Royal Jordanian Airlines expands routes to Manchester and London Stansted Airport in March 2024

Royal Jordanian Airlines has announced the launch of new routes to Manchester and London Stansted Airport, enhancing its network and connectivity options.

Building on the successes of 2023, which saw the introduction of five new routes across Europe, including Brussels, Stockholm, Milan, Dusseldorf, and Lyon, Royal Jordanian Airlines will now extend its reach to include Manchester and London Stansted as the 6th and 7th destinations in its European network.

Starting March 3, 2024, passengers can avail direct flights from London Stansted to Amman, the capital of Jordan, with four weekly flights.

Additionally, starting March 6, 2024, Manchester Airport will offer a direct route to Amman, with three flights per week. The flight duration for both routes is approximately five hours.

Royal Jordanian’s Chief Commercial Officer, Karim Makhlouf, said: ‘Our new route to London Stansted will make it easier than ever for tourists from the UK to discover Jordan’s incredible wonders. The new routes are yet another step in line with Royal Jordanian’s ambitious five-year growth plan of increasing our current fleet of 24 aircraft to more than 40 aircraft in the coming three to five years.’

Ciaran Brannigan, London Stansted’s Commercial Director, said: ‘Amman is a city full of history, unique architecture, art galleries, and museums, with many excellent restaurants and ‘boozing’ nightlife. The route will facilitate the travellers’ visits to the Golden Triangle, the Wadi Rum desert, Petra, one of the world’s seven wonders, and Aqaba, a popular diving location on the Red Sea. These are some of the incredible places to visit.’

Manchester airport managing director Chris Woodroofe, added, ‘International travel is about opening up the world. Traveling to Jordan from Manchester in just a few hours extends the possibility of exploring ancient history in Petra, eating tasty food in Amman, and enjoying stunning beaches in Aqaba.’

‘Our growing destinations directly connect the people of the region with some of the most exciting and interesting places around the globe, which are Jordan, thanks to Royal Jordanian Airlines.’

Virgin Atlantic announces major transatlantic expansion at London Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic is set to expand its transatlantic services, increasing flights from London Heathrow to key U.S. destinations in the summer of 2024. This move follows recent plans to boost its presence in the USA, with additional services to Miami and a new seasonal route from Manchester to Las Vegas.

Virgin Atlantic is achieving a milestone next summer, introducing a seventh daily flight to New York JFK and collaborating with Delta for a total of ten daily services-an 11% increase from 2023. A second daily flight to Boston will also be added, bringing the total to three daily flights.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic, commented; ‘We’re excited to announce additional flying to our heartland in the USA for summer 2024.

‘By utilising our brand new A350 and A339 aircraft, our passengers can travel in style with Virgin Atlantic, as we commit to operating the routes that our customers love to fly.

‘With Boston and New York, JFK being key business and leisure travel routes, customers can rely on Virgin Atlantic to connect them to these popular destinations as we offer more opportunities to travel with our expanded offering.’

Expanded routes will feature Virgin Atlantic’s latest A330-900neo and A350-1000 aircraft, increasing Upper and Premium seats by 23% for a more luxurious travel experience. The A330-900neo will showcase the innovative Retreat Suite in Upper Class. Delta customers will have access to Delta’s upgraded Delta One product.

Virgin Atlantic’s expanded schedule solidifies its commitment to the heartland of the USA, providing a record number of daily departures to popular destinations like Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington DC. The increased services aim to improve connections, enabling seamless travel to cities across the USA and global destinations via London Heathrow. Through its partnership with Delta Air Lines, passengers can conveniently reach Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Johannesburg, and Shanghai.

Loganair resumes its Cornwall and Manchester service

Loganair has resumed its service between Cornwall and Manchester, with the restart of flights from Cornwall Airport Newquay on February 10.

The UK-based largest regional airline will operate daily to provide customers with easy access for short or long breaks, and flexibility for business travellers. Loganair initially planned to recommence its Newquay routes in summer 2023 from March 26, 2023, but with increasing demand for the service, particularly during the February half-term holiday, the airline brought the route back onto sale in November 2022 for a February start.

In addition to the Cornwall-Manchester reconnection, flights will operate from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Newcastle, Edinburgh, and onward services are available to Aberdeen, the Isle of Man and the Scottish highlands and islands.

Luke Lovegrove, Chief Commercial Officer at Loganair, said: ‘It’s great to be back at Cornwall Airport Newquay and to be able to offer our customers increased choice and year-round service.

