British Airways announces six new routes from Heathrow for summer 2020

British Airways has said that it is launching six new European routes from London Heathrow for 2020, with destinations in Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Montenegro and Turkey.

For the first time, the UK airline will fly from Heathrow to the Kosovan and Montenegrin capitals, Pristina and Podgorica, with both flights departing on Saturdays from July 4 until August 29. Fares will start from £78 in Euro Traveller and £210 in Club Europe to Pristina, and £71 and £178 to Podgorica. Seats are available to book on ba.com, and the each-way fares are based on booking a return fare.

British Airways has also introduced a new route to Perugia in Italy for summer 2020. Flights will depart on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from July 2 through to August 31, with fares starting from £40 per person in Euro Traveller and £125 in Club Europe.

Further, the Turkish coastal towns of Dalaman and Bodrum are now added back on to British Airways’ Heathrow route map. Flights will depart on Saturdays from May 23 through to October 24, with fares starting from £128 in Euro Traveller and £364 in Club Europe. These flights will join a new summer service between London Gatwick and Antalya that takes off from April 30, 2020. Customers will also have the choice of two London airports when flying to Dalaman as the airline already operates a weekly service from Gatwick.

The Greek island of Rhodes has also been added to the airline’s Heathrow network from next summer. The Saturday service will commence on July 4 and run until August 29 with fares starting from £117 per person in Euro Traveller and £358 in Club Europe. British Airways is also launching a new two-per-week service from Gatwick to the Greek island of Corfu from May 1 until October 23, 2020.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Networks and Alliances, said: ‘We are gearing up for an exciting summer next year as we add more routes to our extensive global network. We’re always developing our leisure offering and are pleased to be adding completely new destinations to British Airways’ Heathrow map. Our commitment to offering flights and holidays to a wide variety of destinations at competitive prices can help people plan ahead for summer 2020.’

The airline is also increasing the frequency of 16 popular short haul routes from Heathrow, including popular holiday destinations such as; Larnaca, Brindisi, Nice, Ibiza, Tenerife, Split, Olbia, Kefalonia and Preveza, it said.

TUI announces flights and holidays to Montenegro from Birmingham Airport

TUI, one of the UK’s leading holiday brand – formerly known as Thomson, has announced the launch of a flight service to Podgorica, Montenegro from Birmingham Airport for summer 2018.

The decision to add Montenegro to the network is part of TUI’s plans to offer more choice to customers flying from their local airport and staying at hotels that TUI and First Choice offers, including the brand new 4Sun Holiday Village Montenegro.

The capital city of Montenegro, Podgorica is the official commercial and cultural centre. It is built amongst five rivers, the Zeta, Moraca, Ribnica, Cijevna and Sitnica – the modern Millennium Bridge over the Moraca River, and the stone bridge spanning the Ribnica River are key attractions. Podgorica was rebuilt following WW2, with modern buildings and public parks. Podgorica hosts a number of cultural events and has many theatres, such as Crnogorsko Narodno, Gradsko and Dodest, along with the National Park Skardarsko or Skadar Lake, the biggest lake in Balkan.

Tom Screen, Acting Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘Montenegro is a great destination for TUI to add to its summer 2018 flying schedule. It will be popular with holiday makers as it has stunning mountains, breathtaking beaches and an interesting local culture. We are delighted TUI has chosen to expand its choice of destinations from Birmingham Airport.’

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for TUI UK & Ireland, said: ‘It is great to see the first customers heading off on their holidays to one of our newest destinations. We have expanded our programme from Birmingham Airport for summer 2018 and now customers from the Midlands have over 60 destinations to choose from when deciding where to book their holidays.’

Flights will operate once a week every Wednesday until the middle of October. Customers can also book for next year as flights and holidays to Montenegro are already on sale for summer 2019. Seats and holidays can be booked at www.tui.co.uk.

Ryanair launches Montenegro flights

Ryanair, the Ireland-based low-cost airline, has launched its first flights to the former Yugoslavian state, Montenegro.

The addition of Montenegro to the airline’s schedules means that it now operates services to 29 countries. Initially, Montenegro will only be serviced from Belgium, with four weekly flights between the two countries’ capital cities, Brussels and Podgorica, commencing in June. However, it has already announced that it plans further development in the country, with new routes to the Montenegrin city of Tivat set to commence in June of next year.

Robin Kiely, a spokesman for Ryanair, said, ‘Ryanair is delighted to launch its first flights to and from Montenegro at Podgorica, with one new route to and from Brussels Charleroi, commencing on 20th June, as Ryanair expands its route network to 29 countries across Europe and North Africa.!

‘Montenegrin visitors and consumers can now beat the recession and travel on Ryanair’s ultra-low fares with no fuel surcharge guaranteed and Ryanair’s new Podgorica route will deliver over 10,000 passengers per annum with further growth planned, including new routes to and from Tivat in summer 2014.’

Montenegro has a coastline on the Adriatic Sea and is bordered by four other former Yugoslav states; Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo, as well as Albania to the south. The country’s popularity as a tourist destination is on the increase, aided by its 183 miles of picturesque coast – 45 miles of which is beach – and a number of ancient towns that have retained their charm over the centuries. It is also home to the Tara River Canyon, one of the three deepest canyons in Europe.