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April 25th, 2011

New easyJet routes for summer

easyJet continue with their usual summer expansion for this year and have added some new routes from the UK for 2011. These include:

April 24th, 2011

Roll-up, roll-up..Jet2 winter flights on sale!

Jet2 have already put their flights on sale for this winter, including a new route from Glasgow (International) to Geneva which they will begin operating on 19 December 2011. Take a look over at www.jet2.com.

April 15th, 2009

Flygobespan flights from Glasgow to Sharm El Sheikh this winter

FlyGlobespan have put winter flights on sale from their Glasgow (International) base to Sharm El Sheikh. They will begin operating a weekly flight on this route from 07 November 2009.

September 13th, 2008

New routes for FlyGlobespan

FlyGlobespan have put five new routes on sale, including flights to Turkey, Egypt and the Canary Islands. They have added flights to Dalaman, Turkey (starting in May 2009) from Edinburgh, Glasgow (International) and Aberdeen. From Aberdeen they will also launch flights to Sharm El Sheikh and Las Palmas in December 2008.

May 5th, 2008

FlyGlobespan winter flights to Hurghada

FlyGlobespan will fly from Glasgow (International) to Hurghada this winter. They will launch weekly flights from 05 November 2008.

December 7th, 2007

New easyJet routes from Bristol

easyJet will add three routes from their Bristol base next year. From 23 April 2008, they will begin flying from Bristol to Split, Biarritz and Olbia. At the same time, they will also launch flights from Edinburgh to Nice and from Glasgow (International) to Faro.

easyJet have also put an additional flight on sale to Pisa from their London (Luton) base. They will begin flying this route from the end of March 2008.

November 27th, 2007

flybe Summer 2008 expansion

flybe will expand their operation next summer, when they will launch 23 new routes. This will include expansion in Scotland, with new routes being launched from Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow (International), in addition to flights from England (Liverpool, Manchester, Southampton, Exeter, Newquay and Birmingham), Wales (Cardiff) and Northern Ireland (Belfast (City)).

All of these new routes are available to book now at www.flybe.com.

November 9th, 2007

New Birmingham and Glasgow routes for bmibaby

bmibaby will launch two new routes on 12 February 2008. These are from Birmingham to Krakow and from Glasgow (International) to Knock. Flights on these routes are available to book now at www.bmibaby.com.

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 1st, 2007

FlyGlobespan to fly to Corfu

From May 2008 FlyGlobespan will begin flying to Corfu. They will add weekly flights from their Edinburgh and Glasgow (International) bases, starting on 24 May.

August 5th, 2007

Four new easyJet routes from Belfast

easyJet continue to add new routes from their Belfast (International) base. From the end of October 2007, they will begin flying from Belfast (International) to Venice (Marco Polo), Prague, Gdansk and Barcelona. At the same time, they will also launch flights from their Milan (Malpensa) base to Olbia and Cagliari, and from Glasgow (International) to Paris (Charles de Gaulle).

January 3rd, 2007

easyJet summer flights to Ibiza

easyJet will launch three weekly routes to Ibiza from the UK this summer. From 16 June they will fly from Glasgow (International) and also from Belfast (International) (beginning 07 July) and Bristol (beginning 14 July).

November 28th, 2006

New flybe routes on sale for Summer 2007

flybe have put a second batch of flights from their Summer 2007 schedule on sale. This includes 13 new routes including flights to Hamburg (Fuhlsbuettel), Dubrovnik, Split, Avignon, Rennes, Brest, Nice, Limoges, Glasgow (International), Belfast (City), Manchester, Newquay and Bergerac.

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

November 1st, 2006

New bmibaby routes from Birmingham

bmibaby will begin three new routes from their Birmingham base from 26 March 2007. They will begin flying twice daily to Glasgow (International), and three times per week to Murcia and Faro.

October 4th, 2006

Air Scotland add winter Canary Island links

Air Scotland will launch flights from their Glasgow (International) and Manchester bases to the Canary Islands this winter. From 31 October 2006, they will fly weekly to Arrecife and Las Palmas.

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.

May 24th, 2006

FlyGlobespan winter 2006 flights

FlyGlobespan continue to put their winter 2006/2007 schedule on sale. New routes include Liverpool to Prague and Glasgow (International) to Fuerteventura.

