Wizz Air resumes flights between London and St. Petersburg

Wizz Air has said that it has resumed services from Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport to London Luton Airport on August 19, 2020, as the only carrier offering a direct connection from the UK to the Russian city.

With the lifting of travel restrictions in Russia, UK passengers are now able to revisit the Russian city – the cultural capital of Russia, once dubbed the ‘window into Europe’. St Petersburg is today sought after by tourists for its iconic architecture, palaces and museums as well as stylish restaurant and bars.

The flights are being operated up to three times a week by Wizz Air UK. Tickets are available now on wizzair.com or on the airline’s mobile app, with fares from £19.99 one-way price, including administration fee. One carry-on bag is included. The price applies only to bookings made on wizzair.com and the WIZZ mobile app. Number of seats at indicated prices are limited, Wizz Air said.

Owain Jones, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, said: ‘We are proud to be the sole British carrier connecting the UK to St Petersburg, providing a genuinely affordable and unique travel opportunity to our UK customers. St Petersburg is a fascinating destination, with its world-class cultural experiences which span museums, art galleries and concert halls. We look forward to welcoming back customers to experience our exceptional onboard service and our young, environmentally efficient aircraft.’

In 2019, Wizz Air UK served more than 29,000 passengers on flights between St. Petersburg and London. The carrier started to provide services from Pulkovo to Luton on October 1, 2019.

British Airways to resume year round services between Newquay and Heathrow

Cornwall Airport has said that its air links with London will resume on Friday July 24, with British Airways operating services between Newquay and Heathrow.

British Airways will initially begin operating three flights a week in July, increasing to five a week in August and daily from September. The service will operate under a Public Service Obligation, which provides financial support, if required, to ensure the route is maintained year-round. Tickets are available at www.ba.com.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown, said: ‘I welcome the arrival of British Airways in Cornwall to operate our key route between Newquay and London. This PSO service not only protects Cornwall’s links with London, but will also offer excellent connectivity around the world into the future.

‘While it is vital for our residents and business community that direct flights between Newquay and London are reinstated, we are taking a measured approach at this time and I am pleased that British Airways has recognised the importance of a phased return of the London service.’

Pete Downes, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay said: ‘The London route forms the cornerstone of our recovery strategy at Cornwall Airport Newquay. In securing a British Airways service to Heathrow, I’m confident we have the fantastic airline partner and London gateway that Cornwall deserves.’

Separately, Cornwall Airport Newquay said that its newest airline partner, Eastern Airways, has commenced operation between Cornwall and Teesside International. The route will operate initially on Mondays and Fridays. Eastern Airways will also be operating flights between Cornwall and Leeds-Bradford, restoring the popular route later on this week. Flights are bookable now at easternairways.com

Commercial flights were set to resume at Cornwall Airport Newquay from July 4, as new measures have been put in place to ensure safety for passengers and staff. Temperature screening has been introduced at the terminal building and anyone over the age of 11 will have to wear a face covering. Passenger flow around the airport has been re-worked to support social distancing, and enhanced cleaning regimes have been introduced.

Norwegian to restart short haul flights from UK from July

Norwegian has said that following other European carriers, the airline will begin to operate flights between London Gatwick to Oslo, London Gatwick to Copenhagen, Edinburgh to Oslo and Edinburgh to Copenhagen from July 1.

The services from London to Oslo will be operated seven times a week, London to Copenhagen six times a week, and Edinburgh to Oslo and Copenhagen twice a week respectively.

Jacob Schram, Norwegian CEO said: ‘Feedback from our customers has shown that they are keen to get back in the air and resume their travels with Norwegian beyond the current domestic services that we have been operating. Norwegian is returning to European skies with the reintroduction of more aircraft to serve our key destinations which will ensure that we remain in line with competing carriers.

‘Safety remains our top priority and we have introduced a number of specific measures to further reduce the already low risk of infection on board.’

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, said: ‘The restart of regular Norwegian services from Gatwick is very welcome news and reflects the strength of the relationship and success the airline has had at Gatwick in recent years, as well as the fact that consumer demand is picking up as more people want to start flying again.

‘The wellbeing and safety of passengers and staff remains Gatwick’s top priority and – combined with the health measures announced by Norwegian -today’s news demonstrates that we are starting to see small green shoots of recovery.’

