TUI UK announces new winter routes from Bristol Airport

TUI UK, one of the UK’s leading holiday companies, has announced the launch of its winter programme at Bristol airport with new weekly routes to Keflavik, Dalaman and Naples and additional flights to Tenerife for the 2019 season.

Available for booking now, the winter 2019 programme will offer holidaymakers more choice and flexibility, with an increased capacity of nearly 8,000 additional seats at Bristol Airport. Customers will also have the option of 10- and 11- night holidays to Malaga in Spain and Palma in Majorca at the end season of next winter. There will also be an additional day added to the flight programme for flights from Bristol airport to Tenerife.

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with the continued expansion of TUI’s services from Bristol Airport which sees holidays and flights on sale into the next decade from the largest airport in the South West and Wales region of the UK. The new services to Memmingham and Toulouse will be particularly welcomed by Winter sports enthusiasts and the extended long-haul service to Cancun will provide the opportunity to enjoy the sun during the Winter season. In addition, TUI will deploy a third based short haul aircraft during the Winter providing additional capacity to destinations such as Tenerife, Naples and Dalaman.’

TUI UK’s Director of Aviation Planning Karen Switzer said: ‘Adding more choice and flexibility for the winter 2019 season demonstrates our commitment to Bristol Airport and the local area, as we continue to focus on expanding access to our amazing range of holidays through an extended flying programming concentrated on the core destinations that we know our customers want to visit.’

This is the first time that TUI will also be selling summer 2020 holidays from early November – the earliest the tour operator has sold a summer programme. TUI customers will also be offered free kids places and offers on all of the TUI favourite hotel concepts including Family Life, Sensatori, Splashworld, Holiday Village and Suneo Club.

Thomas Cook Airlines announces 10 additional flights a week from Bristol for Easter 2019

Thomas Cook Airlines has announced the addition of 10 flights a week for Easter 2019 from Bristol airport.

With the introduction of 10 additional flights a week from April 3, 2019 until the end of the month, Thomas Cook Airlines has added over 12,000 seats to destinations including Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Majorca. Tickets are now on sale via www.thomascookairlines.com.

Henry Sunley, Commercial Director at Thomas Cook Airlines, said: ‘This is a bigger Easter programme from Bristol than ever before, with our season traditionally ramping up from May 1. It’s great to be able to reward our customers who fly with us from Bristol airport with even more choice and we look forward to adding more destinations from Bristol in the near future.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport added: ‘This is exciting news. The increased capacity for next year builds on the strong growth we are experiencing with Thomas Cook from Bristol Airport in 2018. It provides even more choice for passengers when using their local airport to travel to a variety of exciting holiday destinations. We look forward to working with Thomas Cook on future route opportunities.’

For summer 2019, Thomas Cook Airlines flight-only services from Bristol airport, one-way in economy, include services to Turkey from £168.99, Gran Canaria from £203.99, Hurghada, Egypt from £325.99 and Lanzarote from £203.99. With the new services, Thomas Cook Airlines now flies to 25 sun and beach destinations from Bristol, while increasing its number of seats on sale at Easter by 40 percent in 2018.

Thomas Cook is also offering a package holiday from Bristol airport, flying with Thomas Cook Airlines one-way in economy with seven nights in Turkey from £2,035 for a family of four, or £508 per person including discounted prices for children. Stay will be arranged at the five-star Sentido Perissia in Side on an all-inclusive basis, departing from Bristol on 8 April 2019. Tickets can be booked at www.thomascook.com, it said.

easyJet announces three routes from Bristol this winter

easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, has announced three brand new routes from Bristol to Larnaca, Are Ostersund and Sofia.

The new routes are part of the 16 new routes easyJet has put on sale across the UK. Flights to Larnaca will take off from Bristol twice a week starting October 28. Bristol’s skiing and snowboarding passengers are offered a weekly route to Are Ostersund, starting from December 9, while the route to Sofia offer passengers a city break to the historic Bulgarian city, flying twice a week from December 8. The new routes come as the airline continues to expand in Bristol.

Fares to the destinations start from £30.74 for Bristol to Larnaca; from £36.70 for Bristol to Are Ostersund and from £38.72 for Bristol to Sofia. Tickets for these flights are on sale now at www.easyJet.com.

Ali Gayward, easyJet UK Country Manager, said: ‘We’re delighted to launch flights from Bristol to Larnaca, Are Ostersund and Sofia.

‘With the addition of these three fantastic destinations from Bristol, our passengers can choose snow, sand or city breaks this winter and enjoy low fares and friendly customer service.

‘easyJet remains committed to sustainable growth and expansion at Bristol and we are excited for these flights to take off this winter.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with easyJet’s exciting news introducing three new routes to Sofia, Are Ostersund (Sweden) and Larnaca. It continues to extend the route network available for passengers in the region.

‘These destinations will prove popular for both the business and leisure passengers. We will continue to work with easyJet, enhancing and developing the route network for the future.’

Air France and bmi announces partnership on Bristol-Paris route

Air France and bmi has announced a new codeshare partnership on bmi’s Bristol to Paris service.