They have also expressed their intention to operate from Aberdeen next summer.

March 31st, 2006

Air Scotland expands.. into England

Air Scotland will scale back the flights they operate from Scotland this summer, in favour of flying from English airports instead. From 07 June 2006, they will begin flying weekly from Birmingham and Newcastle to Girona. This follows their recent announcement that Manchester would become an Air Scotland base.

This move will see them scale back some routes planned from Glasgow (International) and Edinburgh.

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.

January 15th, 2006

FlyGlobespan expands for summer

FlyGlobespan will launch new routes to Pula and Menorca from their bases at Glasgow (International) and Edinburgh. Both routes will begin at the end of May 2006 and are currently scheduled to operate until the end of October.

This will make FlyGlobespan the first low-cost airline to fly to Pula.

December 27th, 2005

FlyGlobespan launches Greek destinations for summer

From the end of May 2006, FlyGlobespan will begin flying weekly to Athens and Heraklion from Glasgow (International). They will operate these flights for the summer season.

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).

November 10th, 2005

FlyGlobespan expands for summer 2006

FlyGlobespan have announced an additional 3 new routes for summer 2006. These include Edinburgh to Rome (Fiumicino) and Bournemouth, and from Glasgow to Ibiza. Flights to Bournemouth will operate daily, while the other routes will operate once per week.

November 3rd, 2005

Air Berlin to fly UK domestic routes

Air Berlin have announced that from 16 December 2005 they will become the first German airline to offer domestic flights within the UK. They are due to make London (Stansted) a hub airport, adding routes to Manchester and Glasgow.

They will fly up to twice daily on these new routes. Stansted to Glasgow is a highly competitive route, with existing competition from easyJet and FlyGlobespan. FlyGlobespan have even introduced free breakfasts on their morning flights on this route, and their route between Edinburgh and Stansted, in an attempt to lure passengers away from their rivals.

Air Berlin will also become the first airline to use Stansted as a transfer hub. It will be possible to connect from Glasgow or Manchester to the destinations Air Berlin already serves from Stansted, and Air Berlin will ensure the safe transfer of your luggage from one flight to the next. This is exactly the sort of frill that was traditionally removed from the low-cost airline model.

The new flights are already available to book at www.airberlin.com.

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 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.

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.

August 17th, 2005

easyJet launches Geneva connections

easyJet will launch 3 new routes to Geneva this winter season. On 15 December 2005 they will begin flying daily from Doncaster and Edinburgh. They will also begin a weekly service from Glasgow on 17 December.

This will be the first route that easyJet will operate from the recently opened passenger airport at Doncaster.

August 2nd, 2005

flyglobespan expands at Stansted

flyglobespan, the low-cost carrier based on Scotland, began competing on the Glasgow and Edinburgh to London (Stansted) routes earlier in the year.

They have announced for the winter 2005 season that they will fly 2 new routes from Stansted. They will begin flying daily to Tenerife (Sur) from 01 November 2005, and to Geneva from 22 December.

April 15th, 2005

flyglobespan begin flights to London

flyglobespan will begin flying 2 new routes from their bases at Glasgow (International) and Edinburgh to London (Stansted).

From 01 June 2005 they will fly twice-daily from both bases. Both of these new routes will be indirect competition with easyJet, who fly the exact same routes.

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 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.

February 25th, 2005

Air Scotland to fly to Paris

Air Scotland will start flying a weekly route from Glasgow (International) to Paris (Charles de Gaulles) on 01 April 2005.

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.

October 11th, 2004

flybe ‘lands’ at Liverpool

flybe have announced that they are to make Liverpool a new hub on their network. From 2005 they will begin flights to Belfast (City) (on 10 February), Edinburgh, Glasgow (International) (both on 27 March 2005, when they commence flying their summer timetable) and Jersey (from 07 May).

This expansion at Liverpool will make flybe the 7th low cost carrier to fly to the airport, further making Liverpool a hub for budget travel in the UK and further fuelling competition in the north west. Their announcement comes only shortly after Air Wales and Wizz Air have announced routes to Liverpool, which is probably best known as a major easyJet hub.

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 7th, 2004

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