Ryanair launches new route to Rodez, France from London Southend

Ryanair, the Ireland-based European regional airline, has announced a new London Southend route to Rodez in France, as part of its Summer 2020 schedule from London Southend.

London Southend travellers and visitors can now book their holidays to Rodez until October 2020. The twice weekly service will commence in July 2020.

Alongside the announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from £19.99, for travel until the end of June 2020, which must be booked by midnight Thursday, February 6, on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s Eimear Ryan said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to launch a new London Southend route to Rodez in France, commencing in July, which will operate twice weekly as part of our London Southend Summer 2020 schedule. Customers in London Southend can now book flights to Rodez as far out as October 2020.

To celebrate this new London Southend route, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from just £19.99, for travel until the end of June 2020, which must be booked by midnight Thursday (6 Feb). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Stobart Aviation’s CEO Glyn Jones said: ‘We are delighted to welcome this new Ryanair route from London Southend Airport. People travelling to Rodez will now be able to enjoy a quick and easy start to their journey from our extremely accessible airport, with speedy queues and fast and hassle-free rail-links to the heart of London.’

Separately, Ryanair released its January customer service statistics, which showed that 93 per cent of its January flights arrived on-time, excluding ATC delays. Ryanair also released its January ‘Rate My Flight’ customer experience scores, which showed said 89 per cent of over 104,000 respondents rated their flight ‘Excellent/Very Good/Good’, with higher ratings for crew friendliness (93 per cent), onboard service (91 per cent), range of food & drink (85 per cent), and boarding (85 per cent).

Ryanair announces three new Manchester routes for Summer 2020

Ryanair, the European regional airline, has announced three new Manchester routes to Copenhagen, Kerry and Paris Beauvais commencing in March 2020, as part of Ryanair’s extended UK Summer 2020 schedule.

As per the announcement Ryanair will operate a daily service to Copenhagen, twice weekly service to Kerry and four times weekly to Paris Beauvais. Ryanair has also announced extra flights on its Manchester Summer 2020 route to Shannon in Ireland, increased from five to six weekly frequencies.

In announcing the three new Manchester routes, Ryanair has launched a seat sale on its European network with fares from £14.99 for travel from now until the end of March 2020, for booking by Thursday (23 Jan), only on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s Eimear Ryan said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to announce 3 new Manchester routes to Copenhagen, Kerry and Paris Beauvais, commencing in March, which will operate daily, twice weekly and 4 times weekly respectively, as part of our summer 2020 schedule. Customers in Manchester can now book flights to Copenhagen, Kerry and Paris Beauvais as far out as October 2020.

To celebrate these new routes, we are releasing seats for sale on our European network with fares from just £14.99 for travel from now until the end of March 2020, which must be booked by Thursday (23 Jan). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

With the latest expansion, Manchester customers can now book their summer holidays on 66 routes until October 2020.

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.

London and Paris launch new campaign to end US vacation procrastination

London and Paris have come together for the first time in tourism history in a bid to end US millennial vacation procrastination, according to a release by London and Partners.

The move comes as a new research found that US millennials are putting off activities compared to any other generation. From getting up in the morning to checking something off their bucket list, American 18-34 year olds are hitting the ‘snooze’ button on their life more than their Generation X and baby boomer counterparts, it said. The most common things that millennials put off include getting up when the alarm goes off as well as calling parents.

More significantly, more millennials are reportedly putting off taking a vacation from work (43 percent) and doing something on their bucket list (55 percent) than any other generation. For 35 years+, 36 percent put off taking a vacation from work and 49 percent put off pursuing things on their bucket list respectively, it said.

Following the findings of the research, London and Paris have come together to encourage people to travel, as only 1 in 10 millennial Americans (eight percent) having visited both cities, while over seven out of 10 (72 percent) have expressed a desire to visit both destinations as part of one vacation. Visit London, Paris Tourist Office and Eurostar are now promoting a campaign which urges US travellers to make #oneepictrip now to discover over 177 Michelin restaurants, 325 museums and galleries, 371 theatres and over 490 nightclubs across the two European capitals, separated by a short rail journey of just over two hours.

