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/.

Flybe announces winter schedule from Doncaster Sheffield

European regional airline Flybe has started operating its 2017-18 winter schedule from Doncaster Sheffield, featuring six routes with a choice of up to 21 departures a week.

As part of its 2017-18 winter offering, Flybe will operate five flights to Paris each week, thrice a week to Dublin, twice a week to Alicante, Berlin Tegel and Jersey and daily service to Amsterdam. Seats are available for booking now at www.flybe.com for travel effective until March 24, 2018. The airline has recently renewed its Cafe Flybe menu, with brand new food and drink options available for passengers to buy onboard.

The UK-based airline will operate flights from Doncaster Sheffield to Paris Charles de Gaulle on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; to Dublin on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays; to Alicante on Tuesdays and Saturdays; to Berlin Tegel on Mondays and Fridays; to Jersey on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and a daily service to Amsterdam.

Ronnie Matheson, Flybe’s Interim Chief Commercial Officer commented: ‘Our 2017/18 Winter schedule provides reliable and affordable services for business travel as well a choice of leisure destinations for those looking to take advantage of a winter break.’

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director at DSA added: ‘The 2017/18 Flybe Winter schedule offers both convenient and inexpensive options for all types of winter travellers. As always, we are pleased to provide our passengers with impeccable personable service at DSA as well as a range of flight options with Flybe.’

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) was recently named the best small airport in UK by Which? consumer magazine. Small airports are rated as those airports with fewer than 10 million passengers.

The airport scored 87 percent overall beating all airports in the North and Midlands by as much as 20 percent. DSA scores highly in areas such as queues at security, passport control, baggage drop, seating and toilets, the airport said.

British Airways announces new routes to three European capitals from London City

British Airways has said that it is planning to launch new routes from London City Airport to three European capitals: Paris, Prague and Reykjavik, in October.

With the new services to the three popular European cities, British Airways will fly to 30 destinations from London City this winter. The airline will operate three flights a day to Orly during the week and one a day at weekends, six flights a week to Prague, and two a week to Reykjavik. Flights are available to book on www.ba.com/londoncity, with each way hand baggage only fares to Orly available from £49, to Prague from £49 and to Reykjavik from £59.

The Orly flights are being transferred to London City Airport from Heathrow, offering customers a choice of two London airports from Paris. Flights to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris will continue to operate from Heathrow, the airline said.

With the launch of Prague and Reykjavik routes, British Airways will be flying to Czech Republic or Iceland from London City for the first time. Reykjavik will be a winter-only service, and will replace flights to Granada, Spain, which will continue to operate as a summer-only service resuming next year.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: ‘Paris and Prague are two great additions to our schedule at London City. Well timed flights and a quick and easy journey through the airport will give business customers another option to reach either capital city, which are of course also two of the most popular leisure destinations in Europe. Reykjavik is a leisure route, and gateway to some of the most dramatic scenery and skiing that Iceland has to offer.’

The new services will be operated using modern Embraer jets with a choice of Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins and two-wide seating. Customers flying in Euro Traveller can obtain allocated seats and loyalty points that can be used to buy food and drink on board flights or towards other trips. Club Europe customers will also receive complimentary food and drinks on board, free seat selection and on-line check-in, the airline noted.

Flybe announces new routes from Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Yorkshire’s Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has announced the launch of new Flybe flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle, and also announced a new business route to Dusseldorf that will be available for booking from March 31, 2016.

Part of a new eight-route deal between Flybe and the airport, the launch of the new routes will see the UK-based budget airline deliver the largest number of departures from the Yorkshire airport, offering some 42 extra flights per week. As part of the deal, nearly 500,000 extra new flight seats will be available to Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Jersey, Newquay, Malaga, Alicante and Faro.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to see the first Flybe flight taking passengers to Paris this morning. Our new motorway link road, Great Yorkshire Way, opened just in time for the new influx of passengers, making journeys to the airport much quicker and bringing six million people to within an hour’s drive.’

‘We are also delighted to announce that today (24 March) Flybe has strengthened its commitment with a further new route and expansion of its Berlin services. New flights to Dusseldorf are set to commence for the winter season. Services to Berlin will also increase from four weekly to daily, due to unprecedented demand from the Sheffield City regions business community.

‘Providing the Sheffield City Region with the business services it needs has long been an ambition and now that these services are here we must see the region voting with their feet and using them. Passenger demand to date has exceeded expectations. This is a phenomenal start but there is still much work to do,’ Gill added.

Vincent Hodder, chief revenue officer, Flybe said ‘Today is a day we have been working towards for a long time with eight brand new routes starting over the next few days from a brand new base – and we are delighted to announce details of yet another new route with a service to Dusseldorf. We are confident we have created a schedule that delivers attractive travel options that are both appealing and affordable as well as providing opportunities for onward global connections. Flybe prides itself on offering great value fares and a convenient, fast, reliable service to some very popular destinations. We look forward to welcoming all our new passengers on board.’

The new Embraer 195 jet aircraft that took off from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Paris on March 24, inscribed with ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ livery, will be used to promote the Yorkshire region to potential tourists across Europe and the UK. Under the new deal, Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Flybe were recently announced as the official airport and airline partner of the tourism agency respectively.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is expected to register double-digit growth in 2016, with the extra seats and growth from other carriers expected to take passenger figures from 900,000 in 2015 to 1.35 million in 2016, the airport said.

easyJet launches new route from London Southend to Paris Charles de Gaulle

easyJet, the UK-based low-fares airline, has started a new route from London Southend Airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle, considered the world’s most romantic city and among the most preferred holiday destinations in Europe.

