Manchester 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:

October 31st, 2010

Jet 2 to begin flying to Brive (Dordogne)

Jet2 have put flights on sale for next summer to Brive in the Dordogne. They are scheduled to fly twice per week between Manchester and Brive from 21 May 2011. They will become the first low-cost airline to fly to Brive. You can book now at www.jet2.com.

May 2nd, 2010

Winter 2010/11 flights on sale already at Jet2.com

Jet2 have put two routes on sale for the forthcoming winter season. This includes Belfast (International) to Geneva and Manchester to Salzburg. Both routes begin on 20 December 2010, and can be booked now at www.jet2.com.

March 30th, 2010

Air Berlin reopen flights to Manchester

Air Berlin will once again fly to Manchester as they launch flights from Manchester to Munich on 31 March. They will fly three times per week for the remainder of 2010. Book now at www.airberlin.com.

February 12th, 2010

flybe launches first ever Bournemouth route

flybe will begin flying from their Manchester base to Bournemouth this summer. From 27 May 2010 they will operate 6 flights per week on this route. For booking info see www.flybe.com.

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 www.flybe.com.

October 8th, 2009

New Jet2 routes from Manchester

Jet2 have put four new routes on sale from their Manchester base for the next summer. These include routes to Prague, Split, Dubrovnik and Reus. All four routes can be booked now at www.jet2.com.

September 16th, 2009

New Jet2 route: Manchester to Madeira

Jet2 will launch a new route next summer from their Manchester base to Funchal. They will operate weekly flights on this route from 03 May 2010. Tickets are on sale at www.jet2.com.

September 5th, 2009

Jet2 launch flights to Tunisia

Jet2 will begin flying to Monastir from their bases in the north of England next year. From May 2010 they will fly to Monastir from Manchester, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle. Tickets are available to book for next summer at www.jet2.com.

September 2nd, 2009

bmibaby to fly to Lourdes in 2010

bmibaby will begin a new route from their Manchester base to Lourdes next summer. They will fly twice per week on this route from the end of April 2010. Tickets are available to purchase now at www.bmibaby.com.

August 19th, 2009

Two new Jet2 routes from Manchester

Jet2 have put two new routes on sale for the summer season in 2010. They will begin flying from Manchester to Las Palmas (weekly) and to Venice (Marco Polo) (four times per week). Tickets are available to book now at www.jet2.com.

August 17th, 2009

Manchester to Kos with Jet2

Jet2 have put a new route on sale from their Manchester base to Kos for summer 2010. They will begin weekly flights on this route from 26 May 2010. Flights are on sale now at www.jet2.com.

July 1st, 2009

New easyJet routes from Manchester to Morocco, Denmark and Germany

easyJet will launch three new routes from Manchester this winter. From the end of October 2009 they will begin flying from Manchester to Marrakech and Copenhagen. From 06 November they will also add flights from Manchester to Munich. These flights are expected to go on sale shortly.

June 23rd, 2009

Germanwings to fly from Manchester to Cologne

Germanwings will begin operating flights between Cologne-Bonn and Manchester this winter. They are due to fly five times per week on this route from 25 October 2009.

April 7th, 2009

New bmibaby flights to Grenoble this winter

bmibaby will begin flying from their UK bases to Grenoble this winter. From 25 October 2009 they will begin flights to Grenoble from Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands and Manchester. They will also launch a new route between Belfast (International) and Prague at the same time. All of these flights may be booked at www.bmibaby.com.

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.

Low-cost flights to Tel Aviv with Jet2

Last month Jet2 announced that they would begin flying from their Manchester base to Tel Aviv. They will begin flying weekly on this route from 18 May 2009.

We have now updated the flycheapo database to cover Tel Aviv. Flights may be booked now at www.jet2.com.

January 6th, 2009

14 new easyJet routes for summer 2009

easyJet put 14 new routes on sale yesterday across their European network. The new flights will launch between May and July 2009, and include routes from Bristol to Bastia and Corfu, Liverpool to Bordeaux, Dubrovnik and Naples, Manchester to Bastia, Athens and Corfu, Newcastle to Malta, Paris (Charles de Gaulle) to Ajaccio, Bilbao to Ibiza, Basel to Bordeaux, Berlin (Schoenefeld) to Dubrovnik, and Geneva to Dubrovnik.

December 1st, 2008

Jet2 to begin flying to Albert

Jet2 will expand their route network next year when they will begin flying to Albert, a tiny airport in the Somme region of France. They will begin flying on this route from 19 April 2009.

