Bournemouth Airport announces new year-round flights to Malta

Bournemouth Airport has announced the launch of year-round flights to the Mediterranean island of Malta starting July 2, with flights operated by Ryanair.

The latest addition to the airport’s schedule, the new twice-weekly flights with Ryanair follow the start of a new service to Zadar on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast two weeks ago.

Announcing the launch of its Malta services earlier this year, Ryanair’s Marketing Director, Dara Brady had said: ‘As Europe’s no. 1 airline, Ryanair is delighted to announce an exciting new Summer’22 route to Malta which will operate twice weekly starting this July.’

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘Malta is a very popular destination and we’re delighted to see its return from Bournemouth with Ryanair. We’re committed to increasing connectivity and it means our passengers have even more travel options this summer.’

With the new service, Ryanair has 17 routes from Bournemouth, with more than half operating year-round. Ryanair’s routes from Bournemouth include: Spain (Alicante, Girona (Barcelona), Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga, Majorca, Murcia, Tenerife), Ireland (Dublin), Hungary (Budapest), Poland (Krakow and Wroclaw), Portugal (Faro and Lisbon), Croatia (Zadar), France (Bergerac) and Malta.

With the new flights, in total Bournemouth Airport is offering 34 destinations in 17 countries for 2022/23.

Ryanair commences new service to Croatia from Bournemouth Airport

Bournemouth Airport has announced the launch of services to Croatia for the first time on June 18, with Ryanair’s new service to the resort of Zadar on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast.

Zadar is described by Rough Guides as ‘one of the coolest places on the Adriatic’. Surrounded by islands, coves and bays, it is known for its Roman and Venetian ruins, uncrowded white sand beaches and proximity to Croatia’s national parks, including Plitvice Lakes with the country’s highest waterfall.

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘Zadar is a fantastic addition to our summer schedule, and it puts one of the Adriatic’s hidden gems within easy reach. It means there’s even more choice for holidaymakers from their local airport this summer.’

‘Our summer season is well and truly underway and it’s great to see Ryanair bringing even more choice to holidaymakers from their local airport.

‘We’ve got 33 destinations on offer this year to 16 countries and the travel industry really is starting to bounce back to meet strong demand for overseas travel.’

The new service comes after Ryanair announced two new regular flight destinations from Bournemouth Airport earlier this month, running twice a week to France and Croatia. The Irish budget airline launched flights to Bergerac in France on Saturday, June 4. Both routes will be operating twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Gill added that since the start of the summer season last month Bournemouth Airport had despatched over 250 commercial holiday flights carrying more than 45,000 passengers.

With the new services, the total number of Ryanair routes available from Bournemouth this year increases to 15. Ryanair’s routes from Bournemouth include: Spain (Alicante, Girona (Barcelona), Gran Canaria, Malaga, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife), Ireland (Dublin), Hungary (Budapest), Poland (Krakow and Wroclaw), Portugal (Faro and Lisbon), Croatia (Zadar) and France (Bergerac).

Ryanair announces two new routes from Bournemouth Airport

Ryanair has announced the addition of two new routes from Bournemouth Airport with flights to Bergerac in France and the resort of Zadar on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, starting next spring.

With the new additions, Ryanair will operate 15 routes from Bournemouth in its 2021/22 schedule. Flights to Bergerac and Zadar start from March 29th, 2022 and will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Tickets are on sale now at

Bergerac is a typical medieval French town on the banks of the Dordogne and a gateway to south west France. It has a winemaking industry dating back to the second century and is designated a Town of Art and History by France’s Ministry of Culture. Zadar is described by Rough Guides as ‘one of the coolest places on the Adriatic’, renowned for its Roman and Venetian ruins, uncrowded white sand beaches and proximity to Croatia’s national parks, including Plitvice Lakes with the country’s highest waterfall.

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘Bergerac and Zadar are fantastic additions to Bournemouth Airport’s growing number of international destinations and are ideal for a short break or longer holiday.

‘Ryanair have launched one of their biggest ever seasons from Bournemouth and we’re delighted there is so much choice available to holidaymakers from their local airport.’

Ryanair’s Director of Commercial, Jason McGuinness, said: ‘Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, is committed to re-building Europe’s aviation and tourism industries as we grow our passenger numbers to 225m p.a. by 2026. We are excited to continue working with Bournemouth Airport to connect the people of Bournemouth to their favourite holiday destinations next summer including Bergerac and Zadar.’

Ryanair recently started five international routes from Bournemouth Airport including Gran Canaria, Budapest, Dublin, Lisbon and Wroclaw, known as the ‘Venice of Poland’ for its maze of islands and bridges.

In total the airline has 15 routes from Bournemouth including: Spain (Alicante, Girona (Barcelona), Gran Canaria, Malaga, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife), Ireland (Dublin), Hungary (Budapest), Poland (Krakow and Wroclaw), Portugal (Faro and Lisbon), Croatia (Zadar) and France (Bergerac).

