Albastar inaugurates its first Rome – Lourdes scheduled flight
As the Albastar Standard was raised in front of its passengers spontaneous applause broke out with shouts of “Viva il Papa”! Thus Alba Star launched the first scheduled flight from Rome to Lourdes.
Albastar is Europe’s top international airline flying pilgrims, sick and disabled to Lourdes from 48 cities, with over 70,000 passengers forecast in 2015.
The reception in Lourdes-Tarbes Airport was equally festive as the Mayor of Lourdes and invited VIPs from the Region welcomed the Albastar aircraft, the newest delivery to the fleet of Albastar, EC-MFS, with a traditional water canon salute (see next page) and champagne reception for all the passengers.
Flights now continue each Monday and Thursday.
“With the 2pm departure from Rome, Passengers from all of central Italy can benefit from this flight” stressed Michael Harrington who was on board. “We have launched these flights especially in view of the Jubilee Year to be celebrated next year” he added.
“The two hour flight, also equipped with stretcher facilities if requested, offers our sick and disabled passengers a much easier journey than the problematic train alternative”.
The Mayor of Lourdes welcomed the flights which also offer the French market the possibility of visiting Rome with prices starting from 59 euros one way.