‘Customer demand for Summer 2023 has been encouraging – so much so that we took the decision to bring forward the relaunch of our Manchester to Newquay service to today in time for half-term. We would strongly encourage customers to book early to avail of the best value fares.’

Amy Smith, Head of Commercial at Cornwall Airport Newquay, said: ‘The connection between Manchester and Newquay is and always has been one of our most popular routes. We’re delighted to have Loganair back serving this market, as well as other much needed connections to Scotland and the North. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Loganair to further build on the relationship and their commitment to Cornwall.’

Flights are available to book at www.loganair.co.uk, and all fares include a 15kg luggage allowance, discounts for children aged 11 and under, and a mandatory carbon offset charge as part the airlines innovative GreenSkies initiative. Regular travellers can also take advantage of the airline’s loyalty programme – Clan Loganair.

Loganair advances relaunch of Manchester – Cornwall route

Scottish regional airline Loganair has said that it is resuming its route between Cornwall Airport Newquay and Manchester from February 10 – earlier than planned.

The airline had planned to recommence routes within its summer 2023 schedule from March 26, 2023. However, with increasing demand for a direct service between Newquay and Manchester for the February half term holiday, the airline has decided to resume the route earlier than previously scheduled.

Luke Lovegrove, Chief Commercial Officer at Loganair, said: ‘We’re very pleased to announce the early recommencement of our Newquay – Manchester route benefiting those with February half-term travel plans.

‘We continue to work closely with the teams at both airports and are keen to maximise the potential of this route in line with our continued commitment to UK regionally connectivity.’

Amy Smith, Head of Commercial at Cornwall Airport Newquay said ‘It is fantastic that Loganair have decided to return to Cornwall earlier than expected. Cornwall is more than a summer destination and this February start as a result of the demand the airline is seeing is a good indication of that.

‘We’re anticipating continued strong growth in passenger numbers next year and are very pleased that Loganair will play a key part in that as one of our valued airline partners.’

The new service will operate daily, on a mix of Loganair’s 72-seat ATR-72’s and 49-seat ERJ-145’s offering customers short breaks or longer stays for business and leisure purposes. The one hour and 25 minute flight will initially depart at 12.45 from Newquay, moving to twice daily with departure times of 10.35 and 14.00 on select dates from April. Fares commence from £59.97 one-way and are inclusive of 15kg of luggage. Flights are now available to book.

Loganair flights to Edinburgh and Newcastle from Cornwall Airport Newquay will recommence throughout Loganair’s summer 2023 schedule from March. Customers travelling from Cornwall Airport Newquay can also benefit from Loganair’s regional network and join onward connections from Manchester to Aberdeen, Isle of Man and Inverness.

Flybe commences services from Cornwall Airport to Manchester and Heathrow

Flybe has commenced its services from Cornwall Airport Newquay on October 30, with a special Cornish cream tea for all passengers on board the flight to Manchester Airport.

This marks the beginning of double daily flights to London Heathrow and daily flights to Manchester Airport from Cornwall Airport Newquay, adding one of the UK’s most popular staycation destinations to Flybe’s domestic routes.

Amy Smith, Head of Commercial, at Cornwall Airport Newquay said: ‘It’s fantastic to be welcoming the new flybe to Cornwall Airport Newquay. The daily flights to London Heathrow and Manchester will add much needed extra capacity as well as additional options for passengers on two of our key markets.’

The cream teas served onboard were made using ingredients sourced from Cornish suppliers, and featured local scones, clotted cream from Rodda’s and jam from Boddington’s Berries, a third-generation Cornish family business. Though the cream teas were a one-off for the inaugural flight, passengers can expect complimentary tea, coffee and juice onboard as a standard on every Flybe flight. For winter, Flybe has also introduced the choice of a hot chocolate.

Dave Pflieger, Flybe CEO, said: ‘After discussions with the team at Cornwall Airport Newquay, we all agreed that there was no better way to commemorate our inaugural flight than to serve traditional Cornish cream teas to ensure customers could properly celebrate this new connection between Manchester and Newquay. It’s a route we think will greatly benefit residents, commuters, and holidaymakers alike. ‘We believe it is critical to add routes like this to our network to not only support flybe’s mission of providing customers with better regional connectivity, but also ensure we continue to provide convenience and comfort at a great value. We’re confident that anyone who partakes in our unique flybe experience will find it’s exactly their cup of tea.’

Flybe operates two daily flights to London Heathrow and one daily flight to Manchester Airport from Cornwall Airport Newquay. Tickets are available to book at flybe.com

easyJet expands services from Aberdeen International Airport, to resume Manchester service

easyJet is set to expand its services from Aberdeen International Airport next year.

