and Jet2holidays announce expansion to summer 2018 schedule from Birmingham, along with Jet2holidays, has recently said that it has significantly expanded its summer flights and holidays programme from Birmingham Airport for Summer 18, with 13 brand new destinations, 900,000 seats and thousands of 2-5 star hotels on sale.

With the expansion, the holiday company will operate to a total of 28 summer sun and city break destinations in Summer 18.

The new destinations from Birmingham Airport available for travel in summer 2018 include: a weekly service to Greek peninsula of Halkidiki; twice weekly service to Turkey’s turquoise coast Antalya; twice weekly service to Spain’s Costa de Almeria; twice weekly service to the island of Kos; twice weekly service to Krakow, Poland; twice weekly service to Larnaca, Cyprus; weekly service to the island of Madeira; weekly service to Malta; twice-weekly service to Naples, Italy; twice-weekly service to to the Czech capital of Prague; twice weekly service to Rome, Italy; twice weekly service to Split located on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast; and twice weekly service to the island of Zante located in the Ionian Sea.

In addition to the new destinations, the company has also increased capacity in Summer 18 to popular sun destinations including Malaga, Alicante, Ibiza, Reus, Majorca and Menorca.

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Our award-winning flights and holidays have arrived in style at Birmingham Airport with people across the region welcoming our offer of real package holidays and family friendly flights. On the back of this, we are delighted to be announcing a hugely expanded summer 18 programme, giving holidaymakers across the region access to a fantastic choice of sun and city destinations, and even an exclusive route to Halkidiki. Such success in a brand new base shows that our formula is the right one with customers, so as well as looking forward to our first summer at Birmingham Airport this year, we are already making big plans for Summer 18.’

William Pearson, Birmingham Airport’s Aviation Director said: ‘Just a few weeks after launching, the and Jet2holidays brand has announced a massive growth programme from Birmingham in Summer 2018 and we are delighted to see this positive move that shows confidence in our region and the airport. We look forward to welcoming people who will be able to travel with the airline and tour operator to 28 destinations next summer from Birmingham.’

Birmingham announces new routes from Thomas Cook Airline and for winter 2017

Birmingham Airport has announced the introduction of new routes on its Winter 2017/18 schedule, operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and

Thomas Cook Airlines will operate a new route from Birmingham Airport to Cape Verde for winter 2017 for the first time. Flights from Birmingham to Cape Verde operate from November 2, 2017 until April 26, 2018 and are available from £139.00 one-way through The new route is now on sale along with the rest of the short and medium haul seat-only programme for next winter.

James Burrows, Aviation Director for Thomas Cook Airlines, said: ‘We’re so excited to carry on our growth at Birmingham. With the start of Comiso and Lesbos next summer and following our GBP100m cabin upgrade programme and launch of our pre-order duty free service, Airshoppen, we’re offering even more choice than ever for winter sun from Birmingham.’

William Pearson, Aviation Director from Birmingham Airport, added: ‘Cape Verde is growing in popularity with both sun seekers and those with holiday homes on this beautiful Island off the Coast of West Africa, so this new service is a welcome addition to our winter schedule.’

Separately, and Jet2holidays have announced the launch of their first ever full winter flights and holidays programme for 2017/18, including seven new routes across winter sun destinations including Madeira – a brand new route; city breaks to Krakow and Prague, and ski destinations including Grenoble, Geneva, Salzburg, and Turin.

With over 255,000 seats to winter sun destinations, the programme also consists of frequent flights to popular winter sun destinations such as Alicante (five weekly flights), Malaga (three weekly flights) and Faro (three weekly flights). In addition, over 40,000 ski seats will be available on’s winter 17/18 programme from Birmingham Airport, including the new routes to Grenoble, Geneva, Salzburg and Turin.

