easyJet announces new summer service to Majorca

easyJet is introducing a fresh summer route in 2024, connecting Southampton Airport to Palma Airport on the picturesque Spanish Island of Majorca.

Commencing on Thursday, May 2, 2024, easyJet’s new route from Southampton to the Balearic capital, Palma, will operate twice a week, offering convenient flight options on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the summer season. This new service provides customers residing in the south of England with added flexibility in planning their upcoming summer vacations. To complement this initiative, easyJet’s tour operator division, easyJet holidays, is rolling out package holidays specifically created for this new route.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, commented: ‘We are delighted to be launching another new route from Southampton to Palma, providing our customers in the south of England with even more choice when booking a holiday and convenient direct connectivity to one of Europe’s most popular islands. With flights on sale this Thursday, now is a great time to book early to get great value fares and we can’t wait to welcome customers onboard.’

Matt Hazelwood, Chief Commercial Officer at AGS Airports, said: ‘The introduction of a twice-weekly service to Palma for next summer is fantastic news and will offer our leisure passengers even more choice and convenience for one of our most popular sun destinations.

‘easyJet’s plans to introduce yet another route following the recently announced services to Faro and Alicante is great for the region and it is fantastic to see that the runway extension continues to bear fruit.’

The new flights for the new route can be booked immediately, via easyJet’s official website, easyJet.com, as well as through the mobile app.

Majorca 312 Cycling event supported by Jet2 flights and holidays

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are expanding their flight and holiday offerings to Majorca in April 2024.

The expansion is in response to strong demand from cyclists looking to participate in the prestigious cycling event in Majorca and also reflects the ongoing trend of holidaymakers seeking early summer sun. The leisure airline and the UK’s largest tour operator are adding over 4,000 extra seats for travellers to Majorca from April 23 to 29, 2024.

These added flights and holiday options are accessible from nine UK bases: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle International, and London Stansted Airports. This provides cyclists with ample choices and flexibility to fully experience the Majorca 312 event on April 27, 2024, all while enjoying the splendid Majorcan sunshine.

The Majorca 312 event attracts thousands of cyclists to the island every spring, offering three traffic-free routes amidst stunning coastal and mountain landscapes. Cyclists can opt for the epic 312km ride or choose from the shorter 225km or 167km routes.

Majorca is renowned as one of the world’s top cycling destinations due to its mild climate, well-maintained roads, and challenging yet breathtaking routes. Combined with vibrant coastal resorts and a cosmopolitan capital, visitors can relish a fusion of exciting cycling experiences and a laid-back holiday ambiance.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are seeing strong demand from cycling enthusiasts wanting to participate in the Majorca 312 event and enjoy a cycling holiday, as well as from those looking for some early summer sun. For this reason, we have added extra capacity to the popular destination in April and given our customers exactly what they want. Given our cycling proposition and popularity of the Majorca 312 event, we are confident that these additional flights and holidays will prove popular for both cyclists and those seeking some early summer sun.’

Travelers eager to participate in the Majorca 312 and enjoy a cycling holiday next summer can select from either a flight-only option with Jet2.com or a comprehensive package holiday with Jet2holidays (https://www.jet2holidays.com/cycling-holidays).

Jet2 expands capacity to Tenerife and Majorca for Summer 23

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK-based tour operator and leisure airline, have announced an expansion to their programmes to Tenerife and Majorca for Summer 23, with the introduction of additional flights and holidays to the sunshine destinations from seven of their UK bases.

In response to strong demand from customers looking, Jet2 has added extra services to Tenerife and Majorca between March and May. With more flights and holidays on sale between March and May from Belfast International, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle International Airports, customers and independent travel agents will have increased choice and flexibility to reach both destinations in the early Summer season.

The latest expansion represents an additional 11,000 extra seats to two of the most popular destinations that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays operate to. The additional services include: additional services to Tenerife and Majorca in April from Belfast International Airport; additional services to Majorca in May from Birmingham Airport; additional services to Majorca in April from Edinburgh Airport; additional services to Majorca in April from Glasgow Airport; additional services to Tenerife in March from Leeds Bradford Airport; additional services to Tenerife in April and May, along with extra flying to Majorca in May from Manchester Airport and additional flying to Majorca in April from Newcastle International Airport.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘As the UK’s leading tour operator and airline to Majorca and Tenerife, we are always quick to react to the demand from customers and independent travel agents. The early summer season is proving to be enormously popular in both destinations and we are very pleased to be offering even more choice and flexibility as a result of today’s announcement. Our Summer 23 programme is looking extremely popular and today’s expansion shows that this popularity applies right across the summer season, not just during the peak holiday period.’

easyJet launches new summer route from Birmingham to Palma

easyJet has announced the launch of its new seasonal service between Birmingham and Palma, providing customers in the Midlands direct connectivity to one of Europe’s most popular beach destinations.

