Come fly with me - latest news from Bristol Airport
By Carol_Deacon | Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 14:36
Travellers can fly from Bristol direct to Stockholm with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) next summer.
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SAS has announced a new service linking Bristol with the Swedish capital which will operatefrom June 2014.
Flights will go twice a week on Monday and Friday from June 30 to August 15 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The schedule has been designed with long weekend leisure breaks in mind and is expected to prove equally popular with UK and Swedish travellers alike.
Built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, Stockholm is one of Europe's most beautiful capital cities.
With its 750 year history and rich cultural life, it offers a wide selection of world-class museums and attractions, many of which can be explored on foot.
With no direct flight from the south west of the UK for the past five years, the new city break is sure to be a popular option for many travellers in the region.
The route's strong inbound potential has also been recognised by local and national tourist boards, with VisitEngland, Bath Tourism Plus and Destination Bristol supporting Bristol Airport and SAS in promoting the new service.
It is estimated that it could generate over £1 million for the local visitor economy.
VisitEngland chief executive James Berresford said: "This route not only gives Swedish visitors a great link to Bristol, it also provides convenient access to Bath, the Cotswolds and the rest of South West England.
"This fits with our focus on promoting regional airports as gateways to great English attractions outside London."
Visit Sweden PR manager Philippa Sutton said: "We are delighted SAS is launching a new route between Bristol and Stockholm. 2013 was a fantastic year for Stockholm with the opening of the Abba Museum in May, and the re-opening of the Vasa Museum in April, and we are expecting even more interest in the Swedish capital in 2014.
"Stockholm has a huge amount to offer tourists, whether you want to go shopping for cool Scandinavian design and fashion, take a boat out onto the beautiful archipelago of islands or get a taste of the Swedish food scene."
SAS regional general manager Western Europe Hans Dyhrfort said: "We are delighted to be launching a new summer route from Bristol to Stockholm.
"The Swedish capital is an amazing summer destination and is perfect both for a short city break or a longer stay.
"This new route also opens the whole of Scandinavia to travellers from the South West who can now fly directly to Stockholm from their doorstep."
And in other news it has been announced that Bristol Airport and easyJet have entered into a new long-term agreement.
easyJet commenced services at Bristol in 2002 following the acquisition of the airline Go at a time Bristol was handling a total of 3.9 million passengers annual.
The new contract provides a framework for further expansion and new route opportunities and the agreement has already resulted in the addition of two new destinations to easyJet's network from Bristol, with flights to Reykjavik and Marrakech launching in December.
Together the new flights are expected to carry more than 55,000 passengers during the first 12 months of operation.
And easyJet has added extra flights between Bristol to Bordeaux to assist students taking part in the 2014 Bristol Bordeaux Exchange.
The airline had originally scheduled the popular summer route to commence in May, but moved quickly to meet demand for flights in April from participants in the exchange programme between the twin cities.
- Bristol Airport is the UK's fifth largest airport outside London and the ninth largest in the UK, handling 5.9 million passengers in 2012;
- It is the only airport in the UK's top 10 to see growth each year since the end of 2009;
- In August 2013, the airport recorded the busiest month in its history, handling more than 700,000 passengers;
- Planning permission is in place to develop and enhance facilities to handle 10 million passengers per annum and development commenced on the first of more than 30 separate projects – the construction of three new aircraft stands - in November 2011;
- A £6.5 million central walkway structure is currently under construction and, when completed in summer 2014, will ease departure lounge congestion;
- The number of foreign residents using Bristol Airport has almost trebled in the last decade, with more than a million journeys made by overseas visitors in 2012;
- Analysis of data from the Civil Aviation Authority Passenger Survey showed that an estimated 18 per cent of the airport's 5.9 million passengers last year were resident outside the UK, indicating an upsurge in visits to the south west and south Wales; and
- Bristol Airport directly employs approximately 200 people with a wider employee community of nearer 3,000 from North Somerset and beyond and offers direct services to more than 100 airports across the world.