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.

easyJet announces expansion of services at Bristol

easyJet, the UK-based regional airline, has announced three new routes from Bristol.

As part of the route expansion, easyJet will operate a Bristol-Milan Malpensa service four times a week throughout the year on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, with first flights taking off on July 1, 2019. Flights between Bristol and Brindisi in Southern Italy will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays and will launch on the July 3, and flights between Bristol and Biarritz in the South of France will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays with flights launching on July 2, both operating throughout the summer season.

In addition, easyJet will also increase its Bristol – Paris Charles de Gaulle frequency, adding an additional daily flight to and from the French capital.

With the three new routes, Bristol network will have a total of 74 routes. The airline will base an additional 86-seat Airbus A320 aircraft in Bristol that joins seven 156-seat Airbus A319 and nine 186-seat A320 aircraft currently serving the airline’s customers in the South West. The additional aircraft will provide 93,000 additional seats for customers looking to travel to and from Bristol this summer.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating further expansion at Bristol Airport. The addition of another aircraft and even more routes will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth at the base providing passengers with an even greater range of convenient flights to a fantastic variety of destinations across our network – all with low fares and great service.

‘We’re putting flights on sale today, allowing our customers to book early and take advantage of our lowest fares to some of our most popular business and leisure destinations.

‘Our ongoing growth at Bristol demonstrates easyJet’s long-term commitment to providing connectivity for the South West. We continue to be the largest airline at Bristol and in the coming weeks we will carry our 55 millionth passenger, showing that our customers continue to book with confidence.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director for Bristol Airport said: ‘This is fantastic news as easyJet continues to invest in Bristol Airport and basing seventeen aircraft at its second largest base. The additional aircraft will provide extra flights to Paris, and an additional three new destinations of Milan, Brindisi and Biarritz to the route network from Bristol Airport. The additional flight to Paris will provide twice daily flights to this hub city, particularly required by businesses in the region for the long-haul route connectivity. These new routes increase the choice of destinations available to passengers in the South West and Wales region, selecting to fly from their local airport.’

Blue Islands announces 5,000 extra seats at Bristol for summer

Blue Islands, a Flybe franchise partner, is offering 5,000 additional seats on its Bristol services this summer.

The airline will operate a further 76 flights between the Channel Islands and Bristol. Accordingly, in addition to the 14.40 departure (15.55 Saturdays and 14.15 Sundays), the Jersey – Bristol service will see extra flights at 11.15 on Mondays and Fridays with the additional Sunday flight departing slightly earlier at 11.00. All Blue Islands operated flights can be booked at flybe.com

Rob Veron, CEO Blue Islands said, ‘With additional flights on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays throughout the summer, there’s now even more seats and a choice of convenient flight times on the Bristol service operated by Blue Islands, perfect for weekend travels.’

‘For added connectivity, our services are timed to also enable Guernsey residents to fly on Blue Islands operated services via Jersey to Bristol. What’s more, the extra flights also provide added choice for visitors wishing to fly to the Channel Islands to discover the beautiful islands of Guernsey and Jersey this summer,’ Veron added.

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said, ‘We are delighted that an additional 5,000 seats will be available to passengers wishing to fly this summer. The extra capacity offers a greater choice and flexibility of flights whether passengers are using Bristol Airport as a gateway to the region or selecting to fly to Jersey and using the service to connect between the Channel Islands.’

On arrival at Bristol Airport, the ‘Airport Flyer’ bus service operating every 10 minutes offers connection to the city centre, while the ‘Air Decker’ bus service will connect travellers with the spa city of Bath in about one hour, the airport said.

TUI UK announces new winter routes from Bristol Airport

TUI UK, one of the UK’s leading holiday companies, has announced the launch of its winter programme at Bristol airport with new weekly routes to Keflavik, Dalaman and Naples and additional flights to Tenerife for the 2019 season.

Available for booking now, the winter 2019 programme will offer holidaymakers more choice and flexibility, with an increased capacity of nearly 8,000 additional seats at Bristol Airport. Customers will also have the option of 10- and 11- night holidays to Malaga in Spain and Palma in Majorca at the end season of next winter. There will also be an additional day added to the flight programme for flights from Bristol airport to Tenerife.

