London (Gatwick) low-cost airline and flight news

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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:

December 10th, 2010

easyJet to fly to Amman in Jordan

easyJet have announced that they are to launch a new route from Amman, the capital of Jordan, to London (Gatwick). This will be their longest route and they will become the first low-cost airline to fly to Jordan.

They will begin flying on this route from March 2011.

April 8th, 2010

flybe to launch Gatwick – Nantes flights

flybe will begin flying from London (Gatwick) to Nantes this summer. Flights will begin on 15 July 2010 and will operate year-round. Tickets are on sale now at

February 18th, 2010

Three new Stockholm routes from Norwegian

Norwegian Air Shuttle will open three new routes from their Stockholm (Arlanda) base for the summer season, including flights to London (Gatwick), Edinburgh and Munich. The new routes begin from April 2010.

February 10th, 2010

Kaunas to be the next Ryanair base..where else?

Ryanair will launch ten new routes from Kaunas in Lithuania this summer and will make it their 40th European base. From May 2010 they will begin flying from Kaunas to Edinburgh, Girona, Berlin (Schoenefeld), London (Gatwick), Oslo (Rygge), Tampere, Weeze, Milan (Orio al Serio) and Paris (Beauvais).

January 21st, 2010

New easyJet routes from Gatwick to Turkey and Greece

easyJet have put four new routes on sale from their London (Gatwick) base to Turkey and Greece. From May 2010 they will fly from London (Gatwick) to Zakinthos, Kos and Chania in Greece and Antalya in Turkey.

January 12th, 2010

Flybe – the interlining low-cost airline?

flybe has introduced what appears to be an interlining deal with Virgin Atlantic. The arrangement allows passengers that use a Flybe regional flight to easily connect with a Virgin flight at either London (Gatwick) or Manchester. flybe will issue boarding passes for all flights at the first check-in, allowing customers to remain airside throughout their journey.

The majority of low-cost airlines do not have interlining deals with other carriers due to the cost and complexity of offering these services. flybe already has similar deals with Brussels Airlines, British Airways and Etihad. More information on the arrangements can be found at

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:

May 12th, 2009

Flybe to launch London – Dusseldorf service

flybe will begin flying from London (Gatwick) to Dusseldorf this summer. They will fly up to three times per day on this route from 22 June 2009. The new flights can be booked at

May 10th, 2009

Winter easyJet flights to Grenoble

easyJet have put two flights on sale to Grenoble for the forthcoming winter season. They will fly from Birmingham and London (Gatwick) to Grenoble from 19 December 2009.

May 4th, 2009

Massive Ryanair expansion in Spain

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

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

April 22nd, 2009

Flybe to launch new Leeds – London service

flybe have announced that they will launch a new route between Leeds Bradford and London (Gatwick) later this year. This follows the announcement by BMI that they are to withdraw their service from Leeds Bradford to London (Heathrow).

flybe will operate the new route to London (Gatwick) three times per day from 29 June 2009. Flights can be booked now at

February 15th, 2009

13 new easyJet routes on sale

easyJet have put 13 new routes on sale across their European network. These include: London (Gatwick) to Munich, Vienna, Zurich and Bodrum, Manchester to Dalaman, Lyon to Pisa, Paris (Orly) to Dubrovnik and Faro, Milan (Malpensa) to Heraklion, Rhodos, Dubrovnik and Split and Berlin (Schoenefeld) to Cagliari.

February 1st, 2009

New Ryanair routes from Marseille

At the end of March Ryanair will launch 5 new routes from Marseille. These include flights to Birmingham, Biarritz, Cagliari, London (Gatwick) and Nantes.

January 28th, 2009

Atlas Blue to fly from London to Fes

Moroccan low-cost airline Atlas Blue will begin flying between London (Gatwick) and Fez this summer. They will fly twice per week on this route from the beginning of March 2009.

January 18th, 2009

New Norwegian routes from Stockholm and Aalborg

In April 2009 Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin flying three new routes from Stockholm (Arlanda). They will launch flights from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Palma, Chania and Faro. They are also due to launch a route between London (Gatwick) and Aalborg – replacing a route that was previously operated by the now-defunct Sterling.

