East Midlands Trains Operating On Schedule In Spite Of Snowfall

East Midlands Trains, a UK-based train service, has confirmed that it will be continuing its services, in spite of the heavy snowfall affecting parts of the country.

The train operator is currently running its trains on schedule.

David Horne, the managing director for East Midlands Trains, said, ‘We have put a huge amount of planning into preparing for the bad weather to keep our services running for customers. Our staffs are working incredibly hard to keep our trains running and we have extra staff from all areas of our business out clearing snow from station platforms to help keep them safe for passengers.

We’re pleased to have been able to maintain our full timetable throughout the past few days despite some heavy snowfall affecting large parts of our network, and our services are currently running very well.

We’re currently providing a full service on all of our routes, but as with any form of transport, there are times when the severe weather can have an impact on the service we can operate.

We will continue to monitor the weather conditions throughout the day and would advise passengers to keep an eye on how their local transport services are running.

We do understand that it may take people longer to get to the station due to some treacherous road conditions, and we would advise people to allow extra time for their journey to the station and speak to a member of our staff who can provide assistance with onward travel.’

The train company has announced that it will be considering its discretionary powers in the case of passengers that have a pre-booked ticket but cannot make it to the station due to heavy snowfall.


Flybe Announces New Glasgow to East Midlands Service

Flybe, a UK-based airline company, has announced that it will be operating an expanded schedule from East Midlands Airport, in England, which includes a new route to Glasgow Airport, in Scotland.

The new service is due to commence from September 10, 2012, operating on the popular route that was previously served by UK-based, bmi baby airline, until June 2012.

The new service, which will be providing three flights per day between Monday and Friday, is intended to offer flights that are timed to allow business travellers to benefit from same day return travel, as well as onward connections to the Highlands and Islands from Glasgow, with the airline’s franchise partner, Loganair. The airline will be offering a single return flight on Saturdays and a twice-daily return flight on Sundays.

Andrew Strong, the managing director for Flybe UK, said, ‘We have strived to create a schedule that appeals to both business and leisure travellers and so are pleased with the response with the take up of our early morning southbound and evening northbound flights in particular. This confirms the importance of this route which provides a crucial link to the industries based in the East Midlands.’

Francois Bourienne, the commercial director at Glasgow Airport, said, ‘Flybe’s decision to reintroduce this service is excellent news for our customers. Prior to its withdrawal, bmi baby’s Glasgow to East Midlands service was hugely popular with both business and leisure passengers and this decision further demonstrate Flybe’s commitment to Glasgow Airport and the West of Scotland.’

Monarch Airlines Announces 2012 Winter Flight Schedule from East Midlands

Monarch Airlines, a UK-based airline company, has announced its new schedule of flights from East Midlands Airport, in the UK.

The airline is to commence operations from its newest base in the UK from August 31, 2012, with the launch of new routes.

The airline is offering its customers an expanded Winter 2012 and Summer 2013 schedule of services from East Midlands Airport to Tenerife and Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, and Ibiza in the Mediterranean. The services include two new weekly flights to Tenerife, and two new weekly flights to Lanzarote.

The airline managing director, Kevin George, said, ‘We have been delighted by the response to the announcement that we will be opening a new base and new flights from East Midlands Airport this summer. Demand for flights has been already been strong and it is great that hot on the heels of the launch, we are able to expand our network and add new routes to Tenerife, Lanzarote and Ibiza.’

He added, ‘The rapid expansion of our network from East Midlands Airport is testament to our commitment to provide choice, value and superior customer service to more and more customers in the Midlands.’

The airline has earlier announced its new services from East Midlands Airport, including daily services to the Mediterranean destinations of Malaga (Spain), Alicante (Spain), Faro (Portugal) and Palma (Majorca). The services, part of its Summer 2012 schedule, commence from East Midlands Airport from August 31, 2012. The airfares will start from GBP5.99 per person one-way.


Monarch Airlines Announces Extension to its Summer 2012 Schedule

Monarch Airlines, a UK-based airline company, has announced its expanded summer schedules for 2012.

