easyJet and easyJet Holidays highlights most sought out destinations in holiday sale

easyJet and easyJet holidays has announced a highly successful Big Orange Sale as the bookings reached record levels, with two planes being filled every minute and the busiest-ever sales day recorded for package holidays on Sunshine Saturday.

Since the inception of the sale in December, destinations such as Amsterdam, Paris, Alicante, and Malaga emerged as the most sought-after. Notably, Greek island Skiathos, Calabria in Italy, and Rovaniemi in Lapland experienced remarkable surges in popularity compared to the previous year. Central European locales like Zadar in Croatia and Tivat in Montenegro also witnessed increased interest for 2024, while spontaneous January bookings for winter sun getaways, particularly to Tenerife, took the lead.

The allure of all-inclusive breaks captivated over 70 percent of holidaymakers, with preferences leaning towards 4 or 5-star accommodations. Majorca emerged as the top choice for beach packages, while Amsterdam took the lead for city breaks.

Ski enthusiasts found their haven in Geneva, Lyon, and Innsbruck, with easyJet’s focus on expanding ski routes evident through a 20% increase in the ski flying program this year, courtesy of three additional aircraft in Switzerland.

The popularity of Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands soared as the most-booked peak summer destination since the sale’s commencement. Copenhagen experienced a surge in popularity, offering quick access to the Swedish city of Malmo, the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

For package holidays, easyJet’s tour operator arm witnessed heightened bookings for May, June, and July, with Spain dominating over a quarter of all summer 2024 beach sales. Families constituted over a third of beach bookings, and over 60 of beach bookers opted for the all-inclusive board basis.

easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren commented: ‘With flights and holidays bookings taking off during this traditionally busy booking period as well as strong booking momentum for summer 2024, we continue to see that the value and importance of holidays for our customers. The popularity of easyJet holidays also continues to grow, with 48% more customers in our first quarter of the year and an expected increase of more than 35% this financial year, all of which is a which is testament to the strength of demand for our brand and network and we remain focused on delivering for our customers.’

The success of the Big Orange Sale aligns with recent research indicating a growing eagerness among Brits to travel abroad in 2024, with a considerable majority prioritising holiday spend in their yearly budgets.

easyJet partners with Musement to expand travel experience offerings

In a strategic move to enhance its customer offerings, easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, has forged a new partnership with Musement, a global Tours & Activities business.

This collaboration aims to provide easyJet customers with access to a diverse array of excursions, activities, and attractions across hundreds of destinations in Europe and beyond, complementing the airline’s existing cost-effective flight options.

As part of this collaboration, Musement has introduced a Tours & Activities digital platform integrated with the easyJet website. This platform enables customers to book a wide range of local experiences in all easyJet destinations. Whether exploring the Vatican’s museums, marveling at Egypt’s Pyramids, embarking on a catamaran cruise in Santorini, or indulging in the thermal baths of a Polish mountain village, travellers can choose from an extensive selection of experiences on activities.easyjet.com or through the easyJet app.

This partnership follows the successful integration of Musement with easyJet holidays in 2022, allowing package holiday customers to select from thousands of excursions. Now, all easyJet customers, whether booking flights or package holidays, can access the feature.

Russell Braterman, Proposition & Innovation Director at easyJet, said: ‘We are always looking for ways to make great value travel even easier for our customers with our unrivalled short-haul European network offering over 1000 routes across 35 countries, and by partnering with Musement our customers are able to explore all the best local experiences these fantastic destinations have to offer.’

Nishank Gopalkrishnan, Chief Commercial Officer at Musement, said: ‘Our collaboration with easyJet holidays has been excellent and I am now delighted we will expand this partnership to support the wider easyJet organisation and offer our incredible portfolio of excursions, activities and attraction tickets to all easyJet customers. This partnership cements Musement’s position as the travel industry’s preferred partner for tours and activities.’

The collaboration introduces paperless ticketing for most experiences, allowing customers to conveniently scan QR codes at the beginning of an activity or venue entrance. Push notifications serve as reminders for location and timing, enhancing the overall customer experience.

easyJet expands Birmingham operations with new three-aircraft base

easyJet, has announced the early opening of its new three-aircraft base in Birmingham, set to commence operations from March 18, 2024. This strategic move enables easyJet to broaden its Birmingham network, introducing 16 new routes and providing Midlands customers with increased flight options.

