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.

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.’

Jet2holidays expands offerings with four new destinations

Jet2holidays, the UK’s largest tour operator, has expanded its destination portfolio with the introduction of four new locations – Symi, the Athens Coast, Porto, and Pula.

Responding to increased demand from customers and independent travel agents, these additions provide more options for those seeking a sunshine holiday or city break during Summer 24 and Summer 25.

In response to high demand for Greek getaways, Jet2holidays has added Symi and Athens Coast to its Summer 24 programme. Athens Coast offers access to eight resorts, providing a variety of holiday experiences, from laid-back atmospheres to bustling nightlife scenes. Symi, a satellite island near Rhodes, is known for its picturesque landscapes and authentic Greek charm, catering to those who seek a relaxed pace of life.

The expansion continues with the introduction of Porto to Jet2CityBreaks for Summer 25. This Portuguese city, situated on the Douro River, combines rich history, delicious cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and beautiful beaches. The Summer 25 City Breaks programme includes over 40 routes, with more than 110 weekly flights and nearly one million seats on sale, representing a capacity increase of over 12 percent compared to Summer 24.

Additionally, Pula on the Istrian Coast in Croatia has been added to the offering for Summer 25. Holidaymakers can choose from over 30 hotels across seven resorts, offering architectural gems, historic monuments, Blue Flag beaches, and lively nightlife.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Announcing four new destinations represents a significant expansion of our portfolio and it comes in direct response to the demand we are seeing from customers and independent travel agents. As the UK’s leading tour operator to Greece, adding the incredible Athens Coast and Symi demonstrates our continued commitment to this wonderful country and we know how popular both destinations will be. On top of that, we are absolutely thrilled to introduce city breaks to the magnificent city of Porto for the first time, as well as add fantastic Pula to our Summer 25 programme.’

Jet2 launches biggest ever Christmas Markets programme this Winter

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks, the UK’s leisure airline and operator of European city breaks, have announced their largest-ever Christmas Markets programme for the Winter 23/24 season.

The inaugural trips for this season departed from Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, and Newcastle International Airports on November 23. These journeys headed to enchanting Christmas Market destinations in Vienna, Copenhagen, Berlin, and Budapest. The extensive Christmas Markets programme includes flights and trips to Cologne, Prague, and Krakow for the winter season.

Jet2’s programme feature seven of Europe’s top Christmas market destinations and serves 10 UK airports – Belfast International, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Manchester, and Newcastle International. Notably, this year marks the first-time operations of scheduled services and trips to Christmas Market destinations from Bristol and London Stansted Airports.

The programme introduces eight new routes, such as Birmingham to Cologne, Bristol to Prague, Bristol to Vienna, Edinburgh to Vienna, Edinburgh to Prague, Leeds Bradford to Copenhagen, London Stansted to Prague, and London Stansted to Vienna, providing ample opportunities for vacationers to revel in a festive getaway this winter.

Steve Heapy, CEO, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to see the first of our dedicated Christmas Market trips for Winter 23/24 take off today. Following increased demand from customers and independent travel agents, we are offering our biggest Christmas Markets programme ever for Winter 23/24 and have flights and city breaks on sale from ten UK airports. The size and scale of the programme means holidaymakers have plenty of choice and flexibility when it comes to experiencing a magical winter wonderland this winter. With Christmas just over a month away, it is not too late to book a last-minute Christmas Market trip to leave you feeling festive.’

Customers can book Christmas Markets getaways, choosing from flight-only options with Jet2.com or ATOL protected package holidays with Jet2CityBreaks, available for a £60 per person deposit. Jet2CityBreaks packages include flights with Jet2.com, 22kg hold luggage, and a choice of 2-5 star hotels in central locations, providing a base to explore and experience the Christmas Market destinations in Europe.

Jet2 announces major expansion for Summer 2024

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK’s leading leisure airline and tour operator, have revealed a substantial expansion for Summer 2024, responding to surging demand for late summer getaways.