Flights from Birmingham Airport took off on April 1 for the first time and are now operating up to five times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays between March 29 and October 28, 2022.

One of the most popular of the Balearic Islands, Majorca is one of the top holiday destinations in Spain. With more than 200 beaches and a long coastline, Majorca is a beach lover’s paradise with its romantic coves, vast sweeping bays, and stretches of beautiful sandy shores. Seats are on sale at easyJet.com and via the mobile app with fares starting from £22.99 per person.

The flight to Palma is the first of three seasonal summer easyJet routes from Birmingham launching this summer, with flights to Faro, Portugal and Malaga, Spain both taking off for the first time on May 1, 2022.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are delighted to have launched our first flight from Birmingham to Palma today. This route further strengthens our network from Birmingham, offering more connections to a greater range of destinations for our customers in the Midlands.

‘We remain committed to offering customers great value fares and more choice when they fly with us, and we can’t wait to welcome more customers onboard.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great welcome another easyJet route launch from Birmingham Airport. This popular sunshine route adds more capacity to Palma, direct from the Airport. Customers can book easily with the knowledge of competitive fares and great customer service. We look forward to working with easyJet to develop its route network from Birmingham.’

easyJet serves 19 UK airports, offering over 411 routes to destinations from the UK to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays add more Winter Sun destinations for 22/23 from Bristol

Following the announcement of its Winter Sun programme for 2022/23, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have announced the addition of more Winter Sun destinations on sale from Bristol Airport to meet rising demand from customers and independent travel agents.

With the addition of the new destinations, Jet2 currently has a choice of 10 Winter Sun destinations Europe, the Mediterranean and Canary Islands on sale for Winter 22/23 from Bristol Airport. The leisure airline and package holiday specialist currently offers almost 30 weekly flights currently available from Bristol Airport for Winter 22/23.

The additional Winter Sun destinations going on sale for Winter 22/23 from Bristol Airport include Alicante, Faro (Algarve) and Majorca. These popular Winter Sun destinations are in addition to the existing hotspots already on sale which include the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, and Fuerteventura) as well as Madeira, Turkey (Antalya) and Cyprus (Paphos).

With multiple weekly services to many of these destinations throughout the winter season from early-November through to the end of April, customers can choose the duration of holiday that suits them. The full breakdown of the new Winter Sun destinations on sale includes two weekly services to Alicante, up to two weekly services to Faro and up to two weekly services to Majorca in April.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘Just weeks after announcing a fantastic selection of winter sun destinations on sale for Winter 22/23 from Bristol Airport, we are very pleased to be expanding our programme and adding even more sunshine hotspots. This expansion comes on the back of the great response we have seen from customers and independent travel agents looking to book their winter sunshine nice and early. Like we have experienced with the first destinations going on sale, we know these additional hotspots will be just as popular. Based on the response we have had to the programme, and with more holidaymakers wanting to book ahead, we are looking towards the future with enormous confidence when it comes to Winter 22/23.’

Jet2 announces more flights and holidays to Greece from Birmingham Airport

Flight and holiday company Jet2 has said that it is adding more flights and holidays for the peak summer season, with a focus on Greece and the introduction of a new route to Corfu.

Following increased customer demand, Jet2 is adding over 9,000 departing seats between July and September, including more than 7,500 departing seats to Greece. The expansion takes the total capacity to over 1.2 million seats this summer, more than double the capacity last summer.

The expansion at Birmingham includes a new route to Corfu, with the introduction of a weekly Saturday service to the island, which features secret coves and beach resorts such as Sidari, Kavos and Barbati. With the addition of Corfu, UK holidaymakers will have a choice of 34 sun and city destinations from Birmingham Airport this summer with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays.

The company said that it will also add two weekend services on Saturday and Sundays, during the peak summer season to Rhodes, and operate a total of four weekly services to the island. Jet2 has also announced an additional Friday service to Crete, which is now served through four weekly services during the peak summer season, and the introduction of a weekly Monday service to Zante, that is three weekly services from July to September.

Further, UK holidaymakers will now have more choice of services to Menorca, with the addition of a weekly Sunday service, taking it to a total of four weekly services.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘This is fantastic news for holidaymakers in Birmingham and across the West Midlands. Since we launched at Birmingham Airport we have seen nothing but strong demand for our award winning flights and great value package holidays, and as a result of this our summer programme has more than doubled in size. Our latest response to this demand means the launch a new route to the stunning destination of Corfu, as well as more flights to Rhodes, Zante, Crete and Menorca too.’

