LONDON – Romanian low-cost carrier, Blue Air, has announced that it will be opening a new base out of Iasi with two new based aircraft and 11 new routes.
New Base for Blue Air
The new base at the city of Iasi for Blue Air will be the airline’s third base within Romania and fourth base overall, alongside Bacău’s George Enescu International Airport, Cluj-Napoca International Airport, and Turin Airport in Italy.
Of course, we will also need to mention the airlines’ main hub at the country’s capital city Bucharest, Henri Coandă International Airport.
Commencing in the Summer 2022 season, Blue Air will begin new scheduled services to 11 destinations which will equate to a total of 46 weekly flights year-round.
Those 11 destinations are:
- Brussels in Belgium
- Barcelona in Spain
- Paris in France
- Dublin in Ireland
- London in the United Kingdom
- Dusseldorf in Germany
- Munich in Germany
- Rome in Italy
- Heraklion in Greece
- Mykonos in Greece
- Zakynthos in Greece
These new 11 destinations will be added on top of the airline’s already existing services to the country’s capital Bucharest and Cologne in Germany, bringing a total of 13 destinations that passengers can choose from when they fly out of Iasi.
Tanev Delighted Over Base Opening…
Adding his thoughts on the new base, Blue Air’s Chief Commercial Officer, Krassimir Tanev said:
“We are delighted to announce the opening of our new base in Iasi, which will deliver increased connectivity with two based aircraft and 46 weekly flights across 11 new routes, connecting Iasi with central airports of the cities such as London, Paris, Dublin, Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Brussels on a year-round basis.”
“Blue Air is committed to continuing to reinforce its position by growing its network in Iasi to 25 destinations and plans to base four Boeing 737 MAX 8, effective Summer 23.”
In terms of based aircraft, in line with the comments from Tanev, Blue Air will initially base two aircraft at Iasi, however, will expand to four based by the Summer 2023 season, all of which will be their Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
The based aircraft will all be prospects of the airline increasing their route outreach from Iasi going up from 13 to 25 different destinations.
Adding thoughts to the new base, Iasi Airport’s General Manager Romeo Vatră says, “We are extremely enthusiastic about Blue Air’s plans for Iasi. We will inaugurate the base this summer, travel to new destinations, and from next year we will have even more flights operated by Blue Air in our route network.”
Costel Alexe the President of Iasi’s County Council adds, “After obtaining European finance for the development of Iasi International Airport, which will ensure the implementation of the airport expansion project and the construction of the T4 terminal, the best news is the increase and diversification of the number of flights at Iasi airport.”
Still Awaiting MAXs…
Blue Air currently has a total of 14 aircraft. This is comprised of an all Boeing 737 fleet, however, there is a mix of 737 types.
They have at present five Boeing 737 MAX 8’s, six Boeing 737-800 NGs, one Boeing 737-700 NG, and two Boeing 737-500’s.
The airline does also have a further five orders for the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft which we’ll begin to see being delivered to Blue Air over the coming months as Boeing still crawls through its vast backlog of the type following the two-year hiatus on recertification because of the MCAS design issues.
All-in-all with the expansion project underway at Iasi Airport and Blue Air entering their market in a projective way, the people of Iasi will see huge benefits from the routes as well as Blue Air themselves which should result in a significant increase in passenger numbers.
It will be interesting to see what the additional 12 destinations will be when they are added for next year’s summer season.