Jet2 is set to offer additional flights and holidays to 24 popular destinations, spanning Mainland Spain, the Canaries, the Balearics, Portugal, Turkey, Croatia, and Greece. The additional flights and holidays, available between late September and early November 2024, aim to provide holidaymakers and independent travel agents with more flexibility and choices for their late summer vacations. This expansion will be facilitated through eight key UK airports.

To meet the increased demand for late summer travel, nearly 70,000 extra seats will be made available for destinations including Lanzarote, Dubrovnik, Fuerteventura, Heraklion (Crete), Ibiza, Kalamata, Costa de Almeria, Gran Canaria, Menorca, Palma (Majorca), Reus, Rhodes, Halkidiki, Tenerife, Zante, Izmir, Malaga, Alicante, Antalya, Corfu, Dalaman, Faro (Algarve), Girona, and Kos.

The extra capacity will be accessible from the following UK airports: Belfast International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, and Newcastle International Airports.

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

Jet2 announces winter getaway programme

Jet2holidays and Jet2CityBreaks have announced a winter getaway programme with an array of holidays and city breaks.

The UK’s largest tour operator is offering discounts of up to £50 per person on all Winter 23/24 holidays from November 2023 to January 2024, granting travellers savings across its diverse range of destinations.

This exclusive sale applies to all package holidays booked through Jet2holidays, Jet2CityBreaks, VIBE by Jet2holidays, Indulgent Escapes, and Jet2Villas, valid for travel between November 1, 2023 and January 31, 2024.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘As the clocks change and winter looms, we know people will be looking to get away to escape the gloom. With a fantastic selection of holidays on sale for Winter 23/24, we are giving them the chance to do just that. Whether it is winter sun or discovering a new city, our Winter Sun and City Breaks programmes are jam-packed with choice and offer something for everyone. As well as providing plenty of choice and flexibility, we are also launching a sale so customers can look forward to a holiday for less this winter. Customers want reassurance, value and quality right now when it comes to holidays, and as the UK’s largest tour operator, they should look no further than Jet2holidays and Jet2CityBreaks for a winter escape.’

Jet2holidays and Jet2CityBreaks are offering a total of 20 Winter Sun and City Breaks destinations for Winter 23/24. Amid the sale, Jet2holidays boasts 12 Winter Sun destinations and 110 routes to winter hotspots across the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean. Winter Sun destinations include the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, and Fuerteventura), Spain (Alicante and Malaga), Majorca (Palma), Portugal (Faro and Madeira), Turkey (Antalya), Malta, and Cyprus (Paphos).

For those desiring visits to renowned capitals, cultural hubs, and historical treasures, Jet2 offers flights and city breaks to eight popular destinations: Athens, Barcelona, Budapest, Krakow, Paris, Prague, Rome, and Venice, accessible from various UK airports. Accommodation options range from 2-5-star hotels in central locations, offering an ideal base for exploring Europe’s prime city break destinations.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announce sale for Winter 23/24 holidays

Jet2holidays, the UK’s largest tour operator, has unveiled a new sale that offers travellers a chance to save up to £50 per person on all Winter 23/24 holidays from November 2023 to January 2024.

Furthermore, the sale extends to Jet2.com flights, where passengers can enjoy a 10 percent discount. With discounts available across a wide array of destinations, holiday enthusiasts have a great opportunity to make significant savings while travelling to sunnier climes this winter.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘As the weather in the UK turns cold and gloomy, we want to help customers escape on a much-deserved getaway this winter, and this sale allows them to do just that. With a fantastic choice of Winter 23/24 holidays on sale, customers have lots of flexibility when it comes to getting away and they can now warm up their winter for much less. With up to £50 per person off holidays in November, December and January, we know this sale is going to be extremely popular with holidaymakers.’

This limited-time promotion is applicable to bookings for Winter 23/24 holidays made through Jet2holidays, Jet2CityBreaks, VIBE by Jet2holidays, Indulgent Escapes, and Jet2Villas, for travel between November 1, 2023, and January 31, 2024.

With Jet2.com offering 10 percent discount on all flights throughout November, December and January, holidaymakers can also save on flights. Travellers can make significant savings on both their flights and accommodation, ensuring a wallet-friendly winter holiday.