Laura Citron, chief executive of Visit London said: ‘Vacation procrastination seems to be a very real problem, with more people than ever putting off taking a break to check experiences off their bucket lists. We want to change that.

‘We know that once people experience London and Paris, they fall in love and want to visit again and again to discover more. Just over 2 hours apart, whether it’s enjoying an Instagrammable afternoon tea at Sketch in central London or hovering over Paris in Ballon Generali; riding down the Champs Elysees in a sidecar with Retro Tour Paris, or zipping up the Thames in a speedboat rib, visitors can flit easily between the two European capitals and uncover all they have to offer.

‘These are destinations that have inspired some of the most prolific minds in the world, from Shakespeare to Monet and that passion and vitality can be felt by all that make the journey.’

Pierre Schapira, Chairman of Paris Tourist Office said: ‘Let’s keep things simple: 2 incredible cities, 2 different cultures, a little more than 2 hours apart by Eurostar. If you’re someone who wants to get the most out of life, why pass up the opportunity to experience London and Paris in one go? With so many experiences on offer, you’ll need a whole lifetime. So, don’t wait! Start checking off those bucket list must-dos now.’

easyJet commences Bordeaux service from London Southend Airport, announces new routes

easyJet, European regional airline, has launched its first flight from London Southend Airport to Bordeaux in South West France.

The new service is the first of four services to launch this summer. Operating three times a week, easyJet will operate the new Bordeaux route on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

easyJet will also launch new routes from Southend to summer holiday hotspots Prague, Pula and Dubrovnik this summer. The airline is expected to carry over one million annual passengers to and from the airport for the first time this year – a 25% year on year rise in passenger numbers. It is also planning expand its fleet with the addition of a new aircraft at the base.

Sophie Dekkers, easyJet’s Director of UK Market, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating further expansion at London Southend Airport and it’s great to announce the inaugural flight to Bordeaux – one that is expected to be popular with those looking for a short break, second home owners and as a region famed for its wine-growing, wine connoisseurs.

‘Having been at London Southend Airport for over six years, the addition of another aircraft this summer will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth at the airport whilst providing passengers with a greater range of destinations, all with low fares and great service.’

Glyn Jones, CEO of London Southend Airport, said: ‘Our successful partnership with easyJet continues to go from strength to strength, and the addition of a new aircraft at London Southend will bring four exciting new routes – Bordeaux, Prague, Pula and Dubrovnik – and further choice to passengers using our airport. We are now London’s fastest growing airport, and it is great to see that easyJet expect to carry over one million annual passengers to and from the airport for the first time this year. We are expecting great demand for flights to Bordeaux, and wish the passengers on this inaugural flight bon voyage!’

easyJet now operates 20 destinations from London Southend. They can be booked at easyJet.com.

British Airways launches new Chambery route from Stansted

British Airways has announced the launch of new flight services starting December 17 to the French Alpine city of Chambery from Stansted, offering winter sports a direct access to some of Europe’s top snow resorts tomorrow.

The winter only flights from Stansted to Chambery will operate until April 16, 2017. Flights depart from Stansted at 07.20 hours returning at 10.50 hours am on Saturdays and at 08.20 hours returning at 11.50 hours on Sundays.

The weekend flights will give customers access to snow and ski resorts like Val d’Isere, La Plagne, Meribel and Courchevel. Each way fares are available for £49 on www.ba.com. Other fares that include ski carriage are also available.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: ‘British Airways has enjoyed a very successful first summer at Stansted and we are delighted to launch Chambery, our first winter-only service offering skiers and winter sports enthusiasts a gateway to one of the best Alpine snow regions direct from their doorstep.’

Mats Sigurdson, Stansted’s Aviation Director, said: ‘It’s fantastic news for passengers that British Airways is launching an exciting new route to Chambery to serve the Alpine ski resorts of France. The announcement is a real vote of confidence in Stansted and recognition of the strong demand that exists across the region and will provide passengers with even more opportunities to fly from their local airport this winter.’

