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.

Wizz Air announces new base at Gatwick as part of UK expansion

Hungarian low-fares airline Wizz Air has announced a new base at Gatwick Airport, which will be the third base for Wizz Air UK, the group’s UK-registered and based airline, alongside London Luton and the recently announced Doncaster Sheffield.

The airline will allocate one Airbus A321 aircraft to the South London hub and launch four new routes to leisure destinations in Greece, Italy, Spain and Malta from October 22 2020. With the new base at Gatwick, Wizz Air will offer passengers more travel opportunities, with 450,000 seats per annum on sale on its new routes.

The new routes include London Gatwick – Lanzarote, operating on Monday, Wednesday, Friday starting October 23, 2020 for fares starting from £26.99; London Gatwick – Athens, operating on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday starting October 22, 2020 for fares starting from £26.99; London Gatwick – Malta, operating on Monday, Wednesday, Friday starting October 23, 2020 for fares starting from £21.99; and London Gatwick – Naples, operating on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday starting October 22, 2020 for fares starting from £21.99 2020 for fares starting from £26.99. Tickets are now available on wizzair.com or the WIZZ mobile app, with fares starting from £21.99 one-way, including taxes, administration and other non-optional charges.

This announcement follows the recent expansion at Doncaster Sheffield, its first regional base, where the airline will allocate one Airbus A321 aircraft and launch seven new routes to destinations including Alicante, Malaga, Larnaca, Faro, Lublin, Kosice and Suceava in October 2020.

Owain Jones, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK said: ‘Already the fourth largest airline group operating in the UK, today’s announcement of our new Gatwick base and four new routes reinforces Wizz Air UK’s position as a British airline that is growing, creating new jobs, bringing much-needed connectivity to the UK and so helping the economy get back in the air. Following on from last week’s announcement of a new Wizz Air UK base at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, we stand ready to continue to support the UK’s recovery with further growth at key airports, if slot-blocking by other airlines is stopped allowing WIZZ to deliver on our promise of providing affordable travel for all.’

Stewart Wingate, CEO at Gatwick Airport, said: ‘This is encouraging news for Gatwick, particularly at a time when the industry has been so negatively impacted by COVID-19. Having a new aircraft based at Gatwick underpins the resilience of our business for the long-term and ensures we continue to offer our passengers great choice. This is a welcome indication of the positive conversations we are having with airlines – both existing and new – about securing Gatwick’s future.’

Jet2 adds additional flights and holidays to Turkey and Greece from Birmingham Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has added more flights and holidays to Greece and Turkey from Birmingham Airport for this summer.

In offering more choice and flexibility to visit Turkey and Greece this summer, Jet2 is offering over 15,000 additional seats on sale from Birmingham Airport. To meet the increased demand, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has added over 6,000 seats to Antalya and Dalaman. This increases the company’s total capacity to Turkey (Dalaman, Antalya and Bodrum) this summer from Birmingham Airport.

Presently seven destinations are on sale to Greece (Corfu, Crete (Chania), Crete (Heraklion), Skiathos, Kos, Rhodes and Zante) from Birmingham Airport. The company has also added over 9,000 additional seats added to Crete (Heraklion), Skiathos, Rhodes, Kos and Zante.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are seeing a real spike in demand for holidays and flights to Turkey and Greece, and as usual we have been quick to respond to what our customers want. With more seats and holidays on sale to these fantastic destinations from Birmingham Airport, along with some fabulous deals, there’s no better time to escape the gloom of the UK and reach the turquoise seas and stunning beaches of Turkey and Greece.

‘We have been demonstrating our commitment to Turkey and Greece over recent years, as seen through our continued growth, and we are working with governments and tourist boards to strengthen and develop that commitment. We would like to say thank you to them for their continued support.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘Jet2.com and Jet2holidays always puts the customer first and by increasing the number of holidays and flights to both Greece and Turkey shows their level of commitment to the Midlands and their customers, ensuring that there is a holiday available for all.

‘The demand witnessed to Turkey and Greece is a positive sign for the travel industry and customers can rest assured that they can book with confidence. It is very responsive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays that they can adapt their routes to ensure that all customers from the Midlands have the chance to take a well-earned break.’

TUI UK resumes summer holidays to Greece and Spain from Bristol Airport

The UK holiday company TUI UK has announced its summer 2020 holiday programme starting July 25, from Bristol Airport, with flights to Greece and Spain.

