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.

easyJet announces sale of summer 2018 flights at Bristol

easyJet, a UK-based European regional airline, has launched the sale of flights for summer 2018, with a number of flights from Bristol available for booking until September 2, 2018.

easyJet is set to operate over 6,500 flights to and from Bristol between June 25, 2018 and September 2, 2018. The airline has also announced over 19,286,556 seats for booking across the entire easyJet network, with early booking offers.

At Bristol, the easyJet routes on offer include Bristol to Cyprus Paphos from £46.49; Bristol to Faro from £28.49; Bristol to Barcelona from £28.49 and Bristol to Naples from £33.49, among others. Fares are per person, one way, based on two people travelling on the same booking.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said: ‘We’re really pleased to be putting our summer flights from Bristol Airport on sale for our passengers today, allowing them to book early and take advantage of our lowest fares to great summer destinations.

‘easyJet is the UK’s leading airline and we have been committed to Bristol airport for over 15 years. We are proud to have carried more than 45.1 million passengers in that time.’

easyJet operates 64 routes from Bristol airport, offering up to 656 flights per week. The airline is proud to offer passengers with low-fared flights and friendly customer service.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘This is a great opportunity for passengers in the region to think ahead and book their summer flights.

‘Summer 2018 will provide even more choice and options of flights from Bristol Airport whether it is for a weekend city break or an exciting holiday destination.

‘The route network will also support our ongoing efforts to grow inbound tourism to the South West and Wales, and we look forward to working with easyJet as well as our partners in the tourism industry to promote the fantastic attractions of the region to an even wider audience.’

Ryanair announces Luxembourg winter 2017 schedule, new Liverpool-Milan Malpensa route

Irish low fares airline Ryanair has launched its Luxembourg winter 2017 schedule, with one new route to Barcelona, three new winter services to Lisbon, Madrid and Milan and extra flights to Porto.

Available for travel in February and March, Ryanair’s Luxembourg winter schedule offers six new destinations, including a new service to Barcelona (operating four times weekly), three new winter services to: Lisbon (five services weekly), Madrid (four weekly service) and Milan Bergamo (also four times weekly) and extra flights ( six weekly service) to Porto. The airline’s winter schedule at Luxembourg will operate 30 weekly flights, delivering over 450,000 customers per annum and creating 340 ‘on-site’ jobs per annum at the airport.

Ryanair presently connects Luxembourg with major leisure and business centres, including London Stansted (daily) and Madrid (four weekly).

Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kenny Jacobs said: ‘We are pleased to launch our Luxembourg winter 2017 schedule, with a new route to Barcelona, new winter flights to Lisbon, Madrid, Milan and extra flights to Porto with 6 routes in total, which will deliver over 450,000 customers p.a. and support 340 jobs as we continue to grow at Luxembourg Airport.

Customers can look forward to even lower fares when they make advance bookings for winter 2017, so there’s never been a better time to book a low fare flight on Ryanair and we urge all customers who wish to book their summer or winter 2017 holidays to do so now on the Ryanair.com website, where they can avail of the lowest fare air travel to and from Luxembourg.’

Separately, Ryanair said that it has launched a new route from Liverpool to Milan Malpensa, with a three times weekly service beginning in October, as part of its winter 2017 schedule.

On the new Liverpool-Milan Malpensa route, Robin Kiely said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to announce a new route from Liverpool to Milan Malpensa, with a three-times weekly service starting in October, as part of our Liverpool winter 2017 service, which will be launched soon.

Liverpool customers and visitors can look forward to even lower fares when they make advance bookings for their summer or winter holidays, so there’s never been a better time to book low fare flight to or from Liverpool.’

Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s Director of Air Service Development, Paul Winfield added: ‘It’s great to be able to celebrate our first new route announcement of the year so early into 2017 and for another airport in Italy to become linked with Liverpool later this year.

