Jet2 expands services to Santorini from Manchester Airport for Summer 2024

In response to strong demand for holidays to Greece in Summer 2024, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK’s largest tour operator and third-largest airline, have announced an additional expansion at Manchester Airport.

Jet2 will offer new Sunday services to Santorini, complementing the existing Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday services. The new flights, running from July 21 to September 1, will provide holidaymakers and independent travel agents in the region with increased flexibility to visit this sought-after Greek island. The expansion reflects the companies’ commitment to meeting customer demand and offering diverse travel options, aligning with the growing interest in Greek destinations for the upcoming summer season.

The new Sunday services to Santorini, along with the existing flights, cater to various travel preferences, allowing newlyweds to embark on post-wedding getaways or families to enjoy extended stays on the picturesque island. Santorini, known for its breathtaking views, iconic sunsets, local vineyards, and historical sites, offers a diverse range of experiences for holidaymakers.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are set to operate to a total of 14 Greek destinations from Manchester Airport in Summer 2024, including popular spots like Athens, Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes, Skiathos, and more.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Demand from customers and independent travel agents in the region is telling us that flights and holidays to Greece are very much in demand for Summer 24. As ever, we have responded quickly to that demand by adding extra services to Santorini from Manchester Airport, giving customers even more choice when it comes to visiting this bucket list destination.

‘With its romantic sunsets and stunning scenery, Santorini is a magical destination for newlyweds, couples and families who are looking to enjoy a memorable holiday in the Greek sunshine. The appeal of Santorini, combined with our Free Child Place holidays and fantastic sale, means we are confident that these new services will prove popular with local holidaymakers.’

Jet2 commences new services to Athens and Rome from Stansted

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks, the UK-based leisure airline and operator, recently announced the launch of two brand-new city break destinations from London Stansted Airport, with the first flights to the historic cities of Athens and Rome departing on March 30.

The launch marks the start of city breaks to Europe including these ancient cities for Summer 23 to the end of November. Twice weekly services (Thursday and Sunday) will operate to Athens from London Stansted Airport until November 26, while four weekly services (Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday) are available to Rome until November 27.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to see our first flights from London Stansted to Athens and Rome take off today. Feedback from customers and independent travel agents in the South East has been telling us that flights and holidays to Greece and Italy are very much in demand for Summer 23, and we know that Athens and Rome are destinations that customers in the region want to get to. Since putting services on sale to these two destinations from London Stansted Airport, local customers and independent travel agents have been booking getaways to the city break hotspots in their numbers. With 42 sun and city destinations on sale this summer from the base, we pleased to be offering an unrivalled flying programme for Summer 23. As the UK’s largest tour operator, we are giving customers and independent travel agents unrivalled choice when it comes to enjoying a holiday this summer.’

Ciaran Brannigan, London Stansted’s Commercial Director, said: ‘The launch of new flights to the ancient cities of Athens and Rome are fantastic additions to the extensive range of sun and city destinations already on offer from Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks at London Stansted. These services are proving to be extremely popular with passengers from across the East of England and London, and I’m sure demand will increase as more and more people choose to head-off to these amazing cities from their local airport this summer.’

When travelling to Athens or Rome, customers can choose from a flight-only with Jet2.com, or a package option with Jet2CityBreaks available for a £60 per person deposit. Package options with Jet2CityBreaks include flights with Jet2.com including 22kg free hold luggage and 10kg cabin baggage, as well as a choice of hotels.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are operating their biggest ever summer programme from the base in 2023. To support the programme, Jet2 has increased its fleet at Stansted this summer. With the addition of a 15th based aircraft, the companies will operate over 225 weekly flights from London Stansted Airport in Summer 23 and over 2.1 million seats on sale – a capacity increase of more than 10 percent compared to Summer 22.

Ryanair announces new summer routes from Dublin to Kos and Brindisi

Ryanair, the Ireland based European regional airline, has announced two new summer destinations to Kos and Brindisi as part of its Dublin Summer ’23 schedule.

The airline said that it would fly to the Greek island of Kos in the Aegean and Brindisi on Italy’s Adriatic coast from Dublin over the summer.

Ryanair will fly twice weekly to both destinations, with Kos taking off in May and Brindisi in June, until September. To celebrate, Ryanair has launched a limited-time seat sale for early customers on their Summer’23 holiday with fares from EUR39.99 available now.

Ryanair’s CEO Eddie Wilson said: ‘With Summer’23 fast approaching, we are delighted to be bringing even more choice and value to our Irish customers with the addition of these new routes to Kos and Brindisi as part of our Summer’23 schedule. Ryanair is offering Dublin customers the lowest priced fares and even more choice when planning their long-awaited summer holidays.

