Bristol Airport to hold Horrible Histories drive-in Christmas show

Bristol Airport has announced that Car Park Panto, in partnership with the Birmingham Stage Company and Horrible Histories, will organise two performances of Horrible Christmas at the airport on December 19.

In response to increased demand from around the UK as many Christmas events are being cancelled due to Covid 19, Car Park Panto and others will hold a performance of Horrible Christmas at Bristol Airport on December 19.

Staging one of the most popular family festive highlights in a car park, Horrible Christmas presents the evolutionary story of Christmas celebrations, enabling families to enter into the festive spirit in a safe, socially distanced manner from the comfort of their own car. The live theatrical show through the history of Christmas will feature Victorian villains to medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, as well as prominent faces likes Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII and St Nicholas.

Horrible Histories Actor-Manager Neal Foster of Birmingham Stage Company, said: ‘We were thrilled to be invited to take part in the run of Car Park Party events around the country and were overwhelmed by the response of the audience, who were clearly delighted and relieved to see actors live on stage again. I was totally surprised by just how well Car Park Theatre worked and loved the whole collective experience.’

‘We can’t wait to be back on stage in cities and towns that will be crying out for a Christmas show to entertain their families. As you’d expect from Horrible Histories, it’s not a traditional pantomime, but a journey through the story of Christmas in the company of the season’s most fabulous characters. It’s the perfect story for families this winter, as one young boy battles to save Christmas for the world, in this hilarious, joyous and moving celebration.’

Andrew Morris, Retail Operations Manager, Bristol Airport said, ‘We are delighted to be able to host CAR PARK PANTO, in partnership with the Birmingham Stage Company and Horrible Histories, two amazing performances of HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS at Bristol Airport on 19th December. This year more than ever families need to have the opportunity of enjoying theatre, entertainment and performances in a Covid safe way. This innovative approach will ensure that Christmas cheer and fun can be enjoyed by all the family.’

There are limited tickets for each show priced at £47 per car (£2.50 booking fee applies). Tickets and Terms are available at carparkparty.com.

easyJet holidays commences summer holidays from Bristol Airport

easyJet holidays has commenced its summer holidays from Bristol Airport after travel restrictions and quarantine advice changed.

easyJet holidays has commenced routes to destinations such as Dalaman and Zakynthos from Bristol Airport. In preparing customers for holidays amid the continuing health risks due to Coronavirus pandemic, easyJet holidays has created a customer video and provided detailed information pages on its website – a Covid-19 response and a safety and wellbeing centre.

Matt Callaghan, Customer Director at easyJet holidays said: ‘This is a really big moment for us and it is hugely exciting to be taking our first customers away this summer. We know how important holidays are to us all and we also recognise that for many a holiday this year feels even more significant. We’ve made a series of commitments and put in a number of steps to help ensure customers can have a safe and enjoyable holiday. We’d also like to say a huge thank you to all of our partners for the part they have played in getting ready for today.’

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted to see the return of easyJet holidays to Bristol Airport today opening up even more opportunities and providing a wider choice of destinations for customers in the region. Holidays and a trip away are known to benefit personal wellbeing and never has a time been more significantly important in providing customers the opportunities of enjoying a well-earned holiday and some relaxing time away. As we see the number of destinations increase from Bristol Airport it becomes even more important to ensure our customers feel safe. We are confident we have the measures in place with Safe journeys start here, our three step plan, Get ready> Stay safe> Let’s travel providing the extra Covid measures to facilitate safe travel and allow customers to fly with confidence.’

The UK-based airline is also offering new comic book inspired face masks for children on flights. The masks, designed by Irish artist Will Sliney, who is known for his work on Marvel comics Spider-Man and Star Wars, are among the new measures the airline has introduced on flights to help ensure the safety of all customers and crew onboard.

easyJet holidays is offering a range of holidays bookable through to October next year. All holidays include 23kg of luggage per person, with transfers included on beach holidays.

TUI UK resumes summer holidays to Greece and Spain from Bristol Airport

The UK holiday company TUI UK has announced its summer 2020 holiday programme starting July 25, from Bristol Airport, with flights to Greece and Spain.

