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September 2nd, 2009

New Ryanair ski routes on sale for December

Ryanair have just put on sale a number of routes for this winter – this includes the following routes:

All of these routes begin from 19 December 2009.

July 31st, 2009

Ryanair launches 39 new Canary Island routes

Ryanair have placed 39 new routes on sale from various European hubs to the Canary Islands. From October 2009 they will begin new flights to Las Palmas, Arrecife and Tenerife (Sur) from Girona, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Brussels (Charleroi), Dublin, Weeze, East Midlands, Frankfurt (Hahn), Glasgow (Prestwick), Liverpool, London (Luton), London (Stansted), Madrid, Oporto and Shannon.

July 27th, 2009

New Dublin routes for Norwegian

Norwegian Air Shuttle will launch two new routes from Dublin to their bases at Oslo (International) and Copenhagen. The flights will begin from 20 August 2009, and at the same time they will launch some other new routes from Copenhagen to Warsaw and Rome (Fiumicino).

The new flights are available to book now at www.norwegian.no.

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.

July 30th, 2008

Ryanair expands at Weeze

Ryanair will expand their operation at Weeze airport (or Dusseldorf as they like to call it) this winter. From 27 October 2008 they will begin flying from Weeze to Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Tenerife (Sur), Santander, Faro, Ancona, Oslo (Torp), Gothenburg (Saeve) and Riga.

May 15th, 2008

Ryanair to fly Dublin to Kerry

Ryanair will begin flying from their Dublin base to Kerry this summer. They will fly three times daily on this route from 22 July 2008. Ryanair were awarded the PSO contract by the Irish Department of Transport to subsidise this service.

March 22nd, 2008

Guernsey – Dublin link with flybe

flybe will begin flying directly between Guernsey and Dublin from 07 June 2008. The flights, which operate three times per week, can be booked via www.flybe.com.

December 17th, 2007

New Ryanair routes from Irish bases

Ryanair have put four new routes on sale from their Dublin and Cork bases. These include flights from Dublin to Tours, Rodez and Brest (from April 2008), and from Cork to Carcassonne (from the end of May).

October 30th, 2007

New flights from Newquay and Plymouth with Air Southwest

Air Southwest will add six new routes from their Newquay and Plymouth bases from 28 April 2008. The new routes include Newquay to Newcastle and Glasgow (International), and Plymouth to Newcastle, Glasgow (International), Dublin and Cork. These new routes can be booked at www.airsouthwest.com.

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.

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 16th, 2007

Four new flights from Krakow

centralwings will enlarge their operation at Krakow airport by adding four new routes this winter. From the end of October 2007, they will begin flying from Krakow to Dublin, Manchester, Athens and Girona. Tickets for these flights are available to purchase now at www.centralwings.com.

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 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 31st, 2007

Eight new Ryanair routes from Shannon

Ryanair continue to grow at Shannon with the announcement that they will launch eight new routes this November. These will include flights from Shannon to London (Luton), Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Dublin, Tenerife (North), Fuerteventura, Riga and Kaunas.

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.

January 9th, 2007

New Polish flights from Dublin

Ryanair will begin flying two new routes from their Dublin base to Poland. From May 2007 they will begin flying from Dublin to Bydgoszcz and Gdansk.

December 16th, 2006

Flynordic summer routes on sale

On 05 April 2007 flynordic will begin flights from their Stockholm (Arlanda) base to Toulon via Bordeaux (a stop only), also facilitating connections from Bordeaux to Toulon. They will also start flying from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Dublin (from 01 April) and Tallinn (from 04 May).

November 15th, 2006

New flight from Dublin to Szczecin

centralwings, the Central European low-cost airline, will begin flying between Dublin and Szczecin in Poland. They will fly twice per week on this new route from 19 February 2007. Flights can be booked now at www.centralwings.com.

October 25th, 2006

Fly Gibraltar – a new low-cost airline?

A new airline branding themselves as low-cost is due to begin flying in March 2007. They will operate scheduled flights to Gibraltar from London (Stansted), Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham and Dublin. They will provide inflight catering and seat allocations in the ticket price, but are positioning themselves as a budget airline.

Flights are due to go on sale in December.

