Virgin Atlantic announces new route from London to Mumbai

Virgin Atlantic has announced the launch of its new route from London Heathrow to Mumbai.

The new daily service linking the two cities will operate onboard the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with complimentary food and drink and over 300 hours of entertainment. Customers can also stay connected throughout their flight as all of the airline’s Dreamliners are fully Wi-Fi enabled.

Travellers will also be able to make connections between India and the US via London Heathrow. Together with partner Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic offers customers a choice of U.S. destinations. Co-located at Terminal Three, both airlines offer over 28 daily flights between London and the USA.

Juha Jarvinen, executive vice president of commercial at Virgin Atlantic, said: ‘2019 marks a significant period of growth for Virgin Atlantic and I’m delighted that we’re expanding our route network by returning to Mumbai.

‘Along with our long-standing route to Delhi, we are now able to provide travellers with an increased offering to the thriving Indian market and an opportunity to experience our award winning service between the UK and India. Together with our partners at Delta, we offer an excellent choice of connections to the USA via Heathrow Airport.’

Dave Hodges, commercial manager for India at Virgin Atlantic said: ‘We are really excited to now have a daily flight serving Mumbai-London. Amidst the festive season in India, it is a special time to start the flight and we are confident that Mumbai is going to love the best of Bollywood entertainment and the best Indian food onboard our state of the art 787-9 Dreamliner.’

Virgin Atlantic is expanding its offering and Mumbai is the third new route announcement this year – following on from Tel Aviv and Sao Paulo. The new routes are available to book at https://www.virginatlantic.com/ .

Jet2.com announces new summer flights to Innsbruck from Birmingham

The UK-based Leisure airline Jet2.com has announced summer flights to Innsbruck for the first time, with services on sale from Birmingham Airport for Summer 20.

The airline will operate flights to the Tyrolean capital between June and September for the first time. The announcement comes after the company’s first ever programme of ski services to Innsbruck, which start in December this year.

With the announcement, Jet2 has put 10,000 seats on sale from Birmingham Airport for its first programme of summer services to Innsbruck. This includes weekly Wednesday services which run from June 3 through to September 16.

Innsbruck is a beautiful Austrian city surrounded by high mountain ranges, alpine meadows stunning glittery lakes, and is popular among holidaymakers looking for wellness, adventure and sport. Medieval Innsbruck is also an attractive city break option, small enough to get around on foot, with a blend of modern cosmopolitan with tradition. The key attractions include museums such as Audioversum and the Grassmayr Bell Foundry, cafes serving traditional fare such as schnitzel and strudel, and the cobbled streets lined with bars and restaurants.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Innsbruck is the perfect fit for the growing number of people who are looking for adventure, scenery, and wellness on their holidays. Located in the heart of the Austrian Alps, local holidaymakers can choose from a whole host of activities from mountain biking and paragliding through to hiking, whilst being able to enjoy the unique blend of modern and old in Innsbruck itself. With perfectly timed flights and our award-winning service, we are expecting this programme to be hugely popular with holidaymakers from Birmingham Airport.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said, ‘It’s great that Jet2.com will be offering flights to Innsbruck throughout the summer months as well as winter, recognising the many wonderful things that customers can experience in this city in the Alps all year round. Once again, we applaud Jet2.com for growing the choice available for Midlands travellers.’

TUI UK announces holidays to Sharm El Sheikh in 2020 from Bristol Airport

TUI has announced that holidays to Sharm El Sheikh will be back on sale on November 7, with flights departing Bristol Airport from May 2020.

TUI’s service to the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheikh gives customers more choice of winter sun and summer breaks. With the service, the UK holiday company will give customers an opportunity to return to the Red Sea resort. Resorts including TUI Magic Life Sharm El Sheikh and Reef Oasis Blue Bay on the Red Sea coast will be on sale, with more hotel announcements under way.

Located between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea, Sharm el-Sheikh is known for its calm sandy beaches, clear waters and coral reefs. Naama Bay, with a palm tree-lined promenade, has several bars and restaurants for a relaxing break. The resort is also popular with those seeking water sport activities such as scuba diving and snorkelling among the coral reefs. Ras Muhammad National Park is a popular diving destination, with marine life around the Shark and Yolanda reefs and the Thistlegorm wreck.

Mark Hall, Director of Product and Destination Experience TUI UK & Ireland, said, ‘At TUI we’re committed to offering our customers an outstanding choice of holidays across the globe. Sharm el Sheikh was always a hugely popular destination and I am delighted to confirm that we are reintroducing the Egypt favourite to our summer 2020 programme.

