Romanian carrier Blue Air is expanding its leisure offering in the upcoming summer 2022 season as it continues to grow its fleet with the arrival of more Boeing 737-8s.
The airline said booking trends indicate strong demand for holiday destinations including Spain, Greece and Croatia. In response, more than two dozen new routes are added from Bucharest (OTP), Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) and Iasi (IAS).
“Over the past two years, the freedom to fly has been taken away from all of us and flying was only affordable for a small group of people flying to a limited number of destinations,” said Blue Air CCO Krassimir. Tanev.
“At Blue Air, we believe the worst times are over and looking at booking trends, we believe our customers expect the prohibitive restrictions to be lifted by April.”
Among the routes launched are flights from the Romanian capital Bucharest to Dubrovnik (DBV) in Croatia, Porto (OPO) in Portugal and Zaragoza (ZAZ) in Spain.
At the height of summer in the week beginning July 25, data provided by OAG Schedules Analyzer shows Blue Air intends to offer approximately 172,000 seats on 115 routes. This compares to 100,000 seats and 71 routes in the same week in 2019.
The airline currently has a fleet of 20 aircraft, including five 737-8s. Five more MAXs are expected to be delivered before the end of 2022.