winter

Ryanair will launch six new routes from their Dublin base this winter. During October and November 2007 they will begin flights to Basel, Nice, Prague, Szczecin, Katowice and Budapest. These flights are available to book now.

July 26th, 2007

Ryanair to fly from Belfast City

Ryanair have put a number of new routes on sale, including flights from Belfast (City). From the end of October 2007, they will begin flying to Belfast (City) from East Midlands, Liverpool and Glasgow (Prestwick).

They have also put flights on sale from Bristol to Turin, from East Midlands to Grenoble, Poznan, Szczecin and Tenerife (Sur), from Liverpool to Budapest, Bydgoszcz, Fuerteventura, Grenoble, Lodz, Szczecin and Tenerife (Sur), and from Glasgow (Prestwick) to Grenoble, Budapest and Kaunas.

July 21st, 2007

Ryanair route reshuffle

Ryanair will cancel a number of routes, in order to launch some new ones later this year. They have put new routes on sale (beginning 28 October 2007) from Marseille to Marrakech and Fez, Dublin to Stockholm (Skavsta), Bremen to Budapest, London (Stansted) to Billund, Girona to Poznan, Brno and Linz and from Milan (Orio al Serio) to Lamezia-Terme.

May 24th, 2007

Ryanair makes Bristol their 20th base

Today, Ryanair announced that Bristol would become their 20th European base. They announced 13 new routes from their airport, which will begin from November 2007. These include flights from Bristol to Bratislava, Riga, Katowice, Rzeszow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Budapest, Salzburg, Oporto, Knock, Milan (Orio al Serio) and Dinard. This move may surprise some, given that Bristol is a well established easyJet base, and has been for many years.

Ryanair had also announced a new route from Bristol to Derry, but the future of Derry became uncertain today when it had its license to operate flights revoked by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. All flights to Derry are suspended with immediate effect.

May 17th, 2007

2 new Ryanair routes from East Midlands

Ryanair will begin flying two new routes from East Midlands from October 2007. They will begin flying from East Midlands to Riga and Budapest.

April 13th, 2007

New flights form Ancona for Evolavia

Evolavia will launch four new flights this summer season from their Ancona base. They will offer flights from Ancona to Barcelona, Valencia, Budapest and Catania, with flights beginning at the start of June 2007.

February 22nd, 2007

11 new routes from Barcelona for clickair

The recently launched Spanish low-cost airline, clickair, has launched an assault on the competition at Barcelona airport. Over the coming months they will launch 11 new routes, including flights to Verona (Villafranca), Venice (Marco Polo), Naples, Rome (Fiumicino), Pisa, Helsinki, Bucharest (Otopeni), Budapest, Vienna, Jerez and Warsaw.

They will also launch two new routes from Seville to London (Gatwick) and La Coruna.

January 16th, 2007

SkyEurope from Budapest to Venice

Sky Europe will begin flights from their Budapest base to Venice (Treviso) for the summer season. They will begin flying three times per week from 27 March 2007.

January 13th, 2007

Wizz Air to launch flights to Greece and Bulgaria

Wizz Air, the low-cost airline based in Central Europe, will launch flights from their Budapest base to Thessaloniki (Greece) and Varna (Bulgaria). Flights will begin on 12 and 10 June 2007 respectively.

October 15th, 2006

New Meridiana flights to Prague and Budapest

In December 2006, Meridiana will begin flying from their Florence base to both Prague and Budapest. They will fly twice per week on both of these new routes.

October 4th, 2006

Greek flights from Wizz Air for next summer

Wizz Air will fly weekly from their Budapest base to destinations in Greece from 09 June 2007. They will fly to Rhodos, Corfu and Heraklion.

September 17th, 2006

Wizz Air add Rome to Sofia flights

Wizz Air will begin flying a direct route from Sofia to Rome (Ciampino) next year. They were previously flying via Budapest, but as of 02 March 2007 they will fly three times per week.

