easyJet launches new route from Bournemouth to Lyon for winter

easyJet has unveiled a fresh winter route connecting Bournemouth Airport to Lyon, France.

This new route complements easyJet’s existing winter service from Bournemouth to Geneva, which commenced in December 2021. Travelers in the southern region of England will now have an additional pathway to the Alps, as the airport is conveniently located near popular ski resorts like Tignes, Val d’Isere, Alpe d’Huez, Les 2 Alpes, Val Thorens, and La Plagne.

Nestled at the meeting point of the Rhone and Saone rivers, Lyon ranks as France’s third-largest city and is renowned for its cuisine and stunning architecture. Its four historic districts have earned coveted spots on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are really pleased to be announcing a second winter route from Bournemouth to Lyon today, providing more choice for our customers in the South who are looking to visit the Alps region whether that’s for skiing and other winter sports, or a city break to enjoy Lyon’s impressive architecture, cuisine and history.

‘With flights on sale today, now is a great time to book early to get the best fares and we can’t wait to welcome more customers.’

Steve Gill, managing director at Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘This is great news for passengers and offers them even more choice from their local airport. Winter routes are increasingly popular from Bournemouth and Lyon provides even more connectivity to the Alps this winter.’

The inaugural flights are set to take off on January 13, 2024, and will run each Saturday until February 24, 2024. This schedule aligns with week-long getaways during the ski season and the school half-term break. Flights are on sale with fares from £23.99 one way per person including taxes.

Bournemouth Airport announces expanded services with TUI for summer 2024

Bournemouth Airport has announced the introduction of new flights and increased frequency for Summer 2024 with UK-based travel brand TUI, with the addition of a new route to Tunisia.

TUI will offer 60,000 extra seats, representing a 33 percent increase in capacity at Bournemouth Airport for next year. In addition, TUI will base a second aircraft at the airport and provide a larger frequency of flights. TUI is a major operator at Bournemouth Airport with 14 scheduled services this year.

TUI will introduce a new route to Enfidha in Tunisia, while flights to Ibiza, Lanzarote, Menorca, Heraklion, Paphos, and Tenerife will all be increased to operate twice a week. TUI is also offering a twice weekly service to Corfu, Heraklion, and Rhodes, as well as flights to Kefalonia and Zakynthos. There will also be two flights a week to Dalaman and Antalya in Turkey, and four weekly flights to Mallorca, with two linking to Marella Cruises.

Commenting on TUI’s expansion, Bournemouth Airport’s managing director Steve Gill said: ‘We are delighted to announce new flights and increased frequency with TUI for Summer 2024. With an additional aircraft based at Bournemouth Airport and a new route to Enfidha in Tunisia, we are providing even more choice and flexibility for our passengers, and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to our airport. Working closely with TUI, this additional capacity is fantastic news for our airport and the local economy.’

Andrew Flintham, TUI managing director, said: ‘Our customers want more flexibility and to be able to choose a departure airport that is close to home – and that is exactly what the new TUI 2024 summer programme has been designed to do. We want every one of our customers to be able to create a holiday as unique as they are – departure airport, destination and duration are all key components which come together to make the perfect TUI holiday.

‘The 2024 programme will see extra flights departing from across the UK. Bournemouth Airport will see a significant increase in flight seats offering more holidays to those living in the region.’

Late last year, Ryanair also announced it would be basing a second aircraft at the airport in 2023, enabling 120 flights per week, a 30 percent increase on last year. In March, the airline started new flights to Venice, Carcassonne, and Edinburgh, building on its existing schedule. Bournemouth Airport offers 35 destinations in sixteen countries in 2023/24.

Ryanair announces new flights to Venice from Bournemouth with Ryanair

Bournemouth Airport has announced the launch of new flights to Venice operated by European airline group, Ryanair.

The new twice-weekly service will begin operating from December 22, 2022, with passengers able to get away to the Italian city all year-round. The new service to Marco Polo Airport will leave Bournemouth every Thursday and Sunday and is now available to book at ryanair.com.

Venice is one of the most visited cities in Italy and is home to some of the country’s best known tourist attractions, including St Mark’s Square, the Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the renowned Grand Canal with its gondolas.

The announcement of the new flights adds to Ryanair’s existing programme of 16 destinations available from Bournemouth Airport which include Zadar (Croatia), Bergerac (France), Budapest (Hungary), Dublin (Ireland), Malta, Krakow, and Wroclaw (Poland), Faro (Portugal), Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, and Tenerife (Spain).

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted that our customers will now be able to fly to this beautiful Italian destination, Venice, from Bournemouth with Ryanair. We warmly welcome today’s announcement which will give passengers even more choice when flying from their local airport. Venice is a stunning city with so much to do, whether you’re planning a weekend break or longer holiday, so this is great news and a fantastic addition to our schedule.’

