Jet2.com announces scheduled services from Birmingham Airport to Iceland for Winter 20/21

Jet2.com has announced plans to launch scheduled flights to Iceland from Birmingham Airport for the first time for Winter 20/21 – the only airline to fly to Keflavik International Airport from Birmingham Airport to see the Northern Lights.

The UK-based airline will operate twice weekly services on a Monday and Thursday from Birmingham Airport for customers wanting to see the spectacular Northern Lights. The services will operate from October 1 to November 23, and February 11 and April 26.

The flight-only deals start from £65 per person one way and the package holiday options – with a three, four or seven-night stay with Jet2CityBreaks – start from £369 per person.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Following the enormous popularity of our services to Iceland, we are delighted to be launching scheduled services from Birmingham Airport for the very first time. This means we are the only airline to operate to Iceland from Birmingham, and we are also giving customers fantastic choice and flexibility, at the best times of year when it comes to witnessing the magical Northern Lights.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘We are delighted that Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks will be offering customers of the Midlands direct scheduled flights to Iceland this Winter. This unserved destination from Birmingham Airport is hugely popular with customers who are in search of a visit to the Northern Lights or want to take in the stunning scenery of this volcanic island. Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks offers fabulous customer service and friendly low fares that appeal to all.’

Jet2 offers flight-only or package holiday options, with package options with Jet2CityBreaks available for £60 per person deposit. Package options with Jet2CityBreaks include a guided Northern Lights Tour, flights with Jet2.com including 22kg hold luggage, transfers to and from the airport, as well as a choice of 3 and 4-star hotels in central Reykjavik. In addition, excursions to the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon are also available to purchase. The travel and holiday can be booked at www.jet2.com or www.jet2CityBreaks.com.

Super Break announces first flight from Cardiff Airport to Iceland

Super Break has commenced its first exclusive flight break to Iceland from Cardiff Airport, and the first direct route from the UK to Akureyri in North Iceland on January 12.

The flight is the first of 14 direct routes from the UK this winter heading to this part of northern Iceland. Holidaymakers on the inaugural Super Break service from Cardiff can enjoy the ‘Incredible Iceland’ experience, comprising a three-night break with the opportunity to search for the Northern Lights. On arriving in Northern Iceland, holidaymakers will also visit a volcano, embark on a lava walk and indulge in a beer spa, subject to extra charges for the beer spa.

All Super Break trips to Akureyri will include a Lake Myvatn Adventure – Land of Fire and Ice Tour offering, a chance to see the region’s magical terrains, the Goddafoss Waterfall, the boiling mud pools of Namafjall and a stop at Vogafjos working farm. Holidaymakers may also choose to visit Myvatn Nature Baths – the ‘Blue Lagoon of the North’, or take part in a Snowmobiling Experience, subject to extra charges as applicable, Cardiff Airport said in a release.

Hugo Kimber from Super Break said: ‘It is a great pleasure to provide our customers at Cardiff Airport today with a wonderful experience from check-in throughout their stay, and hope that the special activities put on at the airport today will ensure that they have a fantastic start to their trip.

‘Super Break is incredibly excited to be the first to offer these brand new and exclusive flights to Akureyri in Northern Iceland, as part of our new short break charter programme. Previously unreachable from UK airports, we are delighted to be able to connect holidaymakers with this stunning part of the world and offer them a truly once in a lifetime experience.’

Spencer Birns, Commercial Director of Cardiff Airport added: ‘It is fantastic to be the first UK airport to offer this brand new direct route to Northern Iceland and see the first flight take off today from Cardiff Airport. The look on the passengers’ faces as they were surprised with the choir was superb and we have no doubt the trip will remain with them for a long time to come.’

Super Break has expanded its charter programme from Cardiff airport with breaks available to destinations including Seville, Malta, Montenegro, Croatia and the Adriatic Coast, Madeira, and further ‘Incredible Iceland’ breaks in 2018-2019. There will be a further two flights to Iceland from Cardiff Airport departing on December 28, 2018 and January 21, 2019, the airport said.

