easyJet to relaunch new routes from Bristol to Greece for summer 2021

easyJet has said that it will launch two new routes to Greece from Bristol next summer.

The UK-based airline had announced last year that it was adding flights to Preveza in Greece and to the Greek island of Kos to its Bristol network for the first time. The launch was postponed as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, and the routes will now launch: to Kos on March 29, 2021, and to Preveza on May 2, 2021, with fares available at easyJet.com from £26.99.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘In anticipation that demand for travel will return – and having recently seen signs of growing confidence by our customers in making plans for travel next spring and summer – we are delighted to confirm the launch of these new routes from Bristol next summer, providing even more choice for customers to book a trip to look forward to.

‘Returning customer momentum is supported by the welcome news of the vaccination roll out, which will enable normal life to resume; including travelling again for work, to visit friends and family, or for a much-needed holiday.

‘We are proud to be the largest airline at Bristol and remain committed to providing great value services to our customers by offering low fares, and more choice when they travel.’

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with easyJet’s exciting news introducing new routes to Preveza and Kos in Greece for summer 2021 from Bristol Airport. This decision extends the route network available to customers in the region and provides even greater opportunities for customers to fly from their local airport, reducing the need to travel to other airports outside of the region. The introduction of the test to release scheme when customers return to England possibly reducing the quarantine period, and the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme gives customers extra confidence to return to international travel. We will continue to work with easyJet, enhancing and developing the route network for the future.’

Flights to the two new destinations will operate twice a week throughout the summer, offering travellers a more direct connection to some popular Greek resorts, joining existing easyJet routes from Bristol to Athens, Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes and Zakynthos.

easyJet holidays offers seven nights at the 4* Kipriotis Aqualand Hotel in Kos, Greece on an all-inclusive basis for £364 per person based on two adults and one child, including flights from Bristol airport, transfers and 23kg of luggage per person on May 3, 2021. Customers can book with easyJet holidays at easyjet.com/en/holidays.

easyJet launches new routes and resumes holidays to the Canary Islands

easyJet has said that it will put more flights on sale to the Canary Islands in response to an increase in demand for flights and holidays.

easyJet will be putting additional flights on sale across its routes to the islands from London Gatwick, London Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast. With its year-round sunshine, beautiful long beaches and range of hotels, the Canary Islands are a great option for a winter sun getaway. Over 180,000 additional seats to the Canary Islands will now be available up to the end of March 2021, with fares from £22.99, one way per person, including taxes.

The move comes after the UK government announced that the Islands have been added to the list of quarantine exempt destinations for British travellers. Holidays are available to book now with packages available from £289 per person.

Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager, easyJet said: ‘We welcome the announcement from the UK government that the Canary Islands have been added to the list of quarantine exempt countries for British travellers.

‘This will mean many of our customers will be able to take a winter sun break to these popular islands or reschedule a holiday that they’ve been unable to take this summer as a result of the last minute changes to quarantine restrictions.

‘Since the government’s announcement last night we’ve already seen a surge of demand for flights and holidays to the Canary Islands – we’ve seen a 500% increase day on day on searches – so we know that there is customer demand, they want to travel and this demonstrates they will do so when travel restrictions are relaxed. In response to the demand we’re seeing from our customers we’re putting additional flights on sale from today well as launching five new routes to the Canary Islands from our airports across the UK.

Additionally, more flights are now available from London Gatwick and Manchester to Tenerife on Sunday October 25 and November 1, Manchester to Lanzarote on October 25 and 31 and Gatwick to Lanzarote on October 25, 26 and 31.

easyJet is also launching five new routes to from Edinburgh to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura; from Glasgow to Tenerife and Gran Canaria; and Belfast to Tenerife, with flights taking off from November 7. The new routes due to launch this winter from London Luton to Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, which will now take-off ahead of schedule also from November 7, easyJet said.

easyJet holidays to provide further customer protection on holidays

As holidaymakers demand increased security and flexibility, easyJet holidays has launched its new Protection Promise, providing protection in the event of travel disruptions amid Covid-19 risks.

According to new research, more than 33 million Brits have had their holiday plans disrupted this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, while more than half (53%) of Brits are only willing to book a holiday abroad if they feel confident their money is protected. However, despite ongoing travel restrictions, a report from easyJet holidays into consumer travel trends has revealed that almost a quarter (24%) of Brits plan to still go on holiday abroad in the next three months, rising to 37% in the start of next year. Almost two in five (38%) are even willing to quarantine for two weeks on their return in order to get away, with just over one in five (21%) saying that not having a holiday or break away has affected their mood.

