TUI UK launches new Sharm El Sheikh route for winter 2020 from Cardiff Airport

TUI, one of the UK’s leading holiday providers, has announced its winter 2020 programme with the reintroduction of holidays to Sharm El Sheikh.

The flight to Sharm El Sheikh from Cardiff is now on sale with weekly flights operating on a Monday, with the first flight departing on November 2, 2020. This announcement comes after TUI last month announced plans to add over 30,000 extra seats Cardiff for summer 2020.

An Egyptian city on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheikh is known for the red sea and amazing sandy beaches, high quality hotels for stay and year-round sun. Four hotels including old favourites along the beautiful Red Sea coast are now on sale, TUI said.

The Exclusive 5T TUI Magic Life Sharm El Sheikh is a favourite of customers travelling to the region year after year. Overlooking the Straits of Tiran, the Magic Life concept resort boasts a spa, fitness gym, sporting activities and professional live entertainment. The all-inclusive beach resort has three swimming pools and four restaurants offering regional and international cuisine.

The Exclusive 5T Reef Oasis Blue Bay includes a private beach, a water-park and a large outdoor infinity pool. The hotel is located near the Naama Bay with a wide choice of eating establishments, including an onsite Italian restaurant and a pub bar that serves food 24 hours a day.

TUI UK&I’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer, said: ‘Earlier this month TUI announced its winter 2020 and summer 2021 holiday programme which has since expanded with more destinations and added flights. We are delighted that the additional flights provide holidaymakers departing from our regional airports with even more choice when deciding where to go away. With additional flying capacity and more than 1,000 hotels already on sale for summer 2021 it gives those planning ahead the opportunity to choose the most suitable airport, destination and hotel.

‘The customer is at the heart of everything we do and this additional growth to Sharm El Sheikh from Cardiff demonstrates our continued commitment for people to discover their smile with us.’

Spencer Birns, Chief Commercial Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘We are very pleased TUI has decided to bring Sharm El Sheikh back as a destination for customers in Wales. Our passengers love going to this part of Egypt and by TUI adding to the 25 holiday destinations served with direct flights from Cardiff, we are sure it will once again prove to be very popular.’

Flybe introduces Sunday flight to Newcastle and Aberdeen from Cardiff

Flybe is set to introduce Sunday services between Newcastle – Cardiff and Aberdeen – Cardiff operated by its franchise partner, Eastern Airways, to complement the weekday flights already operated.

The additional services will commence on January 12, 2020. Fares start from GBP99 one way, including taxes and charges and Sunday services are available now to book at flybe.com.

The news follows Flybe’s recent announcement that it will operate flights to London Southend from Newcastle Airport for summer 2020 and increase services on its Newcastle – Southampton route.

Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ General Manager Commercial and Operations, said: ‘By adding Sunday services, these flights will not only appeal to business travellers heading to Newcastle or Aberdeen in advance of Monday, but also leisure passengers taking advantage of short breaks or sporting events in both vibrant regions. These additional services also complement our Cardiff – Anglesey service and Flybe’s Cardiff network.’

Deb Bowen Rees, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport, added: ‘This is a great addition to the network operated by the Flybe and Eastern Airways franchise partnership. Connectivity within the UK is key, and it’s fantastic to see even more choice being added for our customers, so they can enjoy weekend travel and explore fantastic destinations on their doorstep.’

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development for Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘It is great to see further investment from Flybe as they enhance their Cardiff schedule, giving flexibility for our passengers and extra choice around the weekend.’

Passengers on board Eastern Airways operated flights are offered a full range of complimentary drinks and snacks. Regular customers can also benefit from discounted route passes offering savings of up to 40 percent.

Eastern Airways has been providing scheduled services from Cardiff Airport since 2006, and also operates twice daily weekday flights from Cardiff to Anglesey.

