TUI UK resumes summer holidays to Greece and Spain from Bristol Airport

The UK holiday company TUI UK has announced its summer 2020 holiday programme starting July 25, from Bristol Airport, with flights to Greece and Spain.

TUI UK is offering holidays to 10 destinations between July 25 and 31, including Alicante, Corfu, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Gran Canaria, Palma, Rhodes, Tenerife and Zakynthos. The first flight will be from Bristol Airport will be to Palma, Majorca, operated on July 25. More destinations, including in Turkey, Egypt and Cyprus will be added to the programme throughout August and September, with a total of 18 destinations accessible from Bristol by the start of October. Holidays can be booked at TUI.co.uk.

Richard Sofer, Commercial Director, TUI UK & Ireland said: ‘After four months of not taking people on holidays, we are incredibly excited to be back at Bristol Airport and taking our customers away. We’re starting small, offering holidays to some of our most popular destinations, so that those who want to travel can do so safely.

‘Our customers can be sure they’ll be taken care of through every part of their holiday with us – from the flight, to the transfers, and the hotel – particularly with our new COVID-19 Cover included with every booking. We realise we’re almost halfway through the summer, so we’re glad we’re finally able to offer a variety of choices so our customers can make the most of what’s left of the warmer months.’

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to see the return of TUI flights from Bristol Airport. During these unchartered times, never has a well-earned holiday been more deserved by our customers.

The flight programme restarting is a clear indicator of the aviation industry slowly recovering and gradually returning to normal. Customer safety is our key priority and to this aim we have introduced ‘Safe journeys start here’, our three-step plan: ‘Get prepared> Stay safe> Let’s travel’ – which provides an easy guide for customers of the extra measures we have in place at the Airport. We continue to work closely with airlines, the Government, Department for Transport and Public Health England on the latest information and guidance to keep our customers and colleagues safe whilst travelling.’

TUI is offering seven-night holidays from Bristol Airport to Palma staying at the Riu Bravo Hotel on an all-inclusive basis from £642 per person when booked online. The price is based on two adults and two children sharing and includes flights, departing from Bristol Airport on August 11, 2020.

TUI Platinum is offering seven-night holidays from Bristol Airport to Corfu staying at the Lti Louis Grand Hotel on an all-inclusive basis from £776 per person when booked online. The price is based on two adults and two children sharing and includes flights, departing from Bristol Airport on August 7, 2020.

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.’

Jet2 announces more flights and holidays to Greece from Birmingham Airport

Flight and holiday company Jet2 has said that it is adding more flights and holidays for the peak summer season, with a focus on Greece and the introduction of a new route to Corfu.

Following increased customer demand, Jet2 is adding over 9,000 departing seats between July and September, including more than 7,500 departing seats to Greece. The expansion takes the total capacity to over 1.2 million seats this summer, more than double the capacity last summer.

The expansion at Birmingham includes a new route to Corfu, with the introduction of a weekly Saturday service to the island, which features secret coves and beach resorts such as Sidari, Kavos and Barbati. With the addition of Corfu, UK holidaymakers will have a choice of 34 sun and city destinations from Birmingham Airport this summer with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays.

The company said that it will also add two weekend services on Saturday and Sundays, during the peak summer season to Rhodes, and operate a total of four weekly services to the island. Jet2 has also announced an additional Friday service to Crete, which is now served through four weekly services during the peak summer season, and the introduction of a weekly Monday service to Zante, that is three weekly services from July to September.

Further, UK holidaymakers will now have more choice of services to Menorca, with the addition of a weekly Sunday service, taking it to a total of four weekly services.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘This is fantastic news for holidaymakers in Birmingham and across the West Midlands. Since we launched at Birmingham Airport we have seen nothing but strong demand for our award winning flights and great value package holidays, and as a result of this our summer programme has more than doubled in size. Our latest response to this demand means the launch a new route to the stunning destination of Corfu, as well as more flights to Rhodes, Zante, Crete and Menorca too.’

William Pearson, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘Since launching services from Birmingham almost a year ago, the Jet2.com and Jet2holidays product has proven to be extremely popular with our passengers here at Birmingham Airport and it’s great to see them expanding their flight frequencies and destination choices to top summer destinations.

‘Corfu is a Greek island steeped in history with rugged mountains and a resort-studded shoreline. Increasing frequency to other Mediterranean holiday hot spots will give our passengers more choice and seat availability during the busier summer season.’

