Jet2 responds to high demand with Italian expansion

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have recently announced a substantial expansion of their Italian programmes, meeting the increasing demand for ‘La Dolce Vita’ from customers.

This expansion includes the release of 20,000 outbound seats across various UK airports to Sardinia, Sicily, and Verona for both the Summer 24 and 25 seasons. As the UK’s largest tour operator and the third-largest airline, Jet2 is expanding connectivity by adding capacity from eight prominent UK airports, providing customers and independent travel agents with a more extensive array of options to explore these Italian destinations.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are also adding more flights and holidays during popular periods such as late Summer 24 and Easter 25. Recognizing the allure of Sicily, with its enchanting beaches, rich culture, cuisine, dramatic landscapes, and the majestic Mount Etna, the companies are introducing additional flights and holidays for both Summer 24 and Summer 25. The Summer 24 season for Sicily is extended until mid-November with added flights from Manchester and London Stansted. For Summer 25, strategically timed April flights are now available from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, and London Stansted, while additional November flights have been added for late Summer 25 from Birmingham, Manchester, and London Stansted.

Further, to meet the growing demand for services to Sardinia, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have added more September, October, and November flights for late-Summer 24 from Manchester Airport and increased November flights from London Stansted for the same period. Furthermore, the Summer 25 season to Sardinia is extended with a range of April flights from Birmingham, Manchester, and London Stansted, timed for the Easter season.

In addition, Verona, renowned for its beautiful medieval setting and connection to Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, sees a significant increase in capacity. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have put more flights on sale in October 24 to Verona from Edinburgh, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, and Newcastle International Airports. The Summer 25 season in Verona is also extended with flights introduced in time for Easter from Birmingham, Edinburgh, and Manchester. And responding to the demand for late Summer in Verona and Lake Garda, Jet2 has added more September/October 25 flights from Belfast International, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, and Newcastle International.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘Our Italian programme is enjoying strong demand, which comes as no surprise when you consider the stunning beach holiday and city break options that it offers customers and independent travel agents. Sicily, Sardinia and Verona are a trio of Italian delights, and today’s announcement represents a significant expansion of all three destinations. Based on the demand we are seeing, we expect these flights and holidays to sell very quickly, as customers look to escape to these magical destinations.’

easyJet adds new summer routes to Catania and Antalya from Edinburgh

easyJet, the UK-based regional airline, has announced the launch of two new routes from Edinburgh Airport – to Catania in Italy, and to Antalya in Turkey – for summer 2023.

The new Catania service will operate up to twice a week on Mondays and Fridays throughout the summer, while services to Antalya will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Both routes will provide customers in Scotland with more choice when planning their summer getaway.

The new routes also allow holidaymakers from Edinburgh to explore Catania or Antalya with easyJet holidays. Seats are available to book with fares from £31.99 for this summer.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are delighted to be welcoming the arrival of our ninth aircraft in Edinburgh today and to be celebrating the launch of our new summer routes to Catania and Antalya, which is a testament to our continued success and commitment to our customers by providing greater choice and direct connectivity to more of the fantastic destinations Europe has to offer, for what will be our biggest ever summer in Scotland.

‘We are proud to be the largest airline in Scotland and the expansion of our fleet and strengthening of our network at Edinburgh demonstrates our confidence in the resilient strength of demand for travel in the UK, with customers choosing us for our trusted brand, unrivalled network and great value fares and we can’t wait to welcome more customers on board.’

Kate Sherry, Chief Commercial Officer (Aero) said: ‘It’s great to see the new routes to Catania and Antalya commence as both offer something very different to our passengers, ensuring we are offering choice of destination and experience where we can. We love to provide excitement to and a sense of adventure to people looking to get away and we know offering them a variety of destinations is something that provides that.

‘The basing of another aircraft at Edinburgh to expand easyJet’s presence to nine at Scotland’s airport really demonstrates the airline’s commitment to growth in the capital. We are always looking to use the latest aircraft with the most modern technology and four A320s delivers that, and we look forward to working with each other to provide more choice for passengers where we can.’

easyJet has also introduced an additional aircraft to its base at Edinburgh Airport, to serve demand. With the arrival of the new 186-seat Airbus A320, easyJet will now base nine A320 aircraft at Edinburgh Airport.

British Airways announces new daily service from London Heathrow to Florence

British Airways has announced a new daily flight from London Heathrow to Florence, Italy, for Summer 2023.