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 11th, 2008

Four new easyJet routes from Gatwick

easyJet have put their summer timetable from London (Gatwick) on sale for 2009, and this includes four new routes. They will begin flying to Larnaca at the end of March 2009, and from May 2009 they will also add flights to Santorini, Naples and Dubrovnik.

November 26th, 2008

London Gatwick – Weeze with Ryanair

Ryanair will launch a new route from their London (Gatwick) base to Weeze next year. They will begin operating flights on this route from 09 January 2009.

November 19th, 2008

London Gatwick – Copenhagen with easyJet

easyJet will launch flights from London (Gatwick) to Copenhagen next year – they will begin flying this route from mid-January 2009. They are also planning to launch flights from Paris (Charles de Gaulle) to Bastia in mid-February 2009.

New Spanish Ryanair routes from Gatwick

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

September 6th, 2008

Two new easyJet routes in December

easyJet have put two new routes on sale from 12 December 2008. These include flights from London (Gatwick) to Istanbul (Sabiha) and from Lyon to Bastia.

August 8th, 2008

easyJet to fly Gatwick – Salzburg

easyJet will begin flying from their London (Gatwick) base to Salzburg this winter. From 13 December 2008 they will fly three times per week.

July 29th, 2008

New Morocco and Rome flights for easyJet

easyJet will launch two new routes from Paris (Charles de Gaulle) to Morocco next winter. This will include flights from Paris (Charles de Gaulle) to Casablanca and Tangier which will begin from 27 October 2008. From 02 November they will also launch flights to Rome (Fiumicino) from both London (Gatwick) and Milan (Malpensa).

July 18th, 2008

Gatwick to Basel with easyJet

easyJet will begin flying between London (Gatwick) and Basel. They will fly six times per week on this route from 27 October 2008.

July 14th, 2008

easyJet launch Helsinki and Portuguese domestic routes

easyJet have today put on sale three new routes for the winter 2008 season, featuring their first flights to Helsinki and also their first domestic route in Portugal. From the beginning of November, easyJet will launch the only low-cost route between the United Kingdom and Helsinki when they launch daily flights from London (Gatwick). From 27 October 2008 they also will begin flying between Lisbon and Funchal, and from Madrid to Sofia.

July 8th, 2008

New easyJet winter routes from Manchester and Gatwick

easyJet have put two new winter routes on sale from their Manchester base to Geneva and Sofia, both starting from 11 December 2008. They will also begin flying from London (Gatwick) to Lyon from 03 October.

June 21st, 2008

New Gatwick – Lyon connection with easyJet

easyJet will launch a new route from their London (Gatwick) base to Lyon in October 2008. They are due to begin flying this route from 01 October.

April 22nd, 2008

New route to Vigo from London Gatwick

clickair have put a new route on sale from London (Gatwick) to Vigo, in south west Spain. They are due to operate three flights per week on this route from 21 June 2008. The new flights can be booked now at

April 7th, 2008

Iceland Express to fly to London Gatwick

Iceland Express will begin flying five times per week from London (Gatwick) to Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital. They will begin flying on this route from 16 September 2008.

These flights are available to book now at

February 20th, 2008

Gatwick to Bilbao with Clickair

Spanish low-cost airline clickair will launch a new route between London (Gatwick) and Bilbao in March. They will fly daily on this route from 30 March 2008

January 30th, 2008

3 new flybe routes from Newcastle

flybe will add three new routes from Newcastle in the coming months. These include flights to London (Gatwick) and Aberdeen (both from 30 March 2008), and weekly flights to Rennes in France (from 24 May). The Gatwick flights will replace a route that is discontinued by Jet2 as of the end of March.

These three new routes may be booked now at

January 14th, 2008

flybe to connect Aberdeen and Gatwick

At the end of March 2008 low-cost airline flybe is to launch flights between Aberdeen and London (Gatwick). They will fly three times per day on this route, replacing flights have been axed by British Airways. Tickets on the new flybe flights can be booked now at

January 8th, 2008

New Gatwick to Larnaca and Menorca routes

Monarch Scheduled will launch new flights from their London (Gatwick) base to Larnaca and Mahon this summer. They will begin flying on these routes from 19 March 2008.

January 2nd, 2008

easyJet to move Bucharest airports in March

easyJet are due to move their flights to London (Gatwick) and Milan (Malpensa) from Bucharest (Otopeni) airport to Bucharest (Baneasa). This move will take place at the end of March 2008.

