easyJet introduces new route from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Malta

easyJet has announced the launch of a new route from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Malta, offering travellers in the North West region increased options for flights and holiday destinations.

Commencing operations on December 10, 2024, this year-round service will provide departures twice a week, on Tuesdays and Sundays.

The addition of this route underscores easyJet’s commitment to expanding its Liverpool network, with Malta joining a roster of recent introductions including Enfida in Tunisia, Hurghada in Egypt, and the Greek island of Corfu. Boasting stunning coastlines, crystal-clear waters, and over 3,000 hours of sunshine annually, Malta offers a captivating blend of rich history and diverse attractions, ideal for cultural explorations, tranquil beach getaways, or exhilarating scuba diving experiences.

Commenting on the new route, Ali Gayward, Malta Country manager, easyJet, said: ‘We are delighted to be announcing another new route from Liverpool, to Malta, providing our customers in the North West with even greater choice and connectivity to more of Europe’s best holiday destinations, all with great value fares and friendly service, and we look forward to welcoming them on board.’

Paul Winfield, Aviation Director for LJLA said: ‘We are delighted to welcome this new service to Malta with easyJet – a destination that we know is popular with holidaymakers from across the Liverpool City Region and beyond.

With just 9% of all flights to Malta from the North West currently served from Liverpool, this route has significant opportunity to grow from here, with more passengers from across the North West now able to take advantage of all the benefits of jetting off on holiday to Malta from Liverpool.’

Customers can book flights and holidays to Malta starting from June 11 via easyJet.com or the mobile app. In addition to flights, easyJet holidays presents a range of package options, from family-friendly, all-inclusive stays at the 4-star db San Antonio Hotel and Spa, to adults-only luxury experiences at the 4-star Seaview Hotel in St Pauls Bay. Guests can indulge in panoramic sea views, sunset vistas from the rooftop infinity pool, and a variety of dining options at the hotel’s a la carte restaurants.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays launch new route from Edinburgh Airport to Malta

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have celebrated the launch of their first flight to Malta from Edinburgh Airport today, marking the beginning of a brand-new route for Summer 24.

The addition of the new route comes in response to demand from local customers and independent travel agents for Summer 24 flights and holidays. The inaugural flight on May 1 signals the start of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ operations to Malta from Edinburgh Airport until October 30, 2024.

With the introduction of weekly Wednesday services, holidaymakers in Scotland can now explore Malta’s historic towns, picturesque marinas, and the island’s Italian-inspired cuisine. Additionally, those heading over to Gozo will discover centuries-old architecture, stunning beaches, and shimmering lagoons.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to see our first flight to Malta take off from Edinburgh Airport today. Feedback from customers and independent travel agents in Scotland has been telling us that flights and holidays to Malta and Gozo are very much in demand for Summer 24, and we know that this is a destination that customers want to experience. Since putting services on sale to Malta from Edinburgh Airport, local customers and independent travel agents have been booking getaways to the stunning hotspot in their numbers. As the UK’s largest tour operator, we are giving customers and independent travel agents in the region unrivalled choice when it comes to enjoying a holiday this summer.’

Kate Sherry, Chief Commercial Officer (Aero) at Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘We always want to add destinations and routes where we can, to make sure people can get away and relax, and we’re sure our passengers will ha-Valetta fun on the island!

‘It’s great to see Malta added to Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ already extensive programme from Scotland’s busiest airport and we are looking forward to another busy summer.’

Alan Borg, Malta International Airport Chief Executive Officer, said: ‘We are pleased to see Jet2.com and Jet2holidays expand its schedule for Malta, introducing an additional link between our airport and Scotland’s vibrant capital. This direct route to Edinburgh joins 9 other Jet2 routes to airports across the United Kingdom, which will continue to enhance Malta’s offering to our airport’s biggest tourism market throughout the summer months.’

Jet2 announces expanded winter sun programme for 2023/24 from Newcastle

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK-based airline and tour operator, has said that it has put an expanded Winter Sun programme on sale from Newcastle Airport for Winter 23/24 – including a new winter route to Malta.

In addition, the companies’ Ski and City Winter 23/24 destinations will also go on sale from Newcastle Airport starting next month.

With 12 Winter Sun destinations going on sale from Newcastle Airport, the programme includes a brand-new route from the base for Winter 23/24 to Malta – with a weekly service. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are offering more choice to Antalya from Newcastle Airport too, with up to three weekly services departing in Winter 23/24.

The companies also offer services to the Canary Islands, including Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, with up to 22 weekly departures to the Canaries from Newcastle Airport next winter. In addition, services will operate to Spain (Malaga and Alicante), Majorca (Palma), Portugal (Faro and Madeira) and Cyprus (Paphos).