In response these consumer needs, easyJet holidays is launching its new Protection Promise, a guarantee of flexibility and protection for customers. The new, long-term customer policy is in addition to the short-term commitments the company has in place to support customers’ bookings impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This has included a promise to cancel any holidays where there is a known quarantine or self-isolation requirement in the destination and any customer refunds have been processed in an average of 12 days.

Matt Callaghan, Customer Director at easyJet holidays, said, ‘Consumer confidence in booking a holiday abroad has taken a huge hit this year and travellers have different priorities so at easyJet holidays we know, given the restrictions continue to change, we must adapt to this new reality. That’s why we’re launching our new Protection Promise, setting a benchmark for customer flexibility in the industry and encouraging travellers to book their holidays with the reassurance that if things change they are protected. And this isn’t a short-term move, this is a fundamental change to what customers can expect whenever they book with easyJet holidays.’

The report from easyJet holidays also revealed that COVID-19 has made Brits reconsider their priorities, four in ten (40%) proactively look for destinations that have a low rate of infection, while three in ten (31%) said they now prefer self-catering or self-contained holidays.

easyJet holidays’ Protection Promise offers customers: a Refund Guarantee in the event of a change of travel plans, offering a full refund, including their deposit in credit, up to 28 days before departure and free of fees; a chance to pay for their holiday in instalments with no fees and only pay in full 28 days before they travel, Best Price Guarantee; Freedom to Change until 28 days before departure and ensure a return of deposit, if plans change, up to 28 days from departure.

easyJet holidays commences summer holidays from Bristol Airport

easyJet holidays has commenced its summer holidays from Bristol Airport after travel restrictions and quarantine advice changed.

easyJet holidays has commenced routes to destinations such as Dalaman and Zakynthos from Bristol Airport. In preparing customers for holidays amid the continuing health risks due to Coronavirus pandemic, easyJet holidays has created a customer video and provided detailed information pages on its website – a Covid-19 response and a safety and wellbeing centre.

Matt Callaghan, Customer Director at easyJet holidays said: ‘This is a really big moment for us and it is hugely exciting to be taking our first customers away this summer. We know how important holidays are to us all and we also recognise that for many a holiday this year feels even more significant. We’ve made a series of commitments and put in a number of steps to help ensure customers can have a safe and enjoyable holiday. We’d also like to say a huge thank you to all of our partners for the part they have played in getting ready for today.’

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted to see the return of easyJet holidays to Bristol Airport today opening up even more opportunities and providing a wider choice of destinations for customers in the region. Holidays and a trip away are known to benefit personal wellbeing and never has a time been more significantly important in providing customers the opportunities of enjoying a well-earned holiday and some relaxing time away. As we see the number of destinations increase from Bristol Airport it becomes even more important to ensure our customers feel safe. We are confident we have the measures in place with Safe journeys start here, our three step plan, Get ready> Stay safe> Let’s travel providing the extra Covid measures to facilitate safe travel and allow customers to fly with confidence.’

The UK-based airline is also offering new comic book inspired face masks for children on flights. The masks, designed by Irish artist Will Sliney, who is known for his work on Marvel comics Spider-Man and Star Wars, are among the new measures the airline has introduced on flights to help ensure the safety of all customers and crew onboard.

easyJet holidays is offering a range of holidays bookable through to October next year. All holidays include 23kg of luggage per person, with transfers included on beach holidays.

easyJet resumes services from Bristol with new bio security measures

easyJet has said that it is resuming flights from 22 airports across Europe for the first time since operations ceased at the end of March following efforts to mitigate the pandemic.

The majority of flights during June will be on domestic routes. The airline is planning to fly around 55 per cent of its Bristol routes in July and 80 per cent in August, with a lower frequency of flights. The move will allow customers to enjoy a summer holiday to a wide variety of city and beach destinations including the city staples of Paris and Barcelona; summer sun favourites the Balearics and Canary Islands and lively hotspots in Portugal, Greece and Croatia.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager commented: ‘We are really pleased to be relaunching our flights from Bristol and welcoming customers back onboard today. While we are starting with a small number of flights this will build over the coming weeks to cover around 55% of our Bristol routes in July and 80% in August. This is good news for customers wanting to go on their planned holiday over the summer or wishing to book a break away.