Gatwick to Olbia flights with Meridiana

Italian low-cost airline Meridiana will begin flying between London (Gatwick) and Olbia. They will begin flying weekly on this route from 05 April 2008. These flights can be booked now at

January 1st, 2008

easyJet to expand at Gatwick and Manchester

easyJet have put 23 new routes on sale from their London (Gatwick) base, and have also put their first flights on sale from Manchester. This additional capacity comes largely from consolidating their recent purchase of GB Airways, and includes a number of former GB routes. The new routes from Gatwick include flights to Ajaccio, Bastia, Arrecife, Tenerife (Sur), Las Palmas, Funchal, Gibraltar, Malta, Montpellier, Nantes, Paphos, Rhodos, Heraklion and Mykonos. They also include flights to Dalaman (Turkey), Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt).

From the end of March 2008, easyJet will begin flights from Manchester. These will include flights to Innsbruck, Heraklion, Malta, Paphos and Tenerife (Sur).

December 18th, 2007

London to Biarritz with easyJet

easyJet will begin flying from London (Gatwick) to Biarritz next summer. They will operate flights four times per week on this route from 04 July 2008.

November 29th, 2007

easyJet to begin flights to Tangier

easyJet will launch flights from their Madrid base to the Moroccan city of Tangier. They will launch flights at the end of February 2008. They will also launch flights from London (Gatwick) to Thessaloniki at the same time. They have also just put on sale tickets from Newcastle to Murcia, starting on 17 May 2008.

October 25th, 2007

easyJet agrees to buy GB Airways

easyJet have this morning agreed the purchase of GB Airways for £103.5m. GB Airways currently operates under a franchise agreement with British Airways, and operates flights to Europe and North Africa under their name. They operate a total of 39 flights from London (Gatwick), London (Heathrow) and Manchester, and easyJet will be able to take over their landing slots at London (Gatwick).

The current franchise agreement will continue until the end of March 2008, after which easyJet will take control of the GB Airways operation.

October 10th, 2007

Sterling to expand at Malmo

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

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

Tickets are available to purchase for these new flights at

August 11th, 2007

Wizz Air to begin flying to Gatwick

The Central European low-cost airline, Wizz Air, will begin flying to London (Gatwick) next year. From 31 January 2008, they will begin daily flights from their base in Katowice, Poland, to London (Gatwick). This will bring the number of routes that they offer from Katowice to 25.

August 10th, 2007

easyJet to fly to Bulgaria and seven new routes

easyJet will begin flying to the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, this winter. They will begin flying three times per week from London (Gatwick) 06 November 2007. They have also put new routes on sale from Liverpool to Innsbruck and Lisbon, from Basel to Marrakech and Oporto and from both Milan (Malpensa) and Geneva to Marrakech.

July 26th, 2007

New easyJet routes to Gdansk, Bucharest and others

easyJet have put 12 new routes on sale, including their first routes to Gdansk. They will fly to Gdansk from Bristol, Edinburgh and London (Gatwick). They will also begin flying to Bucharest (Baneasa) from London (Gatwick) and Madrid, to Innsbruck from Bristol and London (Gatwick), from Madrid to Paris (Charles de Gaulle) and Palma, from Nice to Brussels (International), and from Milan (Malpensa) to Barcelona and Bari.

Tickets for these new routes are available to purchase now.

July 18th, 2007

easyJet to fly to Madeira

easyJet have put more new routes on sale for the winter 2007/08 season. These include flights from their Bristol and London (Stansted) bases to Funchal. These will be their first routes to Funchal. They will also begin flying from Bristol and London (Gatwick) to Lisbon, from Edinburgh and Bournemouth to Krakow and from Barcelona to Lyon. All of these flights begin operating from 28 October 2007.

May 29th, 2007

Scandinavian flights from Nottingham East Midlands

Sterling will begin flying to East Midlands from their Scandinavian bases. From the end of October 2007, they will launch flights to East Midlands from Oslo (International), Copenhagen and Stockholm (Arlanda). They will also launch flights between London (Gatwick) and Oslo (International) at the same time.

