Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announce flights and holidays to Turkey from Bristol Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, a UK leisure travel and holiday company, have announced that launch of flights and holidays to Turkey today, September 24 from Bristol Airport for the first time.

Following the easing of international travel restrictions and the removal of Turkey from the Red List, the tour operator has been quick to launch flights and holidays to Antalya and Dalaman from Bristol Airport.

With up to two weekly flights to Antalya and Dalaman available for Summer 21 from Bristol Airport, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are responding to significant demand. The companies are operating to Antalya from Bristol Airport throughout the Winter season too.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘The launch of our award-winning flights and package holidays to Turkey from Bristol Airport is fantastic news for holidaymakers. We are delighted to be starting flights and holidays to Antalya and Dalaman and to be taking customers in the region to these much-loved destinations. Customers have missed being able to visit Turkey this summer, so the reopening of the country has resulted in huge demand and comes just in time for holidaymakers to enjoy some late summer sun. We continue to look towards the future with real confidence, as customers make the most of being able to get away and enjoy some much-needed sunshine.’

Jet2’s offers customer service options including 22kg baggage allowance through a flight-only booking with Jet2.com, in-resort Customer Helpers, transfers, free child places and ATOL protection with the UK’s largest tour operator to destinations in the Mediterranean and Canary Islands. Besides a choice of thousands of 2-5 star hotels through Jet2holidays, customers can take advantage of Free Child Places, which are still available.

British Airways to resume nonstop flights to London Heathrow and San Diego International Airport

British Airways has said that it will resume services between London Heathrow and San Diego International Airport on October 13.

The year-round nonstop flights will operate three times weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Flight BA272 will depart San Diego at 7 p.m. and arrive in London the next day at 1:25 p.m. Flight BA273 will depart London at 1:45 p.m. and arrive in San Diego at 4:55 p.m. All flight times are local. Tickets are available to book at britishairways.com.

‘We are beyond thrilled to hear that British Airways will resume their flights between San Diego and London in October,’ said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority President and CEO. ‘London is the largest demand market between San Diego and Europe due to the robust business relationships between the two cities and provides San Diegans a convenient hub to connect to destinations across Europe and beyond.’

Marie Hilditch, British Airways’ Head of North America sales said: ‘We can’t wait to welcome our customers back on board our San Diego flights and we are honored to be playing our part in reuniting families and friends with their loved ones after such a long time apart.

‘The safety of our customers and colleagues has always been at the heart of everything we do. We know some customers won’t have flown for a long time, we can assure them we have a range of COVID-19 measures in place to provide stress and hassle-free travel.’

The airline is the first carrier to resume nonstop service to Europe from San Diego. It is suggested that traveling passengers review the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) international travel recommendations as well as the UK Government’s health and travel requirements for the U.S.

The resumption comes after British Airways suspended the service in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. British Airways has introduced a number of measures at the airport and on board to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its customers and crew. These include social distancing measures, the wearing of face masks, and hand sanitizer stations. Prior to travel customers will also receive details on preparing for their next flight.

British Airways introduces two Portuguese destinations from Heathrow for summer 2022

British Airways has said that it will add the islands of Sao Miguel and Terceira, in Azores archipelago, to its Heathrow short-haul network from next summer.

Flights to the two new summer hotspots will operate once a week, with Sao Miguel launching on July 2 until September 3; and Terceira launching on July 10 until August 28. The flight to Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel will operate on Saturdays and that to Terceira will operate on Sundays.

The Azores archipelago comprises of nine islands, all known for cuisine and wine as well as scenic views offering nature lovers a wide range of activities. The Azores is also the first archipelago in the world to be certified as a sustainable destination by Earth Check. The island of Terceira is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site with its stunning laurel forests and Sao Miguel, home to the Lake of Seven Cities, has been dubbed one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘After a difficult 18 months, it’s fantastic to be in a position to launch two new routes next summer from Heathrow. These two Islands in the Azores will be the perfect addition to our network, offering more choice in one of the most popular regions in Europe for British sunseekers.’

