Bournemouth Airport announces new flights to Gran Canaria and Lisbon with Ryanair

Bournemouth Airport has announced the addition of two destinations – Gran Canaria and Lisbon, Portugal, which will be operated by Ryanair as part of its winter schedule.

Ryanair’s new weekly flights to the winter sun destination of Gran Canaria will start on Sunday, October 31, while those looking for a city break in Portugal’s beautiful coastal capital, Lisbon will have a choice of twice-weekly flights (Tuesday and Saturday) beginning on November 2. Bookings are now open on Ryanair’s website.

With the new destinations, Ryanair will operate flights from Bournemouth Airport to 13 destinations in six countries, within its 2021/22 schedule, with flights to Spain (Alicante, Barcelona Girona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Murcia Palma de Mallorca), Cyprus (Paphos), Ireland (Dublin), Malta, Poland (Krakow) and Portugal (Faro and Lisbon). In total, Bournemouth Airport has announced 33 domestic and international destinations in 15 countries for 2021/22.

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to be adding another flight to the hugely popular destination of Gran Canaria and two flights a week to the historic and charismatic city of Lisbon, adding to the choices available for holidaymakers looking for some much-needed winter sun and wanting the ease and convenience of flying from their local airport.

‘We look forward to being able to announce more routes returning over the coming weeks and months as operators confirm their schedules and we are continuing to work with our airline partners and in line with latest government guidelines to ensure safe travel through the airport.’

The new flights to Lisbon come as Ryanair announced a USD300m investment at Lisbon Airport, where it will base a further three aircraft from November – now seven in total – as part of its Winter ’21 schedule.

In view of the Covid-related travel protocols, Bournemouth Airport has partnered with an established healthcare provider, GPDQ, to provide a range of COVID-19 testing options. GPDQ is one of the UK Government’s approved test providers for travel and customers can book COVID-19 tests directly via the airport website.

easyJet launches first flight from Bournemouth to Belfast

easyJet has announced the launch of its new service between Bournemouth and Belfast, marking the launch of more convenient connectivity this summer between the South of England and cities across the UK.

The flight to Belfast is the first of two new domestic easyJet routes from Bournemouth launching this summer, the other being Edinburgh, which launched on May 27. Both routes will operate twice weekly, with Belfast on Wednesdays and Saturdays and Edinburgh operating on Thursdays and Sundays throughout the summer season, with fares starting from £40.99 per person.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘We are delighted to have operated the first flight today and to be increasing our services from Bournemouth Airport. With the addition of the two new summer routes from Bournemouth, our customers now have more travel choices in the region for those looking to take a long-awaited summer break.’

Steve Gill, Managing Director at Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘The launch of domestic air connectivity between the South of England, Northern Ireland and Scotland is a milestone moment for Bournemouth Airport. The long-awaited return to flying is wonderful news for business and leisure passengers, giving a boost to the regional economy and enabling holidaymakers to take welcome ‘staycation’ breaks in Bournemouth, Belfast and Edinburgh – some of the UK’s most popular destinations.’

easyJet customers will now be able to change their flights this summer without a change fee, at any time up to two hours before departure, or request a voucher. There are no restrictions on dates or destination; customers can transfer to any flights currently on sale up to the end of September 2022, and to any other destination on the airline’s network which spans 35 countries across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

easyJet announces new summer routes from Bournemouth to Belfast and Edinburgh

easyJet has announced two new domestic routes from Bournemouth to Belfast and Edinburgh, offering customers in the Dorset region more domestic connections this summer to book a UK summer break.

The new flights will operate up to twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays to Belfast from May 26, and on Thursdays and Sundays to Edinburgh, with flights scheduled to take off from May 27, 2021 and continue throughout the summer. Flights are now on sale at easyJet.com with fares available from £22.99.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘We’re delighted to offer two new domestic services from Bournemouth to Belfast and Edinburgh for the first time and are pleased to provide our customers in the region more choice for those looking for a long-awaited summer break. We remain committed to offering great value fares and more choice when for customer flying with us.

‘Our Protection Promise means that customers can book with confidence knowing that if they are unable to travel or their plans change so can their flights or holiday, and while the summer may be a little while off, we will be working around the clock to ensure we will be ready to ramp up our flights to reconnect friends and family or take them on long-awaited holiday to remember.’

