Cardiff Airport resumes service to Belfast with Aer Lingus

Cardiff Airport has announced the resumption of flights to the key UK domestic destination of Belfast in Northern Ireland, with services from Aer Lingus and its partner Emerald Airlines.

Emerald Airlines, the exclusive Aer Lingus Regional operator, will link the two capital cities five times weekly starting from July 7. Flights will operate Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, are now on sale and available to book at aerlingus.com, with fares starting from £39.99.

The key attractions of the City of Belfast include the recently opened Game of Thrones Studio Tour in nearby Banbridge, the Titanic Belfast and the natural beauty of the Giant’s Causeway near Coleraine. The Emerald Airlines opened its base at Belfast City earlier this year.

‘Thanks a million to Emerald Airlines for announcing that it will restart the critical connection between Cardiff and Belfast under the Aer Lingus banner,’ said Marc Watkins, Aviation Development Manager at Cardiff Airport. ‘It’s great that our customers looking to fly between Wales and Northern Ireland no longer have to travel via England. The schedule and days of the week that flights are being operated are fantastic – whether you’re catching up with friends and relatives, needing to travel between the two cities for work, or for tourists visiting Belfast to enjoy the craic.’

Commenting on the announcement, Ciaran Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: ‘As we near the peak summer months, the launch of our Cardiff services will provide those travelling to Belfast with more choice when planning their holidays. When quick getaways are on the top of everyone’s mind, we are offering convenient timings and low fares, increasing connectivity to and from Northern Ireland.

We are extremely pleased with the feedback we have received since beginning our operations from Belfast City Airport and believe Cardiff is a great new connection that will cater to both business and leisure travellers with direct, convenient and cost-effective flights to the Northern Irish capital.’

Southampton Airport announces new Belfast City route with Emerald Airlines

Southampton Airport has announced the introduction of a brand new carrier as Emerald Airlines is starting a new service to Belfast City Airport.

Operating under the Aer Lingus Regional brand, Emerald Airlines will operate daily flights from July 7, linking Hampshire’s airport directly to the heart of the Northern Irish capital.

Christopher Tibbett, Head of Airline Relations for Southampton Airport said: ‘We are really pleased that Aer Lingus Regional partner Emerald Airlines will now operate flights to Belfast City.

‘The airport is just a five-minute journey from the city centre, which makes it the best option for business and leisure travellers looking for a speedy and convenient commute between the south coast and the Northern Irish Capital.’

Ciaran Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: ‘As the peak summer months are fast approaching, the launch of our Southampton services will provide those travelling to Belfast with even more choice when planning their holidays. When quick getaways are on the top of everyone’s mind, we are offering convenient timings and low fares, increasing connectivity to and from Northern Ireland.

‘We are extremely pleased with the feedback we have received since beginning our operations from Belfast City Airport and believe Southampton is another great new connection that will cater to both business and leisure travellers with direct, convenient and cost-effective flights to the Northern Irish capital.’

Aer Lingus Regional flights will be operated by the ATR72-600, the latest generation of turboprop aircraft that emit up to 40% less CO2 on short, regional flights.

Customers who book onto these routes operated by Emerald Airlines through www.ba.com or www.aerlingus.com can also earn and spend Avios and Tier points as part of British Airways’ Executive Club and Aer Lingus’ AerClub programme.

Jet2holidays introduce ‘Free Child Place’ on every flight for summer 2022

Jet2holidays, a UK tour operator to many destinations across Europe, the Mediterranean and Canary Islands, has launched a campaign which has seen a Free Child Place added onto every single flight departing from the UK in June, July and August 2022.

Under the campaign, tens of thousands of extra Free Child Places are on offer from across ten UK bases this summer. The offer is open to Jet2holidays bookings returning on or before August 31, 2022. Bookings must have at least two passengers paying the full adult price.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are all about getting people away on their well-deserved holidays this summer and there is no better feeling than heading to the sunshine knowing you have grabbed a Free Child Place too. This is our biggest ever giveaway of Free Child Places and although there are thousands of places available, we know that they will be enormously popular with families and family groups looking to get away so people will need to act quick to secure one. With more seats on sale than ever this summer, we are already looking ahead to a busy and successful summer, and this campaign will only help us deliver that.’

Besides securing a Free Child Place by visiting www.jet2holidays.com/free-child-place-finder, families booking with Jet2holidays also get customer service such as in-resort Customer Helpers, transfers, and ATOL protection, as well as a wide choice of 2-5 star hotels and villas.