Wizz Air announces new routes from London Luton

Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air has announced further expansion of its operations at London Luton Airport with the addition of three new routes to the Greek capital Athens, the Icelandic town of Keflavik, and the Italian port city of Bari, starting in spring 2018.

The airline will operate a daily service to Athens, Greece starting April 29, 2018; to Keflavik, Iceland from April 29, 2018 until September 16 on, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays until September 16, 2018. Starting September 17, 2018, the service will be operated daily. Wizz Air will also operate a flight service to Bari, Italy on Wednesdays, Sundays from March 25, 2018 until April 18, 2017. Starting April 19, 2018, the Bari service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

In addition, the airline is also increasing its frequency on the route to Larnaca in Cyprus to 10 flights per week, starting September 17. Seats on the new routes are available on sale and can be booked at wizzair.com for fares from £26.99/EUR29.99.

Wizz Air chief executive officer, Jozsef Varadi, said: ‘2017 has been a milestone year for WIZZ at London Luton and we continue to invest in our operations there. The new routes announced today expand our network from London Luton to 45 routes to 22 countries, giving our customers the opportunity to travel to a wide variety of destinations at the lowest prices. Those lowest prices mean we continue to stimulate inbound and outbound traffic and allocate capacity to cover unserved routes, further diversifying our network and consolidating our position at London Luton. We look forward to welcoming ever more passengers onboard one of Europe’s youngest fleets in 2018. 

With the new additions, Wizz Air’s total number of new London Luton routes announced this year will increase to 11, including the services to Larnaca, Tirana, Tallinn, Bratislava and Lviv.

The new routes are part of Wizz’s expansion plans following the establishment of Wizz Air UK and the increase of its fleet at London Luton in 2018, from one to seven aircraft, including two Airbus A321. Following the investment in 2018, Wizz Air will offer more than 7.4 million seats on sale on 45 routes to 22 countries from London Luton airport, the airline said.

Super Break announces exclusive short breaks from Cardiff Airport

British holiday company Super Break has added five new destinations to its offering of short breaks available from Cardiff Airport for 2018/19, the airport said.

The move comes after the company’s recently announced packages to Iceland and Seville. For holidaymakers seeking warmer climates, Super Break has added package breaks to Malta and Madeira, as well as a trip taking in Montenegro, Croatia and the Adriatic Coast – making it the tour operator’s biggest ever flight programme for 2018. All breaks with Super Break include in-destination experiences, central accommodation, return flights, 20kg of luggage, 5kg hand luggage and transfers.

As part of the programme, Super Break will offer chartered flight services to Iceland, including the Search for the Northern Lights tour and Lake Myvatn Land of Fire and Ice experience, available shortly. In addition, the company is offering an Iceland under the Midnight Sun tour programme for midnight sun whale watching and a Lake Myvatn Adventure Nature at its Best Tour. Available on sale soon, this flight service will depart on June 22, 2018.

Further, Super Break is offering chartered flight services to Malta, including a full day tour to Gozo Calypso Island, nightfall tour to Mdina and an option to add on a visit to European Capital of Culture 2018, Valletta. The flights will depart on June 4, 2018; to Montenegro, Croatia and the Adriatic Coast – including Dubrovnik – Pearl of the Adriatic full day tour and Best of Montenegro full day tour, with flights departing on September 21, 2018 as well as services to Madeira – including Madeira Island Highlights tour and Funchal Sightseeing tour, with services departing on November 2, 2018.

Katherine Scott from Super Break said: ‘We’re incredibly proud and excited to be launching our new chartered flight programme, providing holidaymakers from Wales with a brand-new selection of incredible travel experiences to choose from in 2018. Following the huge demand for our exclusive flights to Akureyri, Iceland, we have expanded the schedule from Cardiff Airport to now offer unforgettable travel experiences in five of Europe’s most exciting destinations, helping to connect more holidaymakers to new locations on the continent and beyond, all from their local airport.’

Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport added: ‘We’ve seen a huge increase in unique and unforgettable short breaks added to Super Break’s Cardiff schedule this year, and it’s great to see them offer something a little different for our customers.’

Destinations like Iceland, Madeira and Montenegro are welcome additions to the choice of destinations available from Cardiff, they’re proving hugely popular so far and we look forward to more exciting announcements in the future.’

Cardiff Airport announces UK’s first ever direct flights to Akureyri in North Iceland

Cardiff Airport has announced the launch of a new direct flight service to Akureyri in North Iceland, offering holidaymakers’ Arctic experiences for £699 per person.

Cardiff will be the first airport in the UK to fly passengers direct to Akureyri starting January 12, 2018, with packages available from Super Break. The new charter flights are part of a three-night short break package that is expected to be the one its most popular travel destinations, the Airport said.

All Super Break trips to Akureyri include a Lake Myvatn Adventure – Land of Fire and Ice Tour; the Goddafoss Waterfall, the boiling mud pools of Namafjall and a stop at Vogafjos working farm. There is also the opportunity to visit Myvatn Nature Baths – the ‘Blue Lagoon of the North’ or take part in a Snowmobiling experience, at extra charge.

In Akureyri, travellers can visit a volcano or go on a ‘lava walk’, or relax at a beer spa. In addition, holidaymakers can choose from a range of action-packed activities, including: whale watching at Eeyjafjorour offering a chance to see the resident humpback whales, harbour porpoises and dolphins; Icelandic horse riding across coasts and into the scenic mountains and Lofthellir Ice Cave Winter Challenge – a lava cave filled with ice formations, stalagmites and sculptures.

Deb Barber, Chief Executive of Cardiff Airport, said: ‘Cardiff Airport is thrilled to be connecting Wales with Akureryri and Northern Iceland for the very first time. This is exciting for passengers who want to get off the beaten track and experience a once in a lifetime adventure.’

Katherine Scott from Super Break said: ‘At Super Break we take pride in selecting the very best travel experiences for UK holidaymakers to enjoy during a short break. We’ve pulled out all the stops to deliver our customers with the first ever flights to Iceland’s Arctic North, chartering our first Super Break aircraft to provide bookers in Wales and the rest of the UK with direct access to this incredible destination. From lava walks to some of the best chances of seeing the Northern Lights, adventure really does await those heading to Akureyri.’

Price – £699 per person – is based on three nights’ accommodation at the three-star Hotel Nordurland by Kea Hotels including breakfast, Lake Myvatn ‘Land of Fire and Ice Tour’ and Search for the Northern Lights Tour, plus return flights from Cardiff Airport departing January 12, 2018.

Icelandair commences new Belfast- Reykjavik service

Icelandair has said that it has commenced offering a new year-round service from Belfast City Airport (BHD) to Reykjavik (KEF), starting June 1, 2017. 

The new service will operate up to three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The flight time is 2:55 hours to and from George Best Belfast City Airport.

The new Belfast route is operated by Air Iceland Connect on its 72 seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft in a code sharing partnership with Icelandair, offering connections at Keflavik International Airport. The Belfast-Reykjavik flight provides connections with Icelandair’s wide network of destinations in the US and Canada.

Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of George Best Belfast City Airport, said: ‘This is a hugely exciting period for Belfast City Airport following our recent co-hosting of the Routes Europe conference, and the launch of our new three-times weekly flight to Reykjavik will help continue the positive momentum.

‘There has been strong demand for the flights since they were announced in December, with the route offering passengers an extremely convenient connection to a host of destinations in the USA and Canada, and we are confident this will continue to grow.’

‘Icelandair is proud to welcome Belfast on board as our latest UK gateway, working again in partnership with our sister airline Air Iceland Connect who will operate the service. This addition improves our connectivity and enables us to carry even more passengers to our 18 gateways across the US and Canada, via our hub in Reykjavik,’ said Birkir Holm Guonason, Icelandair CEO.