October 18th, 2006

New Ryanair flights to Warsaw and Stockholm

Ryanair will launch new routes to Stockholm (Vasteras) next year from Dublin (from February 2007) and London (Stansted) (late March 2007). They will also begin flying from Dublin to Warsaw from February 2007.

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.

October 11th, 2006

Ryanair expansion at Madrid airport

Ryanair will make Madrid their 18th European base, and from 22 November 2006 will begin flying 14 new routes. They will begin flying to Dublin, Shannon, Eindhoven, Faro, Oporto, Marseille, Paris (Beauvais), Billund, Brussels (Charleroi), East Midlands, Oslo (Torp), Bournemouth, Gothenburg (Saeve) and Malmo.

This expansion at Madrid may come as a surprise, given that only 2 weeks ago easyJet announced that they would expand their operation from Madrid from February 2007.

September 22nd, 2006

Ryanair announces 5 new routes

Ryanair continue their seemingly eternal route expansion with 5 new routes. In December 2006 they will launch a new route between Glasgow (Prestwick) and Derry. Over the coming months they will also add new routes from Dublin (as previously announced) to Fuerteventura, Tenerife (North), Alghero and Trapani.

September 16th, 2006

7 new routes for Ryanair

Ryanair will introduce 7 new routes to their network over the coming months. From the end of October 2006 they will begin flying from London (Luton) and Pisa to Malta, and from Pisa to Billund and Seville. From early November they will fly from Frankfurt (Hahn) to Billund, in December they will begin flights from London (Stansted) to Perugia and in February 2007 they will launch flights between Dublin and Malta. All of these flights are now on sale.

September 5th, 2006

Ryanair to fly to the Canaries

Ryanair will launch three new routes from Dublin next year. This will include a new service to Malta, as well as new routes to Stockholm and the Canary Islands. The announcement is significant because the new route to the Canaries will have a longer flying time than any of their existing routes. This indicates a willingness to fly longer distances, and suggests that almost any route in Europe may be considered acceptable for low-cost flying. This contradicts previous wisdom that shorter flights were the only routes considered sufficiently profitable.

easyJet and Ryanair to fly to Malta

Earlier this week, the Maltese government finally gave the go-ahead for Ryanair and easyJet to begin flying to Malta. This provides these airlines with considerable subsidies towards the operation of flights to the region.

Ryanair is expected to launch services from their Dublin base from February 2007, and also from London (Luton) and Pisa, possibly as early as October this year. easyJet have not yet confirmed whether they will begin flying to Malta, but their proposed routes are from London (Luton) and Basel.

August 31st, 2006

Ryanair intend to fly to Malta

After considerable delay, it looks like a deal is imminent between Ryanair and the Maltese Government regarding landing fees in Malta. This should see Ryanair fly to Malta from London (Luton), Pisa and Dublin, with flights possibly beginning as early as 31 October 2006. However, the final details are yet to be confirmed and flights are not yet on sale.

August 29th, 2006

Two new Ryanair routes to Turin

Ryanair will launch two new routes to Turin from their bases at Brussels (Charleroi) and Dublin. Flights will commence from 19 December 2006.

August 9th, 2006

Major expansion at Dublin for Ryanair

Ryanair will launch 12 new routes from their Dublin base over the coming months, bringing the total number of routes their operate from Dublin to 63. The new routes include flights to Madrid, Vitoria and Seville (Spain), Oslo (Torp) (Norway), Tampere (Finland), Billund (Denmark), Rzeszow (Poland), Friedrichshafen (Germany), Grenoble (France), Bologna (Forli) (Italy) and Pula (Croatia).

June 23rd, 2006

Polish expansion for Norwegian

Norwegian Air Shuttle will expand their operation in Poland by launching 7 new routes from 15 September 2006. They will begin flying from Warsaw to Dublin, Stockholm (Arlanda), Rome (Ciampino), Milan (Malpensa) and Athens. They will also begin flying to Stockholm (Arlanda) from Krakow and Wroclaw.

Flights on these new routes can be booked at www.norwegian.no.

May 10th, 2006

Ryanair launch Marseille base

From 06 November 2006, Ryanair will launch a major operation at Marseille and will make it a hub airport in their network. In addition to flights to Dublin and Glasgow (Prestwick), they will operate new routes to London (Stansted), Oporto, Brussels (Charleroi), Aer Lingus, Karlsruhe-Baden, Oslo (Torp), Rome (Ciampino) and Frankfurt (Hahn).

