Jet2 announces winter getaway programme

Jet2holidays and Jet2CityBreaks have announced a winter getaway programme with an array of holidays and city breaks.

The UK’s largest tour operator is offering discounts of up to £50 per person on all Winter 23/24 holidays from November 2023 to January 2024, granting travellers savings across its diverse range of destinations.

This exclusive sale applies to all package holidays booked through Jet2holidays, Jet2CityBreaks, VIBE by Jet2holidays, Indulgent Escapes, and Jet2Villas, valid for travel between November 1, 2023 and January 31, 2024.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘As the clocks change and winter looms, we know people will be looking to get away to escape the gloom. With a fantastic selection of holidays on sale for Winter 23/24, we are giving them the chance to do just that. Whether it is winter sun or discovering a new city, our Winter Sun and City Breaks programmes are jam-packed with choice and offer something for everyone. As well as providing plenty of choice and flexibility, we are also launching a sale so customers can look forward to a holiday for less this winter. Customers want reassurance, value and quality right now when it comes to holidays, and as the UK’s largest tour operator, they should look no further than Jet2holidays and Jet2CityBreaks for a winter escape.’

Jet2holidays and Jet2CityBreaks are offering a total of 20 Winter Sun and City Breaks destinations for Winter 23/24. Amid the sale, Jet2holidays boasts 12 Winter Sun destinations and 110 routes to winter hotspots across the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean. Winter Sun destinations include the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, and Fuerteventura), Spain (Alicante and Malaga), Majorca (Palma), Portugal (Faro and Madeira), Turkey (Antalya), Malta, and Cyprus (Paphos).

For those desiring visits to renowned capitals, cultural hubs, and historical treasures, Jet2 offers flights and city breaks to eight popular destinations: Athens, Barcelona, Budapest, Krakow, Paris, Prague, Rome, and Venice, accessible from various UK airports. Accommodation options range from 2-5-star hotels in central locations, offering an ideal base for exploring Europe’s prime city break destinations.

Jet2 announces early Summer Sun programme for 2025 from Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK’s leading tour operator and prominent leisure airline, has announced their Summer Sun programme for 2025 from Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

For Summer 2025, Jet2 has made 23 summer destinations available from Liverpool John Lennon Airport including three exciting new routes: Malaga, Malta, and Reus. These fresh additions, along with increased capacity to other destinations, signify a significant expansion of their second Summer Sun programme from the airport. An extra aircraft will be deployed at the airport during Summer ’25 to support the expansion.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are making flights and holidays to popular sunshine destinations in the Canaries, Balearics, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria, and Portugal available for booking. This comprehensive programme release is in response to strong customer demand, allowing travellers to secure their Summer ’25 vacations.

During peak periods in Summer ’25, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays plan to operate nearly 70 weekly departing flights from Liverpool. Key highlights for Summer Sun 2025 from Liverpool include:

* 23 sun destinations (peak weekly flights indicated).

* Introduction of three new routes: Malaga (3), Malta (1), and Reus (2).

* A wide range of destinations, including Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Alicante, Palma, Ibiza, Menorca, Faro, Madeira, Crete, Corfu, Kos, Rhodes, Zante, Paphos, and Bulgaria.

John Irving, CEO Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented, ‘We are all looking forward to our new partnership and welcoming Jet2.com and Jet2holidays customers for Summer 2024 and are therefore absolutely delighted that Summer 2025 is now on sale too. This will bring 14 more weekly departures with flights to 23 destinations including 3 new routes compared to their Summer 2024 programme, with an additional 5th Jet2.com aircraft to be based here at Liverpool too.’

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Since announcing the launch of flights and holidays from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, we have been absolutely staggered by the incredible response from customers and independent travel agents across the region. We are seeing very strong demand from customers and independent travel agents wanting to book their Summer Sun early and get the best availability and choice. As the UK’s largest tour operator, we have listened to what our customers are telling us and reacted by putting our Summer 25 Sun programme on sale from Liverpool John Lennon Airport nice and early.’

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are the first in the industry to offer bookings for Summer ’25 flights and holidays.

P&O Cruises announces onboard offer in Spain, Portugal or the Canary Islands

P&O Cruises is currently offering double onboard spending money for selected holidays to Spain, Portugal, or the Canary Islands.

This offer is valid for bookings made before September 4, 2023, on new Select Price bookings for trips lasting 12 nights or more. The extra onboard spending money can be used for various experiences, such as dining in specialty restaurants, spa treatments, or shore excursions.

For instance, customers can embark on a 14-night journey to Spain, Portugal, and the Canary Islands, starting at £1,199 per person, and receive £640 onboard spending money. This offer is based on a sea view cabin on Iona (G406) and includes full board meals, entertainment, and children’s clubs. The itinerary includes destinations like Madeira, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Arrecife de Lanzarote, Cadiz, and Lisbon.

