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.

Jet2holidays registers increase in bookings to Greece and Cyprus

Jet2holidays, the UK tour operator, along with leisure airline company Jet2.com, has said that there has been an immediate rise in bookings to Greece and Cyprus following reports that holidaymakers will be able to travel to both destinations this summer.

Following the UK Prime Minister’s announcement of an exit roadmap from lockdown, data from Jet2.com and Jet2holidays showed that bookings to Cyprus increased by another 200 percent. The increase also came after Deputy Minister of Tourism for Cyprus said that UK nationals who have been vaccinated will be able to travel to Cyprus this summer.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will fly to 14 destinations in Greece this summer, after registering strong demand to popular Greek islands such as Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes and Zante as well as Santorini, Skiathos and Halkidiki. The companies recently added more flights and holidays to Zante, Crete (Heraklion), Rhodes and Kefalonia, extending the Summer 2021 season and providing customers with more choice.

In addition, the companies operate flights and holidays to Larnaca and Paphos in Cyprus, with bookings data showing a significant increase in families booking holidays.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘The UK is the most advanced country in Europe when it comes to successfully rolling out a vaccine, so we applaud the Greek and Cypriot governments for their forward-thinking decisions. This, on the back of the recent announcement by the UK government, gives customers great confidence that they can get away to enjoy the sunshine this summer and the numbers show that this confidence is increasing all the time.’

‘We are very pleased that the government has shown a clear ambition to reopen international travel in the coming months, and we look forward to more detail in due course. Throughout the pandemic, we have done absolutely everything to look after our valued customers and we have always said that the sun will shine for them once again. We know what an incredibly difficult time it has been for everyone, and we very much look forward to taking everyone from our rainy islands to their dream holiday choice this summer and beyond.’

The UK government had announced that travel will not return until May 17 at the earliest, so Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have suspended flights and holidays up to and including May 16, it said.

Jet2.Com adds flights and holiday services to Greece for summer 2021

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK-based leisure airline and package holiday specialist, is adding more flights and holidays to Zante, Crete (Heraklion), Rhodes and Kefalonia from Birmingham Airport, extending the Summer 2021 season.

The addition of new flights, which will operate until October and November, and the expanded range of 2-5 star hotels, will offer customers more choice of holidays in the late summer period.

Jet2holidays has announced a wider selection of hotels and resorts on sale in Zante, with extra flights from Birmingham until the end of October for the first time. The holiday company is also extending the summer season in Rhodes to mid-November; in Crete (Heraklion) until November 8 and the holiday season in Kefalonia until mid-October.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘There continues to be enormous pent-up demand from local holidaymakers, who want nothing more than to get away to the sunshine and enjoy their well-deserved holidays. As always, we listen to what customers want and react accordingly, so that we can provide them with the holiday choices that they want. Extending the summer season to Greece means we are doing exactly that; giving customers more opportunity to get away and enjoy a much-needed holiday. As a result of the assurance that customers get from our award-winning flights and ATOL protected package holidays, we will be continuing to respond to the demand so that when travel opens up, we can take customers from Birmingham Airport to their favourite holiday hotspots.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘We know that a lot of our customers are desperate to book their holiday for this year. After dealing with 2020 and the uncertainty that it brought around booking holidays, we find ourselves in a similar situation again. However, as always, forward thinking Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are giving customers a prolonged holiday window with flights extended to the Greek Islands into October and November, ensuring that customers can find a getaway that can include the October half term holidays too. With flight and hotel availability being extended, the trusted reputation of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays and the assurance of an ATOL protected holiday, all of this really does give customers the reassurance to book.’

Jet2holidays is responding to demand for the assurance that its ATOL protected package holidays provide – particularly customers will be refunded quickly if their holiday is affected by travel restrictions, Birmingham Airport said in a release.

easyJet and easyJet holidays offers new Greece routes from Bristol for Summer 2021

easyJet and easyJet holidays have announced the launch of new flights and holidays from Bristol Airport to the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini for this summer.

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.’

