Jet2 to launch record Summer for Crete holidays

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have added more flights and holidays to Crete this summer, as customer demand increases to the popular Greek island.

The UK’s largest carrier to Crete has added over 7,500 seats to the island with additional services to Heraklion from Leeds Bradford and Birmingham, as well as additional services to Chania from Manchester and London Stansted. This expanded programme means that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will operate over 50 weekly services to Crete from across ten UK bases during peak periods, more than any other airline. It also makes Jet2.com the UK’s largest airline to Heraklion in terms of frequency this summer.

The additional services include a second Monday service from Leeds Bradford to Heraklion, operating between July 25 and September 26, adding up to six weekly departures; the addition of a second Tuesday service from Birmingham to Heraklion, operating between July 26 and September 27, adding up to seven weekly departures; additional Thursday services from Manchester to Chania: operating between July 14 and September 1, adding up to three weekly services; London Stansted – Chania: additional Monday services operating between July 18 and September 19 adding up to three weekly services.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘Our Greece programme has expanded significantly for Summer 22, making us the UK’s leading airline and tour operator to the country. Crete is one of the key destinations driving this fantastic growth, thanks to its enormous popularity with holidaymakers. We have an unrivalled programme on sale to Crete this summer and our teams in Heraklion and Chania are ready and raring. After missing out for two consecutive summers, Crete looks set to be one of the success stories of 2022 and we are adding more flights and holidays in response to the continued demand.’

As part of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ Summer 22 programme to Crete, flights and holidays are on sale from 10 UK bases to Heraklion, including from Belfast International (weekly services), Birmingham (up to seven weekly services), Bristol (two weekly services), Edinburgh (up to two weekly services), East Midlands (two weekly services), Glasgow (up to three weekly services), Leeds Bradford (six weekly services), Manchester (nine weekly services), Newcastle (three weekly services) and London Stansted (nine weekly services). In addition, flights and holidays on sale from four UK bases to Chania, including from Birmingham (two weekly services), Leeds Bradford (weekly services), Manchester (three weekly services) and London Stansted (three weekly services).

As well as operating 14 routes from ten UK bases to Crete this summer, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have an expanded portfolio of 2-5 star hotels and villas on sale. It has almost 200 hotels on sale in Crete this Summer, a significant increase on its Summer 19 programme.

Bournemouth Airport launches summer holiday season with nine sunshine destinations

Bournemouth Airport has announced the launch of its holiday season with nine sunshine destinations restarting during May.

TUI, the airport’s largest operator, has just launched its summer season with plenty of choice for sunshine getaways. TUI has commenced services to Greece and Spain including Crete (May 1), Corfu and Zante (May 2), Kefalonia (May 3), Menorca (May 4) and Rhodes (May 7). Later this month TUI starts flights to Ibiza (May 26) and Antalya (May 27) and Dalaman (May 30) in Turkey. Bournemouth Airport is offering a total of 33 destinations in 16 countries in 2022/23.

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘This week really does mark the start of the holiday season for us and we’re delighted that TUI is once again offering such a diverse range of destinations from Bournemouth.

‘Passengers have an excellent choice available from their local airport and we’re already seeing many bookings back to pre-pandemic levels and in some cases even better. We’re looking forward to a busy 2022 and can’t wait to welcome passengers back.’

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning at TUI said: ‘We’re delighted to begin our summer 2022 programme to customers’ favourite holiday hotspots from Bournemouth Airport. We remain committed to offering our customers as much choice and flexibility from regional airports when it comes to our great range of holidays. We know that many of our customers haven’t been overseas for more than two years and can’t we wait to take them on their well-deserved holidays.’

The full list of destinations available from Bournemouth Airport in 2022/23 include: Cyprus: Paphos; Croatia: Zadar (new for 2022); France: Bergerac; Greece: Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes, Zante; Hungary: Budapest (new for 2022); Ireland: Dublin; Lapland: Enontekio, Ivalo, Pajala; Malta (new for 2022); Poland: Krakow, Wroclaw (new for 2022); Portugal: Faro; Spain: Alicante, Girona, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Murcia, Tenerife; Switzerland: Geneva; Turkey: Antalya, Dalaman; and special departures to: Barbados (fly/cruise), Fjords (fly/cruise), Bergamo (Italian Lakes), Arctic Circle.

Jet2.Com adds flights and holiday services to Greece for summer 2021

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK-based leisure airline and package holiday specialist, is adding more flights and holidays to Zante, Crete (Heraklion), Rhodes and Kefalonia from Birmingham Airport, extending the Summer 2021 season.

The addition of new flights, which will operate until October and November, and the expanded range of 2-5 star hotels, will offer customers more choice of holidays in the late summer period.

Jet2holidays has announced a wider selection of hotels and resorts on sale in Zante, with extra flights from Birmingham until the end of October for the first time. The holiday company is also extending the summer season in Rhodes to mid-November; in Crete (Heraklion) until November 8 and the holiday season in Kefalonia until mid-October.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘There continues to be enormous pent-up demand from local holidaymakers, who want nothing more than to get away to the sunshine and enjoy their well-deserved holidays. As always, we listen to what customers want and react accordingly, so that we can provide them with the holiday choices that they want. Extending the summer season to Greece means we are doing exactly that; giving customers more opportunity to get away and enjoy a much-needed holiday. As a result of the assurance that customers get from our award-winning flights and ATOL protected package holidays, we will be continuing to respond to the demand so that when travel opens up, we can take customers from Birmingham Airport to their favourite holiday hotspots.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘We know that a lot of our customers are desperate to book their holiday for this year. After dealing with 2020 and the uncertainty that it brought around booking holidays, we find ourselves in a similar situation again. However, as always, forward thinking Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are giving customers a prolonged holiday window with flights extended to the Greek Islands into October and November, ensuring that customers can find a getaway that can include the October half term holidays too. With flight and hotel availability being extended, the trusted reputation of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays and the assurance of an ATOL protected holiday, all of this really does give customers the reassurance to book.’

