Blue Air launches eight new routes

Hamburg Airport heralded the arrival of Blue Air’s inaugural service from Bucharest

On 29 March Hamburg Airport heralded the arrival of Blue Air’s inaugural service from Bucharest. Flights will operate twice-weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Bacau Airport celebrated the start of Blue Air’s services to Madrid

Bacau Airport celebrated the start of Blue Air’s services to Madrid on 30 March. Flights will operate on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Celebrating the launch of services from Madrid to Bacau on 30 March by conducting the cake-cutting ceremony are: Amado Cea, Airport Deputy Director, Madrid Airport; Silvia Cristea, Station Manager at Madrid, Blue Air; and Magdalena Denisa, Advisor, Romanian Embassy in Spain, with all three also conducting the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Welcoming the arrival of Blue Air’s inaugural service from Bucharest to Birmingham on 29 March by greeting the inaugural aircraft with a Romanian flag are: William Pearson, Aviation Development Director, Birmingham Airport; and Tom Screen, Head of Aviation Development, Birmingham Airport. Services on the 2,210-kilometre sector will be flown twice-weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Iasi Airport celebrated the launch of services to Brussels and Barcelona with not one but two cakes. Seen cutting the cake before the departure to Brussels are: Alin Aivănoaei, VP Consiliului Judeţean Iaşi; Marius Bodea, President, Iasi Airport; Bogdan Abālaşi, Subprefectul judetului Iasi; and Tudor Constantinescu, CCO, Blue Air.

Sibiu Airport in Romania celebrated the start of Blue Air’s services to Cologne Bonn on 28 March with a boarding pass themed cake. Services will operate twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Celebrating the start of services along with the inaugural crew are: Gheorghe Velicu, Operational Manager, Sibiu Airport; Bogdan Avram, Marketing Specialist, Sibiu Airport; and Ioana Vergu, Personal Assistant to the Airport Director, Sibiu Airport.

  • Blue Air commenced eight routes between 27 and 30 March, which also included the airline’s first services to Birmingham (BHX) and Hamburg (HAM). Blue Air will operate to both destinations twice-weekly from Bucharest (OTP). Commenting on the 2,210-kilometre connection between the Romanian capital and the UK airport, William Pearson, Aviation Development Director, Birmingham Airport, said: “Bucharest is a bustling metropolis and a popular weekend break destination so we are delighted that Blue Air has recognised the strong business and leisure market from the Midlands.” Of the airline’s eight new routes only one faces direct competition. The 1,051-kilometre city pair between Turin (TRN) and Madrid (MAD) will face direct competition from Iberia Regional which according to OAG Schedules Analyser data operates a daily service. Apart from the two new connections from Turin, the remaining six routes will operate twice-weekly. Although no other routes face direct competition at the moment, it should be noted that services to Birmingham and Hamburg from Bucharest will face direct competition from Wizz Air and TAROM, with the former carrier launching services to the UK city in May while the Romanian national carrier will connect to Hamburg from May as well. Vote for Hamburg, Birmingham, Sibiu, Iasi and Madrid airports cakes in this week’s competition. Vote for Bacau, Madrid, Birmingham, Bucharest, Iasi and Sibiu airports FTWAs in this week’s competition.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
27 March Iasi (IAS) Barcelona (BCN) B73S (2)
28 March Sibiu (SBZ) Cologne Bonn (CGN) B734 (2)
Turin (TRN) Madrid (MAD) B734 (4) Iberia Regional (7)
29 March Bucharest (OTP) Birmingham (BHX) B738 (2)
Hamburg (HAM) B73S (2)
Turin (TRN) London Luton (LTN) B734 (4)
30 March Bacau (BCM) Madrid (MAD) B734 (2)
Iasi (IAS) Brussels (BRU) B73S (2)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 5 April 2016.

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