Ryanair offers new winter route from Dublin to Cluj

Ryanair, the Ireland-based European budget airline, has announced a new route to Romania’s Cluj as part of its Dublin Winter 22 schedule, following Blue Air’s recent suspension of this route.

With the launch, travellers and holidaymakers can now travel to the Romanian city on one of Ryanair’s twice weekly budget flights from Dublin from November 1.

Cluj-Napoca is the historic capital of Transylvania located nearly 320 km northwest of Bucharest in the Somesul Mic River valley. The city stands on the site of an ancient Dacian settlement, Napoca, which the Romans made a municipium.

To celebrate the new route, Ryanair is launching a seat sale with fares available from EUR19.99 one way for travel from November 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023, which must be booked by midnight Thursday, October 6.

Ryanair’s Jason McGuinness said: ‘Ryanair is further building on our already extensive Dublin W22 schedule with the addition of our new Dublin to Cluj route, operating twice weekly from 1st November – just in time for those travelling home to Cluj to spend Christmas with friends and family but whose travel plans have been disrupted by Blue Air’s recent suspension of this route.

To celebrate, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from just EUR19.99 for travel until the end of January 2023, which must be booked by midnight, Thursday 6th Oct. Since these super low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com to avoid missing out.’

Cardiff Airport to resume services to Italy, announces first ever service to Romania with Wizz Air

Cardiff Airport has said that it is resuming direct flights to Italy again and the first ever route to Romania from Wales, when Wizz Air launches services to Milan and Bucharest this winter.

Scheduled services were last operated to Italy in 2019, though the airport has never had regular flights to Romania. The new links will enable both business and sports travel to explore either destination on a city break, along with those heading to ski slopes around Milan or Bucharest.

Wizz Air will offer two weekly flights to both European cities from October 30. Flights are now on sale and available to book at wizzair.com, with one-way fares starting from £20.99.

A hot destination for travellers seeking high fashion and design, culture, restaurants and sport, Milan city break covers the Duomo di Milan cathedral, the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing to Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ mural, an evening at La Scala Theatre or the San Siro Stadium, home to A.C. Milan. The scenic Italian lakes Garda, Iseo, Como and Maggiore are also a short drive away.

In Bucharest, Romania’s capital city, visitors can take tours around the Palace of the Parliament, enjoy visiting the Romanian Athenaeum before strolling through Herastrau Park. In addition, Romania is home to many castles and palaces, including the infamous Dracula Castle and the medieval town of Brasov.

‘It’s very exciting to add a new country to our network map that has never been flown from Cardiff before, following Wizz Air’s decision to launch flights to Romania,’ said Marc Watkins, Aviation Development Manager at Cardiff Airport. ‘Undoubtedly there will be plenty of people using the route to visit family and friends, but Romania is also an undiscovered ski gem. The resort of Poiana Braov, the most popular ski resort in the country, is just a two-hour drive from Bucharest. And with flights to Milan also, skiers can also sample the slopes of northern Italy from Cardiff too. The new route to Milan will make travel to Wales easier for the 30,000 Italians that visit us every year.’

Madalina Ciinaru, Head of Bucharest Office, British-Romanian Chamber of Commerce said: ‘Here at BRCC we are delighted to welcome the addition of a new route from Bucharest to Cardiff on Tuesdays and Sundays, starting October 30th. I’m glad Wizz Air continues to remain loyal to its promise to offer low fares and diverse travel options in Europe, especially adding Cardiff to its offerings, thus providing an alternative route and encouraging trade between the two countries. We strongly encourage our members to travel to their home country or to visit friends or families in Cardiff and utilise the Wizz new air service.’

British Airways announces four new short-haul destinations from Heathrow

British Airways has announced the introduction of four new short-haul routes to Wroclaw (WRO) and Gdansk (GDN) in Poland, Riga (RIX) in Latvia and Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) in Romania.

The routes will commence operating from the beginning of July, running throughout summer. All flights will be served from Heathrow, with Wroclaw operating twice a week, and Gdansk, Riga and Cluj-Napoca operating three times a week. Flights operate on days aimed at those visiting friends and relatives for a long weekend as well as those in search of an exciting city break . All flights will be operated by British Airways’ short-haul Airbus fleet.

