Jet2.com and Jet2holidays launch new route from Edinburgh Airport to Malta

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have celebrated the launch of their first flight to Malta from Edinburgh Airport today, marking the beginning of a brand-new route for Summer 24.

The addition of the new route comes in response to demand from local customers and independent travel agents for Summer 24 flights and holidays. The inaugural flight on May 1 signals the start of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ operations to Malta from Edinburgh Airport until October 30, 2024.

With the introduction of weekly Wednesday services, holidaymakers in Scotland can now explore Malta’s historic towns, picturesque marinas, and the island’s Italian-inspired cuisine. Additionally, those heading over to Gozo will discover centuries-old architecture, stunning beaches, and shimmering lagoons.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to see our first flight to Malta take off from Edinburgh Airport today. Feedback from customers and independent travel agents in Scotland has been telling us that flights and holidays to Malta and Gozo are very much in demand for Summer 24, and we know that this is a destination that customers want to experience. Since putting services on sale to Malta from Edinburgh Airport, local customers and independent travel agents have been booking getaways to the stunning hotspot in their numbers. As the UK’s largest tour operator, we are giving customers and independent travel agents in the region unrivalled choice when it comes to enjoying a holiday this summer.’

Kate Sherry, Chief Commercial Officer (Aero) at Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘We always want to add destinations and routes where we can, to make sure people can get away and relax, and we’re sure our passengers will ha-Valetta fun on the island!

‘It’s great to see Malta added to Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ already extensive programme from Scotland’s busiest airport and we are looking forward to another busy summer.’

Alan Borg, Malta International Airport Chief Executive Officer, said: ‘We are pleased to see Jet2.com and Jet2holidays expand its schedule for Malta, introducing an additional link between our airport and Scotland’s vibrant capital. This direct route to Edinburgh joins 9 other Jet2 routes to airports across the United Kingdom, which will continue to enhance Malta’s offering to our airport’s biggest tourism market throughout the summer months.’

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks introduce new Norway and Fjords programme

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks have recently announced the launch of their new programme of flights and city breaks to Bergen, Norway from Manchester Airport and Newcastle International Airport.

This marks Jet2’s return to Bergen after more than 15 years, offering customers a unique opportunity to explore Norway’s famous Fjords. In response to increasing demand for discovery-based experience holidays, Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks are expanding their programme to Bergen with new flights and city breaks operating from Leeds Bradford Airport and Birmingham Airport in May.

In addition to access to stunning Fjords like Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord, Bergen boasts a picturesque harbour, fashionable restaurants, and bars, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bryggen.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to see our new programme of flights and city breaks to Bergen start operating from Manchester Airport and Newcastle International Airport. We also look forward to seeing our first flights depart from Leeds Bradford Airport and Birmingham Airport in the coming weeks. The addition of flights and packages to this jaw-dropping destination for Spring 24 gives customers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the beauty of the Fjords. Bergen is a stunning and vibrant city with something around every corner, and we expect this new programme to be extremely popular.’

Stein Ove Rolland, CEO of Fjord Norway, said: ‘We are experiencing a steadily increasing interest among Brits who seek to experience the iconic Norwegian fjord landscape. With refreshing nature experiences and strong contrasts, and a region rich in culture, history and cities with small town charm, Fjord Norway has become an attractive destination for British people. Jet2 has now made it very easy to travel directly to Bergen, right in the heart of the Norwegian fjords.’

Customers can choose from flight-only options with Jet2.com or package holidays with Jet2CityBreaks, part of the ‘Discover More’ product range designed for adventurous holidaymakers.

Discover More packages to Bergen include flights with Jet2.com, 22kg hold luggage, accommodation, and ATOL protection, available for a £60 per person deposit. Packages also include a full-day tour featuring a boat trip along the Fjords and a mountain railway journey.

Jet2holidays expands Bulgaria programme with Sozopol for Summer 2024

Jet2holidays has recently unveiled plans to enhance its Bulgaria offering for Summer 2024 by introducing package holidays to the sought-after destination of Sozopol.

The decision comes in response to growing popularity of Bulgaria among holidaymakers, driven by its affordability and charm. As the UK’s largest tour operator, Jet2holidays is catering to this demand by launching holiday packages to the historic seaside town of Sozopol.