TUI expands capacity for summer 2020 from Cardiff, Newcastle and Birmingham airport

TUI, the UK’s largest holiday company, has announced its holiday programme for summer 2020 with the addition of 30,000 seats from Cardiff Airport, 98,000 seats from Newcastle Airport and 194,000 seats from Birmingham Airport.

TUI UK&I’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer, said: ‘Earlier this month TUI announced an additional two million seats to many holiday destination favourites and today the majority of these seats go on sale for summer 2020. We are delighted that our new additions launched today provide holidaymakers departing from our regional airports with even more choice when deciding where to go next summer on holiday. The customer is at the heart of everything we do and this additional growth to some of our customer’s favourite holiday hotspots demonstrates our continued commitment for people to discover their smile with us.’

TUI said that it will introduce new 10 and 11 night holidays to mid-haul hot spots Antalya, Turkey and Gran Canaria in the Canaries. Cardiff Airport will also see additional flying days to Dalaman, Turkey and Tenerife in the Canaries.

Spencer Birns, Chief Commercial Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘We want to thank TUI for recognising the opportunity to add an extra 15,000 holidays from Cardiff next summer. The news demonstrates TUI’s commitment to delivering even more choice for Welsh customers in addition to this year’s passenger growth at our national Airport.’

At Newcastle, TUI has added new destinations including Santorini and Skiathos in Greece, and Hurghada in Egypt. The new routes are on sale with Santorini flights operating on Tuesdays, Hurghada on Fridays and Skiathos on Wednesdays. TUI will also introduce new 10 and 11 night holidays to mid-haul hotspot Antalya in Turkey, increased frequency to Dalaman in Turkey on Mondays as well as additional flying days to Orlando Sanford, Florida; Tenerife, Canaries; Palma, Spain and Larnaca, Cyprus.

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘We have received countless requests for services to be restored to Hurghada, Skiathos and Santorini, so we are extremely pleased that TUI is putting these routes on sale for summer 2020.’

As well as the three new routes, TUI has also added more flying days to some of its existing destinations including additional direct flights to Florida on its state-of-the-art Dreamliner.

At Birmingham, TUI has added new destinations including Almeria in Spain and Split in Croatia, with Almeria flights operating on Sundays and Split on Fridays. TUI has added 16 additional flying days across 11 of its current destinations from Birmingham Airport, including to Antalya, Tenerife and Rhodes. The summer 2020 programme will also see an increase in the frequency of flights operating to Ibiza and Palma in Spain and Mahon in Menorca.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director from Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are delighted that TUI has added even more capacity and two new routes to its portfolio from Birmingham Airport during summer 2020. These new routes by TUI means that Midlanders have over 40 direct destinations to choose from with the UK’s largest holiday company.’

Loganair to launch Glasgow services from Cardiff Airport in February

Loganair has said that it will launch new flights from Cardiff to the tourist city of Glasgow.

The airline is set to commence a year-round, daily schedule on February 27, which will enable business or leisure trips of different durations – including weekends, long weekends and short breaks. The flight will be operated by a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft with a flight time of one hour and 15 minutes between Scotland and Wales. Tickets are available to book at www.loganair.co.uk, with fares starting from £44.99.

Loganair commercial director, Kay Ryan said: ‘We’re delighted to launch a new service from Cardiff – connecting Scotland and Wales’s largest cities.

‘This is an important business route, but the city is also popular with leisure customers – as one of Europe’s most dynamic destinations. We’ve got an extremely competitive offering which includes a complimentary baggage allowance and on board refreshments as well as one of the industry’s most attractive frequent flyer schemes so we’re very much looking forward to serving Cardiff Airport.

Deb Bowen Rees, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport, said: ‘Today’s announcement is very exciting news. We are very pleased that Loganair has recognised the potential that exists within the region and has chosen Cardiff to operate a strategically important route that links Scotland to Wales. I know that our customers will be delighted to know that regular flights to Glasgow are set to continue in the new year.

