9 top spotting airports to reach by budget airline

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Asia, Caribbean, Dubai, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Miscellaneous Spotting, Netherlands, North America, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Spain, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 21-11-2014

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Spotting isn’t the cheapest hobby, especially if you want to do a lot of it. So I thought I’d look at a few of the best spotting airports that are easily accessible by budget airlines. Hopefully it’ll give you some inspiration for your next trips!

 

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma-Vueling

By Peter Bakema [GFDL 1.2], via Wikimedia Commons

Palma is one of the busiest holiday airports in Europe, particularly during the summer months. Airlines ferry holidaymakers in droves from all over northern Europe, so you’ll see charter and low-cost airlines as well as Spanish regional aircraft. Palma is a big base for Air Berlin, and plenty of other budget airlines also fly there year-round, including easyJet, Ryanair and Vueling.

 

Amsterdam Schiphol, Netherlands

Amsterdam easyJet

By Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Although it is one of Europe’s busiest and largest airports, and is also a stronghold of national airline KLM, Schiphol is surprisingly easy to get to by budget airline. easyJet links many destinations across Europe, whilst Flybe and Jet2 link a number of additional points in the UK.

 

Singapore Changi

Photo by Calvin Teo

Photo by Calvin Teo

A major Asian powerhouse and the hub of the large Singapore Airlines. Changi is also on the route map of many low cost and budget airlines, including home-based Jetstar Asia, Tigerair and Valuair, plus regional carriers Air Asia and Lion Air. Long haul low-cost flights are provided by Jetstar and Scoot to destinations across Asia and Australia.

 

Dubai International, UAE

Flydubai fleet

You may think of Emirates when you think of Dubai, but the second largest carrier at the Middle East hub is Flydubai, a budget airline serving destinations across Africa, the Middle East, Indian subcontinent They even fly into Europe. It makes a more affordable way to reach the airport for some spotting.

 

Atlanta Hartsfield International, GA

Southwest Airlines Heart Livery

Atlanta was known as the busiest airport in the world for many years, largely because of the huge presence of Delta Air Lines reaching across the globe and to many points across the United States. However, the airport’s second largest carrier is Southwest Airlines following its acquisition of Airtran. This means you can get to Atlanta from destinations across America at great prices.

 

Dallas Ft Worth, TX

Spirit Airlines

Another US airport which is dominated by a home based legacy carrier – in this case American Airlines – you may be surprised to find that you have good budget options that don’t require a trip to nearby Love Field. Spirit Airlines recently announced a number of new routes from Dallas to regional and leisure destinations to add to its existing network from the airport.

 

Warsaw Chopin, Poland

Wizz Air

The capital of Poland is a major hub for budget carrier Wizz Air which fights bitterly with full service national carrier LOT. You can also reach Warsaw via carriers Norwegian, Air Berlin, Germanwings and Vueling.

 

Moscow Domodedovo, Russia

By Milad A380 (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Milad A380 (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

For years it was only possible to reach Moscow via traditional full service airlines, or one of Aeroflot’s classic Soviet airliners. However, recent agreements have led to a number of low cost airlines from outside Russia offering flights to Domodedovo. Most significant perhaps is easyJet, which flies from two points in the UK. Other budget airlines flying to Moscow include Air Berlin, Germania, Niki, Meridiana fly, Vueling and Air Arabia.

 

St Maarten, Caribbean

St Maarten Jetblue

A spotters paradise which is on the bucket list of many who like to photograph airliners at close quarters. But it’s not necessary to spend mega bucks getting there with big airlines, particularly from North America, since budget airlines such as Jetblue, Sun Country and Westjet fly regularly to the island.

Ryanair expands with more bases

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Eastern Europe, Germany, Poland, Western Europe | Posted on 11-04-2014

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Ryanair 737

Ryanair has announced it is to open new bases in Cologne/Bonn, Gdansk, and Warsaw-Modlin from Winter 2014.

The new bases will each see aircraft being based at the airports, and new routes being opened to a variety of destinations.

“Ryanair is delighted to announce that we will be opening a new base at Cologne this winter, offering 8 exciting routes, including 5 new routes to Dublin, London Stansted, Madrid, Riga and Rome Ciampino, which will deliver over 700,000 passengers annually”

“Ryanair is[also] delighted to announce that we will be opening a new base at Gdansk this winter, offering 10 exciting routes, including 3 new winter routes to Birmingham, Leeds Bradford and Warsaw Modlin”

And finally: “Ryanair is delighted to announce that we will be opening a new base at Warsaw Modlin this winter, offering 20 exciting routes, including 4 new winter routes to Gdansk, Madrid, Shannon and Wroclaw, which will deliver some 1.9m passengers annually”

Aegean Airlines opening 6 new routes

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Eastern Europe, France, Germany, Miscellaneous Spotting, Poland, Russia, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 21-01-2013

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Aegean AirbusAegean Airlines continue to expand, and have announced six new routes that they will be starting from Summer 2013.

These routes include:

Athens – Baku from 28 May
Athens – Berlin Tegel from 30 April
Athens – Lyon from 20 June – 13 September
Athens – Manchester from 25 May
Athens – St. Petersburg from 29 May
Athens – Warsaw from 2 April

All flights operate with Airbus A320 aircraft.

Ryanair for three more Swedish airports

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Eastern Europe, Netherlands, Poland, Spotting News, Sweden, Western Europe | Posted on 15-12-2012

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Ryanair 737Ryanair has announced plans to begin flights to three more airports in Sweden as part of its recent expansion announcements.

Angelholm, Jonkoping, and Kalmar in southern Sweden will all receive a single route from Ryanair to holiday destinations; the first to Alicante, and the latter two to Barcelona Girona.

