Jet2.com adds more flights to Canaries from East Midlands Airport

UK-based travel and holiday company Jet2 has said that it will add more flights to the Canary Islands from East Midlands Airport between February and April 2020, following increased demand for winter sun as well as holidays earlier in the season.

The addition of more flights to Tenerife and Gran Canaria from February through to April will offer local holidaymakers more choice and flexibility when it comes to winter sun and holidays outside of the main summer season.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We have responded quickly to extra demand for flights and holidays to Gran Canaria and Tenerife, by adding more of our award-winning flights and ATOL protected package holidays from East Midlands Airport. Thanks to this latest expansion at East Midlands Airport, holidaymakers now have even more choice and flexibility when it comes to Winter Sun and holidays outside of the main summer season, including during the February school holidays and Easter.’

The announcement represents a total of 17 additional return services, and further expands the airline’s programme from East Midlands Airport. The additional flights include:

Extra weekly Friday services to Gran Canaria starting from February 14 through to April 17, which is timed for both the February school holidays and Easter. With this, Jet2 will operate up to four weekly services to Gran Canaria during this period.

An extra service to Tenerife on Tuesdays, starting from February 11 until March 24, timed for the February school holidays. With this addition, Jet2 will operate up to six weekly flights to the popular Canary Islands hotspot from February.

In addition to the extra services to Gran Canaria and Tenerife, Jet2 will also offer up to four weekly services to Lanzarote and two weekly services to Fuerteventura from February through to April from East Midlands Airport. With the addition, the airline will offer up to 16 weekly flights to the Canary Islands during this period.

Flyone announces new flights from Chisinau to London Southend

Flyone has announced the launch of a new route from Chisinau to London Southend, starting July 19, 2019.

The flights will be operated twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Fares will start from EUR49.00. This new route will be operated by an Airbus A319 aircraft.

The flight will depart Chisinau at 20:45, arriving at London Southend at 21:50 hours. On return, the flight will depart London Southend at 22:40 arriving Chisinau at 03:40 hours. Tickets can be booked at www.flyone.md, as well as in authorised agencies, both on the territory of the Republic of Moldova and abroad.

‘Flyone has launched direct flights to London as a result of our customers’ request for an affordable alternative to visit friends and families. Moreover, we provide a schedule which allows our passengers who want to get rid of their routine to plan mini holidays. In this regard, we appreciate our collaboration with London Southend Airport which gives us the possibility to offer our customers a safe, comfortable and affordable flight alternative,’ said Mircea MALECA, General Director of Flyone.

Separately, Flyone said that starting October 14 a new baggage policy will be introduced for simplifying the allowance system and providing greater convenience to customers. From October 14, 2019 each passenger will be entitled to travel with one free hand baggage of up to 40x30x20cm. Passengers who purchased Flyone Priority service will be allowed to board with a second larger bag up to 10 kg and 50x40x25cm. In addition, Flyone also introduces new types of checked baggage – a small bag up to 10 kg (EUR15); a standard bag up to 20 kg (EUR 20) and a big bag up to 30 kg (EUR 30).

Flyone currently operates direct flights to 11 destinations, 7 regular routes and 4 charter routes: London, Moscow, Parma, Verona, Dublin, Lisbon, Paris, Antalya, Heraklion, Sharm El Sheikh, and Bodrum.

easyJet launches six new UK routes for winter 2019

easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, has recently said that it will launch six new routes from the UK this winter.

The new routes are from Manchester to Hurghada (Egypt), Rovaniemi (Lapland) and Verona (Italy); Belfast to Marrakech, Bristol to Hurghada and Liverpool to Tenerife. Flights are available on sale at easyJet.com.

Neil Slaven, UK Country Manager, easyJet said: ‘We’re delighted to announce seven new routes from the UK for this coming winter which allow us to offer our customers an even wider range of exiting destinations to visit this year. We remain committed to providing great value services to our customers by offering low fares, a convenient schedule and more choice when they travel.’

easyJet’s new route to Hurghada will start on October 30, 2019 and will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Verona flights will operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays commencing October 28, 2019 on an A320 aircraft. Fares will start from £34.99 per person. Offering a beautiful Christmas experience, flights to Rovaniemi will start on November 21, operating twice a week on Monday and Thursdays. Fares start from £36.99 per person.

