Jet2 launches Winter 25/26 Ski Programme from London Stansted

Jet2 has unveiled its Winter 25/26 Ski Programme, offering an array of ski destinations for snow enthusiasts departing from London Stansted Airport.

The programme boasts direct flights to four premier ski destinations: Chambery, Geneva, Grenoble, and Salzburg. Commencing in December 2025 and extending throughout the winter season, travellers can experience the slopes of the French, Austrian, and Swiss Alps.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘With four ski destinations on sale, we are giving skiers and snowboarders the chance to book ahead and get access to some of the best ski resorts in Europe. ‘Whether it is for a weekend, short break or longer, we are offering snow sports enthusiasts plenty of choice and flexibility to hit the slopes.

‘Skiers and snowboarders travelling with Jet2.com next winter can take advantage of our VIP customer service and 22kg of baggage and ski allowance and, for this reason, we expect our Winter 25/26 Ski programme to be a huge success.’

Neringa Ohrstrom, Head of Brand and Marketing at London Stansted, said: ‘The launch of Jet2.com’s winter 25/26 ski programme is great news for the airport and perfect for skiers who wish to visit the best resorts in the Alps. London Stansted offers more European destinations than any other UK airport flying to the finest ski areas across the continent, making it the ideal starting point for a wonderful winter sports holiday.’

The full ski programme offers:

* Chambery: Up to three weekly services, providing swift access to renowned French ski resorts, including Courchevel, the host of the 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

* Geneva: With up to five weekly flights during peak times, Geneva offers access to premier ski resorts such as Tignes, Flaine, Verbier, Zermatt, and the Three Valleys, catering to quick getaways with weekday flight options.

* Salzburg: Weekly Saturday services to Salzburg open doors to the Austrian Alps and over 300 resorts, including Kaprun, Mayrhofen, and Obertauern.

* Grenoble: Weekly Saturday services to Grenoble serve as the perfect gateway to the French Alps, granting access to over 175 exceptional ski resorts, including Morzine, Chamonix, Chamrousse, Les Deux Alpes, Alpe d’Huez, and Avoriaz.

Passengers can expect a seamless travel experience with Jet2.com, enjoying VIP customer service and a generous baggage and ski allowance of 22kg. This commitment to customer satisfaction sets the stage for an unforgettable skiing adventure.

Royal Jordanian Airlines expands routes to Manchester and London Stansted Airport in March 2024

Royal Jordanian Airlines has announced the launch of new routes to Manchester and London Stansted Airport, enhancing its network and connectivity options.

Building on the successes of 2023, which saw the introduction of five new routes across Europe, including Brussels, Stockholm, Milan, Dusseldorf, and Lyon, Royal Jordanian Airlines will now extend its reach to include Manchester and London Stansted as the 6th and 7th destinations in its European network.

Starting March 3, 2024, passengers can avail direct flights from London Stansted to Amman, the capital of Jordan, with four weekly flights.

Additionally, starting March 6, 2024, Manchester Airport will offer a direct route to Amman, with three flights per week. The flight duration for both routes is approximately five hours.

Royal Jordanian’s Chief Commercial Officer, Karim Makhlouf, said: ‘Our new route to London Stansted will make it easier than ever for tourists from the UK to discover Jordan’s incredible wonders. The new routes are yet another step in line with Royal Jordanian’s ambitious five-year growth plan of increasing our current fleet of 24 aircraft to more than 40 aircraft in the coming three to five years.’

Ciaran Brannigan, London Stansted’s Commercial Director, said: ‘Amman is a city full of history, unique architecture, art galleries, and museums, with many excellent restaurants and ‘boozing’ nightlife. The route will facilitate the travellers’ visits to the Golden Triangle, the Wadi Rum desert, Petra, one of the world’s seven wonders, and Aqaba, a popular diving location on the Red Sea. These are some of the incredible places to visit.’

Manchester airport managing director Chris Woodroofe, added, ‘International travel is about opening up the world. Traveling to Jordan from Manchester in just a few hours extends the possibility of exploring ancient history in Petra, eating tasty food in Amman, and enjoying stunning beaches in Aqaba.’

‘Our growing destinations directly connect the people of the region with some of the most exciting and interesting places around the globe, which are Jordan, thanks to Royal Jordanian Airlines.’

Aurigny introduces new Guernsey-London City Airport route

Aurigny, the Guernsey-based airline, has announced plans for a new route connecting Guernsey to London City Airport.

