Jet2 announces winter getaway programme

Jet2holidays and Jet2CityBreaks have announced a winter getaway programme with an array of holidays and city breaks.

The UK’s largest tour operator is offering discounts of up to £50 per person on all Winter 23/24 holidays from November 2023 to January 2024, granting travellers savings across its diverse range of destinations.

This exclusive sale applies to all package holidays booked through Jet2holidays, Jet2CityBreaks, VIBE by Jet2holidays, Indulgent Escapes, and Jet2Villas, valid for travel between November 1, 2023 and January 31, 2024.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘As the clocks change and winter looms, we know people will be looking to get away to escape the gloom. With a fantastic selection of holidays on sale for Winter 23/24, we are giving them the chance to do just that. Whether it is winter sun or discovering a new city, our Winter Sun and City Breaks programmes are jam-packed with choice and offer something for everyone. As well as providing plenty of choice and flexibility, we are also launching a sale so customers can look forward to a holiday for less this winter. Customers want reassurance, value and quality right now when it comes to holidays, and as the UK’s largest tour operator, they should look no further than Jet2holidays and Jet2CityBreaks for a winter escape.’

Jet2holidays and Jet2CityBreaks are offering a total of 20 Winter Sun and City Breaks destinations for Winter 23/24. Amid the sale, Jet2holidays boasts 12 Winter Sun destinations and 110 routes to winter hotspots across the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean. Winter Sun destinations include the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, and Fuerteventura), Spain (Alicante and Malaga), Majorca (Palma), Portugal (Faro and Madeira), Turkey (Antalya), Malta, and Cyprus (Paphos).

For those desiring visits to renowned capitals, cultural hubs, and historical treasures, Jet2 offers flights and city breaks to eight popular destinations: Athens, Barcelona, Budapest, Krakow, Paris, Prague, Rome, and Venice, accessible from various UK airports. Accommodation options range from 2-5-star hotels in central locations, offering an ideal base for exploring Europe’s prime city break destinations.

BA Euroflyer expands Canary Island offerings with addition of Fuerteventura

BA Euroflyer, a subsidiary of British Airways based in Gatwick, has announced the inclusion of Fuerteventura on its route network.

Starting from November 2, 2023, Fuerteventura will become the fourth Canary Island served by the airline, joining Tenerife, Lanzarote, and Gran Canaria. Operating twice weekly during the winter season on Thursdays and Sundays, BA Euroflyer will use a combination of A320 and A321 aircraft to fly to the beautiful island. Additionally, beginning February 28, 2024, an extra flight will be introduced on Wednesdays, further enhancing connectivity options.

Known for its stunning beaches, rugged coastlines, and expansive natural landscapes, Fuerteventura, is the second largest island in the Canary archipelago. With its ideal weather conditions year round, the island is popular among water sports enthusiasts, including surfing, sailing, and windsurfing.

BA Euroflyer’s CEO, Tom Stoddart, said: ‘Adding Fuerteventura means we now fly to the four largest Canary Islands, which are great options for families, couples, and friends alike. Fuerteventura enjoys warm weather year-round, making it a fantastic choice for those seeking winter sunshine without venturing further afield.’

Travelers can secure return flights to Fuerteventura starting from £129. For those who book a Euro Traveller (economy) flight-only ticket before June 18, 2023, the airline is offering a discount of more than 10% on their fare, with early bird flights available from £114. Avios members can also avail themselves of flight-only tickets starting from £1 plus 27,500 Avios.

Passengers looking for an enhanced travel experience can opt for the Club Europe (business class) option, offering pre-flight lounge access, improved personal space, a full meal with a selection of drinks from the bar, and additional baggage allowance.

For those seeking a complete vacation package, British Airways Holidays is also offering a selection of hotels. Seven-night flight and hotel packages start from £349 per person. Avios users can opt for pay-with-Avios packages, with prices beginning at £1 plus 79,500 Avios per person for a seven-night holiday. Deposits for these packages start from less than 11,000 Avios per person, based on double occupancy.

Fuerteventura is the seventh new destination added to BA Euroflyer’s route network this year. In addition to Fuerteventura, the airline recently unveiled new summer flights to Montpellier, Corfu, Mykonos, and Salzburg, as well as new winter services to Sharm El Sheikh and Innsbruck.

Jet2holidays introduces popular Free Resort Flight Check-in Service to Canary Islands

Jet2holidays, the UK’s largest tour operator, has announced that it is expanding its Free Resort Flight Check-in service to the Canary Islands this summer, weeks after offering the service in Cyprus.

After announcing its plan to resume the service in over 50 hotels initially in Cyprus, Jet2 is now launching the service in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura in time for this summer. The service will return in over 130 hotels across these four destinations this summer.