In response to customer demand, our first flights will operate from Bristol in May 2020 and our resorts are all looking forward to welcoming our customers back with a smile.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport, said: ‘It shows the strength of demand in the region and TUI’s commitment to Bristol Airport reintroducing the Sharm El Sheikh flights next year. This destination will be a firm favourite with customers and again extends the choice available to customers.’

Bristol Airport announces new routes to Hurghada and Frankfurt

easyJet, the UK-based regional airline, launched its first flight on a new route this week from Bristol to Hurghada in Egypt.

The new easyJet flights to the Egyptian resort operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the winter. Hurghada is an exciting winter sun get-away destination popular for diving, beach hopping and busy nightlife on the ‘Red Sea Riviera’. Tickets are available to book now, and the new service is expected to carry over 13,500 customers this winter.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager commented: ‘We are delighted to be launching our first flight from Bristol to Hurghada today. As the largest airline at Bristol we’re focused on strengthening our network and providing our customers in the South West with great value services by offering low fares, a convenient schedule and more choice when they travel.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted to welcome the inaugural easyJet flight between Bristol to Hurghada. The destination opens up further choice and flexibility of flights available to passengers in the region selecting to fly from their local airport. This additional route demonstrates the long-term collaboration and joint growth strategy between easyJet and Bristol Airport.’

Bristol Airport also announced last week that Lufthansa will introduce a new direct flight from Bristol to Frankfurt Airport. Commencing operations on March 30, 2020, the new service will operate twice daily six days per week and once daily on Saturdays. The service will run year round, using an Embraer 190 offering multiple onward travel connections from FRA throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Tickets are available to book now at lufthansa.com, with return economy fares starting from £105.

Lauda starts new route from Birmingham to Vienna

Lauda, one of Austria’s low-cost airlines, has launched a new direct connection from Birmingham to Vienna, Birmingham Airport has said.

On Tuesday, October 29, the Lauda Airbus A320 took off for the first time from Birmingham to the Austrian capital. Lauda will offer three weekly connections from Birmingham to Vienna.

Vienna was named the most livable city on the planet for the tenth time consecutively. The new service offers travellers a chance to discover Vienna’s world-renowned art, culture and culinary delights. The Schonbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral or one of the numerous exhibitions by national and international artists are among the key attractions.

From the middle of November, until late December, Vienna is a sought after destination for holidaymakers to celebrate Christmas as numerous markets pop up across the city. The city also offers a quiet relaxing weekend break for holidaymakers looking to explore the charm of the historical city.

Lauda CEO Andreas Gruber said: ‘We are delighted to offer our passengers a new non-stop service from Birmingham to my hometown Vienna and expand our route network. Lauda allows passengers to explore the most livable city in the world for an unbeatable price.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport said: ‘Adding Lauda to our existing airline offering is just fantastic. It was great to welcome passengers flying with the airline for the very first time from Birmingham to the popular destination of Vienna on Tuesday evening. We hope to see many more passengers take advantage of the route with Lauda and look forward to our future with the airline, known as the cleanest airline group in Europe.’

Norwegian announces launch of new route to Bergen from Manchester

Scandinavian airline Norwegian has announced the launch of a new non-stop service from Manchester to Norway.

The new twice-weekly seasonal service on a Monday and Friday from Manchester Airport to Bergen offers passengers more choice when travelling with Norwegian to Scandinavia. The new flight offers holidaymakers in the North West an affordable way to explore the Norwegian city of Bergen with fares from £43.90 one-way. The tickets are available to book now at www.norwegian.com/uk/destinations/bergen.

The new nonstop service will offer holidaymakers direct access to the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway. Tourists and holidaymakers can explore the spectacular landscape views of the fjords, and the history and culture of the city.

Magnus Maursund, SVP commercial Short Haul at Norwegian, said: ‘We are delighted to offer passengers in the North West another affordable Norwegian service with the addition of our new route from Manchester to Bergen. Passengers travelling with us can enjoy our award-winning complimentary gate-to-gate Wi-Fi and modern comfortable cabin on new state-of-the-art aircraft’.

Julian Carr, Aviation Director at Manchester Airport, said: ‘We’re delighted to celebrate the launch of Norwegian’s new service to Bergen today. We know it’s a hugely popular route with people from the North West looking to visit Bergen and the surrounding areas and inbound with Norwegians coming to the North and especially to Manchester and Liverpool with our musical and sporting heritage.’

In addition to the new service, Norwegian currently operates three non-stop routes to Scandinavia from Manchester Airport with three weekly flights to Oslo, two weekly flights to Stavanger and two weekly flights to Stockholm. Along with the new route the airline will now offer nine weekly flights to Scandinavia from Manchester.

