Aer Lingus quits Stansted

In a re-evaluation of its London strategy, Aer Lingus has added services from Dublin to London City and London Gatwick airports, while ceasing its services to London Stansted. The London City service in particular, says Group CEO Garry Cullen, represents a "key opportunity" for Aer Lingus. It also plans to serve the Shannon/London Gatwick and Cork/London Gatwick routes from 2001.

Swiss ocean trail

Swissair has added the holiday island of Mauritius to its winter timetable, flown with a Balair/CTA B767-300 in a two-class configuration. The Italian city of Bergamo is another new destination for the flag-carrier.

Kosovo on line

Austrian Airlines subsidiary Tyrolean Airways has introduced five times weekly flights to Pristina in Kosovo. They are scheduled to avoid Serbian and Montenegran airspace.

Regional expansion

BA's franchise partner British Regional Airlines has added a direct service between Sheffield and London, and will introduce a Frankfurt schedule from Southampton in January.

Manchester's exotic island link

Manchester Airport now has direct links to the Maldive Islands in the Indian Ocean. Twice-weekly services were launched in mid November by Air Maldives with A310-300 equipment.

Source: Airline Business