TUI UK is offering holidays to 10 destinations between July 25 and 31, including Alicante, Corfu, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Gran Canaria, Palma, Rhodes, Tenerife and Zakynthos. The first flight will be from Bristol Airport will be to Palma, Majorca, operated on July 25. More destinations, including in Turkey, Egypt and Cyprus will be added to the programme throughout August and September, with a total of 18 destinations accessible from Bristol by the start of October. Holidays can be booked at TUI.co.uk.

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 Bristol 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.’

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to see the return of TUI flights from Bristol Airport. During these unchartered times, never has a well-earned holiday been more deserved by our customers.

The flight programme restarting is a clear indicator of the aviation industry slowly recovering and gradually returning to normal. Customer safety is our key priority and to this aim we have introduced ‘Safe journeys start here’, our three-step plan: ‘Get prepared> Stay safe> Let’s travel’ – which provides an easy guide for customers of the extra measures we have in place at the Airport. We continue to work closely with airlines, the Government, Department for Transport and Public Health England on the latest information and guidance to keep our customers and colleagues safe whilst travelling.’

TUI is offering seven-night holidays from Bristol Airport to Palma staying at the Riu Bravo Hotel on an all-inclusive basis from £642 per person when booked online. The price is based on two adults and two children sharing and includes flights, departing from Bristol Airport on August 11, 2020.

TUI Platinum is offering seven-night holidays from Bristol Airport to Corfu staying at the Lti Louis Grand Hotel on an all-inclusive basis from £776 per person when booked online. The price is based on two adults and two children sharing and includes flights, departing from Bristol Airport on August 7, 2020.

Blue Islands to return to Bristol Airport in August

Channel Islands airline Blue Islands is returning to Bristol Airport on August 3.

The airline has launched a new brand identity, new routes, new website and a new product offering. Tickets with new fare options have also gone on sale at blueislands.com. Customers are being invited to sign up to the airline’s new Blue Skies Club frequent flyer programme.

Announcing the launch, Rob Veron, CEO Blue Islands, said, ‘We have been working really hard behind the scenes over the past few months with the aim of re-emerging, post pandemic, stronger and better than ever. We look forward to serving the Channel Islands again with extensive Guernsey schedules to Jersey, Southampton and beyond, together with our services from Jersey to Bristol, Southampton and new routes Birmingham and Exeter.

‘Channel Islanders told us that they want flying to be simple and easy again with no hidden costs and stresses over bag restrictions. We’ve listened, taking all the ideas onboard, and we are proud to announce our new product offering, refreshed brand identity and new website. No gotcha’s, we are focussed on simplifying regional air travel, making sure that our product and service offerings, are uniquely tailored to the needs of our passengers. Whether flying for business or leisure we are making flying a pleasure again and we know that it’s the little things that matter and make the welcome difference.’

Blue Islands, formerly a Flybe franchisee, had re-established itself as an independent carrier after the collapse of Flybe in March. While the islands have been in lock-down to contain the virus spread, Blue Islands has provided lifeline services for Jersey, operating essential flights to both Southampton and Gatwick.

‘[This] is just the beginning. There will be more announcements in the coming days and weeks ahead. We would like to encourage everyone to explore our new website and fare options, plus learn about the wellbeing measures we have implemented. Sign up for regular updates and also register for our Blue Skies Club, our new frequent flyer programme that will truly reward our regular customers. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our passengers onboard soon,’ Mr Veron added.

easyJet resumes services from Bristol with new bio security measures

easyJet has said that it is resuming flights from 22 airports across Europe for the first time since operations ceased at the end of March following efforts to mitigate the pandemic.

The majority of flights during June will be on domestic routes. The airline is planning to fly around 55 per cent of its Bristol routes in July and 80 per cent in August, with a lower frequency of flights. The move will allow customers to enjoy a summer holiday to a wide variety of city and beach destinations including the city staples of Paris and Barcelona; summer sun favourites the Balearics and Canary Islands and lively hotspots in Portugal, Greece and Croatia.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager commented: ‘We are really pleased to be relaunching our flights from Bristol and welcoming customers back onboard today. While we are starting with a small number of flights this will build over the coming weeks to cover around 55% of our Bristol routes in July and 80% in August. This is good news for customers wanting to go on their planned holiday over the summer or wishing to book a break away.

‘Of course, the safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority. This is why we have implemented a number of measures enhancing safety at each part of the journey from disinfecting the aircraft to requiring customers and crew to wear masks. These measures will remain in place for as long as is needed to ensure customers and crew are able to fly safely as the world continues to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted to see easyJet flights return to Bristol Airport. The Belfast route opens up travel opportunities for essential key workers needing to easily access Northern Ireland using their local airport. We liaise closely with Government, Department for Transport and Public Health England on the latest information and guidance for customers.