The UK-based airline’s new route from Bristol Airport to Hurghada will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting October 30, 2019 and will operate throughout the winter. Flights from Belfast International Airport to Marrakech will commence on October 30, 2019 and operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the winter. Fares start from £26.99 one way per person. easyJet’s new route from Liverpool to Tenerife starts on October 30, 2019 and will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Fares will start from £35.99 per person.

Wizz Air announces new routes to Poland from Birmingham Airport

Hungarian airline Wizz Air has announced two new routes from Birmingham Airport to Poland, starting September.

The first route will be to Poznan and it will be launched September 16, while the second route, to Krakow, will be launched on September 17. One-way fares to Poznan and Krakow start from £17.99.

Poland’s fifth-largest city, Poznan is home to several historical attractions and museums, renaissance-style architecture, and it also offers a range of dining and nightlife options. Meanwhile Krakow, known for its old-world ambiance and charm, offers a range of exciting galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Tom Screen, aviation director at Birmingham Airport said: ‘It’s great news that Wizz Air will be operating to Poznan and Krakow – the launch of both routes will mean the airline will operate seven routes in total from Birmingham Airport. Providing our passengers with a range of destinations to connect with family and friends or find their next city break, is important to us and with these additional routes we are able to do just that.

‘Wizz Air currently operates to Cluj-Napoca, Budapest, Bucharest, Warsaw, and Wroclaw, adding routes to both Poznan and Krakow in September. The new routes are a fantastic addition and we’re really looking forward to growing our offering with Wizz Air over the next few years here at Birmingham Airport.’

Tamara Vallois, head of Marketing and Communications at Wizz Air said: ‘We are delighted to announce we will now operate a total of seven routes from Birmingham Airport. We launched our very first Wizz flight to Birmingham in 2015 and today, we offer seven low-fare routes to Poland, Romania and Hungary. With fares from only £17.99, we hope to see many happy customers on board our brand-new Airbus aircraft on routes to Poznan and Krakow as well as on all the other routes in the Wizz network.’

Wizz Air has been operating from Birmingham Airport since June 2015, with its inaugural route to Warsaw, quickly followed by Budapest. With the two new routes, Wizz Air now operates a total of seven routes to Poland from Birmingham Airport.

Brussels Airlines relaunches its Bristol route starting September

Brussels Airlines has announced the relaunch of its service to Bristol, previously operated by wet lease partner Flybmi until February this year.

Starting September 1, Brussels Airlines will initially operate the Bristol route six times a week. From October 27 the airline will increase its flight frequencies to 12 times weekly. Flights will be operated using a CRJ900 by CityJet on behalf of Brussels Airlines.

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted Brussels Airlines will be returning to Bristol Airport and operating flights between Bristol and Brussels, the route will also offer extensive onward connectivity options for passengers. The service will appeal to passengers whether travelling for business or leisure.

‘It offers opportunities for inbound visitors using Bristol as a gateway to the region. With frequent travel connections, inbound tourists will be able to experience the vibrant cities of Bristol and Bath, and the host of iconic tourist attractions and beautiful coastline we have in the region. We look forward to developing our close partnership with Brussels Airlines further in the future.’

Designated the City of Film by UNESCO in 2017, Bristol is an artistic city with a great number of museums, theatres, live music gigs as well as impressive street art. Besides the creative and media industry, Bristol is also known for its expertise in aerospace, with a big airbus facility in Filton.

The relaunch of the Bristol route comes after multiple airlines ceased operations to Bristol since the bankruptcy of FlyBMI in February 2019. Brussels Airlines is the first Lufthansa Group airline to restart the route.

Andreas Koester senior director sales for the UK, Ireland and Iceland, Lufthansa Group, said, ‘The new connection between Bristol and Brussels is an important expansion to the Lufthansa Group network in the UK, where we offer flights to the European mainland out of 12 different airports.

