easyJet launches six new UK routes for winter 2019

easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, has recently said that it will launch six new routes from the UK this winter.

The new routes are from Manchester to Hurghada (Egypt), Rovaniemi (Lapland) and Verona (Italy); Belfast to Marrakech, Bristol to Hurghada and Liverpool to Tenerife. Flights are available on sale at easyJet.com.

Neil Slaven, UK Country Manager, easyJet said: ‘We’re delighted to announce seven new routes from the UK for this coming winter which allow us to offer our customers an even wider range of exiting destinations to visit this year. We remain committed to providing great value services to our customers by offering low fares, a convenient schedule and more choice when they travel.’

easyJet’s new route to Hurghada will start on October 30, 2019 and will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Verona flights will operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays commencing October 28, 2019 on an A320 aircraft. Fares will start from £34.99 per person. Offering a beautiful Christmas experience, flights to Rovaniemi will start on November 21, operating twice a week on Monday and Thursdays. Fares start from £36.99 per person.

The UK-based airline’s new route from Bristol Airport to Hurghada will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting October 30, 2019 and will operate throughout the winter. Flights from Belfast International Airport to Marrakech will commence on October 30, 2019 and operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the winter. Fares start from £26.99 one way per person. easyJet’s new route from Liverpool to Tenerife starts on October 30, 2019 and will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Fares will start from £35.99 per person.

British Airways to launch new service to Morocco from Heathrow

British Airways is planning to launch a new direct service to Marrakech from Heathrow in autumn.

The airline has said that it will be adding a new four-per-week service from Terminal 5 to the Moroccan holiday destination starting October 28, 2018. During the winter season customers will be able to fly direct to Marrakech from British Airways’ London-hub, with services taking off on Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The return fares start from £132 in Euro Traveller and £332 in Club Europe, and customers may choose to cut the cost of flights by using Avios part payment. They can choose from a range of savings by destination and cabin while still collecting Avios and Tier Points on their bookings, the airline said.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘Marrakech adds another exciting destination to our leisure network at Heathrow and is a fantastic starting point to explore Morocco; from trekking in the Atlas Mountains to discovering the amazing deserts and beaches and soaking up the atmosphere of the many medinas. Marrakech is one of the key tourism destinations in north Africa, so we’re excited to serve it from two of our London airports.’

The airline already flies to Marrakech from Gatwick, operating eight times a week with different flight times.

British Airways is also increasing the number of flights that it operates to other city break destinations from Heathrow this winter, with more flights to Prague, increased from 27 to 34 per week; Budapest, increased from 20 to 23 per week and Barcelona increased from 46 to 53 per week, as well as increasing the frequency to winter sun destinations such as Gibraltar from 9 to 13 per week; Larnaca from seven to 10 per week and Malaga from four to six per week.

The airline has also added Nashville to its long-haul network from Heathrow and a connection onward to the South African city of Durban with the introduction of a direct service from Terminal 5, starting October 29.

easyJet to start new flights from Bristol to Reykjavik, Marrakech

easyJet, a UK-based airline, has said that it is planning to launch new flights from Bristol to Reykjavik and Marrakech starting December 2013.

Ali Gayward, commercial manager for easyJet, said: ‘We are pleased to announce two new routes for Bristol Airport today offering exciting new holiday destinations for people across the South West.

‘Reykjavik is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for UK holidaymakers who are attracted to the fantastic scenery and natural beauty as well as the thriving bar and restaurant scene. Marrakech boasts luxury hotels, rich history and culture and excellent shopping opportunities with a flight time of just over four hours.’

The new flights will offer the South West’s only connection to Iceland. easyJet will operate the routes using 156-seat Airbus A319 and will carry over 55,000 passengers during the first year. The new flights are on sale at www.easyJet.com, with details as follows:

Starting December 14, 2013 easyJet will operate flights to Marrakech on Tuesdays and Saturdays with fares from £33.99 for two people travelling together.

Starting December 12, 2013 easyJet will operate flights to Reykjavik on Thursdays and Sundays with fares from £31.99 for two people travelling together.

Robert Sinclair, chief executive officer at Bristol Airport, said: ‘Today’s announcement adds two more exciting destinations to easyJet’s extensive route network from Bristol, which is the largest available at any UK airport outside London. It also brings two new countries within easy reach from Bristol Airport, taking the total number of nations served by direct flights to 32.’

The largest airline operating from Bristol Airport, easyJet has up to 11 aircraft permanently based at the site, with 420 staff employed locally and 46 destinations served. The airline flies over three million passengers to and from the airport annually.

 

Ryanair Announces New Bases at Fez and Marrakech

Ryanair, an Ireland-based low cost airline, has announced two new bases to open in Morocco in 2013.

The two new bases will be opening at Fez and Marrakech, which will be hosting a total of three aircraft, and the company is planning to invest around £130 million in Morocco for developing the facilities.

