London (Stansted) low-cost airline and flight news

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December 1st, 2011

Ryanair to fly to Turku in Finland

Ryanair are to launch four routes to Turku next year. From the end of March 2012, they will fly to Turku from London (Stansted), Brussels (Charleroi), Girona and Malaga. Their expansion in Finland continues…

November 13th, 2011

easyJet to fly to Iceland

easyJet are to begin their first low-cost route to Iceland next year. They will begin flying from their London (Stansted) base to Reykjavik from the end of March 2012.

August 5th, 2010

Ryanair to fly to Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Ryanair are to begin flights from their London (Stansted) base to Plovdiv in Bulgaria this winter. They are due to fly twice per week on this new route from November 2010. They will be the first low-cost airline to operate flights to Plovdiv, and it will their first route to Bulgaria.

March 17th, 2010

Ryanair to fly to Ciudad Real

Ryanair have announced that they will begin flying from London (Stansted) to Ciudad Real in Spain. They will begin flying on this route from 25 May 2010. This will be their first route to Ciudad Real and are only the second low-cost airline to fly there – Air Berlin also have a summer route operating there, but only as a connection at Palma.

January 13th, 2010

Germanwings to launch new base at Hanover

Germanwings will this summer open a new base at Hanover and launch 15 new routes. From May 2010 they will begin flights to Stuttgart, Bastia, Palma, Vienna, Barcelona, Heraklion, Moscow (Vnukovo), Zadar, Budapest, London (Stansted), Rome (Fiumicino), Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Milan (Malpensa) and Split.

They are expected to create around 70 new flights per week which will be operated by three aircraft.

January 12th, 2010

A further 21 new easyJet routes for 2010

easyJet have continued to launch new routes for 2010 with an announcement of 21 new routes. These include the following flights:

This brings to 70 the total number of new routes that easyJet have announced to be launched in 2010.

September 2nd, 2009

New Ryanair ski routes on sale for December

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

All of these routes begin from 19 December 2009.

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 17th, 2009

11 new Ryanair routes to Oslo announced

Ryanair have announced 11 new routes to Oslo, including flights to both Oslo (Rygge) and Oslo (Torp).

The new routes include flights to Oslo (Rygge) from Alicante, Bremen, Brussels (Charleroi), Girona, Madrid, Milan (Orio al Serio) and London (Stansted). The new routes to Oslo (Torp) include flights from Krakow, Lodz, Paris (Beauvais) and Rome (Ciampino).

These new routes begin operating from October/November 2009 and are on sale now.

July 5th, 2009

New easyJet flights to the Canary islands

easyJet have put three new routes on sale from the UK to the Canary islands for the winter 09/10 season. These include flights from Liverpool to Arrecife and Fuerteventura and also from London (Stansted) to Fuerteventura. The new routes take off from November 2009.

March 19th, 2009

New Ryanair routes from Memmingen and Brussels

Ryanair have announced that they will launch 7 new routes from Memmingen starting from the end of next month. They will launch flights from Memmingen to Girona, Dublin and London (Stansted) in April 2009 and flights to Alghero, Reus, Pisa and Alicante from June.

They will also launch routes from Brussels (Charleroi) to Bristol, Palma and La Rochelle from June.

November 13th, 2008

Ryanair to fly to Lourdes

Ryanair will launch a new route from London (Stansted) to Lourdes this winter. They will begin flying weekly on this route from 20 December 2008.

September 6th, 2008

New Ryanair routes to Paris and Agadir

Ryanair will launch new routes from their East Midlands and Liverpool bases to Paris (Beauvais) this winter. They will also begin flying from London (Stansted) to Agadir, all from the end of October 2008.

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:

May 27th, 2008

London to Zweibrucken with Ryanair

Ryanair will begin flying from their London (Stansted) base to Zweibrucken this winter. They will begin flying on this route from 28 October 2008.

April 23rd, 2008

Ryanair summer routes to Rimini and Beziers

Ryanair will launch two new routes for summer from their London (Stansted) base. From June 2008 they will fly from London (Stansted) to Rimini and Beziers for the remainder of the summer season.

September 24th, 2007

Two new routes from Munich

Air Berlin will begin two new routes from their Munich base on 05 November 2007. They will begin flights to both London (Stansted) and Milan (Orio al Serio). These flights are available to book now at www.airberlin.com.

Fly from London to Stavanger with Norwegian

Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin flying from London (Stansted) to Stavanger this winter. From 02 November 2007 they will fly four times per week on this route – their sixth from London. Flights can be booked now at www.norwegian.no.

September 23rd, 2007

Click4Sky – a new European virtual low-cost airline

Click4Sky is a new low-cost airline created by CSA Czech Airlines. Unlike most other low-cost airlines, Click4Sky does not operate any flights – instead it is being used as a marketing brand in order to sell unsold seats on existing CSA flights. In addition, the airline will sell all seats at a fixed price. Customers travelling with Click4Sky will experience exactly the same on-board service as those travelling with CSA.

