Blue Islands launch extended summer schedule

Blue Islands has recently extended its on-sale schedule for next summer to cover the whole of the summer school holiday period for 2021.

With the extension, Channel Islanders can now plan and book their travel choosing the airline’s Blue Plus fare which includes flexibility, seat choice and a two-suitcase allowance as standard.

In Summer 2021 Blue Islands will operate direct services from Jersey to Southampton, Birmingham, East Midlands, Bristol, Exeter, Newquay and Guernsey. Southampton and Guernsey will be served up to five times a day, with twice a day services in the peak season to Birmingham. Services to Bristol, Exeter and East Midlands will fly daily; and Newquay will operate three times a week.

The airline will increase services from Guernsey to up to five times a day on both Guernsey to Southampton and the Inter-Island service to Jersey.

Commenting on the extension and additional flights for summer 2021, Rob Veron, Blue Islands CEO, said: ‘The latest schedule release means that flights are on sale through to the end of the school summer holidays in 2021. Customers can now plan and book next summer’s holiday, securing great fares by booking early. You can also make reservations with confidence in the knowledge of flexibility when choosing our Blue Plus fares where there are no change fees (although fare difference may apply) plus 2 x 23kg hold luggage, complimentary seat selection and double frequent flyer points. And finally, you will also be booking with the island’s only home-based carrier airline that also has the financial support of the Government of Jersey. We are looking forward to once-again serving Jersey and Guernsey with high-frequency flights.’

Prices start from under £50.00 one-way, including hold luggage. In addition to direct destinations, Blue Islands now offers connecting services on its network and via its codeshare partner Loganair; to Dublin, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Ryanair launches new Leeds Route to Vilnius, Lithuania

Ryanair, the Ireland-based low fares airline, has announced a new Leeds route to Vilnius, flying three times per week from October 26, 2020 as part of Ryanair’s British Winter 2020 schedule.

With the announcement, British travellers and tourists can book a winter getaway to Vilnius until March 2021, with a new set of health measures introduced by Ryanair. As part of the announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from £19.99, for travel from October 26 until December 2020, which must be booked by midnight Thursday 24th September on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s Director of Commercial Jason McGuinness said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to launch a new Leeds route to Vilnius, from 26th October 2020, which will operate 3 times every week as part of our British Winter 2020 schedule. Customers in Leeds can now book flights to Vilnius as far out as March 2021.

‘To celebrate this new route, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from just £19.99, for travel from now until December 2020, which must be booked by midnight Thursday (24th September). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

The new route at Leeds comes after Ryanair announced on September 15 that it would add more flights from Liverpool to Vilnius. In response to increased customer demand from both British and Lithuanian consumers, Ryanair will now fly three times weekly (+1) from Liverpool to Vilnius from October 25 as part of its Winter 2020 schedule.

Further, Ryanair said that it will extend the waiving of its flight change fee for all customers who book to travel in October and November 2020, offering more flexibly in case of any change in travel plans.

Virgin Atlantic announces flight services to Pakistan from London Heathrow and Manchester

Virgin Atlantic has said that it is launching flights to Pakistan from London Heathrow and Manchester.

Subject to applicable regulatory approvals, the UK airline will fly three new routes from London Heathrow to Lahore, London Heathrow to Islamabad, as well as from Manchester to Islamabad. The new services will operate on one of Virgin Atlantic’s newest, most fuel efficient aircraft, the 787-9, boasting 31 Upper Class suites, 35 Premium and 192 Economy seats. The flights are on sale now with return Economy fares starting from £504 per person, Premium from £756 and Upper Class from £1,986.

The new services include Manchester to Islamabad operated four times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday) starting on December 10 2020, with return economy fares starting from £562 per person, Premium from £779, and Upper Class from £2,051; London Heathrow to Lahore, operated four times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday) starting on December 13 2020, with return economy fares start from £519 per person, Premium from £756 and Upper Class from £1,986; and London Heathrow to Islamabad, operated three times a week (Mon, Wed, Sat) starting on December 12, 2020, with return economy fares start from £504 per person, Premium from £756 and Upper Class from £1,986.

These new services will open up over 290,000 seats between the UK and Pakistan annually while also offering connections for customers travelling from destinations throughout North America, including New York JFK, Los Angeles, Washington, Boston and San Francisco via London Heathrow onwards to Pakistan. Connections from European destinations will also be available through code-share and interline partners.

Aer Lingus Regional announces new service to Belfast city from Birmingham

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has announced the launch of its new route from Birmingham to Belfast.

Starting September 14, the airline will operate up to four daily return flights from Birmingham Airport to Belfast City Airport. Flights from Birmingham to Belfast start from £29.99 one way including taxes and are on sale now at www.aerlingus.com. Stobart Air will also now base five ATR72-600 aircraft at Belfast City Airport.

Aer Lingus Regional currently operates four routes from Birmingham including Dublin, Cork, Shannon and now Belfast City.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are delighted that Stobart Air has given customers the chance to fly to Belfast City Airport again direct from Birmingham Airport. This much needed domestic route comes under the Common Travel Area, ensuring customers can move easily and freely between England and Northern Ireland. The convenience of this route will appeal to both business and leisure customers needing direct access to the Emerald Isle.’