Gerry Lennon, Visit Belfast Chief Executive, added: ‘Air connectivity is critical to us welcoming more international visitors to Belfast and achieving the city’s ambition of doubling tourism spend by 2021.

‘Icelandair’s new service and extensive global network enables Visit Belfast and our tourism partners to proactively engage with potential visitors, from not only Iceland but other key markets including North America.’

Icelandair is also offering flights to a new US destination – Philadelphia – starting May 30 2017, operating four times a week from Reykjavik (KEF) to Philadelphia (PHL) until September 20, 2017. Flights from all seven UK gateways will connect to this. The airline will also begin flights to Tampa, Florida on September 7, 2017, it said.

WOW Air commences flight service from Reykjavik to Bristol

WOW Air has commenced its Reykjavik-Bristol route, with the first flight from Reykjavik to Brsitol launched on May 13, 2016.

The route will be operated three times a week all year round. With the new service, WOW air becomes the second airline to link Bristol to Iceland with a direct service, after British airline EasyJet.

Skuli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air, said: ‘Today is a momentous day for us at WOW air as we launch our Bristol service, our second route between Iceland and the UK. This is a reflection of our continued growth in Britain and our mission to offer greater travel possibilities on either side of the Atlantic. We’re delighted to be bringing ultra low-cost travel to Iceland and beyond to the South West of England and we look forward to welcoming travellers from the region onboard.’

Robert Sinclair, Bristol Airport’s Chief Executive said: ‘We are thrilled to welcome the first WOW air flight from Reykjavik to Bristol Airport. The airline not only provides direct flights to Iceland but also affordable onward connections via the world-class hub of Reykjavik to North America.

‘The response from customers in the region since WOW air’s flights first went on sale has been fantastic, highlighting the growing demand for travel to the USA, Canada, and of course the breath-taking landscapes, natural wonders and unique charm of Iceland. We are delighted to be the first UK region to host WOW flights and look forward to working with the airline to grow passenger numbers on the route.’

On board the first flight were guests of Destination Bristol and Bath Tourism Plus, looking to build stronger links with the region for inbound visitors.

John Hirst, Chief Executive, Destination Bristol said: ‘The North American market is critical to the success of Bristol’s visitor economy, and both the USA and Canada are consistently within our top feeder markets generating an estimated 42,000 plus visits a year. The WOW network opens up further connections across the continent to improve access and so allowing us to welcome new as well as returning visitors to the region.’

David James, Chief Executive for VisitBath said: ‘Bath certainly has the ‘wow’ factor. Combining history, contemporary culture and world-class tourist attractions, Bath is a fantastic all-year round city break destination, all within easy reach of Bristol Airport.

The introduction of new WOW Air flights has the potential to bring thousands of visitors to the West of England, and it is estimated could generate millions to the local visitor economy.’

easyJet announces first direct flight between Ireland and Iceland

easyJet, the Ireland-based low-fare airline, has announced the launch of its first direct service between Belfast and Reykjavik.

Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city, is surrounded by waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes, making it an interesting destination for holiday makers and adventurers looking for a city break. The flight – the only direct service between the two destinations – operates twice per week on Mondays and Fridays on a 156 seater Airbus A319. Over 30,000 passengers are expected to use the new service during the first 12 months. Fares start from £31.99 one way per person.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s Head of Ireland, said: ‘We are really excited to have launched Ireland’s first direct connection from Belfast International Airport to Reykjavik today. This new year round service will bring the number of easyJet flights to Iceland up to 26 a week and we will carry in excess of 200,000 passengers per year to and from Reykjavik across all of these flights. Over 30,000 of these are expected to originate from Belfast.

‘It is a particularly exciting addition to our base at Belfast International due to the eclectic mix of activities and scenery on offer and we are confident that it will provide a popular addition to easyJet’s network.