In total, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are offering nearly 50 flights per week to these destinations from Newcastle Airport with multiple services available during winter from early-November through to the end of April.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘We are seeing strong demand from customers in the North East wanting to escape the long British winter by booking their Winter 23/24 holiday nice and early. In response to this demand, we are stepping in by putting our Winter Sun programme on sale from Newcastle Airport. We are pleased to be launching a brand-new route to Malta from the base for Winter 23/24, on top of offering a fantastic selection of other popular Winter Sun destinations. With more customers than ever wanting to give themselves something to look forward to next year, we have no doubt that these hotspots will be extremely popular with both customers and independent travel agents in the region. The unrivalled programme on sale from Newcastle Airport means customers and independent travel agents need look no further when it comes to booking or travelling on their well-deserved holidays next year. The strong demand we are seeing for Winter Sun means we are looking ahead with real confidence and look forward to revealing even more details of our exciting Winter 23/24 programme from Newcastle Airport very soon.’

Nick Jones, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport said: ‘Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ increased winter 2023/24 schedule demonstrates the airline’s ongoing commitment to the region and confidence in the North East’s largest airport. This announcement recognises strong demand for travel in the region and the extension of Jet2.com’s Malta service into November and March.’

Bournemouth Airport announces new year-round flights to Malta

Bournemouth Airport has announced the launch of year-round flights to the Mediterranean island of Malta starting July 2, with flights operated by Ryanair.

The latest addition to the airport’s schedule, the new twice-weekly flights with Ryanair follow the start of a new service to Zadar on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast two weeks ago.

Announcing the launch of its Malta services earlier this year, Ryanair’s Marketing Director, Dara Brady had said: ‘As Europe’s no. 1 airline, Ryanair is delighted to announce an exciting new Summer’22 route to Malta which will operate twice weekly starting this July.’

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘Malta is a very popular destination and we’re delighted to see its return from Bournemouth with Ryanair. We’re committed to increasing connectivity and it means our passengers have even more travel options this summer.’

With the new service, Ryanair has 17 routes from Bournemouth, with more than half operating year-round. Ryanair’s routes from Bournemouth include: Spain (Alicante, Girona (Barcelona), Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga, Majorca, Murcia, Tenerife), Ireland (Dublin), Hungary (Budapest), Poland (Krakow and Wroclaw), Portugal (Faro and Lisbon), Croatia (Zadar), France (Bergerac) and Malta.

With the new flights, in total Bournemouth Airport is offering 34 destinations in 17 countries for 2022/23.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays expands Summer 22 programme, launches new route to Malta from Bristol Airport

Leisure airline and tour operator, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, has expanded its Summer 22 flights and holidays with the launch of a brand-new and exclusive route from Bristol Airport to Malta as well as adding additional capacity to a range of popular sun destinations in Greece and Cyprus.

With historic towns, white sandy beaches, a UNESCO-stamped capital (Valetta) and a range of splendid seaside resorts, Malta excels at relaxation, sapphire waters, nightlife, natural history and cuisine.

Besides this brand-new route, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are also adding extra capacity and more frequent flying to Greece (Kefalonia and Rhodes), and Cyprus (Larnaca) for next summer.

With the latest expansion, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has over 30 destinations on sale for Summer 22 from Bristol Airport, offering more choice and flexibility for booking and enjoying flights and ATOL protected package holidays to Greece, Cyprus, and Malta for Summer 22 from Bristol Airport.

The additional flights and holidays on sale from Bristol Airport include the new and exclusive route to Malta with weekly Tuesday services operating from May 31 and October 25, 2022; weekly Thursday services to Kefalonia from May 26 through to September 22, 2022; an additional weekly service every Friday to Larnaca from May 27 to October 28, 2022; and the introduction of new weekend flight (Saturday) to Rhodes from May 28 to October 29, 2022, meaning up to three weekly services to the Greek city for Summer 22.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘With many customers missing out on holidays this year, we are seeing strong demand for Summer 22, as more people look to book ahead and give themselves something to look forward to. As always, we have been quick to respond to demand by launching a brand-new route to Malta from Bristol Airport, as well as additional capacity to Greece and Cyprus, and offering customers and independent travel agents even more opportunity to book or enjoy some sunshine next summer. We are pleased to be providing an enormous programme of flights and holidays to these popular summer sun destinations and know that this huge choice of flights, together with our award-winning customer service, will mean that these new and additional services will sell exceptionally well.’

Wizz Air announces new base at Gatwick as part of UK expansion

Hungarian low-fares airline Wizz Air has announced a new base at Gatwick Airport, which will be the third base for Wizz Air UK, the group’s UK-registered and based airline, alongside London Luton and the recently announced Doncaster Sheffield.

The airline will allocate one Airbus A321 aircraft to the South London hub and launch four new routes to leisure destinations in Greece, Italy, Spain and Malta from October 22 2020. With the new base at Gatwick, Wizz Air will offer passengers more travel opportunities, with 450,000 seats per annum on sale on its new routes.

The new routes include London Gatwick – Lanzarote, operating on Monday, Wednesday, Friday starting October 23, 2020 for fares starting from £26.99; London Gatwick – Athens, operating on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday starting October 22, 2020 for fares starting from £26.99; London Gatwick – Malta, operating on Monday, Wednesday, Friday starting October 23, 2020 for fares starting from £21.99; and London Gatwick – Naples, operating on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday starting October 22, 2020 for fares starting from £21.99 2020 for fares starting from £26.99. Tickets are now available on wizzair.com or the WIZZ mobile app, with fares starting from £21.99 one-way, including taxes, administration and other non-optional charges.