Stobart Air Managing Director Andy Jolly said: ‘We are pleased to establish a base at Belfast City Airport and to work closely with Birmingham Airport, Belfast City Airport and our partners Aer Lingus to operate flights to and from Birmingham.

‘Stobart Air has worked hard over the past number of months to protect our airline during challenging times and to position us for the future. The launch of this service is part of that.

‘This new Aer Lingus Regional route will facilitate key links and connectivity between these cities and ensure we provide choice, value and convenience for our customers. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board this Birmingham-Belfast route from today.’

In accordance with the guidance from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stobart Air has implemented enhanced health and safety measures to protect staff, crew and passengers from the risks of Covid 19.

Cornwall Airport Newquay announces successful restart of operations, to add more flights in 2021

Cornwall Airport Newquay, which has reopened in early July, has announced a successful restart of its operations and the expansion of services.

With flight services to London Heathrow, Teesside, Leeds-Bradford, Faro and Alicante resuming in July, the airport has served more than 7,000 passengers in August.

British Airways has carried nearly 5,000 passengers on the new London Heathrow service since it began operations in late July, while Eastern Airways has increased aircraft capacity and the frequency of flights following high demand since launching the new routes to Teesside and Leeds after the reopening of the airport.

Pete Downes, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay commented: ‘We’re really pleased to see the number of passengers travelling through Cornwall Airport Newquay start to rise in August, as we see more and more customers feeling confident to travel by air with the extensive measures we have in place to keep them safe. The Airport has played a key role in bringing in tourists to Cornwall from across the UK, as well as providing services for Cornish residents wishing to travel outside of Cornwall for holidays or to see family and friends this summer.’

He added: ‘We’re hoping to see a return of flights between Newquay and Dublin this October, operated by Aer Lingus, and we are still working hard to reinstate the important link to Manchester as soon as possible.’

Flights to London Heathrow, Teesside, Leeds-Bradford and Alicante will continue throughout winter, offering connections across the UK as well as some winter sun destinations, the airport said.

In 2021, Scottish Airline Loganair will commence routes to Edinburgh, Newcastle, Glasgow and Aberdeen from Newquay in the spring. While it was originally scheduled to commence operation in spring 2020, Loganair will now start operations in 2021. Further, Channel Islands airline Blue Islands has also confirmed to return next summer with its popular route to Jersey.

Loganair announces double daily flights from Newcastle to Aberdeen

Loganair, the Scotland-based regional UK airline, is offering more flights to Aberdeen, introducing an additional daily flight between Newcastle and the Scottish city.

Operated on the airline’s Embraer 135/145 Jet aircraft, Loganair will fly two services to Aberdeen every weekday and one every Sunday. This brings the total number of flights each week to twenty two. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, flights between the two cities were suspended for two months, and on June 1 Loganair became one of the first airlines to resume a limited schedule from the Airport.

Kay Ryan, Loganair’s Chief Commercial Officer said: ‘I’m delighted that we are in the position to increase our flights to Aberdeen from 14 September.

We’ve been operating this route from June in order to ensure essential workers in the Oil & Gas Industry have been able to get to work.

This ‘step up’ in our frequency reflects increased customer demand not only on our Aberdeen route, but also on Southampton, Stavanger and Exeter.’

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 who operate in the offshore sector.

‘Aviation as an industry is facing significant challenges at the moment so it is excellent to see Loganair expanding their schedule such a short time after resuming their flights from the region.

‘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.’

The airline has introduced a range of COVID-19 protocols for staff and passenger safety, including a FlySafe programme that features enhanced cleaning between flights including all touch-points, nightly deep-cleans, auto seat-allocation to socially distance those onboard as far as possible, mandatory face-coverings for crew and customers and zonal embarkation.

Loganair and Blue Islands partners to improve north-south connectivity in UK

Loganair, a UK-based regional airline and Channel Islands-based regional operator Blue Islands, have announced the commencement of a new code-share agreement that will improve north-south connectivity across the United Kingdom and to Jersey and Guernsey.

Customers can now book connecting itineraries at Loganair.co.uk including Inverness to Southampton and Exeter via Manchester, Aberdeen to Southampton and Exeter via Manchester, and from Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh to the Channel Islands via Southampton or Exeter. For customers in the Channel Islands, journeys to Scotland or Newcastle on flights operated by both airlines can also now be booked at Blueislands.com. Other routes will be sold by Loganair via its website, including Blue Islands’ popular Exeter and Birmingham to Jersey and Dublin to Southampton routes.

Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: ‘We’re excited our new codeshare partnership with Blue Islands starts today and we’re confident it will be welcome news for customers looking to travel to the north from the Channel Isles and by those in Scotland looking to explore all that Jersey and Guernsey have to offer. The agreement also greatly strengthens our connectivity to Southampton and Exeter with extra connecting options via Manchester complementing our direct services from the central belt and Newcastle. We look forward to further developing our relations with Blue Islands for the benefit of all our customers.’

