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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.

March 24th, 2009

New Ryanair routes from East Midlands, Ibiza and Alghero

Ryanair have put six new routes on sale. These include new flights from East Midlands to Palma and Reus (beginning July 2009), Alghero to Bari and Reus (from June) and Ibiza to Rome (Ciampino) (from June) and Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi) (from April).

January 18th, 2009

Ryanair announces expansion at Bristol, Edinburgh and Alicante

Ryanair have this week announced a massive expansion of their operations from Bristol (from July 2009), Edinburgh (from April 2009) and Alicante (from June 2009). The new routes that they will launch are as follows:

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.

June 9th, 2008

Warsaw to Rome with Wizz Air

Wizz Air will add their 17th destination from the Polish capital, Warsaw, later this year when they launch direct flights to Rome (Ciampino). They will fly three times per week on this route from 16 September 2008.

March 21st, 2008

Ryanair to fly French and German domestic routes

Ryanair have put their first domestic routes in France and Germany on sale. These include flights from Marseille to Paris (Beauvais), and from Berlin (Schoenefeld) to Frankfurt (Hahn), which will begin operation in May. They will also begin new flights from East Midlands to Malaga and Stockholm (Skavsta) to Rostock-Laage (from 04 June), Shannon to Berlin (Schoenefeld) (from 30 May), Milan (Orio al Serio) to Trapani (from 02 July), and Alghero to Rome (Ciampino) (from 01 August).

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.

October 17th, 2007

Wizz to move flights to Rome (Fiumicino)

Wizz Air will move their flights from Budapest, Tirgu Mures and Sofia from Rome (Ciampino) to Rome (Fiumicino) on 28 October 2007. This is due to new traffic limitations placed upon Rome (Ciampino) airport.

July 8th, 2007

Three new low-cost routes from Poznan

Central European low-cost airline centralwings will begin three new routes from Poznan from the end of October 2007. They will begin flying from Poznan to Rome (Ciampino), Paris (Beauvais) and Edinburgh. They are taking bookings for these flights, and other flights from their winter schedule, at www.centralwings.com.

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 23rd, 2007

Norwegian move Rome airport

Norwegian Air Shuttle will move their flights to Rome from Rome (Ciampino) to Rome (Fiumicino). From 25 March 2007, they will modify their routes from Oslo (International) and Warsaw. Flights to Rome (Fiumicino) are already on sale at www.norwegian.no.

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.

Centralwings summer 2007 schedule on sale

Flights with Central European low-cost airline centralwings are now on sale for summer 2007, including new routes from Cork to Warsaw, Shannon to Katowice and Rome (Ciampino) to GDN}. Flights can be booked at www.centralwings.com.

November 8th, 2006

New Centralwings flights from Lodz

centralwings, the low-cost airline owned by Polish state airline LOT, will begin two routes from Lodz next year. From 19 February 2007 they will begin flying twice per week to Rome (Ciampino) and Paris (Beauvais). Flights can be booked now at www.centralwings.com.

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

MyAir to fly from Italy to Sofia

Italian low-cost airline MyAir is to begin flying to the Bulgarian capital Sofia. They will begin flying from both Milan (Orio al Serio) and Rome (Ciampino) from 15 February 2007.

easyJet announces routes from Madrid

It has been known for some time that easyJet would be increasing the number of flights that they operate from Madrid. From mid-February 2007 they will launch six new routes from Madrid including domestic flights to Oviedo and La Coruna, and international flights to Lyon, Rome (Ciampino), Toulouse and Casablanca in Morocco. This will be the first route that easyJet will fly to Casablanca, and will in fact become the first low-cost route to Casablanca.

At the same time, easyJet will launch flights between Lyon and Rome (Ciampino). All of these new routes are on sale now.

September 17th, 2006

Wizz Air add Rome to Sofia flights

Wizz Air will begin flying a direct route from Sofia to Rome (Ciampino) next year. They were previously flying via Budapest, but as of 02 March 2007 they will fly three times per week.