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with the continued expansion of TUI’s services from Bristol Airport which sees holidays and flights on sale into the next decade from the largest airport in the South West and Wales region of the UK. The new services to Memmingham and Toulouse will be particularly welcomed by Winter sports enthusiasts and the extended long-haul service to Cancun will provide the opportunity to enjoy the sun during the Winter season. In addition, TUI will deploy a third based short haul aircraft during the Winter providing additional capacity to destinations such as Tenerife, Naples and Dalaman.’

TUI UK’s Director of Aviation Planning Karen Switzer said: ‘Adding more choice and flexibility for the winter 2019 season demonstrates our commitment to Bristol Airport and the local area, as we continue to focus on expanding access to our amazing range of holidays through an extended flying programming concentrated on the core destinations that we know our customers want to visit.’

This is the first time that TUI will also be selling summer 2020 holidays from early November – the earliest the tour operator has sold a summer programme. TUI customers will also be offered free kids places and offers on all of the TUI favourite hotel concepts including Family Life, Sensatori, Splashworld, Holiday Village and Suneo Club.

Thomas Cook Airlines announces 10 additional flights a week from Bristol for Easter 2019

Thomas Cook Airlines has announced the addition of 10 flights a week for Easter 2019 from Bristol airport.

With the introduction of 10 additional flights a week from April 3, 2019 until the end of the month, Thomas Cook Airlines has added over 12,000 seats to destinations including Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Majorca. Tickets are now on sale via www.thomascookairlines.com.

Henry Sunley, Commercial Director at Thomas Cook Airlines, said: ‘This is a bigger Easter programme from Bristol than ever before, with our season traditionally ramping up from May 1. It’s great to be able to reward our customers who fly with us from Bristol airport with even more choice and we look forward to adding more destinations from Bristol in the near future.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport added: ‘This is exciting news. The increased capacity for next year builds on the strong growth we are experiencing with Thomas Cook from Bristol Airport in 2018. It provides even more choice for passengers when using their local airport to travel to a variety of exciting holiday destinations. We look forward to working with Thomas Cook on future route opportunities.’

For summer 2019, Thomas Cook Airlines flight-only services from Bristol airport, one-way in economy, include services to Turkey from £168.99, Gran Canaria from £203.99, Hurghada, Egypt from £325.99 and Lanzarote from £203.99. With the new services, Thomas Cook Airlines now flies to 25 sun and beach destinations from Bristol, while increasing its number of seats on sale at Easter by 40 percent in 2018.

Thomas Cook is also offering a package holiday from Bristol airport, flying with Thomas Cook Airlines one-way in economy with seven nights in Turkey from £2,035 for a family of four, or £508 per person including discounted prices for children. Stay will be arranged at the five-star Sentido Perissia in Side on an all-inclusive basis, departing from Bristol on 8 April 2019. Tickets can be booked at www.thomascook.com, it said.

easyJet announces three routes from Bristol this winter

easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, has announced three brand new routes from Bristol to Larnaca, Are Ostersund and Sofia.

The new routes are part of the 16 new routes easyJet has put on sale across the UK. Flights to Larnaca will take off from Bristol twice a week starting October 28. Bristol’s skiing and snowboarding passengers are offered a weekly route to Are Ostersund, starting from December 9, while the route to Sofia offer passengers a city break to the historic Bulgarian city, flying twice a week from December 8. The new routes come as the airline continues to expand in Bristol.

Fares to the destinations start from £30.74 for Bristol to Larnaca; from £36.70 for Bristol to Are Ostersund and from £38.72 for Bristol to Sofia. Tickets for these flights are on sale now at www.easyJet.com.

Ali Gayward, easyJet UK Country Manager, said: ‘We’re delighted to launch flights from Bristol to Larnaca, Are Ostersund and Sofia.

‘With the addition of these three fantastic destinations from Bristol, our passengers can choose snow, sand or city breaks this winter and enjoy low fares and friendly customer service.

‘easyJet remains committed to sustainable growth and expansion at Bristol and we are excited for these flights to take off this winter.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with easyJet’s exciting news introducing three new routes to Sofia, Are Ostersund (Sweden) and Larnaca. It continues to extend the route network available for passengers in the region.

‘These destinations will prove popular for both the business and leisure passengers. We will continue to work with easyJet, enhancing and developing the route network for the future.’

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.