A Romanian ultra low-cost carrier will add a second route to Heathrow

Mar 23, 2021

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information.


Anything is possible amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Romanian ultra low-cost airline Blue Air announced it’s set to launch a second nonstop flight from Romania to Heathrow. As of 18 May, Blue Air plans to launch a new flight between London Heathrow (LHR) and Iasi (IAS).

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The new route to Iasi will operate with three weekly frequencies — on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The flights will operate on the following schedule:

  • Iasi (IAS) 6:20 p.m. Departure ⇒ London Heathrow (LHR) 7:35 p.m. Arrival
  • London Heathrow (LHR) 8:25 p.m. Departure ⇒ Iasi (IAS) 1:30 a.m. (+1) Arrival

Blue Air is set to launch its first flight to Heathrow this week. The flight from Romania’s capital of Bucharest (OTP) to London Heathrow (LHR) will launch on 25 March. The route will replace its existing London connection to Luton (LTN).

The two routes — to Bucharest and Iasi — will be operated by one of the airline’s 18 Boeing 737 aircraft, which make up its entire fleet in a combination of -300, -500 and -800 variations.

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“Heathrow is not only a preferred and most convenient option for London travellers, but also one of the most intercontinental hubs for Europe,” Blue Air Chief Commercial Officer Krassimir Tanev said in a statement last year.

“We are delighted to announce the first-ever ultra-low fare direct service from Iasi to London Heathrow, the most important airport in the U.K. and one of the best-connected hubs in Europe and in the world, and to offer our customers in Iasi reliable links to 14 key domestic and international destinations,” he said.

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Blue Air already operates an additional three routes between Bucharest and the U.K. in Birmingham (BHX), Glasgow (GLA) and Liverpool (LPL).

This is not the first time this year that low-cost airlines are attempting to make their mark at Heathrow — one of the most competitive and lucrative aviation hubs in the world. In August 2020, two Indian low-cost carriers announced that they would start flying to LHR — first up was SpiceJet followed soon after by Vistara.

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Emily McNutt contributed to this story.

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