William Pearson, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘Since launching services from Birmingham almost a year ago, the Jet2.com and Jet2holidays product has proven to be extremely popular with our passengers here at Birmingham Airport and it’s great to see them expanding their flight frequencies and destination choices to top summer destinations.

‘Corfu is a Greek island steeped in history with rugged mountains and a resort-studded shoreline. Increasing frequency to other Mediterranean holiday hot spots will give our passengers more choice and seat availability during the busier summer season.’

Tickets are available to book at www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com, the company said.

Vueling announces summer flights from Cardiff Airport

Low-cost Spanish airline Vueling has announced its summer schedule from Cardiff Airport.

From April to October, 2018, the airline will offer 188,000 seats on flights to four popular Spanish destinations – Malaga, Alicante, Barcelona and Palma Majorca. This represents an increase of 235 percent more capacity since Vueling started flying from Cardiff in summer 2012.

With five weekly services to Malaga and Alicante, customers can now plan summer holidays in mainland resorts including Marbella, Torremolinos, Benidorm and Torrevieja, with the two destinations serving as gateways to the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca regions. Fares for the Malaga flights start from £28.99, while Alicante starts from £44.99, both one way.

For holidaymakers looking for short break options, the airline is offering three flights a week to Barcelona, which offers access to Sites, Tarragona and beautiful resorts on the Costa Brava. The fares for the Barcelona flights start from £34.99, one way.

With four flights per week to Palma Majorca, holidaymakers have several choices for a short break in the Balearics. The fares for Palma Majorca start from £32.99, one way. More destinations in southern Spain, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and Africa are also accessible via Vueling’s connecting flights from its Barcelona hub.

All flights are on sale now at www.vueling.com, via the Vueling app, on the m.vueling.com mobile site or via a local travel agent, the airport said

A member of the International Airlines Group (IAG), Vueling operates from eight airports in the UK and Ireland, including Cardiff. The airline also offers customers the opportunity to collect Avios points.

Doncaster Sheffield announces new route to Belfast, return of Palma de Mallorca flights in summer

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) has announced a new Flybe route to the Northern Ireland capital Belfast, adding to its range of over 40 destinations across Europe.

The new service is set to start in summer 2018. Besides tourists and holidaymakers, local businesses will also benefit from the new route. Tickets for the route are available for booking now, and the first flight will take off on June 15, 2018.

In addition to the Belfast route, Doncaster Sheffield Airport will also see the return of Palma de Mallorca flights in summer 2018. The route was introduced in July 2017, and operated through to October. A major city and seaport located in the southwest of Majorca, Palma is the capital of the Spanish island of Mallorca. The twice weekly flights will be operated from May 28 until September 24, offering customers a chance to plan a seasonal break to the Baleari island.

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director at DSA, comments: ‘We are always pleased to introduce more routes to DSA’s repertoire but know this route to Belfast is one that our customers have been keen to see and so are delighted to be able to make it a reality. Being able to extend our route to Palma de Mallorca is again through listening to our customers and ensuring we are the easy and obvious choice for their travel needs.’

Flybe Interim Chief Commercial Officer Ronnie Matheson, said: ‘We are pleased to announce an expansion to our 2018 Summer schedule from Doncaster Sheffield. The brand new route to Belfast offers a flexible schedule ideal for those who want to make a short business trip or a longer break to really see what Belfast has to offer, especially as Belfast City airport is just 10 minutes from the heart of Belfast. The return of flights to Palma de Mallorca offers a key summer holiday route for families and we look forward to welcoming everybody on-board in the summer.’

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.

ABTA protests Balearics car hire tax

The Association of British Travel Agents, ABTA, has asked authorities in the Balearic Islands to reconsider the imposition of a tax on rental cars that is due to be implemented from April this year.

The Spanish-owned Balearic Islands, the largest and most visited of which are Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera, are intending to impose the tax as an ecological measure, but ABTA is concerned that the added cost to a week’s car rental will be bad for tourism to the archipelago.

The tax is set to vary between €3 and €7.5 per day, to be levied depending on the CO2 emissions of the individual car that is rented. This would make the cumulative weekly rental cost as much as €52.5, or £46 more expensive than it is currently. The amount will be payable when the car is collected from the rental company, even if the rental was prepaid in the renters home country.

The tax is intended to raise €15m per year for the Balearics’ government, but ABTA has asked them to delay its introduction and to reconsider.

Abta head of destinations and sustainability, Nikki White, said, ‘Hasty decisions that don’t give travel businesses time to prepare and take tourists by surprise can have a very damaging impact. Taxing tourists does more harm than good in the long term.’

ABTA has an ally in Jose Manuel Soria, Spain’s tourism minister, who, commenting on the proposed tax at last November’s World Travel Market in London, described it as, ‘Unfair.’

It remains to be seen if the new tax will be imposed on its scheduled date of April 1 this year.