easyJet announces new route and package holidays to Fuerteventura from Birmingham

easyJet and easyJet Holidays have announced a new route and package holiday options to the sun-soaked destination of Fuerteventura from their recently established base in Birmingham, with package holidays now on sale for next summer.

The move follows the establishment of a new operational hub in Birmingham, complete with the integration of three additional aircraft by the spring of 2024. The city of Birmingham is connected to sought-after destinations like Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan, Naples, Lisbon, Faro, and Palma de Mallorca. Additionally, vital domestic links to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Belfast underscore the city’s significance as a travel hub.

With the announcement of 15 new routes set to launch next summer, the number of routes from Birmingham is set to increase to 29, including the addition of Fuerteventura. Fuerteventura boasts immaculate, sun-drenched beaches of soft, white sands, making it a haven for sun-seekers and water sport enthusiasts alike. From rejuvenating sunbaths to thrilling aquatic exploits and snorkeling adventures in crystalline turquoise waters, the island promises a perfect retreat for travellers.

The package holidays to Fuerteventura encompass stays at diverse hotels, each tailored to varying preferences and budget considerations. Notable among these offerings are a 7-night stay at the 3-star Globales Costa Tropical on an All-Inclusive basis for £519 per person from Birmingham on June 20, 2024. Similarly, a 7-night sojourn at the 4-star Occidental Jandia Playa on a Half Board basis is offered at £582 per person for departure on May 16, 2024. Travelers can also indulge in a 7-night stay at the 5-star Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace on a Half Board basis, priced at £879 per person for departure from Birmingham on April 18, 2024. Lastly, a 7-night experience at the 4-star Labranda Bahia de Lobos, on a Half Board basis, can be availed for £685 per person, departing from Birmingham on April 18, 2024.

Paul Bixby, Commercial Director at easyJet holidays, said: ‘We’re delighted to have launched package holidays from Birmingham to Fuerteventura today, following the announcement of the newest aircraft base which will ensure our brilliant holidays at unbeatable prices are available to holidaymakers across the UK into Summer 2024 and beyond’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director for Birmingham Airport, said: ‘As we continue to bask in the warm glow of the news easyJet will base three of its A320 aircrafts at BHX from March 2024, we are struck by yet more good news with EasyJet Holidays’ serving Fuerteventura from BHX, an established favourite offering customers greater choice and frequency next summer.’

The packages come with the ‘Ultimate Flexibility’ feature, granting the freedom to alter bookings, a refund guarantee, and best price assurance.

Qatar Airways resumes operations at Birmingham Airport

Qatar Airways has announced the resumption of daily flights to and from Birmingham Airport and Qatar’s network, reaffirming its commitment to the UK.

The airline will operate daily flights throughout the summer season using a Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner aircraft with a seating capacity of 254, including 22 Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats. This move aligns with Qatar Airways’ global expansion plans, as it aims to return to 10 destinations and add four new routes across two continents by the end of 2023.

The resumption of services from Birmingham allows people in the Midlands region to access Qatar Airways’ premium services, enabling them to visit friends and family abroad, explore various destinations worldwide, and take advantage of the airline’s sports packages. Additionally, as part of its partnership with Formula 1, Qatar Airways now offers exclusive travel packages to the Qatar Grand Prix in October, providing customers with combined flights, accommodation, gourmet hospitality, and event access.

Gary Kershaw, UK & Ireland Country Manager, Qatar Airways, said, ‘We’re delighted to mark our return to Birmingham Airport, particularly on the eve of the British Grand Prix as Qatar Airways celebrates its first year as a Global Partner of Formula 1.

‘Birmingham is one of the most exciting, vibrant and historic cities in the UK and we have long held a special affection for the people of this city and the Midlands region. We are proud to have played a part in bringing them to visit family and friends or conduct business abroad, as well as attend weddings and reunions all over the world.

‘As our fifth UK gateway, our return to Birmingham signals Qatar Airways’ strong commitment to the UK and reaffirms the positive relationship between the UK and Qatar. We’re looking forward to offering our customers in the Midlands region even easier access to our award-winning onboard product and service and our vast global network, via the Middle East’s Best Airport, Hamad International Airport in Doha.’

Nick Barton, Chief Executive, Birmingham Airport, said, ‘We are thrilled to see Qatar Airways back here in the West Midlands, a region currently on a strong trajectory of growth. We are home to six million people contributing to an economy the size of Hungary’s and currently boasting Britain’s strongest foreign direct investment and job creation performance outside London and the Southeast.