TUI UK is offering holidays to 10 destinations between July 25 and 31, including Alicante, Corfu, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Gran Canaria, Palma, Rhodes, Tenerife and Zakynthos. The first flight will be from Bristol Airport will be to Palma, Majorca, operated on July 25. More destinations, including in Turkey, Egypt and Cyprus will be added to the programme throughout August and September, with a total of 18 destinations accessible from Bristol by the start of October. Holidays can be booked at TUI.co.uk.

Richard Sofer, Commercial Director, TUI UK & Ireland said: ‘After four months of not taking people on holidays, we are incredibly excited to be back at Bristol Airport and taking our customers away. We’re starting small, offering holidays to some of our most popular destinations, so that those who want to travel can do so safely.

‘Our customers can be sure they’ll be taken care of through every part of their holiday with us – from the flight, to the transfers, and the hotel – particularly with our new COVID-19 Cover included with every booking. We realise we’re almost halfway through the summer, so we’re glad we’re finally able to offer a variety of choices so our customers can make the most of what’s left of the warmer months.’

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to see the return of TUI flights from Bristol Airport. During these unchartered times, never has a well-earned holiday been more deserved by our customers.

The flight programme restarting is a clear indicator of the aviation industry slowly recovering and gradually returning to normal. Customer safety is our key priority and to this aim we have introduced ‘Safe journeys start here’, our three-step plan: ‘Get prepared> Stay safe> Let’s travel’ – which provides an easy guide for customers of the extra measures we have in place at the Airport. We continue to work closely with airlines, the Government, Department for Transport and Public Health England on the latest information and guidance to keep our customers and colleagues safe whilst travelling.’

TUI is offering seven-night holidays from Bristol Airport to Palma staying at the Riu Bravo Hotel on an all-inclusive basis from £642 per person when booked online. The price is based on two adults and two children sharing and includes flights, departing from Bristol Airport on August 11, 2020.

TUI Platinum is offering seven-night holidays from Bristol Airport to Corfu staying at the Lti Louis Grand Hotel on an all-inclusive basis from £776 per person when booked online. The price is based on two adults and two children sharing and includes flights, departing from Bristol Airport on August 7, 2020.

Ryanair offers Bristol travellers over 30 routes in Summer 2020, to cut UK-Ireland flights in Aug-Sept

Ryanair, the Ireland-based low-fares airlines, has said that it will offer over 30 routes to/from the Bristol as part of its Summer 2020 schedule.

While Ryanair’s post-lockdown flights from Bristol airport resumed on June 23 with a Malaga service after the easing of travel restrictions by the UK Government, Bristol holidaymakers can now plan a summer getaway in Spain, Italy or Greece. In addition to flights to destinations such as Valencia and Ibiza, Ryanair is launching a new twice weekly Bristol route to and from Vienna. The Bristol Summer 2020 schedule is available for sale until the end of October.

Ryanair’s Eimear Ryan said: ‘We’re pleased to announce Ryanair is offering over 30 routes to/from the Bristol as part of our Summer 2020 schedule. A Malaga service marked one of the first of Ryanair’s post-lockdown flights from Bristol airport on 23rd June and our full Bristol Summer 2020 schedule now includes over 30 routes to leisure & business destinations across Europe, including summer favourites in Spain, Italy or Greece.

‘Following the lifting of travel restrictions, Bristol holidaymakers can now look forward to planning a well-deserved summer getaway on the lowest fares and with the new health measures that Ryanair has rolled out to protect the health and well-being of its people as it ramps up operations this summer.’

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport said: ‘We welcome today’s news of 30 Ryanair routes being available from Bristol Airport this summer and the new destination of Vienna being added to the route network. The range of routes available offers customers from the South West and Wales region a choice and flexibility of destinations using their local airport. We continue to partner with Ryanair to look at future route opportunities.

‘We continue to work on the latest government guidance available to keep our customers and colleagues safe whilst providing these vital air links. We have introduced ‘Safe journeys start here’ a three-step plan: Get ready > Stay safe > Let’s travel to reassure customers of the actions we have taken at the Airport. The measures include enhanced cleaning procedures, social-distancing policies, one-way queuing systems, hand sanitiser locations, contactless payment facilities, customer awareness signage, protective screens for customer interaction points and staff wearing face coverings in all key customer contact points as safety is our key priority.’

Ryanair has also announced a new route from the United Kingdom to Poland, commencing October 27 as part of its winter 2020 schedule. The new route will operate twice weekly from Manchester Airport to Poznan.

Separately, Ryanair said that it would cut its Ireland-UK schedules for the months of August and September by up to 1,000 flights, as Ireland maintains a quarantine restriction on EU visitors even as the UK and Northern Ireland last week opened up air links to most EU countries.

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.