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February 22nd, 2011

Wizz Air to begin flights to Skopje

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 to fly to Serbia

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

New Romanian flights from London with Blue Air

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 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 8th, 2009

easyJet to launch flights to Tel Aviv

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.

At the same time they will also launch routes from Nantes to Lyon, and from London (Gatwick) to Agadir.

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:

April 25th, 2009

WindJet to launch flights from Luton to Bologna

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

Three new easyJet routes from Luton

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

Wizz Air flights from London to Varna

Wizz Air have put on sale a new route from their London (Luton) base to Varna in Bulgaria. They will operate this route weekly for summer, beginning from 22 June 2009.

February 19th, 2009

New Ryanair – Bergerac route

Ryanair are to begin flying from their London (Luton) base to Bergerac. They will fly twice per week from 30 March 2009.

January 25th, 2009

Eight new Ryanair routes

Ryanair this week put eight new routes on sale, including flights from Bournemouth, Reus, Faro and London (Luton). The new routes include:

January 11th, 2009

Wizz Air to fly from Prague

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 expands flights to Jersey

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

London to Ukraine flights with Wizz Air

Wizz Air will launch a new route from their London (Luton) base to the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, this winter. They will fly four times per week on this route from mid-December 2008.

September 22nd, 2008

Transavia revive Rotterdam to Luton link

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 to open new Romanian base at Timisoara

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

New Ryanair routes from Luton and Stockholm

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

Massive additions to Ryanair winter flight schedule

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:

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 21st, 2007

easyJet to fly to Jersey

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 to fly to Cluj-Napoca

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

September 16th, 2007

New Ryanair flights from November

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

Two new easyJet routes to Germany and Spain

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

Wizz Air to launch new British connections to Wroclaw

From 31 January 2008, Wizz Air will begin flying from both Doncaster and London (Luton) to the Polish city of Wroclaw.

June 21st, 2007

Thomsonfly to launch low-cost flights to Israel

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

Vienna and Bucharest become new easyJet destinations

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

Wizz Air to fly between Luton and Tirgu Mures

Wizz Air will begin flying between London (Luton) and the Romanian city of Tirgu Mures this winter. Flights will begin on 30 October 2007.

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.

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 www.thomsonfly.com.

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 14th, 2007

easyJet to launch flights between Luton and Zurich

easyJet will begin flying twice per day from their London (Luton) base to Zurich. The new flights will commence on 16 September 2007.

December 20th, 2006

Luton to Cyprus with Monarch Scheduled

Monarch Scheduled will begin flights from their London (Luton) base to Larnaca (Cyprus) from 27 March 2007. They will fly four times per week on this new route.

December 9th, 2006

New easyJet flights from Geneva and Luton

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

Thomsonfly launch new low-cost routes

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

New flybe routes to Jersey

flybe will begin three new routes to Jersey from the end of April 2007. They will begin flying weekly from London (Luton), Newcastle and Liverpool. Flights can be booked at www.flybe.com.

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

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.

July 26th, 2006

6 new routes for Ryanair from Shannon and London

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

Monarch Scheduled to fly to Almeria and Ibiza

Monarch Scheduled will launch 2 new routes to Almeria and Ibiza from their London (Luton) base next summer. They will begin flying on 03 and 24 May 2007 respectively.

June 27th, 2006

Wizz Air expands into Romania

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

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

June 13th, 2006

Air Turquoise move from Reims to Vatry

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

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 5th, 2006

easyJet to offer priority boarding – at a cost

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 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 1st, 2006

Wizz Air begins flights to Bourgas

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

January 31st, 2006

Wizz Air expands into Slovenia and Croatia

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

January 23rd, 2006

Air Turquoise will fly to London

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

Wizz Air to fly from London to Zagreb

Wizz Air will launch direct flights between London (Luton) and Zagreb from 26 March 2006. This will make Wizz Air the first budget airline to fly between the UK and Croatia.

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 network expansion continues

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 expands destinations

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.

They will also launch a route from London (Luton) to Brest. Flights are already available to book on these new routes.

