LONDON – With the lifting of travel restrictions to the UK, Spain, Italy, and Belgium, Blue Air (0B) announced today the resumption of scheduled flights to most of its regular destinations.
Starting Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the company announced full operations of its flight program including over 250 flights per week in the next period.
Destinations covered by Blue Air
Therefore, starting today, the destinations covered by 0B are:
From Bucharest Otopeni Airport (OTP): Belgium (Brussels), Cyprus (Larnaca), Denmark (Copenhagen), Finland (Helsinki), France (Paris Beauvais, Lyon, Nice), Germany (Cologne, Hamburg, Stuttgart), Ireland (Dublin).
But also: Italy (Florence, Milan Malpensa, Naples), Great Britain (Liverpool, London Luton), Romania (Cluj, Iași), Spain (Malaga, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca) and Sweden (Stockholm).
From Bacau airport (BCM): Belgium (Brussels), Italy (Bergamo, Rome, Turin), Ireland (Dublin) and Great Britain (London Luton).
From Iasi airport (IAS): Romania (Bucharest), Belgium (Brussels), France (Paris Beauvais), Germany (Cologne, Munich), Italy (Turin) and Great Britain (London Luton).
From Cluj airport (CLJ): Ireland (Dublin) and Romania (Bucharest).
From Sibiu airport (SBZ): Germany (Stuttgart).
Domestic flights from the 0B base in Turin (TRN): Alghero, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Naples and Trapani.
Regional flights from the 0B base in Larnaca (LCA): Athens and Thessaloniki.
Services and Functionalities
The announcement also includes the completion of the airline’s IT infrastructure upgrade as well as the availability of flight rescheduling, flight status, and online check-in facilities.
Therefore, all passengers who acquired tickets directly on 0B’s website are to be reimbursed in full for the purchased airline tickets, with the respective amounts being transferred to their electronic Blue Wallet.
Passengers who have purchased tickets on the 0B website can access these funds to purchase 0B tickets and services starting today.
At the moment, this service is available for the purchase of tickets with a value equal to or less than the value of the canceled flights, while mixed payments from both the electronic wallet and card will be possible starting July 10.
For passengers who have purchased tickets from partner agencies, they will be able to view and use the amounts transferred to their e-wallet starting July 15, depending on how quickly these agencies integrate the new Blue Air systems.
Statement from Blue Air
“Despite the temporary difficulties caused by the suspension of flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we, at 0B, are determined to continue flying, to honor all our commitments and to pay all our debts,” says Oana Petrescu (51), 0B CEO.
Blue Air Implements Concordat Procedure Protective Measures
To ensure the smooth resumption of scheduled flights and the fulfillment of all obligations to its passengers, employees, and partners, Blue Air Aviation S.A. resorted to the preventive concordat procedure, a form of a reconstruction agreement between a debtor and creditors.
Thus, with the resumption of the normal flight schedule, 0B will be able to cover all the amounts necessary for the timely and safe operation of these flights.
Regarding the direct losses generated by the pandemic, they will be covered by the state aid approved by the Romanian Government through the Memorandum adopted on April 23, 2020, while the debts to suppliers will be paid in installments in accordance to the concordat procedure.
Featured Image: Blue Air Boeing 737-82R reg. YR-BML at Barcelona International Airport (BCN). Photo: Ennio Varani – @ennio_foto_fotografo