Since April Norwegian has only operated eight aircraft on domestic routes in Norway. From July Norwegian will operate 76 routes across Europe from the airline’s Scandinavian hubs compared to the 13 domestic Norway only flights served today. Other destinations include Spain, Greece and key European cities. Further destinations and frequency increases will be announced in due course subject to passenger demand and government travel restrictions, it said.

The airline has introduced new protective safety measures to minimise the risk of infection onboard its aircraft, including: compulsory facemask for travellers who are six years and older, as recommended by the European aviation authorities; maintaining physical distance during boarding and deboarding; minimise queuing in the cabin with hand luggages placed under the seat in front; seating passengers with as much distance as possible, while mid row seats will be the last to be occupied; no onboard catering so as to minimise the contact between customers and crew, as well as thorough disinfection of the aircraft.

Delta to restart London Heathrow passenger services from Detroit

Delta has recently announced plans to restart its passenger services from the United States to U.K as demand for air cargo is driving demand for passenger travel.

Beginning May 21, 2020, flights will operate three times weekly between Detroit and London. The flights will also be available for customer travel.

‘Keeping global supply chains open is more important now than ever and these new services will enable suppliers to meet the needs of their customers,’ said Shawn Cole, Vice President – Delta Cargo. ‘We’re receiving daily requests for shipments of medical supplies as well as goods that keep businesses in operation. By also opening these services to passengers, we can facilitate essential travel between the U.K., Europe and United States.’

With the COVID-19 pandemic still underway, Delta has implemented several measures to keep its customers safer on board and in airports. These include: sanitizing the aircraft before every flight; using advanced air circulation systems with HEPA filters that help extract viruses; capping capacity throughout the aircraft to ensure onboard customer spacing; adjusting the boarding process to encourage more space for safer travel by boarding all flights from back-to-front; providing supplies directly to customers when available, including hand sanitizers; and requiring employees and customers to wear a face mask or appropriate covering when travelling.

‘The safety of our customers is always our number one priority, and their wellbeing is the reason we have implemented these wide-ranging measures,’ said Roberto Ioriatti, Vice President – Transatlantic. ‘The advent of COVID-19 is changing the way we fly and that’s why our focus on cleanliness will remain in place always. We hope that these efforts will give our customers greater peace of mind when they step on board.’

Cargo will be transported between Chicago and London, via Detroit, increasing the shipping opportunities for cargo customers. The Heathrow service will be operated using a Boeing 767-300 with 26 tons of cargo capacity.

The flight will depart London Heathrow at 1255 on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving into Detroit at 1630. On return, the flight will depart Detroit at 1800 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving into London Heathrow at 0855 the following day. The flights will operate to and from Heathrow Terminal 2, as Terminal 3 is currently closed. There are limited retail outlets open at both airports and all lounges are currently closed.

Ryanair launches new route to Rodez, France from London Southend

Ryanair, the Ireland-based European regional airline, has announced a new London Southend route to Rodez in France, as part of its Summer 2020 schedule from London Southend.

London Southend travellers and visitors can now book their holidays to Rodez until October 2020. The twice weekly service will commence in July 2020.

Alongside the announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from £19.99, for travel until the end of June 2020, which must be booked by midnight Thursday, February 6, on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s Eimear Ryan said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to launch a new London Southend route to Rodez in France, commencing in July, which will operate twice weekly as part of our London Southend Summer 2020 schedule. Customers in London Southend can now book flights to Rodez as far out as October 2020.

To celebrate this new London Southend route, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from just £19.99, for travel until the end of June 2020, which must be booked by midnight Thursday (6 Feb). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Stobart Aviation’s CEO Glyn Jones said: ‘We are delighted to welcome this new Ryanair route from London Southend Airport. People travelling to Rodez will now be able to enjoy a quick and easy start to their journey from our extremely accessible airport, with speedy queues and fast and hassle-free rail-links to the heart of London.’

Separately, Ryanair released its January customer service statistics, which showed that 93 per cent of its January flights arrived on-time, excluding ATC delays. Ryanair also released its January ‘Rate My Flight’ customer experience scores, which showed said 89 per cent of over 104,000 respondents rated their flight ‘Excellent/Very Good/Good’, with higher ratings for crew friendliness (93 per cent), onboard service (91 per cent), range of food & drink (85 per cent), and boarding (85 per cent).

Virgin Atlantic announces new route from London to Mumbai

Virgin Atlantic has announced the launch of its new route from London Heathrow to Mumbai.

