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.

Majorca Continues To Have Allure For British Holidaymakers

Majorca has been a favourite of British holidaymakers since as far back as the 1960’s, but the love affair with the Spanish-owned island shows little sign of cooling.

Majorca is located near the South East coast of Spain, in the Mediterranean Sea, and has long stretches of beach, secluded coves and surrounding mountainous terrain. It has the famed S’Amarador beach, which has been voted the ‘Best Beach in Europe’ in 2009, and is a part of the Mondrago National Park. Many beaches in Majorca are pristine and well preserved, and all three beaches at Calas de Mallorca offer fine sand and tempting turquoise waters.

Majorca’s Hotel Salvia is typical of many such venues on the island, offering accommodation for GBP145 upwards per room, per night. It has recently been awarded the Travellers’ Choice 2012 Winner for Best Service in Spain. Other hotels in Majorca that have won similar awards include the Fina Es Castelle, offering rooms for GBP100 to GBP113 per night, and the Can Furios Hotel, offering room rates commencing at GBP133 per night.

Cosmos holidays, a UK-based travel company and a member of the Association of British Travel Agents, is offering three nights holidays to Majorca, departing May 28, 2012, for GBP192.36 per person.

Sol Melia, a Spain-based hotel company, has also announced plans to open a new venue at Majorca’s Megaluf Resort. The project will include a luxury hotel and an entertainment area. Sol Melia Park Hotel will be part of the Katmandu entertainment universe, and will open in 2013, offering all kinds of amenities for families.