British Airways resumes routes to popular European sunspots from London Stansted

British Airways is set to relaunch routes connecting London Stansted to sought-after holiday destinations in France, Spain, and Italy in the upcoming summer season.

Commencing on May 18, 2024, the airline will offer weekend flights to three European hotspots: Nice, Florence, and Ibiza. These upcoming routes mark British Airways’ return to scheduled flights from London Stansted, making it the fourth London airport served by the airline.

Ciaran Brannigan, London Stansted’s Commercial Director, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome back British Airways to London Stansted and very much look forward to the launch of their scheduled flights from the airport in May next year.

‘London Stansted serves more European destinations than any other UK airport and these new services to Ibiza, Florence and Nice are strong additions to our route network, which now covers over 190 destinations across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

‘I’m sure these routes will be very popular with passengers from across London, Cambridge and the growing East of England region who are looking to head off on their holidays next summer.

‘We look forward to working closely with British Airways to build a strong working relationship and ensure these new flights are success.’

Operated by British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer, the flights will use Embraer 190 aircraft featuring Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins. Club Europe passengers can enjoy a full meal service, bar drinks, priority boarding, and additional baggage allowances. Flights to Florence will start from £41 each way, Ibiza from £36 each way, and Nice from £43 each way. Bookings can be made on the official British Airways website at ba.com.

The relaunch signifies British Airways’ commitment to meeting the travel demands of passengers, especially those residing in London, Cambridge, and the growing East of England region, providing convenient access to these popular European vacation spots.

TUI adds over 1,500 hotels across popular holiday destinations for 2024

TUI, a travel and leisure company, has announced the addition of 1,500 hotels on sale across 22 destinations for UK guests for summer 2024.

According to a release by Norwich Airport, customers in East Anglia will get more choice in popular destinations such as Ibiza, Menorca and Turkey from Norwich. With a total of 14 flights a week, TUI flying offers nine routes from the region, with the largest number of flights to Palma Majorca, three times each week.

The 1,500 hotels now on sale feature in popular spots like Greece, The Canaries and The Balearics, and are operated from more than 20 regional airports across the UK.

The move comes after research revealed that holidaymakers flying from Norwich are more likely to book a summer holiday to Tenerife, Majorca and Turkey on an all-inclusive basis, compared with those flying from Southampton, who are more likely to travel to Majorca, Jersey and Ibiza, on an all-inclusive basis for their summer holiday.

Andrew Flintham, Managing Director at TUI UK & Ireland, commented: ‘We are proud of our unrivalled regional flying programme that operates from more UK airports than any other international airline, offering more flexibility and choice to our customers from 20 regional airports. Norwich has been a long-standing partner of ours and it’s great to see the evolution of this important partnership, which has sent more than 400K passengers on holiday in the past 10 years.

‘The additional hotels on sale for next summer is testament to positive bookings and we know Brits want to travel more than ever. We are continually focussed on expanding our regional flying programme so that we can continue to make great holidays accessible for as many people as possible.

‘At TUI we’re proud to be an award winning travel company – recently winning Best Travel Company for summer sun holidays, Best Travel Company for winter sun holidays, Best Travel Company for Lakes and Mountains holidays and Best Travel Company for Ski/ Winter sports holidays at the British Travel Awards. We offer an outstanding range of holidays and owned hotels concepts, like TUI Blue.’

Richard Pace, Managing Director at Norwich Airport, said: ‘TUI’s addition of 1,500 hotels on its routes from next summer is great news and gives passengers even more choice from Norwich Airport. We’re delighted that bookings have started so strongly this year and we have been recruiting extra staff for the busy season ahead.’

Ryanair announces Summer 2023 schedule for Liverpool

Ryanair, the UK regional airline, has announced its new Liverpool schedule for Summer 2023, with 31 routes including four new sunshine destinations like Ibiza, Madrid, and Rome.

In addition, the Ireland-based airline has increased frequencies on seven of Ryanair’s most popular Liverpool routes, viz. Alicante, Cork, Dublin, Knock, Paris, Reus and Tenerife. The Summer ’23 schedule will see Ryanair base one new aircraft in Liverpool for Summer 2023.

With this, Ryanair will operate over 255 weekly flights to/from Liverpool this summer, offering its Liverpool customers low fares and increased choice when booking their Summer 2023 getaways.

