flybmi yesterday (24 October) announced 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. Previously the routes had been served by a Embraer 135 which seats 37, the routes are now served by an Embraer 145 which seats 49.
flybmi press release
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.”