British Airways announces new routes to Greece, Corsica from Heathrow

British Airways has recently announced the launch of a new route from Heathrow to Preveza in Greece and Bastia in Corsica, and also added more flights to holiday destinations for summer 2019.

The new service to Preveza will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays from May 26 through to September 29, 2019. Fares start from £71 one-way in Euro Traveller and £198 in Club Europe and customers can choose to cut the cost of flights by using Avios part payment. Seats to the Perverza are available to book on, with flights taking off from Terminal 5.

A gateway to both beach and mountain escapes, Preveza is located to the north of the island of Lefkada, a summer yachting spot. Travellers can also explore one of Europe’s great wildernesses at the Pindus mountain range, where they can trek the alpine trails or explore the UNESCO protected Vikos Gorge.

Flights to the Corsican gateway of Bastia will operate every Saturday, starting from May 25 to September 28, 2019. Located between France and Italy in the Mediterranean Sea, Bastia will be the second destination the airline will serve on the French island following the launch of a new service to Figari this year. Fares to Bastia start from £48 in Euro Traveller and £128 in Club Europe one-way. Prices are one way based on a return economy basic fare.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘We’re always developing our leisure offering and are committed to giving our customers even more choice of destinations at competitively low prices, so we’re pleased to be adding two more stunning spots to our summer schedule. On our long haul network we’re launching new routes to Osaka and Pittsburgh and increasing the number of flights to Nashville, and we’re also increasing the number of services to European destinations such as Malaga, Gibraltar and Palermo.’

British Airways is also increasing the number of flights it operates from Heathrow to other popular destinations next summer, with more flights to Marseille, Budapest, Gibraltar, Palermo, Amsterdam and Malaga and a new service from Gatwick to Kos taking off from May 15, 2019.

Flight services from London City will also be expanded, with additional frequencies on Ibiza, Edinburgh and Berlin, the airline said.

British Airways announces new route to Kefalonia, other sun destinations for summer

British Airways has announced a new route to Kefalonia from Heathrow as well as more seats on its sunshine services, offering customers more choice of holiday destinations for summer 2018.

Starting May 15 until October 6, 2018, customers will be able to fly direct from Heathrow Terminal 5 to the island of Kefalonia, known for its beautiful beaches, traditional fishing villages and the idyllic setting featured in films such as Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The Myrtos Beach located in the region of Pylaros, in the north-west of Kefalonia Island, is one of the world’s most photographed stretches of sand.

This will be the first time the airline will operate to the Greek island. Operated using A380 aircraft, the Kefalonia flights will depart on Tuesday and Saturdays, with return fares starting from £118 in Euro Traveller and £398 in Club Europe.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ chairman and chief executive, said: ‘We’re always developing our leisure offering from Heathrow so are incredibly pleased to be adding Kefalonia to our network. The launch of our new summer routes, which also include Figari in Corsica and Almeria, mean we will be flying 39 more routes in 2018 than we did in 2016 – an increase of 17 per cent. We’re also further improving our schedules and increasing the number of flights to European destinations such as Ibiza, Santorini and Split.’

In addition, British Airways said last month that it would start flying between Heathrow and Corsica, with direct flights to Figari airport operating every Sunday from May 27 until October 7, and return fares starting from £98. Additionally, a new route to the historic Spanish city of Almeria will start services from March 27, 2018, with fares starting from £66 return.

Further, for summer 2018, services to Ibiza will be increased to daily service from four per week presently, Mykonos will be served six times a week from four, while an additional weekly flight will be added to the airline’s schedules to Olbia and Split, the British airline said.

Corsican Places launches holiday packages for 2014

Corsican Places, the Hampshire, UK-based tour operator specialising in Corsica, has launched its 2014 package with a new website and brochure offering visitors a wide range of holidays and flights available to the island from Bristol.

The tour operator has re-launched its charter with bmi regional for 2014. Sunday flights are offered from May 25 through to September, arriving at Bastia Airport in North East Corsica and providing easy access to some of the most beautiful regions of the island, including St Florent, Cap Corse and La Balagne.

More than 160 accommodations, including villas with pools, beachside apartments, residences and hotels are on offer, with 13 new additions suitable for couples, families or groups of friends. The package also offers a choice of self-guided tours, walking and cycling holidays, with a range of itineraries including Corsica Island Mystery and the Sea and Mountains.

Early booking offers are available on holidays booked by November 30. These include savings of GBP150pp on selected holidays, increased child discounts of up to 20 percent, and complimentary Bristol Airport Lounge access.

Corsican Places product manager, Amandine Blanchard, said: ‘Courtesy of the Tour de France 2013 placing Corsica in the spotlight and highlighting the beauty of the island’s landscape, we are already noticing increased interest for next season and are delighted to extend our service from Bristol. We will continue to develop our programme to offer our customers the quality and service they expect and deserve from a niche operator.’

The holiday packages from Bristol start from £499 per person (four sharing), based on seven nights self-catering in a two-bedroom apartment, including flights and transfers.

Radisson Blu Hotels Announces New Resort in Corsica

Radisson Blu Hotels and Resorts, a part of Belgium-based The Rezidor Hotel Group, has announced a new Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, at Ajaccio Bay, in Corsica.

The 170-room property is located close to Porticcio and is on the Agosta Beach. It claims to be a resort with a panoramic view and up-rated customer service. This is the first of the Radisson Blu brand properties in Corsica, and it is owned by the Ollandini group.

All 170 rooms and suites at the first-class resort have amenities that include a Nespresso coffee machine and complimentary high-speed Internet access. The hotel says that it is dedicated to offering a great beach holiday to its guests, and its amenities include an outdoor pool with a children’s pool, and a 900 square metre wellness area, featuring an indoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness centre, and a spa with five treatment cabins.

Kurt Ritter, the president and chief executive officer of The Rezidor Hotel Group, said, ‘We are delighted to open this resort together with Jean-Marc Ollandini and his group. It further strengthens our successful, contemporary resort portfolio, and underlines the leading position of Radisson Blu as Europe’s largest upper upscale brand.’

The resort also has 400 square metres of flexible meeting space, which can host up to 250 delegates, and has the latest meeting technology.

In addition there is a tourist information centre and a shop for buying memorabilia, as well as a gourmet restaurant and two bars.