Free Resort Flight Check-in is a free and exclusive service from Jet2holidays to take some of the effort out of going home. The service was first launched in 2016, and was temporarily stopped operating due to the pandemic. Customers who choose a hotel offering the service will be able to check-in their bags at the hotel in the morning on their day of departure, leaving the last day of their holiday bag-free.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Since announcing the return of our Free Resort Flight Check-in service in well over 50 hotels initially in Cyprus, we have received phenomenal feedback from both customers and independent travel agents who have really welcomed the return of the service.

He added: ‘On the back of that, we are delighted to announce that we will be expanding the service to over 130 hotels in the Canary Islands, offering even more customers the opportunity to take advantage of the many benefits of using the free service once again. This smart, secure service makes an enormous difference to the overall holiday experience, as by being luggage-free on the last day of their holiday, customers can enjoy their valuable holiday time, and breeze through the airport before their flight home. As the UK’s largest tour operator, we are always looking at ways to improve the customer journey, and the expansion of our Free Resort Flight Check-in is just another example of how we continue to invest to ensure we deliver the best customer service in the industry.’

After dropping their bags off with Jet2holidays’ Free Resort Flight Check-in Team at their hotel, bags are transported to the airport and stowed onboard. This gives customers time to enjoy themselves at the hotel on the final day and go straight through to security at the airport.

Jet2 expands summer routes to sunshine destinations

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, a UK airline and tour operator, have responded to customers demand for holidays by adding more choice to a range of sunshine destinations for Summer 22.

With travel restrictions ending and international travel becoming more regular, Jet2 has announced new flights to the Canary Islands, Turkey, Mainland Spain and Portugal (Faro). The additional flights have been added from Belfast International, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Glasgow and Newcastle Airports, and are timed for the Early May Bank Holiday, Spring Bank Holiday and Platinum Jubilee Holiday. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are offering a much expanded programme for Summer 22, with capacity being higher than it was in Summer 19.

The new services added include additional Thursday services from Belfast International to Gran Canaria operating on April 28; additional Tuesday services from Edinburgh to Dalaman operating on April 26; and additional Thursday services to Majorca operating on April 28.

From East Midlands, Jet2 will operate additional Monday services to Lanzarote from May 2 to May 16; additional Sunday services to Antalya, operating on May 1; additional Tuesday services Faro (Algarve) operating on April 26.

Further, from Glasgow Jet2 will operate additional Wednesday services to Majorca on April 27; additional Friday services to Alicante operating from April 29 to June 10 and additional Monday services to Tenerife, operating from May 2 to June 13. In addition, from Newcastle it will operate additional Friday services to Lanzarote operating on April 29, additional Thursday services to Antalya, operating on April 28; additional Wednesday services to Majorca operating on April 27, and additional Saturday services to Tenerife operating on May 30.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘After the removal of all travel restrictions, international travel is looking like it did before the pandemic. This return to normal has led to customer confidence bouncing back strongly, with holidaymakers jumping at the chance to get away. As such, we are seeing enormous growth for all seasons, with Summer 22 proving to be one of the most popular times for a holiday. In response to that, we have added additional capacity to a range of sunshine destinations, providing customers and independent travel agents with even more choice and flexibility. We are pleased to be offering a huge programme for Summer 22, with capacity being bigger than it was in Summer 19, and we are now expanding this even further.

He added: ‘As our operation scales up, we are anticipating a busy and successful year ahead, flying lots of happy customers on our award-winning flights and holidays. Customers are looking to make the most of jetting away on their well-deserved holidays once again, and we are confident that these extra flights will prove a hit.’

Bournemouth Airport announces new flights to Gran Canaria and Lisbon with Ryanair

Bournemouth Airport has announced the addition of two destinations – Gran Canaria and Lisbon, Portugal, which will be operated by Ryanair as part of its winter schedule.

Ryanair’s new weekly flights to the winter sun destination of Gran Canaria will start on Sunday, October 31, while those looking for a city break in Portugal’s beautiful coastal capital, Lisbon will have a choice of twice-weekly flights (Tuesday and Saturday) beginning on November 2. Bookings are now open on Ryanair’s website.

With the new destinations, Ryanair will operate flights from Bournemouth Airport to 13 destinations in six countries, within its 2021/22 schedule, with flights to Spain (Alicante, Barcelona Girona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Murcia Palma de Mallorca), Cyprus (Paphos), Ireland (Dublin), Malta, Poland (Krakow) and Portugal (Faro and Lisbon). In total, Bournemouth Airport has announced 33 domestic and international destinations in 15 countries for 2021/22.

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to be adding another flight to the hugely popular destination of Gran Canaria and two flights a week to the historic and charismatic city of Lisbon, adding to the choices available for holidaymakers looking for some much-needed winter sun and wanting the ease and convenience of flying from their local airport.

