AeroLap Paraguay planning Madrid service

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, South America, Spain, Western Europe | Posted on 02-06-2014

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AeroLap Paraguay 767-300 (c) AeroLap

Startup airline AeroLap Paraguay are planning to start a new service from Asuncion to Madrid Barajas according to latest reports.

The airline is investing $180 million in starting operations using a Boeing 767-300, N254MY.

It is hoped that scheduled service to Madrid will begin in December.

Ryanair opening Rome and Brussels bases

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Western Europe | Posted on 28-11-2013

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Ryanair MarrakechOld news you might think – Ryanair has operated bases at Rome Ciampino and Brussels Charleroi for years. But now the airline has announced bases at both of the cities’ primary airports – Fiumicino and Zaventem respectively.

This comes shortly after the announcement by Vueling of its new base at Rome Fiumicino, and seems to be part of a bid by low cost airlines to wipe out ailing Alitalia on its home turf.

In Ryanair’s case, it is starting five new routes from Fiumicino, including Barcelona, Brussels Zaventem, Catania, Lamezia Terme, and Palermo.

At Brussels, it is starting ten new routes, which include: Alicante, Barcelona, Ibiza, Lisbon, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Rome Fiumicino, Valencia, and Venice Treviso.

The Rome base will start in December, and Brussels in February.

Will we see more big airports covered by Ryanair in the near future? It has made no secret that it is targeting business passengers these days and trying to improve its public image, so it is likely it will go where it can achieve these aims. Stay tuned.

Vueling adds Rome Fiumicino base

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Eastern Europe, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Spain, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 21-11-2013

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This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.Hot off the heels of its announcement about creating a hub at Brussels, Vueling has come up trumps again with the announcement that Rome Fiumicino Airport will also become a base from Summer 2014.

This time the airline is adding a massive 24 new routes from Rome.

This will no doubt capitalise on the struggling Alitalia and its own network from Rome, as Vueling are targeting both domestic and international routes.

The new routes are:

  • Alicante
  • Amsterdam
  • Athens
  • Bari
  • Berlin
  • Brindisi
  • Brussels
  • Catania
  • Corfu
  • Dubrovnik
  • Genoa
  • Heraklion
  • Lamezia
  • Malta
  • Munich
  • Mykonos
  • Palermo
  • Prague
  • Rhodes
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Santorini
  • Seville
  • Split
  • Torino

The airline already operates from Rome to Barcelona, Ibiza, Malaga, Mahon, Nantes, Palma de Mallorca, Paris Orly, and Valencia.

Vueling starting Brussels base

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Western Europe | Posted on 07-11-2013

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This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.Spanish low-cos carrier Vueling will open a new base at Brussels Airport in May 2014.

The carrier already operates four routes from the airport, and will commence seven new ones to Rome, Lisbon, Oporto, Venice, Santiago de Compostela, Ibiza and Palma when the base opens.

 

Iberia to reveal new corporate image this month

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Miscellaneous Spotting, Spain, Western Europe | Posted on 01-10-2013

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Iberia A340-600Iberia are to reveal a new corporate image at their Madrid headquarters on 15th October.

The launch of the new image will become effective in mid-November with the delivery of Iberia’s first Airbus A330 bearing the new logo, which is presently nearing completion at the Airbus factory in Toulouse.

The new brand image, which will keep the current symbols and colour scheme that identify the airline as the Spanish flag carrier, is part of a wider renovation and modernisation programme that is intended to make Iberia a modern, profitable, and sustainable company, attractive both to customers and staff.

Norwegian set to enter Spanish domestic market

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Norway, Spain, Western Europe | Posted on 12-09-2013

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Norwegian 737-800Norwegian has applied to serve a number of domestic routes in Spain as it continues to grow its network and hubs in the country.

The routes initially applied for include Madrid to Tenerife South and Barcelona to Tenerife South.

Flights will be operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft, commencing on 1 January 2014.

Kriber seeks to re-open Ciduad Real airport

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Spain, Western Europe | Posted on 03-09-2013

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The abandoned Ciudad Real AirportNew Spanish startup carrier Kriber Airlines has made clear it plans to purchase the abandoned Ciudad Real airport in a bid to create a hub for passenger and cargo flights.

The airport was opened in 2010 and it was hoped it could relieve the crowded Madrid Barajas airport 200km to the north. However, flights did not materialise and the facility was abandoned in 2012.

Kriber hopes to purchase the airport for EUR40 million, and create up to 1,500 jobs.

IAG orders up to 220 Airbus A320. Vueling growth planned

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Miscellaneous Spotting, Spain, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 15-08-2013

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This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.International Airlines Group (IAG), which is the parent company of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling, has placed firm orders and options for 220 Airbus A320 aircraft.

120 of the aircraft are set to be delivered to Vueling, which has seen a successful campaign of growth and expansion. The aircraft, which include both A320ceo and A320neo models, will be used partially to replace older examples, and partially to allow continued growth.