‘To mark this announcement, we’ve launched a limited-time seat sale for early bird customers looking to bag themselves a bargain on their Summer ’23 holiday. In contrast to other airlines offering one-way fares starting at over EUR100 to Brindisi and Kos, Ryanair’s low cost fares start from just EUR39.99 and are available now, only on Ryanair.com.’

easyJet announces new summer route to Rhodes from Belfast International Airport

easyJet has announced that it will launch a new summer route between Belfast and the popular Greek island of Rhodes for summer 2023.

The new route between Belfast and Rhodes is scheduled to launch on June, 2023, with twice weekly departures on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Seats go on sale at easyJet.com and via the mobile app from December 7.

The airline has also has announced its plans for expansion at Belfast International Airport, with the addition of a new Airbus A320 family aircraft. The new 186-seat A320neo aircraft will be based in Belfast throughout the summer season, and it joins three 156-seat Airbus A319, two 186-seat A320 and two 186-seat A320neo aircraft already serving the airline’s customers in Belfast.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘I am delighted to be announcing our plans for expansion at Belfast International Airport today. The addition of another aircraft will help us to deliver growth in Belfast and offer customers an even wider range of destinations, like our new route to Rhodes, which will provide our customers in Northern Ireland a direct connection to one of Europe’s most popular beach destinations this summer, all with low fares and great service.

‘We know that holidays are important to people, not only does travelling connect friends and family but it offers a wealth of benefits, from promoting wellbeing to experiencing new cultures. The results of our survey revealed today just go to show what a priority it is for people, with so many determined to protect their holidays. With our low fares and unrivalled European network, easyJet is ideally placed to offer a fantastic value and great quality holiday that people don’t have to compromise on. It is fantastic to see that so many consumers plan to travel next year already, and we look forward to welcoming them onboard.’

Additionally, easyJet holidays operates to over 100 hotels in Rhodes. All beach holidays include 23kg of luggage per person, flights, hotels and transfers, and are covered by the easyJet holidays Protection Promise. The package holiday provider has recently launched its Summer 2024 season enabling customers to plan and book their holidays in advance, until October 31, 2024.

Jet2 to launch record Summer for Crete holidays

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have added more flights and holidays to Crete this summer, as customer demand increases to the popular Greek island.

The UK’s largest carrier to Crete has added over 7,500 seats to the island with additional services to Heraklion from Leeds Bradford and Birmingham, as well as additional services to Chania from Manchester and London Stansted. This expanded programme means that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will operate over 50 weekly services to Crete from across ten UK bases during peak periods, more than any other airline. It also makes Jet2.com the UK’s largest airline to Heraklion in terms of frequency this summer.

The additional services include a second Monday service from Leeds Bradford to Heraklion, operating between July 25 and September 26, adding up to six weekly departures; the addition of a second Tuesday service from Birmingham to Heraklion, operating between July 26 and September 27, adding up to seven weekly departures; additional Thursday services from Manchester to Chania: operating between July 14 and September 1, adding up to three weekly services; London Stansted – Chania: additional Monday services operating between July 18 and September 19 adding up to three weekly services.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘Our Greece programme has expanded significantly for Summer 22, making us the UK’s leading airline and tour operator to the country. Crete is one of the key destinations driving this fantastic growth, thanks to its enormous popularity with holidaymakers. We have an unrivalled programme on sale to Crete this summer and our teams in Heraklion and Chania are ready and raring. After missing out for two consecutive summers, Crete looks set to be one of the success stories of 2022 and we are adding more flights and holidays in response to the continued demand.’

As part of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ Summer 22 programme to Crete, flights and holidays are on sale from 10 UK bases to Heraklion, including from Belfast International (weekly services), Birmingham (up to seven weekly services), Bristol (two weekly services), Edinburgh (up to two weekly services), East Midlands (two weekly services), Glasgow (up to three weekly services), Leeds Bradford (six weekly services), Manchester (nine weekly services), Newcastle (three weekly services) and London Stansted (nine weekly services). In addition, flights and holidays on sale from four UK bases to Chania, including from Birmingham (two weekly services), Leeds Bradford (weekly services), Manchester (three weekly services) and London Stansted (three weekly services).

As well as operating 14 routes from ten UK bases to Crete this summer, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have an expanded portfolio of 2-5 star hotels and villas on sale. It has almost 200 hotels on sale in Crete this Summer, a significant increase on its Summer 19 programme.

