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.

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.