Wroclaw is known for its attractive architecture and array of stunning bridges and islands that cross the Odra River. Gdansk, located on the Baltic Sea, offers fine museums, a prominent church building and a beautiful old city. Riga, the largest of all three Baltic capital cities, houses a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is known for its Art Nouveau style buildings. Cluj-Napoca is Romania’s second largest city and is often described as a cultural hub. British Airways last operated flights to Riga in 2007, and flew briefly to Gdansk between 1999 and the early-2000s, with the other two being new routes.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘It’s great to be launching new routes as we listen to our customers and assess where they want to travel. We know these four new destinations will be popular with people visiting friends and relatives, but they also offer great city breaks, when the time is right, with flights that head out just before the weekend and return on Sunday.’

Return fares start from £83 to Wroclaw, £85 to Gdansk, £94 to Riga, and £95 to Cluj, and customers can book via ba.com. British Airways offers customers a flexible booking policy, no change fees or a voucher exchange for bookings made for travel before the end of April 2022.

In addition to the four new routes, British Airways will also launch a new summer service to Perugia on 28 June. This service was due to start in 2020 but was delayed following the risks due to pandemic.

Wizz Air announces two new Romanian routes

Wizz Air, a European low-cost airline based in Hungary, has announced two new routes from Iasi and Craiova to Birmingham in Great Britain, starting from October 23 and 24, 2020.

The flights from Iasi, Romania to Birmingham will commence on October 23 and be operated twice a week, on Wednesday and Sunday, while flights from Craiova to Birmingham will start on October 24 and will be available on Tuesday and Saturday. This is the second route from Craiova to Great Britain and the eight in the WIZZ network from Craiova, while from Iasi the new service is the third connection to Great Britain, taking the entire network of routes from Iasi to 20.

Paulina Gosk, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are delighted to add two new routes from Iasi and Craiova to Birmingham, while keeping ourselves to the highest standards of our sanitizing protocols. Thanks to implemented health and safety measures for passengers and crew on board, travelling with Wizz Air remains worry-free experience matched with low and attractive fares. Our dedicated crew looks forward to welcoming each WIZZ passenger with a smile on board of our young fleet.’

Tickets are available on wizzair.com or the WIZZ mobile app, with fares starting from EUR19.99, one-way, including administration fee and one carry-on bag. Trolley bag and each piece of checked-in baggage will be subject to additional fees.

Passengers who choose Birmingham as an accessible destination in the Wizz Air network can add WIZZ Flex to their booking. This allows passengers to rebook any Wizz Air flight of their choice, in case of any change of plan to travel on a different date, or to a different destination.

Ryanair announces new route to Oradea, Romania from London Stansted

Ryanair, the Irish low fares airline, has announced a new London Stansted route to Oradea in Romania, with a twice weekly service commencing in December 2020, as part of Ryanair’s London Stansted Winter 2020 and Summer 2021 schedules.

British consumers and visitors can now book a getaway to Oradea until October 2021.

Alongside the announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from £14.99, for travel until the end of January, which must be booked by midnight Thursday (October 1) on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s Director of Commercial Jason Mc Guinness said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to launch a new London Stansted route to Oradea (Romania), commencing in December, which will operate twice weekly as part of our London Stansted Winter 2020 and Summer 2021 schedules. Customers in London can now book flights to Oradea as far out as October 2021.

‘To celebrate this new Oradea route, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from just £14.99, for travel until the end of January 2021, which must be booked by midnight Thursday (1 Oct). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Last week, Ryanair announced that it will open a new base at Paris Beauvais, from December 3, 2020, with two based aircraft and 32 routes, including one from Manchester.

Ryanair launches UK summer 20 schedule with 500 routes on offer

Ryanair, the Ireland -based European regional airline, has launched its UK Summer 2020 schedule with 14 new routes including destinations such as Cluj (Romania), Pisa and Terceira in Portugal.

For summer next year, Ryanair will operate more than 500 routes in total, which is expected to deliver 46.3m customers p.a. and support 35,000 jobs at its 21 UK Airports, the airline said. UK tourists and visitors can now book holidays on these routes as far out as October 2020.