‘We are working closely with easyJet to expand the routes available in the future from Bristol Airport when the time is right.’

A new range of additional measures are in place to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of all customers and crew onboard. These include enhanced aircraft cleaning and disinfection; customers, cabin crew and ground crew will be required to wear masks; and equipping the aircraft with spare sanitary equipment including masks, gloves and hand sanitiser to ensure these are available to customers and crew at all times onboard.

Customers will be able to practice social distancing in the airports, at gates and during boarding. Onboard, and where possible, customers may be able to sit at distance where seats are available. There will also initially be no food service onboard flights, all of which operate on a short-haul network.

The measures have been implemented in consultation with aviation authorities ICAO and EASA, and in line with relevant national authorities and medical advice through the airline’s chief medical adviser, Bristol said.

Bristol Airport announces new routes to Hurghada and Frankfurt

easyJet, the UK-based regional airline, launched its first flight on a new route this week from Bristol to Hurghada in Egypt.

The new easyJet flights to the Egyptian resort operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the winter. Hurghada is an exciting winter sun get-away destination popular for diving, beach hopping and busy nightlife on the ‘Red Sea Riviera’. Tickets are available to book now, and the new service is expected to carry over 13,500 customers this winter.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager commented: ‘We are delighted to be launching our first flight from Bristol to Hurghada today. As the largest airline at Bristol we’re focused on strengthening our network and providing our customers in the South West with great value services by offering low fares, a convenient schedule and more choice when they travel.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted to welcome the inaugural easyJet flight between Bristol to Hurghada. The destination opens up further choice and flexibility of flights available to passengers in the region selecting to fly from their local airport. This additional route demonstrates the long-term collaboration and joint growth strategy between easyJet and Bristol Airport.’

Bristol Airport also announced last week that Lufthansa will introduce a new direct flight from Bristol to Frankfurt Airport. Commencing operations on March 30, 2020, the new service will operate twice daily six days per week and once daily on Saturdays. The service will run year round, using an Embraer 190 offering multiple onward travel connections from FRA throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Tickets are available to book now at lufthansa.com, with return economy fares starting from £105.

Ryanair announces new Bristol ski route to Turin, Grenoble for winter 2019

Ryanair, the Ireland-based European regional airline, has announced a new weekly Bristol ski route to Turin, Italy commencing in December 2019, as part of Ryanair’s extended Bristol Winter 19 schedule.

In celebrating the launch, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares starting from £19.99 for travel in October and November, which must be booked by midnight today (July 31), at ryanair.com.

Ryanair’s Eimear Ryan said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to add this extra ski option for Bristol consumers to take to the slopes, with a weekly flight to Turin, Italy starting in December as part of our extended Bristol winter 19 schedule. Customers in Bristol can now book flights to Turin as far out as March 2020.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted Ryanair is adding Turin to the route network from Bristol Airport this winter. The announcement further extends the choice for passengers either as a great winter getaway, or as a skiing destination due to Turin’s proximity to the Alps.’

To celebrate, we are releasing seats for sale from just £19.99 for travel in October and November, which must be booked by midnight Wednesday (31 Jul). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Earlier this month, Ryanair launched a new weekly Bristol ski route to Grenoble commencing in January 2020. With the new routes, tourists and travellers from Bristol can now book their ski holiday to Turin and Grenoble for travel until March 2020.

Ryanair offers customer care improvements including 48-hour free of charge grace period for changes to bookings; processing of EU261 claims within 10 days, new 24/7 support and connect in two minutes; as well as free seats, fast-track and priority boarding for frequent guests for an annual fee of £199. Digital services improvements include new fare finder, sports tickets, bespoke travel guides and faster mobile.

Brussels Airlines relaunches its Bristol route starting September

Brussels Airlines has announced the relaunch of its service to Bristol, previously operated by wet lease partner Flybmi until February this year.

Starting September 1, Brussels Airlines will initially operate the Bristol route six times a week. From October 27 the airline will increase its flight frequencies to 12 times weekly. Flights will be operated using a CRJ900 by CityJet on behalf of Brussels Airlines.