They will also fly between Manchester and Heraklion from 18 May 2009.

Both of these flights are available to book now at www.jet2.com.

November 19th, 2008

Crete flights from Manchester with Jet2

Jet2 will launch flights from their Manchester base to Heraklion next summer. They will fly weekly on this route from 18 May 2009. Flights can be booked now at www.jet2.com.

October 21st, 2008

Massive Ryanair expansion from Alghero, Cagliari and Bologna

Ryanair have announced the acquisition of three new aircraft, which they will base at Alghero and Cagliari, to become their 6th and 7th Italian base airports. At the end of March 2009 they will launch new routes including:

They will also launch new routes from their Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi) base in December. These will include Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi) to Oslo (Torp), Paris (Beauvais) and Weeze.

Jet2 to fly to Dalaman

Jet2 will begin low-cost flights to Dalaman next summer. They are due to operate weekly flights from their Leeds Bradford and Manchester bases which will begin on 19 May 2009. These are available to book now at www.jet2.com.

September 13th, 2008

bmibaby summer 2009 routes on sale

bmibaby have put new their flights on sale for summer 2009. This includes four new routes: Manchester to Toulouse and Amsterdam, Cardiff to Lisbon and East Midlands to Almeria. These flights are available to book immediately at www.bmibaby.com.

August 24th, 2008

New summer 2008 routes for Jet2

Jet2 have put four new routes on sale for the 2009 summer season. This includes flights from their Leeds Bradford base to Dubrovnik (from 27 April 2009) and Larnaca (from 17 May). They will also launch flights from Newcastle to Ibiza on 17 May, and from Manchester to Olbia on 27 April. These flights can be booked now at www.jet2.com.

July 30th, 2008

Ryanair expands at Weeze

Ryanair will expand their operation at Weeze airport (or Dusseldorf as they like to call it) this winter. From 27 October 2008 they will begin flying from Weeze to Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Tenerife (Sur), Santander, Faro, Ancona, Oslo (Torp), Gothenburg (Saeve) and Riga.

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 27th, 2008

Manchester to Sharm el Sheikh this winter

Jet2 will begin a schedule of weekly flying from their Manchester base to Sharm El Sheikh this winter. They currently have an odd schedule which is not continuous throughout the winter season, but provides broad coverage over most of the winter. Flights are available from 20 October 2008 and can be booked now at www.flycheapo.com.

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 14th, 2008

New Ryanair routes to Frankfurt Hahn

Ryanair have announced two new routes to their Frankfurt (Hahn) base. They will add flights from Manchester and Hamburg (Luebeck) to Frankfurt (Hahn) from October 2008.

April 29th, 2008

Manchester to Alicante with easyJet

easyJet will launch a new route from Manchester to Alicante next winter. They will begin flying four times per week on this route from 29 September 2008.

April 22nd, 2008

Monarch to resume Manchester – Gibraltar flights

Monarch Scheduled will resume a link between Manchester and Gibraltar this summer, which they withdrew in mid-2006. From 12 September 2008 they will fly three times per week on this route.

February 26th, 2008

Three new bmibaby routes from Manchester

bmibaby have announced three new routes to Spain and Portugal from their Manchester base. From 16 June 2008 they will launch flights from Manchester to Lisbon and Madrid, and from 08 September they will begin flying from Manchester to Barcelona. These flights are already available to book at www.bmibaby.com.

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 23rd, 2007

New Centralwings routes from Gdansk and Wroclaw

centralwings will launch three new routes from Gdansk next year, including flights from Gdansk to Manchester, Girona and Amsterdam. These flights will begin on 01 April 2008. They will also launch flights between Wroclaw and Rome (Ciampino) at the end of March. All of these are available to book now at www.centralwings.com.

December 21st, 2007

Manchester to Cyprus link with Monarch

Monarch Scheduled will launch a new route from Manchester to Larnaca (Cyprus) next summer. They will fly up to five times per week on this route during the summer season, and flights will begin on 18 May 2008.

November 27th, 2007

flybe Summer 2008 expansion

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

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

November 25th, 2007

Manchester to Poznan with Centralwings

centralwings will begin flying between Poznan and Manchester next year. They will fly four times per week on this route from 30 March 2008. Flights are available to book now at www.centralwings.com.

