Breaking News for new direct flights to Brittany from the UK and Ireland – 16 new flights a week!
In recent unprecedented announcements, the UK and Irelands "cheap flights operators" have confirmed what we all know about the continuing and indeed ever-growing popularity of Brittany as a holiday, second home and indeed permanent residence destination.
From the UK, Flybe’s latest expansion incorporates 11 new flights a week to the region to begin next summer, including new links to Rennes and Brest in Brittany.
Their summer 2007 schedule includes new direct flights from Belfast to Rennes, Exeter to Rennes and Manchester to Rennes. Also new direct flights from Manchester to Brest. The following fares are for one-way tickets, including taxes and charges and are available now.
From Belfast, Flybe will begin flights to Rennes (weekly, beginning May 26) from £34.99.
From Exeter to Rennes (three times weekly, beginning May 8) from £31.99.
From Manchester to Brest (three times weekly, beginning April 5) from £34.99; and Rennes (four times weekly, beginning April 6) from £34.99.
Mike Rutter, Flybe's Chief Commercial Officer, said the expansion demonstrated the airline's commitment to regional UK airports.
Aer Arann’s 2007 summer timetable has also seen the airline launch a number of new and improved direct flights to Lorient and Nantes airports in France, providing improved direct Irish air links to the Brittany region.
The Irish regional airline will begin a weekly service, operating on Saturday, between Lorient and Cork, Galway and Waterford, which will begin on May 12. A service between Lorient and Kerry will begin on June 23.
The Nantes to Cork and Bristol services will begin on May 19, and operate twice a week on Tuesday and Saturday, while the Nantes to Cardiff service will operate on Saturday from June 23.
Colin Lewis, of Aer Arann, said: "The strong passenger demand experienced on our French routes during summer 2006 is indicative of the popularity of Brittany as a holiday destination for Irish and UK passengers and as such we are delighted to be increasing our network of French routes for next year.
"Nantes and Lorient are central to popular tourist areas such as the Atlantic Coast, Brittany, Anjou and the Vendée and as such make ideal touring bases for holiday makers who want to visit this region of France."
Aer Arann operated a number of routes between the two French airports and the UK and Ireland in summer 2006, but this will be the first time it provides a link to France from Bristol.
Bob Pearson, long-standing "lobbyer" for improved air links and Commercial Director of Breton Homes, Brittany’s largest specialist and fully registered English speaking estate agents said " Year on year, the airlines have become aware of, and capitalised on, Brittany’s excellent airports and this is providing a strong basis for the sustained growth of the market for us in new retirement and investment properties as well as traditional family homes. When you combine this ease of access with Brittany’s warm Celtic heritage, low crime rates, excellent value property, beautiful countryside and seascapes and that certain French "je ne sais quoi", is it any wonder that property in Brittany is in such demand and that the airlines are listening to us and expanding their routes? – This is excellent news for Brittany, and for anyone considering investing in property here"
For further information, Breton Homes have an easy to follow matrix of direct flights to Brittany from the UK and Ireland at Direct flights to Brittany or go direct to www.flybe.com and www.aerarann.ie