flybmi today announces it will increase capacity on popular European routes from Newcastle International Airport to the cities of Brussels, Belgium and Stavanger, Norway by 30 per cent from 28 October 2018.
Perfectly timed for the popular festive season, the increase in capacity will enable customers to reach the Christmas markets and winter festivities, taking place in both destinations, with even greater ease. The increase will remain in place for 2019 to meet a year-round rise in demand from business and leisure travellers who frequent the routes.
In Brussels, the Christmas season starts on the 30 November with the opening of Brussels Winter Wonders and Christmas Market which runs until 6 January. Over 200 chalet style stalls selling unique arts and crafts line the Grand Place, along with a traditional fairground, covered ice rink and a spectacular sound and light show. Fares start from £88 one way.
For those who prefer a more traditional setting, the Christmas Market in Egersund, Stavanger is an ideal choice. This Christmas Town offers an authentic and more laid-back Julebyen experience with its backdrop of snow-capped mountains, traditional wooden houses and a warm community spirit. The market runs over two long weekends in December from the 6-9 and 13-16. Fares start from £88 one way.
The increased capacity will also enhance visitation to Newcastle throughout the Christmas season as European travellers flock to experience the cities’ very own Christmas market which starts on Friday 16 November at Grey’s Monument. A cultural hub in its own right, Newcastle is also the gateway to the picturesque north east of England.
Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development, said: “Brussels and Stavanger are a popular choice for travellers from across the region. The route to Brussels not only connects business passengers to destinations around the world but both destinations provide great winter city break options for our leisure passengers.
It’s fantastic news for the airport and our passengers that flybmi have increased capacity on these two important routes. We look forward to seeing more people than ever enjoying these destinations from the region this winter.”
Antony Price, Director of Marketing and Customer of flybmi said: “flybmi is dedicated to serving Newcastle’s vibrant business and leisure communities, connecting the city directly with key business and cultural hubs throughout Europe and also placing Newcastle on the map for international visitors. The Brussels and Stavanger routes have performed particularly well and we are delighted to increase our capacity on the routes for the foreseeable future.”
All flybmi fares include a generous 23kg of hold baggage - ideal for bringing back Christmas shopping – plus complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks, speedy 30-minute check-ins or online check-in and allocated leather seating.
flybmi operates an all-jet fleet comprising 19 Embraer 135 and 145 aircraft. The airline now operates over 600 scheduled flights a week across a network of 44 destinations in 12 European countries and employs more than 400 staff. The airline also operates an extensive ad-hoc charter business and flies on a contract basis on behalf of other carriers. Its scheduled network includes Oslo and Stavanger in Norway; Brussels in Belgium; Esbjerg in Denmark; Nantes and Paris in France; Brno in Czech Republic; Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Rostock, Munich, Saarbrücken and Stuttgart in Germany; Dublin in Ireland; Milan Bergamo, Bari, Bologna, Florence, Venice and Verona in Italy; Lublin in Poland; Jonkoping, Norrkoping, Gothenburg and Karlstad in Sweden; Istanbul in Turkey and Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Derry, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Kirkwall, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle, Stornaway, Sumburgh and Wick in the UK.