This double onboard spending offer is applicable to Select Price fares and cabins shared by two guests. It can be combined with the existing 10% deposit offer. For more details or to make a booking, P&O Cruises can be contacted at 03453 555 111, www.pocruises.com, or through a travel agent.

P&O Cruises has a fleet of seven ships, and takes guests to over 200 destinations worldwide. It collaborates with celebrities like Gary Barlow, who serves as the music director of The 710 Club on Arvia and Iona. This club hosts diverse performances and provides a platform for emerging musicians. The company also presents shows curated by Nicole Scherzinger in the SkyDome on Iona and Arvia, and features chefs and drinks expert Olly Smith as Food Heroes.

Jet2 expanding to Liverpool Airport for Summer 2024

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK’s largest tour operator and third-largest airline, have announced that Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) will become their newest base, with the launch of new flights and holidays from Liverpool for Summer 2024.

Jet2 is offering 20 sunshine destinations on sale for Summer ’24 from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, in response to demand from customers and independent travel agents across the region. The programme includes seven destinations that are exclusive to Jet2.com and Jet2holidays from Liverpool. The first Jet2.com flight from the airport will depart on March 28, 2024, in time for Easter.

For Summer 2024, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will operate up to 54 weekly flights from Liverpool, including 12 flights to both the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands every week. A fleet of four based aircraft will fly customers to a wide choice of destinations across Mainland Spain, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Portugal, Madeira and Cyprus.

This will be the first time that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will have operated from Liverpool, with 565,000 seats on sale. The programme also includes seven exclusive summer routes to Gran Canaria, Menorca, Rhodes, Zante, Madeira, Paphos and Bourgas (Bulgaria).

John Irving, CEO of Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented, ‘This is a great day for the Airport and for the region’s holidaymakers. For the first time travellers from across the Liverpool City Region and beyond will have the opportunity to book package holidays with the UK’s leading package holiday provider, direct from Liverpool John Lennon Airport – the airport of choice for travellers from across the North West and North Wales, bringing together the current Which? Travel Brand of the Year with the current Which? Best UK Airport.

‘It’s also great to have seven new routes available that we know will be popular with holidaymakers and for our local independent travel agents to be able to sell, with customers taking advantage of all the convenience and hassle-free benefits of flying from Liverpool.’

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said, ‘We are absolutely delighted to be expanding our award-winning flights and holidays to Liverpool John Lennon Airport, which becomes our 11th UK airport base. This announcement further expands our footprint and comes on the back of the enormous demand that we know is out there from customers and independent travel agents across Liverpool, Merseyside and the wider region.

‘The announcement of our 11th UK airport reflects our long-term strategy to continue growing responsibly to become the UK’s leading and best leisure travel business. It also means significant investment in the region, with four based aircraft coming into operation and the creation of over 200 new jobs.

‘Between now and Summer ’24, our focus is on ensuring everything is ready to launch operationally, so that from day one we can provide customers from Liverpool John Lennon Airport the same award-winning service which has delighted millions of other customers from across the UK for so many years.’

TUI adds over 1,500 hotels across popular holiday destinations for 2024

TUI, a travel and leisure company, has announced the addition of 1,500 hotels on sale across 22 destinations for UK guests for summer 2024.

According to a release by Norwich Airport, customers in East Anglia will get more choice in popular destinations such as Ibiza, Menorca and Turkey from Norwich. With a total of 14 flights a week, TUI flying offers nine routes from the region, with the largest number of flights to Palma Majorca, three times each week.

The 1,500 hotels now on sale feature in popular spots like Greece, The Canaries and The Balearics, and are operated from more than 20 regional airports across the UK.

The move comes after research revealed that holidaymakers flying from Norwich are more likely to book a summer holiday to Tenerife, Majorca and Turkey on an all-inclusive basis, compared with those flying from Southampton, who are more likely to travel to Majorca, Jersey and Ibiza, on an all-inclusive basis for their summer holiday.

Andrew Flintham, Managing Director at TUI UK & Ireland, commented: ‘We are proud of our unrivalled regional flying programme that operates from more UK airports than any other international airline, offering more flexibility and choice to our customers from 20 regional airports. Norwich has been a long-standing partner of ours and it’s great to see the evolution of this important partnership, which has sent more than 400K passengers on holiday in the past 10 years.

‘The additional hotels on sale for next summer is testament to positive bookings and we know Brits want to travel more than ever. We are continually focussed on expanding our regional flying programme so that we can continue to make great holidays accessible for as many people as possible.

‘At TUI we’re proud to be an award winning travel company – recently winning Best Travel Company for summer sun holidays, Best Travel Company for winter sun holidays, Best Travel Company for Lakes and Mountains holidays and Best Travel Company for Ski/ Winter sports holidays at the British Travel Awards. We offer an outstanding range of holidays and owned hotels concepts, like TUI Blue.’

