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News of February 2008

Ryanair sets up base at Edinburgh Airport

29 February 2008

Ryanair Holdings PLC said it has agreed to set-up its second Scottish base at Edinburgh airport.

The Irish airline, which counts Edinburgh as its 27th European base, has said it will base two new Boeing Co  737-800 aircraft at the airport.

It will serve 19 routes to and from the Scottish capital. The low-fares carrier already operates services to and from Scotland’s Glasgow Prestwick airport.

source: CNN

French airports say low-cost carriers give business a boost

29 February 2008

Airports in France recorded a 4.9 pct gain in passenger traffic last year, thanks to low-cost carriers and international operations, the French airport association UAF reported.

We have a right to be satisfied with what has happened and believe it will continue,‘ UAF head Claude Terrazzoni told at a press conference.

French airports handled 153.8 mln passengers in 2007, of whom 86.3 mln came through Paris.

source: Forbes

Iberia to use Spanair for domestic, long haul routes at El Prat if bid succeeds

27 February 2008

Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana SA said, if its bid for SAS’s Spanair is successful, it will use the low-cost flyer to increase domestic and long haul routes, especially at the Barcelona El Prat airport.

Speaking during a presentation on full-year results, Iberia chairman Fernando Conte said a Spanair tie-up would also increase cost cutting synergies and reinforce more direct routes with hubs.

source: Forbes

London Luton one of most important airports in Britain

27 February 2008

London’s Luton airport is now one of the most important in Britain in terms of passenger numbers and routes, with passenger traffic five times the levels seen ten years ago.

Over ten million passengers passed through Luton airport in the 12 months to February, making it one of the fastest-growing airports in Britain.

More than 40 new routes in the past two years and the introduction of new airlines have contributed to the significant increases in passenger numbers.


Porter Airlines to launch U.S. service

24 February 2008

Toronto-based Porter Airlines on Friday will begin selling tickets to Newark, N.J., the first U.S. destination in its expansion plans.

The privately owned airline said service between the Toronto City Centre Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport will begin March 31. Porter will run seven daily round-trip flights as well as limited weekend service.

source: CBC News

Skybus to launch New York, Los Angeles-area flights from N.C. hub

24 February 2008

Skybus Airlines Inc. is set on Monday to add nonstop service to the New York and Los Angeles areas from its North Carolina hub.

The Columbus-based discount airline said its hub at Greensboro, N.C.’s Piedmont Triad International Airport on Feb. 25 will begin two daily nonstop flights to Stewart International Airport, 55 miles north of New York, and one flight to Burbank’s Bob Hope International Airport.

Skybus began service to New York from Port Columbus International Airport in January, when it also cut one of its two daily flights to Burbank from Columbus.


Low-cost carriers step up French invasion

24 February 2008

EasyJet’s decision to open two more French bases at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Lyon is the latest sign that low-cost carriers are ready and willing to make a serious push into an airline market that offers significant potential, but has traditionally erected high barriers to entry.

The UK budget operator launched its CDG base earlier this month and will open its base at Lyon Saint-Exupery airport in April. This is in addition to the base it already has at Paris Orly, where the carrier has stationed six aircraft.

source: Flight Global

Airline passangers safe after emergency landing

24 February 2008

One hundred and thirty-three airline passengers are safe tonight after their American Airlines plane made an emergency landing at the Miami Airport.Flight 862 was headed from West Palm Beach to Chicago — but had to be diverted because of nose gear problems.


Ryanair booking system takes weekend break

22 February 2008

Travellers planning to book a trip with budget airline Ryanair this weekend will have to hold off for a few days after the company announced that its booking system will be off limits from Friday evening until Monday evening.

The company said on its website that its internet and call centre booking system would be down from 10pm on February 22nd to 11pm on February 25th “because of the changeover to a new flight booking system.

Customers will not be able to make new bookings, flight changes or review existing bookings through the Ryanair website or call centre during this period.

source: The Local

Spanish low-cost carrier scraps Sofia-Barcelona flight plans

22 February 2008

Spanish low-cost airline Clickair has scrapped plans to introduce a regular Sofia-Barcelona flight as part of its cost-cutting push, daily El Pais reported on February 4.

Clickair, partially owned by Spanish national flag carrier Iberia, has dropped a total of eight routes to trim down its flight schedule, choosing to concentrate on its more profitable flights.

source: Sofia Echo