Jet2 introduces Gdansk as new Christmas market destination for Winter 24/25 and Jet2CityBreaks, the UK-based leisure airline and operator of European city breaks, have announced the addition of Gdansk, Poland, as a brand-new Christmas Market destination for the Winter 24/25 season.

Scheduled services and dedicated trips to Gdansk will operate from Birmingham and Manchester Airports from November 29 to December 23, 2024. With two weekly services available on Mondays and Fridays during this period, customers and independent travel agents will have ample choice and flexibility to enjoy an authentic festive experience in the charming Polish city.

Renowned for its picturesque Christmas Market, Gdansk’s Targ Weglowy area transforms into a winter wonderland, offering fairy tale illuminations, fairground attractions, a food zone, handmade gifts, local delicacies, and live artistic events. With a flight time of just over two hours, Gdansk provides a compact cityscape steeped in history, making it an ideal destination for immersive festive experiences and cultural exploration.

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, said: ‘There is a huge amount of demand for Christmas Market breaks from customers and independent travel agents, so we are delighted to announce the launch of Christmas Market flights and trips to Gdansk for Winter 24/25 for the first time. Gdansk is a fantastic Christmas Market destination, and we are expecting these new flights and city breaks to be extremely popular.’

With Gdansk joining seven other festive destinations – Berlin, Budapest, Cologne, Copenhagen, Krakow, Prague, and Vienna – across eleven UK airports, the Winter 24/25 Christmas Markets programme boasts its widest selection yet.

Jet2CityBreaks offers package options inclusive of flights with, accommodation in central locations, and additional benefits, starting from a deposit of £60 per person.

Wizz Air announces new routes connecting Dubrovnik with London Luton Airport

Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines, has announced the launch of new routes connecting Dubrovnik and London Luton Airport.

Flights from Dubrovnik to London Luton Airport will be on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays from July 4 to October 28 2022. Passengers can book tickets on or via WIZZ mobile app, at a starting price of EUR26.99.

Alongside the launch, Wizz Air, has also announced the launch of a new route connecting Dubrovnik and Wroclaw.

Zsuzsa Trubek, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are delighted to have added new routes to and from Croatia to Wizz Air’s network. We are extremely pleased to announce new lines connecting Dubrovnik with Wroclaw, Poland and London Luton Airport. With these two new routes, we are now flying all together five routes to and from Dubrovnik and so we believe that our passengers can plan their long-awaited holidays or weekend get-aways with us. Our enhanced protective measures will ensure the best possible sanitary conditions for travellers while operating with the lowest environmental footprint. We look forward to welcome passengers back on board with great service and a smile.’

With Wizz, passengers can travel with the airline’s travel insurance package which includes Covid-19 cover and WIZZ Flex. Wizz Air travel Insurance now includes medical expenses and cancellation cover following covid-19 infection, subject to certain conditions.

WIZZ Flex passengers can cancel their flight up to three hours before departure without any fee and get 100 percent of the original fare reimbursed in airline credit, as well as change dates and even routes an unlimited number of times.

British Airways announces four new short-haul destinations from Heathrow

British Airways has announced the introduction of four new short-haul routes to Wroclaw (WRO) and Gdansk (GDN) in Poland, Riga (RIX) in Latvia and Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) in Romania.

The routes will commence operating from the beginning of July, running throughout summer. All flights will be served from Heathrow, with Wroclaw operating twice a week, and Gdansk, Riga and Cluj-Napoca operating three times a week. Flights operate on days aimed at those visiting friends and relatives for a long weekend as well as those in search of an exciting city break . All flights will be operated by British Airways’ short-haul Airbus fleet.

Wroclaw is known for its attractive architecture and array of stunning bridges and islands that cross the Odra River. Gdansk, located on the Baltic Sea, offers fine museums, a prominent church building and a beautiful old city. Riga, the largest of all three Baltic capital cities, houses a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is known for its Art Nouveau style buildings. Cluj-Napoca is Romania’s second largest city and is often described as a cultural hub. British Airways last operated flights to Riga in 2007, and flew briefly to Gdansk between 1999 and the early-2000s, with the other two being new routes.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘It’s great to be launching new routes as we listen to our customers and assess where they want to travel. We know these four new destinations will be popular with people visiting friends and relatives, but they also offer great city breaks, when the time is right, with flights that head out just before the weekend and return on Sunday.’