‘Furthermore, it’s great to welcome a new airline to Cardiff. We look forward to the commencement of the route in February and working closely with the team at Loganair.’

Across all its routes, Loganair provides a complimentary baggage allowance, in-flight refreshments and the option to join Clan Loganair – the airline’s reward programme for frequent flyers.

Flybe announces 2019-20 winter schedule from Cardiff, adds more flights to Paris, Dublin and Edinburgh

Flybe, the UK-based regional airline, has released its 2019-20 Winter schedule from Cardiff Airport, featuring eight key routes with a choice of up to 120 flights a week, with extra services to some of its most popular destinations.

Flybe’s 2019-20 Winter schedule from Cardiff Airport includes increased flights between Cardiff and Dublin, with up to 38 flights a week; Edinburgh – with up to 36 flights a week; and Paris Charles de Gaulle – with up to 16 flights a week.

The airline’s 2019-20 Winter schedule from Cardiff also includes daily service to Belfast City, three services a week to Cork on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; three services a week to Jersey on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The schedule further includes seasonal ski routes to Geneva and Chambery, both operating on Saturdays starting December 14, 2019. The Chambery service will be on sale, beginning June 2019.

Seats are available for booking at www.flybe.com, effective for travel between October 27, 2019 and March 28, 2020.

Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, says: ‘Our 2019/20 Winter schedule has been planned to provide reliable and affordable travel for both business and leisure customers. Our regional network offers lots of opportunity for making onward connections with our codeshare partners and others at key hub airports. This makes it easy for our customers to travel to and from Cardiff from an airport close to where they live, saving valuable time, effort and money.’

CEO of Cardiff Airport, Deb Barber, added: ‘We have been working very closely with Flybe since the airline announced its plan to restructure and reduce its jet operations across several of its bases.’

‘The release of the Cardiff schedule for the 2019/20 Winter season is a positive reflection of the airline’s commitment to Wales, offering choice and providing good connectivity within the UK, Ireland and France.

‘Core routes to Dublin, Edinburgh, Belfast and Paris will continue to operate as will regular flights to Cork, Jersey and ski flights to Geneva and Chambery*. These services are fundamental to ensuring travellers can travel into and out of Cardiff as a gateway to the region, whether it is for business, leisure or education.’

Flybe franchise partner, Eastern Airways, will continue to operate regular flights to Anglesey, Newcastle and Aberdeen as part of its 2019-20 Winter schedule. These services are also bookable now on Flybe’s website.

TUI commences flights and holidays to Italy, Croatia and Hurghada from Cardiff Airport

TUI, the UK- based holiday company, has commenced its first flights to three new holiday destinations from Cardiff Airport for summer 2019.

TUI has launched its flight services from Cardiff to Naples (Italy), Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Hurghada (Egypt). As a key regional base for TUI, holidaymakers now have over 90,000 additional seats and three new routes to choose from when booking their summer holiday.

Flights to Naples will support the new homeport for the cruise ship Marella Explorer 2, which will sail to European holiday destinations including Venice, Rome and Dubrovnik. Flights to Dubrovnik will offer customers the chance to enjoy a holiday on land or join Marella Celebration for the ‘Adriatic Affair’ itinerary which includes Croatia, Italy and Slovenia.

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for TUI UK & Ireland, said: ‘It is great to see our customers heading off on their holidays to our new summer holiday destinations. These three new flight routes open up new holiday opportunities for customers flying from the Welsh capital. In total we have increased our capacity this summer at Cardiff Airport by over 90,000 seats, offering holidaymakers even more choice and flexibility than ever before.’

Deb Barber, CEO at Cardiff Airport added: ‘We are delighted that TUI have added three fantastic destinations to their schedule, offering our customers even more choice when booking their getaway. Naples, Dubrovnik and Hurghada are fantastic new routes for sun-seekers and cruise-lovers alike, and the addition of seats including extra flights to Greece and the Balearics shows TUI’s commitment to increasing the choice for passengers flying from Cardiff Airport.’