The new daily service linking the two cities will operate onboard the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with complimentary food and drink and over 300 hours of entertainment. Customers can also stay connected throughout their flight as all of the airline’s Dreamliners are fully Wi-Fi enabled.

Travellers will also be able to make connections between India and the US via London Heathrow. Together with partner Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic offers customers a choice of U.S. destinations. Co-located at Terminal Three, both airlines offer over 28 daily flights between London and the USA.

Juha Jarvinen, executive vice president of commercial at Virgin Atlantic, said: ‘2019 marks a significant period of growth for Virgin Atlantic and I’m delighted that we’re expanding our route network by returning to Mumbai.

‘Along with our long-standing route to Delhi, we are now able to provide travellers with an increased offering to the thriving Indian market and an opportunity to experience our award winning service between the UK and India. Together with our partners at Delta, we offer an excellent choice of connections to the USA via Heathrow Airport.’

Dave Hodges, commercial manager for India at Virgin Atlantic said: ‘We are really excited to now have a daily flight serving Mumbai-London. Amidst the festive season in India, it is a special time to start the flight and we are confident that Mumbai is going to love the best of Bollywood entertainment and the best Indian food onboard our state of the art 787-9 Dreamliner.’

Virgin Atlantic is expanding its offering and Mumbai is the third new route announcement this year – following on from Tel Aviv and Sao Paulo. The new routes are available to book at https://www.virginatlantic.com/ .

Norwegian expands capacity on key UK – US routes for summer 2020

Norwegian has announced frequency increases between London Gatwick and key US destinations such as San Francisco, Austin, Denver and Tampa.

The capacity increases will be effective from March 29, 2020 and run throughout the summer 2020 schedule. Fares from Gatwick to the US for summer 2020 are available from £155 one way and are available to book now on www.norwegian.com.

The airline has increased the frequency of services on routes including: London Gatwick to San Francisco from five services weekly to daily service; while London Gatwick to Austin and London Gatwick to Denver services increased to four weekly services from thrice weekly currently; and London Gatwick to Tampa increased to a thrice weekly service from twice weekly currently.

With the expansion, the airline now offers travellers flying across the Atlantic more choice when choosing their departure dates by offering over 75,000 extra seats on these specific routes during the summer 2020 schedule.

Matthew Wood, SVP Commercial at Norwegian said: ‘In line with our business strategy of moving from growth to profitability we are ensuring that we concentrate on key routes across our network where we see strong demand. These frequency adjustments ensure that our customers can have more choice when choosing their flights to the US at fares that remain affordable to all.’

Voted Skytrax Best Low-Cost Long-Haul airline, Norwegian operates flights from London Gatwick to global destinations in Europe, the USA, Argentina and Brazil. As part of its long haul network adjustments, as of March 29, 2020 Norwegian will reduce frequency on certain routes – Gatwick to Buenos Aires will become a five weekly service, Gatwick to Miami a six weekly service, Gatwick to Orlando a five weekly service and Gatwick to Rio De Janeiro a three weekly service, the airline said.

Norwegian carries almost six million UK passengers each year from London Gatwick, Edinburgh and Manchester Airports to 30 destinations worldwide. Norwegian is the only airline to offer free inflight WiFi on UK flights to more than 30 European destinations and 14 long-haul destinations. The airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world with an average age of 3.8 years, including next-generation Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 737 MAX and Boeing 737-800s.

Wizz Air launches direct flights from London to Moscow and St. Petersburg

European low-cost airline Wizz Air has said that its British subsidiary airline Wizz Air UK has commenced scheduled direct flights from London Luton to the Russian cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The St. Petersburg route is the first direct flight operated by a British airline from the UK to the Russian destination, and the route to Moscow is the first ever low-cost flight connecting the two capital cities.

Tickets for Wizz Air UK flights can be booked on wizzair.com at a price from EUR29.99 / £25.99, one way, including all taxes.

The new flights from UK to Russia were launched on October 1, 2019 and will be operated daily. The first Wizz Air flight from Luton to Vnukovo Moscow Airport will depart at 15:20 (17:20 Moscow time) with arrival at 21:00 Moscow time, and to Petersburg Pulkovo at 22:40 (00:40 Moscow time Wednesday) with arrival at 04:05 Moscow time. The flights will be operated on 180-seater Airbus A320 and 230-seater Airbus A321 planes, respectively.