November 7th, 2005

Aer Arann adds Lorient connections

From 27 March 2006, Aer Arann will operate flights between Lorient and Kerry and London (Luton). Flights to Kerry will be twice per week, with the Luton route operating 6 times per week.

October 28th, 2005

Aer Arann operate between Luton and Isle of Man

Aer Arann will begin flying between London (Luton) and the Isle of Man from 24 November 2005. They will fly as often as twice per day (weekdays only).

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.

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 2nd, 2005

easyJet launches routes at Bournemouth and Bremen

easyJet will launch routes at 2 airports which are new to them. They will begin a route from London (Luton) to Bremen on 31 October 2005.

They will also join Thomsonfly, Ryanair and Jet2 at Bournemouth, when they launch a daily service to Geneva on 15 December.

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 13th, 2005

Wizz Air moves in on Kaunas

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

Wizz Air to make Kaunas a base?

Following the announcement by Ryanair a few weeks ago that they would begin flying from London (Stansted) to Kaunas in Lithuania, it is highly likely that Wizz Air will begin operations there.

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

easyJet winter timetable pt2

easyJet have put the 2nd part of their winter 2005 schedule on sale. This includes routes from Basel, Berlin (Schoenefeld), Geneva and London (Luton).

June 16th, 2005

Wizz Air adds Sofia to their network

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

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

May 5th, 2005

New London to Poznan connection from Wizz

Wizz Air are due to launch a new route from London (Luton) to Poznan on 18 September 2005. This will be their first route from Poznan.

Tickets are already on sale for this route.

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.

February 9th, 2005

easyJet launches routes to Asturias and Grenoble

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.

They will also move their Grenoble route from Stansted to Luton airport on 20 April.

January 20th, 2005

Ryanair adds Dinard route

Ryanair will launch a new route to Dinard on 18 March 2005 from London (Stansted). They already operate to Dinard from London (Luton).

January 11th, 2005

Ryanair announce route to Santiago De Compostela

Ryanair have today announced that they will begin flying daily to Santiago De Compostela from London (Stansted) on 11 April 2005.

This comes at a time when easyJet are believed to be likely to announce details of a new route from London (Luton) to the nearby airport of La Coruna, beginning at the end of March.

January 6th, 2005

easyJet to fly to La Coruna

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

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.

September 7th, 2004

Wizz Air launch Gdansk to Dortmund

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 provides the first UK budget airport interconnection

This month, the Easy group‘s Stelios – founder of easyJet – launched his latest venture, easyBus.

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

easyJet moves Zurich route to Basel

easyJet have announced that on 1 November 2004, they will commence a new twice-daily route between London (Luton) and Basel (Mulhouse).

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

Monarch Scheduled adds Canary Island routes

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

easyJet announces 6 more new routes

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.

The new routes include London (Luton) and Berlin (Schoenefeld) to Bratislava, London (Luton) to Turin, London (Stansted) to Almeria and Valencia and Bristol to Madrid.

July 22nd, 2004

Ryanair expands Luton as new UK hub

Ryanair has announced a major expansion at London (Luton). Ryanair have been flying from Luton since 1986, and will from 19 January 2005, add 9 new routes from London (Luton).

The new routes include Girona, Reus, Dinard, Murcia, Nimes, Rome (Ciampino), Venice (Treviso), Stockholm (Vasteras) and Esbjerg.

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 announce new Eastern European routes

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

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

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

June 15th, 2004

Wizz Air announce new UK – Poland links

The new Polish-based start up, Wizz Air, have announced that they will begin flying to London (Luton) from Warsaw (twice daily) and Gdansk (daily). Flights will begin on 10 August 2004.

June 4th, 2004

easyJet brings forward new Dortmund route launches

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

April 27th, 2004

Rapid Wizz Air expansion

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

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

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

March 30th, 2004

new airline, new routes – Wizz Air

The new Polish budget airline, Wizz Air, today announced their first routes from their base at Katowice. All flights are available for booking from today.

They will initially begin flying on 19 May 2004 to London Luton, Berlin Schoenefeld, Milan Orio al Serio and Rome Ciampino.

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