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘The addition of Edinburgh and Belfast with easyJet rounds off an exciting week for Bournemouth Airport and the Dorset region, following the launch of our 2021-22 summer/winter schedule which now includes 32 destinations in 14 countries. We’re delighted to extend our flying programme with easyJet, with domestic routes in high demand for staycations and business links, all with the ease and convenience of flying from your local airport.’

easyJet and easyJet holidays have introduced flexible customer policies under a ‘Protection Promise’. This includes a Refund Guarantee for flights or holidays if they are cancelled plus a full refund for holidays if a customer changes their plan up to 28 days before. With the Travel Ban Protection customers can also receive a refund for non-cancelled flights if plans are impacted by travel bans in a regional or national lockdown; the Freedom To Change flights without a fee up to 14 days before departure, and change a holiday up to 28 days before departure. If quarantine measures come in to place last minute, the Quarantine Assurance also means impacted flights can be changed without a change fee. All holidays are covered under easyJet holidays’ Covid commitments if holidays cannot happen or are impacted by restrictions.

TUI UK announces summer holidays from Bournemouth Airport

TUI UK, one of the UK’s largest holiday companies, has announced its summer 2020 holiday programme starting on August 1, from Bournemouth Airport, with flights to Turkey and Spain.

Between August 1 and 7, the company will offer holidays to five destinations including Lanzarote, Corfu, Antalya, Dalaman and Palma. More destinations will be added to the programme throughout August and September, with a total of seven destinations accessible from Bournemouth by early October. The first flight from Bournemouth Airport will depart on August 1 to Palma, Majorca.

Richard Sofer, Commercial Director, TUI UK & Ireland said: ‘After four months of not taking people on holidays, we are incredibly excited to be back at Bournemouth Airport and taking our customers away. We’re starting small, offering holidays to some of our most popular destinations, so that those who want to travel can do so safely.

‘Our customers can be sure they’ll be taken care of through every part of their holiday with us – from the flight, to the transfers, and the hotel – particularly with our new COVID-19 Cover included with every booking. We realise we’re almost halfway through the summer, so we’re glad we’re finally able to offer a variety of choices so our customers can make the most of what’s left of the warmer months.’

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport said: ‘Confidence is growing amongst passengers and airlines, and TUI offers a greater choice of European destinations for passengers looking to get away this summer and enjoy a well-earned break in the sun. We’re delighted to get going again and in particular to welcome TUI back to Bournemouth Airport. We’ve all been working hard to make sure the appropriate safety measures are in place to protect passengers and TUI’s additional COVID Cover offers peace of mind for those booking for summer 2020.’

TUI Blue for Families is offering seven night holidays from Bournemouth Airport to Palma staying at the TUI Blue Alcudia Pins on self-catering basis, from £472 per person when booked online. Price is based on two adults and two children sharing and includes flights departing from Bournemouth Airport on August 15, 2020.

TUI Platinum is offering seven night holidays from Bournemouth Airport to Antalya staying at the Aska Lara Resort & Spa on an all-inclusive basis from £642 per person when booked online. Price is based on two adults and two children sharing and includes flights departing from Bournemouth Airport on August 8, 2020. Holidays can be booked at TUI.co.uk.

Flybe releases 2015-16 winter schedules from Stansted, Bournemouth

Flybe, a UK based regional airline operating throughout the UK and Europe, has released its 2015-16 winter schedules to and from Stansted, as well as Bournemouth Airport, reports said online.

According to the reports, Flybe’s thrice a day service to Isle of Man from Stansted, which was launched in March, will continue to operate between October 25, 2015 and March 26, 2016. The schedule will effectively make it a year-round route. One way fares, including taxes and charges, begin at £29.99.

Meanwhile, Flybe’s winter schedule from Bournemouth Airport will include six routes to Amsterdam, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Dublin, Glasgow, Jersey and Manchester. The schedule will include up to 82 flights a week and is available for travel between October 25, 2015 and March 26, 2016. The 2015 schedule marks the airline’s first winter operations at the airport.

The winter programme will include up to two flights a day to Glasgow, daily flights to Jersey and a twice daily service to the airline’s Manchester hub. One way fares start from £24.99 including taxes and charges.

The airline opened its new Bournemouth base in May this year with two 78-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft. At Bournemouth, passengers will benefit from by-passing congested London airports to make onward connections with the Flybe network.

