New airline agreement to boost South West tourism & open doors for South West travellers

By Anita Jaynes on February 02, 2014

Thanks to a new codeshare agreement with UK airline bmi regional, German airline Lufthansa is adding Bristol to its global network from 4 April.

The move enables business and leisure travellers from Bristol Airport to connect twice daily to Frankfurt and daily to Munich, providing access to Lufthansa’s worldwide network offering flights to 235 global destinations, and represents a welcome return to the southwest for the airline.

The move strengthens both airlines’ network presence at Bristol Airport in what is bmi regional’s second codeshare agreement since its independence 20 months ago, and opens up new destinations for corporate and leisure travellers based in the southwest as well as offering benefits to inbound tourism.

Announcing the new codeshare agreement Christian Schindler, Lufthansa General Manager UK & Ireland, said: “I am delighted that our south-west passengers will once again have quick, easy and seamless access to the Asian, African, American and European destinations within Lufthansa’s worldwide network by transiting through our hubs at Frankfurt and Munich. The cooperation and connecting flights with bmi regional will allow passengers from the region to save time and hassle on their travels.”

Cathal O’Connell, CEO of bmi regional, said: “Our new codeshare agreement with Lufthansa demonstrates how far we’ve come since our foundation as an independent carrier 20 month ago. In 2013 we carried almost 500,000 passengers and this year our strategy continues to be to offer greater depth to our schedule and improved connectivity from our Bristol Airport hub, which is a gateway to the world for the South West.”

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport, said: “Today’s announcement is great news for business and leisure travellers in the South West and South Wales. The combination of Lufthansa’s global network and distribution with bmi regional’s frequent flights from Bristol to Frankfurt and Munich creates a powerful proposition for passengers.”
He added: “This codeshare agreement delivers significant additional connectivity for the region and will generate real time and cost savings for thousands of travellers who will now be able to fly to even more destinations from their local airport.”