Jet2 announces additional routes and flights from four UK bases for Summer 2022

With most people in need of a break away once the Coronavirus pandemic subsides, Jet2 has added thousands of seats to a range of popular hotspots from four of its UK bases – Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and London Stansted).

Jet2 has also added a range of sun and city break destinations for next summer, including brand new destinations from the newest base Bristol Airport, as well as from Birmingham Airport. With the latest announcement, Jet2 has put another 26 routes from across the four bases on sale for Summer 2022.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Since we announced the launch of our Summer 22 programme, the response from customers and independent travel agents has been absolutely magnificent. Our reputation for looking after customers and delivering real package holidays has really cut through, and we have been very encouraged by the number of bookings coming through. Customers clearly want their all-important holidays to look forward to, so we have responded quickly by adding more destinations, as well as additional flying to a range of popular hotspots across Europe, the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean.’

The new routes include: two brand new destinations from Bristol Airport in summer 2022: Malaga (Costa Del Sol) and Larnaca (Cyprus). With this, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has a total of six new summer destinations on sale for Summer 2022 from Bristol Airport including Paphos, Alicante, Bodrum and Dubrovnik. From Birmingham Airport, Jet2 has added nine new destinations including the brand new Paris and La Rochelle, as well as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Budapest, Rome, Krakow, Prague and Venice. Jet2 will now have 52 sun and city destinations on sale from Birmingham Airport for Summer 2022, including the recently-launched Lisbon route.

At Manchester Airport, the company has introduced 10 additional destinations going including Iceland and Vienna as summer destinations, as well as the reintroduction of Tivat (Montenegro). A further seven additional city destinations have been introduced including Barcelona, Budapest, Rome, Krakow, Nice, Prague and Venice – offering 56 sun and city destinations from Manchester Airport for Summer 2022, including the recently-launched Lisbon route. From London Stansted Airport, Jet2 has reintroduced five destinations including Tivat (Montenegro), Girona (Costa Brava), Costa de Almeria, Nice and Malta, offering 43 destinations to choose from for Summer 2022.

In addition to the new routes on sale, Jet2 has announced additional flights from Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and London Stansted Airports, adding thousands of seats. The company has added flights to 19 destinations from Bristol Airport including to Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Alicante, Reus, Palma (Majorca), Menorca, Faro, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Corfu, Crete (Heraklion), Halkidiki, Kos, Rhodes, Skiathos, Zante and Paphos.

Newcastle Airport to meet new Netherlands travel requirements

Newcastle Airport has recently said that that all passengers travelling to the Netherlands from the UK will have to show two negative COVID-19 tests.

The Government guidelines permit travelling for a number of reasons including for work and education. In addition to the PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, passengers will also be required to take a Rapid Antigen test at the Airport immediately before departure.

KLM currently operates up to two flights a day from Newcastle Airport to Amsterdam and to onwards connections. The Airport launched an onsite COVID-19 testing clinic in November and has confirmed that it is one of a few airports in the UK that will be able to provide pre-departure Rapid Antigen tests for passengers.

Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle Airport, said: ‘With only 36 hours’ notice we have been able to work with our testing provider NPH Group to set up a brand new clinic which will provide Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests for passengers travelling to the Netherlands.

‘The KLM route to Amsterdam is a vital connection between the North East and the rest of the world therefore it is imperative that passengers who need to travel for essential reasons are able to.

‘Passengers travelling tomorrow or in the coming days and weeks can find more information on the Rapid Antigen testing procedure on the NPH Group website and also pre-book their appointment.’

Newcastle Airport has worked with two local medical companies to provide a convenient and efficient on-site testing clinic for passengers. Passengers flying to Amsterdam with KLM are advised to pre-book a Rapid Antigen appointment prior to their flight on the NPH Group website: https://www.nph-group.co.uk/

Loganair announces Summer 2021 schedule from Isle of Man

Loganair, one of the UK’s largest regional operators, has announced its Summer 2021 schedule from the Isle of Man – adding three new routes, increasing services on existing routes and restoring routes suspended during the pandemic.

Loganair has maintained the Isle of Man’s only passenger air services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and is now looking to allow customers to plan and book ahead for summer travel, as Covid-19 vaccines are expected to enable air travel widely once again.

The new routes from the Isle of Man include to Southampton, with three fights a week from May 26 – conveniently scheduled for onward connections to the Channel Islands with Loganair’s partner airline Blue Islands, and for those meeting cruise sailings; to Belfast City with services offered four times a week from April 1 increasing to six times weekly from May 24; and a seasonal non-stop service between the Isle of Man and Jersey, flying every Saturday from May 22 until late September.

Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: ‘We are heartened to be able to further increase the island’s connectivity with these announcements. We’re already seeing bookings coming in for destinations such as Jersey and Cornwall, and it was increasingly clear that the Isle of Man was missing out. Today’s announcements will provide clarity for both our customers on the Isle of Man and those on the ‘other island’ and beyond wishing to plan and book for the summer.’

‘We’ve taken a phased approach to increasing the number of flights on offer, in anticipation of a progressive recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and re-opening of borders. Of course, we will continue to work closely with the airport management team and the Isle of Man Government to prioritise public health and continued connectivity.’

Loganair said that it is also planning to increase the numbers of seats available across all routes by introducing larger ATR72 turboprop aircraft, which can carry up to 70 people per flight.

Jet2 announces new service to Lisbon in September

Jet2.com has said that it will commence flights and holidays to Lisbon from September, with services operating from Manchester and Birmingham Airports.

Lisbon is a popular tourist spot for its cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins and white domed cathedrals, among other attractions. The holiday resorts of Cascais, Estoril and Sintra are all easily accessible from Lisbon for a relaxing break by the coast, or just a day trip away from the city.

Cascais is a traditional Portuguese fishing town with a trio of golden bays, while the town of Estoril on the Portuguese Riviera is known for its glitzy casino and palm-fringed landscaped gardens.

For customers looking for a getaway in late-Summer or Autumn, Jet2 will operate Monday and Friday services from September 3 to October 29 from Manchester Airport. From September 30 to October 28, Thursday and Sunday services will operate from Birmingham Airport.

For Winter 21/22, The company will operate Monday and Friday services from Birmingham Airport, running from November 1 to March 25, 202. The Thursday and Sunday services will be available from November 4 to March 14, 2022 from Manchester Airport.

Lisbon is also on sale for Summer 22 and into Autumn 22. Twice-weekly services are available from Birmingham Airport from March 28 to November 11, 2022, and from Manchester Airport from March 27 to November 13, 2022.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Feedback from customers and independent travel agents is telling us that holidaymakers are wanting to plan and book future getaways this year. The start of flights, holidays and city breaks from Manchester and Birmingham Airports to the new destination of Lisbon is an example of how we are meeting that demand and giving customers even more choice when it comes to their next getaway.

‘Lisbon is a stunning capital offering the best of both worlds, whether it is exploring the charismatic and vibrant city, or heading to one of its many coastal resorts. With multiple weekly flights available for late-Summer, Autumn and throughout Winter 21/22 and Summer 22, it gives customers and independent travel agents all the flexibility to suit their budgets and needs. This combined with our VIP customer service, means we’re sure that Lisbon and its surrounding coastal resorts will prove extremely popular with holidaymakers who are looking to book ahead and give themselves something to look forward to.’

Ireland announces new rules for passengers arriving from Britain

The Government of Ireland has announced new rules that passengers originating from Britain or South Africa will be required to have evidence of a negative or ‘not detected’ result of a COVID-19 PCR test obtained within 72 hours of arrival into the state.

As per the new rule, which started Saturday, January 9, passengers travelling from Britain or South Africa will be required to present evidence of their negative or ‘not detected’ result before boarding their aircraft prior to departure, and will be required to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers on arrival at Dublin Airport. It will be deemed an offence if passengers arrive in an Irish airport without evidence of a negative or ‘not detected’ test result and may be subject to prosecution, punishable by a fine not exceeding EUR2,500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both.

The rule is applicable to passengers whose journey originates in either Britain or South Africa. Those who only transit through an airport in Britain as part of their journey to Ireland will not be required to provide evidence of a negative or ‘not detected’ COVID-19 PCR test. Passengers who arrive in Ireland mainly for the purpose of travelling onwards to another state and do not leave the airport are also not required to provide the evidence of a negative or ‘not detected’ test.

For any urgent travel requirement, passengers can consult the nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate for advice and receive consular assistance before commencing their journey, Dublin Airport said.

Ireland is currently implementing the EU ‘traffic lights’ approach to travel, which applies to countries in the EU/European Economic Area (EEA). Passengers entering the State from red, orange and grey regions are requested to restrict their movements for 14 days, though this may be waived in certain cases. This applies to all people entering the State, even if they have no symptoms. The details are available on European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) website.