‘We look forward to being able to announce more routes returning over the coming weeks and months as operators confirm their schedules and we are continuing to work with our airline partners and in line with latest government guidelines to ensure safe travel through the airport.’

The new flights to Lisbon come as Ryanair announced a USD300m investment at Lisbon Airport, where it will base a further three aircraft from November – now seven in total – as part of its Winter ’21 schedule.

In view of the Covid-related travel protocols, Bournemouth Airport has partnered with an established healthcare provider, GPDQ, to provide a range of COVID-19 testing options. GPDQ is one of the UK Government’s approved test providers for travel and customers can book COVID-19 tests directly via the airport website.

British Airways launches flights and holiday packages to sun destinations for 2021

British Airways has announced the launch of its holiday programme to sun destinations for 2021.

The airline is offering flights and holiday packages at a discounted rate for travel throughout 2021 to sun destinations across its network, including the Canary Islands, the Caribbean, the Seychelles, Florida and Dubai.

Andrew Brem, British Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘As we edge into the winter months and Brits are asked to stay at home, we know our customers are looking forward to booking warm holidays to get away and soak up some sun. It’s been quite a year, and our very special prices reflect that. With travel dates available in 2021 we’d encourage people to make the most of these special prices and jet off on a well-deserved break.’

The holiday packages on offer include a seven-night beach break with flights and hotel starting from £219 per person (pp) to Lanzarote or Tenerife in the Canary Islands in March 2021.

Holidaymakers looking to enjoy Portuguese sun can fly to the Algarve for a seven-night stay including flights from £199pp, also for travel in March next year.

For those looking to enjoy Caribbean beaches, a seven-night hotel stay and flights are available from £599pp to Saint Lucia in June 2021. Alternatively, customers can choose a seven-night stay and flights to St Kitts from £619pp for travel in May 2021. Barbados is another destination on offer for sun-seekers with a £599pp seven-night stay and flights for travel in June 2021.

Further, the company is offering a seven-night stay (including flights and hotel) to the Seychelles in June 2021 for fares from £999pp. Alternatively, customers may holiday in Mauritius with a seven-night stay and flights from £729pp in the same month.

British Airways Holidays is also offering a three-night stay and flights from £419pp for travel on selected dates to Florida in April and May next year. And finally, customers can take World Traveller flights to Dubai for a minimum of three days from £334 return on selected dates up until June 2021.

The airline’s flexible booking policy offers no change fees, or a voucher exchange, for bookings made during the sunshine campaign. Customers can move their flights or holiday in case of any change of plans, as long as their initial travel dates are before the end of August 2021.

easyJet launches new routes and resumes holidays to the Canary Islands

easyJet has said that it will put more flights on sale to the Canary Islands in response to an increase in demand for flights and holidays.

easyJet will be putting additional flights on sale across its routes to the islands from London Gatwick, London Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast. With its year-round sunshine, beautiful long beaches and range of hotels, the Canary Islands are a great option for a winter sun getaway. Over 180,000 additional seats to the Canary Islands will now be available up to the end of March 2021, with fares from £22.99, one way per person, including taxes.

The move comes after the UK government announced that the Islands have been added to the list of quarantine exempt destinations for British travellers. Holidays are available to book now with packages available from £289 per person.

Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager, easyJet said: ‘We welcome the announcement from the UK government that the Canary Islands have been added to the list of quarantine exempt countries for British travellers.

‘This will mean many of our customers will be able to take a winter sun break to these popular islands or reschedule a holiday that they’ve been unable to take this summer as a result of the last minute changes to quarantine restrictions.

‘Since the government’s announcement last night we’ve already seen a surge of demand for flights and holidays to the Canary Islands – we’ve seen a 500% increase day on day on searches – so we know that there is customer demand, they want to travel and this demonstrates they will do so when travel restrictions are relaxed. In response to the demand we’re seeing from our customers we’re putting additional flights on sale from today well as launching five new routes to the Canary Islands from our airports across the UK.

Additionally, more flights are now available from London Gatwick and Manchester to Tenerife on Sunday October 25 and November 1, Manchester to Lanzarote on October 25 and 31 and Gatwick to Lanzarote on October 25, 26 and 31.

easyJet is also launching five new routes to from Edinburgh to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura; from Glasgow to Tenerife and Gran Canaria; and Belfast to Tenerife, with flights taking off from November 7. The new routes due to launch this winter from London Luton to Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, which will now take-off ahead of schedule also from November 7, easyJet said.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays adds 170,000 departing seats across UK bases

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced the addition of thousands of seats and holidays to winter-sun destinations in the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Malta and Spain in response to extra demand.

The UK-based travel and holiday company has added over 170,000 departing seats between October and March from across its UK bases, with a major focus on October and the school holidays.