The expansion encompasses a total of 29 routes, covering destinations across the UK, Europe, and North Africa. In addition to the 13 existing key domestic and international services, this development is poised to serve both leisure and business travellers departing from Birmingham, the UK’s second-largest city.

Commencing operations on March 18, 2024, new routes include flights to Antalya and Barcelona, offering year-round service twice a week and three times a week, respectively. Further expansions follow with new routes to Alicante and Tenerife (starting 19 March), Larnaca, Malaga, and Enfidha (starting 20 and 21 March), Berlin (1 April), Sharm el Sheikh (2 April), Jersey (2 April), Heraklion (3 April), Dalaman and Fuerteventura (4 April), Rhodes (23 April), Corfu (1 May), and Kos (3 May).

To facilitate the booking process, easyJet is offering thousands of package holidays to its new destinations, including flights, hotels, 23kg luggage, and transfers. These packages are available for travel from March 18, 2024 onward and come with the Ultimate Flexibility guarantee, offering the freedom to change bookings, a refund guarantee, and a best price guarantee.

Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager at easyJet, said: ‘We are delighted to be opening our Birmingham base early, demonstrating our continued confidence in the region with customers choosing us for our trusted brand, unrivalled network and great value fares.

‘With flights for 16 new routes on sale from this Thursday, we’re offering our customers in the Midlands even more choice when planning their holidays and we can’t wait to welcome them onboard.’

Tom Screen, aviation director for Birmingham Airport, said: ‘Antalya, Barcelona, Berlin, Fuerteventura, Enfidha, Sharm el Sheikh, Rhodes, Dalaman, Jersey, Larnaca, Malaga, Alicante, Tenerife, Corfu, Kos and Heraklion – 16 new destinations easyJet will begin serving in the weeks from March 2024 when they open their three-aircraft base at BHX.’

Bookings for flights and packages to these destinations are open and accessible through easyJet’s website and mobile app: www.easyjet.com/en/holidays.

easyJet announces new summer service to Majorca

easyJet is introducing a fresh summer route in 2024, connecting Southampton Airport to Palma Airport on the picturesque Spanish Island of Majorca.

Commencing on Thursday, May 2, 2024, easyJet’s new route from Southampton to the Balearic capital, Palma, will operate twice a week, offering convenient flight options on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the summer season. This new service provides customers residing in the south of England with added flexibility in planning their upcoming summer vacations. To complement this initiative, easyJet’s tour operator division, easyJet holidays, is rolling out package holidays specifically created for this new route.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, commented: ‘We are delighted to be launching another new route from Southampton to Palma, providing our customers in the south of England with even more choice when booking a holiday and convenient direct connectivity to one of Europe’s most popular islands. With flights on sale this Thursday, now is a great time to book early to get great value fares and we can’t wait to welcome customers onboard.’

Matt Hazelwood, Chief Commercial Officer at AGS Airports, said: ‘The introduction of a twice-weekly service to Palma for next summer is fantastic news and will offer our leisure passengers even more choice and convenience for one of our most popular sun destinations.

‘easyJet’s plans to introduce yet another route following the recently announced services to Faro and Alicante is great for the region and it is fantastic to see that the runway extension continues to bear fruit.’

The new flights for the new route can be booked immediately, via easyJet’s official website, easyJet.com, as well as through the mobile app.

easyJet announces week-long Black Friday sale

easyJet, and easyJet holidays – the European regional airline and holiday company – have announced their exclusive week-long Black Friday promotion, granting customers the opportunity to secure an affordable winter getaway.

The airline is presenting 100,000 seats priced below £20 for flights spanning its European network, valid for departures between December 11, 2023, and March 31, 2024.

Simultaneously, easyJet holidays introduces a Black Friday special, offering savings of up to £200 on all beach destinations and city breaks with the code BLACKFRIDAY, applicable to holidays until October 31, 2025. This discount is available for a minimum spend of £2000, with £200 savings and £100 savings for spends of £2000 and £800, respectively.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s country manager said: ‘We’re delighted to be launching a week-long Black Friday sale on flights and holidays today which will give customers the chance to book a great value holiday this winter. Our unrivalled network means customers have plenty of choice whether they’re looking for winter sun or to hit the slopes.’

The airline has introduced 27 new winter routes for the season, expanding choices with destinations like Akuyeri in Iceland, Cairo in Egypt, Rovaniemi, and Kittila in Finland, and Enfidha in Tunisia.