British Airways will operate an Airbus 320 to both destinations. Customers travelling in the airline’s Euro Traveller (economy) cabin can pre-purchase items from the Speedbird Cafe, or can order additional snacks and drinks on board the flight directly using their mobile device.

Customers travelling in Club Europe (business class) have access to priority check in, lounges and restaurant style complimentary dining, including items from the airline’s new ‘Best of British’ menus. British Airways’ return flights to Sao Miguel, will start from £79 in Euro Traveller and £208 in Club Europe. Flights to Terceira start from £79 in Euro Traveller and £208 in Club Europe.

British Airways to resume operations from Birmingham Airport

British Airways has said that it will resume operations form Birmingham Airport with a flight service to be introduced between Belfast and Birmingham.

The flights will operate twice daily, increasing to three times a day on a Thursday and Friday.

The flights will be operated using an Embraer 190 with capacity of 98 seats. Customers can book on BA.com from today with travel between October 31, 2021 and March 26, 2022.

Tom Stoddart, Managing Director of BA CityFlyer which operates the routes, said: ‘This year has shown how much customers want to stay connected with the rest of the UK. We’re sure this route will be popular with customers getting away for a UK holiday, as well as those visiting friends and relatives.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport commenting on the new flights, said: ‘It is great to welcome back British Airways to Birmingham after three years absence. We know that the tail fin will be a welcome sight to many of Birmingham’s customers. This route ensures even more choice for travel to Belfast from Birmingham and with plans to grow the schedule adds to the flexibility of travel. Customers can also be reassured that flights are covered by the airlines flexible booking policy.’

Customers booking with British Airways can benefit from the airline’s flexible booking policy. Customers will be able to exchange their booking for a voucher or move their dates without incurring a change fee if their plans change.

Eastern Airways resumes flights to Aberdeen from Newcastle

Eastern Airways has resumed flights between Newcastle International Airport and Aberdeen Airport, offering connectivity for businesses in both the North East of England and Scotland, as well as other passengers looking to travel to Aberdeenshire or the Highlands.

The resumed schedule will see flights operating six days a week and give passengers a convenient way of travelling to the Scottish port city from the North East of England in under one hour.

Flights are on sale now from £84.99 one-way including a 15-kg hold bag at www.easternairways.com or with your local travel agent.

Roger Hage, General Manager, Eastern Airways, said: ‘We have served the North-East of England to Aberdeen for twenty years now and we welcome the return to our Newcastle base, restoring the North-East Scotland connection.

‘As passenger confidence and energy related activity increases, we want to ensure the right services are being offered. Eastern Airways is all about supporting the regions of the UK, connecting people and places. Ensuring the North-East’s main hub airport of Newcastle is connected to Aberdeen is part of our wider return adding further services at hubs we already serve and a crucial part of increasing connectivity and aiding economic recovery.’

Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle International Airport said: ‘The connection between Newcastle and Aberdeen is vital for the region’s economy and many businesses that operate in the offshore sector.

‘September marks twenty years since Eastern Airways began operating flights between the North East’s largest Airport and the city of Aberdeen. We are delighted that the airline has chosen to resume this important route which will benefit many businesses as they begin the road to recovery from the pandemic.

‘The airline has a number of robust safety measures in place, and along with our own Ten Point Plan we hope this will give passengers confidence that they will be safe when travelling.’

Mark Beveridge, Operations Director at Aberdeen International Airport, said: ‘It is great to see Eastern Airways return to Aberdeen International Airport with its Newcastle service.

‘This route will be warmly welcomed by our passengers and adds to the routes that strengthen our connectivity in the north-east of Scotland. Bringing business back to the region with safe travel is a key priority but there remains a long road ahead for aviation in the UK and the thousands of people employed within our industry.’

