easyJet launches new routes and resumes holidays to the Canary Islands

easyJet has said that it will put more flights on sale to the Canary Islands in response to an increase in demand for flights and holidays.

easyJet will be putting additional flights on sale across its routes to the islands from London Gatwick, London Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast. With its year-round sunshine, beautiful long beaches and range of hotels, the Canary Islands are a great option for a winter sun getaway. Over 180,000 additional seats to the Canary Islands will now be available up to the end of March 2021, with fares from £22.99, one way per person, including taxes.

The move comes after the UK government announced that the Islands have been added to the list of quarantine exempt destinations for British travellers. Holidays are available to book now with packages available from £289 per person.

Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager, easyJet said: ‘We welcome the announcement from the UK government that the Canary Islands have been added to the list of quarantine exempt countries for British travellers.

‘This will mean many of our customers will be able to take a winter sun break to these popular islands or reschedule a holiday that they’ve been unable to take this summer as a result of the last minute changes to quarantine restrictions.

‘Since the government’s announcement last night we’ve already seen a surge of demand for flights and holidays to the Canary Islands – we’ve seen a 500% increase day on day on searches – so we know that there is customer demand, they want to travel and this demonstrates they will do so when travel restrictions are relaxed. In response to the demand we’re seeing from our customers we’re putting additional flights on sale from today well as launching five new routes to the Canary Islands from our airports across the UK.

Additionally, more flights are now available from London Gatwick and Manchester to Tenerife on Sunday October 25 and November 1, Manchester to Lanzarote on October 25 and 31 and Gatwick to Lanzarote on October 25, 26 and 31.

easyJet is also launching five new routes to from Edinburgh to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura; from Glasgow to Tenerife and Gran Canaria; and Belfast to Tenerife, with flights taking off from November 7. The new routes due to launch this winter from London Luton to Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, which will now take-off ahead of schedule also from November 7, easyJet said.

Jet2 announces more flights to Canaries from Belfast International Airport

The UK-based travel and holiday company Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced more seats and holidays for Summer 2020 in the Canary Islands from Belfast International Airport in response to extra demand from Northern Ireland holidaymakers.

Jet2 said that it has added 10,000 departing seats to Tenerife and around 10,000 departing seats to Lanzarote. The latest expansion would mean that nearly 130,000 seats will be on sale to the Canary Islands from Belfast International Airport in Summer 2020, an increase of 33 percent on Summer 19.

With 11 weekly flights to the Canary Islands, the expansion includes additional weekly Monday services to Tenerife from May through to October, as Jet2 will operate up to four weekly services to Tenerife during this period. An additional Tuesday service will be added to Lanzarote from May through to October, offering up to three weekly flights to this popular Canary Islands hotspot.

In addition to the services to Lanzarote and Tenerife, Jet2 will also offer two weekly services to both Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura from Belfast International Airport for Summer 2020.

Other key highlights on Jet2’s Summer 2020 programme include: over 50 departing weekly flights during peak periods, increased seats to sunshine favourites Palma (Majorca), Malaga, Malta and Reus (Costa Dorada); weekly services to Antalya and Izmir on top of twice weekly services to Dalaman, Turkey.

Further, over 10,000 seats will be on sale to Cyprus, weekly services will be operated to the Greek sun spots in Crete (Heraklion), Rhodes or Zante, increased choice and flexibility to hotspots such as Costa de Almeria, Alicante, Girona (Costa Brava), Ibiza and Menorca; up to five weekly services to Faro (Algarve, with flights on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; services every Sunday to Naples, from April until November; and a weekly Tuesday service to Bourgas (Bulgaria) operating on larger aircraft.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We have responded quickly to extra demand for flights and holidays to Tenerife and Lanzarote, by adding more of our award-winning flights and ATOL protected package holidays for Summer 20 from Belfast International Airport. This means holidaymakers in the region now have even more choice and flexibility when it comes to getting some summer sun.’

Monarch offers sun holidays in June and July for GBP269 per person

The UK-based travel company Monarch is offering holiday packages for UK holidaymakers looking for a break to popular European sun destinations in June and July.

Monarch’s beach holiday packages include four and seven night breaks starting at £269 per person. The offerings include package holidays to Majorca – Balearics with fares starting from £269 per person, which includes return flights and seven nights half board accommodation based on two adults sharing a studio. The flights will depart Manchester on June 28 for a seven night stay at the three- star Ola Bouganvillia.

The company is also offering seven-night holiday to Lefkas – Greece with fares starting from £289 per person. The flight will depart London Gatwick on July 12 for a seven night stay at the three star Cosmopol Studios. The price includes return flights and seven nights self-catering accommodation based on two adults sharing a studio.

Monarch is offering a four-night holiday to Majorca – Balearics with fares starting from £395 per person, which includes return flights and four nights all-inclusive accommodation based on two adults sharing a suite. The flight will depart London Luton on June 13 for a four night stay at the four-star BH Mallorca.

Further, the travel company is offering seven-night holiday packages to Lanzarote – Canary Islands with fares starting from £685 per person. This flight will depart Birmingham on July 7 for a seven night stay at the five-star Bahia Principe Tenerife Hotel. The price of £685 per person includes return flights and seven nights all-inclusive accommodation based on two adults sharing a junior suite.

Monarch will also operate a seven-night holiday package to Algarve – Portugal with fares starting from £589 per person. The flight will depart Birmingham on June 29 for a seven night stay at the three-star Auramar. The price of £589 per person includes return flights and seven nights all-inclusive accommodation based on two adults sharing a twin room.

For flight only service, Monarch has thousands of seats available for £30.00 to sun and city break destinations including Menorca and Alicante.

Lanzarote Tourist Arrivals Soar By 20%

Whilst some overseas destinations are struggling with falling tourist numbers others ‘such as Lanzarote in the Canary Islands’ are performing well ahead of expectations. With foreign arrivals soaring by just over 20% during the first half of this year, according to the latest statistics just released by AENA, the Spanish airport authority.

 

Lanzarote has long been a popular holiday hot spot for British tourists; the island welcomed nearly 800 visitors from the UK last year. And despite the recession, diminished disposable incomes and the relative weakness of sterling against the euro the number of British tourist arrivals has increased in the first half of 2011 by an impressive 13%.

 

The UK passenger numbers in April alone rose by nearly 50% versus the same month last year. Whilst other key markets such as Germany, have also exceeded expectations. Thanks in part to their faster than anticipated recovery from the economic downturn.

 

These figures can in part be attributed to the fact that Lanzarote’s tourist industry has been a major beneficiary of the recent unrest in the Middle East.

 

As events in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia forced holidaymakers to seek out alternatives to popular resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh and Sousse during the first half of this year.

 

As a result of this upsurge in arrivals Lanzarote’s accommodation sector has enjoyed a marked increase in bookings during the first half of 2011.

 

This trend that has not only benefited hoteliers but also thousands of overseas owners of apartments and villas in Lanzarote. Many of which have been purchased by British buyers over the last decade to rent out tourists.

 

The other main Canary Islands have also recorded significant growth during the first six months of this year.

 

With foreign tourist arrivals climbing by 24.6% on Tenerife, 19.8% on Gran Canaria and a whopping 38.5% on Fuerteventura. Figures that contrast very favourably with the 8.1% upswing recorded across Spain as a whole over the same period.