Rob Veron, Blue Islands CEO, said, ‘We are delighted to see that customers can now book flights using our previously announced codeshare partnership with Loganair. Our initial set of connections enable easy travel to a number of very popular destinations in Scotland and the North for our customers in Guernsey, Jersey, Exeter and Southampton. We expect the network to develop even further very soon, with a wider choice of destinations for next summer.’

The code-share agreement offers several benefits to customers – there is a cost saving for customers in that if a traveller booked had flights with Loganair from Aberdeen to Manchester and then booked separate flights with Blue Islands from Manchester to Southampton, Air Passenger Duty (APD) would be charged twice. That same journey booked today via Loganair.co.uk or Blueislands.com, will be halved. Further, hold luggage will now be through checked to its final destination; and in case of delay or missed connections, a re-accommodation process is offered.

Blue Islands re-introduces Birmingham to Jersey service

Blue Islands, the Channel Islands’ regional airline, has said that it is planning to re-introduce regular flights from Birmingham to Jersey, a destination popular for short-stay breaks or long weekends.

A picturesque Island with French influence, Jersey features attractive bays and pristine beaches. It boasts watersports, varied walks from heritage trails to country ambles, heritage attractions and locally-sourced cuisine and seafood.

Rob Veron, Blue Islands CEO, said, ‘We are very pleased to reinstate the very popular route from Birmingham. The flights will initially operate four days a week, and for next summer we will increase frequencies with a daily service to Jersey and convenient onward connections to Guernsey.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘Jersey is an important route for the Midlands and we are delighted that Blue Islands now operates direct flights to the island. The route has been unserved for a period of time but we know there is huge demand for this service from our customers to access the Channel Islands.’

Blue Islands is working with Visit Jersey to promote late summer/autumn breaks to Jersey. Flights from £49.99 one way are still available this September and October.

Blue Fly includes 1 x 23kg luggage allowance as standard.

Eurowings resume flights between Newcastle and Dusseldorf

Eurowings has resumed operations between Newcastle and Dusseldorf – the tenth airline to restart flights from the North East’s largest airport.

The airline had stopped flying between the two cities in April following the COVID-19 pandemic, but has restarted operating three flights every week and plans to increase to six flights per week from November. Eurowings will operate the route on its Airbus A320 aircraft which will provide more than 1,000 seats between Newcastle and Dusseldorf each week.

Nick Jones, Chief Executive of Newcastle Airport said: ‘We’re delighted to see Eurowings return to the Airport and look forward to welcoming passengers for their trips to Dusseldorf. The connection between the two cities has been established for many years and continues to be a very important connection for the region’s business and leisure passengers.

‘There is no doubt that this is a challenging time for the aviation industry however it is positive to see the tenth of our airline partners resuming operations from our Airport.’

Newcastle Airport had announced its Ten Point Plan of measures ahead of passengers returning in June. The plan ensures the terminal is safer for all and includes mandatory face mask wearing, and hand sanitiser stations.

Eurowings is the first German airline to launch a free middle seat that can be booked in advance of the flight. The new offer can be booked in all seat rows and on all Eurowings routes within Europe – subject to availability. The free middle seat is priced at EUR18 per flight. Currently, the new service can be booked via the Eurowings Service Center +49 180 6 320 320.

‘The positive feedback during the test phase showed us very clearly that our guests often want more comfort and distance on board. We therefore assume that the free middle seat will become a very important product for travel in the future,’ said Eurowing’s CEO Jens Bischof.

British Airways announces September sale

British Airways has announced the launch of its annual September Sale with deals to some 150 destinations across its global network.

With the new schedule of flights, customers can take a trip to New York for £299 return, San Francisco for £348 return or Miami for £349 return. Those looking for a trip to the Caribbean beaches of Antigua or St Lucia can do so for £384 return and £399 return respectively or to Seychelles for £499 return. Dubai return flights start from £299, and Muscat flights start from £399 return.

The airline is also offering a range of holiday packages in the sale this year. These include seven-night European beach breaks (including flights and hotels) from £179 per person, including to Corfu and Sardinia, seven-night holidays to the newly launched destination of Montego Bay from £619 per person, seven-night holidays to Barbados from £549pp, Orlando from £399pp and New York from £379pp. During the September Sale, British Airways Holidays is offering complimentary access to the Galleries Club Lounges at London Heathrow Terminal 5 when booking a flight + hotel package for seven nights or more for travel between September 3 and December 24, 2020, subject to certain conditions.

In addition, British Airways has over one million seats available for £39 or less each-way. Destinations include Geneva, Venice and Rome.

Andrew Brem, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: ‘We know that many of our customers are eager to start exploring the world again and that’s why we are offering them great prices coupled with flexible booking options. Customers who book during the September Sale can take a voucher if they change their minds and we believe that this, alongside enhanced safety measures at the airport and onboard, will give customers the confidence to book their next getaway and get travelling again.’

As part of the September Sale, the airline is also offering a number of Avios part payment deals.