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January 21st, 2010

A couple of new Air Berlin routes from Nuremberg

Air Berlin have put two new summer routes on sale from their Nuremberg base to Nice and Venice (Marco Polo). Both routes are on sale now at www.airberlin.com.

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.

December 7th, 2008

East Midlands to Nice with easyJet

easyJet will launch flights between East Midlands and Nice from 02 April 2009. They will fly three times per week on this route.

November 20th, 2008

Transavia to open Copenhagen base

Transavia, the Dutch low-cost airline, have announced that they will open a base at Copenhagen, in place of the recent bankrupted Danish airline Sterling. From 08 December 2008 they will operate 10 routes from Copenhagen including flights to Malaga, Alicante, Arrecife, Las Palmas, Tenerife (Sur), Faro, Rome (Fiumicino), Nice, Salzburg and Innsbruck.

All of these flights are available to book now at www.transavia.com.

February 12th, 2008

New flybe flights between Jersey and Nice

flybe will begin flying from Jersey to Nice this year. From 24 May 2008, they will fly weekly on this route. They will also begin weekly flights from their Birmingham base to Toulouse at the same time. These flights can be booked now at www.flybe.com.

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 30th, 2007

Two new routes for bmibaby

bmibaby have added two new routes to their schedule for next year. Starting on 01 April 2008, they will add flights from their East Midlands base to Nice, and from their Birmingham base to Milan (Orio al Serio).

October 10th, 2007

Sterling to expand at Malmo

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

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

Tickets are available to purchase for these new flights at www.sterling.dk.

August 16th, 2007

Additional Ryanair routes from Dublin this winter

Ryanair will launch six new routes from their Dublin base this winter. During October and November 2007 they will begin flights to Basel, Nice, Prague, Szczecin, Katowice and Budapest. These flights are available to book now.

July 26th, 2007

New easyJet routes to Gdansk, Bucharest and others

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

Tickets for these new routes are available to purchase now.

July 3rd, 2007

New flights for winter with Vueling

Vueling have put six new routes on sale for the winter season. The flights, which commence on 28 October 2007, include Malaga to Brussels (International) and Rome (Fiumicino), Madrid to Brussels (International), Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi) and Nice, and Barcelona to Nice. These will be their first flights to Nice. The new routes and other winter flights are on sale now at www.vueling.com.

January 20th, 2007

Palermo routes for Blu-Express

Italian low-cost airline Blu-express will begin flights from Palermo on 27 March 2007. They will begin flying twice per week to Grenoble and Nice.

December 19th, 2006

SkyEurope to open base at Vienna

Despite only being a short distance from their Bratislava base, Central European low-cost airline Sky Europe will open a base at Vienna from 25 March 2007. Traditionally, Vienna has been ignored by many low-cost airlines due to the high landing fees that airlines must pay to fly there.

From March 2007, Sky Europe will fly from Vienna to Barcelona, Amsterdam, Brussels (International), Paris (Orly), Nice, Venice (Treviso), Florence, Rimini, Bucharest (Baneasa), Sofia, Athens, Thessaloniki, Larnaca, Zadar, Dubrovnik and Split.

November 30th, 2006

Sterling to fly from Gothenburg

Sterling will begin flying from Gothenburg (Landvetter) from 27 March 2007. They will fly between Gothenburg (Landvetter) and Alicante, Malaga, Nice and Florence. Flights can be booked at www.sterlingticket.com.

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 8th, 2006

FlyGlobespan expansion at Durham Tees Valley

FlyGlobespan will expand their operation at Durham Tees Valley with five new routes next year. From 28 May 2007 they will launch flights to Ibiza, initially with a weekly frequency, increasing to twice weekly during the peak summer season. From the end of June, they will launch flights to Mahon, Jersey, Nice and Pula.

October 18th, 2006

FlyMe to launch nine new routes

Scandinavian low-cost airline FlyMe will launch nine new Swedish routes from March 2007. These include flights from Malmo to Nice, Alicante and Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi); Stockholm (Arlanda) to Rome (Ciampino), Alicante, Nice and Lulea; Gothenburg (Landvetter) to Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi) and Athens.

September 26th, 2006

New Nice flights from Southampton with flybe

From the end of March 2007, flybe will begin flying four times per week between Southampton and Nice. Flights can already be booked at www.flybe.com.

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.

April 7th, 2006

Norwegian launches a base in Poland

Norwegian Air Shuttle today made a surprise announcement that they would open a base in the Polish capital – Warsaw. They will begin flying from 13 July 2006 from their Warsaw base to Nice, Malaga, Alicante and Girona.

March 1st, 2006

Atlas Blue added to flycheapo

Following our expansion to include Morocco in flycheapo, we have added Atlas Blue – a low-cost airline operating in Morocco.

