Jet2 expands summer routes to sunshine destinations

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, a UK airline and tour operator, have responded to customers demand for holidays by adding more choice to a range of sunshine destinations for Summer 22.

With travel restrictions ending and international travel becoming more regular, Jet2 has announced new flights to the Canary Islands, Turkey, Mainland Spain and Portugal (Faro). The additional flights have been added from Belfast International, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Glasgow and Newcastle Airports, and are timed for the Early May Bank Holiday, Spring Bank Holiday and Platinum Jubilee Holiday. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are offering a much expanded programme for Summer 22, with capacity being higher than it was in Summer 19.

The new services added include additional Thursday services from Belfast International to Gran Canaria operating on April 28; additional Tuesday services from Edinburgh to Dalaman operating on April 26; and additional Thursday services to Majorca operating on April 28.

From East Midlands, Jet2 will operate additional Monday services to Lanzarote from May 2 to May 16; additional Sunday services to Antalya, operating on May 1; additional Tuesday services Faro (Algarve) operating on April 26.

Further, from Glasgow Jet2 will operate additional Wednesday services to Majorca on April 27; additional Friday services to Alicante operating from April 29 to June 10 and additional Monday services to Tenerife, operating from May 2 to June 13. In addition, from Newcastle it will operate additional Friday services to Lanzarote operating on April 29, additional Thursday services to Antalya, operating on April 28; additional Wednesday services to Majorca operating on April 27, and additional Saturday services to Tenerife operating on May 30.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘After the removal of all travel restrictions, international travel is looking like it did before the pandemic. This return to normal has led to customer confidence bouncing back strongly, with holidaymakers jumping at the chance to get away. As such, we are seeing enormous growth for all seasons, with Summer 22 proving to be one of the most popular times for a holiday. In response to that, we have added additional capacity to a range of sunshine destinations, providing customers and independent travel agents with even more choice and flexibility. We are pleased to be offering a huge programme for Summer 22, with capacity being bigger than it was in Summer 19, and we are now expanding this even further.

He added: ‘As our operation scales up, we are anticipating a busy and successful year ahead, flying lots of happy customers on our award-winning flights and holidays. Customers are looking to make the most of jetting away on their well-deserved holidays once again, and we are confident that these extra flights will prove a hit.’

easyJet launches new summer route to Faro from Birmingham Airport

easyJet, the UK-based regional airline, has said that it will be launching a brand new, twice-weekly service to Faro in Portugal.

The seats will be available on sale from Thursday March 17, with low fares available from £24.99 one way per person including taxes. Flights will depart on Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the summer season between May 1 and October 26, 2022.

The new route comes following the new summer services to Malaga and Palma de Mallorca which were launched last year and also set to take off for the first time this summer.

The new route comes as easyJet is celebrating carrying over three million passengers to and from Birmingham airport his week. This summer, easyJet is set to operate nearly four times more seats from Birmingham than it did in summer 2019, serving more destinations and providing more choice for customers in the Midlands to enjoy a summer holiday and reconnect with family and friends.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are delighted to celebrate carrying over 3 million passengers and announce yet another new route from Birmingham today. Over the past months we’ve continued growing our operations at Birmingham, serving more customers, and offering more connections to a greater range of destinations to ever before – which is especially exciting as we know that so many people have missed being able to holiday over the last two years. With low fares from just £17.99 and many destinations no longer requiring testing restrictions, now is a great time to book with easyJet.

‘We remain focused on offering great value and convenient connections for our customers in the Midlands, whether they are travelling on their long-awaited holidays, reuniting with friends and family or getting back to business, and I am thankful to our fantastic customers to choosing to travel with us.

‘This summer we’ll be bigger than ever at Birmingham and we can’t wait to welcome more customers onboard.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘This is an important milestone to celebrate with easyJet. Our partnership with the airline has grown over the years and it is great that today we see the airline carry its three millionth passenger and additionally welcome the announcement of a new route to Faro. This popular Portuguese destination is a firm favourite for customers flying From Birmingham Airport and we welcome the extra capacity on this route. We look forward to continuing to work with easyJet to offer our customers additional routes in the near future.’

easyJet now serves customers in Birmingham with connections to eight airports across the UK and Europe, including access to a range of city, ski and beach destinations via Belfast International Airport, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Geneva, Palma, Malaga and Faro.

easyJet expands capacity across 26 routes from UK this summer

easyJet, the UK-based airline, has announced the introduction of 90,000 extra seats to some of Europe’s most popular ski and beach destinations, as holidaymakers prepare for much needed Easter and summer getaways this year.

