Wizz Air announces new routes from Glasgow to Budapest and Bucharest

Wizz Air, the European regional airlines, has announced plans to launch new flight routes from Glasgow.

Beginning in November, the Hungary-based airline will commence operations to Budapest and Bucharest, marking a shift from their previous departure point in Edinburgh.

The airline will operate two flights each week to both Budapest and Bucharest, effectively doubling Wizz Air’s flight frequency from Glasgow Airport to a total of four flights per week. This expansion opens up exciting prospects for travellers in Glasgow, offering them the chance to explore these historically rich European cities, just in time for the enchanting Christmas markets and festive celebrations. Tickets are already available to purchase now at wizzair.com or on Wizz Air’s mobile app.

Both Budapest and Bucharest are sought-after destinations for a diverse range of travellers, from couples seeking romantic getaways to solo adventurers and families looking for memorable holiday experiences. The launch of these new flight routes promises an exciting opportunity for travellers to immerse themselves in the magic of these European cities while enjoying the holiday season.

Marion Geoffroy, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, said: ‘Budapest and Bucharest may sound similar in name, but they offer so many different, amazing activities for travellers wanting to explore more of what Europe has to offer. From incredible restaurants to the great outdoors, both locations have something for every kind of explorer. We’re pleased to continue to connect Glasgow to the rest of Europe and look forward to operating these flights from November as part of our new winter schedule.’

Matt Hazelwood, Chief Commercial Officer at AGS Airports, which owns Glasgow Airport, said: ‘Wizz Air’s return to Glasgow is fantastic news, offering two sensational destinations in Central and Eastern Europe. From this winter, Scottish travellers can jet away to Budapest and Bucharest, both flown twice weekly. Whether it’s sipping local Furmint wine on a Danube city cruise through Budapest or exploring the world’s heaviest building in Bucharest, both destinations will offer our passengers the perfect city break this winter.’

easyJet announces new routes from Southampton to Glasgow and Belfast

easyJet has recently announced that introduction of two new year-round routes from Southampton to Belfast and Glasgow, which will be launched this winter.

The new easyJet flights to Belfast International Airport will launch from October 29, 2023 with departures three times a week on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays, while flights to Glasgow will take off from November 2, 2023 and will operate twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager commented: ‘We’re delighted to announce this new route today from Glasgow to Southampton which will provide customers in Scotland even with greater connectivity across the UK, enabling people to explore more of the fantastic destinations the UK has to offer, reconnect with loved ones and do business.

‘We are proud to be the largest airline in Scotland where we remain committed to strengthening our unrivalled short-haul network and the launch of this new route demonstrates our confidence in the resilient strength of demand for travel in the UK, with customers choosing us for our trusted brand, unrivalled network and great value fares and we can’t wait to welcome more customers on board.’

Matt Hazelwood, Chief Commercial Officer at AGS Airports, which owns Southampton Airport, said: ‘EasyJet’s plans to operate services to our sister airport in Glasgow and Belfast International this winter is fantastic news for our customers in Southampton and the wider Central South region.

‘These additional services will deliver more choice and flexibility for passengers looking to visit Scotland’s largest city and the Northern Irish capital.’

The easyJet service from Southampton complements the daily service to Glasgow currently operated by Loganair, and the daily flights to George Best Belfast City Airport currently operated by Aer Lingus. The Belfast route will operate using one of easyJet’s 186-seat A320 aircraft, while a 156-seat A319 will be used on the Glasgow service.

Emirates to resume double decker services to Birmingham and Glasgow in summer

Emirates has announced that it will expand its A380 operations with the iconic double-decker returning to Glasgow on March 26, 2023 and Birmingham on July 1, 2023.

The airline will also resume its second daily service to Stansted starting from May 1, 2023, using its wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with the ‘Game Changer’ First Class product. With the reintroduction of a second daily flight to Stansted, Emirates will strengthen its operations to London with 11 daily flights, including six times daily to London Heathrow and three times daily to Gatwick.

The Emirates A380 boasts unique on-board features such as the Onboard Lounge and First Class Shower Spa. Customers can also enjoy more than 5,000 channels of on-demand entertainment via the industry’s largest screens across all cabins.