They fly a number of interesting routes between Marrakech and Milan (Malpensa), Brussels (International), Bordeaux, Lyon, Geneva, London (Gatwick), Amsterdam, Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Toulouse. From the end of March they will begin flying between Brussels (International) and the Moroccan airports of Tangier, Oujda, Nador. They also currently fly between Agadir and Milan (Malpensa).

Atlas Blue will operate a summer service between Brussels (International) and Al Hoceima, beginning in late June.

February 14th, 2006

SkyEurope to open Prague base

Sky Europe will make Prague their next hub airport. They will launch 7 routes from Prague from 10 April 2006. These will include flights to Amsterdam, Paris (Orly), Milan (Orio al Serio), Barcelona, Naples, Nice and Rome (Fiumicino).

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.

October 13th, 2005

Blu-express – a new Italian low-cost airline

Further information became available today about the new low-cost subsidiary airline being started by the Italian airline, Blue Panorama.

They will launch Blu-express, based at Rome (Fiumicino), with flights beginning from 21 November 2005. They have initially made details available about 6 routes. Blu-express will initially fly to Bari and Milan (Malpensa) from November, and will launch the remaining 4 routes to Grenoble, Munich, Vienna and Nice from 15 December.

It had originally been anticipated that this airline would be called Blue Express (there still appears to be some confusion on their official web site), and it is suspected that they changed this name very recently.

October 4th, 2005

Helsinki is new base for Sterling

Sterling, the Scandinavian low-cost airline currently in the process of merging with Maersk, will make Helsinki a base from March 2006.

From the end of March, they are scheduled to begin flying 11 new routes from Helsinki to Rome (Ciampino), Prague, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Paris (Beauvais), Nice, Malaga, Faro, Crete, Budapest and Bologna.

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.

June 21st, 2005

Air Turquoise – a second low-cost airline for France

A new French budget airline, Air Turquoise, are due to commence flying their ‘regular’ schedule of flights as early as 23 June 2005. They will fly daily from Reims (not Betheny as previously expected) to Bordeaux, Nice and Marseille.

They appear to be taking bookings from today.

June 20th, 2005

Air Turquoise – a new French low-cost airline?

It has been reported that a new budget airline will begin operating from Betheny, near Reims in France.

It is expected that Air Turquoise will fly to Bordeaux, Nice and Marseille. The airline has reportedly been formed by former Air France and Air Littoral employees.

At present no further information about the airline is available, and it is not possible to book any tickets via their web site. The airline and routes will be added to the cheap0 database, if and when tickets go on sale.

June 8th, 2005

AlpiEagles launch summer Nice service

AlpiEagles will operate a route, flying 4 times per week, from Olbia to Nice from the end of this month.

This summer service is due to run until the end of September 2005.

March 31st, 2005

easyJet expand at Basel

easyJet will launch 5 new routes from their hub at Basel in June.

On 17 June 2005 they will launch routes to Alicante, Barcelona and Nice. A week later, on 24 June, they will launch new routes to Palma and Rome (Ciampino).

There has been no official announcement of these new routes yet, however they all appear in the easyJet booking system and are available to book from today.

March 11th, 2005

FlyMe to fly from Gothenburg to Nice

The Swedish low-cost carrlier FlyMe will launch a new route on 16 June 2005 from Gothenburg to Nice.

February 23rd, 2005

Sterling and flynordic to cooperate

Sterling and flynordic have announced a strategic alliance, they will begin route-sharing on a number of routes and have started cooperating on flight sales.

This will see flynordic operate flights from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Berlin (Tegel), Barcelona, Bordeaux, Budapest and Dublin, and they will also operate the route from Copenhagen to Tallinn.

Sterling will be operating flights from Arlanda to Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga, Nice and Prague. They will also cooperate on their route from Gothenburg to Copenhagen.

January 16th, 2005

flybaboo adds summer routes

flybaboo will add 3 routes from Geneva for the summer season. These include Nice (beginning on 21 March 2005), St Tropez (from early May) and Ibiza, from mid June. It is likely that these routes will be ‘summer only’ routes, and won’t be continued for the winter season.

November 30th, 2004

bmibaby and summer at Birmingham

bmibaby have today put 4 new routes on sale from their summer timetable from Birmingham (International). These new routes include Nice, Bordeaux and Murcia starting around 10 June 2005. They will also begin a route to Cork on 27 March.

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).

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.

May 12th, 2004

New easyJet routes starting earlier

Apparently due to unprecedented demand, easyJet has brought forward the start dates on a number of new routes, including:

May 8th, 2004

New airline added – JetGreen

A new Irish budget carrier, JetGreen has been added. Their unique selling point is ‘low fares but with all the frills’. Similar to the recently deceased duo, they also offer first class/business class services.

Their base is at Dublin. This month they have launched flights to Alicante and Malaga. From 08 June they will also begin flying to Faro, Rome (Fiumicino) and Nice.

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