Ryanair commences Bucharest flights from Bristol Airport, expands summer 2017 schedule at Luton

Irish low-fares airline Ryanair has commenced new flights between Bucharest and Bristol on Wednesday, November 9 2016 – the first ever scheduled service between the South West and Romania.

Peter Downes, Bristol Airport’s Head of Aviation, said: ‘Today is a special day as we celebrate the inaugural flight to Bucharest from Bristol Airport. This is the first ever scheduled service to Romania from the South West & Wales region, reflecting our continued growth at Bristol and our mission to offer greater travel possibilities to our passengers. This latest launch brings the number of European capital cities we now serve to 16, further opening up the region for inbound tourism opportunities.’

‘The route is already proving extremely popular with customers, with plans in place to double frequency to twice-weekly from April 2017 as part of Ryanair’s biggest ever summer schedule from Bristol Airport.’

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘We are pleased to launch our new route from Bristol to Bucharest, offering a great city break destination for customers in the South West. The good news is that this route will continue into the summer 2017 season, and with even lower fares this winter, there’s never been a better time to book a low fares getaway from Bristol.’

Separately, Ryanair said that it has expanded its London Luton summer 2017 schedule with a new route to Dusseldorf Weeze, starting in March, in addition to a new Faro route, which will deliver two million customers per annum. Ryanair’s summer 2017 schedule will also see more frequencies to sun and city destinations.

Ryanair has also released its ‘Rate My Flight’ statistics, which show that 94 percent of surveyed customers were happy with their overall flight experience in October. Over 17,000 customers used the ‘Rate My Flight’ function in the Ryanair app in October – an increase of 7,000 from September – ranking their overall experience, boarding, crew friendliness, service onboard and range of food and drink, on a 5-star rating system, the airline said.

Blue Air announces new Birmingham -Larnaca route starting March 2017

Blue Air, the Romanian leisure airline that started operating from Birmingham Airport earlier this year, has recently announced the addition of a new route – Larnaca on the south coast of Cyprus – to its network.

The airline will start flights to Larnaca from Birmingham, starting March 2017.

The Romanian airline, which started operating from Birmingham in March 2016 with a twice-weekly service to Bucharest, had also announced a second route to Cluj-Napoca, the capital of Transylvania, commencing in December this year. With the addition of Larnaca, Blue Air has 10 flights a week from Birmingham Airport.

Flights to Larnaca will leave Birmingham Airport each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 1115 hours arriving in Larnaca at 1800.

Commenting on the new route, Tom Screen, head of Aviation Development at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are delighted that Blue Air is offering another route from Birmingham Airport. The airline has gone from strength to strength here offering low cost fares to popular destinations.

‘Larnaca has much to offer holiday makers. It is known for its palm fringed sea front and has brilliant diving opportunities, including the M.S. Zenobia ship wreck. With flights three times a week it’s now so easy to get to this sun destination from the Midlands.’

Tudor Constantinescu, chief commercial officer at Blue Air, said: ‘We are thrilled to announce our latest route to Birmingham, this time operating from our Larnaca base and commencing on 26 March 2017. With the new addition, we are now linking Birmingham to three Blue Air bases – Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca and Larnaca – that highlights our commitment to the West Midlands’ gateway.

‘Passengers on the new route from Cyprus will be delighted with our top-quality service that includes a free hot meal and full beverage bar including wine served onboard. I am confident Birmingham-Larnaca will be just as successful as our other flights to the UK and this will further enhance our position across the country!’

Prices start from £37.99 one way including all taxes and non-optional charges and can be booked at www.blueairweb.com, the Airport said.

Blue Air has recently integrated into the market leading booking platform FindandBook, offering more choice and flexibility for UK travellers. The integration of Blue Air will help to enhance its leisure market through collaboration with tour operators, mainly in the UK, and the extended global presence of FindandBook will help Blue Air to improve efficiency in its operations and improve customer retention. Blue Air operates extensively in the UK market linking London Luton, Liverpool, Birmingham and Glasgow airports with Romania, Cyprus and Italy.

Romania’s Blue Air launches new Cluj-Birmingham service

Blue Air, one of Romania’s leading carriers, has announced a new thrice-weekly flight service from Birmingham to Cluj, the second largest city in Romania.

