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Norwegian airline will now serve free water, accept cash

A Norwegian airline will now serve free water on long-haul flights following complaints that passengers were left without food, drinks and blankets for up to 12 hours.

No food, no water, no blankets – welcome to Norwegian Air...

Norwegian Air Shuttle, Europe's third-largest budget airline, has apologised for refusing passengers food, water and even blankets on its recently launched long-haul flights to New York and Bangkok.

Ryanair profits soar

Ryanair wants to more than double its share of the European short-haul market to 20 per cent in the next five years

easyJet shrinks cabin baggage allowance

EasyJet has announced a 'guaranteed' cabin baggage allowance which is 37 per cent below the maximum size allowed - because its packed planes can't always fit passengers' luggage on-board.

Chinese Spring Airlines to add cars to its in-flight shopping catalogue

Who doesn't love in-flight shopping? Indulge in a nice tube of lipstick. Maybe a bottle of whiskey. Or a new car. No, we haven't been swilling too many duty-free spirits.

Jetstar Japan extends reach through Sabre

SYDNEY, Australia - Sabre connected travel agents worldwide will now be able to make bookings for Jetstar Japan (GK) – Japan's low cost carrier.

EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou to launch African budget carrier

LONDON, England - A new budget airline backed by easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou will soon take to the African skies, promising to bring low-cost flights to millions of people in the continent.

Scoot airline ditches TVs in favor of iPads to save fuel

SINGAPORE - Budget airline Scoot is offering iPads to long-haul travellers after ripping out aircraft entertainment systems weighing more than two tonnes to save fuel.

Ryanair launches new route between Scotland and Poland

Budget airline Ryanair has launched a new route between the Scots capital and Poland. The no-frills flights will go twice a week from Edinburgh to Szczecin.

Budget carrier bmibaby to close later this year

Budget airline bmibaby is set to shut down later this year, threatening the loss of hundreds of jobs and the ending of its flights.

AirAsia X to bring 55000 extra tourists to Sydney

Around 55,000 extra tourists could be heading to NSW each year after budget airline AirAsia X announced it will begin daily flights to Sydney in mid-2012.

Ryanair makes profitable habit out of incensing passengers

Any publicity is good publicity for Dublin-based budget airline Ryanair.

Stelios: Fastjet to compete with EasyJet

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the entrepreneur behind easyJet, has threatened to take on the budget airline he founded by launching a rival after accusing the management of running a smear campaign agains

Skymark Airlines to buy 6 Airbus A380 superjumbo jets

TOULOUSE, France — Skymark Airlines Inc, a Japanese budget airline, signed a deal Thursday with Airbus S.A.S.

SpiceJet names new CEO

Indian budget airline Spicejet has announced that Neil Raymond Mills has joined Spicejet as its chief executive officer with effect from 11 October 2010.

Dubai launches budget airline

DUBAI — The Gulf emirate of Dubai announced on Monday the launch of its first budget airline called flydubai, which will be taking to the skies in two months despite the global financial crisis.

Singapore, Incheon scrap plans for new budget airline

SINGAPORE — Singapore's Tiger Airways said Tuesday a plan to establish a budget carrier with South Korea's Incheon city has been scrapped due to the worsening global economic situation.

Budget airline Zoom collapses

LONDON (eTN) - Budget airline Zoom has collapsed with its planes grounded in Scotland and Canada. Zoom is the latest airline to suffer under the pressure of high fuel costs.

Hong Kong budget airline Oasis has flight licences revoked

HONG KONG - Collapsed Hong Kong budget airline Oasis had its air transport licences revoked by the authority, a move that brought the business a step closer to its end. The Air Transport Licensing Authority informed Oasis Hong Kong Airlines that the 13 permits had lapsed because the carrier had gone into liquidation, said a statement released by Hong Kong's government late Friday.

United Airlines to shutter low-fare airline, cut jobs

DETROIT - United Airlines said Wednesday that it would discontinue its low-fare airline, called Ted, retire aircraft and cut as many as 1,100 additional jobs in an effort to lessen the impact of high jet fuel prices. The announcement had been expected for several weeks, ever since the airline surprised Wall Street with a $537 million loss for the first quarter.

Japan budget airline short of pilots, shares dive

TOKYO - Skymark Airlines, a discount domestic carrier, will cancel 168 flights in June due to a shortage of pilots, sending its shares to their lowest level this year. The shortage comes after two pilots retired at the end of May, and the cancellations account for about 10 percent of all its scheduled flights this month, affecting four routes and about 9,000 passengers, Skymark said.

Dubai seeks aircraft for upcoming budget airline

Dubai - Dubai is holding talks with both Airbus and Boeing to buy planes for the proposed budget airline that Emirates is involved in setting up, said Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group. He did not say how many planes the new airline will be acquiring.

Singapore’s Tiger Airways may buy budget airline

SINGAPORE - Tiger Airways, a low-fare airline partly owned by Singapore Airlines, said on Monday it may buy another low-cost carrier in Asia after soaring fuel costs and tough competition sent some of its rivals into tailspin. Tiger Chief Executive Tony Davis told reporters he was in talks with six parties in Asia for potential joint ventures or acquisitions to boost growth.

Dubai to establish budget airline managed by Emirates

Emirates, the biggest Arab airline, will manage a low-cost carrier to be established by Dubai's government in a bid to tap soaring demand for travel in the Persian Gulf.

UAE’s Air Arabia to start budget airline in Nepal

DUBAI - Air Arabia, the Middle East's largest low-cost carrier, said on Sunday it would start a budget airline in Nepal with local carrier Yeti Airlines as part of expansion plans.

Hawko’s cut-price airline for Oz

An airline which once celebrated its birthday with a mass circumcision for 1500 kids and boasts about being Jennifer Hawkins' one-time carrier is joining Australia's budget air wars – and it promises to give high prices the chop.