British Airways announces flights to Europe from £40 each way

British Airways has announced that it is offering thousands of hand-baggage-only flights to Europe available for £40 or less each way.

Customers can choose from a range of over 70 routes across the airline’s European network including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Kefalonia, Faro and Verona. The airline is also including domestic flights between London and UK cities in its offer, such as Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, Belfast City and Jersey. Customers can explore destinations and book a weekend cultural break or a beach holiday at ba.com, with fares from £40 each way or less based on a return fare in Euro Traveller. All flights include free hand luggage.

Andrew Brem, British Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘It’s time to shrug off the cold and the rain. With flights for £40 or less each way, there’s something for everyone to look forward to, with fantastic value for those wishing to soak in the culture and charm of a city break or the summer sun on a beach in the Mediterranean. Take advantage of our hand-baggage only fares or enjoy guaranteed savings with a flight and hotel package together.’

The seats, based on return fares, are available for travel on select dates until December 31, 2020. The low fares are on offer from London Heathrow and London Gatwick. The additional destinations available include Bilbao, Geneva, Ibiza, Milan, Oslo and Paris.

Members of the British Airways Executive Club can earn Avios and Tier Points on their bookings. The Executive Club is free to join and Avios can be spent on Reward flights, upgrades, hotels, car rental and being used for part payment, allowing customers to cut the cost of future flights. When using Avios part payment, customers can select from a range of savings by destination and cabin, and can also collect Avios and Tier Points on their bookings.

British Airways is presently offsetting carbon emissions on all its flights within the UK, as part of its commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, it said.

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.

TUI UK announces holidays to Sharm El Sheikh from Doncaster Sheffield for 2020

TUI, one of the world’s largest holiday companies, has recently announced the relaunch of holidays to Sharm El Sheikh from Doncaster Sheffield Airport, with flights starting in May 2020.

TUI’s service to the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheikh will give customers more choice of winter sun and summer breaks. With the service, the UK holiday company will give customers an opportunity to return to the Red Sea resort. Resorts including TUI Magic Life Sharm El Sheikh and Reef Oasis Blue Bay on the Red Sea coast will be on sale, with more hotel announcements under way.

Located between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea, Sharm el-Sheikh is known for its calm sandy beaches, clear waters and coral reefs. Naama Bay, with a palm tree-lined promenade, has several bars and restaurants. The resort is also popular with those seeking water sport activities such as scuba diving and snorkelling among the coral reefs. Ras Muhammad National Park is a popular diving destination, with marine life around the Shark and Yolanda reefs and the Thistlegorm wreck.

Mark Hall, Director of Product and Destination Experience TUI UK & Ireland, said ‘At TUI we’re committed to offering our customers an outstanding choice of holidays across the globe. Sharm el Sheikh was always a hugely popular destination and I am delighted to confirm that we are reintroducing the Egypt favourite to our summer 2020 programme.

In response to customer demand, our first flights from Doncaster Sheffield will operate from May 2020 and our resorts are all looking forward to welcoming our customers back with a smile.’

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘We are delighted the TUI is reintroducing flights to Sharm El Sheikh from Doncaster Sheffield Airport and its great news for our customers that we can now offer flights to this popular holiday destination.

‘It’s another win for DSA coming hot on the heels of TUI announcing two new routes, Fuerteventura and Heraklion for next summer and fifteen extra weekly departures on existing routes by adding a fourth aircraft to their successful base, here in Yorkshire.

‘We are very proud of our almost 15-year partnership with TUI, one of the world’s leading travel companies, which has carried over 7 million passengers through DSA since 2005. We have a shared passion to provide an easy, friendly and relaxed service for our customers, offering flexibility and choice including long-haul destinations to Sandford, Florida and Cancun, Mexico.’

TUI expands capacity for summer 2020 from Cardiff, Newcastle and Birmingham airport

TUI, the UK’s largest holiday company, has announced its holiday programme for summer 2020 with the addition of 30,000 seats from Cardiff Airport, 98,000 seats from Newcastle Airport and 194,000 seats from Birmingham Airport.

TUI UK&I’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer, said: ‘Earlier this month TUI announced an additional two million seats to many holiday destination favourites and today the majority of these seats go on sale for summer 2020. We are delighted that our new additions launched today provide holidaymakers departing from our regional airports with even more choice when deciding where to go next summer on holiday. The customer is at the heart of everything we do and this additional growth to some of our customer’s favourite holiday hotspots demonstrates our continued commitment for people to discover their smile with us.’

TUI said that it will introduce new 10 and 11 night holidays to mid-haul hot spots Antalya, Turkey and Gran Canaria in the Canaries. Cardiff Airport will also see additional flying days to Dalaman, Turkey and Tenerife in the Canaries.

Spencer Birns, Chief Commercial Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘We want to thank TUI for recognising the opportunity to add an extra 15,000 holidays from Cardiff next summer. The news demonstrates TUI’s commitment to delivering even more choice for Welsh customers in addition to this year’s passenger growth at our national Airport.’