Jet2holidays is responding to demand for the assurance that its ATOL protected package holidays provide – particularly customers will be refunded quickly if their holiday is affected by travel restrictions, Birmingham Airport said in a release.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays launches six new routes from Birmingham Airport for summer

Airline and package holiday specialist Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced the launch of six new routes from Birmingham Airport for this summer, including services to Bourgas, Bulgaria; Chania, Crete; Izmir, Turkey; Verona, Italy; Pula, Croatia; and Bergerac, France.

Starting May 6 until September, Jet2 will operate twice-weekly flights and holidays on Mondays and Thursdays to the Bourgas region from Birmingham Airport. With a range of 2-5 star hotels on sale, holidaymakers can soak up the Balkan sun in resorts such as Sunny Beach, Nessebar, Obzor and St Vlas.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport said: ‘Welcoming a new route to the airport is always exciting, but in this case, this is the first of six! Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ inaugural flight to Bourgas in Bulgaria marks the start of the six new routes giving passengers the chance to visit Chania, Izmir, Verona, Pula and Bergerac from their local Airport. This added to the other 36 destinations on sale from Birmingham Airport this summer marks the beginning of the biggest ever programme from Jet2.com and Jet2holidays providing passengers with a variety of destinations and packages to suit their needs.’

In addition to Bourgas, between May and September, the travel and holiday company will operate to Chania once a week on Tuesdays. Chania is a popular spot among local holidaymakers looking to enjoy the northwest coast of Crete, with its fine beaches and attractive resorts like Rethymnon, Aghia Marina, Chania Town, Kalyves, Stalos and Kolymbari.

From May through to the end of October, Jet2 will operate every Wednesday to Izmir, another popular destination with beautiful beaches and Dilek National Park located within easy reach.

The company will operate weekly Saturday services from Birmingham to Verona, from May 11 until October, offering city break options as well as holidays in the Lake Garda area.

Further, Jet2 will operate weekly Sunday services to Pula from May 12 until September, offering further choice of sun destinations. Starting from May 25 to late September, Jet2 will operate weekly services to Bergerac every Saturday, providing access to the Dordogne region of south-west France.

With the launch of the six new routes, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays is offering nearly 40 destinations from Birmingham Airport this summer.

Best in the world… budget £26-a-night hotel in Crete

Voted best in the world by travellers – a budget hotel in Crete where it costs just £26 per night.

Holidayers who used search site Travel Republic stated that the Aegean Sky Hotel in Crete was their favourite place to stay for the second year running. It was rated above more expensive hotels all over the world, with a score of 9.58 out of 10.

The staff were said to be extremely friendly, it location central to amenities and has great facilities, such as a swimming pool. Travellers also praised the accuracy of its brochure, with all pictures showing a true to life representation of the resort. 

The annual list is made up of only those hotels that receive a minimum of 25 reviews. Properties from all over the world are considered, including beach resorts and city centre spots. 

Runners up included the Corinthia Hotel, Budapest and Cerro Mar Garden, Portugal. 

Top destination for the best hotels was Grand Canaria, with three hotels in the top ten; the Cordial Mogan Playa Hotel, the Gloria Palace Royal Hotel And Spa and the Morasol Suites Hotel took fifth, sixth and eighth place respectively. 

The Doubletree by Hilton in Cheshire, England made the top 20 

CEO of Travel Republic, Kane Pirie, said: ‘We are delighted that the Aegean Sky Hotel in Malia, Crete has topped the chart again, congratulations to the team there! 

‘This property received an almost perfect score – 9.58 out of 10 – making it the highest ranking in our customers’ eyes. With more than 120,000 hotels on the site, securing a spot in the top 20 is an impressive achievement.’ 

The top 20 hotels and their ratings out of 10:

1. Aegean Sky Hotel in Malia, Crete (9.58)
2. Corinthia Hotel Budapest in Budapest, Hungary (9.51)
3. Cerro Mar Garden in Albufeira, Algarve (9.41)
4. Savic Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic (9.27)
5. Cordial Mogan Playa Hotel in Playa de Mogan, Gran Canaria (9.18)
6. Gloria Palace Royal Hotel And Spa in Amadores, Gran Canaria (9.14)
7. Hilton Dalaman Resort and Spa Hotel in Dalaman, Turkey (9.10)
8. Morasol Suites Hotel in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria (9.04)
9. Hilton Malta in St Julians, Malta (9.00)
10. Peabody Hotel in Orlando Intl Drive, Florida (8.97)
11. Elysium Hotel in Paphos, Cyprus (8.95)
12. Viva Palmanova Hotel in Palmanova, Majorca (8.94)
13. Qubus Hotel in Krakow, Poland (8.94)
14. Ruzzini Palace Venice Hotel in Venice, Italy (8.94)
15. Eden Mar Hotel in Funchal, Madeira (8.93)
16. Santa Barbara Golf and Ocean Club in Golf del Sur, Tenerife (8.92)
17. The Croke Park Dublin Hotel in Dublin, Ireland (8.90)
18. Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort Spa and Casino, Gran Canaria (8.89)
19. Doubletree by Hilton Chester in Hoole, Cheshire (8.88)
20. Hilton Sharm Fayrouz Resort in Naama Bay, Sharm el Sheikh (8.87)