With the announcement, UK customers now have more flights from London Gatwick, London Luton, Bristol, Manchester, and Liverpool to choose from with fares starting from just £22.99 to Geneva, £26.99 to Salzburg, £20.99 to Faro, and £25.99 to Alicante.

For those looking to hit the slopes before the end of the season, 50,000 of the additional seats are available to a selection of popular ski destinations including Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon, Salzburg, and Sofia, from across a selection of UK airports, including over the Easter break.

And those looking for summer sun, extra seats are on sale to some of Europe’s popular beach resorts which no longer require testing for fully-vaccinated UK visitors, including Faro in Portugal, Barcelona and Malaga in Spain starting from just £20.99. 20,000 additional seats are available from Liverpool to destinations including Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Cyprus and 6,000 additional seats are on sale from Manchester to Malaga for this summer.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are delighted to be adding even more seats to our summer 2022 schedule, so that we can provide our customers in the UK with even more choice to enjoy to some of Europe’s best ski, beach, and city destinations, just in time to book an Easter break to look forward to.

‘We know that so many people have missed being able to holiday over the last two years and so it is a priority for many UK consumers. With low fares from just £20.99, hundreds of fantastic destinations to choose from, and many no longer requiring testing restrictions, now is a great time to book with easyJet.

‘We are excited about our plans for next summer, which should see us return to near 2019 levels of flying and we can’t wait to welcome our customers back onboard.’

The flights can be booked at www.easyJet.com, and fares are one way per person including taxes.

Bournemouth Airport announces new flights to Gran Canaria and Lisbon with Ryanair

Bournemouth Airport has announced the addition of two destinations – Gran Canaria and Lisbon, Portugal, which will be operated by Ryanair as part of its winter schedule.

Ryanair’s new weekly flights to the winter sun destination of Gran Canaria will start on Sunday, October 31, while those looking for a city break in Portugal’s beautiful coastal capital, Lisbon will have a choice of twice-weekly flights (Tuesday and Saturday) beginning on November 2. Bookings are now open on Ryanair’s website.

With the new destinations, Ryanair will operate flights from Bournemouth Airport to 13 destinations in six countries, within its 2021/22 schedule, with flights to Spain (Alicante, Barcelona Girona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Murcia Palma de Mallorca), Cyprus (Paphos), Ireland (Dublin), Malta, Poland (Krakow) and Portugal (Faro and Lisbon). In total, Bournemouth Airport has announced 33 domestic and international destinations in 15 countries for 2021/22.

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to be adding another flight to the hugely popular destination of Gran Canaria and two flights a week to the historic and charismatic city of Lisbon, adding to the choices available for holidaymakers looking for some much-needed winter sun and wanting the ease and convenience of flying from their local airport.

‘We look forward to being able to announce more routes returning over the coming weeks and months as operators confirm their schedules and we are continuing to work with our airline partners and in line with latest government guidelines to ensure safe travel through the airport.’

The new flights to Lisbon come as Ryanair announced a USD300m investment at Lisbon Airport, where it will base a further three aircraft from November – now seven in total – as part of its Winter ’21 schedule.

In view of the Covid-related travel protocols, Bournemouth Airport has partnered with an established healthcare provider, GPDQ, to provide a range of COVID-19 testing options. GPDQ is one of the UK Government’s approved test providers for travel and customers can book COVID-19 tests directly via the airport website.

Southampton launches new BA’ CityFlyer route to Faro, opens new rapid COVID-19 testing facilities

Southampton Airport has recently announced the launch of a new British Airways (BA) service from Southampton to Faro.

The new CityFlyer service form Southampton directly connects England’s south coast with popular holiday destinations in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, France and Germany. Under a new agreement with Southampton Airport, the airline will operate up to 18 flights each weekend to 12 locations. The seasonal arrangement will run alongside existing services from London City Airport.

Rachel Riley, BA CityFlyer’s Head of Commercial at Southampton airport, said: ‘As we welcome more customers back on board, the launch of today’s operation from Southampton is an exciting extension of our service.’

‘This is a special day for many people, families have been separated from loved ones overseas, businesses have suffered, and we know that our customers haven’t been able to take the breaks abroad that they’ve wanted.’

Matt Hazelwood, Group Commercial Director at AGS Airports Ltd, added: ‘BA’s commitment to deliver connectivity for Southampton and the wider region to some of the most popular destinations in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, France and Germany will be very much welcomed by our passengers now that the safe restart of international travel is underway.’