Ryanair’s Dara Brady said: ‘As the UK’s no.1 airline for low fares and reliability, Ryanair is pleased to announce our new Liverpool schedule for Summer 2023, with 4 exciting new routes to Ibiza, Madrid, Rome Ciampino & Shannon, offering Liverpool customers/visitors even more choice for their summer holidays at the lowest fares in Europe.

This new 2023 schedule will see the addition of one new based aircraft (4 total), representing another $100m investment in Liverpool Airport ($400m total) and supporting over 120 highly paid pilot and crew jobs, as Ryanair continues to deliver more traffic, connectivity, and lower fares than any other airline for the UK.

However, if we are to continue to grow and to drive recovery and connectivity to the UK, Prime Minister Sunak must immediately scrap APD in full for all travel (not just domestic travel) and provide incentives for airlines like Ryanair to stimulate growth and recovery for the UK and its regions, such as Liverpool.’

Paul Winfield, Director of Aviation Development for Liverpool John Lennon Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome these new services from Ryanair for summer 2023, giving passengers from across the North West and North Wales a wider range of destinations to reach from the region’s Faster, Easier, Friendlier Airport. The addition of a fourth based aircraft in Liverpool for summer 2023 is a sign of Ryanair’s confidence in the market from Liverpool and we look forward to expanding our range of destinations with the carrier in the future.’

VIBE by Jet2holidays partners with Tom Zanetti to target millennial market

VIBE by Jet2holidays has announced a summer-long partnership with Leeds-born DJ Tom Zanetti.

With the partnership, holidaymakers can enjoy a range of summer residences and parties in some of the most popular destinations across the Mediterranean, alongside a host of VIP giveaways and competitions.

VIBE by Jet2holidays is designed for the growing millennial market and is an extensive collection of over 160 hotels across almost 50 resorts, aimed at first-time holidaymakers, bucket listers, and the over-25s experience-driven market. In addition to this collaboration, VIBE by Jet2holidays is this year’s designated official travel partner of Love Island, the popular show.

As part of the partnership, over 25 VIBE by Jet2holidays x Tom Zanetti partnership events will take place between May and September in destinations such as Majorca, Ibiza, Malia and Zante. These include weekly Friday residencies starting this week at the famous BH Mallorca Resort, with events held in destinations such as Ibiza Rocks, the Crystal Beach Club in Malia and Pure Beachclub in Zante.

A spokesperson for VIBE by Jet2holidays said: ‘This is the summer when holidaymakers get to love their summer vibe once again, so we are going all out to make it the best summer ever. We will be bringing VIBE by Jet2holidays to more holidaymakers than ever, telling them all about our unique product and experience, whilst making the summer one to truly remember. We are delighted to be partnering with Leeds-born Tom Zanetti and the experiences, events and activities that we have lined up will play a huge part in a very successful summer season.’

Tom Zanetti said: ‘I’m so excited to be teaming up with VIBE by Jet2holidays to host the biggest and best parties across the Med this summer. There is much we have got planned, so get following us on social to find out how to join the fun.’

Customers will be able to participate in a range of interactive campaigns, including a summer-long social media campaign, livestreams and giveaways. In addition, competitions will run throughout the summer, giving customers the opportunity to win prizes and holidays as well as exclusive VIP access.

Besides an easy and smart booking option, VIBE by Jet2holidays gives customers all the benefits of its Jet2holidays scheme. This includes VIP customer service with Jet2.com flights, 22kg baggage allowance, transfers to & from the airport, and hotels all included. These ATOL-protected package holidays are available for £60 per person deposit with Pay Monthly plans also available.

Jet2 extends summer season in Ibiza for summer 2018 and 2019

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced an extended seasonal service to Ibiza for this summer and in summer 19, following strong demand for holidays beyond the peak summer periods.

Ibiza is popular with British travellers for summer and remains a sought-after holiday destination beyond the peak season. The airline has put additional flights on sale to Ibiza from five UK bases between late September and the end of October this year. Jet2 is extending the seasonal service from Birmingham, East Midlands, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle Airports.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Our commitment to providing award-winning flights and holidays means that we continue to attract more and more customers, and today’s announcement is yet more evidence of that. This news is a real boost for the tourism industry and economy in Ibiza, and is living proof that we are not just working to fill hotels in the peak summer season but that we are working with our hotel and industry partners to achieve the best possible results in shoulder seasons too.’

Vicente Torres, President of Ibiza Island Council, said: ‘We are very pleased with these increases in capacity which are in line with the efforts of the Consell d’Eivissa to promote Ibiza during the out of season period. We believe that Ibiza has a great offer in spring, autumn and winter and these periods are popular with tourists who want to know about the cultural, gastronomic and sports offers of the island. We are confident that this initiative will be very successful.’