Flights will start in April next year, each served 4x weekly.

In other news, Ryanair will start new bases in Eindhoven and Krakow in April, basing aircraft and opening new routes from each.

LOT Polish 787 flights in Europe

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, Frankfurt, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia and CIS, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 20-09-2012

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LOT 787LOT Polish Airlines has announced a series of intra-European flights on their new Boeing 787 aircraft to aid in crew familiarity.

The first aircraft is due for delivery in November, making LOT the first European airline to take on the Dreamliner.

The European flights are bookable now, and include:

Warsaw – Brussels, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th January 2013
Warsaw – Budapest, 11th-14th January 2013
Warsaw – Frankfurt, 3rd-6th,  9th, 10th January 2013
Warsaw – Hanover, 23rd December 2012 & 4th January 2013
Warsaw – Kiev, 17th, 20th, 27th December 2012
Warsaw – London Heathrow, 22nd, 29th, 31st December 2012, 1st-2nd January 2013.
Warsaw – Munich, 14th-16th, 18th, 19th, 28th December 2012
Warsaw – Prague, 14th-16th, 18th-20th, 28th December 2012 & 2nd, 11th-14th January 2013.
Warsaw – Vienna, 17th, 21st-24th, 27th, 29th, 30th December 2012 & 13th January

If you manage to get on one of these flights, I’d love you to send in a report!

 

OLT Express. Where did that come from?!

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Eastern Europe, Miscellaneous Spotting, Poland | Posted on 26-04-2012

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Photo (c) OLT ExpressMaybe only the most savvy experts on European aviation will have heard of an airline called OLT Express, but following big announcements this week, it seems they’re about to become a big part of life for many airports across Europe soon.

The airline is based in Warsaw, but is a restarted version of an airline which previously closed its doors in May 2011.

Today it operates a fleet of Airbus A319, A320, ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft.

Its announcements this week seem to be aimed at shaking up the Polish aviation scene by adding routes from five airports to destinations across Europe. This is clearly a bid to take market share from LOT Polish Airlines and Wizz Air – currently the two largest carriers in the country. It will also challenge services by Ryanair, who have a large presence in Poland.

Volotea bringing growth to Europe’s mid-size cities

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 22-04-2012

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(c) Volotea Airlines

Volotea Airlines seems to have sprung up from nowhere, in no time at all. But if its ambitious growth plans are realised, it will quickly become one of Europe’s main low-cost airlines.

Flying a fleet of seven Boeing 717 aircraft, sourced second-hand from the manufacturer, Volotea is positioning itself to serve small- and mid-sized cities across Europe initially from bases in Venice Marco Polo (Italy), Nantes (France), and Ibiza (Spain).

The airline is run by former founding members of Vueling Airlines, and has its corporate headquarters in Barcelona.

Volotea’s first flight took off on 5th April from Venice, bound for Palermo – one of the 76 routes announced by the airline, and one of a number of domestic routes within Italy – set to challenge the dominance of Alitalia and Ryanair in this much sought-after market.

In fact, Venice Marco Polo will clearly be the bigger base initially, with 24 routes planned.

The airline will not initially venture as far north as the UK, Ireland or Scandinavia, choosing to focus on Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Portugal, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Poland.

The choice of Boeing 717 is interesting for a low-cost airline, but is likely due to the cheap prices of sourcing them, and the regard with which they’ve been held in Spain over the past ten years. Nevertheless, for the enthusiast, this offers another chance to fly on the relatively rare type in Boeing’s stable (Blue1 is currently the only other European operator of the type).

All going well, the airline is likely to expand into other territories fairly soon, but I also suspect some routes will be non-starters, and others will see frequency changes. For a full list of planned routes, see Volotea’s homepage http://www.volotea.com/en/destinations/

More 787 routes announced – LOT Polish

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Eastern Europe, Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, Poland, USA | Posted on 31-03-2012

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Following hot on the recent announcements by LAN Airlines about their proposed routes to be operated by the Boeing 787 when it enters their fleet later this year, LOT Polish Airlines has now unveiled its plans for the aircraft.

LOT will take delivery of the Dreamliner in early 2013, and significantly will be the first European carrier to operate the type.

The airline has announced that its initial route will be from Warsaw to Chicago O’Hare. This route is currently operated daily with Boeing 767-300 aircraft, and the 787 will allow increased capacity on the route, which is due to go 9x weekly this summer.

With the arrival of the 787, you will also see a slightly new livery introduced for LOT. The picture above ((c) LOT) demonstrates this.

Ryanair announces Wroclaw base

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Eastern Europe, Poland | Posted on 20-10-2011

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And the 43rd Ryanair base will be….  Wroclaw, Poland!

The airline already flies 15 routes from Wroclaw, but made the announcement yesterday that it will be basing a Boeing 737-800 aircraft at the airport from Summer 2012, and also opening 6 new routes.

These are:
– Bournemouth, UK
– Chania, Crete
– Malmö, Sweden
– Malta
– Paris Beauvais, France
– Venice Treviso, Italy

Spotting at Warsaw

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport Spotting Guide, Eastern Europe, Poland | Posted on 09-06-2008

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Warsaw has become an easy low-cost getaway from many countries in Europe – particularly with airlines such as Wizz Air and Ryanair offering low fares.

Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin Airport is very spotter friendly if you stay within the allocated areas. It’s terminal building has an open air observation deck which gives views over the parking apron and runways. Reports state that most movements can be seen from here.

All visitors are subject to a meticulous security check on entering the observation deck.

Ticket price:
standard PLN 3,00
reduced PLN 2,00

Opening hours:
6.30 until 20.30

(Warsaw is covered in my new book – Airport Spotting Guides: Europe. Out soon!)