Bournemouth Airport launches summer holiday season with nine sunshine destinations

Bournemouth Airport has announced the launch of its holiday season with nine sunshine destinations restarting during May.

TUI, the airport’s largest operator, has just launched its summer season with plenty of choice for sunshine getaways. TUI has commenced services to Greece and Spain including Crete (May 1), Corfu and Zante (May 2), Kefalonia (May 3), Menorca (May 4) and Rhodes (May 7). Later this month TUI starts flights to Ibiza (May 26) and Antalya (May 27) and Dalaman (May 30) in Turkey. Bournemouth Airport is offering a total of 33 destinations in 16 countries in 2022/23.

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘This week really does mark the start of the holiday season for us and we’re delighted that TUI is once again offering such a diverse range of destinations from Bournemouth.

‘Passengers have an excellent choice available from their local airport and we’re already seeing many bookings back to pre-pandemic levels and in some cases even better. We’re looking forward to a busy 2022 and can’t wait to welcome passengers back.’

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning at TUI said: ‘We’re delighted to begin our summer 2022 programme to customers’ favourite holiday hotspots from Bournemouth Airport. We remain committed to offering our customers as much choice and flexibility from regional airports when it comes to our great range of holidays. We know that many of our customers haven’t been overseas for more than two years and can’t we wait to take them on their well-deserved holidays.’

The full list of destinations available from Bournemouth Airport in 2022/23 include: Cyprus: Paphos; Croatia: Zadar (new for 2022); France: Bergerac; Greece: Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes, Zante; Hungary: Budapest (new for 2022); Ireland: Dublin; Lapland: Enontekio, Ivalo, Pajala; Malta (new for 2022); Poland: Krakow, Wroclaw (new for 2022); Portugal: Faro; Spain: Alicante, Girona, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Murcia, Tenerife; Switzerland: Geneva; Turkey: Antalya, Dalaman; and special departures to: Barbados (fly/cruise), Fjords (fly/cruise), Bergamo (Italian Lakes), Arctic Circle.

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks announces Athens in Winter 22/23 schedule

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks, the leisure airline and UK’s largest tour operator, have announced the launch of winter services to Athens for the first time, with flights and city breaks on sale to the historic Greek city from Manchester and Birmingham Airports.

Jet2 will operate flights and city breaks to Athens in November 2022 and February and March 2023. The leisure company will offer up to two weekly services (Thursday and Sunday) from each base during this time, giving holidaymakers access to Greece’s capital during winter for the first time. Besides Greece, Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks will operate scheduled services to 12 city break destinations for Winter 22/23, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Budapest, Paris, Rome, Krakow, Prague and Venice.

As part of the new winter services to Athens, Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks will operate up to wo weekly services (Thursday and Sunday) from Birmingham, continuing from Summer 22 to November 27 and from February 16 onwards through to Summer 23. From Manchester, the company will operate up to two weekly services (Thursday and Sunday) continuing from Summer 22 to November 27 and from 16th February onwards through to Summer 23.

Jet2CityBreaks has a range of 3-5 star hotels available in Athens City, in neighbourhoods such as Koukaki, Monastiraki and Plaka. These locations provide easy access to cultural attractions such as the flea market in Monastiraki, the nightlife in Psiri, the ‘Old Town’ of Plaka, the world-famous Acropolis or Syntagma Square.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘There is a lot of demand for city breaks this winter from customers and independent travel agents. As always, we want to deliver what our customers and independent travel agent partners want, so we are delighted to announce the launch of flights and city breaks to Athens for Winter 22/23 for the first time. Athens is a fantastic place to visit in the winter, as it is less crowded, and the weather is cooler while still offering plenty of things to see and do. With perfectly timed flights and our award-winning service, we are expecting our winter programme to Athens to be hugely popular with holidaymakers from Manchester and Birmingham Airports, looking for a magical winter escape with all the reassurance that booking with Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks provides.’

When travelling to Athens, customers can choose from a flight-only with Jet2.com, or a package option with Jet2CityBreaks available for a £60 per person deposit. Package options with Jet2CityBreaks include flights with Jet2.com including 22kg free hold luggage and 10kg of free cabin baggage, transfers to and from the airport, as well as a choice of hotels.

TUI announces expanded holiday programme from Bristol Airport for Summer 2022

TUI UK has announced the expansion of its holiday programme for summer 2022 from Bristol Airport with the reintroduction of flights to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and expanded services to other destinations.

Following increased customer demand, TUI will increase flights to popular destinations such as Tenerife and Paphos, which will operate three times a week, while flights to Florida will operate twice a week.