The first Emirates A380 to be completely refurbished under the airline’s two billion dollar retrofit program was deployed on the Dubai-London Heathrow service earlier this month. The aircraft features Premium Economy cabin, and Emirates’ latest cabin interiors including lighter colour palettes in First and Business Class.

Emirates is the largest operator of Airbus A380, with more than 80 aircraft currently in active service. The airline first launched A380 operations to Birmingham in 2016 and Glasgow in 2019.

easyJet to launch new routes between Cornwall and Manchester, Glasgow

easyJet has said that it is planning to launch two new domestic routes between Cornwall Airport Newquay and Manchester and Glasgow, the airline’s first ever route between Cornwall and Scotland.

The new flights to Manchester will operate up to five times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from June 21, 2021 and to Glasgow twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the peak summer season from June 29, 2021, providing customers in the Southwest with direct connections to the North West and Scotland in around 90 minutes. Seats are now on sale at easyJet.com with fares starting from £22.99.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘We know that people want to travel as soon as they can and as soon as it is safe to do so and so we want to ensure they have even more destinations to choose from when making a booking for this summer.

‘And while we remain optimistic for summer travel, given the successful roll out of the vaccination programme which will be an important trigger for the Government to begin to unwind some restrictions, our Protection Promise means that customers can book with confidence knowing that if they are unable to travel or their plans change so can their flights or holiday. And unlike other airlines we will offer customers refunds if they are impacted by a travel ban, even if their flight is not cancelled, which is industry leading.

Pete Downes, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay, said: ‘Domestic tourism is a vital driver of Cornwall’s visitor economy, and I’m confident that these new services announced by easyJet will be warmly welcomed by all those who are looking ahead with hope to the prospect of a UK staycation this summer.

‘The addition by easyJet of over 30,000 seats to and from Cornwall Airport Newquay will not only help those in Scotland and North West England rediscover Cornwall’s enduring appeal with stunning coastlines and world class cuisine, it will also build on our work to reinstate connectivity for local residents and businesses, which remains vital to the South West’s recovery from the pandemic.’

All flights and holidays are subject to flexible policies under its ‘Protection Promise’, including a Refund Guarantee for flights if they are cancelled, and with the Travel Ban Protection customers can also receive a refund for non-cancelled flights if plans are impacted by travel bans in a regional or national lockdown; the Freedom To Change flights without a fee up to 14 days before departure; and if quarantine measures come in to place last minute, the Quarantine Assurance would mean impacted flights can be changed without a change fee.

Premier Inn announces four new hotel openings for Scottish staycations in summer

Whitbread, the owner of the Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn hotel brands, is preparing for a summer of staycations in Scotland with four new hotels set to open in the coming months.

The new hotels include a new Premier Inn in Glasgow city centre, a new hotel on Edinburgh’s Princes Street and the most northerly Premier Inn in the UK at Thurso in the Highlands. The new hotels will add more than 550 new bedrooms into Premier Inn’s growing network in Scotland and are expected to create around 150 new year-round jobs ahead of the busy summer trading period.

Alex Flach, Development Director at Premier Inn, said: ‘We expect that this summer will be a busy year for staycations so it’s fantastic to have four new Premier Inn hotels opening in such popular locations in Scotland – from prime city centre sites to adventure tourism hotspots.

‘Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19, we are committed to growing our network of Premier Inn hotels in Scotland and see strong long-term demand for our bedrooms in both urban and popular leisure locations. Our goal is to deliver new Premier Inn bedrooms into strategic locations where our brands are not currently represented and where we wish to improve our network and product for our guests.

‘We’re actively on the lookout for new opportunities to make it even easier for both leisure and business travelers to enjoy the country affordably.’

Located in Glasgow’s St Enoch Square, a new 249-bedroom hotel, will be the first in Scotland to include the Bar + Block Steakhouse restaurant brand and grows Premier Inn’s network of hotels in the centre of Scotland’s largest city to over 1,200 rooms.

On Edinburgh’s Princes Street, Whitbread will open a new 136-bedroom hotel, adding additional capacity in Edinburgh city centre. The most northerly Premier Inn will open in Thurso in May, located on the North Coast 500 tourist route in the Highlands, an increasingly popular spot for staycations and adventure tourism. Further, Whitbread is regenerating a key city centre site with a new Premier Inn and Beefeater in Hamilton town centre.