Starting on April 16, 2023, 07:50, the new flight will operate daily from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 on an A320Neo aircraft. Return flights are on sale from London Heathrow to Florence now, starting from £114, and can be booked at www.ba.com.

Florence will be one of 11 Italian cities served by British Airways from London Heathrow in Summer 2023, including Rome, Milan, Venice and Naples. The London Heathrow to Florence flight joins a host of new routes starting in the Summer 2023 season, such as London Gatwick to Aruba and Guyana, and London Heathrow to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Neil Chernoff, Director of Networks and Alliances at British Airways, said: ‘We know our customers love visiting Tuscany, which is why we already operate flights from London City to Florence. We’ve added this new route from London Heathrow to the Tuscan capital to offer them even more choice to explore this incredible Italian region.

‘Not only is this good news for UK travellers, but also for those connecting in London to and from US destinations. The flights’ timings have been optimised for connectivity to popular routes, including New York, Boston and Chicago.’

British Airways Holidays is also offering two nights with breakfast at the 4-star Palazzo Lorenzo Hotel Boutique from £279pp, travelling on selected dates in May 2023. The fare includes economy (Euro Traveller) return flights from London Heathrow Airport and 23kg luggage allowance. Bookings can be made before January 31, 2023 at www.ba.com/florence

British Airways announces new daily flight from London Heathrow to Florence

British Airways has announced a new daily flight from London Heathrow to Florence, Italy, for Summer 2023.

Starting on April 16, 2023, the new flight will operate daily from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 at 07:50 on an A320Neo aircraft.

Known for its Renaissance art scene, architectural masterpieces and Tuscan fare, Florence is in central Italy, and within close proximity to Bologna and Pisa for those who are looking to explore further afield.

Neil Chernoff, director of Networks and Alliances at British Airways, said: ‘We know our customers love visiting Tuscany, which is why we already operate flights from London City to Florence. We’ve added this new route from London Heathrow to the Tuscan capital to offer them even more choice to explore this incredible Italian region.

‘Not only is this good news for UK travellers, but also for those connecting in London to and from US destinations. The flights’ timings have been optimised for connectivity to popular routes, including New York, Boston and Chicago.’

Florence will be one of 11 Italian cities served by British Airways from London Heathrow in Summer 2023, including Rome, Milan, Venice and Naples.

The London Heathrow to Florence flight joins a host of new routes starting in the Summer 2023 season, such as London Gatwick to Aruba and Guyana, and London Heathrow to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Return flights are on sale from London Heathrow to Florence now, starting from £114.

British Airways Holidays offers two nights with breakfast at the 4* Palazzo Lorenzo Hotel Boutique from £279pp, travelling on selected dates in May 2023. This includes economy (Euro Traveller) return flights from London Heathrow Airport and 23kg luggage allowance. Bookings are by 31 January 2023 at www.ba.com/florence

Ryanair announces new flights to Venice from Bournemouth with Ryanair

Bournemouth Airport has announced the launch of new flights to Venice operated by European airline group, Ryanair.

The new twice-weekly service will begin operating from December 22, 2022, with passengers able to get away to the Italian city all year-round. The new service to Marco Polo Airport will leave Bournemouth every Thursday and Sunday and is now available to book at ryanair.com.

Venice is one of the most visited cities in Italy and is home to some of the country’s best known tourist attractions, including St Mark’s Square, the Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the renowned Grand Canal with its gondolas.

The announcement of the new flights adds to Ryanair’s existing programme of 16 destinations available from Bournemouth Airport which include Zadar (Croatia), Bergerac (France), Budapest (Hungary), Dublin (Ireland), Malta, Krakow, and Wroclaw (Poland), Faro (Portugal), Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, and Tenerife (Spain).

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted that our customers will now be able to fly to this beautiful Italian destination, Venice, from Bournemouth with Ryanair. We warmly welcome today’s announcement which will give passengers even more choice when flying from their local airport. Venice is a stunning city with so much to do, whether you’re planning a weekend break or longer holiday, so this is great news and a fantastic addition to our schedule.’

Passengers flying from Bournemouth Airport are now able to choose from a total of 34 destinations in 17 countries during 2022/23. The 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; Italy: Venice; 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; and Turkey: Antalya, Dalaman. The special departures include Barbados (fly/cruise), Fjords (fly/cruise), Bergamo (Italian Lakes), Arctic Circle.