The new route from Bristol to Santorini will commence on May 31, 2021. Flights are available from £30.99, or a seven-night package holiday including flights, hotel, bags and transfers can be booked for £373 per person. The route to Mykonos will operate from Bristol starting May 28, 2021, with fares available from £30.99 and holidays available from £373 per person, with a range of hotels including the adults only 4-star Andronikos hotel. All easyJet holidays can be booked with a deposit of GBP60 per person.

Flights to both new destinations will operate once a week throughout the summer, providing anyone travelling from the South West with a direct connection to the popular Greek resorts. The new route joins the existing easyJet routes from Bristol to Athens, Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Kos, Preveza, Rhodes and Zakynthos. The airline has also added more seats on summer routes from Bristol to Turkey, with additional departures on Mondays to Antalya and on Tuesdays and Fridays to Dalaman as well as on Sundays to the Greek Island of Corfu.

easyJet holidays offers seven nights at the 3-star Olia Hotel, Mykonos, on a room only basis for £373 per person including flights from Bristol airport, 23kg of luggage per person and transfers on October 22, 2021.

easyJet holidays also offers seven nights at the 5-star Splendour Resort, Santorini, on a bed and breakfast basis for £595 per person including flights from Bristol airport, 23kg of luggage per person and transfers on July 12, 2021. Bookings can be made at easyjet.com/en/holidays

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with easyJet’s announcement adding two new destinations from Bristol Airport to the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini and increasing capacity to Antalya and Dalaman in Turkey and the Greek island of Corfu for summer 2021. This further increases the choice of destinations and flight options available to passengers in the region choosing to fly from their local airport. This shows the confidence in the region and when the time is right and travel restrictions ease, Bristol Airport will be ready to provide the essential air connectivity, which is what our customers are telling us they want. We will continue to work with easyJet, enhancing and developing the route network for the future.’

easyJet and easyJet holidays have introduced flexible customer policies under its ‘Protection Promise’, which includes a Refund Guarantee for flights or holidays if they are cancelled plus a full refund for holidays if a customer changes their plan up to 28 days before. 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. Customers also have the Freedom to Change flights without a fee up to 14 days before departure, and can change a holiday up to 28 days before departure; and if quarantine measures come in to place at the last minute, the Quarantine Assurance allows changing impacted flights without a change fee. All holidays are covered under easyJet holidays’ Covid commitments if holidays cannot proceed, or are impacted by restrictions.

easyJet to relaunch new routes from Bristol to Greece for summer 2021

easyJet has said that it will launch two new routes to Greece from Bristol next summer.

The UK-based airline had announced last year that it was adding flights to Preveza in Greece and to the Greek island of Kos to its Bristol network for the first time. The launch was postponed as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, and the routes will now launch: to Kos on March 29, 2021, and to Preveza on May 2, 2021, with fares available at easyJet.com from £26.99.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘In anticipation that demand for travel will return – and having recently seen signs of growing confidence by our customers in making plans for travel next spring and summer – we are delighted to confirm the launch of these new routes from Bristol next summer, providing even more choice for customers to book a trip to look forward to.

‘Returning customer momentum is supported by the welcome news of the vaccination roll out, which will enable normal life to resume; including travelling again for work, to visit friends and family, or for a much-needed holiday.

‘We are proud to be the largest airline at Bristol and remain committed to providing great value services to our customers by offering low fares, and more choice when they travel.’

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with easyJet’s exciting news introducing new routes to Preveza and Kos in Greece for summer 2021 from Bristol Airport. This decision extends the route network available to customers in the region and provides even greater opportunities for customers to fly from their local airport, reducing the need to travel to other airports outside of the region. The introduction of the test to release scheme when customers return to England possibly reducing the quarantine period, and the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme gives customers extra confidence to return to international travel. We will continue to work with easyJet, enhancing and developing the route network for the future.’

Flights to the two new destinations will operate twice a week throughout the summer, offering travellers a more direct connection to some popular Greek resorts, joining existing easyJet routes from Bristol to Athens, Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes and Zakynthos.

easyJet holidays offers seven nights at the 4* Kipriotis Aqualand Hotel in Kos, Greece on an all-inclusive basis for £364 per person based on two adults and one child, including flights from Bristol airport, transfers and 23kg of luggage per person on May 3, 2021. Customers can book with easyJet holidays at easyjet.com/en/holidays.