Flybe operates 186 routes serving 10 countries from 74 departure points, and is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at the Belfast City, Birmingham, Exeter, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports. The airline has franchise partnerships with Loganair and Stobart Air and codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, KLM, Finnair, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific and Emirates.

 

OSKA Travel offers holiday package to Turkey from Bournemouth

UK’s OSKA Travel, a specialised tour operator with a focus on cultural roundtrips in the Mediterranean region and central Europe, will be offering holiday packages to Turkey from Bournemouth Airport this year, the airport said in a release.

Two holiday options will be available from Bournemouth, including a seven-night all-inclusive holiday to a 5-star hotel from £449 per person, or a one-week escorted tour around the Turkish Riviera, staying in 4/5 star hotels on a B&B basis from £249 per person.

Paul Knight, managing director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome OSKA Travel to Bournemouth Airport. Their holidays offer excellent value for money and I’m sure they will prove to be really popular with our passengers. We’re looking to provide more options and services for customers using our airport and this will extend our connections further into Europe.’

Andreas F. Forsthuber of OSKA Travel said: ‘We are really excited to add a regional airport such as Bournemouth to our portfolio. At KENBA Group, the owner of OSKA Travel, we have handled more than 80,000 passengers from six different countries in 2012 and 2013.

‘We are really looking forward to welcoming guests from Bournemouth Airport in Turkey – and we are sure they will love this tour. It might well be their first, but it will definitely not be their last trip’.

With its rich history, Turkey offers a fascinating glimpse into the past, but also presents its guests with a range of good restaurants, traditional markets and a lively nightlife.

OSKA also offer ‘Escorted Tour’ holidays for those who want to explore the region. Holidaymakers can travel through the Taurus Mountains and visit Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visitors can also experience a typical carpet village, the preserved ruins of Parga, or enjoy a sightseeing tour of Antalya.

Flights depart from Bournemouth Airport on April 10, 17 and 24, the airport said.

Bournemouth Airport’s Aviation Business Park Master Plan

Bournemouth Airport, an airport on the UK’s south coast, has announced a ten-year master plan for the development of a business area at its Aviation Business Park.

The 540,000 square feet of area will include offices, industrial units, warehousing and distribution facilities, as well as aviation facilities to include new hangars. The 200-acre Aviation Business Park at Bournemouth Airport currently offers 1.6m sq ft of business space and hosts around 200 businesses, providing around 2,500 jobs to the local economy.

The project has the support of local councils, Christchurch Borough Council and Dorset County Council, and in total the development is expected to create around 1,000 new jobs in the next ten years, with the opening of new businesses in the area.

The project will be developed by MAG Developments, a UK-based airport property developing company, and a part of MAG, the company that operates Bournemouth Airport.

The general manager for property at MAG, Stephanie Mullenger, said, ‘Aviation Business Park has maintained a high level of resilience through the economic downturn and has shown robustness in meeting demand for smaller industrial units and relocating larger units, with occupancy levels now at around 97 percent.

It is a particularly favourable location for industrial occupiers within the A31-M27 Corridor, offering the unique benefit of direct access to the airport, its flights and its full-length commercial runway. The project will continue to build upon those successes, generate more economic activity in the area and the support the growth of businesses already based at Aviation Business Park.’

 

The Bourne-Cation

A rise of Brits ‘staycationing’ has been seen inrecent years, and shows no signs of abating, mainly due to uncertainty in the jobs market and the cost of living increasing.

Recent polls in the national media also rate Bournemouth beach as number 1 in the UK.

That’s one good reason for staying, and with the number of exciting events in the calender this year Brits staying for the summer holidays in the UK is likely to increase further. the summer months will include; the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, followed by the Olympics then the Paralympics.

Britons still want – and need – their holidays whether overseas or in theUKand where better to go than to theSouthCoast?  With the plethora of events across the area throughout the year and many beautiful places of interest to visit, Bournemouth and Poole are hard to beat and with its own micro-climate benefit from theUK’s best weather.

Value for money is important, but so is experience.  Bournecoast has been established for over 50 years and is still family run to this day.  It prides itself in providing quality properties with properties holding the Bournemouth Quality Standards awards.  For more information, visit www.Bournecoast.co.uk