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted Brussels Airlines will be returning to Bristol Airport and operating flights between Bristol and Brussels, the route will also offer extensive onward connectivity options for passengers. The service will appeal to passengers whether travelling for business or leisure.

‘It offers opportunities for inbound visitors using Bristol as a gateway to the region. With frequent travel connections, inbound tourists will be able to experience the vibrant cities of Bristol and Bath, and the host of iconic tourist attractions and beautiful coastline we have in the region. We look forward to developing our close partnership with Brussels Airlines further in the future.’

Designated the City of Film by UNESCO in 2017, Bristol is an artistic city with a great number of museums, theatres, live music gigs as well as impressive street art. Besides the creative and media industry, Bristol is also known for its expertise in aerospace, with a big airbus facility in Filton.

The relaunch of the Bristol route comes after multiple airlines ceased operations to Bristol since the bankruptcy of FlyBMI in February 2019. Brussels Airlines is the first Lufthansa Group airline to restart the route.

Andreas Koester senior director sales for the UK, Ireland and Iceland, Lufthansa Group, said, ‘The new connection between Bristol and Brussels is an important expansion to the Lufthansa Group network in the UK, where we offer flights to the European mainland out of 12 different airports.

‘With two flights daily out of Bristol, Brussels Airlines offers point-to-point passengers a flexible schedule and create a broad range of possibilities for passengers connecting to one of the many other destinations in our network.’

Brussels Airlines now connects five cities in the UK with Brussels, the capital of Europe. Next to Bristol, the airline’s network also includes Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Manchester.

easyJet announces new winter route from Bristol to Hurghada

easyJet, the UK-based European airline, has announced a new route from Bristol Airport to Hurghada in Egypt for this winter.

easyJet’s new flights to the Egyptian resort will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the winter. This new route joins the five new services easyJet has recently launched from Bristol to Montpellier and Biarritz in France, Milan and Brindisi in Italy and to the Greek island of Rhodes.

The Bristol- Hurghada flights will begin operating from October 30, 2019 with 16,000 seats now on sale. Tickets are available to book at www.easyjet.com.

Neil Slaven, easyJet’s UK Country Director, said: ‘We are proud to be the largest airline at Bristol and very pleased to be strengthening our network there with this new winter service to Hurghada, which we are confident will prove popular with our customers in the South West searching for some winter sun.

‘We remain committed to providing great value services to our customers in Bristol and the South West by offering low fares, a convenient schedule and more choice when they travel.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted with easyJet adding Hurghada to the easyJet route network from Bristol Airport. This further increases the choice of destinations and flight options available to passengers in the South West and Wales region, selecting to fly from their local airport and further demonstrates the long term collaboration and joint growth strategy between easyJet and Bristol Airport.’

KLM Airlines to add extra 10,000 seats from Bristol Airport for summer 2019

Netherlands-based KLM Airlines is planning to add extra 10,000 seats between Bristol and Amsterdam this summer, commencing June 24.

The expansion will allow travellers and holidaymakers to visit Amsterdam for a short break or connect to 162 KLM destinations worldwide via Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. To meet the expansion plans, KLM will upgrade the aircraft operating on the weekday service to a Boeing 737 aircraft, providing an additional 32 seats per flight. KLM currently operates four daily flights to Amsterdam from Bristol and the introduction of the Boeing 737 jet service will increase the overall seat capacity by 6.2% compared to the same period last summer.

Benedicte Duval, General Manager for Air France-KLM in the UK & Ireland, said, ‘Due to strong passenger numbers and positive commercial performance on our Bristol to Amsterdam route, we are pleased to be in a position to increase route capacity for the summer 2019 season.

‘The addition of a larger Boeing 737 aircraft will provide almost 10,000 additional seats across the period, giving people in the West of England more opportunity to fly with KLM, and take advantage of our worldwide connections from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘This is incredibly exciting news and we are delighted that KLM is adding the B737 jet service to the Amsterdam route from Bristol Airport for the first time.

‘This decision is based on the strong passenger demand in the region and represents a key milestone in our relationship with KLM. The airline has consistently improved the service and product from Bristol Airport over 30 years of the airline partnership. We look forward to additional improvements in the future which will benefit business, leisure passengers and inbound visitors with improved connectivity from Bristol to the world via the Amsterdam hub.’

Expected to serve more than nine million passengers in 2019, Bristol Airport serves nearly 126 direct routes globally.