Aberdeen announces budget flights to Europe

Hotel News - 21/07/2005

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Aberdeen Airport has announced that it is set to become a major low-cost aviation centre with the launch of the first low-cost flights to mainland Europe from Aberdeen.

The new flights will add to the airport's numerous services which include quality hotels, shops and airport car parking.

Monarch Scheduled has launched a new service Malaga from Aberdeen, which will depart four times a week from the airport.

The airline hopes that around 15,000 passengers a year will use the service and operations from Aberdeen could increase if it proves a success.

The additional services could also lead to an increase in customer numbers for the airport's hotels and airport car parking companies as people find it easier to set off on their travels from the Scottish city.

Andy Flower, BAA Aberdeen's managing director, is delighted with the launch, which follows a local government decision to approve round-the-clock services from the airport.

"I have no doubt that this year-round service is going to be very attractive to people in the north-east," he said.

"Monarch Scheduled has chosen Aberdeen as the base for its first service from Scotland and that says much about how the lifting of operating restrictions is making Aberdeen more attractive to airlines."

He hopes other low-cost carriers will follow suit and tap into the region's demand for affordable European links.

Customers looking to travel from the airport have a choice of hotels and car parking facilities at Aberdeen, and with the extra passenger traffic, customers may wish to book in advance.

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