The new route, which commenced on February 26, 2016, is easyJet’s 15th from London Southend. Flights to Paris are now operating four times weekly, all year round. The airline is expected to carry 50,000 passengers a year between London Southend and the French Capital.

Dubbed the ‘City of Light,’ Paris is a preferred city break destination for travellers looking for its exceptional architecture – the iconic buildings, its high quality restaurants and romantic night cruises down the River Seine. One of the most culturally rich cities in the world, Paris is full of galleries. It is also the capital of fashion, home to some of the world’s most renowned designer houses.

Neil Slaven, UK Commercial Manager at easyJet, said: ‘We’re delighted to be adding a new route to Paris and it’s great to be here today to witness the first flight from the airport. Our Paris routes across the network have proved extremely popular in both the summer and winter owing to its world famous attractions for the leisure market and link for business passengers it brings. We are able to make it easy and affordable to reach both sides of the route providing value for British and French passengers.’

Glyn Jones, CEO Stobart Aviation, said: ‘It is great to have another easyJet service to and from London Southend, hot on the heels of Lyon and Lanzarote. This will provide even greater choice for passengers flying from the airport and we wish them every success.’

London Southend Airport currently has flights to 17 destinations with easyJet – viz. Amsterdam, Alicante, Barcelona, Faro, Geneva, Ibiza, Jersey, Lyon, Malaga, Menorca, Majorca, Paris, Tenerife and Venice. The Airport has been named the ‘Best Airport in Britain’ by ‘Which?’ magazine for three years in a row from 2013 to 2015.

easyJet carries over 65 million passengers annually, of which more than 12 million are business travellers. The UK-based airline flies over 240 aircraft on more than 780 routes to over 130 airports across 32 countries.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport announces flights to Disneyland Paris

Doncaster Sheffield Airport has announced a new service for Yorkshire residents to visit Disneyland Paris this summer 

Based in Marne-la-Vallee, Disneyland Paris is the most visited theme park in all of France and Europe. The resort has two theme parks, several hotels, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex and a golf course. Tickets to the popular theme park can now be booked for people looking to fly from Doncaster.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘We are delighted that our passengers can now book trips to Disneyland Paris flying out of their local airport.

‘For Yorkshire passengers travelling to Disneyland Paris meant a trip to London for the Euro Star or a flight from outside of the Yorkshire region. From March they can use their local airport to fly directly to Paris and enjoy a family trip to Disneyland.’

The new Disneyland Paris service, which will be operated by Flybe, comes as a part of the UK-based airline’s plan to operate eight new routes from Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Accordingly, starting from March 2016, passengers will be able to fly to Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Faro, Malaga, Alicante, Jersey and Newquay.

With the plan, Flybe will become the largest low-fares airline to operate from the Doncaster Sheffield Airport with nearly 44 departures per week and an additional 500,000 seats on the new routes in the first year of operation, the Airport had said in November.

‘We are confident we have created a schedule that delivers attractive travel options that are both appealing and affordable for Summer 2016 as well as providing opportunities for onward global connections,’ Phil Delaney, sales and distribution director, for Flybe, said.

 

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.

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.

Cardiff Airport secures new airline for Glasgow and Paris routes

Cardiff Airport has secured CityJet service to operate its Glasgow and Paris (Orly) routes, immediately filling the slot left by Flybe.

The move follows Flybe’s announcement on December 4 that it will be terminating these routes with effect from January 19 2014, on account of the reorganisation of its business.

CityJet, a part of the Air France airline group, offers over 680 flights a week to popular destinations in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.

CityJet is to start serving the routes on January 20, 2014, ensuring a seamless transition for the services from the Welsh capital. Initially, CityJet will deliver a twice daily weekday service to Glasgow with daily weekend flights. Paris will be served by a daily flight Monday to Friday and on Sundays.

Staring March 30, flights to Edinburgh and Jersey will be added. Edinburgh will be served three times a day Monday to Friday with one flight on Saturdays and two on Sundays. Jersey will be served with five weekly return flights. The summer schedule will also see a third daily flight added to the Glasgow route on Thursdays and Fridays, whilst Paris (Orly) will then be served daily.

By the middle of summer, CityJet will be operating more than 80 flights a week in and out of Cardiff Airport.

Christine Ourmieres, CityJet’s Chief Executive, said: ‘We’re very excited to be launching a dynamic new network from Cardiff, and are thrilled to introduce the CityJet service to Wales. We are confident that our network and schedule to these four new destinations will be a success – both for the Welsh community and for CityJet.

Cardiff Airport’s Chief Executive, Jon Horne, said: ‘We’re very pleased that there will be continuity in our services to Glasgow and Paris for the tens of thousands of passengers a year for whom these routes are vital.

‘It is always good to welcome a new airline to Cardiff; in CityJet’s case it’s really great, given the scale of the commitment they have made to the Airport and to Wales.’

Cardiff Airport’s Chairman, Lord Rowe-Beddoe, commented: ‘This is excellent news. We are delighted to welcome CityJet to Cardiff and to Wales. I am proud that the management team has succeeded in securing a new airline to fill the breach left by Flybe. The speed with which this has been achieved is testament to management’s commitment to ensuring the Airport’s success.’

Tickets will be available for sale from January 8, 2014 at www.cityjet.com.