Sozopol boasts a captivating blend of white sand beaches and traditional architecture. Visitors can explore the Old Town with its cobbled streets, terracotta-topped houses, and distinctive wooden buildings, alongside a diverse array of shops, bars, and restaurants. For beach lovers, the town offers Central Beach and Harmanite Beach, as well as the stunning wild beach at Dyuni. Nature enthusiasts can venture to the Ropotamo Nature Reserve or the Blatoto Alepu National Park, while families can enjoy a day of excitement at the Neptun Aqua Park, a sprawling waterpark spanning 50,000 square meters.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to be offering package holidays to Sozopol in Bulgaria for Summer 24 and expanding our offering in the region. The addition of this charming resort comes in response to strong demand for getaways to Bulgaria and gives holidaymakers even more choice. As well as being able to access this region, holidaymakers will also be able to enjoy the many benefits of booking a package holiday to Sozopol with Jet2holidays. These benefits, combined with our reputation of delivering exceptional customer service, means we are confident this resort will be popular with both customers and independent travel agents.’

By incorporating a range of hotels across Sozopol into its portfolio, Jet2holidays is providing the opportunity to book package holidays to this captivating destination for the upcoming summer season. The newly available hotels span from 3 to 4 stars and offer various board options, including bed and breakfast and all-inclusive, ensuring that customers can select accommodation that aligns with their preferences and budget.

Customers opting for a package holiday to Sozopol with Jet2holidays can obtain direct flights to Bulgaria (Bourgas) from nine UK bases, including Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool John Lennon, London Stansted, Manchester, and Newcastle International. Transfers to and from Bulgaria (Bourgas) airport are also included.

Jet2CityBreaks expands Discover More offerings to Porto with enchanting wine tours

Jet2CityBreaks, a provider of European city breaks in the UK, has announced the introduction of Discover More packages to the enchanting city of Porto, offering travellers immersive discovery-based experiences.

Jet2CityBreaks now allows customers and independent travel agents to book Discover More getaways to Porto for Summer 2024 and Summer 2025, featuring delightful Douro Valley wine tours.

The full-day wine tour includes visits to esteemed port wine producers, where holidaymakers can savour the flavours of three local wines. Following the wine tasting experience, guests will enjoy lunch at a Quinta port wine producer, paired with select wines. The tour also encompasses vineyard explorations and additional tastings at renowned wine producers, concluding with a serene Rabelo boat cruise in Pinhao.

In addition to the wine tour, travellers booking Discover More packages can immerse themselves in the charms of Porto, northern Portugal’s largest city. Porto offers a rich tapestry of history, delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and serene coastal escapes along Portugal’s Douro River. Visitors can delve into world-class museums and galleries, wander through picturesque streets, shop in local boutiques, or unwind along the scenic Foz do Douro promenade.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to be announcing even more good news for our Porto programme and expanding our Discover More packages to the popular city break destination. We are seeing more customers wanting to experience it all on their holidays, whether that is adventure, culture, history or sightseeing, so this expansion of our Discover More collection is in direct response to that demand.

‘We are confident that our Discover More packages to this superb city will be very popular, as people look to get more from their getaway while taking advantage of all the award-winning benefits of booking a Jet2CityBreaks package.’

The introduction of Discover More packages to Porto coincides with Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks’ decision to advance the launch of Porto to Summer 2024 from Manchester Airport due to increased demand for flights and city breaks. Discover More packages to Porto are available for booking from Manchester Airport for Summer 2024 and Summer 2025, and from Birmingham Airport for Summer 2025.

Discover More is a curated collection of experience-based city breaks and holidays designed for adventure enthusiasts seeking historic landmarks, cultural immersion, or breathtaking scenery. Discover More packages to Porto include Jet2.com flights with 22kg hold luggage, 4 to 4+star accommodations, and ATOL protection, for a deposit of £60 per person.

Alongside Porto, the Discover More range currently features destinations such as Iceland, Bergen and the Fjords, Turkey, and Croatian cruises.

Jet2 introduces Gdansk as new Christmas market destination for Winter 24/25

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks, the UK-based leisure airline and operator of European city breaks, have announced the addition of Gdansk, Poland, as a brand-new Christmas Market destination for the Winter 24/25 season.

Scheduled services and dedicated trips to Gdansk will operate from Birmingham and Manchester Airports from November 29 to December 23, 2024. With two weekly services available on Mondays and Fridays during this period, customers and independent travel agents will have ample choice and flexibility to enjoy an authentic festive experience in the charming Polish city.

Renowned for its picturesque Christmas Market, Gdansk’s Targ Weglowy area transforms into a winter wonderland, offering fairy tale illuminations, fairground attractions, a food zone, handmade gifts, local delicacies, and live artistic events. With a flight time of just over two hours, Gdansk provides a compact cityscape steeped in history, making it an ideal destination for immersive festive experiences and cultural exploration.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘There is a huge amount of demand for Christmas Market breaks from customers and independent travel agents, so we are delighted to announce the launch of Christmas Market flights and trips to Gdansk for Winter 24/25 for the first time. Gdansk is a fantastic Christmas Market destination, and we are expecting these new flights and city breaks to be extremely popular.’