Starting December 16, 2016, the Romanian airline will fly to the city of Cluj on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Served by a 189 seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the flight will depart Cluj at 09:30 hours, arriving at Birmingham at 10:45 hours and departing Birmingham by 11:30 hours, and arriving Cluj at 16:45 hours. Seats are available for booking at www.blueairweb.com with prices start from £19.99 one-way including taxes and charges.

Tom Screen, Head of Aviation Development 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. The city is a cultural and historic centre home to universities, vibrant 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, added: ‘We are extremely pleased to announce our second route to Birmingham starting in December this year, as we expand the network from our newest base at Cluj-Napoca.

‘The growth of tourism and trade between the UK and Romania, and especially Cluj-Napoca which recently has rapidly been emerging, means we have no doubt that this new route will be another success. Cluj is a charming city, the second most populous in Romania, situated in the heart of Transylvania and the central point for seven nearby cities.

‘We look forward to continuing working closely with Birmingham Airport to ensure the longevity of this new service.’

This is the second route after the airline’s inaugural Bucharest launch in March this year. This route has been a success as frequency will be increased from two to three flights per week from the start of winter, Birmingham Airport said in a release.

Wizz Air announces new route to Cluj from Robin Hood Airport

Hungarian low fares airline Wizz Air has announced a new route from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Cluj in Romania, offering twice weekly flights starting from July 22, 2016, The Star has reported.

The new Cluj route will be the 11th Wizz route connecting Yorkshire with Central and Eastern European destinations from the airport. The airline also said that it will increase the frequencies on some of Wizz’s most popular routes from Cluj, one of Romania’s largest cities, including the London Luton service that will be operated with three daily flights.

Chris Harcombe, head of Aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘This is fantastic news for the region. It is great that Wizz Air have reached this major milestone with two million passengers using their services from Doncaster Sheffield airport. Our relationship with them and this proven demand for their services has meant that we are able to continue to grow our route portfolio with Wizz and Cluj will be our eleventh destination adding to popular routes to Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Lithuania.’

The Doncaster Sheffield-Cluj flights went on sale on Friday with lead in fares starting from £21.99 including taxes. ‘We are expecting this new route to carry an additional 30,000 passengers through the airport in its first year of operation,’ Harcombe said.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport, which offers flights to over 30 destinations, is Wizz Air’s second largest UK base and the only one in Yorkshire. The airport currently operates a total of 33 Wizz Air flights per week to ten destinations including Bucharest in Romania, and Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw in Poland.

‘Wizz have provided Yorkshire passengers with more choice in 2015 with Lublin in Poland and Kosice in Slovakia being added to their destination list. Thanks to these routes passengers from our region have direct access to more cities in more countries than ever before,’ said Harcombe.

‘With the new Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) on track to connect the M18 to the airport, we believe demand in European destinations will continue to increase,’ he added.

New Courtyard by Marriott Hotel to Open in Romania in 2014

Courtyard by Marriott, a Marriott International brand of hotels, has announced plans to open a new hotel in Bucharest, Romania.

The brand is currently continuing its expansion in Eastern Europe, with its plans to open the new hotel in Bucharest, following on from the opening of its other new property in the city, the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel.

The 147-room Courtyard by Marriott Bucharest will be operated by the brand under a management agreement with Gica Popescu Hotels SRL, and it will be opening in early 2014.

Bucharest is Romania’s largest city and its capital, and it is also a commercial and industrial centre for the rest of the country. The city is connected to other European destinations through two international airports and a railway network that extends across Europe.

Amy McPherson, the president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe, said, ‘We are excited to be adding the Courtyard Bucharest to our portfolio in Eastern Europe. We continue to see tremendous opportunity for expansion throughout Eastern Europe, particularly with our Courtyard by Marriott brand. As an essential part of our growth strategy and with the recent introduction of our Courtyard prototype in Europe, we are excited to continue to grow the brand, now 47 hotels strong across Europe.’

The Courtyard Bucharest, located in Bucharest city centre, will offer a contemporary lobby with flexible seating, an interactive GoBoard screen featuring local information and weather, and a 24-hour outlet for snacks, as well as an all-day restaurant, flexible meeting spaces, and a fitness centre.