New flights to Venice depart from Bournemouth Airport

A Ryanair Boeing 737 taxis at Bournemouth Airport.
Les Rickman (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2), via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – New, year-round flights to Venice with Ryanair begin operating from Bournemouth Airport (BOH) just in time for Christmas.

The first flight, which departed at 18:50 for Marco Polo Airport last Thursday, took just over two hours and marked the start of a twice-weekly service to the Italian city.

Some of Italy’s most famous visitor attractions can be found in Venice including the world-renowned Grand Canal with its gondolas, Doge’s Palace, the Basilica, and St Mark’s Square.

Bournemouth European expansion

The new Italian flights are part of a wider programme of expansion at Bournemouth Airport by Europe’s largest airline group.

Earlier this month, Ryanair announced that it would be basing a second aircraft at the Airport next summer and will increase its year-round destinations available. The carrier’s schedule will rise by 30% to 120 flights a week in 2023.

Other new services include Carcassonne, France and to Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh. Ryanair is also increasing the frequency of existing routes.

In 2023, the airline will celebrate 15 years of operating from Bournemouth Airport and by the end of this year, Ryanair will have carried 585,000 passengers from its base at Hurn.

A return to pre-Covid traffic numbers

Bournemouth Airport regained 95% of its pre-Covid traffic during 2022, with passenger numbers hitting 760,000 this year compared to 800,000 before the global pandemic.

Steve Gill, managing director of Bournemouth Airport, said: “With flights to Venice taking off from today, this is a real milestone in our long and proud history with Ryanair.

“The airline’s recent announcement to add a second-based aircraft at Bournemouth and increase the number of flights available is a massive vote of confidence in us.”

“We’re delighted that our customers will have even more choice about where they travel to from their local airport, whether that’s for business or leisure.”

Ryanair presence

The growth of low-fare operator Ryanair at Bournemouth means there are now 18 routes in total – the biggest ever schedule from the Airport.

Other year-round Ryanair routes include Dublin, Malta, Faro in Portugal, Alicante, Malaga, Tenerife, and Krakow and Wroclaw in Poland.

There are also seasonal services to Barcelona (Girona), Bergerac, Budapest, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Majorca, Murcia, and Zadar in Croatia.

Bournemouth schedule

To view the entire flight schedule from Bournemouth Airport, click here.

A total of 35 destinations are available including:

  • Cyprus: Paphos 
  • Croatia: Zadar
  • France: Bergerac, Carcassonne 
  • Greece: Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes, Zante 
  • Hungary: Budapest
  • Ireland: Dublin 
  • Italy: Venice 
  • Lapland: Enontekiö, Ivalo, Pajala 
  • Malta
  • Poland: Krakow, Wroclaw
  • Portugal: Faro 
  • Scotland: Edinburgh
  • Spain: Alicante, Girona, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Murcia, Tenerife 
  • Switzerland: Geneva 
  • Turkey: Antalya, Dalaman 
  • Special Departures: Barbados (fly/cruise), Fjords (fly/cruise)

Bournemouth Airport (BOH) is an airport located 3.5nm north-northeast of Bournemouth, in southern England. The site opened as RAF Hurn in 1941, but was transferred to civil control in 1944.

For a short period Hurn served as London’s international airport, until the opening of facilities at Heathrow.

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