Norwegian launches new route to Greece from London Gatwick

Norwegian has announced plans to launch a new non-stop service from London Gatwick to Aktion Airport, which serves Preveza and Lefkada, Greece for summer.

The new service will be Norwegians’ first flight to mainland Greece from the UK and adds to the airlines’ existing Greek services to Rhodes, Kefalonia, Santorini and Crete. With the new service, travellers have direct access to more remote regions of Preveza and Lefkada. The traditional Greek towns boast a relaxing atmosphere and pristine beaches.

Norwegians’ first flight to Aktion Airport will depart on May 3, 2020 with a twice weekly service on a Thursday and Sunday for the summer season until October 1. Fares start from £60.50 per person, one-way available at www.norwegian.com/uk.

Magnus Maursund, SVP commercial Short Haul at Norwegian, said; ‘We are pleased to offer Brits more choice and flexibility when flying with Norwegian across Europe this summer by adding capacity to key services and a new route to Aktion Airport. Passengers travelling with us can enjoy our complimentary gate-to-gate Wi-Fi while flying in a high-quality and comfortable cabin onboard our modern, environmentally friendly aircraft.’

In addition to the new service, Norwegian is also expanding capacity on key European routes for this summer with extra weekly flights to Greece and Norway. The airline has added a second weekly flight to Crete, a new morning departure five days a week to Stavanger and extended the winter service to Tromso with two weekly flights in April, May, September and October.

Norwegian carries almost six million UK passengers each year from London Gatwick, Edinburgh and Manchester Airports to 30 destinations worldwide. The airline was ranked the most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes by The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) for two consecutive years.

Norwich Airport launches destination guide for annual holidays

Norwich Airport has recently launched its annual destination guide for this year – Fly Norwich 2020 – offering a choice of sun destinations for holidaymakers looking to book their annual holiday.

Fly Norwich 2020 features 21 destinations in 10 countries, with over 700 worldwide connections through Amsterdam, with up to four flights a day from Norwich to the Netherlands.

For 2020, Norwich Airport is offering new direct flights to the Antalya region on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, plus two flights a week to Dalaman in Turkey. In addition, for winter 2020, there are twice weekly flights to Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

Norwich Airport will offer direct services to Bulgaria (Bourgas), Cyprus (Paphos), Greece (Corfu, Crete, Rhodes), Italy (Bergamo), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Spain – Balearics (Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca), Spain – Canaries (Tenerife), and Turkey (Antalya and Dalaman). In the UK there are daily flights to Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and regular services to Jersey, all with Loganair, and Guernsey in the Channel Islands, with Aurigny. There are also day trips and short breaks to Lapland.

Managing Director Richard Pace said: ‘We’re delighted to be publishing the latest edition of Fly Norwich with a host of ideas and inspiration for discovering the world with Norwich Airport.

‘Whether it’s a fly-cruise, short break, summer sun, winter escapes or business links, our fantastic choice of direct flights and even more onward connections via Amsterdam makes the world readily accessible, all with the ease and convenience of flying from your local airport.’

Norwich Airport is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Over 544,000 passengers have used the airport over the 12 month period ended March 2019. Carriers operating from Norwich include TUI, KLM and Loganair.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays expands summer programme from Birmingham Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK-based leisure airline and package holiday specialist, has announced its latest expansion at Birmingham Airport, with over 2.2 milion seats on sale for Summer 2020.

The company has introduced ten new destinations for Summer 2020 and announced the addition of a fourth additional aircraft into its fleet from mid-July, meaning it will have 14 based aircraft at Birmingham Airport this summer.

With the announcement, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays is also adding more flights to popular destinations across Greece, Turkey and Spain during the peak summer season. The extra flying announced includes Skiathos – a brand new destination for Summer 2020, with a new Saturday service offering two services every week; Corfu – with new Monday and Thursday services offering up to six services every week; Kos – with a new Thursday service offering up to four services every week; Rhodes – with up to six weekly services with the addition of new Wednesday and Saturday flights; Zante – with new Wednesday with up to five weekly services; Bodrum – a new Friday service means up to three services every week; Dalaman – with a new Tuesday service, offering up to nine weekly services; Fuerteventura – with a new Tuesday service offering up to five services every week and Ibiza – with new Friday and Sunday services offering up to nine weekly services.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has recently announced expansion of its Summer 20 programme from Birmingham Airport, including ten brand new destinations, four of which are in Greece. These new destinations are Skiathos, Preveza, Kefalonia, Santorini, Murcia, Barcelona, Lisbon, Budapest, Nice and Innsbruck. This is in addition to the popular sunspots such as the Canaries, Balearics, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Italy, France and Malta.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘This hugely expanded programme has come in response to the continued demand for our award-winning flights and holidays from customers in Birmingham and across the West Midlands. Over half a million extra seats, four additional aircraft, and ten brand new destinations represents significant growth at Birmingham Airport, and we are delighted to be offering holidaymakers so much choice and flexibility.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport said: ‘Over half a million extra seats for summer 2020 from Birmingham Airport to popular sunshine destinations with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays is fabulous news for our customers. This is a key booking time for holidaymakers, so to have this extra capacity on destinations ensures that our customers have both choice and flexibility when booking their holidays. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays is a trusted brand and we are delighted that they are expanding and growing with additional aircraft and routes from Birmingham Airport.’