The new twice-weekly service to Chambery is in addition to the British Airways service from London City Airport that operates three times a week, which is expected to increase to a daily service over the Christmas holiday period. All British Airways flights include a choice of two cabins, Club Europe and Euro Traveller.

British Airways started flying from Stansted for the first time in May this year, adding a fourth London airport to its network. The airline currently operates from the three other major London Airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and London City.

Brittany Ferries announces sale of 2017 holidays with a 20% off sale

Brittany Ferries, the passenger car and freight service, has announced the sale of its 2017 holiday collection, available for booking immediately. For a limited time, the company is also offering reductions of 20 per cent on its range of cottage, hotel, apartment and campsite holidays in France and Spain.

The sale, which ends at midnight on November 29th, is applicable to ferry travel-plus-accommodation packages. The holiday collection features over 2,000 locations in holiday regions of western France and northern Spain. The offer is available for travel throughout 2017, including the Easter and summer school holiday periods.

Christiane Barker, Brittany Ferries’ general manager holidays, said: ‘Despite all the upheaval in the world, when it comes to breaks and holidays, France and Spain remain firm favourites with the Brits. We’re already seeing strong demand for sail and stay holidays in 2017.’

‘With 20 per cent off all holidays booked before 29th November and just a [£40.00] deposit per person required now, our message is: book soon. You’ll not only enjoy the best choice of locations, dates and ferry crossings, but you’ll also make substantial savings-and give yourself something to look forward to over the winter months.’

Holidaymakers eyeing a vacation in France in 2017 can book a week’s stay for four in a Loire gite for £388.00 in low season – or £97.00 per person. During the summer school holidays a family of four can spend a week in a Breton cottage for £676.00, or £169.00 per person. The prices are inclusive of return ferry sailings with car.

Meanwhile, holidaymakers can enjoy a week’s self-catering in Spain, with prices starting from £774.00 for a family of four (£194 per person), staying in a casa in the holiday regions of Cantabria. The price also includes two additional nights cruising from the UK to Spain and back, with an en-suite cabin.

Families can also select from nearly a hundred campsites in western France and northern Spain, with many now offering a choice of premium accommodation. A week’s holiday in April starts from £351.00 for a family of four (£88.00 per person), including ferry crossings.

In addition, seven-night ferry-plus-hotel packages are available for vacationing in France, starting from £272.00 per person per week, for a couple taking their car, and from £393 per person in Spain.

Bookings can be made online at brittanyferries.com/holidays. The 20 per cent discount applies to the basic holiday cost only and does not include weekend and seasonal supplements and on board accommodation when travelling to France, Brittany said in its release.

Flybe to operate new route to Toulouse from Birmingham in winter

Flybe, the UK-based low fares airline, has recently announced a new route between Birmingham and Toulouse-Blagnac airports with daily flights starting on October 30, providing the only direct service between the two destinations.

The city of Toulouse, which is only one hour 50 minute flight away from Birmingham, is one of France’s most historic cities featuring medieval architecture and pink terracotta buildings. It is also the centre of the European aerospace industry and of leading companies within the technology sector.

The new Birmingham-Toulouse route will be available for travel daily, from October 30, 2016 to March 25, 2017. Tickets are available for booking now at www.flybe.com with one way fares from £29.99 including taxes and charges.

Flybe also celebrated the 30-year anniversary of its popular Belfast City service at Birmingham, which has covered some 22 million miles over the past three decades, carrying over six million passengers on 100,000 flights.

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s chief revenue officer, said: ‘Today marks a very special milestone in Flybe’s long established commitment to both Birmingham and Belfast City airports – and at the same time we are announcing yet another new route to regional France. Our clear focus is on providing short, affordable regional flights, delivering unrivalled regional connectivity for local communities.’

Commenting on the Belfast City anniversary, Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, said: ‘Happy anniversary to Flybe, our largest carrier here at Birmingham Airport. To operate a reliable and consistent service between Belfast City and Birmingham for the past 30 years is impressive, proving the high demand for this service for both leisure and business travellers.