‘Of course, the safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority. This is why we have implemented a number of measures enhancing safety at each part of the journey from disinfecting the aircraft to requiring customers and crew to wear masks. These measures will remain in place for as long as is needed to ensure customers and crew are able to fly safely as the world continues to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted to see easyJet flights return to Bristol Airport. The Belfast route opens up travel opportunities for essential key workers needing to easily access Northern Ireland using their local airport. We liaise closely with Government, Department for Transport and Public Health England on the latest information and guidance for customers.

‘We are working closely with easyJet to expand the routes available in the future from Bristol Airport when the time is right.’

A new range of additional measures are in place to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of all customers and crew onboard. These include enhanced aircraft cleaning and disinfection; customers, cabin crew and ground crew will be required to wear masks; and equipping the aircraft with spare sanitary equipment including masks, gloves and hand sanitiser to ensure these are available to customers and crew at all times onboard.

Customers will be able to practice social distancing in the airports, at gates and during boarding. Onboard, and where possible, customers may be able to sit at distance where seats are available. There will also initially be no food service onboard flights, all of which operate on a short-haul network.

The measures have been implemented in consultation with aviation authorities ICAO and EASA, and in line with relevant national authorities and medical advice through the airline’s chief medical adviser, Bristol said.

easyJet to restart flying from June 15 with new bio-security measures

easyJet has said that it will resume some flights on June 15.

UK-based Services will be operating from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Belfast, and Isle of Man in the UK. In addition, flying will resume in France from Nice, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon and Lille, as well as from Geneva in Switzerland, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, and Barcelona in Spain.

The flights will operate mainly on domestic routes alongside a minimal number of international routes. Several new measures will be in place to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of all customers and crew onboard. These include: enhanced aircraft disinfection for easyJet aircraft; customers, cabin and ground crew will be required to wear masks; there will also initially be no food service onboard flights, all of which operate on a short-haul network. The measures have been implemented in consultation with aviation authorities ICAO and EASA, and in line with relevant national authorities and medical advice through the airline’s chief medical adviser.

Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, commented: ‘I am really pleased that we will be returning to some flying in the middle of June. These are small and carefully planned steps that we are taking to resume operations. We will continue to closely monitor the situation across Europe so that when more restrictions are lifted the schedule will continue to build over time to match demand while also ensuring we are operating efficiently and on routes that our customers want to fly.

‘The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority which is why we are implementing a number of measures enhancing safety at each part of the journey from disinfecting the aircraft to requiring customers and crew to wear masks. These measures will remain in place for as long as is needed to ensure customers and crew are able to fly safely as the world continues to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

‘We look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard in June.’

The airline has also released a video outlining the new measures being taken. The video can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/420797408/e0c5ccb978.

easyJet holidays adds Tunisia to Gatwick schedule for summer 2020

easyJet holidays has recently announced the launch of holidays to Tunisia from London Gatwick for summer 2020.

As part of the programme, customers will have the choice of a Wednesday or Saturday flight to Tunisia each week from London Gatwick. Holidays to the new destination are on sale with the first departures scheduled from May 2020.

Paul Bixby, Strategy and Sourcing Director, easyJet holidays commented: ‘Tunisia is an incredibly popular place to enjoy a holiday and it’s great news to be able to add it as a choice for this summer. It offers amazing beaches, beautiful hotels, and all at brilliant value. All of our holidays to Tunisia that we’ve launched today are all inclusive, and for all of our holidays we include 23kg of luggage per person as standard as well as transfers on our beach holidays.’

As part of the holiday package, eight directly contracted hotels in Tunisia are on sale with easyJet holidays. The hotels on offer include the 4 Star One Resort Aqua Park and Spa suited for a family retreat on a private stretch of Skanes’ El Mouradi beach and 5 star Iberostar Selection Diar El Andalous, a contemporary hotel on the beachfront in Sousse complete with spa and a range of a la carte dining options. easyJet will expand the Tunisia range and add more hotels to give customers more choice.

The new holidays to Tunisia through easyJet holidays are all inclusive and some include free child places, offering customers an affordable summer holiday. easyJet holiday is available to book at www.easyjet.com/en/holidays.

easyJet to resume flights to Sharm el Sheikh this summer

easyJet, the UK-based low fares airline, has said that it will resume flights to Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt for the first time since November 2015.

The announcement follows the recent lifting of government restrictions on UK flights to Sharm el Sheikh. easyJet will offer two flights a week to the popular Red Sea destination commencing on June 7 from Manchester, and September 30 from London Gatwick. Both year-round services are on sale at www.easyjet.com.

