Charter flights to Bastia from the UK run mainly to provide transport for package holidays, excess seats are sold off on a flight only basis. The cost of these seats is usually cheap when compared to scheduled flights. Charter airlines can offer these Bastia cheap flights by offering more restricted services than the major scheduled or low cost airlines.
Located on the northeast coast of Corsica, Bastia was founded in 1380 by the Genoese, who built a fortress to protect it, and Bastia was the capital of Corsica until 1791. The town has several beautiful churches, including the San Giovanni Battiste with its classical facades. The old quarter of the town, known as the Terra Vechhia has many small, winding streets, Baroque churches and is spectacularly set against the maquis-covered hills. Terra Nova is situated on the opposite side of the old port, and is a very tidy, plush area with many cafes, bars and restaurants. The Nouveau Port, created in 1862 to cope with the increasing traffic with France and Italy, became the mainstay of the local economy, and Bastia is now a large commercial centre.