Commenting on the new routes by, Pearson said: ‘As more and more people escape the winter and head for the sun, slopes or city break, we are delighted that our newest carrier,, has launched its winter 17/18 programme adding Madeira, Grenoble, Geneva, Salzburg, Turin, Krakow and Prague from Birmingham. These services are in addition to 15 sunshine routes starting when the carrier arrives at Birmingham for the first time in March 16, and shows confidence by the airline in the Midlands.’ and Jet2holidays announce flights and holidays from London Stansted Airport

UK-based leisure airline and package holiday company and Jet2holidays have announced the launch of new flights and holidays from London Stansted Airport.

The new services were officially launched by Essex’s own Mark Wright.

In celebrating the occasion, commuters at Liverpool Street Station and on the Stansted Express were offered free flights to one of’s and Jet2holidays’ 21 European sun destinations, which are now on sale from Stansted for summer 2017. and Jet2holidays have announced a total of 21 European leisure destinations – Alicante – with daily flights; Crete (Heraklion) – three times a week; Dubrovnik – three times a week; Faro – daily; Fuerteventura – twice weekly; Girona (Costa Brava) – twice weekly; Gran Canaria – three times a week; Ibiza – daily; Kos – twice weekly; Lanzarote – four times a week; Larnaca – three times a week; Madeira – twice weekly; Majorca – daily; Malaga – daily; Menorca – three times a week; Paphos – twice weekly; Pula – twice weekly; Reus – four times a week; Rhodes – three times a week; Tenerife – six times a week and Zante – twice weekly.

As per the schedule, a total of 83 weekly flights will operate through, which has recently been voted the ‘UK’s Top Airline’ and ‘Most Loved Airline’ by users of TripAdvisor and Skytrax respectively. The introduction of two weekly flights to Madeira makes and Jet2holidays the only airline to operate services on the route from London Stansted Airport.

Starting spring 2017, more than 800,000 seats will be available for travel. To mark the launch, has released 50,000 seats for GBP30.

The first flights from London Stansted Airport will take off on Thursday, March 30, 2017 to Alicante, Faro, Majorca and Lanzarote. The flights will operate on and Jet2holidays’ brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, said: ‘ and Jet2holidays offer something for everyone, with flexible stays and 3,750 hotels providing everything from great value holidays through to city breaks and the best luxury hotels. We are looking forward to bringing our friendly low fares and great value package holidays to London Stansted Airport and we are confident our proposition will make us a resounding success.

‘This is a hugely significant programme launch, giving people a choice of 21 of the most popular European leisure destinations, and includes an exclusive route to Madeira, as well as daily flights to Alicante, Faro, Ibiza, Malaga and Majorca. We’re thrilled that customers across North & East London and the East of England can now experience our flights and holidays, which repeatedly see us win accolades such as TripAdvisor’s ‘top airline’ and we look forward to our first flights taking off next year!’

Andrew Cowan, chief executive, London Stansted Airport said: ‘We’re delighted that and Jet2holidays has chosen Stansted as its ninth UK base and the first in the South of England. Jet2’s arrival at Stansted from next spring will create 250 new jobs at the airport, and support more jobs across our region, as well as offering passengers in London and the East of England a fantastic choice of flights and package holidays to 21 of Europe’s most popular and exciting destinations.’

Mark Wright said: ‘I’ve flown with and Jet2holidays numerous times and can’t rate them enough. I always fly with them when I’m working in Manchester. It’s great that they are finally coming down South and have chosen my local airport as their ninth UK base. They offer really good value.’

Jet2 to commence new transatlantic services from northern UK

Low cost airline is set to launch new transatlantic flights to New York and Boston, offering its services to holidaymakers in the north of England and Scotland.

The airline is set to run a series of direct flights and package holidays to the US in spring next year, flying from the Leeds Bradford and Newcastle airports to New York, and from Leeds Bradford and Glasgow to Boston. It will also provide a service from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle to Toronto, Canada.

While only six flights are scheduled presently, the airline said it would consider introducing the services on a permanent basis if the demand was high. The airline briefly ran a service to New York last November, but Steve Heapy, chief executive of, said that the latest move was a ‘milestone’.

