With the demise of an unusually high number of airlines in 2009 the industry was looking in poor shape. However, things are not all doom and gloom in 2010 with many airlines still announcing new routes for the coming year.
Cheap flights search engine Skyscanner takes a look at some of the new routes being introduced by the UK’s top budget airlines to help you cut the cost of your summer holidays this year.
“It seems that many of the budget airlines are tapping into the non-eurozone destinations again this summer suggesting that countries such as Turkey, Egypt and Croatia which were popular in 2009 are still all the rage in 2010. If you’re looking for low cost flights then consider looking outside of Europe to get some of the best deals.” says Sam Baldwin, Skyscanner Travel Editor.
EasyJet are looking East to Turkey, Hungary and Croatia, with several cheap flights to Budapest, Bodrum, Dalaman and the East coast of Croatia already announced from UK airports such as Stansted, Bristol and Liverpool.
Pegasus Airlines is also hoping to capitalise on the perception of Turkey as a cheaper alternative to eurozone countries by releasing several new routes including cheap flights to Dalaman, Istanbul, Bodrum and Antalya.
Irish favourites Ryanair have added new routes to the sun spots of Faro, Ibiza, Malta and Valencia to their list of destinations, as well as Tampere, with flights to the Finnish city available from Edinburgh from April 1st.
Regional airline Flybe has added several new French destinations for 2010, including Avignon, Bordeaux, Rennes, Limoges, and Bergerac. Channel Islands Guernsey and Jersey are also new for 2010.
Long haul flights are also seeing a resurgence with cheap flights to Sydney, Bangkok and New York also making a welcome come back to many carriers’ routes.