Blue Air to celebrate its inaugural service between Cluj Napoca and Birmingham its second route to the UK city
On 16 December Blue Air launched its latest route from its Cluj-Napoca base to Birmingham. The carrier will link the second cities of Romania and the UK with a three times weekly service (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). Commenting on the launch, Tudor Constantinescu, CCO of Blue Air, said: “It is indeed a proud moment for us at Blue Air to enhance our presence at Birmingham with the addition of a three times weekly service from the heart of Transylvania – Cluj-Napoca. The West Midlands is an important market for us, building our position at the airport demonstrates an ongoing commitment to Birmingham as a valuable part of the Blue Air family. One of the key opportunities at this airport is the mixture of leisure and business passengers allowing a strong volume of traffic all year round.”
This becomes the UK airport’s second Blue Air route, with the carrier having launched flights to Birmingham in March from Bucharest. That route started at a twice-weekly frequency, but for the winter season the service has increased to three times weekly. For next summer – due to demand – the link from the Romanian capital will grow to four times weekly. Additionally from 27 March, the hybrid carrier will introduce its third route into Birmingham, this time from its Larnaca base, a sector that will also be served three times weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays).
A few months ago at World Routes in Chengdu, anna.aero’s Assistant Editor Jonathan Ford was invited by Blue Air’s Network Development Executive Vlad Cristescu to attend the inaugural ceremony for the new route, and to also be on the first flight. With invite firm in-hand, Ford was soon on his way to Romania to enjoy the celebrations of the airline’s latest route.
A brief history of Blue Air at Cluj-Napoca
Blue Air currently has one aircraft stationed in Cluj-Napoca, with it becoming a base for the airline in October this year. By the start of S17, when a second aircraft will also become based in Romania’s second city, the following destinations will be served directly from Cluj-Napoca by Blue Air: Birmingham, Bucharest, Constanta (begins 15 June), Dublin, Hamburg(3 June), Iasi, Larnaca (begins 9 April), Liverpool, London Luton (26 March), Nice (10 April) and Timisoara. All new routes, except Constanta, will be flown on the airline’s second-based 737-800.
13 December celebrations
Not only is this the week in which Blue Air launched its latest route from Cluj-Napoca, but it is also the week in which the airline is celebrating its 12th anniversary, with that having been on 13 December. Since its launch the airline has carried 16.7 million passengers, which is equivalent to 75% of the total Romanian population. Its aircraft have flown a total of 218,899,675 kilometres, which is equivalent to going around the world 5,462 times. Finally these aircraft have spent 385,352 hours in the air, or written another way – 44 years.