New Blue Air Service Launches

Liverpool Airport was delighted to see Romanian airline, Blue Air, take its inaugural flight to Bucharest this week.

The Blue Air service is the North West’s only direct scheduled service to the Romanian capital.

Celebrations for the inaugural flight included a traditional arch of water, the aircraft’s ‘baptism’.

The flights between Liverpool and Bucharest will fly three times a week, on Mondays departing at 10am, and on Wednesdays and Fridays, departing at 5.45pm.

Speaking about the exciting event, the airport’s CEO, Andrew Cornish, said, “Today’s celebrations here at the Airport are hopefully just the start of a great relationship between Blue Air and ourselves. It’s also good that business and tourism stakeholders from across the region attended to welcome Blue Air to Liverpool and demonstrate to the airline the region’s support for this new route.”?

Flybe to Canx Birmingham to Waterford Service

Flybe has announced it is to cancel its service between Birmingham and Waterford.

This now puts the future of Waterford regional airport in jeopardy, as Flybe are the only carrier using the airport for this one specific route.

All of the airline’s flights on this route will be cancelled from March.

It’s a bitter blow to Waterford Airport’s management, as the airline cancelled the airport’s only other route, to Manchester, last October.

Ironically, the news comes during the same week that Waterford County Council gave permission for the airport to extend their runway, at a cost of a €500,000, to secure new airlines.

BA Add Greek Routes From London City Airport

BA has announced it is adding two new Greek routes to its roster from London City Airport next summer.

The airline will fly to Mykonos and Santorini, available during its summer schedule from 29th June to 6th September.

The service between London City and Mykonos will operate four times a week, whilst the London City to Santorini will operate twice a week.

Tickets are now on sale, with prices including free hand luggage, seat selection, complimentary hot meals and drinks, as well as 24 hour pre-check in.

Speaking about the new services, Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’General Manager Commercial, London City, said: “London City is no longer just a business airport as our growing leisure schedule shows. In recent years we have launched new flights to many popular summer sun spots in Spain, Italy and France, now we are delivering what our customers have asked for, some Greek Island destinations.”

New Bristol Flights By EasyJet

EasyJet have added three new routes from Bristol Airport.

The airline will now offer flights to Bilbao, Isle of Man and Zante from April and May next year.

The Bristol to Bilbao service will fly twice a week from 19th April.

The Bristol to Isle of Man service will fly four time from 19th April.

The Bristol to Zante will fly weekly from 13th May.

The airline is expected to fly an extra 47,000 passengers out of Bristol as a direct result of the three new flights.

The announcement of these new routes sees the popular budget airline offering 7 new routes next summer from Bristol Airport, helping Bristol’s passenger numbers increase by more than 115,000 on these 7 routes alone.

Flybe Launch Two New Routes From Southampton

Flybe has announced two new routes out of Southampton Airport.

The airline will fly from Southampton and Bastia, Corsica and also from Southampton to Milan.

Prices start from £24.99 each way, including taxes and charges, with flights departing between 29th March and 3rd September 2015.

The Bastia, Corsica service will depart Southampton each Thursday, at 7.30am. Whilst the Milan service will depart Southampton each Wednesday at 10.25am.

The new flights, plus an increase to existing services at the airport by the airline, bring the number of flights Flybe operate from Southampton to 320 each week.

BA Sees Festive Passenger Numbers Rise

British Airways is set for its busiest Christmas yet, as it flies nearly 2.7 million passengers over the Christmas period.

The increase comes as the airline has added 20 new aircraft to its fleet during 2014.

The busiest day of the festive season is set to be Friday 19th December, with over 129,000 passengers jetting off.

However, Christmas Day will see the airline as busy as Santa, as 817 pilots and 3,500 cabin crew operate 267 flights around the globe. As a result, 37,000 Christmas turkey dinners will be served!

In keeping with Christmas, the airline will be adding a festive line up to its in-flight entertainment too, including Christmas classics such as Home Alone and TV specials such as The Vicar of Dibley, Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory, Friends, Family Guy and Mrs Brown’s Boys.

And were are people jetting off too…? Well, the airline’s most popular destinations are Dubai, Barbados, New York, Australia and Barcelona.

Historic Non-Stop Flight Between Manchester and China

Cathay Pacific has made history today as it becomes the first airline to fly non-stop between the North of England, Manchester Airport and China.

The airline will fly between Manchester Airport to Hong Kong, seeing the airport become the only UK airport outside of London to offer a direct route to China.

The new service will operate four times a week, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, departing out of Manchester at 1200, arriving in Hong Kong at 0755.

As well as appealing to both UK business and leisure passengers, the route is believed to see a big increase in Chinese visitors to the North of the country as a result.

The Manchester to Hong Kong route will open up a huge host of exciting destinations to passengers as Cathay Pacific, which this year was named World’s Best Airline by Skytrax, serves over 180 destinations, including 22 in mainland China, out of Hong Kong International Airport.

Aberdeen Present Charity Giving Tree

Aberdeen Airport has unveiled its charity giving Christmas tree.

The airport has put up the Christmas giving tree, in association with their charity partner, Friends of ANCHOR, to bring some festive cheer to cancer patient and their families.

Decorated with specially designed tags, each tag features a ‘text to donate’ number for passengers to text their donation. The tags also have space for passengers to leave their own festive Christmas wishes to those benefiting from Friends of ANCHOR.

Speaking about the charity giving tree, Aberdeen’s Media and Communications Manager, Sarah Rochester, “At this time of year shops, homes and even airports begin to show signs of Christmas around the corner. Decorations go up and thoughts turn to gifts and planning. We have been proud to work with Friends of ANCHOR all year after our staff team voted them our 2014/15 charity partner and when it came to getting the terminal looking festive we wanted to put some of that to good use. We hope that passengers and airport staff alike will take a few minutes out of their day to spare a thought for those for whom Christmas may not be filled with cheer.”

Dubai Looks Set to Over Take Heathrow

By the end of the year, Dubai Airport is expected to see 71 million passengers pass through its doors.

The news comes as Dubai Airport recorded its busiest ever October, a boost given the airport operated on just one runway for 80 days during the summer to accommodate a refurbishment project.

As a result, the airport will take over Heathrow as the world’s busiest international passenger airport by the end of the year.

This is bitter news for Heathrow, whose growth is hampered by the fact it is at near capacity and any increase in passenger numbers will be limited. It is currently in a battle with Gatwick to be granted permission to expand by the Government. However, this will take time. Recommendations are currently being finalised by the Airports Commission, with the Government yet to decide until after the general election.

Chief Executive of Dubai Airport, Paul Griffiths, said, “We are neck and neck with London Heathrow in our race for the No 1 position coming down the home stretch,” said Paul Griffiths, the chief executive of Dubai Airports. “It is sure to be a photo finish.”

Millions of Families Benefit from Chancellor’s APD Tax Cuts

In today’s Autumn Statement Chancellor, George Brown, announced that he is to scrap the controversial Air Passenger Duty, APD, tax for under 12s.

From next May 2015 the tax will be scrapped for children under 12. Then, from 2016 the tax will be scrapped for all children under 16.

The UK APD tax is one of the highest flying taxes in the world, so the move is a welcome start from the travel industry, which has been campaigning since 1994 when it was first introduced for it to be abolished.