August 16th, 2006

Blue Air to fly from Bacau to Italy

Romanian low-cost airline Blue Air will begin flying from the Romanian city of Bacau from 29 October 2006. They will launch flights to both Rome (Ciampino) and Cuneo.

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 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 23rd, 2006

Polish expansion for Norwegian

Norwegian Air Shuttle will expand their operation in Poland by launching 7 new routes from 15 September 2006. They will begin flying from Warsaw to Dublin, Stockholm (Arlanda), Rome (Ciampino), Milan (Malpensa) and Athens. They will also begin flying to Stockholm (Arlanda) from Krakow and Wroclaw.

Flights on these new routes can be booked at www.norwegian.no.

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.

April 28th, 2006

SmartWings to fly from Budapest

This winter, Czech Republic-based low-cost airline SmartWings will begin flying from Budapest. They intend to fly daily to Paris (Charles de Gaulle) and 6 times per week to Rome (Ciampino), Milan (Orio al Serio) and Prague. Launch dates have not yet been announced.

From 01 May 2006 they will also begin offering complementary light refreshments and non-alcoholic drinks on all flights.

April 24th, 2006

easyJet and Ryanair suffer Italian flight ban

Both easyJet and Ryanair have complained to the European Commission regarding practices that they consider to be anti-competitive.

easyJet were due to begin flying between their base at Milan (Malpensa) to Olbia (Sardinia) last week, but were banned from doing so by the Italian authorities. The National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) in Italy refused to let easyJet fly as they claim this route should be covered by a Public Service Obligation, meaning that the authorities can decide which airlines operate on the route.

In a bid to avoid to the legislation, easyJet attempted to give tickets away free (the wording of the legislation suggests that it only applies to the sale of flights), however ENAC also prevented this. easyJet had already sold 13,000 seats on this new route, which will (at least for the meantime) be withdrawn.

Ryanair has suffered much the same problem on their route from Rome (Ciampino) to Alghero.

February 23rd, 2006

MyAir to fly from Italy to Bulgaria and Romania

MyAir will launch 5 new routes on 13 April 2006. They will begin flying to Sofia in Bulgaria from Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi) and Milan (Orio al Serio), and to the Romanian airports of Timisoara, from Venice (Marco Polo) and Milan (Orio al Serio), and to Bucharest (Baneasa) from Rome (Ciampino).

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 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.

July 12th, 2005

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).

April 4th, 2005

Budget airlines add capacity for Pope’s funeral

Extra capacity has been added on flights from Poland to Rome over the coming week, in order that citizens can attend the Pope’s funeral.

Centralwings have added capacity from Warsaw and Krakow to Rome (Ciampino). They also fly from Warsaw to Bologna, where an onward connection to Rome can be made by train.

Sky Europe have added capacity on their flights from Warsaw and Krakow to Rome (Fiumicino). Meanwhile Wizz Air have announced a temporary new route from Katowice to Rome (Fiumicino).

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 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.

March 1st, 2005

Blue Air add routes to Rome and Dusseldorf

Blue Air, the low-cost carrier based at Bucharest (Baneasa) have announced that they will launch 2 new routes on 27 March 2005.

The routes to Rome (Ciampino) and Dusseldorf are scheduled to fly for their summer season.

January 31st, 2005

Ryanair expands in Italy

Ryanair have just announced that they will launch 3 new domestic routes from Rome (Ciampino) on 28 April 2005. These will include Venice (Treviso), Alghero (Sardinia) and Verona (Brescia). This is in addition to the route they announced to Dublin last week.

Tickets on these new routes are due to go on sale tomorrow, 1 February.

January 26th, 2005

Ryanair expand from Dublin

Ryanair have announced 6 new routes to be launched over the coming months from their base at Dublin. From 19 April 2005 they will launch routes to Biarritz, Carcassonne, Rome (Ciampino) and Eindhoven.