Aurigny’s introduction of the Guernsey-London City Airport route signifies a strategic move to enhance connectivity and facilitate business and leisure travel between the two regions. With a tailored flight schedule and a focus on meeting the needs of both weekday commuters and weekend travellers, this initiative will streamline travel access for travellers to over 30 destinations across the UK and Europe.

Aurigny Chief Executive Nico Bezuidenhout said: ‘Many businesses on our beautiful island work closely with their London counterparts with regular meetings in the City and East London.

‘Direct flights to this airport will benefit these businesses and anyone who wishes to jump on the London Underground to explore attractions.’

Commencing from March end, Aurigny will operate regular flights to London City Airport. Weekday flights will depart Guernsey at 8:30 am, reaching London around 9:00 am, facilitating convenient morning travel. Return flights from London to Guernsey will depart at 7:20 pm, allowing day visitors to make a round trip.

While Saturday services are unavailable, Sunday flights will cater to afternoon travellers, enhancing weekend travel options.

Escape for Leap Day with London Stansted Airport’s day trip offerings

As Leap Day approaches, London Stansted Airport has announced an opportunity for travellers to make the most of this extra day.

The Airport is offering day trip packages to 17 captivating European cities, some for under £50 return. Whether an avid history buff, a culinary enthusiast, or simply looking to be immersed in vibrant cultures, there’s something for everyone.

Neringa Ohrstrom, London Stansted’s Head of Marketing, said: ‘The excellent choice of destinations available across our extensive route network, along with London Stansted’s easy to use terminal and reliable operation, means people can really make the most of the extra day this February by jetting off to some really exciting cities across Europe.’

The airport has provided a curated list of destinations and top attractions on offer at London Stansted for Leap Day:

Under £50 Return:

Edinburgh, Scotland

* Explore Edinburgh Castle and the historic Old Town.

* Wander through the Royal Botanic Gardens and indulge in local cuisine.

Dublin, Ireland

* Visit Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse.

* Experience the vibrant nightlife of Temple Bar.

Cork, Ireland

* Explore the English Market and Blarney Castle.

* Tour the Jameson Distillery and Cork City Gaol.

Belfast, Northern Ireland

* Discover the Titanic Belfast museum and St. George’s Market.

* Stroll along the Lagan Towpath for scenic views.

Milan, Italy

* Visit the iconic Duomo di Milano and Sforza Castle.

* Explore the Navigli canals for a picturesque experience.

The destinations on offer for under £80 return include Venice, Italy; Stockholm, Sweden; Turin, Italy; Glasgow, Scotland and Vienna, Austria; those under £100 Return include Berlin, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Rome, Italy and Madrid, Spain, and those over £100 Return include Barcelona, Spain; Bucharest, Romania and Lisbon, Portugal.

Holidays are available to book at stanstedairport.com.

London Stansted gears up for busiest week of year so far amidst winter escapes

After a record-breaking January, London Stansted Airport braces for its busiest week of the year so far, as thousands of travellers prepare for the half-term holiday.

With the start of school holidays in the region, an estimated 360,000 passengers are set to depart over the next week from the airport, with families from the East of England seeking winter sun, skiing adventures, and cherished reunions.

Popular destinations for winter getaways include the Canary Islands, Southern Spain, Turkey, and Dubai, while skiing enthusiasts favour spots like Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble, Turin, Innsbruck, and Zurich.

Additionally, European city breaks to Edinburgh, Vienna, Amsterdam, Dublin, and Barcelona attract those opting for shorter trips. London Stansted advises passengers to arrive at the airport two to three hours before departure, follow hand luggage rules, and stay informed about potential travel disruptions.

Nick Millar, London Stansted’s Operations Director, said: ‘Our teams are looking forward to helping passengers get their trips off to the best possible start, but we do suggest a few simple steps that will ensure their journey is as seamless as possible.

‘We recommend that you check with your airline on when you need to arrive at the airport, which is normally two to three hours before departure, and to familiarise yourselves with hand luggage rules.

‘This includes the limits in place on liquids, gels and pastes, which must be placed in a clear plastic bag in containers under 100ml.

‘We also advise to plan your journey to the airport and check for travel disruption before setting off.’

London Stansted’s strong start to 2024, highlighted by its busiest January ever with 1.95 million passengers, paves the way for new routes launching in the coming months. Among these are Royal Jordanian’s service to Amman, British Airways flights to Nice, Florence, and Ibiza, as well as expansions from Ryanair, Jet2.com, and Sun Express.