Bournemouth Airport has announced 33 destinations in 16 countries for 2021/22. and Jet2holidays launches six new routes from Birmingham Airport for summer

Airline and package holiday specialist 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! 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 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, and Jet2holidays is offering nearly 40 destinations from Birmingham Airport this summer.

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.

British Airways announces new route to Split from London City, expansion of holiday routes at Heathrow

British Airways has announced the launch of its new holiday route to the Croatian city of Split from London City Airport next year.

For the very first time, the airline will start operating three flights a week to the popular Dalmatian Coast sunspot in June through to September. Tickets are available on sale on with each-way hand baggage only fares, based on a return journey, starting from £75.

British Airways also operates flights to Split from Heathrow Airport and will increase frequency there from five to seven flights a week next year. In addition, the airline is adding extra frequency to two popular Greek Islands from London City next summer with an extra flight on Fridays to Skiathos and a Tuesday flight to Mykonos.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: ‘With the arrival of our new aircraft next year we have been looking at a number of new route and additional frequency possibilities. Split is the second largest city in Croatia and is becoming increasingly popular with customers looking for an alternative holiday destination or who are joining a cruise ship.

‘It was a natural addition to our summer leisure schedule. This summer British Airways flew to 30 destinations in the UK and Europe from London City Airport as well as the daily service to New York. This is ahead of a big boost in capacity for 2019.’

Richard Hill, chief commercial officer at London City Airport, said: ‘For the first time ever, London City Airport will offer a connection to Croatia, and the increasingly popular town of Split – a fascinating gateway to the idyllic Dalmatian coast.

‘This is a stunning holiday destination that demonstrates London City’s increasing offer of leisure destinations for everyone, and British Airways’ commitment to continued growth here. We’re thrilled that Split is a new destination in 2019, meaning the airline has its widest range of leisure routes ever, from the Balearics to the Greek islands, providing summer getaway options that our customers will love.’

In addition, British Airways has announced an increase in frequency on leisure routes from Heathrow next year to Chania, Preveza and Kalamata from two to three a week; Faro from four to eight a week; Ibiza, from seven to eight a week; Berlin, from 46 to 47 a week; Malaga from nine to 10 a week; and Venice, from 14 to 15 a week.

TUI UK announces holidays to Croatian islands of Rab and Krk for summer 2019

TUI UK, the UK-based holiday brand, has announced the launch of holidays to two islands in Kvarner Bay in Croatia, Rab and Krk, located in the northern Adriatic sea for summer 2019.

Responding to the increasing customer demand, TUI UK has launched the relatively unknown destination to the UK market introducing two direct weekly flights to Rijeka from Manchester and London Gatwick from May 23, 2019. With the launch, TUI Airways will be the only airline to operate exclusively to Rijeka Airport in Kvarner Bay from London.

Kvarner Bay is known for its beautiful mountainous landscapes, mild sunny climate as well as idyllic beaches with crystal clear waters. TUI holidaymakers will fly direct to Rijeka on the island of Krk, with a ferry service to nearby Rab included in the price of the holiday.

The island of Rab in Kvarner Bay will host TUI’s adults only concept resort TUI Sensimar Carolina as well as two Platinum hotels. Holidaymakers looking for a more diverse experience may choose the country’s largest island of Krk, which features castles, cathedrals and museums besides the established city beaches, swimming bays and bars and clubs. TUI will offer three hotels on the island including Corinthia Baska Sunny hotel by Valamar.

Mark Hall Director of Product at TUI UK, said, ‘We are excited to launch yet another interesting and different destination to our customers. We are committed to offering holidaymakers the best travel experiences around the world and we know that Croatia is proving extremely popular with UK customers so we are positive this new addition to our portfolio will be a success. Adding a TUI branded hotel to one of the islands shows we continue offering customers even more choice and flexibility when it comes to adults only holidays.’

Ivona Grgan, Director of Croatian National Tourist Office, UK & Ireland commented, ‘Croatia’s multiple offering championed by its natural beauty boasting over 1,000 islands, coastlines, peninsulas, mountains and continental urban flair offers something for every discerning traveller.

‘Unsurprisingly, a variety of locations in the coastal, mountain and continental regions dotted with the National parks and UNESCO sites, provided an ideal film-set for a number of recent films, most notably Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again which, after the premier, is witnessing a rush of UK visitors to the farthest inhabited island of central Dalmatia, island of Vis, marking 16% and 17% rise in arrivals and overnight stays. Croatia’s tourism fuelled by films is another boost to the country’s prospects in the UK market and enhanced visibility.’

Monarch announces new flights from Birmingham Airport for summer 2017

Budget airline and holiday company, Monarch has announced the addition of four new routes – Split in Croatia, Valencia in Spain, Naples in Italy and Rhodes in Greece – to its network from Birmingham Airport for summer 2017.

With the move, Monarch will be the only airline flying to both Split and Valencia from Birmingham Airport. While Split and Valencia are new destinations added to the Monarch network for summer 2017, Naples and Rhodes are already on the Monarch network but new to Birmingham Airport for summer 2017.

