TUI UK resumes summer holidays to Greece and Spain from Bristol Airport

The UK holiday company TUI UK has announced its summer 2020 holiday programme starting July 25, from Bristol Airport, with flights to Greece and Spain.

TUI UK is offering holidays to 10 destinations between July 25 and 31, including Alicante, Corfu, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Gran Canaria, Palma, Rhodes, Tenerife and Zakynthos. The first flight will be from Bristol Airport will be to Palma, Majorca, operated on July 25. More destinations, including in Turkey, Egypt and Cyprus will be added to the programme throughout August and September, with a total of 18 destinations accessible from Bristol by the start of October. Holidays can be booked at TUI.co.uk.

Richard Sofer, Commercial Director, TUI UK & Ireland said: ‘After four months of not taking people on holidays, we are incredibly excited to be back at Bristol Airport and taking our customers away. We’re starting small, offering holidays to some of our most popular destinations, so that those who want to travel can do so safely.

‘Our customers can be sure they’ll be taken care of through every part of their holiday with us – from the flight, to the transfers, and the hotel – particularly with our new COVID-19 Cover included with every booking. We realise we’re almost halfway through the summer, so we’re glad we’re finally able to offer a variety of choices so our customers can make the most of what’s left of the warmer months.’

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to see the return of TUI flights from Bristol Airport. During these unchartered times, never has a well-earned holiday been more deserved by our customers.

The flight programme restarting is a clear indicator of the aviation industry slowly recovering and gradually returning to normal. Customer safety is our key priority and to this aim we have introduced ‘Safe journeys start here’, our three-step plan: ‘Get prepared> Stay safe> Let’s travel’ – which provides an easy guide for customers of the extra measures we have in place at the Airport. We continue to work closely with airlines, the Government, Department for Transport and Public Health England on the latest information and guidance to keep our customers and colleagues safe whilst travelling.’

TUI is offering seven-night holidays from Bristol Airport to Palma staying at the Riu Bravo Hotel on an all-inclusive basis from £642 per person when booked online. The price is based on two adults and two children sharing and includes flights, departing from Bristol Airport on August 11, 2020.

TUI Platinum is offering seven-night holidays from Bristol Airport to Corfu staying at the Lti Louis Grand Hotel on an all-inclusive basis from £776 per person when booked online. The price is based on two adults and two children sharing and includes flights, departing from Bristol Airport on August 7, 2020.

Flybe expands 2019 Summer Schedule from Southampton

Flybe, the UK-based European regional airline, has extended its 2019 summer schedule from Southampton Airport with the addition of a Tuesday flight to Palma de Mallorca service.

Accordingly, the airline will operate four flights a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays with effect from March 31, 2019. In addition, it will operate an enhanced schedule to Amsterdam offering customers the choice of four flights a day, Monday through Friday and three flights a day at weekends.

The other attractions of Flybe’s 2019 Summer schedule from Southampton include, flights to Alicante, Malaga, Faro; peak summer Saturday flights to Biarritz; double daily flights to Jersey on weekends; multi frequency flights to Belfast City, Dublin, Glasgow Manchester, Newcastle; up to two flights a day to Paris Charles de Gaulle.

The airline’s 2019 Summer schedule, which operates until October 26, features a total of 28 routes offering a choice of up to 247 flights a week, available for booking at www.flybe.com.

Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented, ‘Our 2019 Summer programme to and from Southampton offers a really comprehensive range of travel options. We look forward to welcoming more passengers on board our extra weekday flight to Palma.

Neil Garwood, Managing Director at Southampton Airport, added: ‘The additional flights to Palma are great news for passengers who want more choice when planning their summer holidays. We are very pleased with Flybe’s decision to add more slots to our exciting summer schedule and are looking forward to welcoming even more passengers taking the opportunity to visit this stunning Mediterranean city.’

Flybe announces new DSA-Palma route for summer, to restart weekly Dusseldorf service from Cardiff

Flybe, the UK-based low cost airline, has announced a new route from Yorkshire’s Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) to Palma, this summer.

Palma, in the western Mediterranean, is the capital of the Spanish island of Mallorca. A popular sun destination, the city boasts trendy restaurants, cafes and shops. Tourists and holidaymakers can also enjoy a relaxing beach break as the city offers a range of resorts.

Tickets for the twice weekly flights from DSA to Palma are on sale at www.flybe.com, with summer flights taking off from July 7. In total, Flybe’s 2017 summer schedule from DSA features 11 routes with a choice of up to 46 flights a week.

Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to be adding more options to fly to this fantastic Mediterranean destination. We’ve listened to feedback asking for more low cost flights to popular holiday spots and we’re pleased to deliver this route with Flybe.

‘Flybe is offering a range of great sun destinations with us, with a really good schedule at great prices, so to add even more is a real boost for the region.’

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, added: ‘We are pleased to be extending our 2017 Summer schedule from Doncaster Sheffield Airport with the additional choice of yet more sun flights to such a popular summer holiday destination.

Flights are scheduled to give customers flexibility and the choice of either a long weekend or a full week away so Yorkshire based sun seekers can be as flexible as possible with their holiday plans.’

Separately, Flybe has announced the return of its weekly Saturday service between Cardiff and Dusseldorf starting April 1, 2017. Flights are available to book now with one way fares from £45 including taxes and charges. In total, 16 routes feature in Flybe’s 2017 summer schedule from Cardiff offering a choice of up to 84 flights a week.

Birmingham Airport announces twice weekly flights to Palma De Mallorca

Birmingham Airport has said that Spanish airline AlbaStar has launched twice weekly flights between Birmingham and Palma de Mallorca.

The route will be served by a Boeing 737-400 aircraft containing 170 seats and will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tickets are available for booking at the airline’s website as well as through online travel agency ‘On the Beach’, the airport said.

William Pearson, Birmingham Airport’s Aviation Director, said: ‘We are very pleased to be welcoming Alba Star – our twelfth new airline in the space of just over a year, to Birmingham Airport.

‘Palma de Mallorca is a very well-known and extremely popular holiday destination from Birmingham Airport. When this is combined with the great on board service and very reasonable seat prices AlbaStar and ‘On the Beach’ offer, we are sure this will be a popular route and carrier and we look forward to seeing it flourish at Birmingham Airport.’

Michael Harrington, Managing Director of AlbaStar, added: ‘We are very pleased to start this new initiative at Birmingham Airport which we now hope becomes the central platform for our UK AlbaStar operations. Birmingham is ideally geographically situated and the airport has an excellent rail link which allows the airport to have an extended catchment area.’

Birmingham Airport recently reported that it handled over one million passengers in the month of May – the first time that the airport has reached this milestone this year. In total 1,005,861 people travelled through the airport in May, up by 11.1 per cent compared to the same month last year. Long-haul routes registered the greatest rise in demand with 16.5 per cent passenger growth compared to the same month last year. Meanwhile, short-haul routes recorded a 10.5 per cent growth rate year-on-year.

Commenting on the passenger growth, Paul Kehoe, chief executive officer at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘To be hitting the one million passenger mark in May is fantastic news for the airport. It shows us that the new airlines and routes we have recently introduced are proving popular with our passengers.’

Last month, leading regional airlines including Flybe, Wizz Air and Turkish Airlines have announced expansion to their services from Birmingham.

Barrhead Travel Announces Summer Charter Flights from Glasgow

Barrhead Travel, a UK based holiday company, will be operating charter flights from Glasgow Airport, in Scotland, to a number of popular holiday destinations next summer.

The company intends to charter flights to Palma, Malaga, Alicante, Barcelona and Venice, offering a total of around 20,000 seats, between the May and October period in 2013.

The company has reported that seats are currently available on sale with a range of choices, including flight only reservations, as part of a traditional holiday package, or as a connection to cruise departure points in the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas.

Barrhead Travel is offering its charter flights with British Airways aircraft, with amenities that include more legroom for passengers and more luggage allowance.

Sharon Munro, the chief executive officer of Barrhead Travel, said, ‘We strive to give our customers greater choice and value and chartering more flights during the summer months to some of our most popular destinations and cruise ships enables us to give them the best prices possible.

2013 will see our most ambitious flight programme to date, including new routes from Aberdeen to Barcelona, Glasgow to Alicante and three flights per week due to public demand from Glasgow to Palma. The flights will give our agents more flexibility to tailor cost effective holiday options or are available for customers to book directly online.’

Amanda McMillan, the managing director of Glasgow Airport, said, ‘Barrhead Travel has always proved a popular choice for Scottish holidaymakers and we have worked closely with them over the last three summers to ensure their flight programme from Glasgow Airport has been successful.

It is great news for Scottish holidaymakers that Barrhead has expanded its Glasgow Airport programme every year since it began in 2010. With five popular destinations in 2013, we are confident that our partnership is on course for another successful summer.’