easyJet launches new Southampton to Alicante service

Southampton Airport has recently announced the commencement of a new summer easyJet flight from Southampton to Alicante.

The new route to the popular Costa Blanca destination is the first of three summer routes operated by easyJet from Southampton Airport this season.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘We are delighted to be launching a new route from Southampton to Alicante today, providing our customers in the south of England with more choice when planning their summer holiday whether they are looking for a cultural city break or to relax on the beaches of the Costa Blanca, there is something for everyone.’

Starting with the Southampton-Alicante route, easyJet will commence services to Palma in Majorca on April 29, operating twice weekly, followed by Faro in Portugal’s Algarve region starting June 6.

The Southampton-Alicante service is scheduled to operate every Sunday until October 20, with convenient departure times from Southampton at 20:20 and arrivals in Alicante at 23:40 local time. Return flights from Alicante depart at 18:20 local time, reaching Southampton at 19:50.

This new route not only provides travellers from the South of England with more choices for their summer holidays but also facilitates access to diverse vacation experiences, from city breaks in Alicante to leisurely beach getaways along Spain’s sunny coastlines..

Gavin Williams, Operations Director at Southampton Airport, said: ‘We are thrilled to welcome the first of easyJet’s three summer routes to the airport. While Alicante is a fantastic destination in its own right, it is also a great jumping off point for holidaymakers keen to explore the wider Costa Blanca area.

‘The addition of these easyJet services at Southampton will deliver yet more choice and convenience for those from the Central South region looking to head abroad for some much-needed sun from their local airport.’

Ryanair debuts at Norwich Airport with three new summer routes

Ryanair has revealed plans to commence operations at Norwich Airport during the upcoming summer season.

The airline will introduce three new routes to popular summer destinations – Alicante, Faro, and Malta – starting from April 1, 2024. This marks a significant milestone as Norwich becomes the 22nd UK airport served by Ryanair, providing enhanced travel options, competitive fares, and improved connectivity for customers in Norwich and the broader Norfolk region.

Ryanair’s Head of Communication, Jade Kirwan, said: ‘As the UK’s No.1 airline, we are delighted to announce that Ryanair’s low fares have finally arrived in Norwich. From 1st April 2024, we will operate 3 exciting new Summer sunshine routes to/from Norwich – Alicante, Faro, and Malta. Our new Norwich operation will not only bring competitive fares and a wider selection of Summer routes to our customers in Norwich and the wider Norfolk region, but will support important regional development through increased connectivity, inbound tourism, and local job creation.

We have worked productively with our new partners at Norwich Airport to agree terms which enable Ryanair to deliver this growth and investment for the region, and we look forward to further developing our partnership with Norwich Airport and welcoming Norfolk customers/visitors onboard our Ryanair flights to/from Norwich as we continue to grow to 300 million p.a. by 2034.’

Richard Pace, Managing Director of Norwich Airport, said: ‘This is fantastic news for passengers and the first time that Ryanair has flown from Norwich Airport. Alicante, Faro and Malta are hugely popular destinations and with twice-weekly flights it means we can offer passengers even more great choice from their local airport. We’re delighted to be increasing connectivity for local communities and look forward to growing our partnership with Ryanair.’

easyJet announces new routes for summer 2024

easyJet has announced it will be launching twelve new routes from eight UK airports, including three routes to Alicante in Spain and Enfidha in Tunisia, as well as flights returning to Reus in Spain.

In addition, easyJet holidays has also launched package holidays at competitive prices on the brand new routes, including its first ever beach destinations from Southampton.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, commented: ‘We’re delighted to be launching twelve new routes and package holidays from eight of our airports across the UK to a fantastic range of leisure destinations, offering even more choice and connectivity to our customers all across the UK, whether they’re planning a holiday to Spain’s sunny coast or Tunisia’s beach town Enfidha as well as even more connections from the UK to beach favourites Malta, Faro and Cyprus.’

