Aer Lingus spreads in Europe

Aer Lingus will introduce two new routes out of Dublin, serving Munich and Stockholm from April. These latest additions are part of a relaunch of the airline's business strategy in the continental European market. Frequencies to Amsterdam, Milan and Rome are also to be stepped up.

Push into Syria

British Mediterranean will add a new route to Aleppo, Syria's second largest city, in June. The airline already serves the capital Damascus. A fourth Airbus A320 will be acquired to serve the extended network.

Virgin pulls Chinese cracker

Virgin Atlantic has been chosen by the UK Civil Aviation Authority to provide an additional two services between London and Shanghai, available from summer under the UK/China bilateral. British Airways had also applied to take up the extra two frequencies.

Baltic link to Brussels

Estonian Air has inaugurated four daily codeshare services with SAS, linking Tallin and Brussels, via Stockholm and Copenhagen. The airline has also increased frequencies on the Tallinn-Helsinki route with seven additional flights.

Loire express

British Airways franchise GB Airways is adding a daily service between London Gatwick and Nantes at the mouth of the Loire River in north-western France.

OLT goes international

German regional airline OLT is now operating a daily service linking its base at Bremen with Manchester in the UK, using a 33-seat Saab 340.

Source: Airline Business