May 25th, 2007

Norwegian Air Shuttle to fly to London Gatwick

Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin flying between London (Gatwick) and Oslo (International). They are scheduled to fly six time per week on this route, starting on 28 October 2007. Flights are on sale at

April 8th, 2007

Summer routes with Thomsonfly

Thomsonfly will operate a number of new summer routes from the beginning of May 2007. The new flights include:

These flights can be booked at

March 31st, 2007

Monarch launches online check-in at Luton

Monarch Scheduled have launched online check-in at their London (Luton) base. This means that is now possible for customers to check-in online from all of their UK bases (Manchester, Birmingham and London (Gatwick) included).

March 10th, 2007

March 8th, 2007

New routes from flybe on sale

Following their recent acquisition of BA Connect, flybe have put 11 new routes on sale from their UK hubs. These include flights from Manchester to Bergerac, Limoges and La Rochelle, from Southampton to Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Isle of Man and Frankfurt (International), from London (Gatwick) to Bergerac, from Cardiff to Paris (Charles de Gaulle), from Edinburgh to Rennes and from Guernsey to Norwich and Manchester.

All of these flights can be booked now at

March 6th, 2007

New easyJet route from London to Krakow

easyJet will begin flights from their London (Gatwick) base to Krakow. They will begin flying daily on this route from 05 October 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 9th, 2007

Further 2 new routes for easyJet

easyJet continue to put more new routes on sale for flights over the coming months. They will begin flying between Madrid and Palma from 26 February 2007, and will begin flying from London (Gatwick) to La Rochelle from 14 July.

December 12th, 2006

Three new routes from easyJet

easyJet have put three new routes on sale including London (Gatwick) to Palermo (starting 18 June 2007) and Pisa (from 03 April), and also from Athens to Paris (Orly) (from 04 May). These flights are available to book from today.

December 8th, 2006

Monarch Scheduled to operate Gatwick to Murcia flights

Monarch Scheduled will launch scheduled flights between London (Gatwick) and Murcia next summer. From May 2007 they will commence daily flights on this route.

November 24th, 2006

Jet2 to fly from Newcastle to London

From 25 March 2007 Jet2 will begin flying between Newcastle and London (Gatwick). They will fly three times per week on this route, replacing a service which British Airways will cease to operate.

October 11th, 2006

New Sterling routes

Sterling will launch 3 new routes from 19 March 2007, including London (Gatwick) to Stockholm (Arlanda), Copenhagen to Split and Copenhagen to Bourgas. Flights can be booked now at

August 9th, 2006

Extra capacity on London Gatwick to Ibiza

Monarch Scheduled will join the group of airlines operating low-cost flights from London (Gatwick) to Ibiza next summer. They will begin flying 5 times per week from 24 May 2007. easyJet and Thomsonfly already fly this route.

August 1st, 2006

Low-cost flights from Aalborg with Sterling

Scandinavian low-cost airline Sterling will begin flying from the Danish city of Aalborg from 18 September 2006. They will launch flights from Aalborg to Copenhagen, London (Gatwick) and Malaga. Tickets can be booked now at

June 29th, 2006

Centralwings winter schedule on sale including new routes

centralwings, the low-cost airline owned by Polish state airline LOT, have put their winter 2006/07 schedule on sale. This includes many new routes, such as flights from their Warsaw base to London (Stansted), Lille and Grenoble. They heavily upgrade the routes from their Wroclaw base, including flights to London (Gatwick), Cologne-Bonn, Cork and Rome (Ciampino). They will also launch routes between Krakow and Cork, Gdansk and Shannon.

With many of these new routes being to Irish airports, one wonders whether centralwings is attempting to challenge Ryanair.

All of these flights, and other winter flights are now on sale at

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 20th, 2006

British Airways try to compete on price

British Airways, who recently relaunched their regional CityExpress brand as BA Connect – a so-called traditional airline offering low fares, have announced further changes to their pricing strategy. They will remain a traditional scheduled airline, however intend to begin competing on price with rival low-cost airlines on short-haul European flights.

BA will increase the number of single tickets they sell and on many routes from London (Gatwick) and London (Heathrow) they intend to cut the price by half. In addition, they are getting rid of non-changeable economy tickets – meaning that all customers will be able to change their booking, up until midnight the day before departure (this will however be subject to a £30 fee).

They will continue to offer free food, however customers are required to pay a fuel surcharge of £8 per single journey (£16 per return), in addition to their regular taxes and charges.