The two new routes to Spain’s coastal city Alicante will launch from Southampton on March 31 and Belfast City on May 2, while the route from Newcastle to Alicante will launch on April 2, 2024. The three routes will operate throughout summer with Southampton to Alicante scheduled once a week on a Sunday, Newcastle to Alicante twice a week on Tuesday and Saturday, and Belfast City to Alicante twice a week on Thursday and Sunday.

Additionally, easyJet will also restart flights from Luton to Reus in Spain as well as launch a new route from Manchester, on April 2 and operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer.

The UK-based airline has also announced three new routes to Enfidha in north-eastern Tunisia which will operate year-round. Liverpool to Enfidha will launch on April 1 and operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, Belfast International to Enfidha will launch on April 20 and operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and Glasgow to Enfidha will launch on May 2 and operate twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays.

Also launching next summer is a new route from Bristol to Malta with the debut flight commencing on the Easter weekend – April 3, and operating twice a week throughout summer on Wednesdays and Fridays. Further, a new route from Glasgow to Cyprus’ port city Larnaca will start on May 4 and operate twice a week throughout summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lastly, a new route from Southampton to Faro will also launch on June 6 and operate once a week on Thursdays throughout the peak summer season.

easyjet announces relaunch of route to Alicante from London Southend Airport

Flights and package holidays to the popular Costa Blanca hotspot will now be available for customers flying from London Southend. The route is set to resume operation from October 29, 2023, with flights scheduled twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights for this route are available for booking on the easyJet website and mobile app, with fares starting from £22.99.

This new addition makes Alicante the seventh destination served by easyJet from London Southend.

Alicante, often referred to as the ‘City of the Sun,’ boasts an impressive 349 hours of sun on average each month, making it one of the sunniest cities in Europe. This makes it an attractive year-round destination for travellers. The city offers a mix of experiences, from exploring the historic old town with its narrow streets to enjoying its vibrant nightlife, restaurants, and the sunny Mediterranean coastline.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are really pleased to be announcing another route from London Southend to Alicante today, providing our customers in the South East with even more choice to visit one of Europe’s best-loved beach destinations that we know will prove popular throughout the year. With flights and package holidays on sale today, now is a great time to book early to get the best fares and we can’t wait to welcome more customers on board from this winter.’

John Upton, London Southend Airport CEO, said: ‘We are excited, delighted and extremely proud to be able to deliver flights to Alicante for our passengers this winter; restarting our most profitable and popular route from 29th October , and opening the door for passengers in Essex, east London and southeast of England to explore yet another area of Spain with our airline partner, easyJet. I look forward to welcoming friends and families back to London Southend as we celebrate this milestone in the coming weeks with the return of their favourite destination.’

The relaunched route to Alicante is offered as part of easyJet holidays. Packages for this route start at £375 per person and include flights, hotel accommodations, and 23kg of luggage allowance.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays add more Winter Sun destinations for 22/23 from Bristol

Following the announcement of its Winter Sun programme for 2022/23, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have announced the addition of more Winter Sun destinations on sale from Bristol Airport to meet rising demand from customers and independent travel agents.

With the addition of the new destinations, Jet2 currently has a choice of 10 Winter Sun destinations Europe, the Mediterranean and Canary Islands on sale for Winter 22/23 from Bristol Airport. The leisure airline and package holiday specialist currently offers almost 30 weekly flights currently available from Bristol Airport for Winter 22/23.

The additional Winter Sun destinations going on sale for Winter 22/23 from Bristol Airport include Alicante, Faro (Algarve) and Majorca. These popular Winter Sun destinations are in addition to the existing hotspots already on sale which include the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, and Fuerteventura) as well as Madeira, Turkey (Antalya) and Cyprus (Paphos).

With multiple weekly services to many of these destinations throughout the winter season from early-November through to the end of April, customers can choose the duration of holiday that suits them. The full breakdown of the new Winter Sun destinations on sale includes two weekly services to Alicante, up to two weekly services to Faro and up to two weekly services to Majorca in April.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘Just weeks after announcing a fantastic selection of winter sun destinations on sale for Winter 22/23 from Bristol Airport, we are very pleased to be expanding our programme and adding even more sunshine hotspots. This expansion comes on the back of the great response we have seen from customers and independent travel agents looking to book their winter sunshine nice and early. Like we have experienced with the first destinations going on sale, we know these additional hotspots will be just as popular. Based on the response we have had to the programme, and with more holidaymakers wanting to book ahead, we are looking towards the future with enormous confidence when it comes to Winter 22/23.’