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 1st, 2007

Volareweb adds flights from Milan

Volareweb will begin flying from Milan (Malpensa) this winter with ten new routes, adding to their operation at Milan (Linate). From the end of October 2007 they will begin flying from Milan (Malpensa) to Alghero, Cagliari, Helsinki, Lodz, Maastricht, Manchester, Oporto, Pescara, Rotterdam and Wroclaw.

These are available to book now at www.volareweb.com.

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

Four new flights from Krakow

centralwings will enlarge their operation at Krakow airport by adding four new routes this winter. From the end of October 2007, they will begin flying from Krakow to Dublin, Manchester, Athens and Girona. Tickets for these flights are available to purchase now at www.centralwings.com.

August 26th, 2007

Centralwings to fly to Manchester

centralwings will begin flying from Warsaw to Manchester this winter. From 28 October 2007 they will fly four times per week from their Polish base. These flights are on sale now at www.centralwings.com.

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

Jet2 winter flights on sale

Jet2 have put some winter routes on sale, including new flights to Chambery from Edinburgh and Belfast (International). They will also fly to Chambery from Newcastle, Leeds Bradford and Manchester, to Geneva from Leeds Bradford and Manchester and to Salzburg from Leeds Bradford. Flights will begin from 10 December 2007.

May 25th, 2007

Jet2 winter sun destinations on sale

Jet2 have just put part of their 2007 winter timetable on sale. This includes flights from Leeds Bradford to Arrecife and Las Palmas, from Manchester to Las Palmas, Tenerife (Sur) and Arrecife, from Newcastle to Arrecife and Las Palmas, from Belfast (International) to Tenerife (Sur) and Las Palmas and from Blackpool to Tenerife (Sur). The timetable comes into effect from the end of October.

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.

Manchester to Murcia with Monarch

Monarch Scheduled will begin flying five times per week between Murcia and Manchester. Although this route will not begin until 08 February 2007, flights are on sale now.

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 www.flybe.com.

December 16th, 2006

Jet2 adds Prague flights from Manchester

Jet2 will begin flying to Prague from their Manchester base next year. They will begin with a frequency of three times per week from 26 February 2007, increasing to a daily service from the end of March.

November 28th, 2006

New flybe routes on sale for Summer 2007

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

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

November 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 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 4th, 2006

Air Scotland add winter Canary Island links

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

September 20th, 2006

Expansion for Jet2 at Manchester

Jet2 will launch six new routes from their Manchester base next summer. The routes, some of which will begin from the end of March 2007 (the others starting later), include Manchester to Venice (Marco Polo), Warsaw, Toulouse, Barcelona, Berlin (Schoenefeld) and Paris (Charles de Gaulle).

August 2nd, 2006

Jet2 launches Milan route from Manchester

Jet2 will begin flying between their Manchester base and Milan (Orio al Serio) later this year. From 29 October 2006, they will fly 4 times per week. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow.

July 28th, 2006

Jet2 to fly to Chambery for winter

Jet2 will boost winter links to Chambery from the north of England this winter when they launch flights from their Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle bases. They will begin flying up to 4 times per week from 11 December 2006.

July 18th, 2006

Another Ibiza connection from Manchester

Monarch Scheduled will begin flying between Manchester and Ibiza from 19 May 2007. They will join low-cost airlines Thomsonfly and Jet2 in flying this route.

June 29th, 2006

Jet2 flights to Geneva and Salzburg

Jet2 will launch some winter flights on 11 December 2006. These will include routes from their Leeds Bradford base to Geneva and Salzburg, and also from Manchester to Geneva.

June 26th, 2006

Monarch Scheduled puts summer 2007 flights on sale

While many low-cost airlines are yet to reveal their winter 2006 timetable, Monarch Scheduled have put flights on sale for summer 2007 already.

These include new routes from Manchester to Jerez and from Birmingham to Ibiza.

June 13th, 2006

bmibaby winter 2006/07 timetable

bmibaby will begin selling tickets from their winter 2006/07 timetable in stages from Thursday this week.

They will add winter flights to Geneva from their bases at Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and East Midlands.

June 5th, 2006

New Manchester to Tenerife link from Jet2

Jet2 will operate a route from their base at Manchester to Tenerife this winter. They will begin flying 3 times per week from 31 October 2006.

May 8th, 2006

FlyGlobespan from Liverpool to Tenerife

While fellow Scottish low-cost airline Air Scotland have recently established a large presence at Manchester, FlyGlobespan have announced that they will fly from Liverpool to Tenerife this winter.

FlyGlobespan will fly daily, from 03 November, between Liverpool and Tenerife. They have also started selling tickets for a number of their existing routes for the winter 06/07 season.

