KLM Airlines to add extra 10,000 seats from Bristol Airport for summer 2019

Netherlands-based KLM Airlines is planning to add extra 10,000 seats between Bristol and Amsterdam this summer, commencing June 24.

The expansion will allow travellers and holidaymakers to visit Amsterdam for a short break or connect to 162 KLM destinations worldwide via Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. To meet the expansion plans, KLM will upgrade the aircraft operating on the weekday service to a Boeing 737 aircraft, providing an additional 32 seats per flight. KLM currently operates four daily flights to Amsterdam from Bristol and the introduction of the Boeing 737 jet service will increase the overall seat capacity by 6.2% compared to the same period last summer.

Benedicte Duval, General Manager for Air France-KLM in the UK & Ireland, said, ‘Due to strong passenger numbers and positive commercial performance on our Bristol to Amsterdam route, we are pleased to be in a position to increase route capacity for the summer 2019 season.

‘The addition of a larger Boeing 737 aircraft will provide almost 10,000 additional seats across the period, giving people in the West of England more opportunity to fly with KLM, and take advantage of our worldwide connections from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘This is incredibly exciting news and we are delighted that KLM is adding the B737 jet service to the Amsterdam route from Bristol Airport for the first time.

‘This decision is based on the strong passenger demand in the region and represents a key milestone in our relationship with KLM. The airline has consistently improved the service and product from Bristol Airport over 30 years of the airline partnership. We look forward to additional improvements in the future which will benefit business, leisure passengers and inbound visitors with improved connectivity from Bristol to the world via the Amsterdam hub.’

Expected to serve more than nine million passengers in 2019, Bristol Airport serves nearly 126 direct routes globally.

easyJet announces expansion of services at Bristol

easyJet, the UK-based regional airline, has announced three new routes from Bristol.

As part of the route expansion, easyJet will operate a Bristol-Milan Malpensa service four times a week throughout the year on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, with first flights taking off on July 1, 2019. Flights between Bristol and Brindisi in Southern Italy will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays and will launch on the July 3, and flights between Bristol and Biarritz in the South of France will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays with flights launching on July 2, both operating throughout the summer season.

In addition, easyJet will also increase its Bristol – Paris Charles de Gaulle frequency, adding an additional daily flight to and from the French capital.

With the three new routes, Bristol network will have a total of 74 routes. The airline will base an additional 86-seat Airbus A320 aircraft in Bristol that joins seven 156-seat Airbus A319 and nine 186-seat A320 aircraft currently serving the airline’s customers in the South West. The additional aircraft will provide 93,000 additional seats for customers looking to travel to and from Bristol this summer.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating further expansion at Bristol Airport. The addition of another aircraft and even more routes will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth at the base providing passengers with an even greater range of convenient flights to a fantastic variety of destinations across our network – all with low fares and great service.

‘We’re putting flights on sale today, allowing our customers to book early and take advantage of our lowest fares to some of our most popular business and leisure destinations.

‘Our ongoing growth at Bristol demonstrates easyJet’s long-term commitment to providing connectivity for the South West. We continue to be the largest airline at Bristol and in the coming weeks we will carry our 55 millionth passenger, showing that our customers continue to book with confidence.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director for Bristol Airport said: ‘This is fantastic news as easyJet continues to invest in Bristol Airport and basing seventeen aircraft at its second largest base. The additional aircraft will provide extra flights to Paris, and an additional three new destinations of Milan, Brindisi and Biarritz to the route network from Bristol Airport. The additional flight to Paris will provide twice daily flights to this hub city, particularly required by businesses in the region for the long-haul route connectivity. These new routes increase the choice of destinations available to passengers in the South West and Wales region, selecting to fly from their local airport.’

Blue Islands announces 5,000 extra seats at Bristol for summer

Blue Islands, a Flybe franchise partner, is offering 5,000 additional seats on its Bristol services this summer.

The airline will operate a further 76 flights between the Channel Islands and Bristol. Accordingly, in addition to the 14.40 departure (15.55 Saturdays and 14.15 Sundays), the Jersey – Bristol service will see extra flights at 11.15 on Mondays and Fridays with the additional Sunday flight departing slightly earlier at 11.00. All Blue Islands operated flights can be booked at flybe.com

Rob Veron, CEO Blue Islands said, ‘With additional flights on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays throughout the summer, there’s now even more seats and a choice of convenient flight times on the Bristol service operated by Blue Islands, perfect for weekend travels.’

‘For added connectivity, our services are timed to also enable Guernsey residents to fly on Blue Islands operated services via Jersey to Bristol. What’s more, the extra flights also provide added choice for visitors wishing to fly to the Channel Islands to discover the beautiful islands of Guernsey and Jersey this summer,’ Veron added.

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said, ‘We are delighted that an additional 5,000 seats will be available to passengers wishing to fly this summer. The extra capacity offers a greater choice and flexibility of flights whether passengers are using Bristol Airport as a gateway to the region or selecting to fly to Jersey and using the service to connect between the Channel Islands.’

On arrival at Bristol Airport, the ‘Airport Flyer’ bus service operating every 10 minutes offers connection to the city centre, while the ‘Air Decker’ bus service will connect travellers with the spa city of Bath in about one hour, the airport said.

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.