Ryanair unveils largest-ever summer schedule for Bristol Airport

Ryanair has announced its most expansive summer schedule to date for Bristol Airport in 2024, offering 36 routes, including six new destinations.

The introduction of new routes to Copenhagen, Fuerteventura, Marrakesh, Prague, Sofia, and Tirana is made possible by the deployment of five aircraft at Bristol Airport, representing a significant $500 million investment.

Of particular note are the two ‘Gamechanger’ aircraft stationed at Bristol Airport. These aircraft reduce CO2 emissions by 16 percent and noise emissions by 40 percent.

Ryanair’s Head of Comms, Jade Kirwan, said: ‘We’re delighted to officially launch Ryanair’s biggest ever schedule for Bristol this summer with 36 routes, including 6 exciting new routes to Copenhagen, Fuerteventura, Marrakesh, Prague, Sofia, and Tirana, offering our customers in the south-west even more choice at the lowest fares. Ryanair’s record Bristol summer 24 schedule will operate on a fleet of 5 Bristol-based aircraft (including 2 Gamechangers), representing a $500m investment and supporting over 1,400 local jobs.

‘Our first summer 24 flights to Copenhagen, Marrakesh, Sofia, and Tirana took off just last week, performing phenomenally well, and we look forward to carrying more passengers onboard our first flights to Fuerteventura and Prague when they commence this July.

‘Ryanair’s new Bristol schedule, including our 6 exciting new routes, is available to book now at ryanair.com with fares available from just £19.99 for a limited time only.’

Bristol Airport’s CEO, Dave Lees, said: ‘We are delighted with Ryanair’s announcement increasing the 2024 flight programme to its largest ever schedule from Bristol Airport, it is a clear demonstration of confidence in the region for air travel. Expanding Ryanair’s route network and adding new routes including to Tirana, Albania, offers customers a wider choice of destinations and flexibility of stay lengths, without the need to travel to other airports for their flights.

‘We very much welcome the deployment of the more efficient ‘Gamechanger’ aircraft from Bristol Airport and look forward to working with Ryanair on developing their route network and ensuring the increased use of quieter aircraft and more environmentally efficient operations in the future.’

To celebrate the launch of its Summer schedule at Bristol Airport and the introduction of six new routes for Summer 2024, Ryanair has initiated a limited-time seat sale, offering fares starting from £19.99. Tickets are available for booking at ryanair.com.

Bulgaria Air unveils exclusive offers on Sofia – London route

Bulgaria Air has announced an enticing promotion for travellers on the Sofia – London route, providing a special price for tickets during the winter season.

This promotion, valid from January 17 to February 17, 2024, aims to cater to those seeking winter getaways to Bulgaria’s resorts.

During this promotional period, passengers can avail themselves of one-way economy class tickets to Sofia at a cost of £89, and the return flight from Sofia to London for €69. These reduced prices, up to 35 percent off the regular winter fares, apply to travel until March 31, offering an affordable option for winter explorations.

The promotion extends beyond cost savings, providing additional perks for economy class travellers. Included in the ticket price are benefits such as one piece of hand luggage (up to 10kg), a handbag/laptop, delectable on-board catering, and free check-in.

Additionally, Bulgaria Air is now offering complimentary carriage of ski or snowboard equipment for tickets purchased during the promotional period. Each passenger is entitled to transport one set of ski or snowboard equipment, with a total size of up to 280 cm (length + height + width) and a weight limit of 23 kg. Furthermore, all applicable fuel and airport taxes are included in the ticket prices.

For those planning European getaways, the Love and Fly holiday promotion is currently active, providing opportunities for exciting flights at tempting prices. Continuing until February 15, the Love and Fly campaign offers up to a 50 percent discount on a second round-trip air ticket for any of Bulgaria Air’s international direct routes when traveling with two passengers. These terms are applicable to both economy and business class flights for journeys commencing on or before March 31, 2024.