Whitbread has been expanding its leisure locations in Scotland in recent years, with new additions to its network at Aviemore and Oban, as well as extensions to popular trading hotels in Edinburgh and Inverness.

Glasgow Airport offers car park to host Covid-19 testing facility

As part of supporting the government’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Glasgow Airport’s Long-stay Car Park has been transformed into a drive-thru mobile testing facility for front line NHS staff.

The Glasgow Airport-based facility is being introduced to test frontline NHS staff only at this stage. The 17-acre car park site is located on Abbotsinch Road, and became operational as a facility on Sunday April 5. The new testing centre will have up to five lanes and provide capacity for a greater number of COVID-19 tests each day. It will operate between 10am and 4:30pm from today.

Mark Johnston, Glasgow Airport’s managing director, said: ‘We are in regular contact with both the UK and Scottish Governments and have offered our facilities available to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Glasgow Airport has the space and infrastructure capable of accommodating a large-scale testing area and we are only too happy to support in this way. The impact of this virus affects us all and Glasgow Airport, the wider AGS Airports Ltd group and our people will continue to support the national effort to overcome COVID-19 and stand ready to help in any way we can.’

Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland said: ‘This new testing centre at Glasgow Airport, funded by the UK Government, will keep our frontline NHS staff doing the jobs they are trained to do. Allowing those who do not have the disease to go back to work and treat those who are most in need of care.

‘This is part of the UK government’s plan to vastly expand our testing capacity as we continue to work around the clock and across the country to protect the vulnerable, support the NHS, and save lives.’

Last week, Glasgow and the wider AGS Airports Ltd group donated GBP40,000 to homeless charity Simon Community Scotland’s #GiveHope appeal. The funding will support the purchase of hotel accommodation for people who are homeless, allowing them to self-isolate if necessary whilst accessing services offered by the Simon Community.

Loganair commences new Glasgow service from Cardiff Airport

Loganair has said that it has commenced a new service between Cardiff and Glasgow on February 27, the first air connection between the two cities since October 2019.

Spencer Birns, Chief Commercial Officer at Cardiff Airport said: ‘It is fantastic to welcome Loganair’s scheduled services to Cardiff, and we are really pleased that they have taken this opportunity to bolster links between Wales and Scotland.

‘Wales has strong ties with Glasgow and the new regular service will help facilitate our passengers who need to travel for business, or for visiting friends and family.’

The new year-round service will connect the two cities, aiming at boosting business or leisure trips of different durations, including weekends, long weekends and short breaks. There is currently no direct rail service between Glasgow and Cardiff, and car journey times can take more than seven hours.

Operated on Loganair’s 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft, the route has a flight time of 1 hour and 15 minutes, and operates up to eight times a week. The launch will also help Pro14 rugby fans looking to follow their club to Scotland for matches against Glasgow Warriors.

Kay Ryan, Loganair’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘We are looking forward to welcoming passengers on-board our aircraft at Cardiff Airport.

‘This is an important business route to Glasgow and Scotland’s biggest city is a great destination for shopping and nightlife. The city is home to three universities, where the student experience is considered to be one of the best in the UK.

‘Rugby fans will also be delighted with this new route launch, allowing travelling supporters to take in Pro14 clashes against the Glasgow Warriors.’

Across its network, Loganair provides 15kg of complimentary baggage allowance, in-flight refreshments and the option to join Clan Loganair – the airline’s reward programme for frequent flyers.

Loganair to launch Glasgow services from Cardiff Airport in February

Loganair has said that it will launch new flights from Cardiff to the tourist city of Glasgow.

The airline is set to commence a year-round, daily schedule on February 27, which will enable business or leisure trips of different durations – including weekends, long weekends and short breaks. The flight will be operated by a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft with a flight time of one hour and 15 minutes between Scotland and Wales. Tickets are available to book at www.loganair.co.uk, with fares starting from £44.99.

Loganair commercial director, Kay Ryan said: ‘We’re delighted to launch a new service from Cardiff – connecting Scotland and Wales’s largest cities.