They will sell tickets on flights to 36 European destinations from their Prague hub. These will include flights to: Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin (Tegel), Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi), Bratislava, Brussels (International), Budapest, Copenhagen, Cologne-Bonn, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt (International), Hamburg (Fuhlsbuettel), Hanover, Istanbul (Ataturk), Kosice, Krakow, Ljubljana, London (Heathrow), London (Stansted), Madrid, Manchester, Milan (Malpensa), Munich, Oslo (International), Riga, Rome (Fiumicino), Thessaloniki, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Venice (Marco Polo), Vienna, Vilnius and Zurich.

September 16th, 2007

Norwegian to connect London and Tromso

Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin flying from London (Stansted) to Tromso this winter. From 8 December 2007 they will fly twice per week to the Norwegian arctic. Flights can be booked now at www.norwegian.no.

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 26th, 2007

Norwegian to open base at new low-cost Oslo airport

Norwegian Air Shuttle, currently based at Oslo (International), will begin flying from the new low cost airport for the city, Oslo (Rygge), next year. They will begin flights there from mid-February 2008, and destinations from Oslo (Rygge) will include: London (Stansted), Alicante, Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga, Marrakech, Warsaw, Szczecin, Palanga, Budapest, Istanbul (Sabiha), Athens, Belgrade and Bergen.

These flights are on sale now at www.norwegian.no.

July 21st, 2007

Ryanair route reshuffle

Ryanair will cancel a number of routes, in order to launch some new ones later this year. They have put new routes on sale (beginning 28 October 2007) from Marseille to Marrakech and Fez, Dublin to Stockholm (Skavsta), Bremen to Budapest, London (Stansted) to Billund, Girona to Poznan, Brno and Linz and from Milan (Orio al Serio) to Lamezia-Terme.

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.

July 17th, 2007

New Bucharest connection from London Stansted

The Romanian low-cost airline, Blue Air, will begin flights from their Bucharest (Baneasa) base to London (Stansted) this winter. They will begin flying on this route from the end of October 2007.

April 8th, 2007

Ryanair to restart flights between London and Brussels

Ryanair will reinstate flights between London (Stansted) and Brussels (Charleroi). Flights to Brussels (Charleroi) were withdrawn after a dispute over airport charges, but will be restarted from 01 June 2007.

March 8th, 2007

Ryanair begin flights to Maribor

Ryanair will begin flying from their London (Stansted) base to Maribor, the 2nd largest city in Slovenia. They will fly three times per week from 05 June 2007. They will become the first low-cost airline to fly to Maribor and this announcement will end months of speculation about whether Ryanair would fly to Maribor.

They will also begin twice weekly flights from Stockholm (Skavsta) to Rimini at the same time.

February 8th, 2007

Expansion across Europe for Ryanair

In addition to their recent announcement to make Weeze their 19th base, Ryanair will launch a further 12 routes over the coming months. These include flights from Liverpool, London (Stansted) and Pisa to Palma and Alicante, Rome (Ciampino) to Zaragoza (Spain), London (Stansted) to Zadar (Croatia), Girona to Maastricht, Dublin to Bremen and Alicante and Frankfurt (Hahn) to Palma.

January 29th, 2007

Three new routes from Katowice

Wizz Air continue to expand their operation at Katowice with the announcement of three new routes. From 29 May 2007 they will fly daily to London (Stansted). From 14 July they will fly to Malmo and from 02 October they will fly to Brussels (Charleroi) (both three times per week).

January 20th, 2007

FlyGlobespan to fly to Cyprus

FlyGlobespan will add another flight from London (Stansted) when they begin flying to Larnaca (Cyprus) for the summer season. They will begin flying twice per week from 01 April, increasing to six times per week later in the season.

December 13th, 2006

Six new Ryanair routes across Europe

Ryanair have announced a further six new routes to be launched over the coming months. These include the reinstating of their flights between London (Stansted) and Brussels (Charleroi) (from 01 June 2007), and new routes from Girona to Cagliari, Bremen to Malaga, Valladolid to Milan (Orio al Serio), Pisa to Cagliari and Rome (Ciampino) to Madrid.

October 25th, 2006

Fly Gibraltar – a new low-cost airline?

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

Flights are due to go on sale in December.

October 18th, 2006

New Ryanair flights to Warsaw and Stockholm

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

September 19th, 2006

Bremen is made Ryanair’s 17th base

Ryanair will make Bremen their 17th European base airport. They will base two aircraft there from April 2007, and will launch nine new routes. The new routes will include flights to London (Stansted), Girona, Murcia, Tampere, Riga, Verona (Villafranca), Venice (Treviso), Pisa and Oslo (Torp).