Ryanair said that its UK Summer 2020 schedule will deliver five brand new routes from Edinburgh to Bydgoszcz (twice a week); Manchester to Pisa (twice per week); Stansted to Cluj (three per week), Kosice (thrice per week ) and Terceira (one per week); nine new summer services – Exeter to Alicante (two per week); Edinburgh to Bucharest (three per week); London Stansted to Dresden (three per week) and Essaouira (two per week); London Luton to Krakow (four per week) and Seville ( three per week); Manchester to Katowice (three per week), Milan Malpensa (five per week ) and Prague (nine per week). Further the airline has announced additional flights on 46 other routes including destinations like Budapest, Milan Bergamo and Krakow.

As part of the announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale on its UK routes with fares starting from £14.99, for travel until the end of November 2019. Tickets are available for booking until midnight of Thursday, October 3 on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: ‘Ryanair is delighted to bring the lowest emissions and fares to the UK with our Summer 2020 schedule, with 14 new routes at our UK airports, and more than 500 routes in total, which will deliver 46.3 million customers p.a. and support 35,000* jobs at our 21 UK airports. UK customers and visitors can now book low fare seats on more than 500 routes as far out as October 2020. To celebrate, we are releasing seats for sale from just £14.99 for travel until the end of November 2019, which are available for booking until midnight Thursday (3 October). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Wizz Air announces new service to Timisoara, Romania from Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Wizz Air is offering a new twice-weekly service from Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) to Timisoara, Romania, available for travel from September 2, 2019.

This addition comes after Wizz Air announced new routes to Krakow, Poland, and Budapest, Hungary. The new service to Timisoara will deliver an additional 38,000 seats from the airport. With the additions, the airport will add an extra 300,000 new seats for the year ahead that should see passenger numbers grow to 1.5 million per annum.

Located on the northern bank of the Bega River with its Secessionist architecture, Timisoara is the third largest city in Romania and considered the cultural, economic and social centre of western Romania. Often referred to as the ‘Little Vienna,’ Timisoara has a rich arts scene, including year-round theatrical and musical performances and a lively nightlife.

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director at DSA, said: ‘This is great news for Doncaster Sheffield Airport, and we’re delighted by the confidence airlines have shown in the easy, friendly, relaxed experience that we offer our customers across our growing catchment area of passengers covering the wider Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire regions. This is the fourth new route announcement from Wizz Air over the last 12-months, offering almost 40 flights per week to 13 destinations across Europe from DSA by September.

‘We’re proud to be Wizz Air’s largest operation in the UK outside of London and delighted to grow our choice of low-cost European destinations. Our first TUI long-haul flights to Sanford, Florida take off in May and tickets are already on sale for flights to Cancun, Mexico setting off in Spring 2020, taking our total destinations to 55, with new routes being added regularly’.

Tamara Vallois, Head of Communications at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are happy to expand our network in the United Kingdom with another exciting Eastern-European destination. Our newest route now connects Yorkshire with Timisoara, Romania, the historical Transylvanian city in the Western corner of the country. It is a perfect destination for a weekend break or even a longer trip, offering a relaxing atmosphere. We are confident that our British customers will enjoy visiting this splendid city. Our friendly crew looks forward to welcoming you on board a WIZZ flight!’

A convenient choice for passengers travelling from Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and beyond, Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers services to 55 destinations currently and with new routes being released regularly.

Wizz Air announces new direct service to Cluj Napoca from Birmingham Airport

Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air has announced the relaunch of a direct route to Romania’s Cluj-Napoca from Birmingham Airport.

The new service will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Tom Screen, Acting Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘Officially welcoming this new Wizz Air route to Cluj-Napoca from Birmingham Airport is fantastic news. We are constantly working with airlines to ensure that where there is demand for a route we can provide enough choice to be able to meet it – whether this involves the introduction of additional direct services or an increase in the frequency of services.

‘Cluj-Napoca is an exciting addition to our growing variety of direct services. Home to incredible architecture and gothic-style landmarks dating back to Saxon and Hungarian rule, vibrant nightlife and a wide range of forests and parks, Cluj-Napoca has something to offer everyone.

‘We are pleased this route has been reintroduced and look forward to making the route a success for Wizz Air.’

Tamara Vallois, Head of Communications at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are happy to celebrate the commencement of an exciting new route at Birmingham Airport. Our newest route from Birmingham connects the city with Romania’s second largest city, the lively Cluj-Napoca, which brings an outstanding opportunity for the travellers who seek adventure to explore real Romanian hospitality and the vibe of Transylvania.

