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Published on : Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The airline had originally scheduled the popular summer route to commence in May, but moved quickly to meet demand for flights in April from participants in the exchange programme between the twin cities. Extra flights are now available on from 4 April 2014 through to 29 April 2014 ensuring students can fly to and from their local airport.
easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, Ali Gayward, said:
“The Bristol Bordeaux Exchange remains a really popular programme for young people in both cities, so I’m pleased to announce that 16 additional easyJet flights have been added to the schedule next April. The extra flights will ensure schoolchildren in the South West can continue to participate in this valuable cultural exchange.”
The Bristol Bordeaux Exchange started in 1947 and the programme has used air travel from Bristol Airport since 1964. The Community Interest Company, Académie Aquitaine, manages the exchange scheme and receives funding and support, including office space, from Bristol Airport.
Debbie Richards, Director, Academie Aquitaine said:
“We are delighted that easyJet is supporting the exchange programme by scheduling additional flights in April. In the early days of the Bristol Bordeaux Exchange it took 27 hours to get to Bordeaux and now it takes less than an hour and a half. Parents really value the convenience of knowing that their children can fly in and out of Bristol Airport with easyJet.”
Students from the Bristol area participating in the exchange enjoy spending two weeks living with their exchange partner family in Bordeaux and the Aquitaine region of France. In return, the student’s family also host the exchange partner for a fortnight.
The matching process is key to a successful exchange and is done very carefully taking hobbies, age and background into consideration. The idea is that the young participants will remain in contact and real friendships, often lifelong, are made. For many participants it is the beginning of a real love of languages and the understanding of another culture.