The airline is currently offering two new scheduled flights to Barcelona (Spain) and Nice (France) from Birmingham Airport in the UK. The new daily flights to Nice, and four times weekly flights to Barcelona, commence from July 20, 2012, with airfares starting at GBP5.99 per person, one-way.

The airline is also launching its services from its new base, East Midlands Airport in the UK, and is offering daily services to the Mediterranean destinations of Malaga (Spain), Alicante (Spain), Faro (Portugal) and Palma (Majorca). The services from East Midlands Airport commence from August 31, 2012.

The airline managing director, Kevin George, said, ‘We are delighted to be expanding our Summer 2012 flights programme from Birmingham Airport and launching our first programme of flights from East Midlands Airport, providing greater choice to our customers in the Midlands.’

He added, ‘The launch of operations from East Midlands accelerates the strategy we announced last year to focus on the development of our scheduled operations into key leisure destinations across the Mediterranean, the Canaries and North Africa.

The addition of new daily services from Birmingham Airport to Nice, a new scheduled destination for the airline and the new services to Barcelona supports our determination to deliver an all-encompassing proposition; offering choice, value and superior customer service from all of the major gateways in the UK.’

The airline has recently introduced ‘Air Packs’ for their customers, offering to build them a customised package with optional amenities, for prices commencing at GBP20 per person, per flight.


Flybe Announces New Routes Services from East Midlands Airport

Flybe, a UK-based airline company, has announced several new routes from East Midlands Airport in England.

Until this announcement the airline has only offered flights to Belfast, in Northern Ireland, from East Midlands Airport. The new services will include the destinations of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands; Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in France; Jersey; and Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland.

Andrew Strong, managing director of Flybe UK, said, ‘We are pleased to announce this major expansion at East Midlands Airport as a key part of our winter programme that goes on sale today.

We already serve 35 UK airports and are Europe’s biggest regional airline, so it makes sense for us to add these additional five key European and UK services at the start of our 2012-13 Winter schedule.’

The new routes commence from October 28, 2012, as part of the airline’s 2012-2013 Winter Schedule. The airline will be operating two aircraft for the new routes, and they will be based at the East Midlands Airport.

Ken O’Toole, chief commercial officer of Manchester Airports Group, which owns East Midlands Airport, said, ‘We welcome Flybe’s commitment to East Midlands Airport, and this major expansion underlines East Midlands’ position as a leading regional airport in the UK.

The new services will provide increased connectivity for both business and leisure passengers, will open up additional access to long-haul destinations via the major hubs at Paris and Amsterdam and is a reflection of the airline’s commitment to the region and the businesses that operate.’

Thomson Announces Launch of Summer 2013 Programme

Thomson Holidays, the UK based travel company, has launched its brand new summer 2013 programme brochure.

The new brochure includes the debut of the Thomson Airways 787 Dreamliner, new and exclusive hotel offers, like the new Sensatori and Thomson Couples hotel experiences, and new cruise destinations.

Thomson Airways, an airline owned by the travel company, has taken delivery of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which from May 1, 2013 will fly its customers to Cancun, in Mexico and Sanford, in Florida, US, from the Manchester, London Gatwick, East Midlands and Glasgow airports in the UK. The company is also offering a new addition to the Sensatori Collection of luxury hotels, with the Sensatori Turkey, located in Sorgun, Turkey, and there will be six new hotel additions to its global hotel portfolio for the summer of 2013.

From May 2013, 90 percent of holidays offered by the company will only be available for sale to UK customers through the company’s own sources, and summer 2013 holidays go on sale from April 26, 2012.

Garry Wilson, the company purchasing and product director, said, ‘Summer 2013 is shaping up to be one of our most exciting launches ever. We are thrilled that our customers are going to be able to experience the benefits of travelling on the Dreamliner on our most popular long haul routes. We know that this addition to our fleet will set us apart from our competition and we’ll be able to give our customers the best possible start to their holidays.

In line with our strategy of offering customers holidays they cannot get elsewhere, we’ve been working to ensure that more hotels than ever are being offered exclusively by Thomson to our customers in the UK.’