easyJet launches extra flights for 2014 Bristol Bordeaux educational exchange

easyJet has added extra flights between Bristol to Bordeaux to facilitate travel for students taking part in the 2014 Bristol Bordeaux Exchange.

The airline had originally scheduled the summer route to commence in May, but decided to meet the demand for flights in April from participants in the exchange programme. It will add extra flights between the twin cities from April 4, 2014 through to April 29, 2014 enabling students to fly to and from their local airport.

easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, Ali Gayward, said: ‘The Bristol Bordeaux Exchange remains a really popular programme for young people in both cities, so I’m pleased to announce that 16 additional easyJet flights have been added to the schedule next April. The extra flights will ensure schoolchildren in the South West can continue to participate in this valuable cultural exchange.’

Debbie Richards, Director, Academie Aquitaine said: ‘We are delighted that easyJet is supporting the exchange programme by scheduling additional flights in April. In the early days of the Bristol Bordeaux Exchange it took 27 hours to get to Bordeaux and now it takes less than an hour and a half. Parents really value the convenience of knowing that their children can fly in and out of Bristol Airport with easyJet.’

Students from the Bristol area participating in the exchange will spend two weeks living with their exchange partner family in Bordeaux and the Aquitaine region of France. In return, the student’s family also hosts the exchange partner for a fortnight.

The exchange process is organised diligently – taking into consideration hobbies, age and background. For the participants, it aims to lay the foundation for real love of languages and the understanding of another culture, as well as the establishment of real longstanding friendships.

The Bristol Bordeaux Exchange started in 1947, and has used air travel from Bristol Airport since 1964. The Community Interest Company, Academie Aquitaine, manages the exchange scheme and receives funding and support, including office space, from Bristol Airport.

EasyJet to introduce new flights from Belfast to Jersey and Bordeaux

Budget airline EasyJet has announced the launch of two new routes from Belfast to the Channel Islands and to France.

Starting summer 2014, easyJet, Northern Ireland’s largest airline, will introduce new flights to Jersey in the Channel Islands and Bordeaux in south west France. There is currently no direct flight from Northern Ireland to the Channel Islands. Seats for both routes go on sale next month.

The announcement marks the carrier’s 15th anniversary at Belfast International Airport (BIA) on September 9. Besides announcing the two new routes, easyJet staged a water arch salute for arriving aircraft as part of its celebrations.

‘Since we launched our first flight to Belfast in 1998 over 32 million people have chosen to fly with us,’ said Ali Gayward, the airline’s head in Northern Ireland, adding: ‘Belfast was one of our first bases outside Luton and we look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries here.’

According to John Doran, BIA managing director, the no-frills airline carries more passengers into and out of Northern Ireland than any other.
‘One of the main reasons for their success is that easyJet provides low fares to the destinations to which both business and leisure passengers want to travel,’ Doran said.

‘It was not uncommon in the mid-90s to be charged fares of over GBP300 to travel between Northern Ireland and significant UK cities such as Edinburgh, Liverpool and Bristol. EasyJet singularly changed all of that, as well as adding direct access to European cities from Belfast, and for that alone the Northern Ireland public owe them a huge debt of gratitude,’ he added.

Gerry Lennon, Chief Executive of Visit Belfast, said: ‘In continually investing in its services from Belfast International Airport, easyJet has played a pivotal role in assisting us in our strategic efforts to drive this tourism growth over this period and I would like to pay tribute to its longstanding commitment to Belfast and for its contribution to the city’s tourism success.

We wish easyJet continued success and we look forward to greeting thousands more visitors over the years to come.’

EasyJet has six aircraft based permanently at Belfast International Airport and employs over 200 crew and pilots there. More than three million people fly to and from the Belfast hub with easyJet annually.