The UK airline will double its daily summer services to London Gatwick and has confirmed its Manchester route will operate on a seasonal basis. easyJet’s Manchester service will resume from March 2022 along with the increased London Gatwick frequency.

Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager for easyJet, commented: ‘With the recovery now firmly underway, we are ready and able to seize opportunities where they arise. We launched our service from Aberdeen to Manchester to operate on a seasonal basis last summer and we’re delighted for next summer to be continuing this seasonal service as well as doubling our daily summer frequency to London Gatwick, to serve demand. Seats are available to book from today on easyJet.com and via the mobile app.

‘easyJet will continue to take decisive action to capture additional opportunities alongside our planned organic growth to ensure we continue to offer the greatest choice and best value for leisure and business customers alike.’

Matt Hazlewood, Group Commercial Director for AGS Airports Ltd, said: ‘It is great to see easyJet growing its offering and presence at Aberdeen International Airport with the Manchester route returning for next summer.

‘Rebuilding our connectivity will play a vital role in supporting the economic recovery of the north east and we know the Gatwick route has been incredibly popular so we are delighted easyJet is doubling its daily frequency to meet demand.

‘Our passengers and stakeholders were delighted when the restarting of this route was announced and I am sure they will be pleased to see its offering grow.’

easyJet has also announced that it is extending its flexible policies under its ‘Protection Promise’ until March 31 2022. Accordingly all easyJet customers can continue to make changes to their flights without a change fee up to two hours before departure. There are no restrictions on dates or destination; customers with both new and existing bookings can transfer to any flights currently on sale up to the end of September 2022, and to any other destination on the airline’s network.

First passengers welcomed to Manchester Airport’s new Terminal Two extension

Manchester Airport welcomed the first passengers to transit through its new Terminal Two extension this morning (Wednesday July 14), the main highlight of the GBP1bn Manchester Airport Transformation Programme (MAN-TP).

The first flight to take-off from the expanded Terminal Two was a Jet2.com flight to Menorca.

The revamped Terminal Two facility was officially opened by Manchester Airport’s managing director Karen Smart and Jet2.com’s general manager at Manchester Airport, Marc Burns. The opening had been delayed by more than a year due to the pandemic, after work started on the improved facility in 2017.

The inaugural passengers then had their first opportunity to sample the new terminal’s facilities, including a number of new shops, bars and restaurants and a giant media wall. More shops are set to open throughout the week as passenger numbers increase.

Jet2.com will have two further flights leaving from the terminal today, with TUI flights added to its roster from tomorrow. The increasing opportunities for travel following the pandemic are expected to see more airlines using the improved facility over the next few weeks.

Commenting on the opening, Karen Smart, said: ‘This is a hugely significant milestone for our airport, our city, the North as a whole and the wider recovery of the travel industry. After a hugely challenging 16 months, we are delighted to be delivering some positive news and welcoming the first passengers into our new terminal extension.

‘The impact of the pandemic on the travel industry means we are not able to immediately welcome as many customers and airlines into this fantastic new facility as we would have hoped. However, as Government restrictions continue to be eased, and travel to more destinations is opened-up in the weeks ahead, we will be making further announcements about the carriers and retailers operating from Terminal Two.’

Jet 2’s Steve Heapy, said: ‘The new terminal extension at Manchester Airport is fantastic news for our customers, and we are delighted to be the first airline to take off from the expanded terminal this morning. From today all of our flights will depart and arrive from the expanded Terminal Two, with the exception of arrivals from Jersey.’

easyJet to launch new routes between Cornwall and Manchester, Glasgow

easyJet has said that it is planning to launch two new domestic routes between Cornwall Airport Newquay and Manchester and Glasgow, the airline’s first ever route between Cornwall and Scotland.

The new flights to Manchester will operate up to five times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from June 21, 2021 and to Glasgow twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the peak summer season from June 29, 2021, providing customers in the Southwest with direct connections to the North West and Scotland in around 90 minutes. Seats are now on sale at easyJet.com with fares starting from £22.99.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘We know that people want to travel as soon as they can and as soon as it is safe to do so and so we want to ensure they have even more destinations to choose from when making a booking for this summer.

‘And while we remain optimistic for summer travel, given the successful roll out of the vaccination programme which will be an important trigger for the Government to begin to unwind some restrictions, our Protection Promise means that customers can book with confidence knowing that if they are unable to travel or their plans change so can their flights or holiday. And unlike other airlines we will offer customers refunds if they are impacted by a travel ban, even if their flight is not cancelled, which is industry leading.