WestJet to start operating from Edinburgh Airport next year

Canadian airline WestJet is planning to start operations from Edinburgh Airport next year, offering a three times weekly service to Toronto.

The new service is set to begin on June 2, 2022 and will depart Edinburgh for Toronto on Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays on a Boeing 737 Max.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: ‘We know there is huge interest in North America and Canada in particular, so welcoming a fantastic airline like WestJet to Edinburgh Airport is hugely exciting and we are glad to welcome them to Scotland’s capital.

‘People are beginning to plan those family reunions and longed for holidays so we hope new additions where possible will held to satisfy that demand, and the route will also present a great opportunity to strengthen business links.

‘We look forward to welcoming WestJet to Edinburgh and showing off our fantastic capital city and everything else that Scotland has to offer.’

John Weatherill, WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer said: ‘We’re looking forward to welcoming Edinburgh to our international network and strengthening travel and tourism ties between our two countries.

‘Whether travellers are looking to discover Edinburgh’s enchanting castles and cobbled streets or exploring the vibrance of Toronto and beyond, we’re committed to continuing to introduce new destinations and routes to our network.’

WestJet’s plan to establish a base in Edinburgh will expand the connections that the Scottish capital city has with North America, with more transatlantic carriers expected to resume services next year.

Lufthansa introduces innovative cabin to improve travel experience

Lufthansa announced on Friday September 3 that its passengers can now enjoy a whole new flying experience on short and medium-haul routes.

The airline says that thanks to a new innovative cabin, it is noticeably improving travel comfort. On Saturday, September 4, the first Airbus 321neo with the modern Airspace Cabin took off from Frankfurt for Fuerteventura.

In addition to Lufthansa, the new cabin will also be used by Swiss, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings in the new Airbus 320 family aircraft. The new cabin’s enhancements include huge new overhead bins that have a forty percent larger volume and can even hold sixty percent more suitcases, as they can be stowed vertically in the bins. The cabin design and the entrance area have been extensively redesigned to appear brighter and friendlier. So-called Human Centric Lighting, a specially programmed, flexible lighting system, illuminates the cabin in warm red light, graduated intermediate tones to colder blue light. Depending on the time of day or night, the light in the aircraft cabin is geared to passengers biorhythms. Luthansa says that seating comfort has also been improved: the side walls of the Airspace Cabin will in future offer passengers more space in the shoulder area. In addition, the modern washrooms are even more usable for people with limited mobility.

‘Regardless of the crisis, we continue to focus emphatically on a premium offering for our guests,’ stated Heike Birlenbach, head of Customer Experience, Lufthansa Group. ‘For us, premium means providing high-quality, individualised and relevant offers for all our passengers at all times. With the new Airspace Cabin, we are significantly improving the travel experience on short-haul routes.’

kulula.com re-introduces Johannesburg – East London route

kulula.com, South Africa’s first low-cost airline, has said that it is re-introducing its Johannesburg – East London route.

Effective, 4th September 2021, kulula.com will offer two weekly flights between Johannesburg and East London. The flights will operate on Saturdays or Sundays.

Brian Kitchin, Executive Head of Sales and Marketing at kulula.com said: ‘We have listened to our customers who have been eagerly waiting for us to re-introduce flights to East London. We are pleased to now be able to offer travellers more choice when travelling to and from the beautiful Eastern Cape.’

‘The timing could not have been more perfect, as we celebrate Tourism Month in September. As this year’s United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) theme for World Tourism Day Celebrations indicates – Tourism for inclusive growth -, we believe by re-introducing kulula.com flights on the East London route will help rejuvenate domestic tourism to this region.’

kulula.com offers travel options in and around South Africa, including flights, holidays, hotels and car rentals.

Options include The Fly Light option with a hop-on, hop-off option for those with only cabin bags; The Pack & Go option, an all-round choice to suit most traveller’s needs including one piece of checked luggage weighing up to 20kg and two free booking changes; and The fully Loaded, a fully flexible option allowing unlimited booking changes, two checked bags and Q-Jump to speed-up check-in procedures.

