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News of June 2007


Clickair inaugurates low cost Malta-Barcelona route

30 June 2007

Spanish low-cost airline clickair inaugurated its Malta-Barcelona route yesterday with the arrival of the airline’s first flight at Malta International Airport. The airline will operate the route on a twice-weekly basis until October, after which it will review its plans.

But, as Clickair chief executive officer Alex Cruz said yesterday, “Continuity is our goal and by design we wish to remain in all the markets we have entered.

Clickair, despite being just a little over one year old, is Barcelona’s biggest operator in terms of routes offered and is the biggest operator out of Seville in terms of both routes and passengers.

source: The Malta Independent


Germanwings launches Dortmund – Istanbul flights

30 June 2007

The German budget airline Germanwings starts flights between Dortmund and Istanbul last week. The company will also launch flights between Dortmund and Vienna, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza and Faro. Germanwings already flies to Istanbul from Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Berlin. It will add Ankara, İzmir, Antalya to its destinations later in the summer.

source: turkishdailynews.com.tr


JetBlue’s Boston expansion continues: now flying to Aruba and San Diego

30 June 2007

JetBlue Airways, the fastest-growing airline at Boston’s Logan International Airport, this week kicks off another round of expansion with the launch of service to two new cities: San Diego and Aruba.

The award-winning low-fare, low-cost airline’s newest service to California begins today while its new Caribbean service starts Saturday, June 30. JetBlue now offers its affordable fares and friendly service to 27 nonstop destinations from its Boston focus city.

source: Rush PR News


EU bans unsafe airlines

30 June 2007

All airlines from the Indonesian Republic will be banned from flying to the European Union (EU) from next week, an official from the union said yesterday. The decision was made after EU air safety experts deemed all 51 airlines to be unsafe.The experts’ decision, which includes national flag carrier Garuda, comes after four recent crashes in the Asian archipelago and Indonesian authorities’ failure to provide adequate safety assurances, an EU official said yesterday.

source: Brunei Times


JetBlue announces Syracuse-Fort Lauderdale daily service

29 June 2007

JetBlue Airways announced plans to commence a new service between Syracuse and Fort Lauderdale, effective 01-Nov-07. The airline will operate once daily service on the route year-round, providing Syracuse with its only non-stop link to South Florida.

The Syracuse-Fort Lauderdale route announcement comes a day after the airline announced plans to add a new service between Buffalo and Fort Lauderdale, also effective 01-Nov-07.

From Syracuse Hancock International Airport, JetBlue currently operates four-times daily to New York/JFK and once daily to Orlando.

source: peanuts.aero


Allegiant Air adds low-cost Las Vegas flight

29 June 2007

Allegiant Air, the low-cost airline serving Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, announced Wednesday morning that it will be adding no ns top service from Greenville to Las Vegas. For a limited time, tickets to Las Vegas will cost about $89 each way.

Allegiant Air’s main hubs are Orlando and its headquarters city of Las Vegas. The airline serves 56 other cities, though flights in many are scheduled only two days a week.

The addition of the Las Vegas flight follows the addition in January of flights to the Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla., area.

source: wyff4.com


Southwest Airlines will trim growth, cut unprofitable flights

29 June 2007

Southwest Airlines sees stronger passenger traffic this summer than predicted earlier this year, Gary Kelly, chief executive of the low-cost airline, said Wednesday.

However, he told analysts during a Webcast presentation from the New York Stock Exchange, the airline will trim capacity growth in the fourth quarter to 6% from its earlier forecast for 8% growth as well as plans to expand routes by 6% in 2008.

Kelly said the airline will trim some unprofitable flights, and add routes that are more profitable. “Our greatest opportunity lies with the business customer,” Kelly said.

The Dallas airline, which last year overtook American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corp. (AMR), as the largest carrier of domestic air passengers, this year is facing rising costs for fuel and labor – the greatest expenses for all airlines – and stiffer competition.

source: CNN


Ryanair: EU will block Aer Lingus bid

26 June 2007

Ryanair Holdings PLC, Europe’s largest low-cost airline, said Tuesday that it expects the European Commission to block its euro1.48 billion (US$1.9 billion) hostile takeover bid for fellow Irish airline Aer Lingus PLC.

It claimed the decision — to be made before July 4 — was politically motivated and was designed to appease the Irish government.

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said he planned to challenge an EU refusal to approve the takeover at the EU courts.

source: BW


easyJet CEO rejects Ryanair’s grim forecast for airline market

26 June 2007

easyJet PLC’s chief executive Andy Harrison rejected predictions from Ryanair Holdings PLC that the airline market is heading for a serious downturn.

Economic indicators across Europe pointed to continued growth for low-cost carriers despite a recent softening in demand for air travel, Harrison told the Guardian.

source: hemscott.com


Spanish airline Spanair cancels 60 flights over strike

25 June 2007

The Spanish airline Spanair cancelled 60 flights to 14 destinations Monday because of a strike by a part of its cabin personnel, media reported.

Most of the cancellations hit inland routes. International flights were cancelled on routes from Madrid to Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Zurich and Vienna.

Source: M & C