‘Daily flights to and from Doha will be well subscribed by customers travelling for business, leisure and family purposes. While for some Doha, with its iconic Hamad International Airport, is a destination in and of itself, others will head on to destinations in Qatar Airways’ impressive global network, which includes Australasia, Africa, Asia, North and South America.’

Aer Lingus Regional expands services between Birmingham And Belfast

Emerald Airlines, the exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional Services, has announced that the airline will increase its frequency of flights between Birmingham Airport and Belfast City Airport.

The airline will now operate up to five daily flights on weekdays, being particularly convenient for those travelling for business purposes.

Since services on the route commenced in March 2022, the airline has increased seats to meet rising demand, particularly from business customers looking for choice and flexibility of flight timings. Tickets are on sale now via www.aerlingus.com with fares starting at £34.99 one-way as part of a return trip.

Ciaran Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: ‘Having received positive feedback since starting our Birmingham-Belfast City operations, we are pleased to be providing customers with even more options when travelling between the two cities. We foresee these additional flight times to be particularly popular amongst those travelling for business purposes, and we look forward to offering that increased customer convenience.

The investment of additional capacity on the route further confirms the economic significance of the Birmingham region, and in particular their links to Northern Ireland.’

Tom Screen, aviation director for Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are thrilled the BHX-Belfast City route is providing so popular. Aer Lingus Regional services deliver exactly what their customers want – a formula which has served them well to date and will continue to long into the future.’

Emerald Airlines will operate the ATR72-600 aircraft to service the flights between Birmingham and both Belfast City and Dublin. The ATR72-600 series is the latest generation of turboprop aircraft, boasting low fuel burn that emits up to 40 percent less CO2 (carbon dioxide) on these regional flights.

Emirates to resume double decker services to Birmingham and Glasgow in summer

Emirates has announced that it will expand its A380 operations with the iconic double-decker returning to Glasgow on March 26, 2023 and Birmingham on July 1, 2023.

The airline will also resume its second daily service to Stansted starting from May 1, 2023, using its wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with the ‘Game Changer’ First Class product. With the reintroduction of a second daily flight to Stansted, Emirates will strengthen its operations to London with 11 daily flights, including six times daily to London Heathrow and three times daily to Gatwick.

The Emirates A380 boasts unique on-board features such as the Onboard Lounge and First Class Shower Spa. Customers can also enjoy more than 5,000 channels of on-demand entertainment via the industry’s largest screens across all cabins.

The first Emirates A380 to be completely refurbished under the airline’s two billion dollar retrofit program was deployed on the Dubai-London Heathrow service earlier this month. The aircraft features Premium Economy cabin, and Emirates’ latest cabin interiors including lighter colour palettes in First and Business Class.

Emirates is the largest operator of Airbus A380, with more than 80 aircraft currently in active service. The airline first launched A380 operations to Birmingham in 2016 and Glasgow in 2019.

easyJet launches new summer route from Birmingham to Palma

easyJet has announced the launch of its new seasonal service between Birmingham and Palma, providing customers in the Midlands direct connectivity to one of Europe’s most popular beach destinations.

Flights from Birmingham Airport took off on April 1 for the first time and are now operating up to five times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays between March 29 and October 28, 2022.

One of the most popular of the Balearic Islands, Majorca is one of the top holiday destinations in Spain. With more than 200 beaches and a long coastline, Majorca is a beach lover’s paradise with its romantic coves, vast sweeping bays, and stretches of beautiful sandy shores. Seats are on sale at easyJet.com and via the mobile app with fares starting from £22.99 per person.

The flight to Palma is the first of three seasonal summer easyJet routes from Birmingham launching this summer, with flights to Faro, Portugal and Malaga, Spain both taking off for the first time on May 1, 2022.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are delighted to have launched our first flight from Birmingham to Palma today. This route further strengthens our network from Birmingham, offering more connections to a greater range of destinations for our customers in the Midlands.

‘We remain committed to offering customers great value fares and more choice when they fly with us, and we can’t wait to welcome more customers onboard.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great welcome another easyJet route launch from Birmingham Airport. This popular sunshine route adds more capacity to Palma, direct from the Airport. Customers can book easily with the knowledge of competitive fares and great customer service. We look forward to working with easyJet to develop its route network from Birmingham.’

easyJet serves 19 UK airports, offering over 411 routes to destinations from the UK to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

British Airways to resume operations from Birmingham Airport

British Airways has said that it will resume operations form Birmingham Airport with a flight service to be introduced between Belfast and Birmingham.

