London (Luton) low-cost airline and flight news
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February 22nd, 2011
Wizz Air is to begin flying from their London (Luton) base to Skopje this summer – their first flight to Macedonia (FYROM). They are due to fly three times per week on this new route from 20 June 2011.
February 8th, 2010
Wizz Air are to launch flights to Belgrade in Serbia this year. They will begin flying from Dortmund on 12 June 2010 and from London (Luton) on 24 July. They will be the first low-cost airline to fly from the UK to Serbia.
August 15th, 2009
Romanian low-cost airline Blue Air are due to begin two new routes to London this winter. From 25 October 2009 they are due to begin flights to London (Luton) from Bacau and to London (Stansted) from Sibiu.
July 31st, 2009
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 8th, 2009
easyJet have put flights on sale from their London (Luton) base to Tel Aviv in Israel. They will become the first low-cost airline to offer flights from London to Tel Aviv and will fly 6 times per week from 02 November 2009.
July 6th, 2009
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:
- Madrid to Amsterdam and Rome (Fiumicino)
- Amsterdam to Rome (Fiumicino) and Madrid
- Rome (Fiumicino) to Athens, Geneva, Lamezia-Terme, Lisbon, Amsterdam and Madrid
- London (Luton) to Paphos and Sharm El Sheikh
- London (Gatwick) to Oporto and Hamburg (Fuhlsbuettel)
- Edinburgh to Lyon (from mid-December)
- Berlin (Schoenefeld) to Belfast (International)
April 25th, 2009
Italian low-cost airline WindJet will open their first route to the UK with flights between London (Luton) and Bologna (Forli) this summer. They are to begin flying twice per week on this route from July 2009. Flights can be booked now at www.volawindjet.it.
April 24th, 2009
From 06 July 2009 easyJet will launch three new routes from their London (Luton) base to Italy, France and Spain. The new destinations offered from London (Luton) will be Milan (Malpensa), Montpellier and Mahon.
April 6th, 2009
February 19th, 2009
January 25th, 2009
January 11th, 2009
Wizz Air have announced that they will begin flying from Prague. From 19 February 2009 they will fly from Prague to London (Luton), Milan (Orio al Serio), Brussels (Charleroi) and Rome (Fiumicino). From 25 July they will also add flights to Paris (Beauvais) and Eindhoven.
December 23rd, 2008
flybe are expanding the number of flights they operate to Jersey and have launched a number of new routes. These include flights from Dundee, Inverness, Humberside, London (Luton) and even Kent Manston. These flights will operate for the 2009 summer season and can be booked now at www.flybe.com.
October 9th, 2008
September 22nd, 2008
Transavia will reinstate a link between Rotterdam and London (Luton) this winter. They are due to fly 2 daily services on this route, which will begin from 29 October 2008. Flights can be booked now at www.transavia.com.
August 10th, 2008
Wizz Air have announced that they will open their 10th base at Timisoara in Romania. They have put eight routes on sale to this new airport, including flights from London (Luton), Dortmund and Rome (Fiumicino) (all beginning 17 December 2008) and from Barcelona, Milan (Orio al Serio), Paris (Beauvais), Rome (Fiumicino), Valencia and Venice (Treviso) (from 11 March 2009). Flights are available to book now for these new routes.
July 15th, 2008
Ryanair have put five new winter routes on sale, which will begin flying at the end of October 2008. These include a new route from their London (Luton) base to Biarritz, and flights from Stockholm (Skavsta) to the Polish cities of Krakow, Lodz and Wroclaw as well as the Czech capital, Prague.
June 7th, 2008
Although Ryanair have made it known that they intend to ground some of their fleet this winter due to the high cost of oil, they have just announced details of 40 new routes that they will begin flying this winter. The new routes begin from the end of October 2008, and include:
- Bremen to Fuerteventura, Gothenburg (Saeve), Marrakech and Tenerife (Sur)
- Bournemouth to Milan (Orio al Serio) and Paris (Orly)
- Bristol to Gdansk, Marrakech and Szczecin
- Brussels (Charleroi) to Fez, Gdansk, Manchester, Marrakech, Riga, Tangier and Wroclaw
- Frankfurt (Hahn) to Birmingham, Klagenfurt and Prague
- Glasgow (Prestwick) to Faro, Malaga and Tenerife (Sur)
- London (Luton) to Beziers, Derry, Kaunas, Rzeszow, Szczecin and Trapani
- Madrid to London (Stansted) and Milan (Orio al Serio)
- Marseille to Agadir, Brest, Lille, Nador and Tangier
- Milan (Orio al Serio) to Berlin (Schoenefeld), Bournemouth, Brindisi, Fez, Ibiza and Madrid
December 7th, 2007
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.