Flybe announces 2019 summer schedule from Norwich Airport

Flybe, the UK-based European regional airline, has announced that it will continue its two sun routes to Alicante and Malaga for 2019 summer, together with four fights a week to Exeter.

The new services will be available for booking from Thursday, August 16, 2018. The routes will operate for the entire period of the summer schedule between March 31 and Saturday October 26, 2019 but are currently only available for travel through to June 16, 2019.

These three routes will join the existing Saturday service to Jersey that is already on sale, available for travel next summer. Flybe’s 2019 summer routes from Norwich include services to Alicante on Tuesdays and Fridays; Exeter on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with a scheduled journey time of 75 minutes; weekly services to Jersey on Saturdays and to Malaga on Mondays and Thursdays.

Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer commented: ‘We look forward to welcoming many new customers on board next summer and hope that by putting these flights on sale now it will allow them the opportunity to plan their next summer travel early to take advantage of the lowest possible fares.’

Richard Pace, Managing Director of Norwich Airport, said: ‘This is great news as it gives our customers the opportunity to plan ahead, book early and benefit from great fares on these extremely popular Alicante and Malaga sun routes which have gone from strength to strength since launch in 2016.’

Full details of Flybe’s 2019 Summer schedule are available at www.flybe.com, Norwich Airport said in a release.

Primera Air announces winter schedule at Birmingham with four new destinations, direct transatlantic flights

Icelandic low cost airline Primera Air has announced its winter schedule at Birmingham Airport with flight services to Tenerife, La Palma, Alicante, Malaga and Reykjavik.

‘Midlands travellers have shown great interest in our Spanish leisure destinations and it gives us confidence that our winter flights will give them improved flight options,’ said Primera Air’s Chief Commercial Officer Anastasija Visnakova. ‘We’re happy that Reykjavik is our first short haul Northern European destination out of UK. For an airline, whose roots stem from Iceland, it is also a somewhat symbolic move’ Ms. Visnakova added.

For winter 2018, Primera will operate flight services from Birmingham: to Alicante starting December 6, on Thursdays and Sundays, with prices starting from £35.00; to Tenerife starting December 8, 2018, on Saturdays, with fares from £49.00; to La Palma starting December 7, 2018 on Fridays with fares from £49.00; and to Reykjavik starting December 9, 2018 on Sundays with fares from £69.00. In addition, Primera will commence services to Malaga starting May 19, 2018, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, with fares from £35.00. All fares are one way.

In addition, the Nordic airline is extending its Birmingham-New York and Birmingham-Toronto flight schedule through November. ‘We are beginning our transatlantic flights to North America in just a few weeks and the final preparation stage is truly exciting! The fact that we’ve already created more than 250 jobs here, clearly shows that the UK market is at the core of our business plan, and travelers can expect to see even more transatlantic and European destinations from our UK bases in the future,’ said Ms. Visnakova.

William Pearson, Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport added : ‘We are delighted that Primera Air has added Reykjavik to its growing network of routes from Birmingham Airport. The choice of additional winter flights with Primera Air and the extension of the transatlantic routes to Toronto and New York shows the demand within the region. Primera Air offers a fantastic service on board its brand new aircraft with prices to European destinations from £35.00 and transatlantic from £149.00 one way.’

In addition, Primera Air is planning to open new bases in Birmingham, London Stansted and Paris Charles de Gaulleto commence flights to New York, Boston, Washington DC and Toronto this April along with new routes from UK to Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, Barcelona and Chania, Birmingham Airport said.

Vueling announces summer flights from Cardiff Airport

Low-cost Spanish airline Vueling has announced its summer schedule from Cardiff Airport.

From April to October, 2018, the airline will offer 188,000 seats on flights to four popular Spanish destinations – Malaga, Alicante, Barcelona and Palma Majorca. This represents an increase of 235 percent more capacity since Vueling started flying from Cardiff in summer 2012.