This announcement follows the recent expansion at Doncaster Sheffield, its first regional base, where the airline will allocate one Airbus A321 aircraft and launch seven new routes to destinations including Alicante, Malaga, Larnaca, Faro, Lublin, Kosice and Suceava in October 2020.

Owain Jones, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK said: ‘Already the fourth largest airline group operating in the UK, today’s announcement of our new Gatwick base and four new routes reinforces Wizz Air UK’s position as a British airline that is growing, creating new jobs, bringing much-needed connectivity to the UK and so helping the economy get back in the air. Following on from last week’s announcement of a new Wizz Air UK base at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, we stand ready to continue to support the UK’s recovery with further growth at key airports, if slot-blocking by other airlines is stopped allowing WIZZ to deliver on our promise of providing affordable travel for all.’

Stewart Wingate, CEO at Gatwick Airport, said: ‘This is encouraging news for Gatwick, particularly at a time when the industry has been so negatively impacted by COVID-19. Having a new aircraft based at Gatwick underpins the resilience of our business for the long-term and ensures we continue to offer our passengers great choice. This is a welcome indication of the positive conversations we are having with airlines – both existing and new – about securing Gatwick’s future.’

British Airways to launch new daily direct flights to Malta

British Airways, the UK’s national carrier, and nation’s largest airline based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations, is planning to launch a new direct flight to Malta, offering British holidaymakers the option of a new summer holiday destination.

The daily service from London Gatwick to Malta’s Luqa International Airport will start from March 30, 2014, ahead of the peak summer holiday season. Hand-baggage only tickets in economy Euro Traveller will start from £55 one-way, including all taxes and charges. Seats in Euro Traveller for customers who chose to take a bag, including all taxes and charges, start at £67 one-way, and in Club Europe (business class) one-way fares start at £274.

The new Malta route will be served by a combination of Boeing 737 and Airbus 319/320 aircraft.

Peter Simpson, British Airways’ director at Gatwick, said: ‘We are delighted to be launching this new route to Malta for Summer 2014 allowing us to return to the island, which we last served in 2009. We believe the convenient timings for the services will make the route attractive to tourists as well as those visiting friends and relatives.

‘Expanding our leisure route network at Gatwick is fantastic news for British Airways customers, offering them even greater choice, along with our range of highly competitive fares, generous hand baggage allowances and great onboard service.’

Malta’s tourism minister, Karmenu Vella, welcomed the announcement by British Airways, saying that it was a vote of confidence in the islands.

‘This announcement is a vote of confidence in our islands by one of the world’s leading flag carriers,’ he said. This will further strengthen our links with both London and beyond and should be a big help to both the leisure and the conference sectors, he added.

British Airways, which introduced its first long-haul flight to Los Angeles last week, said that it would make further additions to its holiday flights during summer 2014, with services from Gatwick to Salzburg, Naples, Dubrovnik, Marrakech and Catania.

Enjoying Sweets Abroad

There are a number of dates throughout the year promoting variations of local, national or international Chocolate Day – as if we needed an excuse to indulge our sugar cravings! UK Chocolate Week is every October and there is even World Chocolate Day which took place on September 4th. Take a look at our guide to enjoying some of the best desserts, sweets and cakes in three of Thomas Cook’s most popular European destinations.

Turkey

Last minute Turkey holidays are perfect for those of you with a sweet tooth. Turkish delight is probably the best-known sugary snack from the Middle East. These small, fragrant cubes of jelly are usually flavoured with rosewater, orange flower water or citrus fruit juice and heavily dusted with icing sugar. Turkish delight is served alongside coffee or tea in Middle Eastern households. Cinnamon or peppermint flavoured oils are sometimes used as an alternative to rosewater.

Baklava is by far Turkey’s favourite dessert. Eggs, olives, pistachio, and lemons are some of the ingredients used in this sweet treat. The final product is a delicious syrupy pastry snack. Aside from white-sandy beaches, breathtaking cliff-bound bays and lively nightlife, holidays to Dalaman offer some of the best baklava in the country.

Malta

Holidays in Malta have always been popular, due to the island’s many sunny days, expansive beaches and vibrant nightlife. It’s also a melting pot of cultures. With North African and Arabic influences from the south, Sicilian from the north, and Greek from the west, this diversity is reflected in its cuisine. Kannoli is perhaps the most famous Italian-influenced Maltese sweet. This very popular confectionery is shaped like a cylinder and stuffed with pieces of chocolate and fruit preserves. Figoll, delicious golden-brown biscuits stuffed with ground almonds, are also a local favourite.

Tunisia

Cheap holidays in Tunisia are very popular and with good reason; behind excellent beaches and low-rise hotels lies a country of great variety – green mountains, rivers, lakes and amazing weather. Tunisian desserts reflect this variety too. The most common is a simple plate of light, sweet and delicious seasonal fruit to cleanse the palate. There are also a multitude of honey, nut and pastry shaped sweets. Makroudh is a North African favourite; it is made with honey and has a date filling on the inside. Powdered sugar doughnuts topped with pistachios are also popular here.