Jet2 adds Verona as new city break destination from Newcastle Airport for summer 23

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks, the leisure airline and operator of European city breaks, has announced the addition of a new city break destination on sale for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport – Verona.

With this addition, customers and independent travel agents in the North East can now book flights and city breaks to four city break destinations from the base next summer. The other destinations for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport are Rome, Krakow and Prague.

Jet2 will operate flights and city breaks to the Italian city of Verona from Newcastle Airport from May 10 to September 27, 2023. The weekly services to Verona will gives holidaymakers easy access to Lake Garda and comes in response to strong demand from local customers and independent travel agents for Summer 23 city breaks.

The largest of the freshwater lakes in Italy, Lake Garda in the country’s north is within easy reach of the popular tourist city of Verona. Surrounded by small, picturesque villages, majestic mountains and shorelines stretching over 90 miles, Lake Garda’s coves and clear waters is an ideal spot for windsurfing and swimming.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Customers and independent travel agents in the North East have been telling us that people are looking ahead and booking a much-needed City Break in the diary. As such, we are seeing a lot of demand for city breaks for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport and have responded to that by adding a brand-new city break destination for Summer 23, as well as expanding our City Breaks programme on sale from the base. As the UK’s largest operator of European city breaks, our selection of city breaks for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport offers fantastic choice and flexibility. We are anticipating a very successful summer, as the appeal of booking with a trusted company that customers can rely on is proving extremely important.’

The City Breaks programme from Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks offers a choice of four leisure city destinations for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport, including the brand-new Verona (weekly flights), Rome (up to two weekly flights), Krakow (up to two weekly flights) and Prague (up to two weekly flights). Customers can choose from a flight-only option with Jet2.com or an ATOL protected package holiday with Jet2CityBreaks available for £60 per person deposit.

Package options with Jet2CityBreaks include flights with Jet2.com including 22kg hold luggage, transfers to and from the airport, as well as a choice of 2-5 star hotels in central locations.

Wizz Air launches new flights from Liverpool to Rome

Wizz Air, the Central and Eastern Europe-focused low-cost carrier, has launched a new service to its growing network from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) with flights to the Italian capital of Rome starting this summer.

The new service operates three times weekly, starting July 1, 2021 departing on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The service sees the return of flights to the Italian capital for the first time in over two years.

Paul Winfield, Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s Director of Aviation Development commented, ‘The region’s travellers have been largely grounded for most of the past 14 months, but we believe that the demand for international travel remains strong, which is why we have continued to work closely with our airline partners to offer passengers from across the region a great choice of destinations to choose from over the coming weeks and months, once international travel restrictions are lifted next week.

‘We are delighted to see Wizz Air continue to develop their business from Liverpool, creating more opportunities for passengers from across the North West and North Wales to travel to a growing number of European destinations direct from Liverpool.’

This is the third new route from Liverpool to be announced recently, and adds to Wizz Air’s growing network by becoming its 13th route from Liverpool airport. More information and tickets are available at Wizz Air’s Liverpool network, at www.wizzair.com.

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.’

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.

Vueling announces special flights to Italy from Cardiff for UEFA EURO 2020

European low fares airline, Vueling Airlines has announced special flights from Cardiff to Rome-Fiumicino, so fans will be able to fly from to support the Wales football team at the UEFA EURO 2020.

The football match against Italy will kickoff at Rome’s Olympic Stadium on June 21, 2020.

The airline will operate an outbound flight from Cardiff Airport to Rome-Fiumicino Airport, departing at 13:05 on 20th June 2020 and returning at 14:30 on 22nd June 2020. The flights will be operated on an Airbus A320, which can hold up to 186 passengers each way. Flights are on sale now at vueling.com/en, via Vueling’s mobile app, on the m.vueling.com mobile site or via the local travel agent.

Spencer Birns, Chief Commercial Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘The Euros are such a major event in the sporting calendar, and it is fantastic to see that our valued airline partner Vueling is making it possible for Welsh football fans to see the team in action against Italy.’

Cardiff Airport is the gateway to Wales, handling over a million passengers a year with over 50 direct routes and more than 900 connecting destinations worldwide through hubs including Amsterdam Schiphol, Dublin and Barcelona.

A part of International Airlines Group (IAG), Vueling operates short and medium-haul destinations in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, which are operated with a fleet of 120 aircraft of the Airbus A319, A320, A320neo and A321 models.