July 19th, 2006

New SkyEurope routes including Bucharest and Turin

Sky Europe will launch a new route between their Prague base and Turin, flying twice per week from 26 December 2006. They will also begin flying to Bucharest (Baneasa) from Rome (Fiumicino), beginning 29 December. From 01 February 2007, Sky Europe will also begin flying to Bucharest (Baneasa) from their Budapest base.

These new Romanian routes from Sky Europe may be as a consequence of the recent announcement by Wizz Air to expand into Romania.

June 27th, 2006

Wizz Air expands into Romania

Central European low-cost airline Wizz Air will continue to expand in January 2007, when they will launch an extensive network of flights to Romania.

From 16 January, they will launch 5 new routes from Bucharest (Baneasa) to London (Luton), Budapest, Barcelona, Dortmund and Rome (Ciampino). They will add 2 new routes from Tirgu Mures to Barcelona and Rome (Ciampino), and they will also begin flying between Arad and Milan (Orio al Serio).

June 14th, 2006

Eindhoven a new destination for Wizz Air

Central European low-cost airline Wizz Air will begin flying to Aer Lingus from 19 September. They will initially fly 3 times per week from their Budapest base.

May 26th, 2006

SmartWings schedule from Budapest confirmed

As previously announced, SmartWings will begin flying from Budapest as of the winter 2006/07 season. It has now been confirmed that they will begin flying these routes from 29 October 2006. They will launch routes to their Prague base, and also to Rome (Fiumicino), Milan (Orio al Serio) and Paris (Charles de Gaulle). In addition to the previously announced routes, they will also begin flying to Madrid.

May 23rd, 2006

Centavia – the new Serbian low-cost airline?

A new low-cost airline is due to launch from the Serbian capital, Belgrade. Centavia expect to begin flying with 2 aircraft during the summer 2006 season. They will initially operate some summer routes to Turkey, Greece, Egypt and Spain.

They expect to launch regular routes from their Belgrade base to Basel, Cologne-Bonn, Bratislava, Budapest, Hamburg (Fuhlsbuettel) and Milan (Orio al Serio) from autumn 2006.

Gothenburg to Budapest with Wizz Air

From September 2006, Wizz Air will begin flying between their base at Budapest and Gothenburg (Saeve).

April 28th, 2006

SmartWings to fly from Budapest

This winter, Czech Republic-based low-cost airline SmartWings will begin flying from Budapest. They intend to fly daily to Paris (Charles de Gaulle) and 6 times per week to Rome (Ciampino), Milan (Orio al Serio) and Prague. Launch dates have not yet been announced.

From 01 May 2006 they will also begin offering complementary light refreshments and non-alcoholic drinks on all flights.

April 26th, 2006

Wizz Air to fly to Tirgu Mures

Wizz Air will begin flying 3 times per week from their Budapest base to the Romanian city of Tirgu Mures. This will be the first low-cost route to Tirgu Mures.

April 1st, 2006

Condor adds Munich to Budapest

From 02 May 2006, Condor will begin flying between Munich and Budapest following the low-cost model adopted on selected routes at Munich.

Flights can be booked at www.condor.com.

February 1st, 2006

Wizz Air begins flights to Bourgas

Wizz Air will begin direct flights to Bourgas from London (Luton) (beginning 02 May 2006) and from Budapest (beginning 18 June 2006). The Wizz Air flight will begin just 1 day after Sky Europe begin operating on the same route.

January 31st, 2006

Wizz Air expands into Slovenia and Croatia

From May 2006, Wizz Air will begin flights to Ljubljana. They will initially fly from Brussels (Charleroi) and London (Luton). In May, they will also launch a route between London (Luton) and Split, and will follow this up with a new route from Budapest to Split in June.

December 24th, 2005

WizzAir launch Corfu route

Wizz Air will launch a weekly route to Corfu from Budapest on 06 June 2006.

December 14th, 2005

Wizz Air to fly to Rhodes for summer

Wizz Air will launch a weekly summer service to Rhodes from Budapest on 17 June 2006.

November 19th, 2005

SkyEurope expands at Budapest

SkyEurope have put 4 new routes on sale for 2006 from Budapest. In mid-April they will launch 2 new Italian routes from Budapest, including Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi) and Naples.

