THREE new routes have been announced at Bristol airport.
Low cost airline bmi regional has announced it is flying to Hamburg and Frankfurt from next spring.
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It is hoped the move will cement the airline's position at Bristol following the introduction of direct Bristol to Aberdeen services earlier this year.
Hamburg will become bmi regional's 17th scheduled destination, with initially five services per week from February 11th increasing to 12 per week from April 8th.
The new six-per-week Frankfurt service will start in late March, adding to bmi regional's current East Midlands service to the German city.
At the same time Ryanair has announced a new route to Chania in Greece.
Cathal O'Connell, chief executive of bmi regional, said: "The launch of new services to Germany is a continuation of bmi regional's promise to serve key economic and transport hubs to multiple destinations across Europe.
"Our choice of destinations is based on customer demand and with Hamburg being a significant operational base for major employers such as Airbus and Imperial Tobacco and Frankfurt a world hub offering connectivity throughout the globe, we are supplying services our business users have asked for.
Both cities are exciting destinations for leisure customers and with launch fares starting from as low as £49.99 each way, we also expect to see a boost in both inbound tourists to the South West region.
"We are also reviewing other opportunities with the team at Bristol Airport and hope to announce additional routes in the new year."
Hamburg is a major transport hub in Northern Germany and is one of the most affluent cities in Europe. The city is a major tourist destination for both domestic and overseas visitors.
Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport, said: "Today's announcement is a major statement of Bristol Airport's commitment to providing the connectivity which is vital in enabling the economies of the South West and South Wales to compete on a global stage. It forms part of an overall stratergy to enhance services and facilities for the region's business passengers, including commencement of a £600,000 project to create a new, improved executive lounge in the terminal."
Ryanair's Kate Sherry said: "We delighted to announce Chania as our 55th base and our first in Greece and to unveil 11 new routes."
Imperial Tobacco, which will occupy its new head office site currently under construction in Bristol in March 2013, also has a significant employee base in Hamburg.
Kerstin Goeritz, Imperial's Travel and Fleet Manager, said: "The launch of this new service is great news for Imperial given the importance to us of an efficient travel link between Bristol and Hamburg. I know it will be greatly appreciated by our people, who will be better able to support their local airport."
Mark Stewart Airbus General Manager and Human Resources Director said: "This new service will certainly be most welcomed by our employees who today have to travel via Brussels, Paris or Amsterdam to reach our sister sites at Hamburg or Bremen or from those sites to the UK. It will certainly help reduce travel time and increase the engagement of our employees by enabling them to reach their destination quicker, whilst continuing to support our local airport."
Cited at http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/new-destinations-Bristol-Airports/story-17648881-detail/story.html on 28/11/2012