Return fares start from £83 to Wroclaw, £85 to Gdansk, £94 to Riga, and £95 to Cluj, and customers can book via British Airways offers customers a flexible booking policy, no change fees or a voucher exchange for bookings made for travel before the end of April 2022.

In addition to the four new routes, British Airways will also launch a new summer service to Perugia on 28 June. This service was due to start in 2020 but was delayed following the risks due to pandemic.

Wizz Air launches flights to Krakow and Poznan from Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport has said that it launched two new routes with Wizz Air this week, resuming the popular Poznan route and introducing a new route to Krakow.

Poznan, located in central Poland, offers a range of attractions including a choice of historical places and museums, renaissance-style architecture, as well as a wide-range of dining and nightlife options. Travellers wishing to explore Krakow, known for its old-world ambiance and charm, can experience a range of galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport said: ‘It’s great news that Wizz Air is now operating flights to Poznan and Krakow, bringing the total number of routes Wizz Air operate from Birmingham Airport to seven. These new services provide vital connections for friends and family as well as enabling travel to exciting city break destinations! We are grateful to Wizz Air for their continued commitment to Birmingham Airport and the Midlands.

‘Wizz Air also operates to Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Warsaw, and Wroclaw and now adds Poznan and Krakow to its route list. The new routes are a fantastic addition and we’re really looking forward to growing our offering with Wizz Air over the next few years here at Birmingham Airport.’

Tamara Vallois, Head of Marketing and Communications at Wizz Air said: ‘We are delighted to announce we now operate a total of seven routes from Birmingham Airport. We launched our very first Wizz flight to Birmingham in 2015 and today, we offer seven low-fare routes to Poland, Romania and Hungary. With fares from only GBP17.99 hope to see many happy customers on board our brand-new Airbus aircraft on routes to Poznan and Krakow as well as on all the other routes in the Wizz network.’

Wizz Air, a Hungarian airline, has been a partner of Birmingham Airport since June 2015 with its inaugural route to Warsaw, followed by Budapest. The airline now operates flights to Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Warsaw, Wroclaw, and now adds Poznan and Krakow. One-way fares to Poznan and Krakow start from GBP17.99, the airport said.

Wizz Air launches new low-fare services from Birmingham to Krakow

European low-cost carrier airline, Wizz Air, has said that it has expanded its low-fare UK network with the launch of a new service from Birmingham to Krakow.

Starting 17 September 2019, the new flights from Birmingham to Krakow will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with fares starting from £17.99. Following the introduction of a new Krakow base in September 2018, Wizz Air’s Birmingham service will be the third route to operate from the UK to one of Poland’s oldest cities.

Owain Jones, Managing Director, Wizz Air UK, said: ‘Our aim at Wizz Air is to create the opportunity for UK travellers to enjoy low airfares to exciting destinations, coupled with a great travel experience. I am sure that our customers will love exploring all that the unique Polish cities of Gdansk and Krakow have to offer.

‘Our base in Krakow has gone from strength to strength since opening in September, providing passengers with the chance to travel to one of Europe’s most fascinating cities, steeped in culture and history with a vibrant culinary scene. Our friendly cabin crew look forward to welcoming travellers onboard one of the youngest and most efficient aircraft fleets in Europe very soon.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘Welcoming a new route to the airport is always exciting. Krakow in particular, is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination for its scenic architecture, as well as its history. To be able to serve this route, adding to the existing Wizz Air network at Birmingham is great.

‘Wizz Air now operate six routes from Birmingham Airport with destinations including Budapest, Bucharest, Wroclaw, Cluj and Warsaw.’

Tickets for the new routes can already be booked online at, or by using the Wizz Air app, available for Android and iOS users. With this new route, Wizz Air now offers 96 routes to 27 countries from nine UK airports.

Wizz Air to launch Lublin service from Liverpool Airport

European low-fares airline Wizz Air has announced plans to commence new flights from UK’s Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) to the Polish city of Lublin in May 2017.

The new service will be the North West’s only flights to Lublin – the largest city in South East Poland. The announcement comes as the airline celebrated the first anniversary of its Lublin base. Lublin will be Wizz Air’s sixth destination from Liverpool, adding to the airline’s existing flights to Warsaw, Gdansk, Katowice, Riga and Budapest.