The flights will operate twice daily, increasing to three times a day on a Thursday and Friday.

The flights will be operated using an Embraer 190 with capacity of 98 seats. Customers can book on BA.com from today with travel between October 31, 2021 and March 26, 2022.

Tom Stoddart, Managing Director of BA CityFlyer which operates the routes, said: ‘This year has shown how much customers want to stay connected with the rest of the UK. We’re sure this route will be popular with customers getting away for a UK holiday, as well as those visiting friends and relatives.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport commenting on the new flights, said: ‘It is great to welcome back British Airways to Birmingham after three years absence. We know that the tail fin will be a welcome sight to many of Birmingham’s customers. This route ensures even more choice for travel to Belfast from Birmingham and with plans to grow the schedule adds to the flexibility of travel. Customers can also be reassured that flights are covered by the airlines flexible booking policy.’

Customers booking with British Airways can benefit from the airline’s flexible booking policy. Customers will be able to exchange their booking for a voucher or move their dates without incurring a change fee if their plans change.

easyJet launches two new routes to Jersey and Newquay, and more seats from Birmingham Airport

easyJet has recently announced the launch of two new domestic routes to Jersey and Newquay from Birmingham Airport

The airline will launch operations from Birmingham with new flights to Jersey and Newquay and fares starting from £22.99. The airline has also added thousands of additional seats on its existing route from Birmingham to Belfast International from July 3, operating six times a week.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, commented: ‘We know our customers can’t wait to be reunited with friends and family or have more opportunity to explore the UK so the new routes from Birmingham should prove popular and will further strengthen our UK domestic network providing customers with even more choice.

‘We also know it is important to our customers to be reunited with loved ones overseas so we continue to urge the UK government to add more countries to the Green list – which can be done safely – to make this possible.

‘We continue to have some of the most flexible policies currently in place so customers can book with confidence and change their plans if they need to, making travel as easy as possible this summer.’

Nick Barton, CEO of Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great news that EasyJet is offering twice weekly flights to Jersey and Newquay from Birmingham Airport for summer 2021. Newquay and Jersey do not fall under the government traffic light system as they are both classed as domestic within the common travel area, giving ease and flexibility for those needing to holiday or travel for business. These domestic summer sun routes complement the existing Belfast International, Edinburgh and Glasgow services that EasyJet currently offers from Birmingham and we’re pleased that this valued airline customer is expanding its operation for Midlanders.’

easyJet is offering flexible booking policies under its ‘Protection Promise’ scheme. Customers will now be able to change their flights this summer without a change fee, at any time up to two hours before departure, or request a voucher. There are no restrictions on dates or destination; customers can transfer to any flights currently on sale up to the end of September 2022.

Birmingham Airport announces Covid-19 drive-through service

Birmingham Airport has said that Cignpost ExpressTest, a division of Cignpost Diagnostics Limited, will open a drive through Covid-19 screening service at the airport.

The new facility offers a Fit to Fly testing service that passengers will be able to use, following the resumption of international leisure travel on May 17. The site will be beneficial for members of the public who are asymptomatic and so do not qualify for NHS emergency testing, but require a negative result either to visit family members, or to fly abroad.

The tests on offer are priced at £80 per person for travel passengers and £99 per person for the test-only service. ExpressTest is delivered using the latest gold standard PCR equipment that is fully CE-IVD certified, and tests are carried out by trained Screening Practitioners.

Christian Corney, CEO of Cignpost ExpressTest, said: ‘At Cignpost ExpressTest we are passionate about providing customers with very best testing experience as they prepare to travel. We have seen increasing desire for testing since international travel resumed in England and expect to see increased demand in the coming days and weeks. Our new drive through centre at Birmingham Airport builds upon a strong pre-existing partnership and will be a great addition to our nationwide services. We are proud to bring Covid-19 screening services to the local community, and whether for personal or business travel, we remain committed to delivering the best possible service at an affordable price.’

Al Titterington, Terminal Operations Director of Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are pleased to have developed and expanded the fit to fly testing service here at the Airport. Following the success of Cignpost, which opened in January within the terminal building, this new drive through service ensures our customers can book tests with even more ease and convenience.

‘Here at Birmingham we are continually putting our customers first by ensuring that as thetravel restrictions change we have the right facilities in place to assist our customers and guarantee they are fully prepared for their trip.’