Norwegian started operating from Manchester Airport in 2011 and all flights are served by new 186 seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft, offering all passengers free gate-to-gate Wi-Fi and live TV. Norwegian carries more than 5.8 million UK passengers each year to over 50 global destinations.

TUI UK announces new route from Norwich to Turkey, adds new routes at Bristol for summer

TUI has added a new destination – Antalya (Turkey) – to its summer 2020 programme from Norwich Airport.

The new Antalya flights from Norwich Airport will operate on Saturdays. TUI will also introduce new 10 and 11 night holidays to Dalaman (Turkey), offering more duration options for customers.

In addition, from Bristol Airport TUI has added new destinations of Girona (Spain) and Almeria (Spain) to its summer 2020 programme. The new flights from Bristol Airport to Izmir will operate on Saturdays, Girona on Tuesdays and Almeria on Sundays. TUI will also introduce new 10 and 11 night holidays to Orlando Sanford (Florida), Bodrum (Turkey) and Skiathos (Greece).

Bristol Airport will also see additional flying days to favourites such as Antalya, Tenerife and Larnaca. The summer 2020 programme will also see an increase in the frequency of flights operating to Dalaman (Turkey) and Palma (Spain) on Wednesdays, giving holidaymakers more choice for their summer holiday next year.

TUI UK&I’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer, said: ‘Earlier this month TUI announced an additional two million seats to many holiday destination favourites and today the majority of these seats go on sale for summer 2020. We are delighted that our new additions launched today provide holidaymakers departing from Bristol Airport with even more choice when deciding where to go next summer on holiday. The customer is at the heart of everything we do and this additional growth to some of our customer’s favourite holiday hotspots demonstrates our continued commitment for people to discover their smile with us.’

Richard Pace, Managing Director, Norwich Airport, said: ‘This is fantastic news from TUI UK, meaning you can fly to two destinations in Turkey over summer 2020 from Norwich Airport.

‘We warmly welcome the new sunshine destination of Antalya, gateway to Turkey’s Turquoise Coast in the southern Mediterranean, with Saturday departures, and the seasonal continuation of Dalaman, on the country’s lovely south-west coast, with the introduction of a Thursday flight.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘This is incredibly positive news with TUI adding an extra 266,000 seats for summer 2020 season. We have worked closely with TUI to identify new opportunities which sees a range of exciting new destinations, and additional 10 and 11 night holidays and new flights to the most popular destinations. We are particularly delighted with the additional second weekly service to Orlando (Sanford) which provides improved options to the existing TUI long haul services from Bristol.’

TUI expands capacity for summer 2020 from Cardiff, Newcastle and Birmingham airport

TUI, the UK’s largest holiday company, has announced its holiday programme for summer 2020 with the addition of 30,000 seats from Cardiff Airport, 98,000 seats from Newcastle Airport and 194,000 seats from Birmingham Airport.

TUI UK&I’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer, said: ‘Earlier this month TUI announced an additional two million seats to many holiday destination favourites and today the majority of these seats go on sale for summer 2020. We are delighted that our new additions launched today provide holidaymakers departing from our regional airports with even more choice when deciding where to go next summer on holiday. The customer is at the heart of everything we do and this additional growth to some of our customer’s favourite holiday hotspots demonstrates our continued commitment for people to discover their smile with us.’

TUI said that it will introduce new 10 and 11 night holidays to mid-haul hot spots Antalya, Turkey and Gran Canaria in the Canaries. Cardiff Airport will also see additional flying days to Dalaman, Turkey and Tenerife in the Canaries.

Spencer Birns, Chief Commercial Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘We want to thank TUI for recognising the opportunity to add an extra 15,000 holidays from Cardiff next summer. The news demonstrates TUI’s commitment to delivering even more choice for Welsh customers in addition to this year’s passenger growth at our national Airport.’

At Newcastle, TUI has added new destinations including Santorini and Skiathos in Greece, and Hurghada in Egypt. The new routes are on sale with Santorini flights operating on Tuesdays, Hurghada on Fridays and Skiathos on Wednesdays. TUI will also introduce new 10 and 11 night holidays to mid-haul hotspot Antalya in Turkey, increased frequency to Dalaman in Turkey on Mondays as well as additional flying days to Orlando Sanford, Florida; Tenerife, Canaries; Palma, Spain and Larnaca, Cyprus.

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘We have received countless requests for services to be restored to Hurghada, Skiathos and Santorini, so we are extremely pleased that TUI is putting these routes on sale for summer 2020.’