Jonathan Pollard, Chief Commercial Officer, London Luton Airport, said: ‘We’re really excited to be launching these two fabulous destinations, making Russia the 44th country to be connected with London Luton Airport. I’m very confident that they will prove a big success with our passengers and we remain grateful to Wizz Air for continuing to widen their choice of destinations available here at the airport.’

Owain Jones, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK said: ‘We are thrilled to offer our UK passengers the opportunity to experience Russia’s major cities. Those looking to immerse themselves in the rich history and culture of Moscow and St. Petersburg need look no further, as our direct, low-fare flights make these cities more accessible than ever. Wizz Air is delighted to continually offer our customers more opportunities to discover new and exciting destinations across Europe and further afield and look forward to welcoming passengers travelling to Russia on-board our young, green and ultra-efficient Airbus aircraft fleet.’

Wizz Air now offers 107 low fare routes to 30 countries from eleven UK airports; and 63 routes from its base at London Luton Airport.

Virgin Atlantic to offer London Heathrow – Sao Paulo service from March 2020, announce codeshare with GOL to serve 37 destinations

The UK- based Virgin Atlantic and Brazilian domestic carrier GOL have announced a new codeshare agreement allowing customers to connect from Virgin Atlantic’s brand new London Heathrow – Sao Paulo service onto flights across Brazil.

GOL will offer connections to 37 destinations across the country, including Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Recife. Virgin Atlantic and GOL are also planning to expand their codeshare further with the addition of flights to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, in addition to a reciprocal frequent flyer programme expected soon.

Flights from London Heathrow to Sao Paulo and onward, went on sale on September 10, 2019. Available for travel year-round from March 29, 2020, Virgin Atlantic will fly daily from London Heathrow to Sao Paulo on a Boeing 787-9. The flight will depart London Heathrow at 22:30, arriving Sao Paulo at 06:25; and on return, the flight will depart Sao Paulo at 16:25, arriving London Heathrow at 07:50 hours.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented, ‘We’re delighted to announce our codeshare agreement with GOL. Brazil is such a rich and diverse country and we’ll be able to offer seamless connections for customers from our brand new London Heathrow to Sao Paulo service onto 37 destinations across Brazil. With flights on sale from Tuesday 10th September 2019 and the first flight on 29 March 2020, customers will soon be able to enjoy Virgin Atlantic’s signature service to South America’s largest country.’

Eduardo Bernardes Neto, SVP Sales & Distribution at GOL, commented, ‘We’re delighted to partner with Virgin Atlantic ahead of its arrival into Brazil next year. GOL offers a leading route network and high quality service and we’re thrilled to be able to connect even more customers thanks to our new partnership with Virgin Atlantic.’

Virgin Atlantic’s codeshare will offer travellers a range of destinations – the popular leisure favourites include surfer hotspot Florianopolis, the Amazon jungle via Manaus and the beautiful coastline of Recife. For business travellers, connections include the Brazilian capital Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and industrial hub Curitiba. Both airlines offer Wi-Fi and inflight entertainment across their fleet.

Norwegian launches Autumn sale at London Gatwick to Europe, the US and South American destinations

Norwegian has launched its Autumn sale at London Gatwick, offering travellers savings on over 35,000 flights to Europe, the US and South America.

Customers looking to book their next holiday or city break will be able to obtain discounted nonstop fares from London Gatwick to 16 destinations including Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Rovaniemi, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Tampa, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

Matthew Wood, SVP Commercial at Norwegian said: ‘We are once again giving consumers the opportunity to travel even more affordably across the globe in our Autumn sale. These fantastic offers will allow holidaymakers and business travelers to take advantage of our low fares while enjoying exceptional levels of quality and service on board modern aircraft that reduce our impact on the environment’.

Available for travel from November 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, holidaymakers can now book a flight to the US from £134.90 one-way, fly to South America from £199.90 or head to Europe from £28.90. All sale prices are on the Low Fare ticket type, and include a 10kg hand baggage allowance, which includes one cabin bag and a small personal item as well as free onboard Wi-Fi. Seats are available to book now at www.norwegian.com/uk/offers/big-sale/, with the fares on offer until 22.59 BST on September 16, 2019.

The flights to Europe will be operated on the modern 186 seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft while passengers travelling out to the US or South America will fly on a 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

One of Europe’s low-cost airlines, Norwegian carries more than 5.8 million UK passengers each year to over 50 global destinations.