Jet2 announces flights and holidays to Morocco from Birmingham Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the airline and tour operator, have announced the launch of scheduled flights and holidays from Birmingham Airport to Morocco for the first time.

As per the plan, Jet2 operate year-round from Birmingham Airport to two destinations in Morocco – Agadir and Marrakech – with flights and holidays on sale for both Winter 24/25 and Summer 25.

The companies will operate up to four weekly flights to Morocco from the airport, commencing from October 2024 and running right through to November 2025. Customers travelling to Morocco with Jet2holidays and Jet2CityBreaks will initially be able to choose from around 50 4-5 star hotels across Marrakech city, the wider Marrakech area and Agadir.

The company will operate two weekly flights to Marrakech from October 4, 2024 through to 14 November 2025 from Birmingham Airport. Customers travelling on a Jet2holiday can enjoy the city and its surrounding areas, experiencing the Moroccan way of life whilst enjoying the sunshine and facilities in a selection of over 20 4 and 5-star hotels in the Marrakech area.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have also launched year-round flights and holidays from Birmingham Airport to Agadir, which is Morocco’s most popular pick for a beach getaway. Jet2 will operate two weekly flights to Agadir from October 3, 2024 to November 16 2025 from Birmingham Airport. Customers can choose from almost 20 hotels in Agadir with Jet2holidays, with a wide selection of quality hotels available, mostly 4-star and above.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘We are thrilled to be giving customers and independent travel agents even more choice from Birmingham Airport thanks to the launch of Morocco as a brand-new destination. With year-round availability to the magical destinations of Marrakech and Agadir, we are giving holidaymakers access to two famous holiday hotspots. We are incredibly excited about these new destinations, and we know how immensely popular they will be with our customers.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘These additional flights on sale to this popular holiday destination, coupled with 50 4-5 star hotels across Marrakech city, the wider Marrakech area and Agadir means Birmingham Airport’s customers have great options for Winter 24/25 and Summer 25 getaways. Morocco has something to offer all, from its beautiful beaches to its old age architecture. These will undoubtably be popular city break or holiday destinations.’

Jet2 announces early Summer Sun programme for 2025 from Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK’s leading tour operator and prominent leisure airline, has announced their Summer Sun programme for 2025 from Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

For Summer 2025, Jet2 has made 23 summer destinations available from Liverpool John Lennon Airport including three exciting new routes: Malaga, Malta, and Reus. These fresh additions, along with increased capacity to other destinations, signify a significant expansion of their second Summer Sun programme from the airport. An extra aircraft will be deployed at the airport during Summer ’25 to support the expansion.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are making flights and holidays to popular sunshine destinations in the Canaries, Balearics, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria, and Portugal available for booking. This comprehensive programme release is in response to strong customer demand, allowing travellers to secure their Summer ’25 vacations.

During peak periods in Summer ’25, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays plan to operate nearly 70 weekly departing flights from Liverpool. Key highlights for Summer Sun 2025 from Liverpool include:

* 23 sun destinations (peak weekly flights indicated).

* Introduction of three new routes: Malaga (3), Malta (1), and Reus (2).

* A wide range of destinations, including Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Alicante, Palma, Ibiza, Menorca, Faro, Madeira, Crete, Corfu, Kos, Rhodes, Zante, Paphos, and Bulgaria.

John Irving, CEO Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented, ‘We are all looking forward to our new partnership and welcoming Jet2.com and Jet2holidays customers for Summer 2024 and are therefore absolutely delighted that Summer 2025 is now on sale too. This will bring 14 more weekly departures with flights to 23 destinations including 3 new routes compared to their Summer 2024 programme, with an additional 5th Jet2.com aircraft to be based here at Liverpool too.’

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Since announcing the launch of flights and holidays from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, we have been absolutely staggered by the incredible response from customers and independent travel agents across the region. We are seeing very strong demand from customers and independent travel agents wanting to book their Summer Sun early and get the best availability and choice. As the UK’s largest tour operator, we have listened to what our customers are telling us and reacted by putting our Summer 25 Sun programme on sale from Liverpool John Lennon Airport nice and early.’

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are the first in the industry to offer bookings for Summer ’25 flights and holidays.