For 2019, the summer season and services will also start earlier in Ibiza, as the company has introduced April flights from four of its UK bases. For the first time, customers with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will be able to travel to Ibiza in April, opening up the destination for the Easter holidays. The additional flights will operate twice-weekly from Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and London Stansted, Jet2.com said.

British Airways to commence service from Stansted this summer

British Airways has announced that it will start flying from Stansted this summer, adding a fourth London airport to its network. 

Starting May 28, the airline will commence flights to the holiday destinations of Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza. Fares start from GBP49 each way based on a return fare with hand baggage only, inclusive of all taxes, fees and charges, it said.

The Stansted flights will be operated by the wholly owned British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer on new 98-seat Embraer 190 jets, which are usually based at London City Airport.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer at BA CityFlyer, said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for us to expand our London network and to give our customers even more choice of where to fly from this summer.

‘Stansted is a growing airport and we will be offering a full scheduled service to some of the most popular European holiday destinations, complementing our existing services from other London airports.’

Stansted MD, Andrew Harrison, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome British Airways to Stansted and very much look forward to the launch of its first ever scheduled flights from the airport in May this year.

‘Since we acquired Stansted, our focus has been on attracting a wider choice of airlines and these new services to Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza are strong additions to our route network, which now covers over 170 destinations across Europe and North America.

‘I’m sure these routes will be very popular with passengers from across London, Cambridge and the growing east of England region who are looking to head off on their holidays. We look forward to working closely with British Airways to build a strong working relationship and ensure these new flights are a huge success.’

British Airways currently operates from the three other major London Airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and London City. All British Airways flights include a choice of two cabins, Club Europe and Euro Traveller, free seat selection and on line check-in 24 hours before departure, complimentary refreshments and drinks on board and no debit card charges.

London City Airport announces record seats to Ibiza for winter 2015

British Airways is planning to offer a record 26,000 seats from London City Airport to Ibiza next winter, the airport said in a release.

British Airways is the only airline to operate from London City to Ibiza during the winter, the release said, adding that starting October the airline will offer almost 50 per cent more capacity than last year. The one-way hand baggage only winter fares from London City to Ibiza start from £71 are available to book on ba.com/londoncity.

With its warmer climates and year-round leisure activities, Ibiza – an island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of largest of the Balearic Islands – is a popular holiday destination among British travellers.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial at London City, said: ‘Ibiza has long been a popular summer destination but the island is now attracting thousands of visitors looking for some winter sun and alternative places to visit.

‘It’s a great short break destination, and with our year-round flights customers can board an aircraft in the heart of London and be in the sun in under two and a half hours.’

Carmen Sanchez, director of the Ibiza Tourist Board said: ‘The Ibiza Tourist board is delighted that British Airways is further increasing flights to Ibiza for winter 2015/2016. The airline has always been very supportive of the destination and has continued to increase its London City to Ibiza route since its launch in 2010.

‘The capacity increase is testament to the appeal of the island throughout the winter when the balmy climate, scenery, UNESCO culture and relaxed atmosphere make Ibiza an ideal break from the UK winter.’

The extra flights will operate on a 98-seat Embraer 190 jet. All British Airways fares include free seat allocation and online check-in 24 hours before departure, complimentary refreshments and drinks, and no debit card charges.

Thomson launches new holiday brand – Thomson Scene – for the young

Holiday brand Thomson has announced the launch of Thomson Scene, a new collection of personalised holidays aimed at young sun-seekers and holidaymakers for summer 2015.

The Shoreditch event, held at the Callooh Callay cocktail bar, was hosted by Chelsea TV stars Lucy Watson, Oliver Proudlock and Binky Felstead and attended by host of celebrities, including fashion designer and former Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh, and DJ Jameela Jamil. At the launch, Watson, Proudlock and Felstead curated their own ‘Scene’ drawing inspiration from their favourite Thomson Scene holiday destination, and selecting decor, canapes and signature cocktails to bring to life their chosen party hotspot.

Aimed at 18-35 year olds, Thomson Scene provides two distinct products; Scene Hub and Scene Style. Hub offers lively affordable hotels close to the action and parties, while Style is a selection of celeb style and luxury hangouts. Hot spots include the popular party islands of Ibiza and Corfu and the chic spots of Santorini, Mykonos and Croatia, as well as long haul getaways to Mexico, Goa and Thailand.