September 16th, 2006

Norwegian to fly from Kristiansand to London

Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin low-cost flights to the port of Kristiansand in southern Norway for the first time. They will begin flying between Kristiansand and London (Stansted) from 02 November 2006. Flights can be booked at www.norwegian.no.

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.

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.

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 www.centralwings.com.

June 20th, 2006

Stansted to Chambery connection with FlyGlobespan

Following their announcement last week that they will launch a route from Edinburgh to Chambery, Scottish low-cost airline FlyGlobespan will also launch a route from London (Stansted) to Chambery. They will fly daily from 23 December 2006.

June 14th, 2006

Autumn London – Akureyi service with Iceland Express

Iceland Express will operate flights between London (Stansted) and Akureyri – the second city in Iceland – during autumn. They will begin flying twice per week from 28 September 2006, and will operate for just 1 month.

May 10th, 2006

Ryanair launch Marseille base

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

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

March 16th, 2006

Air Berlin begin flying to Belfast

More news arrives of Air Berlin entering the British market as they announce that they will begin flying between Belfast (City) and London (Stansted). Air Berlin will fly twice daily on this new route, which indicates a desire for further growth outside Germany.

Flights are already available to book on this new route at www.airberlin.com.

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 17th, 2005

Air Berlin to Alicante from London

Air Berlin continue their expansion of UK operations with an announcement that they will launch a new route from London (Stansted) to Alicante.

Flights, which will operate daily, are due to begin on 01 May 2006. They will face direct competiton from easyJet, who already operate on this route.

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

November 11th, 2005

FlyMe expands outside Sweden

The Swedish low-cost airline, FlyMe, will launch 12 new routes from their base at Gothenburg (Landvetter) to a host of European destinations for the Summer 2006 season.

From 30 March, they will operate routes to Prague, London (Stansted), Alicante, Malaga, Palma (Mallorca), Rome (Ciampino), Crete, Rhodes, Amsterdam, Paris (Beauvais), Dusseldorf and Nice.

What is surprising about this announcement is that 5 of these routes are already operated by rival Scandinavian budget airline, Sterling.

Potential passengers may be interested to read the note on their site:

Be aware that we change our schedules regularly in order to adapt to the needs of our clients and to meet the current demand for departures.

This could be taken as an indication that they do not intend to launch all 12 of these routes, and will instead take bookings and decide which routes to axe (if demand is insufficient), maybe before they have even started. This was certainly a strategy employed by other emerging European low-cost airlines – for example Wizz Air.

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

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).

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.

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 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.

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 23rd, 2005

SkyEurope begins flying to Poprad

SkyEurope will begin flying a new route from London (Stansted) to Poprad (Tatry) on 03 December 2005.

Poprad is in Northern Slovakia and is the highest (718m above sea level) international airport in Europe which is suitable for airliners.

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.

Ryanair launches 8 new routes to Britain

Ryanair have announced that they will add 8 new routes to Britain during the forthcoming winter season.

In particular, they have announced an expansion at Liverpool, where they will begin flying to Oslo (Torp), Riga, Bergerac and Carcassonne.

They will also begin flying to Krakow for the first time from London (Stansted) and Glasgow (Prestwick). This will see Ryanair introduce the 4th low-cost route from London to Krakow, and they will compete directly with SkyEurope, who already fly from Stansted.

Toulon becomes another new destination for Ryanair – they will begin flying there from Stansted in October 2005.

Ryanair will also begin operating a route from Oslo (Torp) to Newcastle. While Newcastle is not currently a base for Ryanair, this may indicate an intention to expand further there.

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.

Ryanair launches winter timetable

Ryanair have put their entire winter 2005/06 timetable on sale, this covers flights up until 26 March 2006.

This includes reinstating a route between London (Stansted) and Esbjerg, and the inclusion of routes to Santiago De Compostela from Frankfurt (Hahn) and Rome (Ciampino).

June 21st, 2005

Ryanair adds routes from Stansted

As expected, Ryanair today announced details of their new routes from London (Stansted). This includes a route to Kaunas, their first Lithuanian route, and the first low-cost connection from outside Scandinavia to Lithuania. Flights will commence on 22 September 2005.

They will also launch 3 new routes to Lodz in Poland (another new Ryanair destination, and a new destination for the European budget route map), Poznan and Grenoble.

Ryanair also announced that they would be increasing frequencies on their routes from Stansted to Derry, Seville, Granada, Riga and Tampere.

May 18th, 2005

Ryanair expands in Poland and Slovakia

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 28th, 2005

Iceland Express increases summer frequency

From 21 May 2005, Iceland Express will increase the frequency of flights from Copenhagen (Kastrup) and London (Stansted) to Reykjavik to twice daily.