Aegean Airlines to commence new route to Athens from Birmingham for summer

Aegean Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance group, is set to commence a new direct flight from Birmingham Airport to the Greek capital of Athens starting June 3, 2020.

During the summer season, Aegean Airlines will operate a twice-weekly service to Athens from Birmingham Airport on both Wednesdays and Saturdays. The new service offers increased choice of connections for passengers travelling to surrounding Greek Islands via Athens, including to Corfu, Mykonos and Rhodes. Onward connections can also be made to destinations in the Mediterranean, including Larnaca, Cyprus and Cairo, Egypt.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We’re excited to see the return of Aegean Airlines to Birmingham Airport with the launch of this new route to Athens. Whether you’re looking for a city break, or more of a beach holiday, the city of Athens has so much to offer. The connectivity out of Athens Airport is a real advantage for Aegean and will allow holidaymakers the opportunity to explore and enjoy more of the Greek islands, as well as destinations slightly further afield. We look forward to working with Aegean Airlines once again, and hope to see further routes from them in the coming years.’

Roland Jaggi, Chief Commercial Officer at Aegean Airlines, said: ‘We are delighted to be returning to Birmingham and with a new route to Athens, which will provide UK passengers with even greater ease, convenience and accessibility to visit Greece via Midlands’s largest airport. We consistently create new destination options for our passengers, along with the offer of new services.’

The Aegean Airlines service will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft with 174 seats on board.

British Airways announces six new routes from Heathrow for summer 2020

British Airways has said that it is launching six new European routes from London Heathrow for 2020, with destinations in Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Montenegro and Turkey.

For the first time, the UK airline will fly from Heathrow to the Kosovan and Montenegrin capitals, Pristina and Podgorica, with both flights departing on Saturdays from July 4 until August 29. Fares will start from £78 in Euro Traveller and £210 in Club Europe to Pristina, and £71 and £178 to Podgorica. Seats are available to book on ba.com, and the each-way fares are based on booking a return fare.

British Airways has also introduced a new route to Perugia in Italy for summer 2020. Flights will depart on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from July 2 through to August 31, with fares starting from £40 per person in Euro Traveller and £125 in Club Europe.

Further, the Turkish coastal towns of Dalaman and Bodrum are now added back on to British Airways’ Heathrow route map. Flights will depart on Saturdays from May 23 through to October 24, with fares starting from £128 in Euro Traveller and £364 in Club Europe. These flights will join a new summer service between London Gatwick and Antalya that takes off from April 30, 2020. Customers will also have the choice of two London airports when flying to Dalaman as the airline already operates a weekly service from Gatwick.

The Greek island of Rhodes has also been added to the airline’s Heathrow network from next summer. The Saturday service will commence on July 4 and run until August 29 with fares starting from £117 per person in Euro Traveller and £358 in Club Europe. British Airways is also launching a new two-per-week service from Gatwick to the Greek island of Corfu from May 1 until October 23, 2020.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Networks and Alliances, said: ‘We are gearing up for an exciting summer next year as we add more routes to our extensive global network. We’re always developing our leisure offering and are pleased to be adding completely new destinations to British Airways’ Heathrow map. Our commitment to offering flights and holidays to a wide variety of destinations at competitive prices can help people plan ahead for summer 2020.’

The airline is also increasing the frequency of 16 popular short haul routes from Heathrow, including popular holiday destinations such as; Larnaca, Brindisi, Nice, Ibiza, Tenerife, Split, Olbia, Kefalonia and Preveza, it said.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays adds Santorini from Birmingham Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced its third new Greek destinations from Birmingham Airport for Summer 2020 – the beautiful island of Santorini.

