Malaysia Airways To Offer Refunds

Following the aircraft disaster in which Malaysia Airways MH17 crashed over troubled Ukraine, the airline has issued a statement to say it will offer those passengers not wanting to fly, or postpone their flights, a full refund*

However, the refunds come with restrictions.

Tickets will only be refunded for travel up until 31st December, 2014.

All applications must be made by Thursday 24th July.

Busiest Ever June for Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport has announced its busiest ever month this June.

It saw more than 646,000 passengers during the month, which equates to a rise in 3.34% compared this month with the same time last year.

Helping achieve such strong passenger numbers were the Aer Lingus Dublin service, which was used by over 8,000 passengers, as well as bmi’s services to Frankfurt and Munich.

The airport has made big investment over the last 12 months to improve services and facilities, which include a £6.5 million walk way and improved Departure Lounge facilities.

Speaking about the figures, Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport, said, “The strong performance across all airline sectors is particularly encouraging, with business, leisure and inbound traffic all contributing to June’s record passenger numbers. New facilities are in place to ensure we maintain service levels as passenger numbers continue to grow, and we are already focusing on further improvements we can bring to the route network from Bristol.”

SkyWork Airlines Move to Southend

SkyWork Airlines has moved its services to London Southend Airport, due to the airport claiming the title of ‘Best Airport in Britain’ by Which? magazine.

This means the airport now offers a service between Southend to Bern, twice a day.

The new service will commence on 27th October, allowing business and leisure passengers enjoy the delights of the Swizz capital city.

New Wizz Air Routes

Wizz Air has announced that is it to add new routes from UK airport bases.

The airline will operate two new flights from Glasgow. The first, on 26th October, will be between Glasgow and Katowice. The second, starting on 27th October, will be between Glasgow and Poznan.

The airline will also operate a new service between Luton Airport and Szczecin from 27th October.

easyJet Launch Aberdeen to Geneva Flights

Scotland’s largest airline, easyJet, will be operating Aberdeen’s only scheduled flights to Geneva this winter.

The airline’s new Aberdeen to Geneva flights are to be added to its winter schedule, starting on 13th December, operating until April.

This sees Scottish ski fans reach some of the world’s finest ski slopes from their local airport, with the airline expecting more than 3,500 passengers.

The service is the airline’s third from Aberdeen, as it currently runs services to Luton and Gatwick.

Speaking about the new flights, easyJet Commercial Manager, Ali Gayward, said, “We’re pleased to add an exciting, new European destination to our Aberdeen network – taking our total volume of flights up to 40 per week during winter. We believe the beautiful City of Geneva will be a popular choice with holidaymakers looking for a weekend break at Lake Geneva and skiers seeking easy and affordable access to Europe’s slopes.”

Tickets are now on sale.

New Flybe Southend Flights

Flybe has successfully implemented the launch of six new European flights out of London Southend Airport.

The services are operated though Stobart Air as part of a franchise agreement between the two airlines.

The airline intends to fly 200,000 new customers in the first year alone.

New flights are now available from London Southend to Maastricht, Groningen in the Netherlands, Münster Osnabrück in Germany, Rennes and Caen in France and Antwerp in Belgium.

Speaking about the new services, Simon Fagan, Flybe’s Chief Commercial said, “We recently announced the airline’s expansion into continental Europe with six new routes from London’s Southend Airport. The last of these new routes commenced operation today and we’re delighted that the Maastricht service is now up and running. With a target to fly 25,000 passengers this year, the route will provide a convenient link for travel between two key European destinations and we look forward to welcoming passengers on board this Flybe service.”

Flybe Launch More Winter Flights From Regional Airlines

Europe’s largest regional airline, Flybe, has announced it is to expand its winter schedule by adding new flights across the UK.

The airline will add new daily services between four regional airports from 26th October.

The new services will be between Dublin and Inverness and Dublin and Southend. Along with services between Southampton and Hamburg.

Prices will start from £29.99 one way, including taxes and charges.

Blue Air Announce Liverpool Bucharest Service

Romanian airline, Blue Air, has announced it is to operate a new service out of Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

The service will commence on 15th December as part of the winter schedule. It will fly three times a week, at 9.45am on Mondays, and at 6pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, using a Boeing 737-400 aircraft.

Prices will start from £26 one way, not including taxes and charges.

The route should prove popular with business and leisure travellers alike.

Speaking about the new service, Director of Air service Development for Liverpool John Lennon Airport Mark Povall, commented, “It is great to be able to welcome a new operator to the Airport and particularly pleasing to see the commencement of this important route after having worked closely with the Romanian Consulate and the recent Romania Gateway 2018 initiative. By working locally with these partners, we have been able to demonstrate to Blue Air a real desire for this service from Liverpool.”

Whilst Gheorghe Racaru, Blue Air General Manager, added, “Since its first flight, almost ten years ago, Blue Air has been permanently developing, and this meant new routes, fleet increase or new services that would offer passengers an extremely pleasant experience on board of our aircraft. It is my pleasure to announce that tickets for a new route Liverpool – Bucharest and return are available, 3 times a week, a destination which joins the other 26 routes already in place.”

BA £39 Ads Cause Complaints

The ads run by British Airways advertising flights to Europe over the summer for a mere £39 have caused much complaint.

This is because, when you view the small print, the terms & conditions limit the availability and location.

It transpires that the airline’s T&Cs stated that the flights could only be taken from September to December and were only valid on flights to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Malaga and Nice.

The airline has apologised for the advertisements and as a result has pulled them.

Glasgow Airports Gets Big Airline Boost

Glasgow Airport is celebrating as Ryainair moves its operations from Prestwick to the city airport.

The budget airline will operate three times a day flights to Stansted, Dublin, Derry, Riga, Warsaw Modlin and Bydgoszvz.

As a result, the new flights are expected to bring in a whopping 850,000 additional passengers a year.

This news comes just days after the announcement of Glasgow Airport securing a £1billion City Deal to improve the airports rail links.

Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s commercial director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ryanair to Glasgow Airport. Not only will it complement our already strong mix of airlines, it will also provide our customers with even greater choice.”