Options for 100 aircraft could be exercised for delivery to any of the airlines in the group depending on their situation at the time.

Deliveries are expected to run between 2015 and 2020.

Tassili Airlines launches France routes

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in About The Site, Africa, Algeria, Dubai, Eastern Europe, France, Middle East, Spain, Turkey, Western Europe | Posted on 17-07-2013

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Tassili AirlinesAlgeria’s recently-formed Tassili Airlines has started its first international services, with routes linking Bejaja to St. Etienne, and Jijel to Grenoble.

The airline is planning further international expansion, with routes linking Algeria to Dubai, Morocco, Spain, and Turkey all touted for a start before the end of 2013.

Scary runways around the world

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Asia, Eastern Europe, France, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Western Europe | Posted on 22-06-2013

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Faith Norris has written this run-down of some of the scariest runways around the world. How many have you flown to?

 

Scary Runways around the World

Flying can be a turbulent experience for some, especially the take-off and landing. However, the thrill of arriving at an exciting and fun location means that most of us are keen fliers who love knowing we’re just hours away from dream destinations. So, fasten your seatbelts, and let’s look at five of the shortest and scariest runways around the world.

 

Madeira Airport Runway - credit futureshapeSanta Catarina, Madeira, FNC

The international airport on Madeira Island is known as Funchal Airport, located just 13km from the Funchal Cathedral. The runway is 9000 ft. long and the landing process is not a straight forward descent. With the Atlantic Ocean to one side of the runway and sheer mountains to the other, the pilot has to direct the plane towards these mountains before making a last minute turn to land on this short runway. The airport opened in 1964, when the runway was just 5,200 ft., before being revamped in the 21st century. Once landed on this beautiful Portuguese island, tourists can enjoy exploring towns such as Funchal and Canico, taking stunning mountainous walks, as well as visiting excellent beaches. The southern location of the island means that the weather on Madeira is great all year round.

 

Nepal Airport - credit ilkerenderTenzing Hillary, Nepal, LUA

Also known as Lukla, the Himalayan airport is renowned for having one of the most feared runways in the world. Built on a steep incline in the middle of the Himalayan Mountains, it’s a mere 1500 ft. long and 65 ft. wide! There is no room for error when landing as you approach the runway, winding your way through mountain peaks and clouds. The take-off is just as daunting, accelerating at full speed down the runway before reaching a 9000 foot drop into the valley. The airport is usually quite a busy place as it’s the starting point for people trekking to the Khumbu and the Mount Everest Base Camps.

 

Courchevel Airport - credit pr1001Corcheval, France, CVF

The airport at Corcheval in the French Alps has a steep runway, with a gradient of 18%, a length of just 1700 ft. and a vertical drop at the end. The weather conditions throw another spanner in the works, with snow, wind and ice making for a challenging landing at the best of times. As pilots approach to land they have to carefully manoeuvre between the snowy valleys and mountains, this can only be performed by specially trained pilots. As well as being rather dangerous, the airport also has another claim to fame; filming for the James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies took place here. Even Pierce Brosnan must have been slightly scared! To calm your nerves, make a detour at the après-ski bar in the airport, grab a hot chocolate or a shot of schnapps to really warm you through, as you watch the planes attempt the awkward landing. Once sufficiently settled after the nerve-racking land, tighten those ski boots, click on your skis and carve up the piste.

 

Heraklion, Crete, HER

Heraklion airport, also known as Nikos Kazantzakis, is the second busiest airport in Greece after Athens. It was first opened in March 1939 where it was simply a flat area of agricultural land. It wasn’t until 1953 that it had a concrete runway measuring a mere 5,100 ft. Over the years, the airport has had a number of improvements, with terminals being built as well as the runway being extended to 8,000 ft. It operates to 102 destinations in 27 countries offering stunning views of the island as you fly over the Mediterranean Sea. In 2012 over forty thousand flights arrived and departed the airport. Unfortunately, it’s requested that photographs or videos are not to be taken, as the airport is the base for the Hellenic Air Force. Fear not, as once you’ve landed, there will be plenty of opportunities to take your holiday snaps.

 

Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, FUE

The runway at Fuerteventura airport, also known as El Matorral, is 7000 ft. long and requires a skilled pilot to land safely on the short stretch. It reaches out to 66 destinations in 11 countries and caters to millions of tourists every year; 5 million in 2012! Built in the 1960s, and next to the Atlantic Ocean, it gives passengers a stunning view as they arrive in Puerto del Rosario, the island’s capital. As you come in to land, you’ll notice the lunar landscape and golden sand dunes. Once you’ve touched down, head to the coast to try out water sports activities, such as windsurfing and kite surfing, taking advantage of the strong winds and great waves. Corralejo and Costa Calma are both popular resorts, with long sandy beaches and excellent restaurants.

 

Even though you may have to overcome some minor panic, the destination will make the flying experience worthwhile, and you’ll have some great stories to tell your friends if you spend time one of these iconic runways. Buckle up and enjoy your travels.