With Gdansk joining seven other festive destinations – Berlin, Budapest, Cologne, Copenhagen, Krakow, Prague, and Vienna – across eleven UK airports, the Winter 24/25 Christmas Markets programme boasts its widest selection yet.

Jet2CityBreaks offers package options inclusive of flights with Jet2.com, accommodation in central locations, and additional benefits, starting from a deposit of £60 per person.

Jet2 expands services to Santorini from Manchester Airport for Summer 2024

In response to strong demand for holidays to Greece in Summer 2024, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK’s largest tour operator and third-largest airline, have announced an additional expansion at Manchester Airport.

Jet2 will offer new Sunday services to Santorini, complementing the existing Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday services. The new flights, running from July 21 to September 1, will provide holidaymakers and independent travel agents in the region with increased flexibility to visit this sought-after Greek island. The expansion reflects the companies’ commitment to meeting customer demand and offering diverse travel options, aligning with the growing interest in Greek destinations for the upcoming summer season.

The new Sunday services to Santorini, along with the existing flights, cater to various travel preferences, allowing newlyweds to embark on post-wedding getaways or families to enjoy extended stays on the picturesque island. Santorini, known for its breathtaking views, iconic sunsets, local vineyards, and historical sites, offers a diverse range of experiences for holidaymakers.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are set to operate to a total of 14 Greek destinations from Manchester Airport in Summer 2024, including popular spots like Athens, Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes, Skiathos, and more.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Demand from customers and independent travel agents in the region is telling us that flights and holidays to Greece are very much in demand for Summer 24. As ever, we have responded quickly to that demand by adding extra services to Santorini from Manchester Airport, giving customers even more choice when it comes to visiting this bucket list destination.

‘With its romantic sunsets and stunning scenery, Santorini is a magical destination for newlyweds, couples and families who are looking to enjoy a memorable holiday in the Greek sunshine. The appeal of Santorini, combined with our Free Child Place holidays and fantastic sale, means we are confident that these new services will prove popular with local holidaymakers.’

Jet2.com adds Verona to Winter 24/25 Ski Programme

Leisure airline Jet2.com has announced the addition of Verona to its Winter 24/25 ski destinations in response to demand from skiers and snowboarders.

The airline is offering new ski services to Verona from December 21, 2024, to April 5, 2025, with weekly Saturday services operating from Manchester Airport. Verona provides proximity to popular ski destinations like Val di Fassa in the Trentino region, Madonna di Campiglio in the Brenta Dolomites of Northern Italy, and Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites, known for its stunning scenery and world-class ski runs.

Jet2.com now offers ski flights to eight destinations for Winter 24/25, including Verona, Chambery, Geneva, Grenoble, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Lyon, and Turin. The company’s enhanced ski programme comprises 37 ski routes and 70 weekly flights during peak periods.

In addition to Verona, the Winter 24/25 ski programme includes:

* Chambery: Ski flights on sale from five UK bases, offering access to renowned ski resorts in France, such as the Three Valleys, Alpe d’Huez, Chamonix, La Plagne, and Val d’Isere.

* Geneva: A comprehensive programme with 32 weekly flights departing from nine UK bases, connecting ski enthusiasts to top resorts like Tignes, Flaine, Verbier, Zermatt, and the Three Valleys.

* Salzburg: Ski flights available from eight UK bases, providing access to over 300 resorts in the Austrian Alps, including Kaprun, Mayrhofen, and Obertauern.

* Grenoble: A gateway to the French Alps, with over 175 ski resorts nearby, including Morzine, Chamonix, Chamrousse, Les Deux Alpes, Alpe d’Huez, and Avoriaz.

* Turin: Speedy transfers to established skiing resorts, such as Pila, Vars, Le Corbier, and Val d’Isere, with services from Birmingham and Manchester.

* Innsbruck: Access to the Tyrolean capital from multiple UK bases, connecting skiers to resorts like Igls, Alpbach, and St Anton am Arlberg.

* Lyon: Weekly flights from Manchester Airport offering direct access to major French ski resorts, including Tignes, Les Arcs, and Alpe d’Huez, as well as smaller resorts for a more secluded experience.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are experiencing strong demand from skiers and snowboarders clamouring to book the best of the action for Winter 24/25 and our ski flights are selling very well. As a result, we are delighted to be expanding our ski programme even further and giving snow sports fans more choice, with the addition of Verona for Winter 24/25. Verona provides fantastic access to the best ski resorts in the Italian Alps, whether you are a beginner or an expert, with several resorts in easy reach. With perfectly timed flights, we are giving skiers access to the best ski resorts across Europe, and we know our new ski services to Verona, along with those already on sale, will be a huge hit with snow sports enthusiasts next winter.’

The Winter 24/25 ski programme from Jet2.com is available for booking from ten UK bases.