With five weekly services to Malaga and Alicante, customers can now plan summer holidays in mainland resorts including Marbella, Torremolinos, Benidorm and Torrevieja, with the two destinations serving as gateways to the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca regions. Fares for the Malaga flights start from £28.99, while Alicante starts from £44.99, both one way.

For holidaymakers looking for short break options, the airline is offering three flights a week to Barcelona, which offers access to Sites, Tarragona and beautiful resorts on the Costa Brava. The fares for the Barcelona flights start from £34.99, one way.

With four flights per week to Palma Majorca, holidaymakers have several choices for a short break in the Balearics. The fares for Palma Majorca start from £32.99, one way. More destinations in southern Spain, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and Africa are also accessible via Vueling’s connecting flights from its Barcelona hub.

All flights are on sale now at www.vueling.com, via the Vueling app, on the m.vueling.com mobile site or via a local travel agent, the airport said

A member of the International Airlines Group (IAG), Vueling operates from eight airports in the UK and Ireland, including Cardiff. The airline also offers customers the opportunity to collect Avios points.

Flybe announces winter schedule from Doncaster Sheffield

European regional airline Flybe has started operating its 2017-18 winter schedule from Doncaster Sheffield, featuring six routes with a choice of up to 21 departures a week.

As part of its 2017-18 winter offering, Flybe will operate five flights to Paris each week, thrice a week to Dublin, twice a week to Alicante, Berlin Tegel and Jersey and daily service to Amsterdam. Seats are available for booking now at www.flybe.com for travel effective until March 24, 2018. The airline has recently renewed its Cafe Flybe menu, with brand new food and drink options available for passengers to buy onboard.

The UK-based airline will operate flights from Doncaster Sheffield to Paris Charles de Gaulle on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; to Dublin on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays; to Alicante on Tuesdays and Saturdays; to Berlin Tegel on Mondays and Fridays; to Jersey on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and a daily service to Amsterdam.

Ronnie Matheson, Flybe’s Interim Chief Commercial Officer commented: ‘Our 2017/18 Winter schedule provides reliable and affordable services for business travel as well a choice of leisure destinations for those looking to take advantage of a winter break.’

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director at DSA added: ‘The 2017/18 Flybe Winter schedule offers both convenient and inexpensive options for all types of winter travellers. As always, we are pleased to provide our passengers with impeccable personable service at DSA as well as a range of flight options with Flybe.’

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) was recently named the best small airport in UK by Which? consumer magazine. Small airports are rated as those airports with fewer than 10 million passengers.

The airport scored 87 percent overall beating all airports in the North and Midlands by as much as 20 percent. DSA scores highly in areas such as queues at security, passport control, baggage drop, seating and toilets, the airport said.

British Airways announces flights from London City to Alicante

British Airways has announced new flights from London City Airport to Alicante, one of the more popular tourist destinations in Spain.

British Airways will operate the new four-times-a-week service from London City to Alicante throughout the summer on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Each way hand baggage only fares from London City-Alicante are available from £55 on www.ba.com/londoncity.

Commenting on the timing, Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, London City, said: ‘While everyone is still getting over our exit from the football finals this is a fantastic opportunity to escape the disappointment – and the British weather – and head off to sunny Spain. We are delighted to be able to provide direct services from London City to one of the most popular tourist regions of Spain for the first time.’

Matthew Hall, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: ‘Alicante is the gateway to a stunning part of the Spanish Mediterranean and an excellent addition to our offer of leisure destinations this summer. From the conveniently located London City Airport, passengers can escape on this British Airways service to the buzz of balmy nightlife and cafe culture or the relaxation of Costa Blanca beaches and a round of golf.

‘With flights four times a week, our quick check in, close proximity to central London, and a flight time of just two and a half hours, it’s never been easier to get to this popular sunny getaway.’

With the addition of the Alicante route, British Airways will fly up to 63 flights a week to seven Spanish destinations from London City this summer. The seven Spanish British Airways’ destinations from London City are Alicante, Madrid, Granada, Malaga, Ibiza, Palma and Mahon.