The new flight schedule announced includes:

New York – three-night Easter breaks departing from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle airport on April 17.

Boston – four-night break from Glasgow for St Patrick’s Weekend, departing on March 14, and a three-night break from Leeds Bradford departing on April 3.

Toronto – three-night break departing on April 10 from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle.

No airlines currently fly direct from Glasgow, Leeds Bradford or Newcastle to North America. Presently travellers in Scotland and the north of England fly via London, paying Air Passenger Duty twice, or rely on limited services from Manchester.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of the airline, said: ‘We are thrilled to be the very first holiday company to give people direct access to these exciting transatlantic destinations from Leeds, Glasgow and Newcastle.’

‘The addition of these three routes reinforces our commitment to our regional customers,’ he added.


Jet2 agrees to use alternative Belfast runway

Jet2, a low cost airline based at Leeds Bradford Airport in the UK, has agreed to resume flights to Belfast International airport after being offered the use of an alternative runway.

The airline had suspended flights to the airport from Monday this week over safety concerns relating to the operational runway’s maintenance programme. The airport confirmed that a aircraft had reported engine problems on three occasions, but denied that there was any evidence connecting this with work on the runway. Despite the Civil Aviation Authority’s assertion that the airport was safe, and the fact that no other airline had suspended flights, Jet2 rerouted its flights to George Best Belfast city airport and City of Derry airport.

The company has resumed its Belfast International flights following an agreement that it can use the airport’s alternative runway, and it has issued a website statement that reads, ‘Following our decision to temporarily suspend operations at Belfast international airport, due to safety concerns during the current maintenance programme on the main runway, we have today (Tuesday) come to an agreement with the airport that we will now operate all our flights using the alternative North/South runway. This will take effect from Wednesday 10th April, until further notice.

‘This decision follows close consultation with the airport and a detailed safety assessment conducted today. All our customers due to travel from Belfast international this week should go to the airport as normal.

‘We would like to apologise for the inconvenience this has caused however the safety of our customers is of paramount importance and we will not operate from Belfast international airport’s main runway until the resurfacing has finished.’

Jet2 to launches Budapest/East Midlands route, a British low-cost airline based out of Leeds Bradford Airport, is to commence flights to Budapest, Hungary, from East Midlands Airport in the UK.

East Midlands will be the third UK airport from which Jet2 provides flights to Budapest, after Edinburgh and Manchester, and the flights will operate twice weekly with fares starting from £55 one way.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet 2, said, ‘We’re thrilled to be the only airline to give travellers from East Midlands and central England direct flights to this popular central European city, right from their doorstep. We’ve made this route available following huge customer demand so we are very confident it will be a great success.’

Kam Jandu, Budapest airport aviation director, added, ‘We are delighted that has decided to operate a new route to and from East Midlands, an expanding UK regional airport. Not only will this have a positive impact on the local economy, but it will give the people of Budapest a much needed link to central England.’

In addition to Leeds Bradford, Jet2 has operating bases in Belfast, Blackpool, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. The company has approximately 42 aircraft in its fleet, flies to over 54 destinations, and carried 4.2 million passengers during 2011. Since its inception under the name Channel Express (Air Services) in 1978, the company had grown to employ about 1,500 employees as of January 2011, and adopted the Jet2 brand name in 2003.

Further details of the new Budapest route and all other Jet2 information can be found at Announces New Destinations from Glasgow, a UK-based low-cost airline that operates out of Leeds Bradford Airport, is expanding its operational base at Glasgow Airport in Scotland.

The airline, which has recently announced the addition of a new aircraft, its fourth to be based out of the airport, has also announced two new routes from Glasgow for its summer schedule in 2013.

Recently, the company announced three new routes from Glasgow airport, to Menorca (Spain), Murcia (Spain) and Pula (Croatia), for airfares commencing from £41 per person.

