bmi commences new route from Bristol to Gothenburg

bmi has announced the launch of a new flight service from Bristol to Gothenburg, the airline’s first Swedish route from Bristol.

The service will operate twice weekly, with fares starting from £99 one way. The route flies out of Bristol on a Monday and Thursday, departing Bristol at 13.40, and arriving in Gothenburg at 16.50. The return flights depart Gothenburg on Tuesdays at 14.40 and arrive in Bristol at 16.00, and on Fridays departing Gothenburg at 11.40, arriving in Bristol at 13.00.

Gothenburg is a centre for global trade and is the location of Scandinavia’s largest port. It is also a popular mini break destination for culture and nightlife, as well as access to the coast of West Sweden. The new route brings the number of destinations served by bmi from Bristol Airport to nine, joining the existing network of Paris, Milan, Munich, Brussels, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Aberdeen.

Commenting on the launch, bmi’s Chief Commercial Officer, Jochen Schnadt said: ‘As part of our on-going strategy to connect key business regions, it was a natural choice to increase our service offering to and from Gothenburg, connecting Sweden’s second largest city to our largest UK base in Bristol. Given our experiences on the UK to Gothenburg market so far, we believe this new route will prove attractive to business as well as leisure customers alike, who enjoy bmi’s fast and convenient air-services.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with the launch of the new Gothenburg route operating twice weekly from Bristol Airport. This extends the choice of destinations available to passengers from the South West and Wales, whether travelling for business or leisure. The route also provides inbound visitors, using Bristol Airport, ease of access, whether it is for a city break, visiting the various tourist attractions and conference venues the region has to offer.’

In addition to the 23kg of hold baggage, the bmi ticket price includes complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks, 30-minute check-ins or online check-in and allocated window or aisle with leather seating on its all-jet fleet.

Bristol Airport announces additional flights to Kos and Dalaman

The UK-based holiday company TUI has added an additional weekly flight from Bristol Airport to the Greek island of Kos and Turkish destination of Dalaman for summer 2018, Bristol Airport has said.

As part of the plan, TUI will add a Sunday flight to the summer flying programme to The Turkish destination and a Saturday flight to the Greek island. Flights start in May 2018 and will now operate twice a week to both Kos and Dalaman.

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for TUI UK & Ireland, said: ‘We are delighted to be expanding our programme from Bristol Airport for summer 2018. We have added a Sunday flight to Dalaman and a Saturday flight to Kos meaning we now fly twice a week to both destinations from this local airport. These additional flights mean that customers can now book 10 and 11 night holidays adding even more choice when deciding how long to go away for. In total we have 38 destinations for customers to choose from when booking their holidays from Bristol Airport. Holidaymakers in the South West will now have wider access than ever before to our diverse collection of destinations and hotel concepts.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with TUI’s continued route expansion from Bristol Airport adding even more flexibility and choice of exciting destinations to passengers in the South West and Wales region.’

Besides the extra flights to Kos and Dalaman, travellers and holidaymakers are offered more choice of destinations when booking their holidays this summer with new routes already on sale from Bristol to Hurghada in Egypt and Skiathos in Greece, the airport said.

bmi launches new route from Bristol to Gothenburg

bmi has announced plans to launch a new route from Bristol to Gothenburg, starting January 22, 2018, according to a release by Bristol Airport.

Gothenburg is bmi’s first Swedish route from Bristol, and the airline will operate a twice weekly route between the two cities. The route will fly out of Bristol on Mondays and Thursdays, departing Bristol at 13.40, arriving Gothenburg at 16.50. The return flights will depart Gothenburg on Tuesdays at 14.40 and arrive in Bristol at 16.00, and on Fridays departing Gothenburg at 11.40, arriving Bristol at 13.00.

Flights are on sale now at flybmi.com. Fares on the route start from £99 one way. Besides the 23kg of hold baggage, the bmi ticket price includes complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks, and 30-minute check-in or online check in.