We expect this flight to Milan Malpensa to prove popular with the region’s travellers looking to travel to this part of Italy and also look forward to welcoming visitors to the Liverpool City Region from Italy on this service too.’

easyJet adds 85,000 extra seats to Amsterdam and Barcelona from Luton, new flight to Zurich

easyJet, the UK-based low fares airline, has added 12 weekly summer flights from London Luton Airport to Amsterdam and Barcelona, and an extra daily flight to Zurich for next winter.

The budget airline has added an extra 85,000 seats between Luton and the Dutch and the Catalan Capitals, taking easyJet’s year round frequency to Barcelona to three flights a day, and up to six flights a day available between Luton and Amsterdam. With the addition, easyJet will carry almost three quarters of a million passengers a year on the two routes to and from Luton.

easyJet has also said that its plans to double its daily flights to Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich next winter.

easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, Neil Slaven, said: ‘Amsterdam, Barcelona and Zurich are extremely popular connections from Luton and we’re therefore delighted to be able to cater for the extra demand. In doing so it enables us to continue our expansion at the Airport.

‘We have added a significant number of extra seats which allows us to continue to provide affordable, convenient connections for our customers whether they’re travelling on business or leisure.’

The announcement comes after easyJet representatives joined London Luton Airport management and the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin last month to mark the official launch of the £110m redevelopment of the airport. The airline expects strong growth at Luton and now has a network of over 51 routes served from the Airport, it said.

easyJet will base an additional four aircraft at Luton this year, bringing the total number of based aircraft to 19. The airline is expected to fly over six million passengers from the airport this year, an increase of 500,000 in the last 12 months.

One of Europe’s leading airlines, easyJet flies over 240 aircraft on more than 780 routes to over 130 airports across 32 countries. The airline carries over 68 million passengers annually, of which more than 12 million are travelling on business.

 

Vueling launches Birmingham-Barcelona service

Spain’s leading low cost carrier, Vueling Airlines, has launched a new service between Barcelona and Birmingham Airport, according to a release by Birmingham Airport.

Vueling will initially operate three weekly services between Birmingham and Barcelona El Prat Airport. During the peak summer months, the airline will offer up to five flights a week.

William Pearson, Birmingham Airport’s Aviation Development Director, said: ‘It was fantastic to see our newest airline, Vueling, land into Birmingham today. The carrier will add more than 27,000 seats to Barcelona from Birmingham and give passengers a choice of more than 140 destinations on the Vueling network across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

‘We are extremely pleased that Vueling, which is a very successful and strong brand in Europe that offers very affordable fares, has chosen Birmingham for its newest route launch and we look forward to seeing more and more passengers use the new service over the coming year.’

Gabriel Schmilovich, Head of Network Planning, Scheduling and Slots at Vueling, added: ‘We are very happy to announce the launch of the route between Birmingham and Barcelona. With up to five flights per week during summer, passengers from Birmingham will not only be able to reach Barcelona but will also benefit from Vueling’s connections to many destinations like the Balearic Islands or Canary Islands, with a premium product and very competitive prices.’

The new service will add extra 21,600 seats to Barcelona from Birmingham and give passengers a choice of more than 140 destinations on the Vueling network across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Vueling said when it announced the new service last November.

Flights are on sale now with a lead in fare of €54,99 via vueling.com and ba.com or via travel agents. The new service will deploy a 180- seat A320 aircraft.

Vueling, Barcelona’s leading airline with almost 40 percent of the market share, is owned by the IAG group and offers code shares with airlines including British Airways and Iberia. This not only offers customers a multitude of connections across the group’s network, but also allows customers to redeem BA air miles and Avios points.

Ibis launches fixed rate summer offer for key European destinations

Ibis, a worldwide economy hotel brand and member of the Accor Group, has launched a fixed rate summer offer for the three key European travel destinations of Spain, Portugal and Italy.

Regardless of the format used to book accommodation at any Ibis hotel in any of the three participating countries, the price will be fixed at €45 (£38). The promotion, believed to be the first of its kind for any hotel group, is available to book immediately and will run until May 31. It allows for bookings of one or two people between the offer dates of June 1 and August 31 this year.

