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Oct 23, 2006

Air Berlin

Air Berlin will introduce weekly services from Zurich to Rhodes, Saloniki, Rostock, Ibiza and Heraklion from May 2007. Oct 16, 2006

Bulgaria Air

Bulgaria Air succeeded flag carrier Balkan Bulgarian Airlines, which went bankrupt in 2002. According to its website, it owns seven 737s. Its pre-tax profit dropped last year by 71% to BGN500,000 owing to rising fuel prices. Earlier this year, Executive Director Zlatin Surustov said the airline needed a capital hike of more than [euro]8 million and investments of at least [euro]1.5 million in know-how and systems software to remain competitive in the long term. Bulgaria is scheduled to join the EU along with Romania on Jan. 1. Bulgaria's parliament yesterday ratified the agreement for establishment of a European Common Aviation Area. Oct 19, 2006

Centavia

Centavia will launch regular services from Belgrade to Podgorica and Zagreb on Oct. 25. The Serbian LCC startup said it intends to add other European destinations this fall. Oct 17, 2006

Clickair

Clickair announced 12 routes to launch next year. The no-frills startup, in which Iberia holds a 20% stake, will begin service from its base at Barcelona International Airport to Malaga (five-times-daily), Munich (daily) and Porto (daily) on Jan. 1. It will start flying to Prague (daily) and Berlin (daily) on Feb. 1 and to Amsterdam (twice-daily), Frankfurt International (twice-daily), Dublin (daily) and Basel (daily) on March 1. It also will commence flights from Seville and Valencia to London Heathrow on Feb. 1. Next month it will add service from Valencia to Rome Fiumicino and Paris Orly. Oct 18, 2006

Flyglobespan

Flyglobespan said that its planned Liverpool-New York service will operate to JFK instead of Newark as originally intended, as slots at JFK have become available. Flights begin May 25, 2007. Oct 20, 2006

Ryanair

Ryanair Sees Aer Lingus Job Cuts If Bid Succeeds. Europe's largest budget airline Ryanair warned on Friday it plans sweeping job cuts at Aer Lingus if it succeeds in its fiercely opposed takeover bid for the rival Irish carrier. Oct 20, 2006

Ryanair

Ryanair cancelled flights to and from Jerez, Granada and Seville Monday and told passengers it was unable to accept checked baggage on all flights to and from Girona, Reus, Santiago, Almeria, Murcia, Valencia, Zaragoza, Santander and Vitoria owing to a strike by Spanish baggage handlers. Passengers were permitted to carry one piece of hand luggage. The International Transport Workers' Federation warned more work actions by ground handling staff would take place, culminating in a 24-hr. strike on Oct. 23. In a statement, ITF said, "Ryanair persistently [has been] ignoring negotiated agreements, the right to join a union and statutory requirements." ITF noted that the no-frills carrier's Italian employees are protesting against its refusal to engage in talks with the union. Its workers are not engaging in work stoppages but are refusing to sell nonessential "extras" such as hot drinks, food and alcohol "that contribute so much to the company's profits." Oct 17, 2006

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