‘Cluj-Napoca offers bubbling nightlife and historical sites, a perfect combination for a weekend trip to Central and Eastern Europe. We are sure that our UK customers will enjoy visiting this special city as well as Birmingham will get even more cosmopolitan with tourists visiting the region.

‘We would like to thank Birmingham Airport and look forward to welcoming many passengers on board our sixth route from Birmingham.’

Wizz Air announces new route from Birmingham Airport to Cluj

Wizz Air has announced the launch of a new route from Birmingham Airport to Cluj International Airport in Romania.

With the new service, UK holidaymakers and travellers can travel to Cluj- Napaco, the second most populous city in Romania and a popular destination for Music and Film festivals. The service also gives passengers a gateway to Transylvania, a popular tourist spot for its beauty and mystery.

Wizz Air’s new route will commence on December 16, 2018, with fares starting from £17.99. The seats are now on sale and can be booked online at wizzair.com.

Tom Screen, Acting Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport said: ‘We are delighted that Wizz Air has decided to increase its presence at Birmingham Airport by adding flights to Cluj this winter. With strong load factors across all their existing Birmingham network, we are sure that Wizz Air’s sixth route from the Midlands will continue their success’.

Wizz Air Chief Corporate Officer, Owain Jones, said: ‘Wizz Air continues to expand and invest in our UK operations, growing our network across the country. Cluj is an exciting new destination for our customers in the Midlands- the historic Transylvanian university city of culture and nightlife with a booming economy and easy access to the natural wonder of the Carpathian Mountains is an ideal choice for a city break with a difference. We’re proud that Wizz Air’s genuinely low fares give our UK customers the opportunity to explore many unique and interesting destinations and enjoy great service onboard one of Europe’s youngest and most efficient aircraft fleets.’

Wizz Air has also recently announced its expansion in Eilat Israel, launching two new low-fare routes Israel: Budapest – Eilat (Ovda) and Sofia – Eilat (Ovda). The new low-fare services will start operating during November 2018, along with five other winter routes from Eilat: London, Vienna, Bucharest, Riga and Warsaw, the airline said earlier this month.

Blue Air launches new route to Cluj-Napoca from Birmingham

Blue Air, Romania’s leading airline, has launched thrice weekly flights from Birmingham to Cluj-Napoca, the second largest city in Romania.

Cluj-Napoca is rich in architecture and is home to one of the largest Gothic churches in Romania, as well as many baroque buildings and medieval towers. The city features several Bohemian cafes, music festivals and has a vibrant nightlife.

Launched on December 16, 2016, the new route is served by a 189 seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft, and flies to the city of Cluj-Napoca on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The new service departs Cluj-Napoca at 10:00 hours to arrive Birmingham at 11:30 hours; on return, the flight will depart Birmingham at 12:15 hours to arrive Cluj-Napoca at 17:15 hours.

Seats are available for booking at www.blueairweb.com, with prices starting from only £24.99 one-way including taxes and charges.

The new route follows the airline’s announcement of its new service between Birmingham and Larnaca starting in March 2017, and its inaugural Bucharest route that was launched March this year.

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive Officer at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘Blue Air has had a very successful few months at Birmingham Airport flying thousands of passengers to and from the Romanian capital city of Bucharest.

‘We are delighted that they are already introducing this second route to Cluj-Napoca. The Romanian city will be a popular city break destination for our passengers as it is a cultural and historic centre home to universities, great nightlife and landmarks dating to Saxon and Hungarian rule. We look forward to seeing the carrier continue to go from strength to strength here at Birmingham Airport.’

Tudor Constantinescu, Chief Commercial Officer at Blue Air, said: ‘It is indeed a proud moment for us at Blue Air to enhance our presence at Birmingham with the addition of thrice-weekly flights to and from the heart of Transylvania – Cluj-Napoca, adding to the existing Bucharest operation. We are also gearing up to introduce even more flights to Birmingham by adding another service from our Larnaca base starting in March 2017.

‘The West Midlands is an important market for us, building our position at the airport demonstrates an ongoing commitment to Birmingham as a valuable part of the Blue Air family. One of the key opportunities at this airport is the mixture of leisure and business passengers allowing a strong volume of traffic all year round. Romania has excellent trade links with the UK and so we are confident the route will be a success.’