Tickets are available to book at www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com, the company said.

Ryanair announces new summer routes from Birmingham, Newcastle

Irish low-fare airline Ryanair has announced a new route from Birmingham to Corfu, which is set to start from April 26 with a weekly service, as part of its Birmingham Summer 2016 schedule that will be launched shortly.

Ryanair celebrated the launch of its new Corfu route by releasing seats at prices from £19.99 for travel in November and December.

As Ryanair doubled its Corfu traffic, the budget airline also said that it will open a new base at Corfu (No. 75), from April 2016, with one based aircraft and 11 new routes to Birmingham, Bratislava, Budapest, Cologne, Rome, Katowice, Poznan, Pisa, Rzeszow, Venice and Warsaw. The Irish airline also added more flights to Brussels Charleroi (to two weekly), East Midlands (one to two weekly), London Stansted (four to five) and Milan Bergamo (four to five weekly), which will deliver 300,000 customers per annum and support 225 ‘on-site’ jobs. The airline will operate 21 routes in total from Corfu.

Separately, Ryanair also announced the launch its summer 2016 Newcastle schedule with two new routes to Alicante and Malaga, expected to deliver 270,000 customers per annum and support 200 ‘on-site’ jobs at Newcastle Airport. With the existing Dublin route (nine weekly), Ryanair will serve a total of three routes from Newcastle in summer 2016, operating 18 weekly flights.

As part of celebrating the launch of its Newcastle summer 2016 schedule, Ryanair released 100,000 seats for sale across its European network at fares starting from £17.99, which are available for booking until midnight Sunday (October 18) at www.ryanair.com.

In Newcastle, Ryanair’s deputy director of Route Development, Kate Sherry said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to launch our Summer 2016 Newcastle schedule, with 2 new routes to Alicante and Malaga as well as a route to Dublin, which will deliver over 270,000 customers p.a.( an extra 110,000) and support 200’on-site’ jobs at Newcastle Airport.

From Corfu to Athens- What the Economic Crisis means for the Tourist Industry in Greece

The Ionian islands of Greece are world renowned for their paradise beaches, calm seas and laid back lifestyle. Corfu, the largest of these islands, has been a British holiday favourite for decades. But how has this popularity been affected by the recent troubles in Greece, and what do economic changes mean for Brits who already have summer holidays booked?

Currently in the grip of economic crisis and receiving bale outs from the rest of Europe, Greece has been receiving a lot of bad press recently. Images of angry crowds are accompanying headlines describing crisis and unrest; shocking debt figures are being quoted by government officials and reporters.

Despite this, though, it seems that negative images are not monopolising opinion of Greece in the British psyche. Market research company BDRC Continental have revealed that the number of British holiday makers heading to Greece this year has actually risen from 8% in 2011 to 9% in 2012. Unlike countries such as Egypt, who have seen a dip in bookings for this year, holidaymakers are continuing to choose Greece due to its natural beauty and cultural heritage, despite troubles.

This is good news for the Greek population considering that 20% of jobs are based within the tourism sector, which also constitutes 18% of Greece’s GDP. When one in five nationals rely on the future of the tourist industry for their income, a huge emphasis is being placed on maintaining tourist locations and protecting the sector as a whole. But what else has convinced holiday makers that Greece is still a desirable place to visit?

An important factor is that the riots and unrest are based in the country’s cities. Whilst tourists may be more reluctant to visit Athens, the Greek islands have remained peaceful and are still the beautiful, laid back locations they always have been. Travel companies such as Tui, which encompasses Thompson and First Choice, have stated that they have no major concerns about the safety of tourists travelling to the Greek islands this summer, or about the quality of their holiday experience.

There have been some concerns about Greece’s potential withdrawal from the euro. Holiday makers should be reassured by the fact that this will not be an overnight transition, and that their holiday money will not be rendered worthless if the change occurs whilst they are visiting. In the long term, Greece’s dropping out of the euro could actually benefit visitors, as the pound will go further if Greece reconverts to drachmas.

So it seems that it will be business as usual for the Greek islands this summer, with the riots most likely feeling a world away from the pristine beaches and cosy tavernas frequented by tourists. This is good news for Greece, who are now relying on the confidence of holidaymakers more than ever, and for the countless British holiday makers who have been enjoying the Greek landscape and culture for years.

Written by Sophie McGovern