Flights can be booked online at

March 7th, 2006

Further route development for easyJet

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

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

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

March 2nd, 2006

Monarch Scheduled adds flights to Lanzarote

Monarch Scheduled will launch 2 new routes to Arrecife in Lanzarote at the beginning of May 2006. They will fly from London (Gatwick) and Manchester.

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.

easyJet launches flights outside the EU

easyJet are set to shake up mainstream low-cost flying in Europe by expanding outside the EU, and even outside Europe.

They have announced that they will launch new routes to the Turkish capital, Istanbul (Sabiha), and Marrakech in Morocco.

Flights to Istanbul (Sabiha) will begin on 24 May 2006 from Basel and London (Luton) on 29 June. easyJet will begin flying between London (Gatwick) and Marrakech on 06 July. They will also launch a route between London (Luton) and Rijeka in Croatia on 30 June.

This move has prompted changes here at flycheapo. As a European guide, we did not previously cover Morocco. Given the clear intention to expand to neighbouring countries, we have decided to relax our definition of Europe (which already included Turkey), to include the North African country of Morocco.

We will take this opportunity to include additional airlines and routes, and will be upgrading shortly. This will include Moroccan low-cost airline, Atlas Blue, who already operate on the route easyJet are launching.

February 15th, 2006

Monarch Scheduled adds Tenerife connection

Monarch Scheduled will fly from London (Gatwick) to Tenerife during the winter 2006/07 season. They will begin flying on 29 October 2006.

October 12th, 2005

easyJet announces base in Milan

easyJet will make Milan (Malpensa) their next European base. They will begin operating a twice-daily service to London (Gatwick) from 01 December 2005, and from the end of March 2006 they will launch daily services to Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Madrid, Malaga and Athens. This will bring the number of routes operated by easyJet from Malpensa to 7.

They plan to expand further at Malpensa in summer 2006. Flights on these new routes will be available to purchase from 15 October 2005.

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).

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 Summer 2006 routes from their current bases will be available to book shortly.

Ryanair announces 3rd Knock to London connection

On 30 October 2005, Ryanair will launch a new route between Knock and London (Luton). This is in addition to the routes they already operate to Stansted and Gatwick.

August 8th, 2005

Germanwings to establish a base at Hamburg

Germanwings will make Hamburg (Fuhlsbuettel) a base from this coming winter season. They will begin flying to 9 new destinations from Fuhlsbuettel, including Istanbul (Sabiha), Krakow, London (Gatwick), Munich, Oslo, Stockholm, Toulouse, Warsaw and Zagreb.

Flights will go on sale from 6pm (CET) on 10 August 2005 at

July 29th, 2005

eastJet adds another London to Geneva route

easyJet will launch a route from London (Stansted) to Geneva on 15 December 2005. This will be their 3rd route from London to Geneva, as they already fly from Luton and Gatwick.

During the peak winter ski season, they are already flying up to 9-times daily from Luton alone.

July 14th, 2005

easyJet adds 6 new routes

easyJet have just made 6 new routes available for booking. These routes include London (Gatwick) to Murcia and Grenoble, Geneva to Malaga and Lisbon and Dortmund to Milan (Malpensa) and Barcelona.

These routes will commence during the 2005/06 winter season, and are available now for booking.

June 12th, 2005

bmibaby winter timetable

bmibaby will put their 2005 winter timetable on sale this week. Routes from Birmingham and Nottingham (East Midlands) will go on sale on 15 June, with Cardiff and Durham Tees Valley routes going on sale the following day.

From 16 June it will be possible to purchase tickets for the new route from Durham Tees Valley to London (Gatwick). bmibaby will commence flying this route on 30 October 2005.

June 2nd, 2005

easyJet adds 5 new summer destinations

easyJet will add 5 new summer routes in July from their various UK bases. These include:

Belfast to Faro (beginning 16 July 2005)
Newcastle to Ibiza (from 23 July)
Liverpool to Ibiza (from 24 July)
London (Gatwick) to Menorca (from 21 July)
Bristol to Menorca (from 23 July)

Tickets are now available to book for these routes.

May 31st, 2005

FlyMe to begin flying to London

FlyMe are due to begin a new daily route from Stockholm (Arlanda) to London (Gatwick) on 03 October 2005.

This will be their first route to the UK and will also be the only current low-cost route from Gatwick to Sweden.

