Citywing announces additional flights to Glasgow, to resume Blackpool service

Citywing, an Isle of Man-based company that sells seats on scheduled air flights operated under charter from Van Air Europe, has announced a further increase on its flights between the Isle of Man and Glasgow for summer 2015.

Starting May 01, 2015, Citywing will provide the Island’s community with a regular and frequent direct service with 11 return flights a week. The fares start from £49.95 each way, including all taxes and charges.

With its range of tourist attractions, Glasgow is seen as a fine getaway city break, whether it is shopping, visiting a museum, the annual jazz festival or relaxing in bars and restaurants. Glasgow International Airport also offers travellers an alternative hub to connect to onward worldwide destinations.

David Buck, managing director at Citywing, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to increase our services to Glasgow this summer and believe we have covered all the bases with the changes in our scheduling. Our business passengers can now take advantage of a day return whilst the leisure traveller can enjoy short breaks off the Island with weekend travel now being more available.’

Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, said: ‘We were delighted when Citywing decided to reinstate this important business and tourism link in 2014.

We wish Citywing continued success with this route, which offers the only direct route between Scotland and the Isle of Man, and look forward to working closely with the airline to ensure its continued success at Glasgow Airport.’

Separately Citywing is expecting its services to Blackpool to resume on April 1, according to an online report by IOM Today.

‘We are endeavouring to have operations up and running by April 1. Negotiations are ongoing,’ Buck reportedly said. However, according to Ronaldsway Airport director Ann Reynolds, security aspects still needed to be resolved, as Blackpool Airport does not have a full commercial licence yet, and with the same security protocols that it once had.

Citywing has been taking online bookings on the route; and if the service fails to resume passengers would be offered a refund or alternative flights.


Ryanair opens Glasgow international base; announces new winter, summer schedules

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has opened its third Scottish base in Glasgow with the introduction of one based aircraft, seven new routes for winter and nine new routes for summer 2015, delivering over 850,000 passengers yearly and supporting over 850 ‘on-site’ jobs at Glasgow International Airport.

The new winter routes include thrice daily flights to Dublin and London Stansted and nine summer routes offered to Bydgoszcz, Carcassonne, Chania, Derry, Dublin, London, Riga, Warsaw & Wroclaw.

Alongside the opening of the Glasgow International base, the budget airline also announced the launch of flights from £9.99 for travel in November, December and January, which are available for booking until midnight Thursday, October 30 at the website.

Ryanair’s UK Sales and Marketing Manager, Maria Macken, said: ‘Ryanair is delighted to open its new base in Glasgow, offering customers seven new routes for winter and nine new routes for summer 2015, including three times daily services to Dublin and London Stansted, which will deliver over 850,000 passengers p.a. and support 850 ‘on-site’ jobs at Glasgow International Airport.

Ryanair customers can choose the lowest fares from Glasgow, while enjoying allocated seating, a free second carry-on bag, reduced fees, a new website, a brand new app with mobile boarding passes, and our new Family Extra and Business Plus services, making Ryanair the ideal choice for families, business and leisure travellers.’

Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s Commercial Director, said: ‘It is a real pleasure to officially welcome Ryanair to Glasgow Airport. The airline will serve seven routes from Glasgow this winter, which will increase to nine from next summer, providing our customers with an even greater choice of business and holiday destinations to travel to.

The airline has ambitious plans for growth, particularly amongst Glasgow’s business community, which is why it is focused on opening at primary airports, such as Glasgow. We are already seeing strong demand for Ryanair’s services amongst our customers and are committed to working with the airline to continue to enhance our route offering and deliver services based on demand.

We look forward to working closely with the team at Ryanair to ensure it enjoys success and growth at Glasgow Airport.’


WestJet announces new service to Glasgow

Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet Airlines has announced Glasgow, United Kingdom, as its newest European destination.

Beginning May 29, 2015 to October 23, 2015, the airline will operate daily non-stop flights from Halifax with direct (same-aircraft) service from Toronto, on one of the airline’s Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 series aircraft. Daily connections are also offered from Glasgow via Halifax or Toronto to Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and 16 other cities in WestJet’s Canadian network.

With the new service, WestJet expects to serve Nova Scotians visiting family and friends, and Canadian visitors looking for an exclusive Scottish experience, as well as British guests travelling to Canada.

Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Guest Experience, said: This year’s launch of service to Dublin has proved popular with existing transatlantic flyers and with new guests alike, thanks to market growth driven by drastically reduced fares.’

