Ryanair announces winter 2017 schedule from Birmingham Airport

Ryanair, the Irish budget airline, has announced its winter 2017 schedule from Birmingham Airport, which will deliver 21 winter routes including Alicante (six times weekly), Barcelona (daily) and Malaga (5 times daily), operating 99 weekly flights and delivering over 2.2m customers per annum.

Ryanair connects Birmingham with major business and leisure centres on high frequency services including Dublin (five daily), Madrid (four weekly) and Alicante (six weekly).

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘We are pleased to launch our 2017 Birmingham winter schedule, with 21 routes including Alicante, Barcelona and Dublin, which will help deliver 2.2m customers p.a. and support 1,650 jobs at Birmingham Airport. These routes are now on sale on the Ryanair.com website as we continue to grow our Birmingham traffic, tourism and jobs.

‘We are also pleased to report record bookings on our Birmingham summer 2017 schedule and UK customers and visitors can look forward to even lower fares so there’s never been a better time to book a low fare flight on Ryanair. We urge all customers who wish to book their holidays to do so now on the Ryanair.com website or mobile app, where they can avail of the lowest fare air travel to and from Birmingham.

‘To celebrate the launch of our Birmingham winter 2017 schedule we are releasing seats for sale across our European network from just GBP19.99 for travel in October and November which are available for booking until midnight Thursday (23 Mar). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Ryanair added that its Birmingham summer 2017 schedule is attracting record bookings. The airline is offering increased frequencies to sun destinations for families, including three new routes to Chania (twice weekly), Girona (thrice weekly) and Porto (twice weekly), which commence at the end of March.

Birmingham Airport has recorded two years of continuous record monthly passenger growth as February became its busiest on record. In February, the Midlands’ biggest airport handled 807,733 passengers – 83,000 more than the same month in 2016 and an 11.5 per cent increase.

Virgin Atlantic extends Glasgow-Orlando winter service

Leading British airline Virgin Atlantic will extend its Glasgow – Orlando service to meet high demand, according to a report by the Daily Record.

The airline said that it will add a new Friday flight to its winter 2016 schedule, which will offer more than 7,000 seats in the November 2016 to March 2017 winter season. Virgin Atlantic added that the new winter flights will serve alongside its three times a week summer service between Glasgow and Florida.

Commenting on the plan, Erik Varwijk, executive vice president of commercial at Virgin Atlantic, said: ‘We’re delighted to be offering our customers more choice when flying to some of their favourite destinations.

‘Florida is enduringly popular with our customers, so it makes perfect sense to increase this service during the most popular months.’

Steven Marshall, marketing manager at Glasgow Airport, added: ‘This is fantastic news for Scottish travellers looking to get away to America’s sunshine state next winter from Scotland’s largest city.

‘It demonstrates the popularity of Virgin Atlantic’s existing Orlando summer service which has grown every year since it launched at Glasgow Airport in 2007. Indeed – a great announcement to start off the airport’s 50 anniversary year.’

The new service is part of Virgin Atlantic’s joint venture with Delta Air Lines, which seeks to expand the trans-Atlantic route network between the UK and North America.

Separately, the Mirror reported that Virgin Atlantic has cut its fuel surcharge by £20 following the drop in oil prices. The saving, on return flights, will apply to future bookings, it said.

The move comes after complaints that airlines have not been passing the drop in oil costs on to customers.

‘Although we buy our fuel months and years in advance – meaning that recent falls in the price of oil do not immediately impact costs – we have decided to, again, lower our fuel charge by £20 per return journey for customers. Overall, our prices have reduced by £70 per trip per person since fuel prices began to fall.’ Virgin.

Flybe reveals summer schedule from Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Stansted

UK low-fare regional carrier Flybe announced the launch of its 2015 Summer Schedule on March 29 from its newly re-opened base at Aberdeen, offering a choice of up to 75 flights a week on five key routes.

Flybe’s routes from Aberdeen include a daily service to Belfast City; the first summer of operation for Flybe’s three times a day service to London City; and multi-frequency flights to the Birmingham and Manchester hubs, enabling passengers to by-pass the crowded London airports and connect onwards to Dubai and Helsinki through its code-share partners, Etihad Airways and Finnair.

Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘Our newly re-opened base at Aberdeen marks the very real testament to Flybe’s year of recovery. I would again like to thank all parties involved for welcoming Flybe’s based operations back. We look forward to welcoming all our passengers on board this summer.’

Carol Benzie, Managing Director of Aberdeen Airport, added: ‘We’re delighted to welcome back Flybe as a base at the airport and look forward to continuing to work together to promote its regional offer from the North East.’

In November 2014, Flybe announced its plan to begin base operations from Bournemouth and launch a new limited programme of domestic flights from London Stansted in summer 2015.

At the time, Flybe said that it would also begin base operations at Bournemouth effective March 29, 2015, with up to ten brand new routes during summer 2015. The summer 2015 schedule will start with a new year-round, double daily service between Bournemouth and Glasgow, while from May 2015 flights to Amsterdam, Dublin, Jersey, Manchester and the French destinations of Paris, Deauville (Normandy) Toulon and Biarritz will be added.

Flybe will also offer a summer programme of 64 flights per week from London Stansted with year-round services to the Isle of Man (up to three flights a day) and double daily flights to Newcastle, in addition to seasonal part week summer flights to Newquay.


Ryanair launches Winter 2015 schedule, introduces new routes, extra flights

Ireland-based low fares airline Ryanair has launched its Winter 2015 schedule with more routes, additional flights and improved schedules.

Launched three months earlier than in 2014, for Winter 2015 Ryanair offers over 1,600 routes across its European network, with improved schedules for both business and leisure customers. Ryanair celebrated the launch of the schedule by releasing 100,000 seats for sale across its European network at prices from EUR19.99. These lower fare seats are available for booking until midnight on Thursday, March 19.

Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to launch our biggest ever Winter schedule, with more flights, routes and destinations, as we continue to grow Europe’s biggest route network. As part of our Always Getting Better programme and Customer Charter, we have promised to release our schedules early and our customers can now plan and book their summer and winter 2015 holidays – all on the lowest fares.

‘Ryanair will continue to connect Europe’s key centers of business, with more flights and improved schedules to and from major cities, including Berlin, Edinburgh, London, Madrid, Milan, Rome and Warsaw, making Ryanair the ideal choice for business customers, while our Family Extra Product is the ideal choice for families.’

As part of its ongoing customer service improvement initiatives, Ryanair offers its customers allocated seating, reduced fees, a free second carry-on bag, a new website and a new app allowing passengers to travel with mobile boarding passes as well as the provision to use their personal electronic devices at all stages of their flight. Ryanair also offers Family Extra and Business Plus services for all class of customers including families, business and leisure travellers.

Ryanair recently released it flights statistics, stating that that it carried over 5.4m customers in February with 91 percent of its 34,000 flights arriving on-time.


Bmi Announces Winter 2012 Schedule and Continued Integration with British Airways

British Airways, a UK-based airline company, is continuing the integration of British Midland International (bmi) airline into its main fleet, with its new winter schedule.

The airline is terminating Bmi flights to several destinations, in favour of its main flight routes. Cut from the new schedule are Bmi’s flights to Dammam, which cease on September 16; flights to Bishkek, Yereven and Khartoum, which will terminate on October 1; and services to Amritsar and Casablanca, which will end on October 28, 2012.

The Bmi flights to Riyadh and Jeddah are also terminating on September 16, 2012, in favour of services offered by British Airways to these destinations.

Bmi’s services to Cairo and Moscow will also be ending, on September 5 and October 12, respectively.

The other Bmi services that will be integrated into British Airways include services to Dublin, Almaty, Tbilisi, Baku, Beirut and Freetown.

The new Bmi winter schedule, which commences from October 28, 2012, includes an increase in the number of seats to Scotland, by around 32 percent, with new routes from London City Airport to Aberdeen and the Isle of Man, and London Heathrow Airport to Leeds Bradford and Belfast airports.

Bmi will also be launching new international routes, including ones from London Heathrow to Seoul, Alicante, Rotterdam and Zagreb, and from London Gatwick airport to Las Vegas and Barcelona.

Passengers holding tickets with BD (bmi) flight numbers may have to undergo some changes in services and policies due to the changes in the flight numbers, including changes to Heathrow check-in times and business class hand baggage allowances.