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Air Berlin

Air Berlin reported a 24.8% rise in enplaned passengers in April to 1.2 million. Load factor increased 8.8 points to 83%. May 22, 2006

Air Deccan, Deccan Aviation

Deccan Aviation, parent of LCC Air Deccan, struggled to attract investors for its IPO as India's stock market sputtered last week and has extended its deadline to Friday. Deccan issued the IPO on May 18, the same day India's stock market plunged in what many in the country are calling an unprecedented crash. The Bombay Stock Exchange Sensitive Index, known as Sensex, ended last week down more than 1,300 points, an 11% drop from the previous Friday's closing, sending shockwaves through the Indian economy. Deccan told media that the crash made investors wary and is the major reason why the IPO was only about 11% subscribed as of yesterday morning. The IPO, which the carrier hopes will raise more than $90 million, originally was set to close by the end of business yesterday. Air Deccan, which operates a fleet of ATR 42-320s, touts itself as India's only LCC. May 24, 2006


Centavia, a new LCC based in Belgrade, plans to start services to Basle, Cologne, Bratislava, Budapest and Bergamo by late June. The new entrant plans to use a single BAE 146-200, adding a second aircraft by July. May 26, 2006


Ryanair has again been criticized by advertising watchdogs over claims made in its adverts. A national press campaign stating "3 million [pounds sterling]0 tickets just pay your taxes & charges!" was deemed misleading as it did not include Fridays or certain times. The Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint, despite the carrier saying it had made clear that travel for major sporting events and holiday periods were exempt. Ryanair was told to make all exemptions clearer in the future. May 26, 2006


Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary will stand naked "in Warsaw's busiest street" if LOT Polish Airlines abolishes its fuel surcharge this month, the Irish carrier announced yesterday. A LOT spokesperson told Polish television last week that Ryanair would be willing to "walk naked down the street in front of TV cameras" in order to draw attention to the Polish airline's surcharges, Ryanair said. "We have no problem placing this wager with LOT because everyone knows that there is no chance whatsoever of LOT ever removing its fuel surcharges," Head of Communications Peter Sherrard said. LOT did not reply yesterday. May 24, 2006


Ryanair yesterday introduced its Check'n'Go Internet check-in service on all routes from Shannon and Cork and on routes from Dublin to the UK. It will become available on services from Dublin to the rest of Europe on May 29. May 24, 2006

Southwest Airlines

Southwest is inaugurating nonstop service to a couple of new cities from Philadelphia soon. Beginning July 2 there will be three daily flights to Columbus, Ohio; and a pair of daily departures to Nashville. May 26, 2006

Wizz Air

Wizz Air, citing data from the Polish CAA, said it carried 15.5% of the total passenger traffic to and from Poland in the first quarter, up from 11.7% last year. It claims to be Poland's second-largest airline and the largest LCC serving the country. May 26, 2006
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Title Annotation:Centavia to start services in Basle, Cologne, Bratislava, Budapest and Bergamo
Publication:Airguide Online
Geographic Code:4E
Date:May 29, 2006
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