‘Fares to Glasgow will be as much as fifty per cent off existing prices, so we’ll once again grow the market. Increased European operational and marketing experience is important as we count the months until four Boeing 767-300ERW aircraft join our fleet to further grow our network.’

Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, added: ‘Many Nova Scotians and Canadians trace their family roots back to Scotland and will be thrilled with increased ability to connect.

WestJet’s addition of this direct flight to Glasgow will not only strengthen economic ties with Europe, furthering opportunities for trade in concert with CETA, but will also strengthen significant ties to a country that has had a significant impact on Canada’s cultural, social, artistic, military and political fabric.’

‘We are delighted that WestJet will offer direct service to Glasgow,’ said Joyce Carter, President and CEO of the Halifax International Airport Authority. ‘This new route connects our region to a destination that has deep-rooted cultural significance for many of us, and takes full-advantage of pent-up demand for service to this market.’

WestJet will also resume its much popular service between St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Dublin, Ireland, on May 1, 2015, six weeks earlier than in 2014.


Glasgow hotels cash in on Commonwealth Games fans

With the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow just two days away, visitors to the games are being made to dig deep to afford hotel rooms in the city, the Daily Mail has reported.

The Commonwealth Games begin this Wednesday, July 23, and in response to the expected influx of supporters for the event, Glasgow hotels have imposed sharp increases on their room rates, some by as much as 158 percent of their usual rates. This means that the average price of a hotel room in the city will be £344 per night, compared with an average of just £78 per night for the same period of July and early August a year ago. According to figures supplied by the Trivago Hotel Price Index, the current hike in room prices is even extreme compared with rates available just a week ago, when the average room price was only £133.

The increase is most pronounced for Sunday July 27, with an average cost of £448 per room, making it the most expensive night of the period for those seeking accommodation. This is due to the level of interest generated by the start of the athletics competition that day, which will take place in the Hampden Park stadium, recently the subject of a £14 million refit.

The exorbitant prices have failed to quell the interest in visiting the games though, with Trivago reporting that the number of on-line searches for Glasgow hotels increased by 104 percent in May and a further 13 percent in June. And those visitors able to afford the high cost of accommodation should be rewarded with performances from some of the world’s top athletes, including Mo Farah, who is likely to compete in the 5,000 metres.


Cardiff Airport secures new airline for Glasgow and Paris routes

Cardiff Airport has secured CityJet service to operate its Glasgow and Paris (Orly) routes, immediately filling the slot left by Flybe.

The move follows Flybe’s announcement on December 4 that it will be terminating these routes with effect from January 19 2014, on account of the reorganisation of its business.

CityJet, a part of the Air France airline group, offers over 680 flights a week to popular destinations in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.

CityJet is to start serving the routes on January 20, 2014, ensuring a seamless transition for the services from the Welsh capital. Initially, CityJet will deliver a twice daily weekday service to Glasgow with daily weekend flights. Paris will be served by a daily flight Monday to Friday and on Sundays.

Staring March 30, flights to Edinburgh and Jersey will be added. Edinburgh will be served three times a day Monday to Friday with one flight on Saturdays and two on Sundays. Jersey will be served with five weekly return flights. The summer schedule will also see a third daily flight added to the Glasgow route on Thursdays and Fridays, whilst Paris (Orly) will then be served daily.

By the middle of summer, CityJet will be operating more than 80 flights a week in and out of Cardiff Airport.

Christine Ourmieres, CityJet’s Chief Executive, said: ‘We’re very excited to be launching a dynamic new network from Cardiff, and are thrilled to introduce the CityJet service to Wales. We are confident that our network and schedule to these four new destinations will be a success – both for the Welsh community and for CityJet.

Cardiff Airport’s Chief Executive, Jon Horne, said: ‘We’re very pleased that there will be continuity in our services to Glasgow and Paris for the tens of thousands of passengers a year for whom these routes are vital.

‘It is always good to welcome a new airline to Cardiff; in CityJet’s case it’s really great, given the scale of the commitment they have made to the Airport and to Wales.’

Cardiff Airport’s Chairman, Lord Rowe-Beddoe, commented: ‘This is excellent news. We are delighted to welcome CityJet to Cardiff and to Wales. I am proud that the management team has succeeded in securing a new airline to fill the breach left by Flybe. The speed with which this has been achieved is testament to management’s commitment to ensuring the Airport’s success.’