London Stansted announces exciting new flight routes for 2024

London Stansted Airport is set to enhance its route network with the introduction of 12 new services in 2024.

As one of the UK’s leading airports serving European destinations, Stansted continues to strengthen its reach, covering over 190 destinations across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. The newly announced routes and services include:

Amman, Jordan – Royal Jordanian Airlines, a member of the oneworld Alliance, including British Airways, is set to launch a new route to Amman, Jordan’s capital, starting March 3. The airline will operate three weekly flights initially, increasing to four during peak summer. Fares from London start at £257, with flights departing mid-afternoon and arriving in Amman at 10.35 pm.

Nice, Florence, and Ibiza – British Airways will introduce weekend flights to three popular holiday destinations – Nice, Florence, and Ibiza – starting May 18. Operated by BA CityFlyer, flights will be available from £36 to Ibiza, £41 to Florence, and £43 to Nice. The services will use Embraer 190 aircraft with Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins.

Antalya, Adana, and Gaziantep – Sun Express, a joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, will expand its services to major Turkish cities, including Antalya, Adana, and Gaziantep. The airline, already a popular choice for flights to Turkey from Stansted, continues to enhance its offerings with over 70 weekly flights to various Turkish destinations.

Agadir, Marrakech, and Tivat – Jet2 will introduce new flights and holiday packages to Morocco from October. The airline will operate twice-weekly flights to Agadir and Marrakech. Additionally, Tivat in Montenegro will become a new route for the airport starting this summer.

Dubrovnik and Sarajevo – Ryanair is expanding its network with the addition of Sarajevo and the opening of a new base at Dubrovnik. Starting in April, Ryanair will operate a six-times-a-week service to Sarajevo, while daily flights to Dubrovnik will commence in the same month.

The new routes aim to cater to diverse travel preferences, providing more options for passengers departing from London Stansted. Travelers can stay updated and book flights on the respective airline websites.

Singapore Airlines set to launch non-stop London-Singapore flights in June 2024

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is set to introduce non-stop flights between Singapore and London’s Gatwick Airport, commencing operations in June 2024.

The airline will operate these long-haul flights five times weekly, using the Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The proposed flight SQ310, subject to regulatory approval, is scheduled to run on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. This expansion, in addition to SIA’s existing four-times daily services to London’s Heathrow Airport and five-times weekly services to Manchester Airport, will result in a total of 33 weekly services connecting Singapore and London.

The inaugural flight from Singapore to Gatwick Airport is set for June 21, 2024, departing at 2355hrs local time and arriving in London at 0625hrs local time on June 22, 2024. The return leg, flight SQ309, will operate from Gatwick to Singapore on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with the inaugural return flight departing at 1015hrs local time on June 22, 2024.

Dai Haoyu, Acting Senior Vice President Marketing Planning, Singapore Airlines, said: ‘London has always been a very important market for the Singapore Airlines Group. With the introduction of this new service to London’s Gatwick Airport, Singapore Airlines’ customers will have an additional flight to choose from when flying between Singapore and the UK. It also opens up additional travel options to other points in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.’

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, London Gatwick, said: ‘Renowned as one of the world’s best carriers, we are delighted to welcome Singapore Airlines to London Gatwick. It showcases the high regard in which Gatwick is held, and connecting to the impressive Changi Airport is a big boost for the whole region. For passengers across London and the South East, the new route will provide huge connectivity potential, not only to the fantastic destination of Singapore, but more widely across South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

‘Passengers arriving from Singapore will benefit from London Gatwick’s outstanding connections, with our newly redesigned train station providing direct access to the heart of London in less than 30 minutes, alongside services to world-famous cities such as Cambridge and the UK’s beautiful south coast.’ SIA’s long-haul A350-900s, featuring 253 seats across three cabin classes (Business, Premium Economy, and Economy), will serve this route. Tickets for SIA’s flights to London’s Gatwick Airport are being progressively made available for sale through the various distribution channels.

British Airways resumes routes to popular European sunspots from London Stansted

British Airways is set to relaunch routes connecting London Stansted to sought-after holiday destinations in France, Spain, and Italy in the upcoming summer season.

Commencing on May 18, 2024, the airline will offer weekend flights to three European hotspots: Nice, Florence, and Ibiza. These upcoming routes mark British Airways’ return to scheduled flights from London Stansted, making it the fourth London airport served by the airline.