The new Bristol to Turkey programme will see four flights a week operating to Dalaman, three to Antalya and two flights a week to Bodrum. There will also be an extensive Greece programme available, with the choice of nine Greek islands on offer. Flights to Halkidiki and Santorini will operate once a week, twice a week to Skiathos and Kefalonia, three times a week to Corfu, Heraklion, Kos, and Rhodes and four times a week to Zante.

For next summer, TUI will also reintroduce flights to one of Egypt’s most popular destinations, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, flying twice a week. For customers looking to travel long haul, there will be two options available from Bristol Airport – Cancun and Orlando Melbourne International.

TUI will also offer 10/11-night holidays for customers travelling from Bristol Airport. The number of flights to Bodrum, Fuerteventura and Hurghada will be increased to twice a week for summer 2022.

Richard Sofer, Commercial & Business Development Director at TUI said: ‘As the airline with the largest regional airport network in the UK, we’re committed to offering our customers as much availability as possible to our great range of holidays. We’re delighted to expand our summer 2022 programme from Bristol with increased flying to several destinations and a reintroduced route, providing even more flight options for our customers.’

Dave Lees, CEO at Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with TUI’s exciting, expanded Summer 2022 programme from Bristol Airport. The additional flights are particularly welcome as the routes remain high on the wish-list of customers using Bristol Airport. The improved range of destinations and improved frequency will help ensure TUI offers customers throughout the South West and Wales a great choice and options of holidays available from their regional airport.’

Ryanair expands UK summer 21 schedule, launches 26 new routes

Ryanair has announced the launch of its expanded UK Summer 2021 schedule, which includes over 2,300 weekly flights across 480 routes, including 26 new routes to popular holiday destinations in France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

UK holidaymakers are increasingly looking forward to holiday travel following the Government’s roadmap for the re-opening of air travel and the success of the vaccination programme. UK families can now book a Summer holiday until October 2021, flying to international destinations such as Bologna, Fuerteventura, Zakynthos and Valencia among many others.

Ryanair’s UK Summer 21 offers flights to holiday destinations such as Corfu, Santorini, Menorca, Ibiza, Faro and the Canary Islands. Summer breaks to Europe’s top cities including Barcelona, Lisbon, Naples, Rome and Venice.

As part of the announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from £19.99 for travel until the end of October, but these sale prices must be booked by midnight Sunday, March 28 on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s Group CEO, Michael O’Leary, said: ‘The UK Govt has implemented a very successful vaccine rollout programme, and is on track for a re-opening of EU short-haul travel this summer. Ryanair is pleased to offer even more choice and lower fares to our UK customers and their families with over 2,300 weekly flights and 480 routes to choose from, including 26 exciting new holiday connections to Naples, Rhodes, Chania, Alicante and Mallorca among many others.

‘UK families can now book a well-earned summer holiday safe in the knowledge that if their plans change for any reason they can move their travel dates up to two times with a zero-change fee up until the end of October 2021.’

Ryanair announces three new routes and extra flights from UK to Greece this summer

Ryanair, the Ireland-based low fares airline, has announced three new routes and extra flights on a further five routes between the UK and Greece for this summer, all starting from July 1.

Holidaymakers and travellers in the UK are increasingly looking ahead to possible summer vacations after the government announced a roadmap for the re-opening of air travel. As Greece has opened for UK tourists and travellers starting from May 14, UK consumers can now book a sunshine break from Stansted Airport to Santorini, Zakynthos and Preveza, with the option to avail of Ryanair’s ‘zero change fee’ in case of any change of plan. The airline has added two weekly flights to each of the Greek destinations from Stansted.

Ryanair has also added five extra flights every week from Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester, Southend and Stansted to the relaxing holiday destinations of Corfu and Rhodes.

As part of the announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from £24.99 for travel until the end of October 2021, which must be booked by midnight Saturday, March 13 on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s Director of Commercial, Jason McGuinness said: ‘We are delighted to offer even greater choice, more routes and extra flights to Greece for our UK customers this summer. The UK Government’s highly successful vaccination programme gives customers the confidence that travel will be possible this summer. UK consumers can now choose from over 20 routes (including three announced today) and 5 extra weekly flights at low fares to some of the most popular summer holiday destinations in Greece.

Mindful that Covid restrictions change regularly, Ryanair is now allowing up to two free flight date changes on all bookings should plans change. Customers can now book flights for a well-deserved break knowing that if they need to postpone or change their travel dates, they can do so with a ‘Zero Change Fee’ until the end of October 2021.