As well as the three new routes, TUI has also added more flying days to some of its existing destinations including additional direct flights to Florida on its state-of-the-art Dreamliner.

At Birmingham, TUI has added new destinations including Almeria in Spain and Split in Croatia, with Almeria flights operating on Sundays and Split on Fridays. TUI has added 16 additional flying days across 11 of its current destinations from Birmingham Airport, including to Antalya, Tenerife and Rhodes. The summer 2020 programme will also see an increase in the frequency of flights operating to Ibiza and Palma in Spain and Mahon in Menorca.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director from Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are delighted that TUI has added even more capacity and two new routes to its portfolio from Birmingham Airport during summer 2020. These new routes by TUI means that Midlanders have over 40 direct destinations to choose from with the UK’s largest holiday company.’

Jet2 adds Skiathos for Summer 20 from Birmingham, Stansted and Manchester

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK-based travel and holiday company, has said that it will launch flights and holidays to Skiathos for Summer 20, the first time that it has operated to the Greek island.

Jet2 will operate to Skiathos from Birmingham, London Stansted and Manchester Airports between May and September. A favourite with British holidaymakers, the new service is in response to the demand from holidaymakers looking to explore the beautiful island, which features pristine beaches and traditional Greek resorts including Achladies, Kolios, Koukounaries, Skiathos Town, Troulos and Agia Paraskevi.

The company will operate five weekly flights to Skiathos in Summer 20, with twice weekly services from Manchester and London Stansted and weekly services from Birmingham. Skiathos is the fourth brand new destination for Summer 20, in addition to Preveza – Greece, Zadar -Croatia and Tivat -Montenegro.

With the new route, Jet2 will now operate to ten Greek destinations in Summer 20, its biggest ever programme to Greece. Jet2 also operates services to Corfu, Crete- Heraklion, Crete – Chania, Kefalonia, Kos, Rhodes, Halkidiki and Zante.

Steve Heapy, of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays CEO said: ‘Skiathos is a truly breath-taking destination, and its stunning beaches, coastline and scenery are a huge draw with holidaymakers. We are delighted to be launching our award-winning flights and holidays to the island, and we know that our VIP customer service will be a huge hit with people holidaying there.’

Jet2holidays has won the Best Group Tour Operator – Short Haul award at the Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2019. The awards, which celebrate first class destinations, attractions and providers for group travel are voted for by readers of Group Leisure & Travel magazine and groupleisureandtravel.com.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays expands summer 20 programme from Leeds Bradford

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK-based travel and holiday company, has said that it will add thousands of seats and holidays to popular sun destinations from Leeds Bradford Airport, including the Canary Islands, Turkey, Bulgaria and Menorca.

With the expansion, local holidaymakers will have increased choice and flexibility, with over 200 weekly flights departing to 49 destinations during the peak summer holiday season. The announcement includes a major expansion of the company’s Canary Islands programme, with up to 24 services a week departing from Leeds Bradford Airport thanks to additional flights to Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria.

The extra capacity from Leeds Bradford Airport includes: up to 24 weekly departures to the Canaries in Summer 20, with additional services to Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. The airline also announced 18 services every week to the Turkey, with additional flights to Antalya and Dalaman besides the twice weekly-services to Bodrum and a weekly Wednesday service to Izmir.

Also, Jet2 has added an extra weekly service to Bourges, Bulgaria, taking frequency to three per week as well as Menorca with additional service, meaning six flights every week.

The other key highlights for summer 20 from Leeds Bradford Airport with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays include: an increased choice and flexibility to popular sunshine hotspots with daily, double-daily or thrice weekly flights to destinations such as Malaga, Alicante, Faro, Palma- Majorca and Ibiza.

The summer 20 schedule also includes a choice of eight Greek destinations, including to Crete-Heraklion, Corfu, Kos, Rhodes, Zante, Kefalonia, Halkidiki and Crete-Chania; four weekly services to both Larnaca and Paphos in Cyprus; twice weekly service to Pisa, Rome, Napes and Venice and a weekly service to Verona in Italy; and three weekly services to Dubrovnik and Split, as well as two weekly services to Pula in Croatia.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘There continues to be strong demand for our award-winning flights and ATOL protected package holidays from Leeds Bradford Airport, so this latest expansion yet again underlines our commitment to giving local holidaymakers the best choice. With 49 fantastic destinations, over two million seats, and over 200 weekly departures during the peak summer season, local holidaymakers have more choice and flexibility than ever with Yorkshire’s leading airline and tour operator.’