With the new services, TUI also offers customers its brand experience with Egypt, Croatia and the Sorrento region being home to their own TUI Sensimar hotels; the 4T TUI Sensimar Makadi Gardens, Hurghada, the 4TPlus TUI Sensimar Kalamota Island Resort, Kolocep and the 4T TUI Sensimar Atlantic Palace, Sorrento.

In total, for summer 2019, holidaymakers will have 25 destinations to choose from when booking their holidays from Cardiff Airport, giving more choice of destinations and hotel concepts that TUI offers.

Ryanair launches new Liverpool route to Corfu

Ryanair, the Irish low fares airline, has announced a new route from Liverpool to Corfu as part of its Summer 2019 schedule, which will be launched shortly.

With a twice weekly service from June, Ryanair’s full Liverpool Summer 2019 schedule will be unveiled soon. To celebrate its new Corfu route, Ryanair has launched a seat sale, with seats from Liverpool available from £9.99 for travel in October, November, December and January.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to announce a new Liverpool route to Corfu commencing in June, which will operate twice weekly as part of our Summer 2019 schedule. Customers in the North West region can now book flights to the Greek sunshine as far out as October 2019, with our full schedule launching soon.

To celebrate, we are releasing seats across our network from Liverpool from just £9.99 for travel up to January 2019. This offer is available for booking until midnight Saturday (13 Oct). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto the Ryanair.com and book a bargain break today.’

Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s Director of Aviation Development, Paul Winfield said: ‘Liverpool Airport is delighted to welcome this latest new route with Ryanair. This new route will allow passengers from across the North West to travel to Corfu from Liverpool, the Faster, Easier, Friendlier Airport in the North West.’

In addition, Ryanair has launched its Cardiff Summer 2019 schedule, and is set to double its Cardiff traffic with two new routes to Barcelona (twice weekly) and Malta (two weekly) and four routes – including Faro (twice weekly) and Tenerife (weekly) – in total.

Commenting on the move, CEO of Cardiff Airport, Deb Barber, said: ‘It’s great to see that Ryanair continues to recognise the potential that exists to build on its offering at Cardiff Airport, having already announced a new route to Malta from April 2019.

‘Furthermore, we are very pleased by today’s announcement that Ryanair will begin operating regular, low-cost flights to Barcelona from next summer – the ideal destination for a city break or beach holiday in the sun. The announcement of two new routes in as many months means that Ryanair has now doubled its choice of destinations for Summer 2019.’

Flybe launches first phase of 2019 summer schedule from Cardiff Airport

Flybe, the European regional airline, has announced the first phase of its 2019 summer schedule from Cardiff, offering a range of destinations for both leisure and business customers, Wales’ national airport said in a release.

As part of the first phase of Flybe’s summer 2019 schedule at Cardiff Airport, the airline will increase its services to Paris Charles de Gaulle to 10 return flights a week, and five return flights a week to Glasgow; extend ski flights to Chambery and Geneva until the end of April for Easter; and introduce popular routes to Faro, Venice, Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino and key business routes including Belfast City, Dublin and Edinburgh. The announcement of extra flights to Paris and Glasgow comes after increased demand for these destinations, and further capacity will be added when the second phase is released in the coming weeks, the airline said.

Allowing customers to plan early, seats are now on sale at flybe.com and are currently available for travel to and from Cardiff between March 31 and June 16, 2019. All routes will be operated on three aircraft now based at Cardiff Airport. Details of schedules will be available at www.flybe.com.

Flybe CCO, Roy Kinnear, commented: ‘We have listened to our customers’ feedback and know that many like to plan their travel far in advance. Our new schedule features many of our most popular high frequency services and also highlights Flybe’s ongoing commitment to unparalleled connectivity from regional airports to destinations across the UK, Europe and beyond.’