Commenting on the launch, bmi’s Chief Commercial Officer, Jochen Schnadt said: ‘As part of our ongoing strategy to connect key business regions, it was a natural choice to increase our service offering to/from Gothenburg by adding a further Gothenburg Route to our network connecting Sweden’s 2nd largest city to our largest UK Base in Bristol. Given our experiences on the Birmingham to Gothenburg market so far, we believe this new route will prove attractive to business as well as leisure customers alike enjoying bmi’s service of fast and convenient air-services.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director Bristol Airport added, ‘We are delighted with the announcement of the new Gothenburg route operating twice weekly from Bristol Airport. This extends the choice of destinations available to passengers from the South West and Wales, whether travelling for business or leisure. The route also provides inbound visitors using Bristol Airport, ease of access, whether it is for a city break, visiting the various tourist attractions and conference venues the region has to offer.’

With the new route, the number of destinations served by bmi from Bristol will increase to nine. The bmi network from Bristol includes Paris, Milan, Munich, Brussels, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Aberdeen. With onward connections at Munich, Brussels and Frankfurt, bmi also enables customers from the South West to travel further into Europe and other global destinations, the airline said.

easyJet commences first flight from Bristol to Athens

European regional airline easyJet has recently launched its first ever flight from Bristol to Athens, according to a release by Bristol Airport.

The new route to the capital city of Greece is part of Bristol’s ongoing expansion and comes after the launch of the first easyJet flight to Stockholm earlier this month.

Bristol’s holidaymakers and business travellers can now travel to Athens with fares starting from £26.49 one way. easyJet will operate the new year-round route from Bristol to Athens, twice per week on the Airbus A320.

Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are excited to be providing this route from Bristol airport to the fantastic city of Athens. As Greece’s capital, Athens offers history and culture with its ancient landmarks, museums and galleries, and provides lots to see and do.

‘We believe this route will also provide very popular with Bristol’s business travellers, as well as attracting inbound traffic for Greek nationals wanting to access the South West of England.

‘easyJet is excited to continue to grow and expand in Bristol, continuing to make travel easy and affordable.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with the announcement of a year round service commencing between Bristol and Athens. We recognise there is a strong Greek community in the area and the new destination will appeal to both business and leisure passengers.

‘It adds another capital city to the route network, extending the choice available to passengers from the South West and Wales region.

‘This route will also support inbound tourism using Bristol Airport as the gateway to visitors whether it is to see the range of coastal harbours, tourist venues, historic attractions or the vibrant cities the region has to offer.’

EasyJet has flown more than 49.8 million passengers from the airport since operations began over 15 years ago. Customers can book their flights to Athens from Bristol at easyJet.com, the airport said.

easyJet announces sale of summer 2018 flights at Bristol

easyJet, a UK-based European regional airline, has launched the sale of flights for summer 2018, with a number of flights from Bristol available for booking until September 2, 2018.

easyJet is set to operate over 6,500 flights to and from Bristol between June 25, 2018 and September 2, 2018. The airline has also announced over 19,286,556 seats for booking across the entire easyJet network, with early booking offers.

At Bristol, the easyJet routes on offer include Bristol to Cyprus Paphos from £46.49; Bristol to Faro from £28.49; Bristol to Barcelona from £28.49 and Bristol to Naples from £33.49, among others. Fares are per person, one way, based on two people travelling on the same booking.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said: ‘We’re really pleased to be putting our summer flights from Bristol Airport on sale for our passengers today, allowing them to book early and take advantage of our lowest fares to great summer destinations.

‘easyJet is the UK’s leading airline and we have been committed to Bristol airport for over 15 years. We are proud to have carried more than 45.1 million passengers in that time.’

easyJet operates 64 routes from Bristol airport, offering up to 656 flights per week. The airline is proud to offer passengers with low-fared flights and friendly customer service.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘This is a great opportunity for passengers in the region to think ahead and book their summer flights.

‘Summer 2018 will provide even more choice and options of flights from Bristol Airport whether it is for a weekend city break or an exciting holiday destination.

‘The route network will also support our ongoing efforts to grow inbound tourism to the South West and Wales, and we look forward to working with easyJet as well as our partners in the tourism industry to promote the fantastic attractions of the region to an even wider audience.’

easyJet to launch new routes to Stockholm and Athens from Bristol Airport

easyJet, the UK-based low-fares airline, has recently announced plans to start two new routes from Bristol Airport to Stockholm and Athens later this year.

The new service to Sweden’s capital city – Stockholm – will start on October 31, 2017, operating twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays year round with fares starting from £26.49 one-way. The new route to Athens, the capital city of Greece, will operate every Monday and Friday starting from November 6, 2017 with fares starting from £28.49 one-way.

