Edinburgh Airport announces direct flights to Dusseldorf

Edinburgh Airport has confirmed that Eurowings, part of the Lufthansa Group, is set to launch a new direct flight between Scotland’s capital and Dusseldorf Airport in March next year.

Edinburgh Airport’s chief executive Gordon Dewar said that the thrice-weekly flight offers enhanced options for passengers and business links direct between Scotland and mainland Europe. The new service, which will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, will commence on March 27, 2015.

Gordon Dewar said: ‘I am delighted that Edinburgh Airport has a direct new flight into the heart of Dusseldorf; this offers even greater choice and is further confirmation of Edinburgh Airport’s position as a leader for business connectivity between Scotland and the continent.

‘Credit is due to Eurowings for recognising the growing demand for connectivity from Edinburgh. Confirmation of this route between Scotland’s capital and Dusseldorf Airport shows they share similar aspirations for business growth as we do.

‘With over one million passengers through the doors at Edinburgh Airport last month – and in every one of the last five months – we are continuing to grow, create jobs and make a positive contribution for Scotland’s economy.’

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said: ‘Germany already makes up our single biggest European market and is our second largest international market. Last year Scotland welcomed 343,000 trips by our German friends – almost a fifth more than in 2013. Air services play an important part in growing the visitor economy and we are particularly delighted to see such a strong operator as Eurowings increasing its position in Scotland.

‘German visitors see Scotland as an ideal destination for ‘romantic adventurers’ and can be found travelling to all corners of the country to explore our diverse cities and beautiful landscape. With this exciting addition to Scotland’s air routes, we look forward to welcoming even more of our German friends next year.’

A part of the Lufthansa Group, Eurowings already serves Cologne from Edinburgh. Lufthansa also flies to Frankfurt from Edinburgh, and two airlines within the same group – Brussels Airlines and Edelweiss Airlines (Swiss) – also serve Edinburgh to Brussels and to Zurich respectively.

 

bmi launches flights to Paris and Dusseldorf from Bristol

bmi regional, the UK-based low fares airline, has announced the launch of new all-jet flights to Paris Charles De Gaulle and Dusseldorf from Bristol Airport.

The new flights bring the number of Bristol routes served by bmi regional to eight, alongside Aberdeen, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Milan and Nantes in France.

Starting April 27, bmi regional’s new Bristol to Paris service will operate six days a week, with two flights a day Monday to Friday, and one flight on Sunday. Flights will depart Bristol at 7.20 and 13:50 five days a week, and 19:10 on Sunday. The return flight from Paris will be at 11:20 and 16:40 Monday to Friday and at 21:55 on Sunday, arriving back in Bristol at 22:10.

Meanwhile, the Bristol-Dusseldorf will fly six times a week, Sunday to Friday, departing Bristol at 17:25 Monday to Friday, and arriving in Dusseldorf at 19:50. The return flight will depart at 20:20 from Dusseldorf to Bristol, arriving back in Bristol at 20:55. On Sundays, the flight will depart Bristol at 15:00, arriving in Dusseldorf at 17:25. The Sunday return flight will depart Dusseldorf at 17:55, arriving back in Bristol at 18:30.

Peter Simpson, CEO of bmi regional, said: ‘The launch of bmi regional’s Paris and Dusseldorf routes from Bristol mark another milestone in our expansion. The double-daily weekday service to Paris Charles De Gaulle is conveniently timed for business passengers who can now have a full day of business in the French capital, rather than having to overnight.’

Shaun Browne, Aviation Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We welcome the additional routes on bmi regional’s network from Bristol Airport. It is a further demonstration of bmi regional’s commitment to Bristol. The addition of these flights provides connectivity for the business traveller to two major European business hubs.

These new destinations will be shortly joined by another new route to Nantes commencing early summer.’

One-way fares from Bristol to Paris start at £69, and fares to Dusseldorf start from £79, including all taxes. The fares are inclusive of at-seat in-flight full bar and snack service, 20kg of checked baggage and 30-minute check-in.

Flybe launches new Dusseldorf route from Cardiff

British low-fares airline Flybe has launched its new direct route from Cardiff Airport to Dusseldorf, also marking the start of a busy summer season.

Beginning initially as a Saturday service, the flight frequency will increase to four services per week starting August 31, with fares available from £44.99 each way. Between April 25 and August 31 2015, the Flybe service will depart Cardiff at 1525 hours on Saturdays, arriving Dusseldorf at 1810; and on return will depart Dusseldorf at 1415, arriving Cardiff at 1500 hours. The route will see expanded services starting August 31, with the addition of three more services per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The additional services will depart Cardiff at 1015 hours arriving Dusseldorf at 1240 hours; and on return will depart Dusseldorf at 1315 hours to reach Cardiff at 1335 hours.

Debra Barber, Managing Director at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘Dusseldorf is a key business and leisure destination which also acts as an important gateway to other beautiful parts of Germany, so we’re delighted that Flybe has recognised this as an important travel link for people in Wales. In addition, the route brings with it some great potential for inbound tourism into Wales from Germany.’