In response to increasing demand for holidays to Greece, Jet2 said it will operate a weekly Tuesday service from Birmingham to Santorini in Summer 2020. This will run from May 5 until October 27, and the scale of the programme represents almost 10,000 seats on sale in total.

Besides enjoying beautiful views along the caldera, holidaymakers can see the sunset at Oia, enjoy the local vineyards, or visit several key archaeological sites, such as ancient Akrotiri, a Minoan settlement preserved under volcanic ash. Jet2holidays customers can choose from a selection of accommodation ranging from traditional family run hotels to 5-star honeymoon retreats in resorts such as Imerovigli, Kamari, Megalachori, Perissa, Perivolos and Thira.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Local holidaymakers have been asking for us to operate our award-winning flights and holidays to Santorini, and we have responded with this fantastic programme. Santorini is famous for its beauty and scenery, and we are absolutely delighted to be launching flights and holidays to such a popular and stunning destination. Today’s announcement expands our Greek portfolio from Birmingham Airport once more, further strengthening our brilliant Summer 20 programme.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport, said: ‘It is great news that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has added the beautiful destination of Santorini to their portfolio of routes. This stunning Greek island is home to some of the most beautiful sunsets and has the most picturesque landscape that visitors can explore. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has clearly listened to its customers by adding these flights for Summer 2020 meaning customers have even more choice from Birmingham Airport.’

With the latest announcement, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will launch three brand new Greek destinations from Birmingham Airport in Summer 2020 – Santorini, Skiathos and Preveza. In total, Jet2 will operate to 11 Greek destinations in Summer 2020 – with Corfu, Crete (Heraklion), Crete (Chania), Kefalonia, Kos, Rhodes, Halkidiki and Zante also on sale from Birmingham Airport.

Jet2holidays announces new destination to Mykonos from Manchester and Stansted

Jet2Holidays has announced the launch of flights and holidays to a new Greek destination for Summer 20 – the island of Mykonos.

The UK-based holiday company will operate to the Cycladic island from Manchester and London Stansted Airports. One of Greece’s most famous and cosmopolitan islands, Mykonos offers holidaymakers access to some beautiful beaches. Customers can also enjoy resorts and whitewashed villages such as Agios Ioannis, Elia Beach, Mykonos Town, Psarrou, Ornos and Platis Yialos.

Jet2 will operate up to two weekly services to Mykonos from Manchester Airport, with a Sunday service operating from May 24 through to November 1, and a Thursday service operating from July 16 through to September 24. Jet2 will also operate up to two weekly services from London Stansted Airport, with a weekly Sunday service running from May 24 through to November 1, as well as a weekly Tuesday service operating from May 26 to September 22.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘The introduction of flights and holidays to Mykonos from Manchester and London Stansted Airports is yet more fantastic news for both holidaymakers and independent travel agents. Mykonos is a breath-taking destination with beaches, natural beauty, and nightlife aplenty, and we have no doubt that our award-winning flights and holidays will be hugely popular with holidaymakers looking for a stunning escape. With 13 Greek destinations now on sale for Summer 20, we are offering holidaymakers more choice and flexibility than ever before.’

Jet2 will operate to 13 Greek destinations for Summer 20 – five of them brand new. These include Mykonos (brand new), Skiathos (brand new), Preveza (brand new), Kalamata (Peloponnese) (brand new), Lesvos (brand new), Corfu, Crete (Heraklion), Crete (Chania), Kefalonia, Kos, Rhodes, Halkidiki and Zante, it said.

British Airways announces new routes to Greece, Corsica from Heathrow

British Airways has recently announced the launch of a new route from Heathrow to Preveza in Greece and Bastia in Corsica, and also added more flights to holiday destinations for summer 2019.

The new service to Preveza will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays from May 26 through to September 29, 2019. Fares start from £71 one-way in Euro Traveller and £198 in Club Europe and customers can choose to cut the cost of flights by using Avios part payment. Seats to the Perverza are available to book on ba.com, with flights taking off from Terminal 5.

A gateway to both beach and mountain escapes, Preveza is located to the north of the island of Lefkada, a summer yachting spot. Travellers can also explore one of Europe’s great wildernesses at the Pindus mountain range, where they can trek the alpine trails or explore the UNESCO protected Vikos Gorge.