At Newcastle, TUI has added new destinations including Santorini and Skiathos in Greece, and Hurghada in Egypt. The new routes are on sale with Santorini flights operating on Tuesdays, Hurghada on Fridays and Skiathos on Wednesdays. TUI will also introduce new 10 and 11 night holidays to mid-haul hotspot Antalya in Turkey, increased frequency to Dalaman in Turkey on Mondays as well as additional flying days to Orlando Sanford, Florida; Tenerife, Canaries; Palma, Spain and Larnaca, Cyprus.

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘We have received countless requests for services to be restored to Hurghada, Skiathos and Santorini, so we are extremely pleased that TUI is putting these routes on sale for summer 2020.’

As well as the three new routes, TUI has also added more flying days to some of its existing destinations including additional direct flights to Florida on its state-of-the-art Dreamliner.

At Birmingham, TUI has added new destinations including Almeria in Spain and Split in Croatia, with Almeria flights operating on Sundays and Split on Fridays. TUI has added 16 additional flying days across 11 of its current destinations from Birmingham Airport, including to Antalya, Tenerife and Rhodes. The summer 2020 programme will also see an increase in the frequency of flights operating to Ibiza and Palma in Spain and Mahon in Menorca.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director from Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are delighted that TUI has added even more capacity and two new routes to its portfolio from Birmingham Airport during summer 2020. These new routes by TUI means that Midlanders have over 40 direct destinations to choose from with the UK’s largest holiday company.’

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays adds 170,000 departing seats across UK bases

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced the addition of thousands of seats and holidays to winter-sun destinations in the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Malta and Spain in response to extra demand.

The UK-based travel and holiday company has added over 170,000 departing seats between October and March from across its UK bases, with a major focus on October and the school holidays.

The increase in capacity includes over 65,000 additional departing seats from Manchester, nearly 40,000 additional departing seats from Birmingham, over 20,000 additional departing seats from Glasgow and 15,000 additional departing seats from Newcastle. There are also extra seats on sale from Belfast International, Edinburgh, East Midlands and London Stansted. The seats are available for booking currently.

The extra capacity announced includes over 100,000 additional seats now on sale departing to the Canary Islands between October and March. This includes over 50,000 additional seats to Tenerife and almost 40,000 additional seats to Lanzarote as well as more flying to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.

Nearly 30,000 additional seats have been added to Turkey, with additional flights to Antalya and Dalaman. Further, extra flights have been added to serve several destinations in Greece, including Corfu, Crete (Heraklion), Kos and Rhodes – amounting to 5,000 additional departing seats to Greece this winter.

In addition, over 10,000 additional departing seats are available for booking to the Balearic Islands – Palma (Majorca), Menorca and Ibiza. Jet2 has also added more seats to Cyprus, with extra capacity to Larnaca and Paphos, as well as extra capacity to Malta and Reus (Costa Dorada) for winter.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘This week has seen an unprecedented amount of demand, and we have responded quickly to that by adding more flights and holidays to the sunshine this winter. This demand shows that holidaymakers want to get away, and with this extra capacity we are providing more choice and flexibility when it comes to booking our award-winning flights and ATOL protected package holidays.’

Virgin Atlantic plans to increase flights from London Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic has said that it is planning to increase its flights at London Heathrow in an effort to challenge the dominance of IAG, which owns British Airways, at the airport.

The move is also in line with the government’s Aviation Strategy green paper which seeks to facilitate competition between airlines through the allocation of slots at Heathrow. This will offer customers more choice and lower fares, as well as enhanced domestic connectivity and connectivity to international destinations.

Currently IAG holds more than 55 per cent of all take-off and landing slots at Heathrow.

Virgin Atlantic said that it will compete on 26 routes where there is an IAG monopoly, including Accra in Ghana, Austin in the USA and Bogota in Colombia. The airline will increase its long haul route network and launch a new inclusive network of domestic and European routes when the airport expands. The plans include a significant increase of Virgin Atlantic’s current network, including flights to exciting destinations such as Kolkata, Jakarta and Panama City, where passengers are unable to fly non-stop currently.

In total, Virgin Atlantic plans to serve 103 domestic, European and long haul destinations – up from just 19 long haul destinations in 2020. Of the 84 new destinations planned, 12 are domestic – including Belfast, Glasgow and Manchester, 37 are European – including Barcelona, Dublin and Madrid, and 35 are global – including Buenos Aires, Tokyo and Santiago.

‘Never has the need for effective competition and choice at Heathrow Airport been more evident than during this summer of disruption, which has brought misery for tens of thousands of travellers,’ Shai Weiss, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, said. ‘Britain, and those who travel to it, deserve better than this. Air passengers need a choice and Virgin Atlantic is ready to deliver when Heathrow expands.