The drive through facility expands on an existing partnership between Cignpost ExpressTest and Birmingham Airport, with a walk-in site being open since January. The facility will accommodate 8drive-through lanes with a testing capacity of 8,064 tests per week.

The Birmingham Airport facility is one of ten new Cignpost ExpressTest sites to open across the UK before the end of June. Besides being a selected provider of discounted COVID-19 testing to British Airways, the company also provides gold-standard PCR tests at Gatwick, Heathrow and Edinburgh Airports, as well as at Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

Since the resumption of international leisure travel on May 17, Birmingham Airport has seen an increase in passenger numbers with airlines restarting several new flights to Portugal, Madeira and Greece.

Birmingham Airport announces new services to Turkey, Jersey

Birmingham Airport has said that AnadoluJet, a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, will launch a new service to the popular leisure destinations of Antalya and Dalaman in Turkey from the Airport, starting July 19, 2021.

Commenting on the service, Tom Screen, Birmingham Airport’s Aviation Director, said: ‘As we prepare to welcome customers back flying again, we are extremely pleased that AnadoluJet will be offering new services to Antalya and Dalaman from the 19th July 2021. Working with its parent company, Turkish Airlines, over many years of flying to Istanbul from Birmingham, I know that customers will receive outstanding service, affordability and reliability with AnadoluJet.’

The flights will arrive into Birmingham daily at 1140 hours and depart at 1240 hours, using a 189 seat Boeing 737-800 jet. Bookings can be made via www.thy.com or www.anadolujet.com or through local travel agents.

Omer Faruk, Turkish Airlines’ General Manager, Birmingham, said: ‘We are delighted to announce that we are starting non-stop flights to Antalya and Dalaman with AnadoluJet, trademark of Turkish Airlines. Whether it’s couples looking for a romantic break, families setting sail on a summer holiday or friends looking for a week of fun in the sun, Antalya and Dalaman have something for everyone. We are looking forward to welcoming passengers onboard this summer.’

Separately, the UK Airport said that Blue Islands will operate flights to Jersey starting from April 26 following the Government of Jersey’s announcement concerning the relaxation of travel restrictions for UK visitors.

Rob Veron, CEO Blue Islands said, ‘Today’s announcement is incredibly exciting, this is the news we have all been waiting for and provides assurance for consumers who are eager to travel. The easing of travel restrictions and aligning with the UK Common Travel Area means that the beautiful island of Jersey is open and ready to safely welcome guests once again.

‘This will be an amazing opportunity to visit a beautiful and safe island, so close to home. Whether you are looking for a short break or a longer holiday, a trip to Jersey will feel a world away this summer. We are working closely with Visit Jersey to ensure that Jersey as a visitor destination will be more appealing than ever.’

Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport, added: ‘It is great to see the resumption of services from our airline partners. With easy access to Jersey with Blue Islands from the 26th April this means our customers can book with confidence with a reputable airline but also with the knowledge of the easing of travel restrictions to this Common Travel area. We look forward to welcoming back Blue Islands’ customers.’

Wizz Air announces two new Romanian routes

Wizz Air, a European low-cost airline based in Hungary, has announced two new routes from Iasi and Craiova to Birmingham in Great Britain, starting from October 23 and 24, 2020.

The flights from Iasi, Romania to Birmingham will commence on October 23 and be operated twice a week, on Wednesday and Sunday, while flights from Craiova to Birmingham will start on October 24 and will be available on Tuesday and Saturday. This is the second route from Craiova to Great Britain and the eight in the WIZZ network from Craiova, while from Iasi the new service is the third connection to Great Britain, taking the entire network of routes from Iasi to 20.

Paulina Gosk, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are delighted to add two new routes from Iasi and Craiova to Birmingham, while keeping ourselves to the highest standards of our sanitizing protocols. Thanks to implemented health and safety measures for passengers and crew on board, travelling with Wizz Air remains worry-free experience matched with low and attractive fares. Our dedicated crew looks forward to welcoming each WIZZ passenger with a smile on board of our young fleet.’

Tickets are available on wizzair.com or the WIZZ mobile app, with fares starting from EUR19.99, one-way, including administration fee and one carry-on bag. Trolley bag and each piece of checked-in baggage will be subject to additional fees.

Passengers who choose Birmingham as an accessible destination in the Wizz Air network can add WIZZ Flex to their booking. This allows passengers to rebook any Wizz Air flight of their choice, in case of any change of plan to travel on a different date, or to a different destination.