Jet2 commences first ever flights to Malaga and Chania from Bristol Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the leisure airline and UK’s largest tour operator, have launched their first flight from Bristol Airport to Malaga, Spain.

This inaugural flight on July 20, 2023 marks the start of up to four weekly services (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday) to Malaga from Bristol Airport, running until November 19. Customers can also book packages through Jet2CityBreaks for the historic city of Malaga.

Malaga, located on the south coast of Spain, offers a vibrant atmosphere with impressive castles and gardens overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors can enjoy a city break during both summer and winter, as Malaga also offers contemporary art, cultural seafood dining, shopping promenades, and lively fiestas.

Additionally, the companies are expanding their offerings from Bristol Airport further, with the first flight to Crete (Chania) scheduled for July 24, 2023. This route will operate with weekly Monday services until October 30.

For those seeking picturesque harbours, emerald-green gorges, and sparkling lakes, Chania in Crete is an ideal destination. The western side of the Greek island of Crete features numerous Blue Flag beaches, perfect for sun-soaked relaxation. Strolling through the well-preserved historical monuments of the Old Town, visitors will encounter stunning Venetian mansions, fountains, and churches.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to be waving off our first flight to Malaga from Bristol Airport today and look forward to seeing our inaugural flight to Chania take off from the base next week too. The addition of these stunning holiday destinations to our Summer 23 programme from Bristol Airport has proven to be extremely popular with customers and independent travel agents looking for glorious sunshine alongside that authentic cultural experience.’

Rupert Lawrie, Commercial Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are extending the route network from Bristol Airport. This is great news for travellers from across the Southwest and South Wales, Malaga and Chania are stunning destinations with a wealth of interesting attractions for visitors.’

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have a comprehensive programme for Summer 2023, offering 32 sun and city destinations from Bristol Airport.

Jet2 announces biggest ever programme from Bristol Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK-based leisure airline and holiday company, has announced a major expansion to its schedule at Bristol Airport for summer 2023.

Following strong demand for flights and package holidays, Jet2 has significantly expanded its programme for Summer 23, in its third summer of operations at Bristol Airport. This expansion includes two brand-new destinations for Summer 23 – Malaga and Chania (Crete), the latter which is an exclusive destination from the airport.

In total, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have 32 sun and city destinations on sale for Summer 23 from Bristol Airport – with capacity increasing by 13 percent compared to last summer. With over 925,000 seats on sale, the companies will operate almost 100 weekly flights during peak periods to destinations including the Canaries, Balearics, Mainland Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Italy, Austria and Malta.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are extremely excited about our third summer at Bristol Airport, which will be our busiest and biggest yet. Since launching flights and holidays in 2021, the response from customers and independent travel agents across the South West and South Wales has been enormous and this has enabled us to enjoy the growth we have seen. With such a huge programme on sale for Summer 23 and customers flocking to book their place in the sunshine, we are delighted to be expanding our Bristol Airport team even further. The success of our award-winning business is down to the hard work of our colleagues, and we are looking forward to meeting like-minded passionate people to help us delight even more customers from Bristol Airport.’

The key summer sun highlights for 2023 from Bristol Airport for Jet2.com and Jet2holidays include (peak number of weekly flights in brackets): Antalya (6), Bodrum (2), Dalaman (6), Tenerife (7), Lanzarote (4), Fuerteventura (2), Gran Canaria (3), Alicante (4), Malaga (4), Reus (2), Girona (1), Palma (Majorca) (9), Ibiza (5), Menorca (3), Faro (Algarve) (6), Madeira (1), Crete (Heraklion) (2), Crete (Chania) (1), Corfu (3), Halkidiki (1), Kefalonia (2), Skiathos (3), Santorini (1), Kos (3), Preveza (1), Rhodes (4), Zante (3), Larnaca (2), Paphos (2), Verona (1), Innsbruck (1), Malta (2).

Ryanair announces biggest ever Bristol Airport schedule for Summer ’23

Budget airline Ryanair has announced its biggest ever schedule at Bristol Airport for 2023, with flights to 33 international destinations.

New routes for next year include Bydgoszcz, Porto, Marseille and Venice, which will see the company achieve a 10 percent a growth on its 2022 operation.