Steve Heapy, the head of Jet2holidays, the holiday arm of the airline, said, ‘Glasgow is an important base for us, and as we enter our third year, we are delighted to announce more new destinations our customers want. Local holidaymakers have been requesting services to Menorca, Murcia and Pula and we are happy to be offering these amazing destinations for 2013.

We recently announced Bodrum and Gran Canaria, which are also new for next year, meaning passengers have even more fantastic holiday options direct from Glasgow.

Adding our fourth dedicated aircraft is also great news for the area. This will be based at Glasgow ahead of the peak holiday season in May and will allow us to offer these new destinations and even more flying. We’ve already added an additional weekly flight to Bodrum due to strong demand since it was launched just a few months ago. We are also increasing the number of seats available to Majorca, Alicante, Ibiza, Dalaman, Heraklion, Lanzarote and Tenerife.’

Twice weekly flights to Murcia are on sale and will commence from May 24, 2013, with fares starting from £41 per person. Flights to Pula are also on sale with weekly flights set to commence from June 18, 2013.

Jet2 holidays rides high on awful British weather

Not everyone considers the miserable deluge that was the British summer of 2012 to be a bad thing; it helped Jet2 holidays to achieve healthy passenger figures, as holidaymakers seized the opportunity to fly off to the sun.

The low-cost operator, which has its headquarters at Leeds Bradford Airport in the UK, almost doubled its passenger throughput for this summer season, thanks in no small part to the unseasonable washout. In the six months ending September this year, Jet2 transported 312,000 passengers, which was a 97 percent increase on the 158,000 that flew with the airline during the same period in 2011.

Jet2’s parent company, the Dart Group, has issued a trading statement ahead of its interim results on November 22, saying, ‘This significant growth has been achieved through further improvements to the Jet2holidays product range, and development of its online and high street distribution channels. Sister budget carrier saw carryings rise by 14 percent in the six months, to 3.6 million passengers, with increases in yields and load factors. has had a strong summer due to volumes underpinned by the continued successful growth of Jet2holidays and helped by the particularly poor British summer weather.

Our leisure travel operations are becoming increasingly seasonal as we continue to grow the business. This, coupled with strong summer trading, will result in the group’s profit before taxation for the first half of the year being ahead of the same period in the previous year, with increased losses expected in the second half. Notwithstanding the current economic climate, the board expects to exceed current market expectations for the year ending 31 March 2013.’

Jet2 specialises in European operations, particularly warmer getaways around the Mediterranean, with Tenerife, Costa del Sol, Algarve, Cyprus and Ibiza holidays being offered, amongst others. Commences Service to Ibiza from Glasgow, a UK-based low-cost airline operating out of Leeds Bradford Airport, has announced the commencement of its service to the island of Ibiza, in Spain.

The airline celebrated its initial flight to Ibiza with a party for its passengers at Glasgow Airport, in Scotland. The party featured DJ Fox MacLeod, from Karbon nightclub in Glasgow, who regaled the partying passengers with up-tempo music.

Ian Doubtfire, the airline managing director, said, ‘We are delighted to be sending our passengers off in style to Ibiza with a real party atmosphere at the airport. The island has proved incredibly popular from our other UK departure points, and the same can be said for Glasgow following its launch in March last year. Glasgow is an important base for us and our strong growth of destinations across and Jet2holidays shows our continuing commitment to the region’s travellers.’

The flights to Ibiza are priced at inaugural rates commencing from GBP43.99 one way. Passengers can also avail of holiday packages from Jet2’s sister company, Jet2holidays.

Ibiza is popular with tourists for its summer club parties, although the Spanish government is also keen to promote the destination as a family holiday spot.

Apart from its new Ibiza service, the airline is currently offering flights to the beach destinations of Bodrum, in Turkey, and Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands, for airfares commencing at GBP53.99, from Glasgow Airport. Jet2holidays is also offering vacation packages to these destinations, for prices commencing from GBP369 per person. The vacations are inclusive of direct return flights, a 22kg baggage allowance and accommodation at a three-star hotel.