Airport launches new route to Transylvania.
Byline: Enda Mullen Business Reporter email@example.com
TOURISTS are being given the chance to travel to the heart of Transylvania with a new route being launched from Birmingham Airport to Romania's second largest city Cluj.
Cluj-Napoca is the unofficial capital of Romania's Transylvania region, which has long been linked with the legend of Count Dracula, and is around the same size as Coventry.
The route will be operated by Romanian airline Blue Air, which started a service from the Midlands airport to the country's capital city Bucharest in March this year.
That route has proved a hit, with frequency set to increase from two to three flights per week when the new Cluj service comes into operation on December 16.
Tom Screen, head of aviation development at Birmingham Airport, said: "Blue Air has had a very successful few months at Birmingham Airport flying thousands of passengers to and from the Romanian capital city of Bucharest.
"We are delighted that they are already introducing this second route to Cluj.
"The city is a cultural and historic centre home to universities, vibrant nightlife and landmarks dating to Saxon and Hungarian rule.
"We look forward to seeing the carrier continue to go from strength to strength here at Birmingham Airport."
Tudor Constantinescu, chief commercial officer at Blue Air, said: "We are extremely pleased to announce our second route to Birmingham starting in December this year, as we expand the network from our newest base at Cluj-Napoca.
"The growth of tourism and trade between the UK and Romania, and especially Cluj-Napoca which recently has rapidly been emerging, means we have no doubt that this new route will be another success.
"Cluj is a charming city, the second most populous in Romania, situated in the heart of Transylvania and the central point for seven nearby cities.
"We look forward to continuing working closely with Birmingham Airport to ensure the longevity of this new service."
| Blue Air will fly from Birmingham to Cluj-Napoca