Jet2holidays expands free child place holidays for 2024

In expectation of a surge in family holiday bookings during the peak period, UK tour operator Jet2holidays have unveiled the addition of hundreds of thousands of Free Child Place holidays for the 2024 school holiday season.

This increase supplements the millions of existing Free Child Place Holidays. Jet2holidays has observed a notable demand for late winter bookings and highlights the success of Summer 24, the company’s most expansive summer programme to date.

Offering over 17 million seats to 60 destinations, including more than 50 new routes, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are set to operate from 11 UK airports, providing holidaymakers with an extensive range of choices. High-demand destinations include the Canaries, Balearics, Mainland Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy, Malta, and Bulgaria.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘With the schools going back this week, we are seeing demand for family holidays increase as people get planning and booking their holidays. We are expecting more of this over the weekend, which is why we have put hundreds of thousands of extra Free Child Place holidays on sale, meaning we have never had so many Free Child Place holidays available, with millions up for grabs.’

‘As the UK’s largest tour operator we are looking forward to taking millions of new and existing customers away. Contrary to popular belief, there is not an endless amount of capacity on sale and with so many people flocking to book their well-deserved holidays, our advice is to act now before the best deals and best holidays are gone,’ he added.

To enhance the affordability of these vacations, Jet2holidays has recently launched a promotional offer, presenting customers with a £50 per person discount on all holidays. Additionally, customers with a MyJet2 account can access exclusive savings, with £60 off per person on all holidays.

As a result, couples can save up to £120 on their bookings (£100 off for non-members), while a family of four can benefit from a £240 discount (£200 off for non-members).

Jet2 fast-tracks introduction of Porto programme to meet surging demand

Following significant surge in demand for city breaks and flights, Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks have decided to bring forward the launch of their holiday trips to Porto.

Originally scheduled for Summer 2025, the new Porto programme will now commence from Manchester Airport on July 4, 2024, offering holidaymakers and independent travel agents an earlier opportunity to explore the dynamic Portuguese city. The launch of flights and city breaks to Porto from Manchester Airport for Summer 24 means that Jet2 now has 59 destinations on sale from the airport this coming summer.

With operations running twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays until November 3, 2024, this accelerated programme allows travellers to immerse themselves in Porto’s rich history, culinary delights, and vibrant nightlife. Nestled along the picturesque Douro River, Porto’s unique blend of city life and coastal beauty caters to a diverse range of visitors, including couples, families, and groups of friends. From world-class museums to charming streets and beautiful beaches like Foz do Douro, Porto promises a multifaceted experience.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Since announcing the launch of the brand-new city destination of Porto, we have experienced phenomenal demand. We always listen to what our customers and independent travel agent partners are telling us so we have acted quickly to bring forward the launch of Porto by a whole year, meaning flights and city breaks to Porto are now available from Manchester Airport for Summer 24. As the largest operator of European city breaks this expands our programme are even further, and we know this news will be a huge hit with customers looking to travel to this superb city.’

Despite the early introduction of Porto from Manchester, Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks will continue operations from Birmingham and Manchester Airports, maintaining two weekly services (Thursday and Sunday) to Porto during Summer 2025.

Jet2 unveils Summer 2024 Manchester Airport holiday options

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK-based leisure airline and tour operator, have announced a significant expansion of their Summer 2024 programme at Manchester Airport, introducing additional flights and holiday options to meet the rising demand for travel.

Covering popular destinations such as the Canary Islands, Mainland Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, and Italy, the expansion includes the addition of extra seats on flights to Lanzarote, Alicante, Bulgaria (Bourgas), Corfu, Crete (Chania and Heraklion), Kos, Sardinia, and Reus, providing travellers with a more extensive selection for their summer vacations. This strategic initiative is a direct response to growing enthusiasm among holidaymakers who are actively booking flights and ATOL-protected package holidays for the upcoming summer season.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are seeing strong and sustained demand for Summer 24 across the board, with flights and holidays proving very popular from Manchester Airport. As the UK’s largest tour operator, we have reacted quickly to that demand by adding extra capacity to a host of sunshine favourites from the airport. With even more choice and flexibility, we are giving holidaymakers plenty of opportunity to get away on our award-winning flights and holidays next summer. By adding additional services to popular summer destinations, we are giving customers exactly what they want, and we know just how much they will be jumping at the chance to get away.’

The expansion is set to offer customers and travel agents in the North West heightened flexibility and a broader range of options for planning their summer getaways. With over 340 weekly flights during peak periods and more than 3.8 million seats, Summer 2024 is the most extensive programme ever undertaken by Jet2.com and Jet2holidays at Manchester Airport. This signifies a substantial increase of nearly 100,000 seats compared to the previous summer.