‘This is an important business route, but the city is also popular with leisure customers – as one of Europe’s most dynamic destinations. We’ve got an extremely competitive offering which includes a complimentary baggage allowance and on board refreshments as well as one of the industry’s most attractive frequent flyer schemes so we’re very much looking forward to serving Cardiff Airport.

Deb Bowen Rees, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport, said: ‘Today’s announcement is very exciting news. We are very pleased that Loganair has recognised the potential that exists within the region and has chosen Cardiff to operate a strategically important route that links Scotland to Wales. I know that our customers will be delighted to know that regular flights to Glasgow are set to continue in the new year.

‘Furthermore, it’s great to welcome a new airline to Cardiff. We look forward to the commencement of the route in February and working closely with the team at Loganair.’

Across all its routes, Loganair provides a complimentary baggage allowance, in-flight refreshments and the option to join Clan Loganair – the airline’s reward programme for frequent flyers.

easyJet announces new Glasgow route from Birmingham Airport

easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, has said that it will introduce a new route from Birmingham Airport to Glasgow, starting in spring.

easyJet’s new domestic route will start on March 29, 2020 and will operate 13 times a week between the two cities. The flights from Birmingham to Glasgow will operate all year round.

The short flight is expected to be suitable for those travelling between the two major UK cities on business or on pleasure. easyJet expects to carry 180,000 passengers in the first year alone operating on its A319 and A320 aircraft, with the route due to go on sale in the coming weeks.

Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager, easyJet, said, ‘We’re delighted to announce a new route from Birmingham to Glasgow providing even more great value and convenient domestic connectivity for our customers. The connection of two major UK cities is great for the Midlands region and the positive benefits it will bring in supporting the UK economy.

‘This news underlines easyJet’s continued commitment to our passengers and supports our ambition of always providing a great service and low fares – and we are sure the route will be a success.’

Nick Barton, CEO of Birmingham Airport said, ‘This announcement is great news for travellers as it gives more capacity and choice between Birmingham and the popular city of Glasgow. easyJet is an incredibly strong brand that offers both great service and fares so I’m extremely pleased that the airline has chosen to expand its presence in the Midlands. We look forward to welcoming the additional 13 Glasgow services a week from March 2020.’

easyJet started flying from Birmingham in December 2007 with its route to Geneva and has since added services to Belfast.

Jet2.com announces more sun routes for winter 2018/19 from Glasgow Airport

The UK-based flight and holiday company Jet2.com has announced the addition of more flights and holidays from Glasgow Airport to sun destinations such as the Canary Islands, Spain and Portugal for winter 18/19, with over 20,000 additional seats on sale.

The company has announced that 11 additional flights to the Canary Islands will go on sale for the next Christmas and New Year period. The extra services are to popular sun destinations such as Tenerife, Lanzarote, Alicante, Majorca and Faro.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘This is great news for holidaymakers looking for some winter sun out of Glasgow Airport, particularly over Christmas and New Year. The strong demand for our award winning flights and great value package holidays means we are totally committed to growing our operation at Glasgow Airport, and this announcement today shows that.’

The additional flights and holidays include two additional services to Tenerife on December 27 and December 31, as well as extra weekly services in March/April; and three additional Wednesday services to Gran Canaria over the Christmas holidays and New Year, on December 19, December 26 and January 2, 2019. Jet2.com will also operate three additional Friday services to Fuerteventura on December 21 and December 28 and January 4, 2019.

In addition, Jet2.com has added a second daily service to Lanzarote on Sundays over the Christmas holidays and New Year period on December 23, December 30 and January 6.

For the first time, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will add six services to Malaga from Glasgow with the addition of six services on December 21, December 23, 28, and 30 and on January 4 and 6. The company is also offering additional services on Mondays and Fridays from February 8.

Further, Jet2 is offering additional Monday services to Alicante starting February 4, taking the total to five weekly services during winter; additional Sunday services from March to Majorca, taking it three weekly services during this period; two additional weekly services to Barcelona on Thursdays and Sundays in January offering year-round service from Glasgow and two additional services to Faro in late-November.

All tickets are available to book at www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com, the company said.