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PRIMERA AIR LAUNCHES BIRMINGHAM OPERATION

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PRIMERA AIR LAUNCHES BIRMINGHAM OPERATION

Low cost airline, Primera Air, today started flights from Birmingham Airport, with the inaugural aircraft taking off from Birmingham to Malaga with 152 passengers on board at 0720 this morning.

Today marks the start of an extensive flying programme for Primera from Birmingham, with Palma scheduled to depart later this afternoon (14th May) and New York launching on Friday (18th May). Toronto, Las Palmas, Alicante, Barcelona, Crete and Reykjavik will also start in the coming months.

Tom Screen, Acting Aviation Director, said: “It was great to welcome the airline on this sunny morning here at Birmingham Airport and to celebrate their new Midlands operation by giving the aircraft a water arch on departure.

“These additional frequencies to Malaga and Palma complement the existing services we have to the Med and Primera’s low fares will, I’m sure, be welcomed by Midlanders.

“With new direct services to New York and Toronto launching soon with Primera too, we are offering passengers the chance to fly across the pond non-stop, low cost several times weekly.”

Anastasija Visnakova, Chief Commercial Officer at Primera Air, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome our passengers this morning on the inaugural service to Malaga.  The range of destinations, both European and transatlantic, at fantastic prices creates more choice for passengers travelling from Birmingham Airport.

“We have growth plans for Birmingham and we look forward to working with the airport and serving the region’s leisure and business travellers throughout 2018 and beyond.”

New York will operate three times a week from the 18th May and Toronto also three times weekly from 23rd June.

Tickets can be booked on www.primeraair.co.uk.

 

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LAUNCH OF MORE THAN 22,000 SUMMER SEATS FROM BRISTOL

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LAUNCH OF MORE THAN 22,000 SUMMER SEATS FROM BRISTOL

British Airways begins one of its busiest summers ever in the UK regions next week with the launch of additional frequency and capacity on popular leisure routes from Bristol Airport.

The addition of two new Embraer 190 jets to the growing aircraft fleet means that more than 22,000 seats will be on sale from Bristol to some of the most popular leisure destinations in Europe, an increase of 37 per cent compared to last year.

There is an extra weekend flight from Bristol to Palma, as well as flights to Florence, Ibiza and Malaga.

In May last year British Airways launched new summer-only routes from Bristol Airport after an absence of 10 years.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: “We are growing our summer schedule from five regional airports, including Bristol, to destinations that our customers tell us they want to fly to. Last year we almost doubled the number of routes we operated and this year we continue to add even more destinations and an additional 36,000 seats from the UK regions.”

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said:  “It is really positive to see British Airways return for a second summer season and operating additional flights from Bristol Airport.  This summer builds on the success of last summer season, when we welcomed the return of British Airways after a break of ten years.  The routes are already proving popular and further extends the choice of destinations available to passengers in the region.’

All regional flights operate on modern Embraer jets with a choice of Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins and two-abreast seating so that every customer can have either a window or aisle seat.

Each-way fares from Bristol to Malaga from £44, Palma from £51, Florence from £53 and Ibiza from £56 are available to book now on www.ba.com

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Brussels Airport continues to set records with more than 2.25 million passengers in April

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Brussels Airport continues to set records with more than 2.25 million passengers in April

During the month of April 2018, Brussels Airport welcomed more than 2.25 million
passengers, an increase of 5% compared with the same month last year. This new
record confirms the excellent results recorded since the beginning of the year. Cargo
traffic at Brussels Airport also rose sharply (+4.5%), thanks in particular to trucked
freight and belly cargo.

Passengers

Last April, Brussels Airport welcomed 2,253,476 passengers, a growth of 5% compared with April 2017.This was a record mainly due to the sharp increase in the number of originating passengers (+5.6%). For its part, the number of transfer passengers stabilised (-0.6%), after the sharp rise last summer.

Air traffic continues to grow with an increase in intra-European traffic from Brussels Airlines and a strong growth in intercontinental flights with the launch of several new long-haul services, mainly from Cathay Pacific (new airline), Emirates (second daily flight), Hainan Airlines (new destinations, Shanghai and Shenzhen), Rwandair (new airline), as well as United Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines offering additional seating capacity.

The leisure flight segment also performed particularly well in April, mainly for TUI fly and Corendon Airlines, despite the fact that the Easter holidays started at the end of March.

Cargo

Freight transport at Brussels Airport rose by 4.5% in April. Flown cargo remains stable (+0.3%) compared to April of last year, while trucked cargo increased very strongly (+19.5%), confirming the excellent figures this segment has been recording for several months.

The full freighter segment continues to show a sharp drop which began 12 months ago due to more stringent noise standards in the Brussels Region (-12.6%). This decrease was partially offset by a strong increase in belly cargo (+17%). Integrator services have meanwhile slightly increased (+0.7%). This overall increase in air freight is mainly due to large exports from Europe, with imports increasing slightly.

Cargo trucked from and to other airport hubs continues the upward trend started a few months ago, with a significant increase of 19.5 percent compared to April 2017. Growth is mainly in the import sector.

Flight movements

The number of flight movements increased by 1.7% compared to April 2017, making a total of 19,893 movements. The number of passenger flights remained stable at +0.7%, or 17,346 movements, which, combined with the increase in the number of passengers, resulted in an increase in the average number of passengers per flight of 3.2%, 125 in April 2017 to 129 passengers per flight in April 2018.

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