Despite international travel making headlines recently, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have not as yet cancelled any flights due to staff shortages and have received positive feedback from customers and independent travel agents, the company said.

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks announce full City Breaks programme for Summer 23

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks, a leisure airline and UK-based operator of European City Breaks, have announced their full City Breaks programme on sale for Summer 23, as customers and independent travel agents can now book flights and city breaks to 12 destinations from six UK bases.

To meet the rising demand for city breaks, Jet2 has put all of its City Break destinations on sale for Summer 23 from Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and London Stansted Airports. In addition, the companies have also announced two brand-new destinations on sale from London Stansted Airport – Athens and Rome and a new destination on sale from Newcastle Airport – Verona.

The City Breaks programme from Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks offers customers and independent travel agents a choice of 12 leisure city destinations for Summer 23, including Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Budapest, Paris, Krakow, Nice, Prague, Pisa, Rome, Verona and Venice. The full Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks Summer 23 City Breaks programme is available at: https://bit.ly/3HNvTqb

Steve Heapy, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays CEO, said: ‘Customers and independent travel agents have been telling us that people are looking ahead and booking a much-needed city break in the diary. As such, demand for city breaks is increasing for Summer 23, so we have responded to that by putting on sale an expanded City Breaks programme for next summer, as well as announcing Athens and Rome as new city break destinations from London Stansted Airport and Verona as a new city break destination from Newcastle Airport. The fact that we have increased capacity to city break destinations by more than 25 percent shows the confidence we have. As the UK’s largest operator of European city breaks, our selection of city breaks for Summer 23 offers fantastic choice and flexibility. We are anticipating a very successful summer, as the appeal of booking with a trusted company that customers and independent travel agents can rely on is proving extremely important.’

An expanded programme means Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks have increased capacity compared to Summer 22 by over 25 percent, offering customers and independent travel agents ample choice and flexibility for visiting world-famous capitals, cultural centres, and historical gems in their favourite city break destinations.

Customers can choose from a flight-only option with Jet2.com or an ATOL protected package holiday with Jet2CityBreaks available for GBP60 per person deposit.

Package options with Jet2CityBreaks include flights with Jet2.com including 22kg hold luggage, as well as a choice of 2-5 star hotels in central locations.

Jet2 adds Verona as new city break destination from Newcastle Airport for summer 23

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks, the leisure airline and operator of European city breaks, has announced the addition of a new city break destination on sale for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport – Verona.

With this addition, customers and independent travel agents in the North East can now book flights and city breaks to four city break destinations from the base next summer. The other destinations for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport are Rome, Krakow and Prague.

Jet2 will operate flights and city breaks to the Italian city of Verona from Newcastle Airport from May 10 to September 27, 2023. The weekly services to Verona will gives holidaymakers easy access to Lake Garda and comes in response to strong demand from local customers and independent travel agents for Summer 23 city breaks.

The largest of the freshwater lakes in Italy, Lake Garda in the country’s north is within easy reach of the popular tourist city of Verona. Surrounded by small, picturesque villages, majestic mountains and shorelines stretching over 90 miles, Lake Garda’s coves and clear waters is an ideal spot for windsurfing and swimming.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Customers and independent travel agents in the North East have been telling us that people are looking ahead and booking a much-needed City Break in the diary. As such, we are seeing a lot of demand for city breaks for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport and have responded to that by adding a brand-new city break destination for Summer 23, as well as expanding our City Breaks programme on sale from the base. As the UK’s largest operator of European city breaks, our selection of city breaks for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport offers fantastic choice and flexibility. We are anticipating a very successful summer, as the appeal of booking with a trusted company that customers can rely on is proving extremely important.’

The City Breaks programme from Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks offers a choice of four leisure city destinations for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport, including the brand-new Verona (weekly flights), Rome (up to two weekly flights), Krakow (up to two weekly flights) and Prague (up to two weekly flights). Customers can choose from a flight-only option with Jet2.com or an ATOL protected package holiday with Jet2CityBreaks available for £60 per person deposit.

Package options with Jet2CityBreaks include flights with Jet2.com including 22kg hold luggage, transfers to and from the airport, as well as a choice of 2-5 star hotels in central locations.

Ryanair commences new service to Croatia from Bournemouth Airport

Bournemouth Airport has announced the launch of services to Croatia for the first time on June 18, with Ryanair’s new service to the resort of Zadar on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast.

Zadar is described by Rough Guides as ‘one of the coolest places on the Adriatic’. Surrounded by islands, coves and bays, it is known for its Roman and Venetian ruins, uncrowded white sand beaches and proximity to Croatia’s national parks, including Plitvice Lakes with the country’s highest waterfall.