‘With two flights daily out of Bristol, Brussels Airlines offers point-to-point passengers a flexible schedule and create a broad range of possibilities for passengers connecting to one of the many other destinations in our network.’

Brussels Airlines now connects five cities in the UK with Brussels, the capital of Europe. Next to Bristol, the airline’s network also includes Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Manchester.

Wizz Air UK announces two new routes from London Luton to Russia

Wizz Air UK, the UK-based, wholly-owned airline subsidiary of Wizz Air Holdings Plc, has said that it will launch two news services from its London Luton base to Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport and Pulkovo Airport in St Petersburg.

This is the first time that Wizz Air will connect its low-fare UK network with Russia’s two important cities. Since the launch of Wizz Air UK a year ago, the airline has become the largest operator at London Luton Airport, with over 40 percent market share.

The new flights on the Moscow route will launch on October 1, 2019 and will operate daily. The St Petersburg route, on which Wizz Air UK will be the sole British operating carrier, will also launch on 1 October 2019 and operate daily. Fares on both routes start from £25.99 one way including all taxes and non-optional charges.

Owain Jones, Managing Director, Wizz Air UK, said: ‘Today marks the launch of two of the most exciting routes so far in Wizz Air’s network. For the first time, Wizz Air is giving our customers the chance to travel from the UK to two of Russia’s greatest cities, avoiding high legacy airline prices with our ultra-low fares. We’ll be the only UK carrier flying to St Petersburg and on both new routes, our customers will enjoy Wizz Air’s great travel experience on-board Europe’s youngest and greenest aircraft. Moscow and St Petersburg are each steeped in culture and history, having seen some of the most momentous events in world history and should definitely be on everyone’s list of places to visit. The whole Wizz Air team looks forward to welcoming customers old and new on-board our new flights linking the UK and Russia.’

Currently Wizz Air has over 8.5 million seats on sale on its 61 London Luton routes, representing 20% growth year on year. With the new Moscow routes, Wizz Air now offers 100 low fare routes to 28 countries from ten UK airports.

easyJet announces new winter route from Bristol to Hurghada

easyJet, the UK-based European airline, has announced a new route from Bristol Airport to Hurghada in Egypt for this winter.

easyJet’s new flights to the Egyptian resort will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the winter. This new route joins the five new services easyJet has recently launched from Bristol to Montpellier and Biarritz in France, Milan and Brindisi in Italy and to the Greek island of Rhodes.

The Bristol- Hurghada flights will begin operating from October 30, 2019 with 16,000 seats now on sale. Tickets are available to book at www.easyjet.com.

Neil Slaven, easyJet’s UK Country Director, said: ‘We are proud to be the largest airline at Bristol and very pleased to be strengthening our network there with this new winter service to Hurghada, which we are confident will prove popular with our customers in the South West searching for some winter sun.

‘We remain committed to providing great value services to our customers in Bristol and the South West by offering low fares, a convenient schedule and more choice when they travel.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted with easyJet adding Hurghada to the easyJet route network from Bristol Airport. This further increases the choice of destinations and flight options available to passengers in the South West and Wales region, selecting to fly from their local airport and further demonstrates the long term collaboration and joint growth strategy between easyJet and Bristol Airport.’

easyJet announces first flights to Milan, Biarritz and Brindisi from Bristol Airport

Last week, easyJet launched its first flights from Bristol Airport to Milan, Biarritz and Brindisi, offering travellers increased opportunity to explore European destinations this summer.

easyJet’s first flight from Bristol to Milan Malpensa airport in Italy took off on July 1, while the first flight to Biarritz in France was on Tuesday July 2, followed by the airline’s first flight to Brindisi, also in Italy.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK country manager commented: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating further expansion at Bristol Airport and with three inaugural flights taking off this week we are pleased to be offering even more variety for our customers in Bristol this summer, whether they are looking for a lively city break, cultural getaway or scenic surf trip.

‘Having been at Bristol Airport for 18 years, the addition of another aircraft this summer will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth at the airport whilst providing passengers with a greater range of destinations, all with low fares and great service.’