Separately, Southampton Airport said that new rapid COVID-19 testing facilities have been introduced at the airport. The move follows the successful introduction of testing facilities at Aberdeen and Glasgow airports in March this year. The terminal-based facilities offer passengers both PCR and antigen testing.

Steve Szalay, Operations Director at Southampton Airport, said: ‘The introduction of these fantastic on-site testing facilities will not only provide our passengers with a quick and convenient service, they will be instrumental in providing support to our safe restart plans as international flights resume following the lifting of restrictions earlier this month.’

Newcastle International Airport announces up to 14 flights a week to Portugal

Newcastle International Airport has announced the launch of services to two destinations in Portugal, operated by four airlines flying up to 14 times a week from the airport this summer.

Following the announcement of the Green List by the Government last week, British Airways has announced two direct flights a week on sale to Faro, Portugal. Starting from May 29, the flights will operate every Saturday and Sunday until June 20.

Ryanair will resume flights to Faro from the June 4, operating every Monday and Friday initially and increasing to every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from July. Meanwhile, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will resume flights to Faro from June 24, initially operating six days a week before increasing to daily from the end of July. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will also operate weekly flights to Madeira from the June 28.

In addition, easyJet announced last week that it would be resuming international flights from Newcastle International Airport with the introduction of flights to Faro from the July 20, operating every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the summer season.

Nick Jones, CEO of Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘We are pleased that the restart of international leisure travel has been confirmed, although only a very small number of countries have been granted Green List status.

‘We hope as the COVID-19 situation improves in Europe more countries and islands will be added to the Green list and we will be able to welcome more airline partners and passengers back to the Airport throughout the summer months.

‘The COVID-19 tests and Fit to Fly Certificates that passengers will require are provided by the COVID-19 testing facility located at the Airport, which is operated by NPH Group and has remained open throughout the pandemic. Convenient and reliable in-person PCR tests are facilitated by trained clinicians, avoiding the risk of postal delays. These can be booked at nph-group.co.uk.

The safety of our passengers and staff is our highest priority. Our Ten Point Plan of safety measures remains in place, and includes an increased cleaning regime, over 100 hand sanitiser stations throughout the terminal and mandatory mask wearing for passengers and staff.’

The complete list of destinations available from Newcastle International Airport, the on-site testing facility and the airport’s Ten Point Plan of safety measures can be found at newcastleairport.com, it said.

Ryanair expands UK summer 21 schedule, launches 26 new routes

Ryanair has announced the launch of its expanded UK Summer 2021 schedule, which includes over 2,300 weekly flights across 480 routes, including 26 new routes to popular holiday destinations in France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

UK holidaymakers are increasingly looking forward to holiday travel following the Government’s roadmap for the re-opening of air travel and the success of the vaccination programme. UK families can now book a Summer holiday until October 2021, flying to international destinations such as Bologna, Fuerteventura, Zakynthos and Valencia among many others.

Ryanair’s UK Summer 21 offers flights to holiday destinations such as Corfu, Santorini, Menorca, Ibiza, Faro and the Canary Islands. Summer breaks to Europe’s top cities including Barcelona, Lisbon, Naples, Rome and Venice.

As part of the announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from £19.99 for travel until the end of October, but these sale prices must be booked by midnight Sunday, March 28 on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s Group CEO, Michael O’Leary, said: ‘The UK Govt has implemented a very successful vaccine rollout programme, and is on track for a re-opening of EU short-haul travel this summer. Ryanair is pleased to offer even more choice and lower fares to our UK customers and their families with over 2,300 weekly flights and 480 routes to choose from, including 26 exciting new holiday connections to Naples, Rhodes, Chania, Alicante and Mallorca among many others.

‘UK families can now book a well-earned summer holiday safe in the knowledge that if their plans change for any reason they can move their travel dates up to two times with a zero-change fee up until the end of October 2021.’

British Airways launches flights and holiday packages to sun destinations for 2021

British Airways has announced the launch of its holiday programme to sun destinations for 2021.

The airline is offering flights and holiday packages at a discounted rate for travel throughout 2021 to sun destinations across its network, including the Canary Islands, the Caribbean, the Seychelles, Florida and Dubai.

Andrew Brem, British Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘As we edge into the winter months and Brits are asked to stay at home, we know our customers are looking forward to booking warm holidays to get away and soak up some sun. It’s been quite a year, and our very special prices reflect that. With travel dates available in 2021 we’d encourage people to make the most of these special prices and jet off on a well-deserved break.’