Set to commence service on May 14, 2018, the partnership will provide business and leisure customers from Bristol Airport with access to 25 French cities via Air France’s top-class hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The news comes after bmi announced its plans to increase the frequency of the Paris CDG service from its Bristol hub. The airline presently flies twice daily between Bristol and Paris but will be adding a further flight three times a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays as of May 14, 2018, it said.

Benedicte Duval, general manager for Air France KLM in UK & Ireland, said, ‘This new codeshare agreement is excellent news for our customers in the South West. Both business and leisure passengers will now benefit from the enhanced opportunity of connecting to a range of exciting destinations across France via our hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle. From the fashionable Cote d’Azur to the picturesque vineyards of Bordeaux, this new partnership improves connectivity and offers customers access to even more destinations from the convenience of their local airport’

Jochen Schnadt, chief commercial officer of bmi, added, ‘Our new codeshare enables customers from across the South West to book through-tickets with Air France to 25 cities across France. With up to three daily services to Paris Charles de Gaulle, bmi provides seamless and convenient access to France. This is yet another step for bmi in building a comprehensive network of strategic airline partnerships.’

‘This new partnership delivers additional connectivity for the South West and South Wales region, enabling even more people to fly straight from their local airport, as well as offering French corporate and leisure customers the advantage of superior access to Bristol, the South West of England and Wales.’

bmi offers flights from Bristol to Paris from £74 one way. All fares are inclusive of 23kg of hold luggage, allocated seating, complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks and 30 minute check-ins. Air France offers medium-haul travel in recently upgraded economy and business class cabins. Complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks are provided on all flights.

Travellers looking to fly from Bristol Airport to Air France destinations within France via Paris Charles de Gaulle will be able to book tickets at www.airfrance.co.uk.

bmi announces additional flights on Bristol – Paris route

bmi has announced plans to expand the Paris CDG service from its Bristol hub, with increased frequencies effective from May 14, 2018.

The airline, which currently flies twice daily between Bristol and Paris, said that it will further add three flights a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. As per the revised schedule, starting May 14, the Bristol – Paris Charles de Gaulle route will operate thrice daily on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, twice daily on Tuesdays and Fridays, and a service on Sundays.

In addition, bmi also enables business and leisure travellers from the South West to connect three times daily to Frankfurt and twice daily to Munich, offering them to travel across Europe and further afield, via both Munich and Frankfurt hubs and also its codeshare agreement with Lufthansa and Air Dolomiti.

Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer of bmi, commented, ‘Providing a convenient, quality air link between the South West / South Wales and Europe’s most prominent business and leisure destinations has always been a priority for bmi, and we are delighted to continue to build the network at our Bristol base.

‘Having consistently invested in our service offering from our Bristol hub, manifesting itself in increased frequencies on key business routes as well as new destinations such as our recently launched Bristol to Gothenburg service, we believe these additional flights between Paris and Bristol will offer our customers an even greater choice, with greatly improved convenience and flexibility, alongside the continued service, efficiency and value that our customers expect from bmi. With the strong affinity between the Paris Metropolitan region and the South West / South Wales, especially in the energy and aerospace industries space, increasing our service offering now to 14x weekly flights in either direction, we are looking to directly address our customers’ needs.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport added, ‘We are delighted bmi regional will increase the capacity on flights between Bristol and Paris (Charles de Gaulle) airports. This will provide improved services to a European hub airport offering world-wide connections whether for business or leisure.’

bmi offers flights from Bristol to Paris from £70 one way. All fares are inclusive of 23kg of hold luggage, allocated seating, complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks and 30 minute check-ins. Tickets are available to book at https://www.bristolairport.co.uk/.

Ryanair to introduce new Shannon service from Bristol Airport

Irish low fares airline Ryanair is set to launch a new service to Shannon in this summer, expanding the fight service between Bristol Airport and Ireland.

Ryanair will operate a twice-weekly service to Shannon, taking the total number of flights per week to more than 100, including routes to Dublin, Cork and Knock.

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director at Bristol Airport, said: ‘Frequent flights between Bristol and Ireland help foster strong links for business and tourism, which is why Ryanair’s new Shannon service is such great news. Shannon is a convenient gateway from which to explore Ireland’s South West, just as Bristol Airport is the ideal starting point for Irish visitors to the South West England and South Wales.’

The flight service between Bristol and Ireland began in 1936, when Aer Lingus operated its very first international route from Dublin to the city’s airport, which was located in Whitchurch.

Presently, Dublin is one of the most popular destination served from Bristol Airport, with more than 418,000 passengers using the route in the last 12 months. Ryanair and Aer Lingus jointly operate up to seven departures a day, providing flight options for business and leisure passengers. Aer Lingus also serves Cork daily, while Ryanair operates three flights a week to Knock, in the west of Ireland.

According to the International Passenger Survey, Ireland is Bristol’s fifth biggest market for overseas visitors. Irish visitors to the South West of the UK spent a total of £29.86 million in the first three quarters of 2017, with the number of visits to the region up more than eight per cent over the previous corresponding period, Bristol Airport noted.

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.