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 10th, 2005

Fare4U connect Cologne and Malta

Fare4U, the low-cost operation at Air Malta, will launch their 2nd route on 01 April 2005. The new route will connect Cologne-Bonn to Malta. In addition, they will increase the frequency of their London (Stansted) to Malta route from 3 to 5 times weekly.

December 29th, 2004

Air Berlin launches new Stansted route

On 04 February 2005, Air Berlin will launch a new route between Leipzig (Halle) and London (Stansted). This will be the 18th route operated from Stansted to Germany.

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.

October 12th, 2004

easyJet connect UK with Grenoble

easyJet will launch a new route on 05 January 2005 from London (Stansted) to ‘the capital of the Alps’, Grenoble in France.

September 21st, 2004

Ryanair announces 4 new routes

Ryanair have announced that they will begin flying from London (Stansted) to Oporto from 19 January 2005. This will be their first route to Portugal. In addition, they have announced further expansion in Spain with new routes from Stansted to Valencia (commencing 02 November 2004), Almeria (19 January 2005) and Seville (25 February 2005).

It is expected that they will announced a further 4 new routes in western Europe next week.

September 16th, 2004

Ryanair adds Rochefort to network

Ryanair will begin flying on 02 November 2004 from London (Stansted) to Rochefort in France. This will be the first low-cost route to serve Rochefort.

September 12th, 2004

Norwegian connects London and Trondheim

Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin a new route on 04 November 2004 from the Norwegian city of Trondheim to London (Stansted). This will be the first time there has been a direct connection between Trondheim and the UK.

August 30th, 2004

easyJet expand into the Baltics

Since EU enlargement in May this year, many have been waiting with bated breath for further expansion by budget airlines into eastern Europe and the Baltics. Today, following Ryanair‘s recent decision to begin flying to Riga, easyJet have also announced that they will begin flying to Riga, initially with one route from Berlin (Schoenefeld). Flights will begin on 18 November 2004.

In addition, easyJet will become the first low-cost airline to fly from the UK and Germany to Estonia. They will begin flights from London (Stansted) and Berlin (Schoenefeld) to the Estonian capital, Tallinn, on 1 November and 28 October respectively.

August 29th, 2004

Germanwings adds Stuttgart to Palma

Germanwings are continuing their expansion at their 2nd based at Stuttgart. They will begin flying from Stuttgart to Palma (Mallorca) in November 2004.

This new route is in addition to the 7 new destinations recently announced from Stuttgart, which included Madrid, London (Stansted), Warsaw, Zagreb, Krakow, Hamburg and Dresden, which also commence at the same time.

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 10th, 2004

SkyEurope announces new base at Krakow

Central-European based SkyEurope have announced that their next new base will be Krakow. With this, SkyEurope‘s second base in Poland, they are adamant that expansion into Poland is the way to go, and they anticipate further expansion in the future.

They will begin flying from Krakow on 30 September 2004, initially to 5 destinations across Europe. The destinations include Amsterdam, Paris (Orly), London (Stansted), Milan (Orio Al Serio) and Rome (Fiumicino).

The new routes are on sale now.

August 6th, 2004

Germanwings expands at Stuttgart

Germanwings have announced that they will be increasing the number of flights from their hub in Stuttgart.

From 31 October 2004 they will begin flying new routes to Hamburg, Dresden, Krakow, Warsaw, Zagreb and London (Stansted). In addition, they will restore their link between Stuttgart and Madrid.

Tickets will go on sale this afternoon (Friday 06 August) at 3pm CET.

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 27th, 2004

Ryanair becomes the first budget airline to fly to Latvia

Many people have been waiting for Ryanair to announce new routes further east into Europe after an initial early promise to do so by the airline. Today, Ryanair have done just that by announcing new routes to Riga, making them the first budget airline to fly to the recent EU-addition, Latvia, and the first budget airline to fly from the UK to any of the Baltic states.

Ryanair will begin flights to Riga on 31 October from London (Stansted), Frankfurt (Hahn) and Tampere.

In addition, Ryanair have added 2 further destinations to the budget-flying map, Santander and Zaragoza in Spain. They will fly to Zaragoza from London (Stansted) (beginning 01 December 2004) and to Santander from London (Stansted), Rome (Ciampino) and Frankfurt (Hahn) (beginning 20 September 2004).

July 23rd, 2004

Air Polonia announces new UK routes

From 31 October 2004, Polish-based budget carrier Air Polonia are due to begin flying from Szczecin (Goleniow) and Bydgoszcz to London (Stansted).

June 17th, 2004

New Niki route from Vienna to London

Niki have announced a new route, beginning 01 November 2004, between Vienna and London (Stansted). This will be the first low-cost route connecting Vienna to the UK.

April 1st, 2004

SkyEurope announces move into Poland

SkyEurope have announced Warsaw as their next European hub. They have announced new routes to Paris (Orly), London (Stansted) and Amsterdam.

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