Chamber News 30th June 2015
easyJet, Europe’s leading and Scotland’s largest airline, has expanded its Scottish network with the launch of flights from Glasgow Airport to Bordeaux. The new summer service, which is expected to carry 9,000 passengers in the first summer of operation, is Glasgow’s first direct connection to Bordeaux and operates twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Fares start from £30.99 one way per person. The airline already flies to Bordeaux from Bristol, Liverpool, Belfast, London Gatwick and Luton.
Ali Gayward, easyJet’s Head of Scotland, said: “As Scotland’s largest airline we are pleased to further strengthen our network with the launch of services to Bordeaux. We believe that this, as well as our other new routes from Scotland, will prove popular additions to our existing network.
Francois Bourienne, commercial director at Glasgow Airport, said: “Bordeaux is a fantastic new addition to the long list of destinations easyJet serves from Glasgow, and it’s sure to go down a treat with Scottish tourists, as well as French residents looking to visit Scotland.
“The port city of Bordeaux offers direct access to France’s renowned and established wine region, and the historic quarter is on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its outstanding 18th century architecture. It is also within easy reach seaside resorts such as Arcachon and Cap Ferrat and also the Basque country which is famous for its beautiful Biscay Bay coastline and its five-day Fêtes de Bayonne in July.
“We look forward to working closely with the easyJet team to ensure the success of this fantastic new route.”
Bordeaux has an assortment of sightseeing attractions such as the Place du Parlement, the 18th century Grand Théâtre, the Chartrons Quarter, the imposing Cathedral of St. André and the majestic Garonne River. For fine art lovers, Bordeaux also has its own Fine Arts Museum, whilst wine connoisseurs will enjoy the many nearby vineyards.
Bordeaux also has a selection of excellent restaurants within the city which offer the traditional dining experience of high quality French cuisine. The local areas specialty dishes include: foie gras, river fish and wild boar. Trendy eateries line the riverside and for wine lovers Bordeaux is renowned for its exceptional wines.
For those who relish a great night out Bordeaux offers an array of pubs, clubs and dance venues open until late, some located on riverboats. Plus, the casino near by Bordeaux Lake is a popular haunt for both the local residents and those enjoying their holidays in Bordeaux.