In addition to Sharm el Sheikh, easyJet has also announced two new routes from Manchester. Flights to the Italian capital city Rome will operate three times a week starting on June 7 along with twice-weekly flights to Menorca with the first flight departing on June 4. The airline will also extend its winter flights to Hurghada to operate year-round three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays with the first flight departing on June 1.

Customers can book the new routes from across the UK including: Manchester to Sharm el Sheikh from £160.07 return; Manchester to Rome from £58.46 return; Manchester to Menorca from £46.29 return and London Gatwick to Sharm el Sheikh from £244.16 return. The fares are per person.

Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager, easyJet, said: ‘easyJet has seen significant growth at Manchester Airport over the last two years and has now carried 22 million passengers since operations began in 2008. In the past year alone, we have grown more than 17% driven by the basing of seven new aircraft which have enabled the introduction of popular new routes.

‘We are looking forward to operating these flights this summer and adding them to an ever growing range of great destinations for our customers. The resumption of services to Sharm el Sheikh and year-round flights to Hurghada are both fantastic destinations for both summer and winter sun, with stunning beaches boasting crystal clear waters and great diving and marine life to explore, we know they will once again be a popular choice for our customers.’

Stephen Turner, Commercial Director at Manchester Airport, said: ‘We are thrilled that easyJet is bringing these additional services to Manchester Airport, which will enhance the choice available this summer to the 22 million people across our wider catchment area.

‘The return of easyJet’s route to Sharm El Sheikh is very welcome and we are sure it will prove immensely popular with sunseekers all year round.’

easyJet announces new route from Bristol to Antalya next summer

easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, has said that it will launch a new route from Bristol to Antalya in Turkey for summer.

The new flights will operate three times a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays throughout the summer, providing travellers from the South West with a direct route to the Turkish resort, alongside routes already operated to Dalaman and Bodrum.

Situated on the Turquoise Coast, the port city of Antalya presents several historic attractions and is known for its stunning blue waters.

Flights will take off from May 3, 2020, and the new service is expected to carry over 23,000 customers during its first season. Seats are now on sale at www.easyjet.com, with fares from £28.99.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager commented, ‘We are delighted to confirm today that we will be launching a new route from Bristol to Antalya. As the largest airline at Bristol we’re focused on strengthening our network and providing our customers in the South West with excellent services by offering great value fares, a convenient schedule and more choice when they travel.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘This is exciting news extending the number of easyJet destinations available from Bristol Airport and adding Antalya to the route network. The additional route demonstrates the long-term collaboration and joint growth strategy between easyJet and Bristol Airport. For customers in the South West it offers another sun destination and continues to increase the choice and flexibility of flights available to passengers in the region selecting to fly from their local airport.’

Antalya is the seventh new destination easyJet has added to its Bristol network in 2019. In October the airline launched a new route from Bristol to Hurghada in Egypt and earlier this year to Montpellier and Biarritz in France, Milan and Brindisi in Italy and Rhodes in the Greek Islands.

easyJet announces new domestic route from Birmingham to Edinburgh

easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, has announced a new route between Birmingham and Edinburgh.

The new domestic city connection will operate 13 times a week throughout the year, with flights launching on March 29, 2020. Over 180,000 passengers are expected to use the new service during the first 12 months of operation. Seats are due to go on sale in the coming weeks.

This is the second new Birmingham route that easyJet has announced recently – the airline will operate a new service to Glasgow which will start services on the same date, with the same weekly frequency as the new service to Edinburgh.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are delighted to be announcing another new route from Birmingham today and another connection to Scotland.

‘It is the second route to Scotland in as many weeks and underlines our commitment to providing domestic services and expanding our offering for customers from the Midlands.

‘We are confident the new service will be a popular addition to easyJet’s network with those looking to travel both for business and leisure.’

Nick Barton, CEO of Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great news that easyJet is announcing a fourth route from Birmingham Airport just a couple of weeks after announcing its third route to Glasgow. This new route complements the existing Geneva and Belfast destinations.

‘It is important that our passengers have a wide selection of destinations to choose from, as well as a frequency of flights to suit their needs. With the new route to Edinburgh, we now have two connections to Scotland with easyJet, both operating 13 times a week. Scotland is a popular destination not only for tourists but business passengers too, and we look forward to welcoming the additional services from March 2020.’