April 5th, 2006

Ryanair announces major expansion at Liverpool

Liverpool and nearby Manchester continue to grow as hubs for low-cost flying. Today, Ryanair has announced 11 new routes for Liverpool.

The new routes, which span Europe, will begin from the beginning of October 2006.

They include Aberdeen and Inverness in the UK, the Spanish cities of Santander and Santiago de Compostela, expansion into Poland with flights to Wroclaw, Poznan and Krakow. They will begin flying to the Italian cities of Alghero (Sardinia) and Ancona, and also to Kaunas in Lithuania and Tampere in Finland.

March 31st, 2006

Air Scotland expands.. into England

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

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

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.

February 28th, 2006

Norwegian to launch new Bergen routes

Norwegian Air Shuttle will launch 2 new routes from Bergen at the beginning of April 2006. They will begin flying twice per week to Manchester and 3 times per week to Berlin (Schoenefeld).

February 22nd, 2006

flybe expand at Norwich

flybe will launch 2 new routes from their base at Norwich on 25 May 2006. They will begin flying daily between Norwich and Paris (Charles de Gaulle) and twice daily from Norwich to Manchester.

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

February 21st, 2006

Monarch Scheduled to fly from Manchester to Lanzarote

Monarch Scheduled will launch a route between Manchester and Arrecife on 29 October 2006. They will fly twice per week during the winter 2006/07 season.

February 16th, 2006

Aer Arann to fly to Angers

Aer Arann will launch flights from Manchester and Cork to Angers on 02 May 2006. They will also launch a weekly flight between Cork and Jersey on 20 May.

February 5th, 2006

Air Scotland launches Spanish flights from Manchester

Air Scotland will launch 4 routes from Manchester, beginning in May 2006. They will launch weekly flights to Malaga, Palma, Alicante and Girona.

Flights are already available to book at www.air-scotland.com.

November 16th, 2005

New routes for Air Southwest

Air Southwest have announced a number of new routes from 11 April 2006. They will begin flying from Bristol to Norwich, and from Cardiff to Newquay and Manchester. All services will operate daily.

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 24th, 2005

Jet2 expanding at Edinburgh

Jet2 will launch a new route from Edinburgh to Murcia from 03 April 2006. Jet2 began flying their first route to Edinburgh, from Manchester, earlier this year.

Jet2 are expected to announce a number of new routes from Edinburgh shortly, perhaps indicating that it could become a new hub airport for the airline.

October 11th, 2005

flybe adds routes from Manchester

flybe will begin flying up to 4 times per day from Manchester to Belfast (City) from 06 January 2006. They will also launch a flight from 16 February, operating twice per day, between Manchester and Exeter.

September 22nd, 2005

Aer Arann launch Manchester to Isle of Man route

On 24 November 2005, Aer Arann will launch a new route (operating 3 times per day) between the Isle of Man and Manchester. This short route, just over 100 miles, has a scheduled flying time of 45 minutes.

Hapag-Lloyd Express summer 2006 flight schedule

Hapag-Lloyd Express will put their summer flight schedule (for flights between 26 March – 30 September 2006) on sale today at 17:00 (UK time).

They will launch a number of new routes, including Manchester to Hanover, Westerland (Sylt) to Hanover, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart, and from Leipzig to Stuttgart.

Flights will be available to book at www.hlx.com later this evening.

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.

August 17th, 2005

Early sale for Jet2 to Nice

Following a decision by British Airways to axe their service from Manchester to Nice, Jet2 have put their 2006 flights on sale early. Ordinarily they would not make seats for the summer 2006 season available until later in the year.

August 4th, 2005

Jet2 launches Manchester to Ibiza connection

Jet2 will launch a new route between Manchester and Ibiza for Summer 2006. They will begin flying this route on 19 May 2006.

Flights are available to book from today.

July 27th, 2005

Jet2 adds Manchester route to Palma

Jet2 have put a new route on sale from Manchester to Palma (Mallorca). They will begin flying there at the end of March 2006 – the beginning of their 2006 summer season.

Jet2 will be competing with both Monarch Scheduled and bmibaby who operate on this route.

SkyEurope announces winter ski routes

In addition to the previously announced route to Poprad (Tatry), SkyEurope have announced routes between Salzburg and Barcelona, Manchester and Warsaw and between Innsbrook and Paris (Orly) and Amsterdam.

These flights are available to book for the winter 05/06 season.