Following their recent announcement to fly to Marrakech, they will also add 3 routes from Marseille to Morocco, including Marrakech, Fez and Oujda. These flights will be of concern to Moroccan low-cost airline Atlas Blue, who already fly from Marrakech to Marseille, and were previously the only low-cost airline to fly to Oujda.

Ryanair will fly from Dublin to Berlin

From 01 June 2006, Ryanair will begin flying daily between their base at Dublin and Berlin (Schoenefeld). This will bring the number of routes they fly from Dublin to 52.

February 14th, 2006

Aer Arann to fly to Inverness

Aer Arann will begin flying between Dublin and Inverness from 10 April 2006. They will fly 4 times per week on this route.

December 24th, 2005

Ryanair to launch 16 new routes from Dublin

From April 2006, Ryanair will base 5 new aircraft at Dublin airport and will launch 16 new routes. They will also increase flight frequencies on 8 other routes from Dublin.

The new routes from Dublin will include Kaunas, Bratislava, Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Malmo, Gothenburg, Venice (Treviso), Milan (Orio al Serio), Salzburg, Oporto, Valencia, Marseille, Nantes, La Rochelle, Hamburg (Luebeck) and Karlsruhe-Baden.

Ryanair will also launch a flight between Dublin and Humberside, which will become the first low-cost route from Humberside airport.

December 12th, 2005

Increased competition at Cardiff

bmibaby have decided to stop operating flights in association with Air Wales on routes from Cardiff to Glasgow (International) and Belfast (International). Air Wales have responded by announcing the launch of their own route to Belfast (City).

In addition, Aer Arann have also announced the launch of 2 new routes to Cardiff, including one from Belfast (City) and one from Dublin (from 27 March 2006). This will mean that there will be 3 low-cost airlines competing on Cardiff to Dublin routes (Aer Arann, Air Wales and Ryanair), and also routes to Belfast (bmibaby, Aer Arann and Air Wales).

December 6th, 2005

Centralwings to expand UK and Ireland routes

Centralwings will launch 5 new routes to the UK and Republic of Ireland for the summer 2006 season. They will launch a route from Lodz to Dublin in direct competition with Ryanair, who recently announced that they would start flying this route from 04 April. They will also launch a route to Dublin from Gdansk.

In addition, they will launch routes to Edinburgh from Gdansk and Katowice, and to Leeds (Bradford) from Warsaw. At the same time, Centralwings will also launch a route from Krakow to Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi). All routes commence at the end of March 2006, and are available to book now.

November 8th, 2005

Air Wales to fly from Cork to Exeter

From the beginning of 2006, Air Wales will launch a route from Cork to Exeter.

Since flybe moved in at Norwich airport, Air Wales have dropped their route from Norwich to Dublin, and no longer have a presense at the airport.

November 3rd, 2005

Ryanair adds Riga route from Dublin

Ryanair will continue their expansion of routes to Riga, when they launch a new route between Dublin and Riga on 09 January 2006. This flight will operate daily and is available to purchase already.

September 13th, 2005

New base at Cork for Ryanair

Ryanair will make Cork a hub airport from November 2005. They will add 2 new routes, to Dublin and London (Gatwick), which will both begin on 24 November.

They will base an aircraft at Cork in order to serve these 2 routes, and the 2 routes they already operate from Cork, to Liverpool and London (Stansted).

July 20th, 2005

Ryanair makes Pisa new base

Ryanair have announced that they will launch 3 new routes from Pisa during the winter season, bringing the number of routes they fly from the airport to 10. It will become their 14th base in Europe.

The new routes from Pisa include Dublin (daily from 10 October 2005), Eindhoven and Alghero (both daily from 12 January 2006).

July 12th, 2005

Centralwings announces new winter routes

Centralwings have put their winter 2005/06 timetable on sale, including 7 new routes.

This includes 4 new routes from Warsaw to Shannon, Edinburgh, Grenoble and Milan (Malpensa).

They will also begin flying to Dublin from Katowice and Wroclaw on 16 December 2005. They will also launch a route from Wroclaw to Milan (Malpensa)

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.