November 21st, 2007
easyJet will begin flying to Jersey next Spring. They will launch two routes from their Liverpool and London (Luton) bases, on 31 March and 21 April 2008 respectively. These flights will be available to book later in the week.
October 18th, 2007
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.
September 16th, 2007
Ryanair have made five new routes available which will commence flying in November 2007. These include flights from Frankfurt (Hahn) to Tenerife (Sur) and Fuerteventura, from London (Stansted) to Belfast (City), from London (Luton) to Kerry and from Krakow to Milan (Orio al Serio). These flights are available to book now.
August 21st, 2007
easyJet have put two new routes on sale today from their London (Luton) and East Midlands bases. They will begin flying from London (Luton) to Hamburg (Fuhlsbuettel) from 05 November 2007, and from East Midlands to Palma from 08 February 2008. These flights are available to book now.
July 3rd, 2007
June 21st, 2007
This winter, Thomsonfly will begin flights from the UK to Tel Aviv. They will become the first low-cost airline to do so, and will begin flights from their Manchester and London (Luton) bases. Flights can be booked now at www.thomsonfly.com.
June 16th, 2007
easyJet have announced flights to two new cities, to be launched later in the year. They will begin flying from their London (Luton) base to the Austrian capital, Vienna, from 29 October 2007. From this September, they will also launch flights from their Milan (Malpensa) base to the Romanian capital, Bucharest (Baneasa). These flights can be booked now.
June 7th, 2007
May 31st, 2007
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.
April 8th, 2007
Thomsonfly will operate a number of new summer routes from the beginning of May 2007. The new flights include:
- Bournemouth to Pisa and Valencia
- Cardiff to Barcelona and Faro
- London (Gatwick) to Corfu and Mahon
- London (Luton) to Corfu
- Manchester to Corfu, Dubrovnik, Mahon and Venice (Marco Polo)
- East Midlands to Ibiza and Mahon
These flights can be booked at www.thomsonfly.com.
March 31st, 2007
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 14th, 2007
December 20th, 2006
December 9th, 2006
As easyJet put their summer 2007 schedule on sale, a number of new routes have been revealed. These include flights from Geneva to Bordeaux and Olbia (starting 29 June 2007). They will also begin flying from London (Luton) to Ibiza from 05 May.
November 16th, 2006
From 01 May 2007, Thomsonfly will begin five new low-cost routes across the UK. These include flights from London (Luton) to Jersey and Dubrovnik, Manchester to Lisbon and Funchal and from East Midlands to Malaga. These new routes can be booked at www.thomsonfly.com.
October 22nd, 2006
September 16th, 2006
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
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
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.
July 26th, 2006
From 31 October 2006, Ryanair have announced they begin flying 6 new routes. They will fly from their Shannon base to Edinburgh and Bournemouth. They will also launch routes from London (Luton) to Fez and Marrakech and from London (Stansted) to the Croatian city of Pula and a new destination – Deauville in France.
July 4th, 2006
June 27th, 2006
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 13th, 2006
French low-cost airline Air Turquoise will move from their Reims base to Vatry from 28 June 2006. They will move all their flights to Vatry, including flights to London (Luton), Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nice and Marseille.
They will operate a free shuttle bus service between Reims city centre and Vatry airport.
March 7th, 2006
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.
March 5th, 2006
easyJet are to trial the opportunity for priority boarding by paying a £5 fee from the end of this month. The trial, which will involve flights between London (Luton) and Edinburgh, is aimed at business customers.
March 1st, 2006
easyJet are set to shake up mainstream low-cost flying in Europe by expanding outside the EU, and even outside Europe.
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 1st, 2006
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
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.
January 23rd, 2006
Air Turquoise, the second low-cost airline to be started in France (the first, flywest, is no longer with us), will begin flying from their base at Reims to London (Luton). They will begin flying this route from the end of March 2006.
January 10th, 2006
Low-cost flights to Croatia have been discussed for a long time, and it is considered a potential goldmine for future route development.
January 4th, 2006
easyJet have announced an expansion for 2006, and will add 14 new routes to their European route network over the coming months. This includes expansion from Lisbon to London (Luton), Milan (Malpensa) and Paris (Charles De Gaulle), from Liverpool to Faro, Krakow, Menorca and Marseille, from Malaga to Dortmund and Berlin (Schoenefeld), from Milan (Malpensa) to Naples, Palermo, Olbia and Ibiza and from Geneva to Palma (Mallorca).
These flights will go on sale from Friday 06 January.