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘Zadar is a fantastic addition to our summer schedule, and it puts one of the Adriatic’s hidden gems within easy reach. It means there’s even more choice for holidaymakers from their local airport this summer.’

‘Our summer season is well and truly underway and it’s great to see Ryanair bringing even more choice to holidaymakers from their local airport.

‘We’ve got 33 destinations on offer this year to 16 countries and the travel industry really is starting to bounce back to meet strong demand for overseas travel.’

The new service comes after Ryanair announced two new regular flight destinations from Bournemouth Airport earlier this month, running twice a week to France and Croatia. The Irish budget airline launched flights to Bergerac in France on Saturday, June 4. Both routes will be operating twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Gill added that since the start of the summer season last month Bournemouth Airport had despatched over 250 commercial holiday flights carrying more than 45,000 passengers.

With the new services, the total number of Ryanair routes available from Bournemouth this year increases to 15. Ryanair’s routes from Bournemouth include: Spain (Alicante, Girona (Barcelona), Gran Canaria, Malaga, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife), Ireland (Dublin), Hungary (Budapest), Poland (Krakow and Wroclaw), Portugal (Faro and Lisbon), Croatia (Zadar) and France (Bergerac).

Etihad Airways to resume operations from London Heathrow Terminal 4

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has said that it will resume operations at London Heathrow’s Terminal 4 from June 22, 2022.

Etihad is returning to Terminal 4 following a temporary halt at Terminals 2 and 3 during the pandemic.

Etihad said that it will increase its current four daily flights from London Heathrow to five daily flights effective from July to September 2022. Also from July, Etihad will increase its services into Dublin to offer a daily flight, and continue to operate daily to and from Manchester.

With the return of Etihad to Terminal 4, transport connections including the London Underground and Heathrow Express will also reopen. In addition, Etihad Lounges will also re-open for Etihad’s First and Business class guests, as well as Etihad Guest Platinum and Gold members. The VIP room features separate lounge and dining areas, as well as a children’s playroom. Tickets can be book at www.etihad.com

As the UAE-national carrier resumes operations at Terminal 4, London Heathrow is expecting a large number of guests for travel. To enable a seamless journey, Etihad is asking all passengers to check in online and arrive early, with Etihad check-in desks at London Heathrow open three and a half hours before departure. Customers may also check whether they need to get Verified to Fly at etihad.com/destinationguide.

T4 was closed to passengers since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020 and has reopened on June 14. While the UK has eased all travel restrictions, many destinations still require Covid-19 certificates showing proof of vaccines or a negative test.

VIBE by Jet2holidays partners with Tom Zanetti to target millennial market

VIBE by Jet2holidays has announced a summer-long partnership with Leeds-born DJ Tom Zanetti.

With the partnership, holidaymakers can enjoy a range of summer residences and parties in some of the most popular destinations across the Mediterranean, alongside a host of VIP giveaways and competitions.

VIBE by Jet2holidays is designed for the growing millennial market and is an extensive collection of over 160 hotels across almost 50 resorts, aimed at first-time holidaymakers, bucket listers, and the over-25s experience-driven market. In addition to this collaboration, VIBE by Jet2holidays is this year’s designated official travel partner of Love Island, the popular show.

As part of the partnership, over 25 VIBE by Jet2holidays x Tom Zanetti partnership events will take place between May and September in destinations such as Majorca, Ibiza, Malia and Zante. These include weekly Friday residencies starting this week at the famous BH Mallorca Resort, with events held in destinations such as Ibiza Rocks, the Crystal Beach Club in Malia and Pure Beachclub in Zante.

A spokesperson for VIBE by Jet2holidays said: ‘This is the summer when holidaymakers get to love their summer vibe once again, so we are going all out to make it the best summer ever. We will be bringing VIBE by Jet2holidays to more holidaymakers than ever, telling them all about our unique product and experience, whilst making the summer one to truly remember. We are delighted to be partnering with Leeds-born Tom Zanetti and the experiences, events and activities that we have lined up will play a huge part in a very successful summer season.’

Tom Zanetti said: ‘I’m so excited to be teaming up with VIBE by Jet2holidays to host the biggest and best parties across the Med this summer. There is much we have got planned, so get following us on social to find out how to join the fun.’

Customers will be able to participate in a range of interactive campaigns, including a summer-long social media campaign, livestreams and giveaways. In addition, competitions will run throughout the summer, giving customers the opportunity to win prizes and holidays as well as exclusive VIP access.