Richard Pace, Managing Director at Norwich Airport, said: ‘TUI’s addition of 1,500 hotels on its routes from next summer is great news and gives passengers even more choice from Norwich Airport. We’re delighted that bookings have started so strongly this year and we have been recruiting extra staff for the busy season ahead.’

Jet2 adds another 10,000 seats for early Summer 23

Following a recent expansion to its Summer 23 programme, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays – the UK’s largest tour operator and leading leisure airline – has announced the addition of even more flights and holidays for this summer to sunshine favourites in the Canary Islands, the Balearics, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain from five UK bases.

In response to strong customer demand, Jet2 added extra services for Summer 23 to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Larnaca, Majorca, Tenerife, Faro and Malaga between March and May. The extra capacity has been added from Birmingham, East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford and London Stansted Airports.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Over the last few weeks we have expanded our programmes for this summer to a number of popular destinations. As the UK’s largest tour operator, we are continuing to react quickly to the demand we are seeing by adding on even more capacity, meaning this year we will operate our biggest ever Summer programme. We are seeing customers and independent travel agents flocking to book holidays for the early summer season and are delighted to be offering more choice and flexibility when it comes to booking award-winning flights and holidays. We are looking forward to a busy and successful summer season and are confident that these new services will be extremely popular, as customers look to book in some early summer sun.’

With the expansion, over 10,000 extra seats have gone on sale providing holidaymakers with increased holiday choices during the early Summer season, the Easter holidays and early May bank holidays.

The announcement is the latest in a series of capacity increases for Summer 23. The package holiday specialist and leading leisure airline have added additional services to Tenerife and Majorca in recent weeks as more customers look to book their well-deserved holidays to the sunshine with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays.

Jet2 announces biggest ever programme from Bristol Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK-based leisure airline and holiday company, has announced a major expansion to its schedule at Bristol Airport for summer 2023.

Following strong demand for flights and package holidays, Jet2 has significantly expanded its programme for Summer 23, in its third summer of operations at Bristol Airport. This expansion includes two brand-new destinations for Summer 23 – Malaga and Chania (Crete), the latter which is an exclusive destination from the airport.

In total, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have 32 sun and city destinations on sale for Summer 23 from Bristol Airport – with capacity increasing by 13 percent compared to last summer. With over 925,000 seats on sale, the companies will operate almost 100 weekly flights during peak periods to destinations including the Canaries, Balearics, Mainland Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Italy, Austria and Malta.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are extremely excited about our third summer at Bristol Airport, which will be our busiest and biggest yet. Since launching flights and holidays in 2021, the response from customers and independent travel agents across the South West and South Wales has been enormous and this has enabled us to enjoy the growth we have seen. With such a huge programme on sale for Summer 23 and customers flocking to book their place in the sunshine, we are delighted to be expanding our Bristol Airport team even further. The success of our award-winning business is down to the hard work of our colleagues, and we are looking forward to meeting like-minded passionate people to help us delight even more customers from Bristol Airport.’

The key summer sun highlights for 2023 from Bristol Airport for Jet2.com and Jet2holidays include (peak number of weekly flights in brackets): Antalya (6), Bodrum (2), Dalaman (6), Tenerife (7), Lanzarote (4), Fuerteventura (2), Gran Canaria (3), Alicante (4), Malaga (4), Reus (2), Girona (1), Palma (Majorca) (9), Ibiza (5), Menorca (3), Faro (Algarve) (6), Madeira (1), Crete (Heraklion) (2), Crete (Chania) (1), Corfu (3), Halkidiki (1), Kefalonia (2), Skiathos (3), Santorini (1), Kos (3), Preveza (1), Rhodes (4), Zante (3), Larnaca (2), Paphos (2), Verona (1), Innsbruck (1), Malta (2).

Jet2 to launch record Summer for Crete holidays

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have added more flights and holidays to Crete this summer, as customer demand increases to the popular Greek island.

The UK’s largest carrier to Crete has added over 7,500 seats to the island with additional services to Heraklion from Leeds Bradford and Birmingham, as well as additional services to Chania from Manchester and London Stansted. This expanded programme means that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will operate over 50 weekly services to Crete from across ten UK bases during peak periods, more than any other airline. It also makes Jet2.com the UK’s largest airline to Heraklion in terms of frequency this summer.