Mark Hall, Director of Product for Thomson, said: ‘Thomson Scene combines chilled pool days with lively nights and offers a fantastic range of short, mid and long haul destinations from Ibiza, Corfu and Croatia to Goa, Mexico and Thailand. Our new youth brand offers sun seekers a wide holiday choice from affordable hotels close to the nightlife, to celeb style luxury hangouts which offer relaxation and the chance to experience some culture in the country they are visiting.’

As part of the official launch, Thomson Scene has released a celebratory voucher code. All customers who book a Scene holiday before the end of January 2015 will receive a discount of GBP50.00 when quoting 49196 online, 49200 in store and 49216 through the call centre at the time of booking. The offer ends January 31, 2015.

 

ABTA protests Balearics car hire tax

The Association of British Travel Agents, ABTA, has asked authorities in the Balearic Islands to reconsider the imposition of a tax on rental cars that is due to be implemented from April this year.

The Spanish-owned Balearic Islands, the largest and most visited of which are Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera, are intending to impose the tax as an ecological measure, but ABTA is concerned that the added cost to a week’s car rental will be bad for tourism to the archipelago.

The tax is set to vary between €3 and €7.5 per day, to be levied depending on the CO2 emissions of the individual car that is rented. This would make the cumulative weekly rental cost as much as €52.5, or £46 more expensive than it is currently. The amount will be payable when the car is collected from the rental company, even if the rental was prepaid in the renters home country.

The tax is intended to raise €15m per year for the Balearics’ government, but ABTA has asked them to delay its introduction and to reconsider.

Abta head of destinations and sustainability, Nikki White, said, ‘Hasty decisions that don’t give travel businesses time to prepare and take tourists by surprise can have a very damaging impact. Taxing tourists does more harm than good in the long term.’

ABTA has an ally in Jose Manuel Soria, Spain’s tourism minister, who, commenting on the proposed tax at last November’s World Travel Market in London, described it as, ‘Unfair.’

It remains to be seen if the new tax will be imposed on its scheduled date of April 1 this year.

Top sun-kissed destinations for family holidays

Are you aching to get away from the drizzle of the UK and feel the sun on the back of your neck? With plenty of sun-kissed destinations perfectly suited to family holidays, we take a look at the locations which could bring you the sunshine you deserve over coming months.

Orlando, Florida (USA)

If you’re looking for a fun-packed holiday with lots days out, Orlando is certainly a good option. Located in sunny Florida, famous for its pleasant climate, Orlando boasts such attractions as Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios, SeaWorld Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center and much more.

If your kids are the kind that love Disney movies (let’s face, don’t they all?) the chance to get up close to their favourite characters like Mickey Mouse and Dumbo will be an experience they will remember their whole lives.

For the parents, there’s always the swimming pool to lounge around at, or if you fancy leaving your accommodation there is a great range of golf courses for you to practise your swing.

Consider staying in one of the many villas that have sprung up to cater for the family market and enjoy the sun in what can only be described as a home-from-home.

Ibiza, Spain

You may associate the Balearic island of Ibiza with wild nightlife and never-ending parties but the reality is far different. Whilst active nightlife is one feature of the island, there are plenty of family-friendly resorts located on it too.

Choosing villas in Ibiza can be hard – there are just so many spots to choose from – but wherever you choose to stay you can be guaranteed of a warm welcome. Even the properties themselves are designed to reflect the warmth of the area and are usually painted in a traditional whitewash to reflect the heat of the sun.

The island is perhaps most popular for its beaches, which offer warm waters and cool sands for the enjoyment of parents and children alike. If you’re looking for something a little more active, the island has some great snorkelling and diving activities on offer with the chance to see plenty of wildlife in its natural habitat.

Almeria, Spain

Almeria is known for having the ‘best’ climate in Europe for a sunny break, with an amazing 3,127 hours sunlight a year and mild winters. The region’s scenery is astonishing; the long, deserted beaches are overlooked by rocky outcrops that are starkly beautiful.

You can sunbathe all you like on one of the resort’s unspoilt beaches which are sure to be a walk away from your villa. This is thanks to the popularity of Almeria, which sees reputable brands such as James Villas offer a range of accommodation in the local area.

For a day out and an educational trip for the kids, explore Spain’s Moorish past by visiting the hilltop fort of La Alcazaba, which dominates the skyline of the town. After this you can visit the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, a wild and isolated landscape dotted with picturesque fishing villages.