All easyJet holidays packages encompass flights, accommodations, 23kg luggage, and transfers for beach holidays, and are covered by Ultimate Flexibility, providing the liberty to modify bookings, a refund guarantee, and a price guarantee.

Discounted flights and holiday bookings are open until 11 pm on Monday, November 27.

easyJet announces new routes for summer 2024

easyJet has announced it will be launching twelve new routes from eight UK airports, including three routes to Alicante in Spain and Enfidha in Tunisia, as well as flights returning to Reus in Spain.

In addition, easyJet holidays has also launched package holidays at competitive prices on the brand new routes, including its first ever beach destinations from Southampton.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, commented: ‘We’re delighted to be launching twelve new routes and package holidays from eight of our airports across the UK to a fantastic range of leisure destinations, offering even more choice and connectivity to our customers all across the UK, whether they’re planning a holiday to Spain’s sunny coast or Tunisia’s beach town Enfidha as well as even more connections from the UK to beach favourites Malta, Faro and Cyprus.’

The two new routes to Spain’s coastal city Alicante will launch from Southampton on March 31 and Belfast City on May 2, while the route from Newcastle to Alicante will launch on April 2, 2024. The three routes will operate throughout summer with Southampton to Alicante scheduled once a week on a Sunday, Newcastle to Alicante twice a week on Tuesday and Saturday, and Belfast City to Alicante twice a week on Thursday and Sunday.

Additionally, easyJet will also restart flights from Luton to Reus in Spain as well as launch a new route from Manchester, on April 2 and operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer.

The UK-based airline has also announced three new routes to Enfidha in north-eastern Tunisia which will operate year-round. Liverpool to Enfidha will launch on April 1 and operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, Belfast International to Enfidha will launch on April 20 and operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and Glasgow to Enfidha will launch on May 2 and operate twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays.

Also launching next summer is a new route from Bristol to Malta with the debut flight commencing on the Easter weekend – April 3, and operating twice a week throughout summer on Wednesdays and Fridays. Further, a new route from Glasgow to Cyprus’ port city Larnaca will start on May 4 and operate twice a week throughout summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lastly, a new route from Southampton to Faro will also launch on June 6 and operate once a week on Thursdays throughout the peak summer season.

easyJet launches new flights from Southampton to Belfast and Glasgow

easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, has launched two new year-round flight routes departing from Southampton Airport.

These routes, connecting Southampton with Belfast International and Glasgow, have commenced operations, enhancing connectivity for travellers in the South of England to vital hubs in Northern Ireland and Scotland, catering to both leisure and business travellers.

The first flight from Southampton to Belfast International took off on Sunday, October 29, marking the start of a service that now runs up to three times a week on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays. The new route to Glasgow, which departed from Southampton on Thursday, November 2, will be operational twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays.

These new routes are designed to offer year-round service, reinforcing domestic connections from the South West to these significant cities across the UK. Whether passengers are seeking a city break, a convenient business connection, or the chance to explore Northern Ireland and Scotland, these flights are set to provide convenient options.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are delighted to have launched our new services from Southampton to Belfast International and Glasgow, which will provide our customers in the South of England with direct and convenient departures to Northern Ireland and Scotland, making it easier for people to visit more of the fantastic destinations the UK has to offer for leisure or business.

Mark Beveridge, Operations Director at Southampton Airport, said: ‘We are really pleased to welcome easyJet’s first services to Glasgow and Belfast International.

‘Following the recent completion of the runway extension, we are working hard and speaking regularly with our airline partners to deliver the routes and services the people of Southampton and the wider region deserve.’

Travelers can secure seats on these routes, with prices starting at £22.50 one way per person including taxes, and bookings available through easyJet.com.

easyJet offers discounts for winter sun getaways

easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, is offering exceptional discounts on flights and holiday packages to popular beach and winter sun destinations for this winter.

The offer includes a chance to save up to 15% on 100,000 seats for selected flights from the UK to a variety of winter sun destinations. This discount is valid for travel from November 1, 2023, to March 15, 2024.

Further, easyJet offers significant savings of up to £200 on holiday packages. These deals are available for booking until 11 pm on October 31, 2023. The sale is part of Orange Drop, a handpicked supply of recommendations and the latest offers, brought to easyJet customers every week.