April 18th, 2005

helvetic moves to Luton

From 15 May 2005, helvetic will operate from their base at Zurich to London (Luton) instead of Gatwick.

March 2nd, 2005

easyJet expands Berlin base

easyJet have announced that they will launch 3 new routes from their base at Berlin (Schoenefeld) on 21 September 2005. They will begin flying to London (Gatwick), Milan (Linate) and Rome (Ciampino).

This will make Schoenefeld their 2nd largest base, after London (Stansted).

Seats will go on sale for these new routes on 09 March.

January 17th, 2005

Monarch Scheduled extends summer expansion

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

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

Monarch Scheduled adds routes from Gatwick

Monarch Scheduled have announced they will begin flying 2 new routes from London (Gatwick) on 28 April 2005. The new routes will include Lisbon and Granada. They will be the first low-cost airline to fly GatwickGranada.

December 14th, 2004

centralwings – a new low cost carrier for Europe!

While the bankruptcy of Air Polonia is still unclear, today we learn that a new low-cost carrier – centralwings – will launch next year, backed by Polish state airline LOT.

centralwings will use 3 bases in Poland, Warsaw, Krakow and Katowice. They will commence flights to London (Gatwick) from Warsaw and Krakow on 01 February 2005.

They will then begin the roll-out of their summer timetable during March – May. This will include routes between Warsaw and Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi), Lisbon, Malta, Girona, Prague, Nuremberg, Catania, from Krakow to Rome (Ciampino) and from Katowice to Cologne-Bonn and Hanover.

November 30th, 2004

Ryanair makes a new base at Shannon

Following recent speculation in the media about Ryanair negotiating particularly cheap landing fees at Shannon, as anticipated, they have today announced it as a new base.

They will launch 9 new routes from 3 May 2005. The new routes announced today include London (Gatwick), London (Luton), East Midlands, Girona, Niederrhein, Hamburg (Luebeck), Milan (Orio al Serio) and Stockholm (Skavsta).

November 24th, 2004

easyJet expands in Italy

easyJet have taken the opportunity today to announce 4 new routes to Italy, presumably following the loss of Volareweb from low-cost Europe.

They will launch 2 new routes from Berlin (Schoenefeld) to Pisa and Olbia, both routes will commence on 08 April 2005. In addition, they will begin a new route from London (Gatwick) to Olbia on 27 May and one from London (Luton) to Cagliari on 21 April.

November 19th, 2004

Ryanair announce 4 new routes

Ryanair will launch 4 new routes next year. From London (Gatwick) they will launch a new route to Knock on 19 January.

They will also begin 3 new routes from London (Stansted) including Brno in Czech Republic (24 March) and Granada (7 February) in Spain, both of which are new destinations for low-cost airlines in Europe.

They also launch a new route to the Polish city of Wroclaw on 24 March.

November 16th, 2004

Jet2 to connect Manchester and London

Jet2 have announced that they will commence flying a new route to London (Gatwick) from their new base at Manchester. They will begin this route on 17 January 2005, tickets are available for purchase now.

September 23rd, 2004

easyJet introduces 5 new routes including routes to Ireland

easyJet have decided to begin flying routes to Ireland for the first time, service will commence on 28 January 2005. They will begin flying from London (Gatwick) to Shannon, Cork and Knock.

In addition, they will add 2 new Spanish routes (beginning 01 March 2005) from Gatwick, Almeria and Valencia. This will bring the number of routes they fly from Gatwick to 29.

September 22nd, 2004

SmartWings to fly new routes from Prague

The Czech Republic based airline, Smart Wings, have announced 2 unlikely new routes from their base at Prague. On 22 October 2004 they are due to commence a new route to Vienna, an unlikely selection for a low-cost airline as Vienna has notoriously high landing fees, meaning that most low-cost airlines find it too expensive for them to use.

In addition, they have announced that they will begin flying on 01 November 2004 to London (Gatwick). This route is already flown by 2 carriers, easyJet and bmibaby. In the face of tough competition, it seems unlikely that all 3 will continue to operate the same route for much time.

August 4th, 2004

helvetic to fly to London and Barcelona

Swiss budget airline helvetic has announced that they will begin flying 2 new routes later this year from their hub in Zurich. On 01 October 2004 they will begin flying to London (Gatwick) and on 31 October they will begin flights to Barcelona.

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.

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