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.’

The Riu Plaza London Victoria to welcome guests this month

RIU Hotels & Resorts will open its first establishment in the United Kingdom, the Riu Plaza London Victoria on Friday, July 28, 2023.

Located in central London, the new Riu Plaza London Victoria is situated in the heart of Westminster, close to iconic landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. The hotel is located just a few meters from Victoria Station, one of the busiest transport hubs in the country, and it’s a popular destination for both holiday and business tourism. The hotel is also close to strategic transport links and just 30 minutes away from Gatwick Airport via the direct Gatwick Express service.

The design of the Riu Plaza London Victoria is contemporary and minimalist, divided into two parts: the podium and the tower. The reception area is housed in a circular glass tower known as the ‘drum,’ with lobby features including a conical dome with an elegant hanging sculpture of organic shapes.

The Hotel Riu Plaza London Victoria has 435 modern rooms and superior suites with views of the city, a lobby bar, and a restaurant where guests can enjoy a full buffet breakfast included in the room rate, as well as a la carte dinners in the evening. Additionally, a fully equipped 24-hour fitness centre is available for guests’ use.

As part of the Riu Plaza city line, this London Victoria location is the tenth hotel of its kind, joining other notable destinations like Panama, Guadalajara in Mexico, Spain, Miami Beach, New York, Berlin, and Dublin. The chain continues to expand, with Chicago and Toronto expected to have RIU’s city hotels in the future.

RIU Hotels & Resorts, founded by the Riu family in Mallorca in 1953, specializes in holiday resorts, and over 70% of its establishments offer the All Inclusive by RIU service. The company now has 100 hotels in 20 countries and continues to grow as a choice for travellers worldwide.

British Airways restarts flights to Beijing

British Airways has announced the resumption of its flight services from London to Beijing since a pause in services in January 2020, when the route was suspended due to the pandemic.

The resumption will restore the airline’s exclusivity as the only British carrier operating a direct service between Beijing and the UK.

The British Airways flights will operate four-times-a-week between Beijing and London, departing Daxing Airport on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Tickets are on sale now, on: ba.com and all British Airways customers have the option to purchase premium carbon offsets from certified climate projects and sustainable aviation fuel.

Commenting on the resumption, Louise Street, British Airways’ Director of Worldwide Airports, said: ‘The restart of one of our most important routes after more than three years is a long-awaited moment for all of us at British Airways. Following the successful resumption of flights between Shanghai and London in April, we’re excited to be back in Beijing too, reuniting families and friends and facilitating international student and business travel once again. We are looking forward to working hand-in-hand with our joint business partner China Southern, to provide wider transit options and various benefits to our customers in China and the UK.’

British Airways and partner China Southern both operate from Daxing, giving customers greater connectivity between the UK and China, with a wide choice of onward flights.

Onboard, customers can now access the airline’s newly designed Club Suite (business class) cabin, with direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. The Suite has 40 per cent more storage, including a vanity unit and mirror, WiFi, 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens, high-definition gate-to-gate programming and PC / USB power, new furnishings, new amenity kits and a reworked dining experience.