Bournemouth Airport is offering travellers a range of new routes this winter, with a 19 per cent increase in capacity and the routes include top timeshare destinations such as Malaga, Alicante, Cyprus and the Canary Islands – as well as special flights to see the Northern Lights which are expected to be the most spectacular in a decade, say experts.
The airport has expanded its range of options to both ski resorts and sun destinations for the Christmas season and New Year holiday, including a series of one-off flights to view the Northern Lights and day trips to visit Santa in Lapland.
The move will see a surge in predicted passengers by around 22,000 – a significant rise for the South West regional airport.
Paul Knight, the airport’s managing director, said: “The additional routes are great news for the airport and I am delighted that we are able to offer our passengers a growing choice of flight and holiday options this winter.
“Not only does our wealth of routes and destinations serve the Dorset and surrounding area, but these extra services are also an excellent opportunity to increase connectivity and holiday options for the whole South West region.”
Among the new offerings for this and next year are:
Fly-cruises: ‘Northern Lights’ fly-cruises – ranging in duration from 5 to 12 days – from Hurtigruten. Flights depart on 2 February, 10 March and 29 March.
Winter sun: Of particular interest to timeshare owners will be the airport’s new service offering eight flights each week to the Canary Islands, flying with both Thomson and Ryanair. In addition, Ryanair will be offering two flights a week to Malaga and Alicante, and Thomson flights to Cyprus will start on 5 March.
Skiers: Options include easyJet’s route to Geneva making this service ideal for the French and Swiss Alps and operating six times a week from 14 December, and Crystal Ski’s weekly flight to Turin, which starts 22 December.
Lapland: Day trips to Lapland take place on 14 December (with Thomson) and 22 December (Transun). Optional excursions include husky and reindeer sleigh rides.
Northern Lights: Experts claim that this winter is expected to be one of the best in a decade for viewing the Northern Lights so Omega Holidays will operate two evening flights to view this sight on 29 November and 24 February.