Aclutch of start-up airlines are preparing to launch services throughout Europe in the coming months.

According to Flight International's sister on-line service Air Transport Intelligence (ATI), Ciao Fly is set to launch next month with services between Parma in Italy, and LiŠge in Belgium, London Luton and Paris, using BAe 146-300s. It will also run a six-times weekly service from Liege to Luton. The airline, co-owned by president Renzo Pietro Bianchini, is based in the Swiss town of Lamone.

ATI reports that in France Jetway is awaiting the granting of its air operator's certificate for flights that could include public service concession routes from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Ajaccio, Calvi and Figari in Corsica. The plan is to launch primarily with charter services at the peak of the summer season with a leased Airbus A320, which is due for delivery imminently. Additional A320s will be taken on in line with business growth. The airline has backing from tour operators and is taking on a number of former AOM/Air Liberte employees.

Meanwhile, in Poland, Silesian Air plans to start services in September from the southern industrial city of Katowice. The airline, controlled by the joint-stock company Upper Silesian Aviation Group that operates Katowice International Airport, aims to acquire three Raytheon Beech 1900D turboprops for scheduled services to Rotterdam, Monchengladbach and Dortmund. It is also considering serving Brussels Charleroi, Antwerp and Augsburg. Domestic routes will include Wroclaw, Poznan, Szczecin, Gdansk and Lodz.  Silesian is also considering adding Czech-built Let L-410s for charter and freight operations.

Source: Flight International