Blue Air announces 12 routes from Cluj-Napoca for 2021
Blue Air has revealed 12 routes from Romania’s Cluj-Napoca, all coming in summer 2021. They’ll have 27 weekly departures between them.
Five of these – Barcelona, Larnaca, Luton, Madrid, and Milan Bergamo – will have direct competition with Wizz Air.
A further five routes – Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Paris CDG, and Rome Fiumicino – will have indirect competition with the ULCC.
Blue Air’s remaining two routes – Hamburg and Stuttgart – will have no non-stop competition, OAG data reveals.
Amsterdam, Brussels, and Stuttgart are new from Cluj. And CDG almost is too, except for exceptionally brief Tarom service in 2018.
Cluj – Amsterdam will join Blue Air’s Bucharest – Schiphol, which started on 9 October.
With 297,000 seats in 2019, Cluj was Blue Air’s fourth-largest in Romania after Bucharest, Bacau, and Iasi.
|Cluj-Napoca to…||Start date||WF||Direct competition (WF)||Indirect competition (WF)|
|Amsterdam||28 March||2||No||Wizz Air: Eindhoven (3)|
|Barcelona||30 March||2||Wizz Air (5)||No|
|Brussels||4 June||2||No||Wizz Air: Charleroi (5)|
|Cologne||4 June||2||No||Wizz Air: Dortmund (4)|
|Larnaca||3 June||2||Wizz Air (2)||No|
|Luton||28 March||4||Wizz Air (14)||No|
|Madrid||1 June||3||Wizz Air (4)||No|
|Milan Bergamo||2 June||2||Wizz Air (5)||No|
|Paris CDG||29 March||2||No||Wizz Air: Beauvais (6)|
|Rome Fiumicino||4 June||2||No||Wizz Air: Rome Ciampino (3)|
|Source: airline websites.|
Blue Air targets Cluj’s top unserved markets by traffic
Paris CDG, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, and Brussels were Cluj’s top-four unserved European O&Ds in 2019. This is according to booking data via OAG Traffic Analyser.
CDG had unstimulated passenger traffic of 10,200, Amsterdam 9,500, Stuttgart 7,900, and Brussels 6,500.
Hamburg – also coming – was Cluj’s sixth-largest unserved market, with 5,500.
Düsseldorf was Cluj’s fifth-largest. However, with Blue Air starting Cologne – which was operated by Wizz Air between 2014 and 2019 – alongside an existing four-weekly Wizz Air service to Dortmund, Düsseldorf won’t materialise in the foreseeable future.
Blue Air is reintroducing four routes:
- Hamburg was operated between June and September 2017
- Larnaca until January 2018
- Luton between 2017 and 2018
- Rome Fiumicino in 2010, 2011, and 2013
Interestingly, Cluj will become Blue Air’s only destination served from CDG. The rest – Bacau, Bucharest, and Iasi – are all from Beauvais.