From 28 April they will begin flying to Doncaster, the recently announced new base for Thomsonfly. This is 1 day before Thomsonfly are due to begin flying on this route.

In addition, from 03 May they will begin a new route to their base at Frankfurt (Hahn).

January 13th, 2005

easyJet adds 2 new routes from Belfast

easyJet have announced that, in addition to their recently announced expansion at Belfast (International), they will add a further 2 new routes. On 01 July 2005 they will begin flying to Berlin (Schoenefeld) and on 02 July they will commence flying a new route to Rome (Ciampino).

December 14th, 2004

centralwings – a new low cost carrier for Europe!

While the bankruptcy of Air Polonia is still unclear, today we learn that a new low-cost carrier – centralwings – will launch next year, backed by Polish state airline LOT.

centralwings will use 3 bases in Poland, Warsaw, Krakow and Katowice. They will commence flights to London (Gatwick) from Warsaw and Krakow on 01 February 2005.

They will then begin the roll-out of their summer timetable during March – May. This will include routes between Warsaw and Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi), Lisbon, Malta, Girona, Prague, Nuremberg, Catania, from Krakow to Rome (Ciampino) and from Katowice to Cologne-Bonn and Hanover.

November 21st, 2004

Ryanair to make Liverpool a new hub

Tomorrow it is expected that Ryanair will announce that Liverpool will become their next hub airport, making it their 12th base.

At present they are due to fly 4 routes from Liverpool over the coming seasons, including Dublin, Girona, Milan (Orio al Serio) and Rome (Ciampino). It is expected that they may announce as many as 8 new routes tomorrow, and it is rumoured that they will base 3 or 4 aircraft at Liverpool in order to service this expansion.

September 8th, 2004

Ryanair expands Rome base

Ryanair have announced that they are to expand their base at Rome (Ciampino). At present they fly 12 routes from the airport, and over the coming months will add another 5 daily routes to this. On 28 January 2005 they will launch new routes from Ciampino to Niederrhein, Liverpool and Teesside. On 07 February they will also add new routes to Nottingham (East Midlands) and Valencia.

In addition, they are also starting a new route on 08 November 2004 from Girona to Niederrhein.

September 7th, 2004

Air Polonia Winter Season

For the Winter season 2004/05, it seems Air Polonia are moving some routes to cheaper airports. Flights from Warsaw will go to Paris (Beauvais), instead of Charles de Gaulles, and flights to Rome will go to Ciampino instead of Fiumicino.

In addition, Air Polonia will begin flying a new daily route between Warsaw and Stockholm (Skavsta) on 31 October 2004, as their winter season begins.

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 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 17th, 2004

easyJet winter timetable

easyJet have begun the sale of their winter timetable in stages, this includes a number of new routes not previously announced. These new routes include Bristol and Newcastle to Geneva and Rome (Ciampino), Geneva to Alicante, Madrid and Rome (Ciampino), and Paris (Orly) to Madrid.

These routes begin in November 2004 and are on sale now (up until the end of March 2004), with more to be released.

July 6th, 2004

SmartWings announce new route to Rome

As of 1 September 2004, SmartWings will begin flying from Prague to Rome (Ciampino).

June 12th, 2004

easyJet announces Gatwick expansion

While rumour has it BA are going to pull a number of routes from London (Gatwick), easyJet has announced that they are to expand their operation there. They are already scheduled to begin flying to Cologne-Bonn in September. In addition, they have now announced that they will fly to Budapest and increase the frequency of their Madrid flights.

In November, they will begin flying to Rome (Ciampino) and Venice, they will also increase the frequency of their Cologne-Bonn flights.

In February 2005, easyJet are planning to start flying to Murcia, and also increase the frequency of their Geneva flights.

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:

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.

April 15th, 2004

New easyJet routes from East Midlands

easyJet have today announced new routes from East Midlands airport to Rome (Ciampino) and Cologne-Bonn. They start flying on these routes from 6 June.

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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