The offer is for all 74 Ibis branded properties across the three countries and includes those in the major cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Milan and Rome.

Ibis claims to offer competitively priced, well-equipped rooms, welcoming staff that are available 24 hours a day, an uninterrupted bar and snack service daily, breakfast from 4 o’clock in the morning until noon, and free Wifi. The company is also offering its new bedding concept, Sweet Bed by Ibis, which it says has involved a thorough analysis of beds and bedding to arrive at a sleep comfort package to suit the whole family.

The terms of the fixed price offer state that it is subject to availability, that bookings are not cancellable and that it must be prepaid. A list of full conditions for the offer can be found at www.ibishotels.com and at www.accorhotels.com.

Established in 1974, Ibis now has more than 107,000 rooms and 900 hotels in 48 countries around the world.

Vueling adds new routes from Cardiff airport

Vueling Airlines, a Spanish based airline with its headquarters in Barcelona, has decided to increase its flights from Cardiff to Spanish resort destinations.

The company has made the decision to increase the number of Welsh flights due to the growing popularity of existing flights to Spain from Cardiff. The new flights to Malaga and Alicante have been scheduled to commence on the 23rd of this month, so will be in place in time for the Easter holiday exodus. More flights to Malaga will be added on Wednesdays during the peak school holiday time of August and September.

From March 23, Vueling will be operating flights from Cardiff to Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga and Palma Majorca. In addition, starting from June 20 this year, flights from Cardiff to Palma Majorca will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Flights to Alicante and Malaga will also operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from March 23 this year, while from March 28, flights to Barcelona will operate on Fridays and Sundays, with the added benefit of providing connections to cruises departing from Barcelona.

From Vueling’s Barcelona Hub, the company provides access to over 50 European and North-African destinations, and provides a checked baggage service from Cardiff to the final destination.

Head of air service development and commercial operations at Cardiff Airport, Spencer Birns, said, ‘It’s great to see Welsh passengers using the Vueling flights and those that have travelled with them already are re-booking because of the competitive pricing and quality product. We would urge more welsh passengers to support their local airport and fly with Vueling this summer.’

Finnair Announces Additional Flights for Easter

Finnair, a Finland-based airline, has announced additional flights to continental Europe for the Easter holidays.

The airline is offering extra flights from March 22 to April 2, 2013, to several European destinations. Around 30 extra flights are planned to meet the heavy demand for city breaks. Most of the additional flights are scheduled for destinations in Spain, with eight flights to Malaga, seven to Barcelona and four to Madrid.

The airline is also offering five additional flights to Amsterdam during the period, as well as extra connections to Nice, Krakow, Ljubljana and Dubrovnik. The airline is planning to operate its fleet of Airbus 319 and 321 aircraft for the service.

The airline had previously announced new destinations and frequencies for the summer season from March 31 to October 26, 2013. The new flight destinations include Antalya in Turkey, Tel Aviv in Israel, and Palma de Mallorca in Spain. The airline is also expanding its services to Malaga, Barcelona and Madrid, in Spain.

From June 5, 2013, flights to Palma de Mallorca will be offered twice a week, and will be connected to domestic, Baltic and flights to St Petersburg, in Russia.

The new summer connections to Asia include three flights per week to Hanoi, in Vietnam, from June 15, 2013, and three flights per week to Xi’an, in China, from June 14, 2013.

Other summer schedule additions include four weekly flights to Dubrovnik, Ljubljana and Krakow, more than the number offered last year.

Jet2com Announces Expanded Schedule to Rome and Barcelona from Glasgow

Jet2.com, a UK-based low-cost airline operating out of Leeds Bradford Airport, is expanding its services to Barcelona, Spain; and Rome, Italy.