Paul Simmons, Chief Commercial Officer at Flybe, commented: ‘We’re delighted to mark the start of our brand new expanded presence at Cardiff with this inaugural route to Dusseldorf today. We look forward to welcoming business and leisure passengers on board our other new routes, too, when they begin in June.’

The new Dusseldorf route is the first of the airline’s expanded 11-route network that is set to take off later this summer.

Flybe earlier announced plans to open a new base at Cardiff Airport with two of Flybe’s 118-seat Embraer 195 jet aircraft on June 2, 2015. The base will facilitate an increase in capacity and frequency on existing flights as well as eight brand new Flybe routes including those to Glasgow, Faro, Milan and Paris Charles de Gaulle. One way fares start from £24.99 including taxes and charges and available for booking at www.flybe.com.

Flybe last week announced its new summer schedule with nearly 300 flights a week from Southampton.

 

bmi regional launches three new routes from Bristol

bmi regional, a British regional airline that operates scheduled passenger services across the UK and Europe, has announced via its website that it is launching three new routes from Bristol airport in the UK.

The new routes, to Paris, Dusseldorf and Nantes, bring the number of routes served by bmi regional from Bristol to eight, alongside Aberdeen, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Milan. Paris and Dusseldorf flights commence on Monday April 27 2015, with Nantes flights starting July 4 2015, and operating throughout the summer months. Flights go on sale today.

Robert Sinclair, chief executive officer at Bristol Airport, said: ‘These new flights will strengthen links to key markets in France and Germany for business and leisure passengers in the South West. Building on bmi regional’s existing services to Aberdeen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Milan, these new destinations further enhance the airline’s growing base at Bristol Airport.

‘Direct flights to European cities such as Paris, Dusseldorf and Nantes provide passengers with a convenient local alternative to the London airports, saving them time and money in the process, and bmi regional’s reputation for reliability and service will make this option even more attractive. The double-daily weekday service to the French capital’s major airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle, adds capacity to another major global hub and makes a same day return possible for business passengers.’

Bristol-Paris flights will operate six days a week, with two flights a day Monday to Friday, and one flight on Sunday. Flights will depart Bristol at 7.20 and 13:50 five days a week, and 19:10 on Sunday. The return flight from Paris will be at 11:20 and 16:40 Monday to Friday and at 21:55 on Sunday, arriving back in Bristol at 22:10.

Bristol-Dusseldorf will operate six times a week, Sunday to Friday, departing Bristol at 17:25 Monday to Friday, and arriving in Dusseldorf at 19:50. The return flight will depart at 20:20 from Dusseldorf to Bristol, arriving back in Bristol at 20:55. On Sundays, the flight will depart Bristol at 15:00, arriving in Dusseldorf at 17:25. The Sunday return flight will depart Dusseldorf at 17:55, arriving back in Bristol at 18:30.

Bristol – Nantes will operate twice per week on Tuesday and Saturday departing Bristol on Tuesdays at 12:20, and arriving in Nantes at 14:30. The return flight will depart Nantes at 15:00, arriving back in Bristol at 15:10. On Saturdays, the flight will depart Bristol at 15:30, arriving in Nantes at 17:40. The Saturday return flight will depart Nantes at 18:10, arriving back in Bristol at 18:20. The first Nantes flight takes place on July 4 2015, with the final flight on September 12.

Fares from Bristol to Paris start at £69 one way, including all taxes. Fares to Dusseldorf and Nantes from Bristol start from £79 one way, including all taxes. All the new destinations will be operated by a bmi regional 49-seat Embraer 145 jet, with the Tuesday flight to Nantes operated by a 37-seat Embraer 135.

Passengers wishing to travel can book direct at www.bmiregional.com or contact their local travel agent.

BA increases Moroccan flights and adds Dusseldorf route

British Airways, a UK-based airline company, is increasing its present number of flights to Morocco and launching a new route to the German city of Dusseldorf.

The airline is increasing its flights to Marrakech in Morocco to 10 from the current seven departures per week, and a third weekly service is being added to Agadir. Both of the new Moroccan services begin in October, with Marrakech commencing from the 28th of the month, and the extra Agadir flight starting a day later on the 29th.

BA’s regional commercial manager for Africa, Ian Petrie, said, ‘The acquisition of bmi has enabled us to increase our flights in Africa to serve 18 routes in 15 countries. We now fly to more places, more often than we ever have before in the 80 years we have served the continent. These flights link growing African destinations to London and provide onward connections to the world’s business capitals.’

BA has also announced that it will offer a three-times daily service from London City airport to Dusseldorf in Germany from September 1 this year. The company will operate the route with 50-seat Saab 2000 aircraft that will depart London City at 0735, 1425 and 1855. Flights from Dusseldorf to London City will depart daily at 0635, 1315 and 1800. The one-way fare for the route will start from £79, to include up to 23kgs of hold luggage, seat selection on check-in 24 hours before departure and complimentary food and drink.

British Airways general manager commercial at London City, Luke Hayhoe, commented, ‘We have launched a number of new leisure routes from London City in the past couple of years. Now we are very excited to be going to a great business city like Dusseldorf, which offers significant trade links with the city of London.’