The additional services include a second Monday service from Leeds Bradford to Heraklion, operating between July 25 and September 26, adding up to six weekly departures; the addition of a second Tuesday service from Birmingham to Heraklion, operating between July 26 and September 27, adding up to seven weekly departures; additional Thursday services from Manchester to Chania: operating between July 14 and September 1, adding up to three weekly services; London Stansted – Chania: additional Monday services operating between July 18 and September 19 adding up to three weekly services.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘Our Greece programme has expanded significantly for Summer 22, making us the UK’s leading airline and tour operator to the country. Crete is one of the key destinations driving this fantastic growth, thanks to its enormous popularity with holidaymakers. We have an unrivalled programme on sale to Crete this summer and our teams in Heraklion and Chania are ready and raring. After missing out for two consecutive summers, Crete looks set to be one of the success stories of 2022 and we are adding more flights and holidays in response to the continued demand.’

As part of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ Summer 22 programme to Crete, flights and holidays are on sale from 10 UK bases to Heraklion, including from Belfast International (weekly services), Birmingham (up to seven weekly services), Bristol (two weekly services), Edinburgh (up to two weekly services), East Midlands (two weekly services), Glasgow (up to three weekly services), Leeds Bradford (six weekly services), Manchester (nine weekly services), Newcastle (three weekly services) and London Stansted (nine weekly services). In addition, flights and holidays on sale from four UK bases to Chania, including from Birmingham (two weekly services), Leeds Bradford (weekly services), Manchester (three weekly services) and London Stansted (three weekly services).

As well as operating 14 routes from ten UK bases to Crete this summer, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have an expanded portfolio of 2-5 star hotels and villas on sale. It has almost 200 hotels on sale in Crete this Summer, a significant increase on its Summer 19 programme.

MSC Cruises sails again after festive season layoff

MSC Grandiosa, Swiss-based MSC Cruises’ flagship, departed last night (January 24) from the port of Genoa in Italy to resume as planned regular 7-night cruises in the Mediterranean after a short pause of operations during the holiday period.

The ship had temporarily suspended her sailing as a result of the Italian decree that restricted movement within the country. MSC Grandiosa first welcomed guests back on board in August 2020 and the company says that feedback from the more than 30,000 guests who have boarded so far has been extremely positive, so much so that some guests have been choosing to extend their stay on board by one or more weeks. It added that its health and safety protocol helped to set the standard for the industry and reemphasised its safety record.

The protocol, which is unique in the hospitality industry and has been approved by national authorities in Italy, Greece and Malta, is being used as the basis to inform and support plans to restart cruising in other parts of the world. Prior to embarkation, all guests pass through a series of health checks, including COVID-19 testing for all guests and crew, as part of MSC Cruises comprehensive health and safety protocol, devised by the company with the support of international experts and approved by the relevant authorities in the countries visited by MSC Cruises ships currently or due to be at sea. The health and safety measures also include a dedicated response plan that can be activated in collaboration with the authorities.

MSC Cruises’ health and safety protocol has been designed to respond to the situation ashore even while it evolves, and since November last year some of the measures were enhanced, including the introduction of mid-cruise testing for guests and weekly testing for crew as well as further enhanced hygiene and sanitation measures. Everyone on board observes social distancing as well as wearing masks in public areas, and the guest technology has been leveraged to facilitate onboard contact tracing. To preserve a safe bubble on board the ship, guests only go ashore as part of protected shore excursions, so that they can be protected even while ashore by measures similar to those on board.

MSC Grandiosa, launched in November 2019, offers a wide range of experiences for guests. The company says that whilst on board, guests can relax with total peace of mind and safely enjoy a range of different activities, all adapted to meet the current health and safety measures, whilst still allowing guests to have a memorable and rich experience.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays expands capacity to Corfu, Kos, Rhodes and Madeira for October

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK-based travel and holiday company, has said that they have expanded their services for October, by adding more flights to Corfu, Kos, Rhodes and Madeira – an addition of over 70 new flights.

The company has added flights to four destinations that are all experiencing increased demand during October, representing over 13,000 additional seats. The new flights added include: the addition of over 25 additional flights to Rhodes, with extra flying from Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and London Stansted; 20 additional flights to Kos, with extra flying from Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle; over 15 additional flights to Corfu, with extra flying from East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle; and nine additional flights to Madeira (Funchal), with extra services added from Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘There has been a significant spike in demand to Corfu, Kos, Rhodes and Madeira and, as ever, we are the first to step in and meet that demand so that holidaymakers can travel to the places where they want to be. Customers are telling us loud and clear that they want to escape the gloom and enjoy a well-earned break, and we know these extra flights will book up very quickly.

‘With great choice and value, not to mention our award-winning customer service and industry-leading response to recent events, customers know that they can trust us to look after them and deliver a fantastic experience so that they can enjoy a lovely holiday.’

Jet 2 has measures in place for the safety and well-being of customers and employees, including HEPA filters on aircraft, onboard cleaning and compulsory face masks throughout the flight.

To assure customers further, the company also launched a 5* Defaqto rated insurance product, which includes added Covid-19 cover for cancellations and medical claims abroad, as well as cover for travel to destinations where the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises ‘against all but essential travel’ as a result of Covid-19.