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Blue Air to launch on-demand flights to 21 destinations

The biggest Romanian airline, Blue Air, will relaunch its flights to 21 destinations in 11 countries where travel restrictions have been lifted and plans to return to a regular schedule starting in early July.

The Blue Air announcement comes after the company officially requested a bailout from the Romanian government to help it survive the economic shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline has kept the majority of its fleet on the ground and operated only charter and repatriation flights during the curfew.

This month, however, Blue Air will operate on-demand flights from Bucharest, Kolozsvár/Cluj Napoca, Nagyszeben/Sibiu and Bacău to the following international destinations: Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Florence, Köln, Larnaca, Hamburg, Helsinki, Malaga, Stuttgart, Valencia, Iași, Dublin, London Luton, Torino and Stuttgart. The exact procedure of reserving a flight and available on-demand destination can be found on the operator’s official website.

Another low-cost airline operator, Ryanair, will not cancel flights to and from the United Kingdom, despite Britain enforcing a 14-day quarantine for international travelers, because it is seeing thousands of British booking holidays, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary told Reuters on Monday. “The flights are full outbound of the UK. British people are ignoring this quarantine; they know it’s rubbish,” he added.

As Romania decided to ease its lockdown rules, Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air has relaunched its flights to and from Transylvania as well and plans a return to regular flights in July.

Title image: Blue Air crew leaving the aircraft. Image source: Zbordirect

Author: István Fekete