June 14th, 2005

Jet2 adds routes to Chambery

In addition to the announcement of Geneva flights yesterday, Jet2 will launch a further skiing destination from their bases at Manchester and Leeds (Bradford) this winter.

From 17 December 2005 they will start flying to Chambery.

June 13th, 2005

Jet2 to Geneva this winter

Jet2 will begin flying to Geneva from their Manchester and Leeds (Bradford) hubs on 17 December 2005.

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.

December 15th, 2004

Monarch Scheduled expand at Birmingham & Manchester

From 28 April 2005, Monarch Scheduled will add 2 new routes from Manchester to Almeria and Madrid, and new routes from Birmingham (International) to Tenerife (Sur) and Malaga.

December 14th, 2004

SkyEurope makes Manchester a base

Hot on the heels of the rapid route expansion in the North West of England, SkyEurope have announced that Manchester will be their next base.

They will begin flying from Manchester during their summer season, which commences on 27 March 2005. They plan to fly to Warsaw, Krakow and Bratislava. Tickets are available to book now.

December 8th, 2004

Jet2 connects Edinburgh and Manchester

From 14 February 2005, Jet2 will add up to 3 daily flights between their new base at Manchester and Edinburgh.

December 2nd, 2004

Jet2 add Manchester to Amsterdam

On 10 February 2005, Jet 2 will add yet another route from Manchester. The new route to Amsterdam will run 3 times daily.

November 29th, 2004

bmibaby summer 2005 routes

bmibaby will put the routes from their summer 2005 timetable on sale this week. They will announce the routes and put them on sale every day this week (from Tuesday) for each of their UK hubs:

November 26th, 2004

Air Southwest expands

Air Southwest will connect a number of cities in the UK and Ireland after 11 April 2005. They are now taking bookings on new routes including Leeds (Bradford) to Plymouth, Bristol to Dublin, Leeds (Bradford) and Newquay, Newquay to Dublin, Leeds (Bradford) and Manchester.

Their schedules would suggest that they are introducing so many new routes with little overhead by including a number of stops (but not changes) on each journey, so in some cases flying times may appear much longer than you’d expect.

Nonetheless, it is about time that some more low-cost routes became available for shorter distances such as some of these.

November 22nd, 2004

Jet2 annouce Manchester to Alicante

From today it is possible to book tickets on a new route from Manchester to Alicante. Jet2 will begin flying this new route on 27 March 2005.

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 29th, 2004

Jet2 makes Manchester a new hub

Jet2, currently based primarily at Leeds (Bradford) have announced they they will expand, using Manchester as their next hub.

They have announced 9 destinations from Manchester which include Budapest (starting 01 December 2004), Murcia, (02 December 2004), Valencia, Nice, Venice, Faro (all starting 19 March 2005),Pisa (26 May 2005), Geneva (18 December 2004) and Malaga (04 February 2004).

July 10th, 2004

flybe announces new UK domestic routes

In addition to their previously announced new route from Southampton to Newcastle, flybe will begin new routes from Southampton to Manchester and from Exeter to Newcastle. Services begin from November 2004.

June 23rd, 2004

Air Berlin announce new UK routes

Air Berlin will begin new routes from 01 November between Germany and the UK. They will begin flying from Southampton and Manchester to Paderborn. In addition, they will also begin flying Manchester to Berlin (Tegel) and Dusseldorf.

May 20th, 2004

EUjet plans British budget launch for September 04

EUjet have announced, after a much anticipated wait, that they will begin a budget operation primarily based at Kent (Manston), an airport the owners would like to see dubbed as ‘London-Manston’. They will also have a 2nd hub at Shannon in Ireland.

From Manston, EUjet are scheduled to fly to a range of destinations in Europe, flights beginning in September include: Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, Faro, Girona, Jersey, Murcia, Nice and Prague.

Further routes are due to begin from Manston in October, including: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Milan (Malpensa) and Palma (Mallorca). Their final batch of new routes (still from Manston!) are scheduled to take-off in December, including: Geneva, Salzburg, Toulouse, Turin and Zurich.

Their routes from Shannon are due to begin from September (again over a period of months), to Dublin, Geneva, Malaga and Murcia.

April 2nd, 2004

Derry new routes with Aer Arann

Aer Arann announced new routes from Derry to Manchester and Birmingham (International).

March 31st, 2004

MyTravel Lite routes removed from Manchester

As MyTravel Lite silently withdraw from Manchester, all routes from Manchester have been removed.

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