The airline has also announced two new destinations in Morocco, Essaouira and Rabat, adding the total destinations in Morocco to eight, and offering around 60 routes to the country in 2013. The new facilities developed in Morocco are likely to generate around 2,500 jobs for around 2.5m passengers expected to travel through the country in Ryanair flights.

The airline head of communications, Stephen McNamara, said, ‘Ryanair is delighted to announce our first two bases in Morocco at Fez (No 56) and Marrakech (No 57) and to launch 2 new Morocco airports at Essaouira and Rabat, with flights starting in April. To celebrate our new Moroccan bases and airports, we are launching a 100,000 seat sale with fares starting from €15 for travel across Europe in February and March. Seats at these crazy low prices will be snapped up quickly, so we urge passengers to book them immediately on www.ryanair.com.”

Dr Lahcen Haddad, the minister of tourism of the Kingdom of Morocco, said, ‘The Moroccan tourism sector is very proud of the confidence Ryanair is showing in the capacity of the Moroccan destination to grow and develop to become a leading market in the Mediterranean region.

This long-term commitment, as shown in the implementation of two bases in Fez and Marrakesh, and the opening of two new destinations (Essaouira and Rabat), is the first stage of a comprehensive strategy aiming, for Ryanair, to build a profitable business based on the huge growth potential of Moroccan tourism, as planned within the framework of Vision 2020.’

Luxurious Palais Namaskar Opens in Marrakech

Morocco has gained a new luxury hotel called the Palais Namaskar, which is located in Marrakech.

The new luxury hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World, and it is claimed to have an architectural style that incorporates contemporary aspects with old world charm.

The Palais Namaskar hotel has a total of 41 accommodation units, which include three types of room, four types of suite, two sets of luxury villas, and two upmarket palaces for those who want to enjoy the ultimate in luxurious living. The accommodation includes terraces, outdoor Jacuzzis and heated pools, and the luxury villas are inclusive of private pools and outdoor areas. The palaces come with private kitchens and butler service.

Le Spa Namaskar is offering a range of body treatments and signature luxury spa experiences at its four cabins with terraces, two cabins with private baths for couple spa experiences, and a special luxurious cabin for couples, in addition to an adjoining beauty salon and a separate fitness area that provides the services of yoga and fitness instructors.

The hotel has three dining venues, as well as in-room dining facilities; leisure facilities that include a nearby golf course; guided trips to local attractions; adventure trips; and private shopping tours with a personal shopper.

The hotel is located in a setting that includes 12 acres of gardens with around 4 acres of lakes, to provide desirable settings for events and festivities.

In an interview given earlier to BreakingTravelNews, Ted Teng, president of The Leading Hotels of the World, said, ‘We are pleased to welcome Palais Namaskar as a complement to our offer in Marrakech. This property also reinforces our partnership with Oetker Collection as Le Bristl in Paris and BrennersPark-Hotel & Spa, in Baden Baden have been long time members of our network.’

 

“Pick of the bunch” – Getaways for Gardeners

With next week’s Chelsea Flower Show completely sold out, all is not lost if you have been left without a ticket to London’s most prestigious event. Why not consider an early summer holiday and take some inspiration from some of the world’s most beautiful gardens and recreate that relaxed ‘holiday feel’ in your own back yard. So whether your greens fingered or not, take a look at these “blooming marvelous” Thomas Cook holidays to help inspire your very own exotic garden makeover.

South Africa – Cape Town

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Whether for a casual stroll, more strenuous walk or lazy picnic, these gardens are a must-see for any visit to Cape Town. Nestled against the steep and rugged slopes of Table Mountain, they are a celebration of South African flora showcasing thousands of unique plants and flowers such as the Protea.

Thomas Cook Signature – 7 nights in Cape Town from £1,098 per person

Staying at 4 star Protea Hotel President in Cape Town on bed and breakfast, flying with South African Airways from London Heathrow – 26th June 2011.

Malta – Valetta

Barrakka Gardens

Popular with locals and visitors, Valetta’s Barrakka Gardens offer the best views over this city’s Grand Harbour. Beautifully manicured and dating back to 1661 when they were private gardens for the Italian knights, today they provide a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of Valetta’s busy streets. Divided into two parts, Upper Barrakka has various statues and monuments including one dedicated to Winston Churchill, and those visiting the gardens at noon or sunset can expect to hear the cannon that are fired as a salute dating back to British rule in Malta.

Thomas Cook – 7 nights in Malta from £344 per person

Staying at the 4 star Rivera Resort in Marfa Bay on bed and breakfast, departing London Gatwick on 21stJune 2011.

Morocco – Marrakech

Jardin Majorelle

Owned by Yves Saint Laurent until his death in 2008, these gardens are full of perfumed flowers, fruit trees, water and shade and Marrakchis consider them to be paradise on earth. This beautifully manicured oasis contains plants from the five continents in an enchanting framework.

Cresta – 3 nights in Marrakech from £269 per person

Staying at the 3 star Hotel Oudaya in Marrakech on bed and breakfast, flying with Easyjet from London Gatwick – 27th June 2011.

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