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Glasgow, Edinburgh airports register passenger growth in June

Glasgow, Scotland’s second busiest airport, has announced its busiest June for five years, as passenger numbers increased by 5.4 percent to nearly 775,000 compared to 2012.

The most popular routes included those to sunspots in the Balearics, Canary Islands, Portugal and Turkey. Long haul routes including Virgin Atlantic’s direct flights to Florida and Canadian Affair’s Toronto service, as well as Emirates double daily service to Dubai, also saw extra passengers last month.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: ‘It really is an exciting time for Glasgow Airport and it’s particularly pleasing to follow the unveiling of our new logo and the launch of the Dreamliner’s first Scottish flight [to Mexico on Monday] with news of further passenger growth.’

The airport reported a strong demand for domestic traffic, which grew by 5.7 percent, and the beginning of the busy summer getaway contributed to a 5.2 percent increase in international traffic. Over 113,000 people travelled through the airport during the last weekend of June alone.

The figures come two days after Edinburgh airport revealed it had registered a record June, with its passenger total up by 8.4 percent to nearly 957,000. Glasgow has been reporting consistent passenger growth since January 2011, while Edinburgh, Scotland’s busiest airport, only returned to growth two months ago after a year of instability.

On July 10, Glasgow Airport reached a significant milestone in its GBP17 million investment programme, with the unveiling of its new look logo. The launch of the logo and accompanying strap line – Proud to Serve Scotland – is a key part of the airport’s extensive preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh Airport is calling for the hub to be directly linked to the M8, as the existing access road will not able to cope with growing passenger numbers. It is expected that the airport will eventually be able to handle up to 20 million passengers a year on the existing runway configuration.

Commenting on Edinburgh’s own expansion, chief executive, Gordon Dewar, said there were no plans to open a second runaway at Ingliston for the next 30 years. ‘We have an airport that is accommodating just over nine million passengers a year, but we’re very busy and we’re growing,’ he said.

Mr. Dewar said that Edinburgh was also at risk of losing flights if the capacity of London’s existing airports was not increased. ‘If London had more capacity, we would have had more connection opportunities out of London. There is genuinely a queue of airlines wanting to fly into London that currently can’t come there,’ he said.

Flybe adds to Scottish summer service

Flybe, the low-cost regional airline with its headquarters in Exeter, Devon, UK, has announced an expansion of its services to Scotland for the coming summer.

The new flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow airports begin on April 6 with two new Saturday flights to Manchester. Prices for the new flights commence from £39.99 one way, including taxes and airport charges.

Also, from April 1, the airline is increasing the number of weekday flights to East Midlands Airport from both Edinburgh and Glasgow to four from three, and increasing capacity on its Saturday services from Edinburgh to Southampton with the introduction of 118-seat aircraft.

Flybe UK’s managing director, Andrew Strong, said, ‘We’re pleased to be offering our passengers the added choice of extra Saturday flights between Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. The move highlights our commitment to listening to our customers’ needs and providing them with convenient, affordable travel for weekend summer breaks.

‘The two new services also reflect the increasing importance our passengers are putting on our regional hub at Manchester Airport that is being used increasingly not only for seamless domestic and European connections through our extended Flybe network, but also as a fast and more convenient connection for onward long haul travel for those wanting to avoid the hassle of Heathrow.

‘We also expect our increased weekday services between Scotland and East Midlands Airport to benefit those business passengers needing more travel options meaning they can manage their time more efficiently.’

From its launch in 1979, Flybe now operates over 180 routes to 65 European airports.

Ryanair Operates Extra Flights for Six Nations Championship

Ryanair, an Ireland-based low cost airline, is operating an extra service, known as Six Nations specials, from Dublin to Bristol, for rugby fans.

The Six Nations Specials service will be available from Dublin today and tomorrow, returning from Bristol on February 3.

Ireland will be playing Wales in the Six Nations Rugby Championship at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, February 2, while England will be playing Scotland on Sunday.

The airline is also offering 15 rugby flights between Dublin, Glasgow, and Edinburgh for Ireland’s tie with Scotland on Sun February 24, 2013.

The airline head of communications, Robin Kiely, said, ‘Ryanair has been inundated with demands from Irish rugby fans looking to travel to the Wales-Ireland game this weekend and we’re delighted to announce five extra Six Nations specials between Dublin and Bristol on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

We’ve also scheduled 15 flights between Dublin and Glasgow and Edinburgh for the Scotland-Ireland game on Sunday, 24th February, which are already filling up quickly.