The number of flights to existing destinations, including Dublin, Limoges, Milan and Palma will also be increased, taking the total number of flights out of Bristol to more than 290 a week. To assist the expansion, Ryanair has added a fifth aircraft to its fleet, which now includes two environmentally efficient Boeing 737 8-200 Gamechanger aircraft that offer 16 percent less fuel consumption and a reduction on noise pollution of 40 percent.

The additional routes and planes are part of a USD500 million investment in Bristol, which will support 150 aviation jobs and 1,500 indirect jobs at the airport.

Ryanair DAC CEO, Eddie Wilson, said, ‘As the UK’s most reliable airline, Ryanair is delighted to announce even more growth at Bristol with the addition of a fifth based aircraft and our biggest ever schedule for Bristol- offering over 290 weekly flights on 33 routes, including four new routes to Bydgoszcz, Porto, Marseille and Venice for summer 23. With such a vast selection of sunny hotspots and city break destinations to choose from, UK holidaymakers can start booking their low fare summer holidays now on Ryanair.com. Ryanair is driving the UK’s economic recovery through our delivery of year-round tourism, regional investment and job creation.

‘However, if UK tourism is to continue to grow, especially in regional UK locations like Bristol, the government should immediately scrap APD in full for all travel and provide incentives for airlines, like Ryanair, to stimulate growth and recovery for the UK (an island-based economy) and its regions.’

Dave Lees, Bristol Airport CEO, said, ‘We are delighted with Ryanair’s announcement increasing the 2023 flight programme to its largest ever schedule from Bristol Airport. This is a clear demonstration of confidence returning in the region for air travel. Expanding Ryanair’s route network and adding extra capacity to existing routes, gives customers in the South West easy and affordable access to air travel on an increasing number of destinations and flexibility of stay lengths, without the need to travel to other airports for their flights.

‘Bristol Airport looks forward to working with Ryanair on developing their route network and also ensuring the increased use of quieter aircraft and more environmentally efficient operations in the future.’

SWISS announces new service to Bristol from Zurich from February 2023

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is expanding its portfolio of destinations for the coming winter season with a new service to Bristol in Southern England, served from Zurich.

Bristol will be served once weekly starting from February 4, 2023. The new service will be operated with SWISS Airbus A220 equipment and the Embraer E190 aircraft of wet-lease partner Helvetic Airways.

‘Given this summer’s difficult operating situation throughout Europe’s air transport sector, we are focusing on further stabilizing our SWISS services in the coming winter schedules,’ said Chief Commercial Officer Tamur Goudarzi Pour. ‘In doing so, we’ll be offering our customers a range of flights that’s actually more extensive than it was before the pandemic. In Europe in particular we’re providing an attractive choice of destinations for the colder season. At the same time, though, we’ve been conservative in our planning and have reduced our flight programme by a number of frequencies, to ensure that we can keep our schedules as stable as possible.’

Rupert Lawrie, Commercial Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with the announcement of SWISS offering customers their first ever direct service between Zurich and Bristol commencing February 2023. This is a major milestone in our business recovery in welcoming a new scheduled airline to Bristol Airport and shows consumer confidence is returning after the Covid impact the aviation industry has suffered in recent years. We look forward to working with SWISS and developing this important route in the future.’

The 2022/23 SWISS winter schedules are now available on www.swiss.com. The winter timetable period runs from October 30, 2022 to March 26, 2023.

Jet2 starts flights to Izmir for the first time from Bristol Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK-based airline and tour operator, has said that it has launched a brand new route to Izmir from Bristol Airport for Summer 22.

Jet2 will operate weekly Tuesday services to the Turkish city of Izmir from Bristol Airport this summer from May 3 to November 1. In addition, the companies will launch their new route to Bodrum from Bristol Airport on May 5. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will operate weekly Thursday services to the popular Turkish destination from May 5 to 19, increasing to up to two weekly services (Monday and Thursday) from May 30 to October 31.

The addition of Izmir and Bodrum to Jet2’s Summer 22 programme means the companies are operating to four Turkish destinations from the base this summer – Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and Izmir. The company’s inaugural flights to Girona (Costa Brava), Larnaca, Costa de Almeria, Reus, Halkidiki, Malta and Verona from Bristol Airport will also depart for the first time this month and in early June. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays launched a new route to Alicante on April 1 too.