Besides an easy and smart booking option, VIBE by Jet2holidays gives customers all the benefits of its Jet2holidays scheme. This includes VIP customer service with Jet2.com flights, 22kg baggage allowance, transfers to & from the airport, and hotels all included. These ATOL-protected package holidays are available for £60 per person deposit with Pay Monthly plans also available.

British Airways and American Express offer ‘Companion Voucher’ to solo travellers

British Airways and American Express have jointly announced the launch of Companion Voucher for travellers embarking on solo adventures around the world.

Effective immediately, cardmembers who have earned a Companion Voucher since September 2021 on either the British Airways American Express Credit Card or the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card can choose to redeem it when booking a solo trip, receiving a 50 percent discount on the Avios cost of the booking. Cardmembers can still choose to use the Companion Voucher to travel with a friend as they would have previously – receiving a second seat for a companion travelling on the same Reward Flight booking as them for no additional Avios.

Ian Romanis, Head of Retail and Customer Relationship Management at British Airways, said: ‘Solo travel is a popular option for our customers, which is reflected in the number of solo bookings we have seen. We’ve listened to our customers and we’ve introduced these exciting changes, understanding that flexibility is more important than ever to them.’

Caroline Bouvet, Vice President at American Express, said: ‘Companion Vouchers are an incredibly valuable benefit for Cardmembers, so it’s exciting that we’ve been able to make it even easier for them to be used on flights. As people return to travel – looking to go away by themselves or with a friend – the British Airways American Express Cards are a great way to turn everyday spending in to travel rewards, and the only way to earn the much-valued Companion Voucher.’

Companion Vouchers are awarded to travellers who hold either British Airways American Express Card and reach the required spend amount within their Card membership year. They can be redeemed on available British Airways Reward Flights, which don’t need to start in the UK, allowing cardmembers to book either one journey for 50 percent of the Avios required, or take a second traveller on their journey – on the same flights and in the same cabins – for no additional Avios, plus paying taxes, fees and charges per person.

In addition, those booking British Airways Reward Flights using a Companion Voucher, either as a solo traveller or with a companion, will now be able to choose from a variety of options regarding the number of Avios to spend versus cash on each booking. This was previously fixed to just one Avios and cash option based on the route and cabin.

British Airways American Express Credit Card Companion Vouchers can be redeemed in economy cabins, while British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card Companion Vouchers can be redeemed across all cabins. The British Airways American Express Credit Card has a representative 25.3% APR variable, while the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card has a representative 102.5% APR variable.

Ryanair announces new flights to Barcelona and Cork from Newcastle International Airport

Irish airline Ryanair has announced new flights on sale to Barcelona and Cork, adding to the 19 other destinations currently available from Newcastle International Airport.

One of Europe’s most popular city break destinations, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, Barcelona is known for its art and architecture, adorned with famous landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudi.

The second largest city in Ireland, Cork is located on Ireland’s South West coast and is known as the country’s food capital.

On sale from November this year, the flights are available to book for fares starting from £19.99. A popular destination for travellers in the North East, passengers will be able to fly direct to Barcelona every Saturday and Tuesday, and to Cork every Friday and Sunday between November 2022 and March 2023. The new routes join a list of city breaks for 2022 including Milan in Italy and Riga in Latvia.

Leon McQuaid, Director of Aviation Development, said: ‘We are extremely pleased that Ryanair has chosen to operate even more destinations from Newcastle this year, further investing in the region and increasing the connectivity for the North East travelling public.

‘These two new routes offer fantastic city break opportunities for our leisure passengers. On top of this, I am confident they will also be popular with local businesses that already do business, or are looking to develop business links, in the two cities.’

Ryanair’s Director of Digital & Marketing, Dara Brady, said: ‘As Europe’s No.1 airline, Ryanair is delighted to announce our Winter ’22/23 schedule from Newcastle including two new routes to exciting destinations of Barcelona and Cork, both operating twice weekly from the end of October ’22.

‘We are pleased to offer Newcastle citizens more choices when choosing a destination for their Winter getaways and to also encourage Barcelona and Cork customers to book their next trip to Newcastle as soon as possible. To allow our customers to book early and at the lowest possible fares we have launched a limited-time seat sale with fares available from just £19.99 for travel from October ’22 until March ’23, which must be booked by Friday, 10th of June 2022 at Ryanair.com.’

Ryanair recently opened its new base at Newcastle International Airport, representing an investment of £150m.