Wizz Air announces four new routes to European destinations from Edinburgh

Wizz Air, a low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, has said that it will begin operations at Edinburgh Airport with the launch of four routes to popular European city break destinations.

Starting November, Wizz Air will connect Edinburgh with the Polish cities of Warsaw and Gdansk, Budapest in Hungary, and Bucharest in Romania. These new services will see an increase in capacity of 250,000 seats on Wizz Air’s Scottish routes in 2020.

Effective from November 1, 2019, Wizzair’s new Edinburgh – Warsaw service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with fares from £16.99; Edinburgh – Gdansk route will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from November 2, 2019 with fares from £16.99; the Edinburgh – Budapest service will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays starting November 2, 2019 with fares starting from £21.99; while the new Edinburgh – Bucharest will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays also starting November 2, 2019 with fares from £29.99. The fares are all one way including all taxes and non-optional charges and tickets are available for booking at wizzair.com.

Owain Jones, Managing Director, Wizz Air UK, said: ‘We’re delighted to announce even more opportunities for our Scottish customers to experience Wizz Air’s low-fares on new routes connecting Edinburgh with some of Central and Eastern Europe’s most dynamic cities, flying on-board one of Europe’s youngest, most efficient aircraft fleets. Offering unique cultural, architectural, gastronomic and nightlife experiences, our customers travelling to Budapest, Bucharest, Gdansk and Warsaw will also enjoy fantastic value-for-money – making pounds stretch further. The WIZZ team looks forward to welcoming customers old and new on-board our ultra-efficient fleet of Airbus aircraft very soon.’

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to be welcoming Wizz Air to Edinburgh and adding four new routes to the destinations map at Scotland’s busiest airport. We know there is a large Polish diaspora within our neighbouring communities in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, but we also know people in Scotland have a thirst for travel so having Wizz onboard at Edinburgh is very exciting for us.

Offering choice to our passengers is what we aim to do as it is that choice which enriches our knowledge of other countries and cultures while also taking Scotland to the world. Tourism plays such a crucial part in Scotland’s economy and it’s important that we look to broaden our horizons in the most sustainable way possible and demonstrate the fantastic offering that our country has.’

Wizz Air now operates seven routes from Scotland to some of the most sought after destinations in Eastern Europe. This includes services between Aberdeen and Gdansk, and Glasgow to Budapest and Katowice, as well as the new Edinburgh routes. With the latest four routes Wizz Air now has 360 thousand seats on sale on its Scottish routes, the airline said in a release.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport announces new direct route to Budapest

Doncaster Sheffield Airport has announced a new Wizz air flight to Budapest to commence services from October 29, 2018.

The new thrice weekly service from Doncaster Sheffield – on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – follows the introduction of a route to Debrecen a few weeks ago. With the new route, Doncaster Sheffield will have a total of five flights per week and almost 100,000 seats to Hungary. Tickets for Wizz Air flights to Budapest, Hungary, are now on sale.

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘Wizz air is an important strategic partner of DSA. Since opening operations in 2006 we have worked together in partnership to develop a growing range of routes with over 3 million passengers carried.

As one of Europe’s leading low cost Airlines renowned for low fares and exceptional service we share many of the same values. Today we are delighted to offer even greater choice to such an impressive destination, such is Budapest’

Owain Jones, Chief Corporate Officer at Wizz Air, said: ‘WIZZ is the European airline that is always creating more and more exciting travel connections for our customers across Europe and beyond. We are delighted to be the first airline to connect Doncaster Sheffield with Budapest, giving our UK customers in the north of England the opportunity to experience the stunning architecture, world famous wines and superb gastronomy on offer in one of Europe’s most beautiful and vibrant capital cities.’

One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest has several historical structures that would interest the tourists such as the Royal Palace, Hungarian State Opera, and Castle Museum. Known as the City of Baths, the city has over 120 thermal baths and spas around the Danube river and also hosts major music festivals such as Sziget Festival on an island located on the river itself.

The city is also rapidly emerging as a global business centre. It was previously named one the highest ranked cities in Central Eastern Europe for innovation and now regularly ranks within the top 30 European cities in the world.

Jet2 to launches Budapest/East Midlands route

Jet2.com, a British low-cost airline based out of Leeds Bradford Airport, is to commence flights to Budapest, Hungary, from East Midlands Airport in the UK.

East Midlands will be the third UK airport from which Jet2 provides flights to Budapest, after Edinburgh and Manchester, and the flights will operate twice weekly with fares starting from £55 one way.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet 2, said, ‘We’re thrilled to be the only airline to give travellers from East Midlands and central England direct flights to this popular central European city, right from their doorstep. We’ve made this route available following huge customer demand so we are very confident it will be a great success.’

Kam Jandu, Budapest airport aviation director, added, ‘We are delighted that Jet2.com has decided to operate a new route to and from East Midlands, an expanding UK regional airport. Not only will this have a positive impact on the local economy, but it will give the people of Budapest a much needed link to central England.’

In addition to Leeds Bradford, Jet2 has operating bases in Belfast, Blackpool, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. The company has approximately 42 aircraft in its fleet, flies to over 54 destinations, and carried 4.2 million passengers during 2011. Since its inception under the name Channel Express (Air Services) in 1978, the company had grown to employ about 1,500 employees as of January 2011, and adopted the Jet2 brand name in 2003.