The new routes are available to book at www.easyjet.com. The fares are one-way, including taxes and based on two people on the same booking.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We’re really pleased to announce these two new beautiful destinations to our network from Bristol Airport and we are confident they’ll be very popular with our passengers. Many people are already starting to plan ahead for their Winter holidays and with flights now on sale, they can take advantage of our low fares.

‘With these two new routes, easyJet now flies to 64 destinations across Europe and beyond from Bristol Airport. It’s one of the biggest bases in our network and we’re committed to ensuring we continue to provide the best service and choice of destinations to our passengers in the South-West.’

Nigel Scott, Bristol Airport’s Business Development Director said: ‘The announcement of these two new routes by easyJet is very exciting news for Bristol Airport. Athens and Stockholm are destinations our customers have frequently told us they would like to see served directly from the region, and their addition to our network increases the number of European capital cities we serve to 18 – the largest number in the airport’s 60-year history.

‘These new routes will also support our ongoing efforts to grow inbound tourism to the South West and Wales, and we look forward to working with easyJet as well as our partners in the tourism industry to promote the fantastic attractions of the region to an even wider audience.’

easyJet announces two new routes from Bristol Airport; additional routes from other UK airports

easyJet, the UK-based low-fares airline, has announced plans to launch two new routes from Bristol Airport to Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city, and, Athens, the capital city of Greece, later this year.

The new easyJet service to Stockholm will start on October 31 2017, operating twice weekly on an A319 aircraft on Mondays and Thursdays year round with fares starting from £26.49. The new route to Athens will operate from November 6, 2017 every Monday and Friday on an A3320 aircraft with fares starting from £28.49 one-way. The rates are one-way, including taxes and based on two people on the same booking.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We’re really pleased to announce these two new beautiful destinations to our network from Bristol Airport and we are confident they’ll be very popular with our passengers. Many people are already starting to plan ahead for their Winter holidays and with flights now on sale, they can take advantage of our low fares.’

Nigel Scott, Bristol Airport’s Business Development Director said: ‘The announcement of these two new routes by easyJet is very exciting news for Bristol Airport. Athens and Stockholm are destinations our customers have frequently told us they would like to see served directly from the region, and their addition to our network increases the number of European capital cities we serve to 18 – the largest number in the airport’s 60-year history.’

Separately, easyJet also said that it will start flying from Southampton Airport for the first time with the launch of a new winter only service to Geneva.

In addition, the UK-based airline announced six more routes from other UK airports. The services include: a weekly service from London Gatwick to Klagenfurt, Austria December 16, on Saturdays and available through the winter; a new route from Liverpool to Venice commencing October 31, operating twice weekly, year round on Tuesdays and Saturdays; London Luton to Sardinia starting November 28, operating twice weekly, year round on Tuesdays and Saturdays; London Luton to Seville starting October 29, operating three times weekly, year round on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays; Manchester to Agadir starting October 1, operating twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and London Southend to Malta starting October 29 and operating twice weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays. The new routes are all available to book at www.easyjet.com.

Thomas Cook announces summer 2018 programme from Bristol Airport

Thomas Cook has launched its summer 2018 programme for Bristol Airport, with a range of new destinations for travellers.

The new destinations for summer 2018 include the Preveza in Greece and Hurghada in Egypt – both the routes being exclusive to Thomas Cook from Bristol. The other new destinations added to the programme include Bourgas in Bulgaria, Gerona on Spain’s Costa Brava, Kos and Paphos.

In addition to the new destinations, Thomas Cook is also offering customers three new own-brand hotels to choose from including new smartline and Sunconnect resorts. Thomas Cook Airlines will also introduce 11 additional flight routes from Bristol Airport, both to existing destinations and to new destinations, with flights starting from £49.99, according a release by Bristol Airport.

Chris Mottershead, Managing Director at Thomas Cook UK said: ‘Our new destinations for summer 2018 from Bristol offer a good mix of holiday types. We’re expecting a revitalisation in the traditional package holiday destination of Costa Brava and we’ve worked hard to secure some of the best quality hotels for our customers.’

Shaun Browne, Head of Aviation Relations, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with Thomas Cook’s exciting Summer 2018 programme from Bristol. The new flights including Hurghada and Preveza are particularly welcome as these routes have been high on passengers wish-list of flights from Bristol Airport. The improved range of destinations in 2018 will help ensure Thomas Cook offers customers throughout the South West and Wales a great choice and options of holidays available from their regional airport.’