They will also launch 2 new routes to Bulgaria for the summer season, including Bourgas and Varna. This will make SkyEurope the first low-cost airline to fly to Varna.

October 4th, 2005

Helsinki is new base for Sterling

Sterling, the Scandinavian low-cost airline currently in the process of merging with Maersk, will make Helsinki a base from March 2006.

From the end of March, they are scheduled to begin flying 11 new routes from Helsinki to Rome (Ciampino), Prague, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Paris (Beauvais), Nice, Malaga, Faro, Crete, Budapest and Bologna.

September 14th, 2005

SkyEurope to fly to Bulgaria and Romania

Next week, Wizz Air will begin operating their first flights from Budapest to the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. Today SkyEurope, one of the largest low-cost carriers in Central Europe has announced that they too will begin flying to Sofia, from their Bratislava base.

They will begin flying to Sofia on 09 December 2005. SkyEurope will also begin expanding into Romania by launching a route from Bratislava to Bucharest (Baneasa) on 12 December.

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 13th, 2005

Wizz Air expands at Warsaw

Following the earlier announcement that Wizz would launch a new route from Warsaw to Kaunas, they will also launch routes from Warsaw to Dortmund and Budapest.

Flights will commence at the beginning of December 2005.

June 20th, 2005

Hemus Air to enter low-cost market?

Bulgarian airline Hemus Air (formerly a state-owned airline, but now under private ownership) has reacted to Wizz Air‘s announcement to launch routes from Budapest to the Bulgarian capital – Sofia, with a decision to launch low-cost services.

They are said to be considering flying from Sofia to Vienna, Stuttgart, Cologne-Bonn and Leipzig using a budget airline model.

June 16th, 2005

Wizz Air adds Sofia to their network

Wizz Air will add a new route from their Budapest base to the Bulgarian capital – Sofia. This will be the first European low-cost connection to Sofia since the demise of the Bulgarian budget airline Bexx Air.

They will begin flying this new route from 19 September 2005. Wizz are also offering ‘official’ connections from London (Luton) and Frankfurt (Hahn), which allow passengers to change planes at Budapest.

April 20th, 2005

Air Maxi – Serbia’s first budget airline?

Air Maxi is a new low-cost airline being established by the Serbian operator, Aviogenex.

It is expected that they will be based in Belgrade and will initially launch routes to Dubrovnik, Bucharest, Ljubljana, Budapest and other EU destinations.

Route and airline information will be added to our database when tickets go on sale. Flights are expected to commence for the summer 2005 season.

February 25th, 2005

SkyEurope summer schedule

SkyEurope have modified their original plans for the summer season by moving a number of new routes to Krakow instead of Warsaw. Amongst other reasons, they cite rising costs at Warsaw for the move.

In addition to the previously announced schedules, they intend to add routes to Athens from Bratislava and Budapest. We haven’t seen a confirmation of flight times yet on these 2 new routes, when they do become available the routes will be added to the cheap0 database.

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.

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

Snalskjutsen begin new routes East

Swedish budget airline Snalskjutsen, an off-shoot of Malmo Aviation, will begin 2 seasonal flights from Stockholm (Bromma) to Budapest and Prague, beginning at the end of March 2005.

November 26th, 2004

Wizz Air announce more summer routes

Over the last few days, a number of new Wizz routes have been released. Beginning on 29 March 2005, they will commence flying between Budapest and Venice, Budapest and Katowice, Katowice and Girona, Gdansk and Stockholm (Skavsta) and Katowice and Frankfurt (Hahn).

Later in the season (21 June) they will begin a new route from Budapest to Palma (Mallorca).

November 19th, 2004

Wizz Air summer timetable 2005

Wizz Air have announced their summer timetable for 2005 for destinations from Budapest, tickets are on sale now. This includes new routes to Girona and Frankfurt (Hahn).

September 29th, 2004

Jet2 makes Manchester a new hub

Jet2, currently based primarily at Leeds (Bradford) have announced they they will expand, using Manchester as their next hub.

