launches seven new routes from five bases in one week

Local staff at Blackpool Airport

Local staff at Blackpool Airport, Daniel Lio (left) and Antonia Schools (right), donned flamenco outfits to give a fantastic send off to the 145 passengers (98% load factor) travelling on the inaugural flight to Menorca, and treated them to a touch of impromptu flamenco dancing!

All passengers on’s new weekly link from Edinburgh to Pula were pleasantly surprised with a welcome reception, home made cakes and plenty of good Istrian wine on offer to welcome their arrival in Croatia.

Upon arrival at Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira,’s passengers coming in on the inaugural weekly flight from Glasgow on 26 May were welcomed with fresh gerberas (flowers) and Madeira wine. 154 passengers were on-board — a useful 81% load factor.

According to Aena’s “new route” rules, Reus has three new routes starting in S14 with — Belfast International Glasgow and Leeds Bradford. However, according to’s “new route” rules, we think the LCC is starting four, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Leeds Bradford. Either way, there was a “new route” cake, being cut by Vicente Pallarés, Reus Airport Director (left) and Julie Munton,’s General Manager Spain and Portugal.

  • has had a busy week, launching seven new services from five of its UK bases, with both East Midlands (EMA) and Glasgow (GLA) benefitting the most with two launches each. On the LCC’s launch from Blackpool (BLK) to Menorca (MAH), Steve Heapy, CEO of said: “It’s certainly a Spanish celebration at Blackpool Airport at the minute, with our first full flight to Menorca jetting off only a month after we revealed a new Spanish destination for local passengers for next summer — Reus.”
Launch date Origin Destination Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
21 May Blackpool (BLK) Menorca (MAH) B733 (1)
24 May East Midlands (EMA) Fuerteventura (FUE) B738 (1) Ryanair (2), Thomas Cook Airlines (1), Thomson
Airways (1)
Jersey (JER) B733 (1) Flybe (7)
25 May Manchester (MAN) Bergerac (EGC) B733 (2)
Edinburgh (EDI) Pula (PUY) B733 (1)
26 May Glasgow (GLA) Funchal (FNC) B738 (1) Thomas Cook Airlines (1)
Reus (REU) B738 (1) Thomas Cook Airlines (2), Thomson Airways (2)
Sources: New Route Database; Innovata Diio Mi; WF = weekly frequencies.


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