The Birmingham – Split route will operate twice weekly on Tuesday & Sundays, starting June 25, 2017 with fares starting from £39 one way. The Birmingham – Valencia route will operate twice weekly on Saturdays and Thursdays, starting June 22, 2017 with fares starting from £39 one way. The new Birmingham – Naples route will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays, starting June 23, 2017, also with fares starting from £39 one way. And the Birmingham – Rhodes route will operate weekly once on Wednesdays with fares starting from £69 one way, starting June 21, 2017. Flights are available to book at .

Marjan Schoeke, Monarch’s head of Network Development, said ‘We are delighted to be announcing four new routes to the network from Birmingham Airport for this summer. With the introduction of these routes we now have 30 destinations on offer to customers flying from Birmingham Airport this summer. Monarch has more destinations to choose from than any other airline when flying out of Birmingham this summer.’

David Winstanley, Chief Operating Officer, at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We continually monitor our route network and feel that these destinations will be a popular choice with our customers who fly from Birmingham and are looking for sun this summer.

‘It is fabulous news that Monarch will be adding these new routes for summer 2017 offering more choice of destinations from Birmingham Airport. Both Split, in Croatia and Valencia, in Spain are unserved from the Airport so passengers will have the chance to visit these beautiful cities. While the routes to Naples and Rhodes offers extra capacity to passengers travelling from their local airport. Monarch has been a partner airline for many years and provides an excellent service for both leisure and business passengers.’

Besides being the only airline to fly direct to Split and Valencia, Monarch is also the only airline to fly directly to seven other destinations from Birmingham Airport, including Lisbon, Nice, Stockholm, Preveza, Gibraltar, Venice and Rome. As previously announced, Monarch will be also commencing a new flight service to Stockholm on April 28, 2017 – the only airline flying directly to the Swedish capital from Birmingham.

Monarch announces new city breaks to Zagreb for summer 2017

Monarch, a British low-cost airline based at Luton Airport, has announced new city break holidays to Zagreb for summer 2017.

The new city break holidays follows Monarch’s plans to start flights to Zagreb on April 28, 2017. The holidays are available for booking at rates starting from £179 per person and deposits of £59 per person. Return flights to Zagreb with Monarch start at £84 return for summer 2017, including taxes and charges.

Croatia is a popular summer destination, and for summer 2017 Zagreb joins Dubrovnik on the Monarch network. Year round flights operate from London Gatwick airport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from Manchester airport on a Monday and Saturday. In addition to the direct flights from London Gatwick and Manchester, tourists and holidaymakers are also offered a selection of accommodation across Zagreb.

Kim Barber, Product and Commercial Manager at Monarch said: ‘Ahead of the flights launching in April we are pleased to be able to offer our customers a choice of city break holidays to Zagreb.

‘With a collection of impressive museums and art galleries the Croatian capital city is growing in popularity. Monarch has a range of city centre hotels perfect for exploring this vibrant city. Customers now have the choice of new city breaks with Monarch to Zagreb and Porto for summer 2017.’

The holiday offerings include a two night stay at the four star International on a bed and breakfast basis, departing on May 20, 2017 with fares starting from £165 per person; a four night stay at the four star Panorama Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis departing on June 12, 2017, with fares starting from £239 per person, and a two night stay at the three star plus Arcotel Allegra Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, departing on September 27, 2017, with fares starting from £179 per person.

easyJet announces two new routes to Kefalonia and Pula from Bristol

easyJet, the UK-based low fares airline, is planning to launch two new routes from Bristol Airport to the Ionian island of Kefalonia and the Croatian city of Pula, starting next year.

The new service to Kefalonia will start on April 22, 2017, operating twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays during summer with fares starting from £30.49 one-way. Pula, which is also a summer service, will operate every Saturday from May 27, 2017 with fares starting from £35.49 one-way. The new routes are available for booking at

Known for its scenic beaches, traditional fishing villages and tavernas, Kefalonia was made the setting for Louis de Berniere’s famous novel-turned-film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The 3,000 year-old city of Pula is located on Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula and features several cultural sites including a Roman Ampitheatre and the Temple of Augustus.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said: ‘We’re really pleased to announce these two new beautiful destinations to our network from Bristol Airport and we are confident they’ll be very popular with our passengers. Many people are already starting to plan ahead for their summer holidays next year and with flights now on sale, they can take advantage of our low fares.

‘With these two new routes, easyJet now flies to 62 destinations across Europe and beyond from Bristol Airport. It’s one of the biggest bases in our network and we’re committed to ensuring we continue to provide the best service and choice of destinations to our passengers in the South-West.’

Peter Downes, Bristol Airport’s Head of Aviation said: ‘We’re delighted that easyJet are continuing to grow their network at Bristol Airport with the addition of these two fabulous destinations. easyJet’s continued expansion of their Bristol base is a real vote of confidence in the region, and ensures that customers living in the South West and Wales will enjoy more choice of than ever before when it comes to the routes available from their favourite local Airport.’

In addition, easyJet’s first flight from Bristol to the Italian city of Turin took-off for the first time on Sunday, December 11. Launched in time for the ski season, the service helps passengers to travel to some of Europe’s most popular ski destinations from Turin Airport.