‘Heathrow has been dominated by one airline group for far too long. The third runway is a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the status quo and create a second flag carrier. This would lower fares and give real choice to passengers, as well giving Britain a real opportunity to boost its trade and investment links around the world. Changing the way take-off and landing slots are allocated for this unique and vital increase in capacity at the nation’s hub airport will create the right conditions for competition and innovation to thrive.’

Norwegian launches Autumn sale at London Gatwick to Europe, the US and South American destinations

Norwegian has launched its Autumn sale at London Gatwick, offering travellers savings on over 35,000 flights to Europe, the US and South America.

Customers looking to book their next holiday or city break will be able to obtain discounted nonstop fares from London Gatwick to 16 destinations including Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Rovaniemi, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Tampa, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

Matthew Wood, SVP Commercial at Norwegian said: ‘We are once again giving consumers the opportunity to travel even more affordably across the globe in our Autumn sale. These fantastic offers will allow holidaymakers and business travelers to take advantage of our low fares while enjoying exceptional levels of quality and service on board modern aircraft that reduce our impact on the environment’.

Available for travel from November 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, holidaymakers can now book a flight to the US from £134.90 one-way, fly to South America from £199.90 or head to Europe from £28.90. All sale prices are on the Low Fare ticket type, and include a 10kg hand baggage allowance, which includes one cabin bag and a small personal item as well as free onboard Wi-Fi. Seats are available to book now at www.norwegian.com/uk/offers/big-sale/, with the fares on offer until 22.59 BST on September 16, 2019.

The flights to Europe will be operated on the modern 186 seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft while passengers travelling out to the US or South America will fly on a 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

One of Europe’s low-cost airlines, Norwegian carries more than 5.8 million UK passengers each year to over 50 global destinations.

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.

Norwegian announces biggest ever USA sale from the UK and Ireland

Norwegian has announced the launch of its autumn sale offering holidaymakers from across the UK and Ireland the chance to book flights to the USA for lower fares.

Available for travel from October 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, travellers can now book transatlantic flights from London Gatwick starting from £140 one-way in economy and £415 one-way in Premium. Flights to the east coast of America from Scotland and Ireland are available from £139/€99 one-way at www.norwegian.com. The sale fares are available to book at www.norwegian.com/ie/fall-flight-deals. The autumn sale will end on Monday September 17, 2018.

Norwegian’s 11 nonstop routes to the US from London Gatwick are included in the sale with prices starting from New York JFK from £155 one-way in economy and £465 one-way in Premium; Boston from £140 one-way in economy and £415 one-way in Premium; Orlando from £165 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium; Fort Lauderdale (Miami) from £160 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium; Denver from £165 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium; Las Vegas from £180 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium; Los Angeles from £175 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium; Oakland (San Francisco) from £165 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium; Chicago from £140 one-way in economy and £430 one-way in Premium; Austin from £170 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium; Tampa from £160 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium.

Passengers from Scotland will also be able to avail a flight to the U.S. east coast with Norwegian this winter. Daily flights from Edinburgh nonstop to New York Stewart International Airport are included in the autumn sale offering access to New York state. Fares are available from £139 one-way from Edinburgh. Passengers in Ireland looking to explore New York state and New England can also enjoy discounted fares on Norwegian’s transatlantic flights from Shannon and Dublin this winter, with fares from starting €99 one way.

Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian said: ‘We are giving consumers in the UK and Ireland the chance to fly to the States for less with fares from £140 one-way from the UK and €99 from Ireland in our autumn sale.

For the first time, we are also offering passengers flying from Gatwick the chance to upgrade their trip for less as our Premium cabin is also included in the sale. With further savings on long-haul routes from the UK and Ireland, Norwegian is continuing to make US travel even more affordable for thousands of British and Irish passengers.’

easyJet announces spring and early summer flights on sale across Europe

easyJet, the UK-based budget airline, has announced the sale of its flight services for spring and early summer 2018, offering flights across Europe for booking until June 24, 2018.

The European budget airline is offering a number of routes from across UK airports to destinations including Bristol to Faro from £28.49, Bristol to Cyprus Paphos from £58.49, Bristol to Barcelona from £24.99, London Gatwick to Barcelona from £24.99, Liverpool to Alicante from £17.99, Newcastle to Malaga from £17.99, Bristol to Naples from £30.49, and London Stansted to Naples from £26.99. Fares are per person, one way, based on two people travelling on the same booking. Tickets are available for booking at www.easyjet.com, the airline said.

Sophie Dekkers, easyJet’s UK Director, said: ‘We’re really pleased to be putting our flights for spring 2018 on sale today. Passengers can look forward to even more low fares to Europe’s best beach and city destinations.’

‘For those who are looking for inspiration on where to go on their break, our Inspire Me app available on our website helps travellers to find flights tailored to their budget and travel dates.’

easyJet Holidays have also launched holidays up until June 24, 2017 with an offer of up to £120 off per booking, including peak season times such as Christmas and New Year, when booked by November 2, 2017.

easyJet has bases across 11 UK airports and flies to more than 800 routes on its network across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.