Cardiff Airport’s CEO, Deb Barber, added: ‘It’s great to see Flybe adding flights for Summer 2019 on sale early, giving our customers that extra time to plan, book and benefit from great fares.’

Flybe, which opened its Cardiff base in 2015, offers multiple opportunities for onward travel either with its own services or via its 11 code share partner airlines. The options are available via the ‘One Stop to the World’ link at http://onestop.flybe.com/en-GB/flights.

Iberia Express resumes Cardiff to Madrid route

Cardiff Airport has announced that Spanish low-cost airline Iberia Express has resumed its direct flights between Cardiff and Madrid.

Starting from June 14 until September 21, the airline will operate twice a week, every Thursday and Sunday. The addition of this route to Iberia Express’ 2018 summer programme for the second year comes after its success last summer both in the UK and Spain, offering passengers more onward connections from Madrid’s Barajas airport.

Trevor Martin, Chief Commercial Officer of Iberia Express said: ‘We are very pleased to be starting our service on the Cardiff-Madrid route today and hope that our customers are as thrilled with its return for a second year. We will continue to offer our fantastic service on board and value for money to one of Europe’s most vibrant capital cities. We look forward to welcoming our customers on board.’

Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, added: ‘Iberia Express came to Cardiff as a new airline partner last summer with an exciting new route to a capital city airport which is also a busy hub for connecting passengers. After positive feedback we’re really pleased that the airline has returned for a second year of flying passengers from Wales to the Spanish capital, and onwards to key destinations across South America.’

On Thursdays, the flight will depart from Cardiff at 18.35, arriving at Madrid by 21.50; and on return, leave Madrid by 16:55 and arrive at Cardiff by 18.05. On Sundays, the flight will depart from Cardiff at 10.25, arriving at Madrid by 13.40; and on return, leave Madrid by 08.45 and arrive at Cardiff by 09.50. Tickets for this seasonal route are available at iberiaexpress.com as well as via other Iberia Group sales channels, with prices starting from £42 each way when purchasing a round trip, Cardiff Airport said.

The direct flight to the Madrid hub will create options for travellers from Wales’ national airport to fly onward to South America.

Qatar Airways commences direct service from Doha to Cardiff

Qatar Airways has commenced its first ever service from Doha to Cardiff Airport, marking the start of a new direct route between Wales and the Middle East.

The inaugural flight took off on May 1, from Hamad International Airport, Doha, operated on the latest Airbus A350-900. The regular service will now operate on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which offers a two-class configuration including 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class. The new service to Qatar will link Wales and the South West of England to global markets across the world including Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Asia.

The Qatar Airways flight will depart, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from Doha at 07:25, arriving Cardiff at 12:50; and on return, depart from Cardiff at 15:55 arriving Doha at 00:45 (+1). On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the flight will depart Doha at 01:15, arriving Cardiff at 06:40; and on return; departing Cardiff at 08:10 and arriving Doha at 17:00 hours.

Roger Lewis, Chairman of Cardiff Airport, said: ‘This is a pivotal moment for Cardiff Airport, for Wales and the South West of England. The far reaching consequences of this service for passengers and businesses will be transformational.

‘I sincerely thank H.E., Mr. Akbar Al Baker, for the trust he and Qatar Airways are placing in us. I am confident that the team at Cardiff Airport will deliver a world-class service with Qatar Airways for all of our passengers both visiting Wales and those travelling across the world.

‘The critically important relationship between Qatar, Wales and the United Kingdom is substantially strengthened today.’

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome the first Qatar Airways flight from Doha to our capital city, Cardiff.

‘The new direct service between Cardiff and Doha is a huge boost for Wales. It will open up Wales’ links with the rest of the world and deliver new economic, leisure and travel opportunities for Welsh businesses and the people of Wales.

‘Providing a direct route into the world’s fastest growing hub airport, Hamad International, will also bring Wales closer to leading global markets such as India, China, Singapore and Australasia.’