British Airways launches new routes to Jersey and Gibraltar from London City

British Airways has recently announced plans to launch two new routes to Jersey and Gibraltar from London City Airport.

The new routes will be launch on June 25, 2021. The airline will operate two flights a week to Jersey and Gibraltar – on Mondays and Fridays – offering key air links for business travellers, holiday makers and other travellers as regulations ease. With fares starting from £42 to Jersey and £43 to Gibraltar each way, customers can book via ba.com.

Tom Stoddart, Managing Director of BA CityFlyer, which will operate the new services, said: ‘It’s great to be able to launch these two new services to Gibraltar and Jersey – it’s something customers have been asking us to do for quite a while. Whether it’s for a holiday or visiting friends or relatives who live either end of route when the time is right, customers will benefit from direct flights to and from the extremely conveniently located London City Airport.’

Minister for Business, Tourism, Transport and the Port of Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar the Hon Vijay Daryanani MP said: ‘This is excellent news and continues to show the confidence that the industry has in Gibraltar as a destination. A seasonal link with London City Airport operated by BA CityFlyer brings yet another operator to Gibraltar and opens up a further catchment area from the UK. This service will complement BA’s mainline services from Heathrow and the local business and financial services community will undoubtedly welcome a link to London’s financial district. Our tourism, retail and hospitality industries can also look forward to greeting customers from the City and the east London catchment area.’

Matt Thomas, Ports of Jersey, Group CEO, added: ‘We are delighted to see the Island once again connected to London City and look forward to working alongside BA Cityflyer. We understand the importance of connectivity to London’s financial centre, as well as for Islanders wanting easy access to central London, or to take advantage of the many onward connections available.’

Both flights will be operated by BA CityFlyer’s Embraer E190 aircraft. British Airways offers flexible booking policy, offering customers no change fees or a voucher exchange for bookings made for travel before the end of April 2022, allowing for options if plans change.

Eastern Airways to launch new Gibraltar service from Southampton

Eastern Airways has announced a new service between Southampton and the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, starting from May 24.

The UK-based regional airline will operate to Gibraltar, located in the Southern Mediterranean on the Iberian Peninsula with strong maritime, finance and tourism links. Operated twice weekly initially on a Monday and Friday, this is the first scheduled passenger service to Gibraltar from Southampton.

The service will be operated on the airline’s Embraer 190 e-Jet fleet which includes the type being based at Southampton for the first-time. Flights are now available to book at www.easternairways.com

Roger Hage, GM for Eastern Airways, said: ‘This marks a major development in the network Eastern Airways offers as our first regular scheduled service to the Mediterranean peninsula adjoining Spain.

‘With a quality array of hotels, beaches, water-sports and heritage, this UK territory offers an exciting short-break destination aside from its role in UK business, notably financial services and maritime. With easy access to the south-coast of Spain also a benefit, working together with HM Government of Gibraltar has enabled this to be the first service to be announced, supporting UK regional airports and their role in direct European connectivity.

‘This adds to the French destinations of Nantes and Rennes announced last week and highlights the pivotal role Eastern Airways is playing in growing the UK’s air services.’

Steve Szalay, operations director at Southampton Airport, said: ‘The introduction of Eastern Airway’s first-ever service to Gibraltar is tremendous news and demonstrates the airline’s continued desire to grow its operations at Southampton Airport.

‘This is also a new destination for the airport and a positive step forward given the challenging conditions our entire industry continues to face. We look forward to working with Eastern to develop this service further and welcoming the first passengers later this year and indeed the basing of an Eastern Airways’ Embraer 190 aircraft to make this route and others possible.’

Minister for Business, Tourism, Transport and the Port of Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar the Hon Vijay Daryanani MP, said: ‘I stated recently that I would be able to announce the addition of another airline with services to Gibraltar and therefore it gives me great pleasure to make this announcement of Eastern Airways today.

‘The link with Southampton will open up a new catchment area for Gibraltar. Work by this Government to ensure that the tourism sector recovers and flourishes after this pandemic does not stop. The news will no doubt be welcomed by the local business community and the tourism, retail and hospitality industries. This Government is delivering air services to Gibraltar in an unprecedented manner and is committed to adding further routes and more carriers in due course.’

Eastern Airways is reintroducing the services complying with the changes in Covid-19 restrictions, with extensive cleaning measures on-board and throughout the airport. Eastern Airways also has a codeshare partnership focused on Southampton with Aurigny, Guernsey’s airline, to optimise increased passenger connectivity to the Channel Islands.

Wizz Air announces expansion to Luton route network

Wizz Air, the Hungary-based European regional airline, has announced the launch of two new routes from London Luton to Gibraltar and Madeira, with flights commencing on December 11, 2020.