In addition to Izmir and Bodrum, the full breakdown of the Summer 22 programme to these new routes from Bristol Airport include: weekly Saturday services to Girona (Costa Brava) operating from May 28 to October 29; up to two weekly services (Monday and Friday) to Larnaca, operating from May 27 to October 31; weekly Wednesday services to Costa de Almeria, operating from June 1 to October 26; and up to two weekly services (Monday and Thursday) to Reus, operating from May 12 to October 31.

Jet2 will also operate up to three weekly services (Monday, Friday and Saturday) to Alicante, operating until November 19, increasing to up to four weekly services (Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from May 29 to November 5. The company will also operate weekly Wednesday services to Halkidiki, operating from June 1 to October 5; weekly Tuesday services to Malta, operating from 31 May to November 1; and weekly Wednesday services to Verona operating from May 11 to September 28.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to see our first flight take off to Izmir today from our newest UK base, Bristol Airport. It is fantastic to be operating to this popular sunshine destination from Bristol Airport, as we know that this new route will prove popular with customers and independent travel agents in the region. As well as taking off to Izmir for the first time from Bristol Airport today, we are pleased to be offering a further nine new routes from the base for Summer 22, on top of an unrivalled programme to other popular sunshine favourites. With 33 sun and city destinations on sale this summer from the Bristol Airport, we are giving customers and independent travel agents huge choice when it comes to enjoying a holiday with our award-winning airline and tour operator.’

With 83 weekly flights available during peak times Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have 33 sun and city destinations on sale across the Mediterranean, Canary Islands and Europe for Summer 22 from Bristol Airport.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays expands Summer 22 programme, launches new route to Malta from Bristol Airport

Leisure airline and tour operator, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, has expanded its Summer 22 flights and holidays with the launch of a brand-new and exclusive route from Bristol Airport to Malta as well as adding additional capacity to a range of popular sun destinations in Greece and Cyprus.

With historic towns, white sandy beaches, a UNESCO-stamped capital (Valetta) and a range of splendid seaside resorts, Malta excels at relaxation, sapphire waters, nightlife, natural history and cuisine.

Besides this brand-new route, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are also adding extra capacity and more frequent flying to Greece (Kefalonia and Rhodes), and Cyprus (Larnaca) for next summer.

With the latest expansion, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has over 30 destinations on sale for Summer 22 from Bristol Airport, offering more choice and flexibility for booking and enjoying flights and ATOL protected package holidays to Greece, Cyprus, and Malta for Summer 22 from Bristol Airport.

The additional flights and holidays on sale from Bristol Airport include the new and exclusive route to Malta with weekly Tuesday services operating from May 31 and October 25, 2022; weekly Thursday services to Kefalonia from May 26 through to September 22, 2022; an additional weekly service every Friday to Larnaca from May 27 to October 28, 2022; and the introduction of new weekend flight (Saturday) to Rhodes from May 28 to October 29, 2022, meaning up to three weekly services to the Greek city for Summer 22.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘With many customers missing out on holidays this year, we are seeing strong demand for Summer 22, as more people look to book ahead and give themselves something to look forward to. As always, we have been quick to respond to demand by launching a brand-new route to Malta from Bristol Airport, as well as additional capacity to Greece and Cyprus, and offering customers and independent travel agents even more opportunity to book or enjoy some sunshine next summer. We are pleased to be providing an enormous programme of flights and holidays to these popular summer sun destinations and know that this huge choice of flights, together with our award-winning customer service, will mean that these new and additional services will sell exceptionally well.’

Jet2.com announces ski flights and £1 ski carriage promotion from Bristol Airport

Jet2.com, the UK-based leisure airline, has launched ski flights to Austria and France from Bristol Airport for the first time.

To celebrate the launch, the company has launched a £1 ski carriage promotion, offering skiers and snowboarders access to some of Europe’s most popular slopes for less.