They have announced 9 destinations from Manchester which include Budapest (starting 01 December 2004), Murcia, (02 December 2004), Valencia, Nice, Venice, Faro (all starting 19 March 2005),Pisa (26 May 2005), Geneva (18 December 2004) and Malaga (04 February 2004).

September 15th, 2004

Wizz Air comes to Liverpool

On 06 December 2004, central-European airline Wizz Air are due to launch operations from Liverpool. They will make this a new hub airport, flying to Budapest, Warsaw and Katowice.

This move makes Wizz the first central or eastern European based airline to have a UK hub outside London.

In addition, they have added a new route from Brussels (Charleroi) to Katowice which is due to begin on 04 December.

July 19th, 2004

Wizz Air expansion

The Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air have revealed a number of new routes which they will begin flying from 15 September 2004. These include Warsaw to Dortmund, Brussels (S. Charleroi) and Malmo. In fact, Malmo becomes a new hub for Wizz, also with new flights to Katowice, Budapest and Gdansk. In addition, they have announced a new route from Budapest to Milan (Orio al Serio).

It also seems that Wizz‘s planned route from Prague to Budapest has also been cancelled without a trace of information.

In line with other budget airlines, Wizz have raised their hand luggage allowance to 10kg, currently putting their hand luggage limits on a par with Ryanair, but not as large as easyJet‘s ‘as much as you can carry’ policy.

July 13th, 2004

easyJet announce new Eastern European routes

easyJet have today revealed that they will begin flying a further 6 routes in Eastern Europe, from 31 October 2004, bringing their total number of routes in Eastern and Central Europe up to 17.

The new routes include London (Luton) to Warsaw and Krakow, Dortmund to Krakow, and routes between Budapest and Bristol, Newcastle and Geneva. In addition, they will increase the frequency of their service between Budapest and London (Luton).

easyJet have promised even further expansion into Eastern Europe, unlike Ryanair who, despite early promises, are yet to expand in this direction at all.

June 12th, 2004

easyJet announces Gatwick expansion

While rumour has it BA are going to pull a number of routes from London (Gatwick), easyJet has announced that they are to expand their operation there. They are already scheduled to begin flying to Cologne-Bonn in September. In addition, they have now announced that they will fly to Budapest and increase the frequency of their Madrid flights.

In November, they will begin flying to Rome (Ciampino) and Venice, they will also increase the frequency of their Cologne-Bonn flights.

In February 2005, easyJet are planning to start flying to Murcia, and also increase the frequency of their Geneva flights.

June 4th, 2004

easyJet brings forward new Dortmund route launches

easyJet have today announced that they will begin their new flights from Dortmund to Budapest, London (Luton) and Prague 2 weeks earlier than originally planned. They will now begin on 01 September 2004.

May 16th, 2004

New Wizz Air routes from Budapest

Wizz Air have announced that from 15 July 2004 they will begin flying from Budapest to Brussels (Charleroi) and Stockholm (Skavsta).

It would seem that Wizz, who begin flying next week, have changed their flight destinations a number of times since their original announcement to fly. A number of routes keep disappearing from their system with no official announcements, including routes to Venice (Treviso) and Munich.

April 27th, 2004

Rapid Wizz Air expansion

The new central-European startup, Wizz Air, have today announced yet more new routes all over Europe. They have expanded from Budapest, to make it a base, adding new routes to Athens, Rome (Ciampino), Girona, Paris (Beauvais), Prague and London (Luton). All of these routes begin on 24 June 2004.

They have also expanded their main base at Katowice, to include new routes to Athens, Stockholm (Skavsta), Dortmund, Paris (Beauvais), Venice and Munich. These routes will begin from 01 July 2004.

Mysteriously, their previously announced (and already on sale) route from Katowice to Berlin (Schoenefeld) has disappeared from their site.

April 19th, 2004

New Wizz Air routes Budapest and Venice

Continuing to expand their base at Katowice, Wizz Air have announced new routes to Venice (Treviso) and Budapest. Both routes begin on 01 July.

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