The request to restrict movements for 14 days can be waived for passengers arriving from an orange region, if they have received a negative/not detected PCR test result during the three days before arriving in Ireland. In this case, passengers are requested to have supporting evidence of the negative test in their possession, according to Irish Government guidelines.

Passengers arriving from red regions do not have to continue to restrict their movements for the full 14 days, if they have a negative/not-detected result from a PCR test taken at least five days – a minimum of five days – after arrival in the State, the airport said.

InterContinental Hotels to launch Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites in Nottingham’s Island Quarter

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a hotel company, has announced its plans to bring two of its popular brands to Nottingham (UK) after signing an agreement with Conygar, the company behind The Island Quarter development.

IHG will launch its upscale boutique hotel brand Hotel Indigo, as well as its extended stay offering, Staybridge Suites to the city as part of the Island Quarter development scheme that will transform the Nottingham gateway area. Inspired by ‘the neighbourhood story’ of the city, Hotel Indigo will be a 17-storey hotel comprising 223-bedrooms and suites – 155 located within Hotel Indigo and a further 68 for multi-night business and leisure travellers in the Staybridge Suites. The Staybridge Suites will include a range of amenities such as a full kitchen and dedicated shared outdoor space exclusively for Staybridge Suites guests. It will also feature a 24-hour fitness room, storage lockers for guests wishing to store items between stays and a communal ‘outdoor living room’ complete with firepit, grilling areas and covered seating.

Karan Khanna, managing director, UK & Ireland at IHG commented: ‘We are delighted to be partnering with Conygar to bring the leading global brands of Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites to Nottingham as an important part of the regeneration of the Island Quarter. These new properties will add to IHG’s presence in the City, sitting alongside our existing Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels. As we begin 2021 these new hotel signings show the confidence that owners and investors have in IHG and our potential for continued growth for when travel can finally resume.’

The dual-branded hotel operation, which will be managed by IHG, is part of the latest stage of the Island Quarter development, which will include a further 247 residential rental apartments and an extensive food and beverage area featuring a bar and busy 100-metre long forum for people to meet. There will also be 3,000 sqm of flexible serviced office space, with some 400 desks.

Guests in Nottingham will experience the same quality of design as in IHG’s recently opened Hotel Indigo in Bath and dual-branded Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites in Dundee, as well as the mixed-use elements of its recent IHG dual-branded Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express in Warsaw, Poland.

With its global headquarters in the UK, IHG currently operates more than 350 hotels across the brands InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, voco, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites in the UK. A further 22 hotels are in the pipeline, including the first Six Senses, IHG said.

Jet2.com announces launch of holiday sales for 2021

Jet2.com has announced the launch of its holiday sale, from now until March 1, offering savings on flights and holidays for 2021.

The UK travel and holiday company is offering a discount of £110 off per person on all package holidays booked through the Jet2holidays app. Holidaymakers may download the free Jet2holidays app to search, book, save and manage holidays on their mobile or tablet. Customers can save £100 per person on all package holidays booked with Jet2holidays, and Jet2.com is also offering 10 percent off flights.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘After an uncertain and difficult 2020 for everyone, we want to give our customers something to really look forward to this year. There’s no better feeling than getting that much-needed holiday booked, and the huge savings we are offering means that customers can enjoy the double-whammy of knowing their holiday is in the diary whilst getting a fantastic deal at the same time. Whether it’s a family holiday, a break with the other half, or a group get together, we know everyone really needs that well-deserved holiday and what better time to book it than now!’

The sale is applicable on all package holidays and flights on sale.

Besides the discount and low prices, customers will receive a 22kg baggage allowance and two free pieces of hand luggage up to 10kg through a flight-only booking with Jet2.com. Jet2 has won five accolades at the 2020 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Airlines. Customers can also avail in-resort Customer Helpers, transfers, free child places and ATOL protection through Jet2holidays.

Wizz Air UK to launch six new holiday routes in spring 2021

Wizz Air UK, the European airline group’s UK-registered subsidiary, has announced the addition of six new low-fare holiday routes to its network.

Launching in Spring 2021, the new routes will provide connections between the airline’s Doncaster Sheffield, Gatwick and London Luton bases and holiday hotspots in Turkey, Bulgaria, Spain and Greece. This announcement follows a recent expansion for the airline, with Wizz Air UK opening new bases at Gatwick and Doncaster Sheffield Airport in October and at Cardiff Airport earlier in December. The airline now offers tickets on 144 routes from 12 UK airports.