‘The airport is proud to have Flybe as a major partner and we look forward to continuing to work together to make its other 31 routes from Birmingham have similar longevity, including of course the Toulouse flights announced just today.’

The latest new route will expand the airline’s winter schedule to regional France along with its flights to Chambery and Lyons routes. In total, Flybe will operate 22 routes from Birmingham for winter, including the new services to Rotterdam and Luxembourg and offering a choice of up to 424 flights a week. The airline also recently added summer service to Nantes that will also operate daily.

Flybe launches new French routes from Birmingham Airport

Flybe has launched flights to three new French routes from Birmingham Airport: Nantes, Rennes-Saint-Jacques and Limoges, as part of the airlines expanded summer 2016 flying programme, the Airport said in a release.

The new French routes come after Polish airline Wizzair announced the three new routes of Sofia, Bucharest and Wroclaw from Birmingham.

As per the plan, Flybe will operate five flights per week to the port city of Nantes on the Loire River in western France, until October 29, 2016. Nantes serves as a gateway to the beaches of the Atlantic coast and attractions of the Loire Valley, including Muscadet wine, cycling and river tourism.

Rennes, the capital city of Brittany with over a 2,000 year history, offers tourists a base to discover Brittany, including the Forest of Broceliande – the mythical home of Merlin, King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake. Flights to Rennes-Saint-Jacques will operate four times a week until September 25, 2016.

Limoges and the Limousin region in west-central France are a popular spot for fishing, horse-riding, golf and mountain biking, due to attractive and diverse scenery. Flights to Limoges will operate twice a week until October 29, 2016.

William Pearson, Aviation Development Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are confident that these new French routes will be extremely popular with our business and leisure passengers over the summer months. Regional France was relatively unserved from Birmingham until these flights started and so we think there will be high demand for seats.

‘Flybe is a very popular carrier here at Birmingham Airport, serving 30 destinations and offering passengers great service and fantastic value.’

Paul Willoughby, Flybe’s General Manager UK South, said: ‘Time saving, affordable and punctual travel to a wide choice of attractive destinations is what we will be delivering to our customers this summer.

Our French regional routes open up a multitude of holiday destinations which are often overlooked by British travellers, due to their relative inaccessibility. We look forward to welcoming all of our passengers from Birmingham on board this summer.’

The new summer routes are a boost to Flybe’s existing high frequency schedule from Birmingham Airport. Seats are on sale from £32.99 one-way including taxes and charges, the Airport said.

Brittany Ferries offers two night Spring break in France

Leading car ferry service Brittany Ferries will offer UK holidaymakers a selection of 26 short breaks to France in April and May.

Starting from £109 upwards per person, the holiday package includes ferry crossings and two nights in selected hotels in Normandy and Brittany, destinations which are served by five ports of arrival in France. The package includes a variety of destinations in France such as the medieval town of Dinan, Bayeux and the historic city of Orleans.

For those looking to relax and enjoy coastal walks, the package offers the seaside resort of Dinard or the fishing village of Cancale, known for its oysters.

The offer is available for trips taken between April 1 and May 27. In addition to crossings with a car and hotel accommodation, breakfast is included in the package. A 15 percent discount on on-board accommodation is also offered.

‘For the price of a meal for two in London, we are offering a two night Spring break in France at some truly gorgeous locations,’ said Christiane Barker, Brittany Ferries Holidays Manager. ‘Many of the deals are for carefully selected hotels close to our ports of arrival, such as in St Malo and Roscoff, so travellers can choose to stay close to the coast, or perhaps venture further inland with their cars.’

A two-night stay will be provided at Hotel de l’Univers in St Malo, and at Hotel du Centre in Roscoff. The Hotel de l’Univers is Brittany Ferries’ most popular hotel with British guests. Located only 1km from the ferry terminal, the hotel is also near to the attractions of Intra Muros (the old city), golden beaches as well as fine restaurants.

Situated in one of the central spots in Roscoff, Hotel du Centre faces the old harbour, offering guests a panoramic view of yachts and al fresco dining, with seafood served as a speciality.

Both St Malo and Roscoff are served by direct sailings from Plymouth.