The increase in capacity includes over 65,000 additional departing seats from Manchester, nearly 40,000 additional departing seats from Birmingham, over 20,000 additional departing seats from Glasgow and 15,000 additional departing seats from Newcastle. There are also extra seats on sale from Belfast International, Edinburgh, East Midlands and London Stansted. The seats are available for booking currently.

The extra capacity announced includes over 100,000 additional seats now on sale departing to the Canary Islands between October and March. This includes over 50,000 additional seats to Tenerife and almost 40,000 additional seats to Lanzarote as well as more flying to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.

Nearly 30,000 additional seats have been added to Turkey, with additional flights to Antalya and Dalaman. Further, extra flights have been added to serve several destinations in Greece, including Corfu, Crete (Heraklion), Kos and Rhodes – amounting to 5,000 additional departing seats to Greece this winter.

In addition, over 10,000 additional departing seats are available for booking to the Balearic Islands – Palma (Majorca), Menorca and Ibiza. Jet2 has also added more seats to Cyprus, with extra capacity to Larnaca and Paphos, as well as extra capacity to Malta and Reus (Costa Dorada) for winter.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘This week has seen an unprecedented amount of demand, and we have responded quickly to that by adding more flights and holidays to the sunshine this winter. This demand shows that holidaymakers want to get away, and with this extra capacity we are providing more choice and flexibility when it comes to booking our award-winning flights and ATOL protected package holidays.’

Jet2.com adds more flights to Canaries from East Midlands Airport

UK-based travel and holiday company Jet2 has said that it will add more flights to the Canary Islands from East Midlands Airport between February and April 2020, following increased demand for winter sun as well as holidays earlier in the season.

The addition of more flights to Tenerife and Gran Canaria from February through to April will offer local holidaymakers more choice and flexibility when it comes to winter sun and holidays outside of the main summer season.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We have responded quickly to extra demand for flights and holidays to Gran Canaria and Tenerife, by adding more of our award-winning flights and ATOL protected package holidays from East Midlands Airport. Thanks to this latest expansion at East Midlands Airport, holidaymakers now have even more choice and flexibility when it comes to Winter Sun and holidays outside of the main summer season, including during the February school holidays and Easter.’

The announcement represents a total of 17 additional return services, and further expands the airline’s programme from East Midlands Airport. The additional flights include:

Extra weekly Friday services to Gran Canaria starting from February 14 through to April 17, which is timed for both the February school holidays and Easter. With this, Jet2 will operate up to four weekly services to Gran Canaria during this period.

An extra service to Tenerife on Tuesdays, starting from February 11 until March 24, timed for the February school holidays. With this addition, Jet2 will operate up to six weekly flights to the popular Canary Islands hotspot from February.

In addition to the extra services to Gran Canaria and Tenerife, Jet2 will also offer up to four weekly services to Lanzarote and two weekly services to Fuerteventura from February through to April from East Midlands Airport. With the addition, the airline will offer up to 16 weekly flights to the Canary Islands during this period.

Norwegian announces two new routes from Birmingham

European low fares airline Norwegian has announced the launch of two new routes from Birmingham this week, making it the fastest growing carrier at the airport in 2015.

The budget airline said that it will add twice weekly, year-round services to Tenerife and weekly services to Gran Canaria. Norwegian started operating from Birmingham in March 2015 and has since then introduced flights to Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga.

The airline’s newly scheduled service from Birmingham to Tenerife was launched on November 2, and will operate on Mondays and Fridays departing at 18:15 and arriving at 22:25 hours. Meanwhile, the new Birmingham to Gran Canaria service is set to launch on Friday, November 6 and will operate on Fridays departing at 18:10 and arriving at 22:30 hours. Seats can be booked at www.norwegian.com/uk.

Thomas Ramdahl, commercial director for Norwegian, said: ‘Norwegian’s combination of low-cost, high-quality flights has proved a hit with West Midlands’ holidaymakers and we are delighted that so many have chosen to fly with us. Tenerife and Gran Canaria are popular destinations for sun seekers and complement our existing routes to Malaga, Barcelona and Madrid. Norwegian is challenging the stereotypes often associated with low-cost airlines by offering free Wi-Fi, new planes and excellent customer service and we are delighted that this has helped Birmingham Airport achieve a record breaking 10 million visitors over the last year.’

William Pearson, Aviation development director, Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We’re not surprised that Norwegian has had such a successful launch from Birmingham as it offers such an excellent and affordable product to popular Spanish routes. We are confident that these new winter sun routes to Tenerife and Las Palmas will also be a hit with our customers and we look forward to continued growth over the colder months.’

All passengers travelling from Birmingham will fly on Boeing 737 aircraft with free Wi-Fi throughout the journey.

Norwegian is presently the sixteenth biggest airline at the airport (by passenger volumes) out of the 50 carriers who operate from Birmingham, the Airport said in its release.