Owain Jones, Wizz Air UK managing director, said: ‘Although few people are able to travel at the moment, we’re looking ahead to brighter times, with today’s announcement further proof of our commitment to providing the UK with affordable, direct flights to exciting destinations. With the launch of 58 new Wizz Air UK routes this year alone, we continue to bring ever-better connectivity to the UK. In summer 2020, our customers loved our many brand-new holiday routes and we’re now giving them an even greater choice of favourite sunny holiday spots for summer 2021. If you’re dreaming of a trip abroad, book ahead now to take advantage of WIZZ’s ultra-low fares and we recommend adding WIZZ Flex to all bookings for ultimate peace of mind should plans change. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on-board to experience the great service of Europe’s greenest airline group.’

The new holiday routes from Wizz Air include four summer-only routes from Doncaster Sheffield. In April, the airline will commence twice-weekly flights to the Turkish holiday destination of Dalaman and the Spanish island of Mallorca, and in May it will launch twice-weekly flights to Bourgas on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast and to the Greek island of Crete. With the addition of these new destinations, Wizz Air will operate a total of 25 routes from Doncaster Sheffield.

In London, Wizz Air will launch a year-round service from Gatwick to Malaga on Spain’s Costa del Sol, with flights operating from the south London hub to the port city four times a week from April 2. On the same day, Wizz Air will launch flights from London Luton to Dalaman, operating twice a week throughout the summer season. The inaugural flight from Luton to Dalaman will be the first flight to Turkey operated by WIZZ since 2016.

Tickets are available now on wizzair.com or on the WIZZ mobile app, with fares starting from GBP27.99 one-way price, including taxes, administration and other non-optional charges. One carry-on bag (max: 40x30x20cm) is included. Trolley bag and each piece of checked-in baggage is subject to additional fees, the airline said.

Jet2holidays adds more flights to Greece for Summer 2021

Jet2holidays has said that it has again added more flights and holidays to destinations in Greece for Summer ’21, following continued demand from British holidaymakers looking to enjoy summer sunshine.

The UK-based travel and holiday company said that it has added 135 new flights from across four of its ten UK bases – Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds Bradford and London Stansted – offering customers more choice and flexibility for visiting seven stunning destinations in Greece next Summer.

The announcement comes as Greece continues to enjoy increasing popularity with holidaymakers, with Jet2holidays adding additional flights and holidays to Corfu, Kefalonia, Crete (Heraklion), Kos, Santorini, Rhodes and Zante, increasing its total capacity this summer to these destinations.

The additional services during the peak summer holiday season to Greece include – 60 extra weekly services from Birmingham to five Greek destinations, viz. to Corfu, Kefalonia, Crete (Heraklion), Kos and Rhodes; over 50 additional weekly services from Manchester to five destinations offering more choice to Corfu, Kefalonia, Santorini, Zante and Kos; 18 additional services from Leeds Bradford with more choice to Kefalonia and Kos; and six additional services added from London Stansted to Zante following increased customer demand.

Steve Heapy, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays CEO, said: ‘Demand from customers is telling us that flights and holidays to Greece are very much in demand for Summer 21. As ever, we have responded quickly to that demand by adding more seats and holidays on sale to seven fantastic Greek destinations, and we know that they will be extremely popular. With fantastic deals, plus great choice and flexibility, there is no better time to book a welcome escape to Greece and give yourself something to look forward to next summer.’

Ireland bans flights from Britain amid new COVID strain

Following the identification of a new strain of COVID-19 in England, the Irish Government has banned all arriving passenger flights from Britain, Dublin Airport said in a release.

The ban is in place until 23.59 on Thursday, December 31, 2020. The ban applies to all passenger flights with the exception of repatriation flights. The ban does not apply to cargo flights.

Passengers affected by this ban should contact their airline in relation to their specific flight. The ban will be reviewed by the Irish Government before Friday, January 1, 2021, the Airport said.

Separately, Dublin Airport has said that it has launched a handy new feature that enables customers to receive flight updates direct on their mobile device via Twitter, Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.

The new feature will keep customers updated on the status of either a departing or an arriving flight. Customers will receive status updates directly on the phone, with information such as gate number, boarding times, and delays for departing flights. For arriving flights, customers will get information such as when the flight is on approach, and which baggage belt luggage will be delivered on.

The website also now has a chatbot feature, which will answer many of the frequently asked questions (FAQ) that customers might have. The chatbot window pops up automatically when the Dublin Airport website is accessed. Customers may simply type in the question, or browse the different categories to find an answer to the query. Customers can also subscribe to flight alerts through the chatbot feature, the Airport said.