Ciaran Brannigan, London Stansted’s Commercial Director, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome back British Airways to London Stansted and very much look forward to the launch of their scheduled flights from the airport in May next year.

‘London Stansted serves more European destinations than any other UK airport and these new services to Ibiza, Florence and Nice are strong additions to our route network, which now covers over 190 destinations across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

‘I’m sure these routes will be very popular with passengers from across London, Cambridge and the growing East of England region who are looking to head off on their holidays next summer.

‘We look forward to working closely with British Airways to build a strong working relationship and ensure these new flights are success.’

Operated by British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer, the flights will use Embraer 190 aircraft featuring Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins. Club Europe passengers can enjoy a full meal service, bar drinks, priority boarding, and additional baggage allowances. Flights to Florence will start from £41 each way, Ibiza from £36 each way, and Nice from £43 each way. Bookings can be made on the official British Airways website at ba.com.

The relaunch signifies British Airways’ commitment to meeting the travel demands of passengers, especially those residing in London, Cambridge, and the growing East of England region, providing convenient access to these popular European vacation spots.

Virgin Atlantic announces first ever South American service to Sao Paulo

Virgin Atlantic has announced its entry into South America with the launch of a new route to Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Flights on this route will be available for booking from September 6, 2023, and the inaugural flight is scheduled to take off on May 13, 2024. Travelers can look forward to daily flights connecting London to Sao Paulo. The flight itself will be approximately 11 hours and 55 minutes long, using the modern Boeing 787 aircraft. The return Economy fares start from £686 per person.

Sao Paulo, one of the world’s most populous cities, is a thriving hub for multinational businesses. This route caters to both corporate travellers and leisure seekers. In addition, Sao Paulo is celebrated as Brazil’s culinary capital, and offers a rich tapestry of arts and cultural experiences that will captivate leisure travellers.

Sao Paulo serves as the gateway to South America and is a pivotal hub for Virgin Atlantic’s codeshare partner, LATAM, South America’s largest airline. This partnership opens up access to over 50 South American destinations, including Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and Florianopolis, along with loyalty rewards and redemption options for Flying Club members. Additionally, Virgin Atlantic’s SkyTeam alliance partner, Aerolineas Argentinas, facilitates connections from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic, commented: ‘The countdown has officially begun to our much-anticipated arrival in Sao Paulo. It’s fitting that our 40th year brings our entry to a brand new continent in South America, symbolising a continued period of network growth for Virgin Atlantic. Sao Paulo is the perfect fit for us, a buzzing metropolis of culture and adventure that suits the differing needs of our rich customer base.

‘Our partnership with LATAM will also unlock further destinations in Brazil and beyond into South America with Skyteam partner Aerolineas Argentinas, opening up a wealth of exciting opportunities for those who choose to fly with Virgin Atlantic.’

easyJet announces first route from London Luton to Cairo

easyJet is expanding its route network by introducing a new route from London Luton to Cairo, Egypt.

This will be the first time that easyJet operates flights to Cairo, adding it as the 157th destination on its short-haul network that covers Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

The new route will start operating on October 31, with flights departing three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. This will provide a direct connection for travellers from the UK to Cairo throughout the year.

Cairo is a renowned destination known for its historical and cultural attractions, including the Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Nile River, palaces, mosques, museums, and vibrant shopping bazaars. This addition to easyJet’s Egyptian network complements their existing routes to popular beach destinations like Sharm-el-Sheikh and Hurghada, making Egypt an even more accessible and attractive option for UK travellers seeking sun, beaches, and coral reefs.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘We are delighted to be launching flights for the very first time to Cairo which further strengthens our unrivalled short-haul network from the UK and this continues to demonstrate our confidence in the resilient strength of demand for travel from the UK.

‘The new route from London Luton to this iconic destination further expands the choice we are offering our customers, provides greater connectivity to the city to support inbound tourism and business travel alike.’

Jonathan Rayner, Chief Commercial Officer at London Luton Airport said: ‘We are delighted that easyJet has chosen London Luton Airport to launch its flights to Cairo. As the Egyptian capital, Cairo is home to some truly iconic landmarks and is sure to be a destination of choice for passengers travelling from LLA. This is an exciting new addition to our departure boards and underlines our commitment to providing even greater choice as part of the simple and friendly passenger experience that we offer.’