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Tour link helps get Bristol-Bastia service off to a flying start

Created: 24th Jun 2013

New flight takes off in time for first stage of Tour de France in Corsica.

A new flight from Bristol to Bastia commenced yesterday (Sunday 23 June), offering holidaymakers in the South West and Wales the chance to visit the Mediterranean island of Corsica – which hosts the ‘Grand Départ’ of the Tour de France next weekend.

To celebrate the launch of the new service, operated by bmi regional on behalf of specialist tour operator, Corsican Places, a group of local cyclists took a break from training on local roads to enjoy refreshments with passengers checking in for the weekly flight.

Cycling enthusiast, Richard McColl from Brislington in Bristol (pictured with fellow members of the Weasels Cycling Club) will be jetting off to Corsica next week to catch the action at the world’s most famous bike race – the first three stages of which will take place on the island. He commented:

“Corsica is a beautiful island with incredible beaches and great scenery. Seeing ‘Le Tour’ up close will be the icing on the cake!”

Corsican Places is offering the service for 13 weeks through to September. With a short flight time of just two and a half hours on board a comfortable 47 seater aircraft, pre-allocated seating and convenient Sunday departures, Corsica is an attractive new option for families and couples yet to book their summer break.

Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport, said:
“We are thrilled to see the first Corsican Places departure of the summer and, with a flight every week until September, there are still plenty of opportunities for holidaymakers from across the South West and Wales to explore the beautiful island of Corsica.”

Corsican Places have been providing holidays and flights to the island for 26 years and company’s dedicated team, both in resort and the UK, offer visitors a wealth of knowledge of the island with a choice of over 160 handpicked properties.

Accommodation options include premium villas with private pools which are characterised by their superb locations and awe-inspiring views plus rural cottages, contemporary apartments and family residences as well as hotel options ranging from the simple 2* family auberge to the best in Corsica.