AIRLINE Ryanair is to start flying to Italy from Bournemouth Airport from today.
From Thursday, December 22, the low-cost Irish airline has started a twice-weekly service to the Italian city of Venice.
The first flight, which departs today at 6.50pm from Bournemouth to Marco Polo Airport, will take just over two hours.
Passengers can travel to Venice every Thursday and Sunday with Ryanair and booking is available on their website.
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Venice, known for its Grand Canal and Doge’s Palace, is part of Ryanair’s wider program of expansion at Bournemouth Airport.
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 per cent 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.
Bournemouth Airport regained 95 per cent 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 and 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.”