Costa Brava, which was first offered to Thomas Cook customers in 1949 for travel by steamer and rail, was re-introduced in 2018 with one flight per week from Bristol. The new product range includes four hotels in the resorts of Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar which are exclusive to Thomas Cook in the UK. The Thomas Cook offer will commence with seven nights at the Evenia Olympic Park Hotel in Lloret de Mar on an all-inclusive basis, from £679 per person, departing from Bristol on May 19, 2018 on Thomas Cook Airlines.

Bristol Airport introduces assistance card to help passengers with hidden disabilities

Bristol Airport has announced the introduction of a hidden disabilities assistance card as part of its efforts to improve the airport and travel experience of passengers with hidden disabilities.

Designed to be the size of a business card, the hidden disabilities assistance card serves as a discreet sign to airport staff to identify passengers in need of support and assistance as they travel through the airport. The card can be handed discreetly to airport staff along with the passenger’s boarding pass or passport.

The special assistance card, which will be introduced by March-end, advises airport staff on any additional needs of a passenger, such as needing more time to process information, or extra assistance in reading departure boards or flight information. The card also encourages airport staff to use clear language when giving instructions. Airport staff are also informed that passengers carrying a card may need to remain with a family member or companion at all times.

Bristol Airport has worked with OCS Group, the special assistance provider at the airport, and local Dementia, Autism and Alzheimer charities in developing the card in addition to the lanyard scheme. The OCS Group also worked with Thumbs Up World Limited to produce a small colour booklet containing useful information for passengers with hidden disabilities using Bristol Airport. The booklet provides a clear guide on what to expect at the airport with photographs of each area including check-in, security, retail and catering outlets, boarding, arrivals and baggage reclaim. The booklet also contains space for passengers to record their own specific needs or any questions they may have along with emergency medical and contact information.

Phil Holder, Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to work with OCS and listen to feedback from families and various charities in the development of the hidden disabilities special assistance card. For families it will remove and reduce some of the stress knowing that staff are aware and understand the challenges they may face.

‘The booklet will also be a great help to families and provides information in advance of their visit and allows the family to complete the booklet together not only before they visit, but during their time at the Airport also.’

All airport staff in customer-interface roles have been given a full training and awareness programme in preparation for the introduction of these new initiatives on March 31, 2017.

The hidden disabilities assistance card, lanyard or booklet are available on request at the OCS special assistance desk in the main terminal prior to check-in, the airport said.

Ryanair commences Bucharest flights from Bristol Airport, expands summer 2017 schedule at Luton

Irish low-fares airline Ryanair has commenced new flights between Bucharest and Bristol on Wednesday, November 9 2016 – the first ever scheduled service between the South West and Romania.

Peter Downes, Bristol Airport’s Head of Aviation, said: ‘Today is a special day as we celebrate the inaugural flight to Bucharest from Bristol Airport. This is the first ever scheduled service to Romania from the South West & Wales region, reflecting our continued growth at Bristol and our mission to offer greater travel possibilities to our passengers. This latest launch brings the number of European capital cities we now serve to 16, further opening up the region for inbound tourism opportunities.’

‘The route is already proving extremely popular with customers, with plans in place to double frequency to twice-weekly from April 2017 as part of Ryanair’s biggest ever summer schedule from Bristol Airport.’

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘We are pleased to launch our new route from Bristol to Bucharest, offering a great city break destination for customers in the South West. The good news is that this route will continue into the summer 2017 season, and with even lower fares this winter, there’s never been a better time to book a low fares getaway from Bristol.’

Separately, Ryanair said that it has expanded its London Luton summer 2017 schedule with a new route to Dusseldorf Weeze, starting in March, in addition to a new Faro route, which will deliver two million customers per annum. Ryanair’s summer 2017 schedule will also see more frequencies to sun and city destinations.

Ryanair has also released its ‘Rate My Flight’ statistics, which show that 94 percent of surveyed customers were happy with their overall flight experience in October. Over 17,000 customers used the ‘Rate My Flight’ function in the Ryanair app in October – an increase of 7,000 from September – ranking their overall experience, boarding, crew friendliness, service onboard and range of food and drink, on a 5-star rating system, the airline said.