With warm year-round temperatures, Gibraltar and Madeira are sought after destinations for winter sun. Ahead of the festive season, Wizz Air UK, the group’s British airline, will offer flights twice a week from London Luton to Gibraltar and Madeira. Starting December 11, the London Luton – Gibraltar route will be operated on Mondays and Fridays, while London Luton – Madeira will be operated on Tuesday and Saturdays   commencing December 2020.

Tickets are already on sale on wizzair.com and on the airline’s mobile app with fares starting from £24.99. The one-way price includes taxes, administration and other non-optional charges. One carry-on bag (max: 40x30x20cm) is included. Trolley bag and each piece of checked-in baggage are subject to additional fees.

Owain Jones, Managing Director, Wizz Air UK: ‘Wizz Air UK continues to lead the way in getting the UK flying again, safely We are delighted to be announcing yet more new routes for our UK customers, who we know want to travel, especially with the winter months looming. That’s why we are wasting no time by introducing exciting holiday destinations to our UK network, with genuinely affordable fares. With over 70 routes from London Luton to choose from, passengers have even more opportunity to escape to their dream destination, whether it’s discovering the unique Mediterranean peninsula of Gibraltar or exploring the stunning volcanic island of Madeira. Wherever passengers are headed, they can be assured that they are travelling with an airline that has led the industry with enhanced health and safety measures, and that operates with the lowest CO2 emissions in Europe. We’re looking forward to welcoming passengers on board to experience our excellent service.’

easyJet offers 3,000 more seats on flights to Gibraltar from Gatwick and Bristol

easyJet, the UK-based budget airline, has said that it has added a further 3,272 seats on its routes to Gibraltar from the UK.

Available on sale until March 2018, the extra seats will offer more choice for passengers to fly between the UK and Gibraltar throughout the winter.

The British overseas territory of Gibraltar, a limestone outcrop on the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula, occupies a strategic position at the western gateway to the Mediterranean Sea. Key tourist attractions include the Rock of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean Steps with its views, and St. Michael’s Cave.

The airline has added 2,772 seats on flights from London Gatwick to Gibraltar, an increase of seven percent, and 500 seats on flights from Bristol to Gibraltar, an increase of three percent. The extra capacity comes following easyJet’s upgrade at both UK bases from a 156-seat A319 to A320 aircraft, which flies up to 186 passengers.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager commented: ‘We’re delighted to be able to provide even more seats from our customers who want to travel between Gibraltar and the UK throughout the winter.

‘We’ve added a significant number of extra seats which allows us to continue providing affordable, convenient connections for our customers whether they’re travelling on business or leisure.’

The Hon Gilbert Licudi QC, Minister for Tourism of Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar added: ‘This is great news from easyJet. It adds very much needed capacity to Gibraltar for the winter season. I must commend easyJet and the Gibraltar Tourist Board, who are in constant contact for having achieved this in a short space of time. The Government has been working very hard behind the scenes to address current and future capacity issues to Gibraltar from the UK and this move from easyJet demonstrates their commitment to Gibraltar.’ 

In summer, easyJet flies up to 38 times a week from the UK to Gibraltar, with flights available from London Gatwick, Bristol and Manchester, Fares start from £24.49 per person, one way, based on two people travelling on the same booking. Tickets are available to book at www.easyJet.com.

easyJet launching direct Bristol-Gibraltar scheduled flights

easyJet, UK’s leading low-fares airline, has said that it will launch direct scheduled flights between Bristol and Gibraltar Airport next year, making it the only airline to serve the route.

The year-round service will take off from Bristol Airport on its inaugural flight on April 19, 2015, flying up to three times a week. More than 19,000 seats are available on the new flights for the summer from April 19 to September 6, 2015.

An ideal location for sun-seekers, the rocky terrains of Gibraltar offers an opportunity to explore the deep caves and caverns, its significant history, and its shopping experience.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said: ‘We’re really pleased to be introducing Bristol’s only direct air link to Gibraltar Airport.

‘With a year round service, affordable fares and flight time of just over two and a half hours, we’re confident that it will prove a popular service for both business and leisure travellers. We will have more than 19,000 seats available on the new service next summer alone.’

Shaun Browne, Bristol Airport’s Aviation Director, commented: ‘Bristol Airport is delighted to play its part in extending the air links between the UK and Gibraltar. The city of Plymouth in the South West has a strong connection to Gibraltar through its rich naval and marine industry history, and more recently the financial services sector plays an important role in both our economies. This new flight will provide easy access and improve connections for both business and leisure passengers.

‘It is interesting to note that this new route will offer the closest direct air link between Gibraltar and any UK airport, according to Great Circle Mapping. We are pleased that Bristol Airport can contribute to the strengthening of ties between Gibraltar and the UK.’

The airline announced the new service at the UK’s travel exhibition, World Travel Market, with the new route bringing the total number of destinations served by easyJet from Bristol Airport to 47. The Bristol-Gibraltar flights will go on sale at www.easyjet.com starting November 6, it said.