The holiday packages on offer include a seven-night beach break with flights and hotel starting from £219 per person (pp) to Lanzarote or Tenerife in the Canary Islands in March 2021.

Holidaymakers looking to enjoy Portuguese sun can fly to the Algarve for a seven-night stay including flights from £199pp, also for travel in March next year.

For those looking to enjoy Caribbean beaches, a seven-night hotel stay and flights are available from £599pp to Saint Lucia in June 2021. Alternatively, customers can choose a seven-night stay and flights to St Kitts from £619pp for travel in May 2021. Barbados is another destination on offer for sun-seekers with a £599pp seven-night stay and flights for travel in June 2021.

Further, the company is offering a seven-night stay (including flights and hotel) to the Seychelles in June 2021 for fares from £999pp. Alternatively, customers may holiday in Mauritius with a seven-night stay and flights from £729pp in the same month.

British Airways Holidays is also offering a three-night stay and flights from £419pp for travel on selected dates to Florida in April and May next year. And finally, customers can take World Traveller flights to Dubai for a minimum of three days from £334 return on selected dates up until June 2021.

The airline’s flexible booking policy offers no change fees, or a voucher exchange, for bookings made during the sunshine campaign. Customers can move their flights or holiday in case of any change of plans, as long as their initial travel dates are before the end of August 2021.

Ryanair expands service from the UK to Faro with 14 extra flights every week

Ryanair, the Irish low-fares airline, has announced it will be expanding its connection between the UK and Portugal over the coming weeks from September 11 to October 24, with 14 additional flights to Faro every week from 12 UK airports – including an extra weekly flight from Cardiff.

This move comes following Portugal’s sharp decline in Covid cases and the UK’s announcement to place it on the list of countries UK holidaymakers can visit.

To celebrate Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares starting from £19.99 one way, across the UK- Portugal network, for travel in September & October 2020.

Ryanair’s Eimear Ryan said: ‘Ryanair is thrilled to strengthen the connection between the Cardiff Airport and sunny Faro over the coming weeks with 3 flights per week – making it easier than ever for Cardiff holidaymakers to book that long awaited trip in the sun.

‘To celebrate the UK’s decision to place Portugal on its ‘safe list’ of countries UK travellers can visit, we have extended our seat sale on flights to Portugal in September and October, with fares as low as £19.99 one way. ‘

Cardiff Airport’s interim CEO Spencer Birns, added: ‘The global pandemic has created huge, unprecedented challenges for the aviation industry, and it has also affected our customers’ travel options. It’s great to hear that Portugal is now on the air travel corridor list for the UK, meaning that visitors to the country will no longer have to quarantine when they return.

‘We are very grateful that Ryanair has stepped in to provide more flights for our customers, who now have the option to enjoy a trip to this stunning destination this summer.’

Ryanair launches UK summer 20 schedule with 500 routes on offer

Ryanair, the Ireland -based European regional airline, has launched its UK Summer 2020 schedule with 14 new routes including destinations such as Cluj (Romania), Pisa and Terceira in Portugal.

For summer next year, Ryanair will operate more than 500 routes in total, which is expected to deliver 46.3m customers p.a. and support 35,000 jobs at its 21 UK Airports, the airline said. UK tourists and visitors can now book holidays on these routes as far out as October 2020.

Ryanair said that its UK Summer 2020 schedule will deliver five brand new routes from Edinburgh to Bydgoszcz (twice a week); Manchester to Pisa (twice per week); Stansted to Cluj (three per week), Kosice (thrice per week ) and Terceira (one per week); nine new summer services – Exeter to Alicante (two per week); Edinburgh to Bucharest (three per week); London Stansted to Dresden (three per week) and Essaouira (two per week); London Luton to Krakow (four per week) and Seville ( three per week); Manchester to Katowice (three per week), Milan Malpensa (five per week ) and Prague (nine per week). Further the airline has announced additional flights on 46 other routes including destinations like Budapest, Milan Bergamo and Krakow.

As part of the announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale on its UK routes with fares starting from £14.99, for travel until the end of November 2019. Tickets are available for booking until midnight of Thursday, October 3 on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: ‘Ryanair is delighted to bring the lowest emissions and fares to the UK with our Summer 2020 schedule, with 14 new routes at our UK airports, and more than 500 routes in total, which will deliver 46.3 million customers p.a. and support 35,000* jobs at our 21 UK airports. UK customers and visitors can now book low fare seats on more than 500 routes as far out as October 2020. To celebrate, we are releasing seats for sale from just £14.99 for travel until the end of November 2019, which are available for booking until midnight Thursday (3 October). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’