Commencing May 21, 2017, the new twice weekly service will operate on Sundays and Wednesdays. With this new service starting next summer, Wizz Air’s weekly departures from Liverpool will increase to 17. Flights are now on sale with fares from £16.49 one way and can be booked on

Paul Winfield, LJLA’s Air Service Development Manager, said, ‘We are delighted that Wizz Air are to further strengthen their presence at Liverpool by expanding their range of destinations to include Lublin and we look forward to continuing to work with them and explore further opportunities to operate more flights from Liverpool – the North West’s Fastest, Easiest and Friendliest Airport.’

Tamara Vallois, Head of Communications at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are thrilled today to announce our sixth route from Liverpool. The new service is our fourth low-fare connection from Liverpool to Poland and offers direct access to the picturesque city of Lublin in Lesser Poland. Lublin boasts a beautiful Old Town and is ideal for a short city break as well as a great value for money longer getaway. With tickets starting from only £16.49, we hope to see many happy customers on board our young fleet.’

Gabor Vasarhelyi, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, commented: ‘The first WIZZ flight took off from Lublin Airport in 2012 and since then, we carried over half million passengers on our low-fare Lublin routes. In 2015 we established base operations in the city creating a number of local jobs and bringing affordable travel to even more Polish customers. Today we celebrate the first anniversary of our base with an exciting announcement of the newest destination in our Lublin network. Liverpool is now available on our low fares from Lublin and we are sure customers will appreciate this connection to yet another attractive UK destination. We will remain committed to our Lublin customers and look forward to continuing our fruitful cooperation with Lublin Airport as we bring more opportunities to Lesser Poland.’

Since its first flight in 2012, Wizz Air has constantly expanded its Lublin network, which now includes seven low-fare routes to four countries. In 2015, Wizz Air carried 175,000 passengers on its Lublin routes. In 2016 Wizz Air has over 300,000 seats on sale on its Lublin routes, which represents a 57 per cent growth year over year.

Wizz Air launches new Gdansk route from Aberdeen Airport

Wizz Air, one of the leading low-cost airlines in Central and Eastern Europe, has launched its inaugural flight to the Polish city of Gdansk from Aberdeen International Airport.

The airport staff led by Ben Dempster, newly appointed Operations Director at the airport, welcomed the arrival of the first flight and its passengers on June 19, with a host of activities organised within the terminal including Polish sweet giveaways and vodka tasting.

The new Polish service from Aberdeen International Airport will be operated twice a week, on Monday and Friday, using a 180 seat Airbus A320 aircraft. Booking is available on with prices starting from £25.99 per person, one way, the airport said.

Wizz Air’s Daniel de Carvalho commented: ‘Today’s flight marks a new milestone for WIZZ. We are happy to launch our first WIZZ flight from Aberdeen to Gdansk. We are excited to provide UK and Polish customers with the opportunity to travel on our comfortable and new Airbus A320 and explore both Gdansk and Aberdeen at very low fares. With a variety of flights offered from 7 UK airports we look forward to welcoming many passengers on board during 2015.’

Carol Benzie, MD of Aberdeen International Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Wizz Air to Aberdeen and are pleased to offer passengers our first direct polish route. This is great opportunity for both leisure and business passengers alike and we wish Wizz Air every success with the route’.

Wizz Air had announced its new scheduled service between Aberdeen and the Polish city in January this year, making it the first direct route between Aberdeen and Poland. Home to some of the oldest red brick churches in Europe, holidaymakers and visitors to the Baltic coast destination will find a thriving city packed with an assortment of sights, offering a wealth of culture and history.

Gdansk is also a key destination for the Aberdeen energy market, and the new service is expected to significantly benefit business travellers.

Wizz Air adds Bristol Airport to its network, to commence Katowice service in June 2015

Wizz Air, the budget airline specialising in Central and Eastern Europe, has launched services from Bristol Airport, announcing that will operate a twice-weekly service to Katowice, Poland from June 26, 2015, Bristol Airport said in a release.

With the addition of Bristol, Wizz Air will have 106 airports in its route network. Flights will operate every Monday and Friday. Besides offering city break destinations for visitors from the UK, the Wizz Air service will provide a convenient link for Poles from the region living and working in the South West.

Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Wizz Air to the South West of the UK. The Katowice service will be a popular addition to the route network available from Bristol Airport, further strengthening links with Poland.’

Wizz Air’s Daniel d Carvalho said: ‘With six UK airports, the Wizz low cost offer is a great opportunity for UK consumers explore Central and Eastern Europe and we look forward to carrying many passengers on our new Bristol-Katowice service.’

The principal city of the Upper Silesian region of Poland, Katowice is a centre for science and industry, as well as home to a diverse mix of architectural styles with Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings alongside Modernist structures from the Communist era, and a neo-Classical cathedral that is the largest in Poland.

Tickets are now on sale from £25.99 one way. Flights will be operated by a 180-seat Airbus A320.

Separately, Bristol Airport said that it is looking for a busy time during the Christmas and New Year period, with over 200,000 passengers expected to pass through the terminal over the course of the holiday starting December 19 until January 3.

While the airport is hoping to offer its customers a stress-free start to the festive period, it has advised departing passengers to allow ample time to complete check-in, bag drop, security and boarding processes, as well as taking holiday traffic into account when planning the journey to the Airport.


Ryanair offers Stansted to Poznan from £15.99, introduces customer service improvements

Ryanair, an Ireland-based low fares airline, has said that passengers can now book to fly from London Stansted to Poznan in January and February, from £15.99, as part of its weekly ‘Bargain Thursday’ promotion.

From midnight of November 28, passengers can book 100,000 ‘Bargain Thursday’ seats on over 1,000 European routes, including London Stansted to Poznan, at prices starting from £15.99, for travel from Monday to Thursday in January and February. The ‘all in’ low fares are only available until midnight of December 2.

Ryanair’s £15.99 sale fare includes all non-optional taxes, charges and fees, so that passengers who only travel with carry-on luggage and decline the priority boarding service can book, check-in online and fly for this advertised £15.99 fare on these ‘Bargain Thursday’ flights.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘Only Ryanair sells Europe’s lowest fares with no fuel surcharges guaranteed, across over 1,600 routes, connecting 183 destinations, while delivering Europe’s No 1 customer service, with the most on-time flights, fewest cancellations and least mishandled bags.

Separately, Ryanair said that starting from Sunday all Ryanair passengers may now bring a second small carry-on bag (35 x 20 x 20cm) aboard, in addition to a free 10kg cabin bag allowance, while its boarding card reissue fee has been cut from €70/£70 to €15/£15 for customers who have already checked-in online.

The latest customer service improvements are part of a wider plan that includes the launch of the new customer-friendly home page. The airline has also introduced quiet flights and 24-hour grace periods for correcting minor booking errors. Other measures, such as reducing standard airport bag fees from €60/£60 will be introduced from January 3, and fully allocated seating from February 1, the airline said.

Emirates Announces New Service to Warsaw from February

UAE-based airline company, Emirates Airline, has announced that its inaugural service to Poland will be commencing from February 6, 2013.

Emirates has launched its service to Poland with a trade preview of the airline’s main A380 aircraft, with a reproduction of a First Class Private Suite on display.

The airline will be offering a daily service to Warsaw in Poland, from Dubai in the UAE, with a 237-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Richard Jewsbury, the airline senior vice president of commercial operations for Europe and Russian Federation, said, ‘Warsaw will be the first new route for Emirates in 2013 and our preparations for launch are currently in full swing. With less than a month to go we are ramping up our activities on the ground in Warsaw and around our global network, in order to increase tourism flows in both directions.

Poland continues to see significant economic growth and our new flights, connecting Poland with our destinations in the Far East, Africa, Middle East and Australasia, will play a pivotal role in further boosting the city’s projected fiscal growth’

The airline is also offering Emirates SkyCargo services, which will be carrying 238 tonnes of belly-hold capacity per week, to aid the increasing trade ties with Poland from the other destinations in the airline’s network.

The airline has recently launched a second daily flight to Dubai Airport from Glasgow Airport with a 364-seat Boeing 777 aircraft. The new service commenced from January 1, 2013. The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft replaces the earlier Airbus A340-300 used on the same route. The new aircraft has added around 650 seats every week, as well as an extra 70 tonnes of cargo capacity.