Birmingham Airport has just announced the launch of new flights to Palma de Mallorca in Spain. The flights have been launched by MSC Cruises in order to connect customers easily with the start of the cruises that it operates, and it is hoping that this will help to increase passenger numbers.
The flights will only run between May and October 2010 during the height of the cruise season. Cruising continues to grow in popularity in the UK, and MSC Cruises decided to organise the flights to make the process of joining a cruise easier for its customers.
The flights will cost £249 for a return, which includes all transfers to and from the port. They will be run by Monarch Airlines and will depart each Saturday for the six-month period mentioned above.
Customers will fly direct to Palma de Mallorca, where they will then join up with their cruise and go on a seven-day journey that will take them to Toulon, Genoa, Portofino, Ajaccio, Salerno and Tunis before finishing up back in Mallorca.
The company currently runs a special deal whereby any children under the age of 18 who are sharing a cabin with two adults get to go free. They only have to pay for their flights, transfers and port taxes.
The managing director of MSC Cruises in the UK and Ireland, Giulio Libutti, said that the company had seen a growth of 50% between 2008 and 2009 and expects this growth to continue each year. It has expanded its service offering to “open up MSC fly/cruise holidays to a wider UK audience”.