The services from Glasgow Airport to Barcelona and Rome have been extended for all year round from the summer of 2013. Fares commence from £38 one way for a twice weekly service to Rome; while airfares commence from £37 one way for services to Barcelona.

Steve Heapy, the chief commercial officer of Jet2.com, said, ‘Rome and Barcelona are two of our most popular destinations and so we want to ensure customers can visit at any time of year. With our generous 22kg baggage allowance people can take their winter woollies or summer gear and really make the most of their trips.’

Amanda McMillan, managing director at Glasgow Airport, said, ‘This yet more positive news from Jet2.com which is clearly committed to continually improving its service for customers.

The extension of its popular Barcelona and Rome routes will provide passengers with greater flexibility and choice and it follows the airline’s recent decision to introduce flights to Murcia, Pula and Menorca.’

The airline – in August 2013 – will be adding a fourth aircraft based out of its hub at Glasgow Airport, extending its services from the area. The airline’s additional capacity from the airport will add around 50 new jobs, and increase the frequency of service to destinations such as the Canaries, Majorca, Ibiza and Turkey.

The airline had earlier announced new services, with flights to Murcia departing from Glasgow Airport twice a week, from May 24, 2013, with fares commencing from £41 per person; weekly flights to Pula will commence on June 18, 2013, with fares from £49 per person; and weekly flights to Menorca commence on May 25, 2013, for fares starting from £41 per person.

A guide to Barcelona’s best New Year’s Eve parties

If you’re thinking of jetting off somewhere exciting for New Year’s Eve in 2012, Barcelona has to be near the top of your list. The Spanish are known for their love of partying, so there’s nowhere better to see in 2013 in style.

While it’s easy to get carried away with planning where you’ll be when the clock strikes midnight, make sure you don’t forget to book your accommodation – you’ll need to have a place to crash when all the festivities are over. You can find more information about some of the available options here.

Once you’ve got the practicalities sorted out, it’s time to decide how you want to spend New Year’s Eve in Barcelona.

Join a street party

If you’re on a bit of a tight budget for your getaway, heading to one of Barcelona’s street parties could be your best option, as you can join in with all the revelry here without having to pay a hefty entrance fee.

On December 31st, the biggest crowds gather at Plaza de Catalunya and along Las Ramblas. As the clock hits midnight, don’t be surprised to see people eating grapes – it’s a tradition in Spain that if you eat one grape for every chime, your wish for the coming year will come true. Get involved with the fun and see if you can manage it.

There are also spectacular fireworks displays over Barcelona that are best viewed from somewhere outdoors, so this is a great opportunity to enjoy the spectacle without having to spend a lot of cash.

Head to a club

Before midnight, many of the celebrations will be taking place at family homes, as this is traditionally a time when parents, children and other relatives gather together for a large meal.

You shouldn’t be surprised, therefore, if the clubs and bars don’t fill up until after the start of 2013. One of the biggest and best NYE parties will be held at Razzmatazz, a super-club in the city.

It’s a great choice if you’re travelling with a group of friends who all have varied musical tastes as it has got five rooms, each of which plays different tunes. So, everyone should be happy if you head here for your evening out. It’s worth noting that booking your tickets in advance can save you money on admission, while it’s cheaper to get in after midnight than before.

Another option is Sala Apolo, a venue that regularly plays host to famous DJs and holds other concerts. On December 31st this year, a selection of DJs will be spinning the decks into the early hours of the morning. Entry costs €16 (£12.85) per person, with the doors opening just after midnight.

Go for dinner – Spanish style

If you’d like to have an authentic Spanish New Year’s Eve experience – and you have the money to spare – book a table at one of Barcelona’s top restaurants in the evening. Many of the city’s establishments will have special menus on December 31st, with the likes of Ribelino’s, Shoko and Rita Blue among the eateries you can visit for a meal before you hit Barcelona’s clubs.

Some of the restaurants – like Shoko – even have their own club, so you could look into whether there are any deals available that will provide you with dinner followed by entry to one of the best parties in town.