Holidaymakers can explore the beautiful Canary Islands, renowned for their stunning beaches and family-friendly resorts with a choice of destinations including Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, and Gran Canaria. Alternatively, travellers can choose a winter city break to Marrakech, Morocco, and experience the city without the usual crowds.

For those seeking a comprehensive holiday experience, easyJet Holidays offers discounts of up to £200 on packages departing until March 31, 2025. By using the booking code ‘ORANGEDROP’ during checkout, holidaymakers can secure a £200 discount with a minimum spend of £2000, or a £100 discount with a minimum spend of £600. EasyJet Holidays’ packages include flights, accommodation, 23kg luggage, and transfers for beach holidays. Booking flights is available now on easyjet.com until October 31, 2023, for travel between November 1, 2023, and March 15, 2024.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘With flights and package holidays to some of the most popular beach and city destinations across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East to choose from, now is a great time to book a winter sun break and make the most of extra savings with easyJet.’

easyJet launches new route from Bournemouth to Lyon for winter

easyJet has unveiled a fresh winter route connecting Bournemouth Airport to Lyon, France.

This new route complements easyJet’s existing winter service from Bournemouth to Geneva, which commenced in December 2021. Travelers in the southern region of England will now have an additional pathway to the Alps, as the airport is conveniently located near popular ski resorts like Tignes, Val d’Isere, Alpe d’Huez, Les 2 Alpes, Val Thorens, and La Plagne.

Nestled at the meeting point of the Rhone and Saone rivers, Lyon ranks as France’s third-largest city and is renowned for its cuisine and stunning architecture. Its four historic districts have earned coveted spots on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are really pleased to be announcing a second winter route from Bournemouth to Lyon today, providing more choice for our customers in the South who are looking to visit the Alps region whether that’s for skiing and other winter sports, or a city break to enjoy Lyon’s impressive architecture, cuisine and history.

‘With flights on sale today, now is a great time to book early to get the best fares and we can’t wait to welcome more customers.’

Steve Gill, managing director at Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘This is great news for passengers and offers them even more choice from their local airport. Winter routes are increasingly popular from Bournemouth and Lyon provides even more connectivity to the Alps this winter.’

The inaugural flights are set to take off on January 13, 2024, and will run each Saturday until February 24, 2024. This schedule aligns with week-long getaways during the ski season and the school half-term break. Flights are on sale with fares from £23.99 one way per person including taxes.

easyJet announces new winter routes and holidays to Alps

easyJet has unveiled the launch of four new winter routes from three UK airports.

London Stansted will introduce two brand-new routes to Geneva and Zurich in Switzerland, commencing on December 16, with twice-weekly flights throughout the winter season.

Another new route is from London Southend Airport to Grenoble, commencing on January 14 and operating once a week throughout the winter season. Nestled in the French Alps, Grenoble boasts cable cars that connect the town to the summit of La Bastille hill, named after the 18th-century fortress on its slopes.

Further, easyJet is launching a new route from Birmingham to Salzburg in Austria. It’s an ideal gateway to exploring the Eastern Alps and the birthplace of the famous composer Mozart. This route begins on January 13, 2024, and operates once a week throughout the winter season.

Flights for the newly launched winter routes are available for booking on easyJet.com and the mobile app, with prices (one way per person including taxes) starting from:

* London Southend to Grenoble from £24.99

* Birmingham to Salzburg from £29.99

* London Stansted to Zurich from £32.99

* London Stansted to Geneva from £35.99

Additionally, easyJet holidays has introduced new packages for Geneva, Zurich, and Salzburg:

* A three-night stay at the 4* ibis Geneve Centra Lac in Geneva on a Bed & Breakfast basis, including 23kg of luggage per person and flights from London Stansted on January 13, 2024, is available for £345 per person.

* A three-night stay at the 4* Placid Hotel Design & Lifestyle Zurich in Zurich on a Room Only basis, including 23kg of luggage per person and flights from London Stansted on March 9, 2024, is priced at £324 per person.

* A seven-night stay at the 4* Best Western Plus Amedia Art Salzburg in Salzburg on a Room Only basis, including 23kg of luggage per person and flights from Birmingham on February 3, 2024, is offered at £367 per person.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, commented: ‘We’re delighted to be launching even more new routes and holidays from our airports across the UK to a range of fantastic destinations, providing even more choice for our customers this winter who are looking to visit the Alps region whether that’s for skiing and other winter sports, or soaking in the culture and we can’t wait to welcome more customers on board.’