Jet2.com will operate to three ski destinations from Bristol Airport this winter, Chambery, Innsbruck and Salzburg. The ski carriage promotion is available on return flights to all these destinations, including a picturesque run on the French Alps, or a slalom in Salzburg.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to be offering a fantastic programme of ski flights from Bristol Airport for the first time for Winter 21/22. Alongside our programme, we are also thrilled to be launching a fantastic £1 ski carriage promotion, which means customers can get to the slopes for the very best value. With access to the best slopes across Europe available from Bristol Airport, snow sports enthusiasts in the region have been clamouring to book the best of the action for this winter. As a result, our ski flights are selling very well and with more customers than ever looking to plan and book a winter break, we expect demand to increase as they look to secure their place in the snow for less. With a fantastic ski programme and promotion, there’s no better time to book early and ensure you get the best choice of flights and prices.’

By booking and travelling on ski flights with Jet2.com, customers will receive 10kg hand luggage, 22kg baggage and 22kg ski carriage.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announce flights and holidays to Turkey from Bristol Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, a UK leisure travel and holiday company, have announced that launch of flights and holidays to Turkey today, September 24 from Bristol Airport for the first time.

Following the easing of international travel restrictions and the removal of Turkey from the Red List, the tour operator has been quick to launch flights and holidays to Antalya and Dalaman from Bristol Airport.

With up to two weekly flights to Antalya and Dalaman available for Summer 21 from Bristol Airport, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are responding to significant demand. The companies are operating to Antalya from Bristol Airport throughout the Winter season too.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘The launch of our award-winning flights and package holidays to Turkey from Bristol Airport is fantastic news for holidaymakers. We are delighted to be starting flights and holidays to Antalya and Dalaman and to be taking customers in the region to these much-loved destinations. Customers have missed being able to visit Turkey this summer, so the reopening of the country has resulted in huge demand and comes just in time for holidaymakers to enjoy some late summer sun. We continue to look towards the future with real confidence, as customers make the most of being able to get away and enjoy some much-needed sunshine.’

Jet2’s offers customer service options including 22kg baggage allowance through a flight-only booking with Jet2.com, in-resort Customer Helpers, transfers, free child places and ATOL protection with the UK’s largest tour operator to destinations in the Mediterranean and Canary Islands. Besides a choice of thousands of 2-5 star hotels through Jet2holidays, customers can take advantage of Free Child Places, which are still available.

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.’

Lufthansa commences daily service from Bristol to Frankfurt

Lufthansa has announced the launch of a new regular service from Bristol to Frankfurt.

The Frankfurt service demonstrates Lufthansa’s commitment to the UK market and will offer increased connectivity to long-haul destinations such as Tokyo, Cape Town and Singapore. Frankfurt is known for its tourist attractions, including the opera house, Goethe Museum and the Deutsches Film Museum for history and culture seekers.

The route provides business travellers with increased opportunity to trade in one of the world’s leading financial centres and offers multiple onward connections for leisure travellers. Fares to Frankfurt start from £159 return (including taxes, fees, carrier charges and carryon baggage) and are available to book now at lufthansa.com.

‘We are extremely pleased to announce that Lufthansa will be operating up to four weekly flights from Bristol Airport this summer, and up to seven weekly flights starting in September. We look forward to connecting our passengers in Southwest England with our main Lufthansa hub in Germany. As one of the largest carriers in Europe, with just a short stopover in Frankfurt, our customers will have access to hundreds of connections to numerous destinations within our vast, global network,’ said Heinrich Lange, who has newly taken over as the Lufthansa Group Senior Director Sales for Northern Europe.

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport said: ‘This is incredibly exciting day for Bristol Airport and the region. Lufthansa is a major global airline and this decision shows confidence in air travel returning to normal. The regular scheduled service between Bristol and Frankfurt opens up a wide range of European and worldwide connections to our customers. Frankfurt is a great city whether for business or leisure and the link between Bristol and Frankfurt allows us to promote the South West and Wales region to inbound visitors from Germany and beyond. Today’s service is a strong indication of the confidence in the region. We see great potential for this service and will work with Lufthansa on other exciting route opportunities in the future.’

Kathryn Davis, Director of Tourism, Visit West said: ‘We are delighted that Lufthansa will be commencing their Frankfurt route to Bristol Airport, providing vital connections for our future German visitors and those connecting through this vital European hub from other destinations. Germany is one of our most important visitor markets, so this connectivity is a critical part in supporting the return of the international leisure visitors when appropriate and to enable families and friends to reconnect, as well as supporting business passengers.’