Pete Downes, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay, said: ‘Domestic tourism is a vital driver of Cornwall’s visitor economy, and I’m confident that these new services announced by easyJet will be warmly welcomed by all those who are looking ahead with hope to the prospect of a UK staycation this summer.

‘The addition by easyJet of over 30,000 seats to and from Cornwall Airport Newquay will not only help those in Scotland and North West England rediscover Cornwall’s enduring appeal with stunning coastlines and world class cuisine, it will also build on our work to reinstate connectivity for local residents and businesses, which remains vital to the South West’s recovery from the pandemic.’

All flights and holidays are subject to flexible policies under its ‘Protection Promise’, including a Refund Guarantee for flights if they are cancelled, and with the Travel Ban Protection customers can also receive a refund for non-cancelled flights if plans are impacted by travel bans in a regional or national lockdown; the Freedom To Change flights without a fee up to 14 days before departure; and if quarantine measures come in to place last minute, the Quarantine Assurance would mean impacted flights can be changed without a change fee.

Norwegian announces launch of new route to Bergen from Manchester

Scandinavian airline Norwegian has announced the launch of a new non-stop service from Manchester to Norway.

The new twice-weekly seasonal service on a Monday and Friday from Manchester Airport to Bergen offers passengers more choice when travelling with Norwegian to Scandinavia. The new flight offers holidaymakers in the North West an affordable way to explore the Norwegian city of Bergen with fares from £43.90 one-way. The tickets are available to book now at www.norwegian.com/uk/destinations/bergen.

The new nonstop service will offer holidaymakers direct access to the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway. Tourists and holidaymakers can explore the spectacular landscape views of the fjords, and the history and culture of the city.

Magnus Maursund, SVP commercial Short Haul at Norwegian, said: ‘We are delighted to offer passengers in the North West another affordable Norwegian service with the addition of our new route from Manchester to Bergen. Passengers travelling with us can enjoy our award-winning complimentary gate-to-gate Wi-Fi and modern comfortable cabin on new state-of-the-art aircraft’.

Julian Carr, Aviation Director at Manchester Airport, said: ‘We’re delighted to celebrate the launch of Norwegian’s new service to Bergen today. We know it’s a hugely popular route with people from the North West looking to visit Bergen and the surrounding areas and inbound with Norwegians coming to the North and especially to Manchester and Liverpool with our musical and sporting heritage.’

In addition to the new service, Norwegian currently operates three non-stop routes to Scandinavia from Manchester Airport with three weekly flights to Oslo, two weekly flights to Stavanger and two weekly flights to Stockholm. Along with the new route the airline will now offer nine weekly flights to Scandinavia from Manchester.

Norwegian started operating from Manchester Airport in 2011 and all flights are served by new 186 seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft, offering all passengers free gate-to-gate Wi-Fi and live TV. Norwegian carries more than 5.8 million UK passengers each year to over 50 global destinations.

Norwegian announces new route from Manchester to Bergen

Scandinavian airline Norwegian has said that it is expanding its network at Manchester Airport with the addition of a new non-stop service to Bergen.

A UNESCO World Heritage City, the Bergen region provides visitors with captivating views of the fjords, as well as its rich history and culture.

The new route will commence on October 28, 2019 for the winter season with two weekly flights on a Monday and Friday. Passengers in Manchester and the North West will now be able to explore the Norwegian city of Bergen this winter with fares from £43.90 one way.

Magnus Maursund, SVP commercial Short Haul at Norwegian, said: ‘Norwegian’s new flight to Bergen from Manchester will allow passengers in the North West to take advantage of our affordable fares all while enjoying our award-winning complimentary Wi-Fi and modern comfortable cabin on new state-of the-art aircraft.’

Julian Carr, Aviation Director at Manchester Airport, said: ‘It’s great to see Norwegian increase its destination choice from Manchester Airport to include Bergen. I am sure this route will prove incredibly popular with the 22 million passengers in our vast catchment area by giving more accessibility to this Scandinavian city.’

Norwegian started operating from Manchester Airport in 2011 with flights on the new 186 seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft, offering all passengers free onboard Wi-Fi and live TV.

Besides the new flight, Norwegian already operates three non-stop routes to Scandinavia from Manchester Airport with three weekly flights to Oslo, two weekly flights to Stavanger and two weekly flights to Stockholm. Along with the new route the airline will now offer nine weekly flights to Scandinavia from Manchester, Norwegian said.