Wizz Air announces three Central and Eastern Europe routes from Birmingham

Wizz Air, one of the leading low-cost airlines in Central and Eastern Europe, has recently commenced three new routes from Birmingham Airport.

The Polish airline has added Sofia, Bucharest and Wroclaw to its list of low-fare destinations. With the addition of these routes, the airline now operates services to Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary from Birmingham.

The service to the Polish city of Wroclaw, known as one of the largest urban squares in Poland – is operated twice a week from Birmingham Airport, with flights on Mondays and Fridays. Fares start from £15.49 one-way including taxes and non-optional charges.

The new service to the capital city of Sofia, the largest city of the Republic of Bulgaria, departs twice weekly on a Sunday and Wednesday allowing travellers and holidaymakers to explore the ancient city. Founded thousands of years ago, the city is Bulgaria’s cultural and economic centre. Seats with Wizz Air are on sale now with one-way fares from Birmingham Airport available starting £28.49.

UK travellers and tourists can now visit Bucharest, Romania’s capital city, twice a week from Birmingham. The bustling metropolis is popular among tourists for its tree-lined boulevards, architecture and many bars and restaurants. The route will depart Birmingham Airport on a Wednesday and Sunday. Fares start from £28.49 one-way including taxes and non-optional charges.

Tom Screen, Head of Birmingham Airport’s Aviation Development, said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to add these fantastic cities to our list of Central and Eastern European destinations accessible from Birmingham Airport.

‘Having launched only in September last year WIZZ is one of the fastest growing carriers here and it is continuing to go from strength to strength. It’s easy to understand why the carrier is popular with our passengers as it offers low-cost fares to great cities making it an ideal airline for those looking for city breaks or to visit family and friends in Europe.’

Tamara Mshvenieradze, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are delighted to see such quick development and demand of our Birmingham routes. The most recent commencements to Wroclaw, Sofia and Bucharest are perfect city break destinations for our customers who wish to explore the hidden gems of Central and Eastern Europe.

Offering outstanding value for money the capitals of Bulgaria and Romania boast beautiful architecture, delicious local cuisine and friendly people. Our friendly crew looks forward to welcoming you on board a WIZZ flight with a smile this summer!’

Wizz Air announces new route from Birmingham to Sofia

Wizz Air, one of Europe’s leading low-cost airlines, has announced the introduction of a new route from Birmingham to Sofia, Birmingham Airport said in a release.

The new route to the capital city of Bulgaria will commence on March 27 and operate twice a week on Sundays and Wednesdays. The new service is Wizz Air’s sixth route from Birmingham, along with Bucharest, Budapest, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw.

Tickets on Wizz Air’s new Sofia service are on sale and can be booked at wizzair.com from £28.49 one-way, including taxes and non-optional charges.

Tamara Mshvenieradze, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are thrilled to announce a sixth route from Birmingham Airport, one of our eight UK airports, today. Birmingham is now connected with four countries on WIZZ’s low-fares: Hungary, Romania, Poland and Bulgaria we look forward to a fruitful partnership with Birmingham Airport as well as to seeing many happy passengers on board.’

William Pearson, Birmingham Airport’s Aviation Development director, said: ‘This news has really got 2016 off to a great start. We’re very excited about Wizz Air’s growth at Birmingham and delighted to see Sofia being added to the growing route network available from Birmingham. Having launched only in September with flights to Warsaw and Budapest, the carrier has since launched flights to Poznan and will be operating to Wroclaw, Bucharest and Sofia from the summer, as well as increasing services to the popular city of Budapest from two to three times weekly.

‘WIZZ is recognising the opportunities available from the Midlands region and opening up many brand new destinations, which are proving to be very popular with those visiting relatives and enjoying short leisure breaks.’

Separately, Birmingham Airport said that it has celebrated its most successful year to date, handling 10.2 million passengers during the 2015 calendar year – nearly five percent more than the previous year. On the whole, 10,188,889 passengers travelled through the airport in 2015 – the first time the airport has crossed the 10 million passenger mark in a calendar year in its 75 year history.