Virgin Atlantic to offer direct flights Edinburgh to Barbados and Orlando

Virgin Atlantic, the British premier carrier, has said earlier this month that it will set up a base in Edinburgh later this year, offering direct flights to Barbados and Orlando.

It’s the first time that Virgin Atlantic will operate international flights from the Scottish capital in its 37-year history. The flight to Barbados will be Scotland’s only direct service to the Caribbean and will launch on December 5, 2021. Flights to Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, will launch on March 30, 2022.

The new Caribbean flights will operate twice weekly on an Airbus A330, while the new Orlando flights will also be twice weekly, operating on an Airbus A330-200. The fares start from £419 and customers on the Barbados route will be able to choose to fly in one of three cabins on the A330.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘A premier city like Edinburgh deserves premier airlines and we are extremely excited to welcome our newest partner Virgin Atlantic to Scotland’s capital city.

‘To be able to deliver flights to Barbados, Scotland’s only direct route to the Caribbean, and Orlando is a fantastic boost to us as we prepare for the post-Covid recovery, and it is a huge show of confidence in Edinburgh Airport’s ability to deliver for passengers across the country.

‘We look forward to the new routes launching and watching passengers head off on the holiday of a lifetime from Edinburgh Airport with Virgin Atlantic.’

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented: ‘Commencing international flights from Edinburgh marks an exciting new chapter for Virgin Atlantic and we couldn’t be happier to be flying from a new home in Scotland. I know our teams are itching to show Edinburgh the Virgin Atlantic spirit and flair we’re famous for.

‘Our two new routes provide an array of holiday options to suit everyone. From family fun and the thrills of Orlando’s theme parks to the stunning beaches and chilled out vibes in Barbados, we’re confident there’s something to love for all of our Scottish customers.’

Virgin Atlantic will be joining its joint venture partner, Delta Air Lines, at its new home in Scotland. Delta currently flies to both New York and Boston from the Scottish capital, with additional partners Air France KLM operating services to both Paris and Amsterdam.

British Airways announces flight and holiday sale for travel until summer 2022

British Airways and British Airways Holidays have announced a sale, with price reductions made across a range of flights and holidays until summer 2022.

The sale is running until September 21, 2021. The announcement comes as British Airways Holidays announces the extension of its VIP airport offer, which is now available on travel up until March 31, 2022. Every customer spending a minimum of £1,500pp on holiday packages for a minimum of five nights will automatically qualify for Galleries Club Lounge access, premium check-in, Fast Track Security and priority boarding if departing from London Heathrow Terminal 5. This offer also applies to those bookings that have already been made. Return British Airways flights available in the sale include Dubai from £299, New York from £329, San Francisco from £348 and Miami from £339.

With the new holiday packages (flight + hotel) from British Airways Holidays, tourists can enjoy seven nights in Orlando from £439pp or three nights in New York from £429pp. Seven-night Caribbean holidays are available to Barbados from £579pp and Mauritius from £649pp. In addition, seven-night European destinations such as Mallorca are available from £199pp, Malta from £199pp and Madeira from £229pp. Those jetting off to Dubai can enjoy three nights from £379pp.

Claire Bentley, Managing Director of British Airways Holidays, said: ‘With optimism about future holidays continuing to grow, we know that many of our customers are keen to get back to travelling.

‘This sale is about giving as much choice as possible to those who are preparing to get away, whether in the near future or next year. We recognise that there’s still an element of uncertainty, which is why we recently extended our flexible booking policy. Low deposits on holidays and free amendments or cancellations offer the kind of peace of mind that we know our customers need.’

All bookings will benefit from British Airway’s flexible booking policies, allowing customers to rearrange their trip free of charge before August 31, 2022. Holiday packages can be secured with deposits from £60pp, with the final balance due up to three weeks before travel.