Only Ryanair offers the lowest fares for Six Nations matches and these seats will sell out fast, so our advice to rugby fans is to book today on’

The airline has recently reported a robust performance with a pre-tax profit of €19.3 million for the third quarter ending December 31, 2012.

The third quarter 2012 profits are €18m, an increase of €3m on the same quarter last year, in spite of an €81m increase in fuel costs. Revenues had increased by 15 percent to €969m in third quarter of 2012, with a 3 percent increase in traffic to 17.3m passengers, compared to the third quarter of 2011.

UK Tourism Buoyant From Religious Tourism

VisitBritain, the official tourism website for Great Britain, is reporting that international visitors are flocking to the country’s religious buildings, with around 6.7 million international tourists visiting a religious building in 2011, and spending a total of around £5 billion during their stay.

The research conducted by the tourism agency shows that around 22% of the total visits to the UK in 2011 visited a religious building. Of the religious buildings, international visitors are most drawn towards the British churches and the cathedrals, such as the Glasgow Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral in London, St David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire, Westminster Abbey, and Mappa Mundi in Hereford.

Of the countries visiting the UK on holiday, around 55% of visitors from Brazil visit religious places; while 49% of visitors from Australia and USA visit a religious building during a holiday; followed by Russia (45%) and China (45%).

Sandie Dawe, the chief executive officer at VisitBritain said: ‘Whether it’s for the glorious architecture, stained glass windows, connections with famous people or just some peace and quiet – religious buildings have become a fundamental part of our tourism offering.

Overseas visitors rate Britain 4th out of 50 nations for built heritage – it is one of the major drivers for international visitors and an asset where Britain is truly world-class.’

Earlier, in November 2012, the association reported a 5% increase in tourism to the UK in last year, over the same period of 2011. Overseas visitors have contributed £503 million to the UK economy in 2011-12, with a 3% increase in overseas tourist volume, and 8% in value since May 2010.

Ryanair Announces New Routes from Scotland For 2013

Ryanair, an Ireland-based low cost airline, has reported its expansion plans for Scotland for 2013, to include eight new routes.

The airline’s 2013 summer schedule includes six new routes from Edinburgh, and two new routes from Glasgow airport, taking its total routes from Edinburgh Airport to 38, and Glasgow Airport to 27.

The six new routes from Edinburgh Airport include Bologna, Beziers, Cagliari, Corfu, Katowice and Santander, in Europe, and an increase of services on five existing routes.

The airline is offering two new routes to Rzeszow and Warsaw Modlin From Glasgow Prestwick Airport, and an expansion of services on four existing routes.

Michael O’Leary, the airline chief executive officer, said, ‘Ryanair is delighted to announce its Scottish summer 2013 schedule, which will deliver over 3m passengers p.a. and sustain over 3,000 jobs at Edinburgh and Glasgow Prestwick Airports.

Following successful negotiations with Edinburgh Airport’s new owners, Global Infrastructure Partners, Ryanair will grow its summer 2013 operations at Edinburgh by 11%, with 38 routes, including 6 new routes to/from Bologna, Beziers, Cagliari, Corfu, Katowice and Santander from April 2013, which will help deliver a total of 1.8m pax p.a. (persons per annum) and sustain 1,800 on-site jobs at Edinburgh Airport. This is a prime example of what can be achieved by dismantling the BAA monopoly and we look forward to further growth at Edinburgh Airport under its new ownership.

Our summer 2013 schedule will see us operate 27 routes at Glasgow Prestwick, including 2 new routes to Rzeszow and Warsaw Modlin, which will help deliver a total of 1.4m pax p.a. and sustain 1,400 on-site jobs Glasgow Prestwick Airport.’

Gordon Dewar, the chief executive officer of Edinburgh Airport, said, ‘I welcome Ryanair’s return to growth and investment at Edinburgh Airport. When I came to Edinburgh Airport in the summer, it was clear that we had to repair the relationship with Ryanair and work with them to provide more choice for Scottish passengers.

I’m pleased that today we can announce a new relationship and new routes. This announcement underlines the fact that Edinburgh and Scotland is an attractive market for a variety of operators and that we as an airport are open and willing to do business to expand our network and encourage growth.’