May 18th, 2005

Ryanair expands in Poland and Slovakia

Following our announcement this morning that SkyEurope will begin 2 new routes to Dublin, home of Ryanair, Ryanair have retalliated by announcing that they will launch a new route from London (Stansted) to Bratislava – the home of SkyEurope.

In addition, Ryanair will begin 4 other new routes from Stansted to the Polish cities of Gdansk, Bydgoszcz, Szczecin and Rzeszow.

These new routes will begin on 30 October 2005 and are available to book now.

SkyEurope launches routes to Dublin

will launch 2 new routes to this winter. They will begin flying to Dublin from their bases at (on 20 September 2005) and (14 October). Flights from both bases will be 3 times per week.

The routes have not yet been officially announced, however are already for sale via their web site.

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 31st, 2005

Ryanair expands in Italy

Ryanair have just announced that they will launch 3 new domestic routes from Rome (Ciampino) on 28 April 2005. These will include Venice (Treviso), Alghero (Sardinia) and Verona (Brescia). This is in addition to the route they announced to Dublin last week.

Tickets on these new routes are due to go on sale tomorrow, 1 February.

January 20th, 2005

flynordic expands this summer

flynordic, the low-cost airline previously known as Nordic Airlink, will launch a number of new routes in March. These will include Stockholm (Arlanda) to Barcelona, Munich, Dublin, Berlin (Tegel) and Tallinn. They will also add a new route from Copenhagen to Tallinn.

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 30th, 2004

flybe move in on Norwich

Following their announcement yesterday to make Leeds (Bradford) a new hub, today flybe have announced that they will also make Norwich a hub airport.

They will begin flying from Norwich on 27 March 2005 when they launch routes to Belfast (City) and Edinburgh. On 07 May they will launch a route to Jersey and on 16 June they will launch a daily route to Glasgow (International).

flybe will be the 2nd low-cost airline to make use of Norwich, Air Wales recently began a route between Norwich, Dublin and Cardiff.

November 26th, 2004

Air Southwest expands

Air Southwest will connect a number of cities in the UK and Ireland after 11 April 2005. They are now taking bookings on new routes including Leeds (Bradford) to Plymouth, Bristol to Dublin, Leeds (Bradford) and Newquay, Newquay to Dublin, Leeds (Bradford) and Manchester.

Their schedules would suggest that they are introducing so many new routes with little overhead by including a number of stops (but not changes) on each journey, so in some cases flying times may appear much longer than you’d expect.

Nonetheless, it is about time that some more low-cost routes became available for shorter distances such as some of these.

November 21st, 2004

Ryanair to make Liverpool a new hub

Tomorrow it is expected that Ryanair will announce that Liverpool will become their next hub airport, making it their 12th base.

At present they are due to fly 4 routes from Liverpool over the coming seasons, including Dublin, Girona, Milan (Orio al Serio) and Rome (Ciampino). It is expected that they may announce as many as 8 new routes tomorrow, and it is rumoured that they will base 3 or 4 aircraft at Liverpool in order to service this expansion.

September 15th, 2004

EUJet cuts back routes before launch

EUJet, a new low-cost airline based at Kent (Manston) began flying just 2 weeks ago. Already they have cut 2 routes from their schedule, both of which they were due to start today.

They were planning to fly from Dublin to Shannon and apparently had an agreement with Aer Lingus that they would stop flying this route in order to stimulate demand in their direction. EUJet have indicated that the reason they have dropped this route is because Aer Lingus have not altered their schedules.

In addition, they appear to have dropped the route between their 2 hub airports, Shannon and Kent (Manston), which was due to launch today.

August 18th, 2004

Air Wales announce new budget routes to Norwich

Air Wales will begin flying 2 new routes in November 2004 from Dublin and Cardiff to Norwich. This will be the first time that the airport at Norwich will have been involved in low-cost air travel.

August 13th, 2004

SmartWings link Dublin and Prague

Despite a major low-cost airline presence at Dublin, until now there has no budget connection to Prague.

That is all about to change as Czech budget carrier SmartWings, a subsidiary of the larger Travel Service group, will begin flying from their base in Prague to Dublin on 01 October 2004. This will be their 7th low-cost route.

Flights are on sale now on Dublin‘s first budget connection into eastern Europe.

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.

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.

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