Flights to the Corsican gateway of Bastia will operate every Saturday, starting from May 25 to September 28, 2019. Located between France and Italy in the Mediterranean Sea, Bastia will be the second destination the airline will serve on the French island following the launch of a new service to Figari this year. Fares to Bastia start from £48 in Euro Traveller and £128 in Club Europe one-way. Prices are one way based on a return economy basic fare.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘We’re always developing our leisure offering and are committed to giving our customers even more choice of destinations at competitively low prices, so we’re pleased to be adding two more stunning spots to our summer schedule. On our long haul network we’re launching new routes to Osaka and Pittsburgh and increasing the number of flights to Nashville, and we’re also increasing the number of services to European destinations such as Malaga, Gibraltar and Palermo.’

British Airways is also increasing the number of flights it operates from Heathrow to other popular destinations next summer, with more flights to Marseille, Budapest, Gibraltar, Palermo, Amsterdam and Malaga and a new service from Gatwick to Kos taking off from May 15, 2019.

Flight services from London City will also be expanded, with additional frequencies on Ibiza, Edinburgh and Berlin, the airline said.

easyJet announces two new summer routes from London Gatwick

European low-fares airline, easyJet, has announced the launch of two new summer routes from London Gatwick to Volos in Greece and to Ancona in Italy.

Flights between London Gatwick and the two new destinations took off for the first time on June 27, and are operating twice a week on A320 aircraft throughout the summer until September 1 2018.

The two destinations are new network points for easyJet, with London Gatwick to Volos also the only scheduled direct route to the Greek city from the UK.

Tickets are now on sale at www.easyJet.com, with fares to Ancona starting from £32.76 and fares to Volos starting from £50.94. The fares are all one-way, including taxes and based on two people one the same booking.

Sophie Dekkers, UK Country Director for easyJet said: ‘We’re delighted to launch flights from London Gatwick to Volos and Ancona and to celebrate two brand new destinations joining the easyJet network.

‘With the addition of two brand new destinations, we’re also very pleased to be demonstrating the continuous growth of the easyJet network across the UK and Europe.

‘easyJet remains committed to providing easy and affordable connections to our customers in London and the south east by offering low fares, a convenient schedule and more choice when they travel.’

Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations at Gatwick Airport said: ‘The UK’s only direct service to Volos, and twice-weekly flights to Ancona, are both very exciting additions to Gatwick’s extensive short-haul network for the summer.

‘These stunning, untapped destinations are inspired choices for a summer break, and it’s fantastic that our passengers can now reach them direct from Gatwick.

‘We’re pleased to work with easyJet to bring these new routes to the airport, and we’re looking forward to welcoming the many passengers heading off to discover them this summer.’

easyJet offers 110 routes, both domestic and international. The airline has flown over 171 million passengers since it launched operations from London Gatwick almost 20 years ago and over 18 million passengers in fiscal 2017, easyJet said.

Jet2 announces more flights and holidays to Greece from Birmingham Airport

Flight and holiday company Jet2 has said that it is adding more flights and holidays for the peak summer season, with a focus on Greece and the introduction of a new route to Corfu.

Following increased customer demand, Jet2 is adding over 9,000 departing seats between July and September, including more than 7,500 departing seats to Greece. The expansion takes the total capacity to over 1.2 million seats this summer, more than double the capacity last summer.

The expansion at Birmingham includes a new route to Corfu, with the introduction of a weekly Saturday service to the island, which features secret coves and beach resorts such as Sidari, Kavos and Barbati. With the addition of Corfu, UK holidaymakers will have a choice of 34 sun and city destinations from Birmingham Airport this summer with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays.

The company said that it will also add two weekend services on Saturday and Sundays, during the peak summer season to Rhodes, and operate a total of four weekly services to the island. Jet2 has also announced an additional Friday service to Crete, which is now served through four weekly services during the peak summer season, and the introduction of a weekly Monday service to Zante, that is three weekly services from July to September.

Further, UK holidaymakers will now have more choice of services to Menorca, with the addition of a weekly Sunday service, taking it to a total of four weekly services.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘This is fantastic news for holidaymakers in Birmingham and across the West Midlands. Since we launched at Birmingham Airport we have seen nothing but strong demand for our award winning flights and great value package holidays, and as a result of this our summer programme has more than doubled in size. Our latest response to this demand means the launch a new route to the stunning destination of Corfu, as well as more flights to Rhodes, Zante, Crete and Menorca too.’

William Pearson, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘Since launching services from Birmingham almost a year ago, the Jet2.com and Jet2holidays product has proven to be extremely popular with our passengers here at Birmingham Airport and it’s great to see them expanding their flight frequencies and destination choices to top summer destinations.

‘Corfu is a Greek island steeped in history with rugged mountains and a resort-studded shoreline. Increasing frequency to other Mediterranean holiday hot spots will give our passengers more choice and seat availability during the busier summer season.’

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