Nigel Scott, business development director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted to see these exciting destinations commence this week from Bristol Airport. The new routes further extend the choice and options of flights available to passengers. easyJet’s decision to base an additional aircraft at Bristol, bringing the total to 17 based aircraft, provides these new routes and an additional daily Paris flight, improving business connectivity. Frequency of flights to Paris is vitally important for businesses such as EDF Energy, Airbus and other key corporate clients and opens up further opportunities for inbound tourism using Bristol as the gateway to the region.’

easyJet has now launched five routes from Bristol this summer, with the first flights to Montpellier in France and the Greek Island of Rhodes launched in June. This airline also began operating an additional daily flight between Bristol and Paris, providing more choice to customers for a city getaway to the French capital.

easyJet expects to carry more than 36,550 passengers across these new routes this summer. Many low fares are also available for those looking to enjoy sunshine in some of the UK’s favourite European destinations and flights to these new destinations are available online at easyJet.com with fares from £22.99, the airline said.

Wizz Air launches only direct route from the London Luton to Turku, Finland

Wizz Air UK, the UK-based airline subsidiary of Wizz Air Holdings Plc, has announced the launch of the only direct route from the UK to Finland’s oldest city, Turku.

The new Luton – Turku flights will operate from Wizz Air UK’s base at London Luton Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with fares starting from £24.99 one way, including all taxes and non-optional charges.

Located on the banks of the River Aura, Turku has a variety of museums for visitors to explore. The city of Turku also offers access to the 50,000 islands that comprise the Finnish Archipelago, most of which are connected by a 200km network of roads, bridges and ferries.

Owain Jones, managing director, Wizz Air UK said: ‘Here at WIZZ our mission is to give travellers the opportunity to explore Europe’s undiscovered gems, and our new route from London Luton to Turku does exactly that. Our direct route to Finland’s oldest city means that people looking to travel to Turku can do so in one short flight on-board one of our brand new, ultra-efficient Airbus aircraft. The growing restaurant scene, riverside setting and medieval architecture are just a few reasons to visit Turku and who knows, if you keep your eyes peeled, you might spot the odd Moomin or two!’

Lotta Back, International Marketing Manager of Visit Turku, said: ‘We are thrilled by the launch of the new Wizz Air direct service connecting London and Turku as it will allow UK travellers to enjoy the beautiful city of Turku this summer with increased ease.

‘Turku is one of the most popular cities in Finland and with this new route we hope to open our doors to many more leisure and business visitors. Our magnificent city offers travellers a fun getaway to a vibrant, medieval European town which overflows with cultural events, culinary delights and festivals.’

With the new route, Wizz Air now offers 98 low fare routes to 27 countries from ten UK airports.

Aer Lingus launches direct Dublin-Minneapolis route

Dublin Airport has announced the introduction of a new direct service to Minneapolis-St. Paul in Minnesota.

The new Dublin-Minneapolis route will be operated by Aer Lingus using a Boeing 757 aircraft. The new route will initially operate six times weekly, increasing to a daily, year-round service from this August.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said, ‘This is Aer Lingus’ 14th transatlantic route from Dublin Airport and its 11th new transatlantic route in the past five years.

‘We have been working closely with Aer Lingus since 2014 to grow its North American business and build a substantial transfer business. The new route offers customers significant onward connections in both directions.’

Aer Lingus’ Chief Executive Stephen Doyle, added: ‘We are delighted to commence Ireland’s first and only direct service to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota State. The Minneapolis-St. Paul region holds great promise for Aer Lingus particularly in terms of the connections we can offer to UK and European guests as well as those travelling from North America and onwards to Europe.’

Passengers travelling to Minneapolis-St. Paul on the Aer Lingus’ service can make use of the US Pre Clearance facilities at Dublin Airport, as they will be able to arrive in the US by completing all the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure.

This new route means that Dublin Airport now has nine airlines flying 464 flights per week to and from 18 destinations in the US and six destinations in Canada, which equates to an average of 66 flights daily to and from North America.

Dublin Airport has flights to nearly 200 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 53 airlines. So far this year, more than 12.3 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport, a seven percent increase compared to the first five months of last year. An additional 764,000 passengers travelled through Dublin Airport between January and May.