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

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.

2014 UK itinerary from Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises, a cruise ship company with its headquarters in Miami, Florida, has today released details of its UK-based itinerary for 2014.

Bookings for the cruise company’s new schedule can be made from the 21st of this month, and include new itineraries for Spain, the Canary Islands and the Norwegian Fjords.

Celebrity has two ships that are UK-based, the Celebrity Eclipse that operates out of Southampton, and the Celebrity Infinity that operates out of Harwich. Included in Infinity’s itinerary are the European Immersive Wine Cruises for vineyard devotees, 14-night trips to Iceland and the Norwegian Fjords, and 11- and 14-night tours of the British Isles, which include stopovers in Wales and Ireland.

The itinerary for Celebrity Eclipse includes a new tour of Spain and the Canary Islands, which is for 10 nights.

Associate vice president and general manager of Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises – UK and Ireland, Jo Rzymowska, said, ‘It is always an exciting time when we announce our new sailings and the new destinations and experiences that our guests can enjoy. The 2014 summer season sees the UK playing host to two of the six Celebrity Cruises ships based in Europe plus new additions to the sailings, including more overnight stays, allowing guests to experience the local nightlife and explore the regions more fully. Our 2014 UK departures set the bar high when it comes to offering a modern luxury holiday without the hassle of flying and we are pleased to continue to offer our guests new and exciting destinations.’

Bush Fires Ravage Canary Islands

Bush fires have ravaged the Canary Islands of Tenerife and La Gomera, with tourists being warned to steer clear of the danger.

As thousands of the islands’ residents have been evacuated from the danger areas, the British Foreign office has put out a warning to UK tourists to maintain contact.

By yesterday afternoon, 8 towns or villages on Tenerife and 10 on La Gomera had been evacuated and sealed off, as it was reported that fire-fighting crews were having difficulty keeping the blazes contained. Included in the areas under threat are a number of Spanish national parks.

Although flights to and from Tenerife are currently unaffected, the British Foreign Office is monitoring developments, and a spokesman said, ‘We are aware of reports, which we are monitoring closely, and we are advising British Nationals to stay in touch.’

The fires have now been ablaze for over a week, and a previous indication that their ferocity was waning was only found to be inaccurate after fire-fighting airplanes that had been helping to douse them had been stood down and sent away. A heat wave that has dried out vegetation is thought to have helped the fires take hold, while stiff breezes have helped to fan the flames. However there is some evidence that the fires were started deliberately, especially on La Gomera, where the flames appear to have been set at two separate points.

Tenerife is a haven for tourists, especially those seeking a winter sun destination. Each year approximately 5 million tourists, mostly from mainland Europe, visit the largest of the Canary Islands.


Ryanair Announces Fewer Flights from Canary Island

Ryanair, an Ireland-based low cost airline, has recently announced the cancellation of 21 routes from its Canary Island destinations.

Ryanair has reported that the Government of the Canary Islands has terminated its low-cost traffic growth incentive scheme agreement with the airline, as a result of which, the airline has cancelled the 21 routes and reduced flight frequency from the four Canary Island destinations of Gran Canaria, Fuertaventura, Lanzarote, and Tenerife.

The route cancellations and reduced frequencies are expected to result in a 26 percent fall in the airline’s traffic from the Canary Islands, from the current 4.35m per annum to 3.2m per annum. The route changes will be effective from November 2012.

The airline deputy chief executive, Michael Cawley, said, ‘Ryanair sincerely regrets the Regional Government of the Canary Islands’ decision to renege on its low-cost growth incentive agreement with Ryanair. Instead of more than 4.3m passengers and the thousands of local jobs which this traffic sustains, Ryanair’s Canary Island traffic will now fall by over 26 percent to just 3.2m passengers p.a. (per annum).

Ryanair will cut 21 routes and make frequency cuts on 32 other routes, with the loss of over 140 weekly flights. Sadly, over 1.1 million passengers p.a. and over 1,100 jobs will be lost on the Canary Islands to other lower cost airports elsewhere in Europe, where Ryanair continues to grow. These route and traffic cuts can be reversed but only when the Regional Government reintroduces its agreed growth incentives. Rest assured that Ryanair will keep trying.’


Canary Islands see sharp rise in popularity

Leading online travel agent ‘On the Beach’ has revealed that holidays to the Canary Islands are becoming increasingly popular with their customers. They have seen a significant rise in visits to Fuerteventura, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria in 2011. Alistair Daly, Marketing Director of On the Beach, comments: “In the past few months we have seen a surge in visits to these islands — we believe this was prompted by the poor winter weather as many of our customers were compelled to escape on last minute trips to get some warmth. Of course there is no denying the popularity of this great group of island destinations.”

These conclusions were given further weight by figures from the Airports Council International (ACI), the worldwide association of airports. They found that February saw a massive 34% increase in traffic to Fuerteventura. Tenerife and Lanzarote also experienced significant boosts with 13% and 11% rises respectively. The ACI placed these numbers in a generally positive context for travel as they found that international traffic grew by 4.5% in February.

According to Daly, holidays to the Canary Islands have continued to be popular in 2011. He states: “ACI’s numbers show that February was a great month, however, we have seen this surge all throughout 2011 and we expect it to continue. The Canary Islands are excellent for seaside relaxation, yet they also offer fun hiking and amazing cultural activities like Carnival — this combination makes it the perfect spot for couples and people on family holidays”.

Daly believes 2011 should see the Canary Islands rank amongst the most popular destinations for British travellers. He concludes: “We are excited by the numbers from ACI — 34% growth in visitors to Fuerteventura is very significant and we believe that the Canary Island may well be among the most popular destinations for British travellers this year.”