December 8th, 2005
Ryanair will launch routes to 4 new destinations during early 2006. They will add Vitoria (Spain) and Parma (Italy) to the low-cost map of Europe, and will also start flying to Balaton (Hungary) and Lamezia-Terme (Italy). These 4 new destinations will initially be served from London (Stansted) and will be launched during February and March.
November 7th, 2005
October 28th, 2005
September 13th, 2005
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).
August 2nd, 2005
July 29th, 2005
During the peak winter ski season, they are already flying up to 9-times daily from Luton alone.
July 13th, 2005
Wizz Air will launch a route from Warsaw to Kaunas on 01 December 2005. Following a similar model to their recently announced new route to Sofia, they are offering flights to Kaunas from 6 additional airports.
Wizz will offer connections to Kaunas from London (Luton), Paris (Beauvais), Stockholm (Skavsta), Dortmund, Liverpool and Malmo (Sturup). This will involve a change of aircraft at Warsaw (and collection and re-checking of baggage).
While airlines are aware that many passengers may ‘unofficially’ transfer from one flight to another, perhaps interchanging at a major hub such as London (Stansted), most of the low-cost carriers do not endorse this behaviour for cost-saving reasons. Wizz Air appear to be embracing it, and it will be interesting to see how this area of their business develops.
July 12th, 2005
7 new routes from Kaunas are suggested, including London (Luton), Paris (Beauvais), Stockholm (Skavsta), Warsaw, Dortmund, Liverpool and Malmo (Sturup). We await an official announcement and details of launch dates.
June 23rd, 2005
June 16th, 2005
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.
May 5th, 2005
Tickets are already on sale for this route.
April 18th, 2005
February 9th, 2005
easyJet have announced that they will start a new route on 24 March 2005 from London (Stansted) to Asturias (Oviedo) in Spain. This of course makes them the first budget airline to add Asturias to the low-cost map of Europe.
January 20th, 2005
January 11th, 2005
January 6th, 2005
It is believed that easyJet are to begin a new route from London (Luton) to La Coruna (Alvedro) in Spain on 27 March 2005. This will make them the first low-cost airline to fly to La Coruna. Tickets are not yet available for this flight.
November 30th, 2004
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
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.
September 7th, 2004
On 31 October 2004, central-European based low-cost carrier Wizz Air will begin a new route between the Polish city of Gdansk and Dortmund. This will be their 2nd route from Gdansk, at present they fly to London (Luton).
August 20th, 2004
easyBus aims to create a revolution in bus travel. Initially the company has been started with 10 Mercedes minibuses, which will run routes from London, with single tickets from just £1.
easyBus have announced that on 13 September 2004, they will start a new bus link between London (Luton) and their bus hub in north London, Hendon Central. They will have up to 19 journeys a day between Luton and Hendon Central. Much discussion has taken place recently about the cost of getting to airports in the UK used by low-cost airlines, particularly London (Stansted). Even Ryanair, whose primary hub is Stansted, seem to be testing the water at Luton, with a proposed expansion there, perhaps due to the available transport links.
The question remains as to whether easyBus will choose to launch services to any other low-cost airports; it seems the obvious thing to do when interconnection costs to and from the airport often cost more than your flight.
August 18th, 2004
This will replace their Luton to Zurich service, which will fly for the last time on 31 October 2004. easyJet refuse to continue flying to Zurich after a reported 132% increase in landing fees at the airport in recent years, making it the most expensive airport currently used by the low-cost airline. Apparently Basel has a “management team that is also enthusiastic about low cost”, and easyJet are keen to emphasise the importance of this to their business model.
August 12th, 2004
The low-cost arm, Monarch Scheduled, of the charter carrier Monarch, has announced further expansion into the Canary Islands.
From 1 November 2004, they will launch 2 new routes from London (Luton) to Arrecife (Lanzarote) and Las Palmas (Gran Canaria). This is in addition to their already established route to Tenerife (Sur), making Luton a new hub for UK low-cost flying to the Canary Islands.
August 4th, 2004
Flights this winter are already hotting up, despite many remarks that the industry will suffer a blow during the off-peak season. Showing a serious commitment to expansion, easyJet have just announced a further 6 new European routes, including destinations which are completely new to them.
July 22nd, 2004
Perhaps this could be the beginning of a shift away from London (Stansted) as the favourite airport for low-cost flying in Europe. While Stansted is perfectly capable of taking the capacity of budget airlines, it is a frequent complaint that it is too expensive to travel there by public transport, with flights often costing less than a train ticket from London.
July 13th, 2004
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).
June 15th, 2004
June 4th, 2004
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.
April 27th, 2004
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.