‘We remain committed to expanding our network from Belfast and last month announced that we would be adding services to Split commencing from June 2015.’

Graham Keddie Managing Director, Belfast International Airport, said: ‘The new easyJet service from Belfast International to Reykjavik is another exciting addition to our routes. It opens up direct channels for Icelandic tourists to visit the island of Ireland via Belfast and, with the expectation of 30,000 passengers, will add welcome revenue to the local economy.’

easyJet presently serves 27 destinations from Belfast International Airport. The new direct service comes as Iceland’s tourism increased by 40% over the last two years. This new service is easyJet’s seventh direct flight to Reykjavik, providing access to Iceland’s dazzling scenery, and other attractions such as views of the northern lights, volcanos and whale watching tours.

From February 2015 easyJet’s Belfast operation will increase further with the addition of 34 extra flights between Liverpool and Belfast – increasing the service between the two cities to 78 flights per week.

 

easyJet launches new routes from London Gatwick, Bristol

easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, has said that it will launch two new routes to Brussels and Strasbourg from London Gatwick starting March 30, 2014 with fares from £32.99 per person.

The new flights will operate twice daily to and from Brussels and four times a week to and from Strasbourg departing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The airline will also launch thrice daily flights to Jersey and twice daily to Paris CDG and Newcastle. The airline will also increase services to destinations including Inverness, Isle of Man and Bordeaux – from once to twice daily, as well as Amsterdam and Geneva – from six to seven daily flights.

easyJet now offers more choice for business passengers from London Gatwick, with a total of 107 routes. With the route increase, London Gatwick is expecting to create jobs for 200 pilots and cabin crew at the base.

Hugh Aitken, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said: ‘These new routes add even further choice for passengers from easyJet’s largest base at affordable prices and with great service.’

‘We also look forward to welcoming 200 new pilots and cabin crew to our London Gatwick base as part of our expansion.’

Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer, London Gatwick, said: ‘We are delighted that easyJet is opening more routes to key business destinations across Europe and the UK, building on its strong network from Gatwick. easyJet’s impressive network, its great value fares and business friendly service compliments what Gatwick has to offer – quick train links to London’s financial districts, fast security processes and a high quality environment for the time conscious traveller. All of these elements combined means that both easyJet and Gatwick are rapidly becoming the smart choices for the modern business traveller.’

Separately easyJet and Bristol Airport have entered into a new five year agreement, presenting a framework for further expansion and new route opportunities. easyJet has already added two new destinations to its network from Bristol, with flights to Reykjavik and Marrakech launching in December.

Gatwick sustains passenger figures with help of new airlines

Gatwick Airport in the UK has managed to sustain its 2012/13 passenger figures slightly ahead of last year thanks to new carriers that have opened services to the airport.

The airport had lost routes from its previous carriers but still achieved an increase of 400,000 passengers or 1.2 percent on the previous year, for a total footfall of 34.2 million. Ryanair’s Irish routes and Korean Air’s Seoul service were among Gatwick’s larger casualties, but new business from Air China, Iraqi Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Vueling, Gambia Bird and Icelandair more than filled the gap. In addition, Easyjet added a Moscow service, Norwegian Air Shuttle added 12 new routes and British Airways added new services to Europe and the Caribbean.

Stewart Wingate, chief executive at Gatwick, said, ‘Today, passengers can fly direct to Beijing, Istanbul, Moscow and Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam from Gatwick. This is important in the context of ensuring the UK has the international connectivity it needs to remain globally competitive. We will continue into this next financial year with the same drive and focus to create a world-class airport.’

The airport is currently undergoing a £1.2 billion upgrade, some of which has been spent on remodelling the South Terminal departures area that will reopen this summer. It is now also capable of accommodating the new giant Airbus A380 aircraft, following the completion of a new pier that received a test flight just a few days ago. Gatwicks owner, Global Infrastructure Partners, will now be keen to secure regular traffic for that investment, which could dramatically increase passenger figures without impinging greatly on the airport’s flight capacity.