Further details of the new Budapest route and all other Jet2 information can be found at www.jet2.com.

Take a step back in time with the refurbished VSOE this season

The refurbished luxury Venice Simplon Orient Express is ready to take to the rails around Europe this coming season, with iconic journeys spanning London, Venice and Budapest along its route.

Following the end of the 2012 season last November, the train has spent the winter months under a period of refurbishment, particularly to two of its three restaurant cars. In planning for years, furnishings have been removed, sandblasting has taken place, and the exterior has been repainted in the train’s iconic royal blue shade before varnishing.

Covering the routes once favoured by Agatha Christie, the train has kept its 1920’s charm and its Art Deco features with the help of artisan experts.

For the first time in its history, the train will take on a trip to Stockholm this year on a new itinerary. Departing Venice on April 8th, it will take in the sights of Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark, with the final leg being Copenhagen to Stockholm.

The train’s signature voyage of London to Venice via Paris will be available throughout the season, as will be an annual trip to Istanbul via overnight stays in Bucharest and Budapest.

On May 22nd and October 23rd, guests can travel to London from Venice via Budapest and Vienna on a four-night trip, while another route to London from Venice will take in Prague, departing May 1st, June 5th and October 2nd.

The company is currently promoting a number of offers for travellers this season, including 300 Euros complimentary credit for on-board spending on any Venice to Paris or London, or Paris or London to Venice trips departing May, June or July. The credit can be used for champagne, caviar, fine wines, cocktails and gifts from the train’s boutique, amongst others.

Ryanair Announces Termination of Birmingham-Budapest service

Ryanair, an Ireland-based low-cost airline, is trimming its services to Budapest in Hungary from the UK.

The airline is planning to reduce its routes to Budapest, by terminating its services from Birmingham Airport. The airline is blaming the cuts on Budapest Airport’s decision to increase its charges, and plans to reduce its five aircraft fleet based out of Budapest airport to three, as a result.

The airline is also considering cutting back on its routes from Budepest to Baden, Bologna, Dusseldorf, Krakow, Lubeck, Malaga, Munich, Oslo and Thessaloniki in Europe.

The airline is also planning to reduce its capacities on nine of the twenty remaining routes from Budapest.

Michael O’Leary, the airline chief executive officer, said, ‘Ryanair regrets Hochtief Budapest Airport’s decision to increase charges, impose inefficient facilities and reject our proposals for a competitive growth offer which would have allowed Ryanair to grow traffic and routes at Budapest.

Ryanair will now switch 2 aircraft from Budapest with the loss of 10 routes, reductions on 9 others and the loss of 110 weekly flights. Sadly, 800,000 passengers per annum and over 800 jobs will be lost by Budapest to other airports elsewhere in Europe, where Ryanair will continue to grow.

With 1.2m passengers and 20 routes, Ryanair will remain one of the 2 largest airlines operating at Budapest, but Hochtief cannot continue to ignore the competitive marketplace, where airports all over Europe have been reducing costs and offering efficient facilities in return for traffic growth. We hope there is a way to reverse these cuts to ensure further Ryanair growth at Budapest.’

The airline has recently introduced its new onboard menu offering a full range of food, snacks and drinks. The Getaway Cafe includes new menu additions, as well as traditional onboard favourites. The service is also offering a gourmet Snack Pack box and economical monthly meal bargains.

 

The Top Five Short Breaks from London

Cox & Kings, a UK-based travel company, has listed top five European cities for short breaks from London.

Berlin, Germany

Since the World Wars, the city of Berlin has played an important role in shaping the history of Europe. The present city is a lively tourists hotspot, offering various attractions including the tree-lined boulevard of Unter den Linden, the century-old, Hackescher Markt station, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag parliament building.

A four-night stay in Berlin costs around £625 per person.

St Petersburg, Russia

St Petersburg city is replete with buildings that reflect Neoclassical and Baroque architecture, interwoven with numerous waterways. It offers many visitor attractions including one of the world’s largest museums, the State Hermitage museum, which hosts a large collection of oriental, Russian and western European art.

A three-night stay in St Petersburg costs around £455 per person.

Istanbul, Turkey

The Turkish city of Istanbul is said to offer a blend of Asian and European charm. Tourist attractions include the Blue Mosque, the Ottoman sultans’ Topkapi Palace, and the former Orthodox basilica, Hagia Sophia. Turkish baths or Hamams are also a popular spa experience.

A three-night stay in Istanbul costs around £455 per person.

Venice, Italy

Venice is the city of palazzos, piazzas, courtyards and marbled churches, which throughout history have drawn tourists from far and wide. An experience that is not to be missed is a cruise on a gondolier along the city’s many canals.

A four-night stay in Venice costs around £345 per person.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest offers travellers cafes, restaurants, boutiques and spas. Places to see include the Buda Castle quarter, a UNESCO world heritage site that is around 700 years old, Andrassy Avenue, one of the city’s boulevards, and the Central Market Hall.

A three-night stay in Budapest costs around £345 per person.