Manchester Airport launches new route to Lourdes - MIDAS

Manchester Airport launches new route to Lourdes

Low cost airline, bmibaby, has announced a new route for summer 2010, from Manchester Airport to Lourdes.

The summer service to Lourdes commences on 30 April 2010 and will operate until 01 October 2010. bmibaby expects to carry over 9,000 passengers on the route over the summer months and flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays.

bmibaby is currently the only low cost carrier to operate flights from Manchester to Lourdes.

Lying in the foot of the Pyrenees, Lourdes is a small market town famous for the apparitions of ‘Our Lady of Lourdes’ that are reported to have occurred in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous. Lourdes attracts around five million tourists and pilgrims each year and has the second highest number of hotels in France, after Paris.

Crawford Rix, managing director, bmibaby, said: “bmibaby is proud to introduce this new route to our flying programme from Manchester Airport. We are the only low cost carrier to offer flights from Manchester to Lourdes, so we are pleased we can offer the people of Manchester the chance to travel to an exciting new destination.

“Over the summer months we expect to carry an additional 9,000 passengers on the new route. We will now offer nineteen fantastic European destinations from Manchester.

“We recently went on sale with 18 other destinations for summer 2010 from Manchester Airport, to allow our customers to plan ahead and secure the best deals for next year.”

Andrew Harrison, commercial director, Manchester Airport, said: “It’s great news that Lourdes has been added to our scheduled services list for next summer and that bmibaby is continuing to add new services and destinations from Manchester.

“Offering 19 European destinations shows that bmibaby is committed to giving our passengers within the Northwest as much choice as possible for their travel requirements”

Source: Manchester Airport

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