Passengers flying from Bournemouth Airport are now able to choose from a total of 34 destinations in 17 countries during 2022/23. The destinations available from Bournemouth Airport in 2022/23 include, Cyprus: Paphos; Croatia: Zadar (new for 2022); France: Bergerac; Greece: Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes, Zante; Hungary: Budapest (new for 2022); Ireland: Dublin; Italy: Venice; Lapland: Enontekio, Ivalo, Pajala; Malta (new for 2022); Poland: Krakow, Wroclaw (new for 2022); Portugal: Faro; Spain: Alicante, Girona, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Murcia, Tenerife; Switzerland: Geneva; and Turkey: Antalya, Dalaman. The special departures include Barbados (fly/cruise), Fjords (fly/cruise), Bergamo (Italian Lakes), Arctic Circle.

Bournemouth Airport announces new year-round flights to Malta

Bournemouth Airport has announced the launch of year-round flights to the Mediterranean island of Malta starting July 2, with flights operated by Ryanair.

The latest addition to the airport’s schedule, the new twice-weekly flights with Ryanair follow the start of a new service to Zadar on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast two weeks ago.

Announcing the launch of its Malta services earlier this year, Ryanair’s Marketing Director, Dara Brady had said: ‘As Europe’s no. 1 airline, Ryanair is delighted to announce an exciting new Summer’22 route to Malta which will operate twice weekly starting this July.’

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘Malta is a very popular destination and we’re delighted to see its return from Bournemouth with Ryanair. We’re committed to increasing connectivity and it means our passengers have even more travel options this summer.’

With the new service, Ryanair has 17 routes from Bournemouth, with more than half operating year-round. Ryanair’s routes from Bournemouth include: Spain (Alicante, Girona (Barcelona), Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga, Majorca, Murcia, Tenerife), Ireland (Dublin), Hungary (Budapest), Poland (Krakow and Wroclaw), Portugal (Faro and Lisbon), Croatia (Zadar), France (Bergerac) and Malta.

With the new flights, in total Bournemouth Airport is offering 34 destinations in 17 countries for 2022/23.

Bournemouth Airport launches summer holiday season with nine sunshine destinations

Bournemouth Airport has announced the launch of its holiday season with nine sunshine destinations restarting during May.

TUI, the airport’s largest operator, has just launched its summer season with plenty of choice for sunshine getaways. TUI has commenced services to Greece and Spain including Crete (May 1), Corfu and Zante (May 2), Kefalonia (May 3), Menorca (May 4) and Rhodes (May 7). Later this month TUI starts flights to Ibiza (May 26) and Antalya (May 27) and Dalaman (May 30) in Turkey. Bournemouth Airport is offering a total of 33 destinations in 16 countries in 2022/23.

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘This week really does mark the start of the holiday season for us and we’re delighted that TUI is once again offering such a diverse range of destinations from Bournemouth.

‘Passengers have an excellent choice available from their local airport and we’re already seeing many bookings back to pre-pandemic levels and in some cases even better. We’re looking forward to a busy 2022 and can’t wait to welcome passengers back.’

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning at TUI said: ‘We’re delighted to begin our summer 2022 programme to customers’ favourite holiday hotspots from Bournemouth Airport. We remain committed to offering our customers as much choice and flexibility from regional airports when it comes to our great range of holidays. We know that many of our customers haven’t been overseas for more than two years and can’t we wait to take them on their well-deserved holidays.’

The full list of destinations available from Bournemouth Airport in 2022/23 include: Cyprus: Paphos; Croatia: Zadar (new for 2022); France: Bergerac; Greece: Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes, Zante; Hungary: Budapest (new for 2022); Ireland: Dublin; Lapland: Enontekio, Ivalo, Pajala; Malta (new for 2022); Poland: Krakow, Wroclaw (new for 2022); Portugal: Faro; Spain: Alicante, Girona, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Murcia, Tenerife; Switzerland: Geneva; Turkey: Antalya, Dalaman; and special departures to: Barbados (fly/cruise), Fjords (fly/cruise), Bergamo (Italian Lakes), Arctic Circle.

easyJet begins new flight services to Geneva from Bournemouth

Bournemouth Airport has announced that easyJet has commenced new seasonal flights to Geneva starting Saturday, December 18, offering another destination for a winter or spring break and some of the best skiing in Europe.

While Geneva is a popular ski destination, the Swiss capital also has an old town with cobbled streets, gothic architecture and ancient city walls to explore, plus lakeside promenades and cafes, all over-looked by stunning snow-capped mountains. The flights to the Swiss city will operate up to four times a week between now and 26th March next year.

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘Geneva is the gateway to the Alps and a beautiful destination, and easyjet’s regular flights make it easy to get back to the slopes this winter.

‘It’s the latest winter holiday destination available from Bournemouth Airport so if you’re looking for snow, sun or a European city break, there’s plenty of choice from your local airport.’

Bournemouth Airport now has 36 destinations in 16 countries in its schedule. Countries reached directly from the airport include Barbados (fly/cruise), Croatia (Zadar), Cyprus (Paphos), France (Bergerac), Greece (Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes, Zante), Hungary (Budapest), Italy (Lake Como, Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore), Ireland (Dublin), Lapland (Enontekio, Pajala, Ivalo), Norway (fly-cruise) Poland (Krakow, Wroclaw), Portugal (Faro, Lisbon), Spain (Alicante, Girona, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Murcia, Tenerife), and Switzerland (Geneva).

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.