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Wizz Air begins Bristol route from Sofia
On 11 January, Sofia Airport celebrated the inaugural flight of Wizz Air to Bristol, a route which will operate twice-weekly on Mondays and Thursdays, with a traditional route launch cake that the 173 passengers could enjoy before boarding the first flight. The 2,185-kilometre route will face no direct competition. Wizz Air on 11 January inaugurated services from Sofia (SOF) to Bristol (BRS), with the first flight carrying 173 passengers representing a load factor of 98%. The 2,185-kilometre link will be operated twice-weekly on Mondays and Thursdays utilising the carrier’s fleet of A320s. The city pair will face no incumbent carriers. Bristol becomes the second UK connection for the airline from Sofia, with Bristol joining services to London Luton. A third route to the UK, Birmingham, is planned to be launched by Wizz Air on 28 March.
Commenting on the commencement of Bristol services, Tamara Mshvenieradze, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air said: “With this new route from Sofia to Bristol twice-weekly, we provide a perfect opportunity to visit this great city with a unique atmosphere for either a short weekend break or a longer stay. Likewise, passengers travelling from Bristol can enjoy the wonderful ski resorts located close to Sofia at Vitosha Mountain or the Borovets region in the province Sofia.” Mariana Kirilova, MD of Sofia Airport, added: “We completed a very successful year in which over four million passengers passed through Sofia Airport, with 2016 looking to be even more promising. ]
The new route from Sofia to Bristol operated by Wizz Air will be the 50th in a constantly expanding network from the Bulgarian capital. Another four new destinations for Sofia will be added at the end March.” This winter Wizz Air will operate 72 weekly flights from Sofia across 23 destinations. That is an increase of 33% on last winter when the ULCC served just 17 destinations. Since then it has added new routes to Bari, Cologne Bonn, Geneva, Memmingen and Naples, as well as the new Bristol service.
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