Jet2CityBreaks expands Discover More offerings to Porto with enchanting wine tours

Jet2CityBreaks, a provider of European city breaks in the UK, has announced the introduction of Discover More packages to the enchanting city of Porto, offering travellers immersive discovery-based experiences.

Jet2CityBreaks now allows customers and independent travel agents to book Discover More getaways to Porto for Summer 2024 and Summer 2025, featuring delightful Douro Valley wine tours.

The full-day wine tour includes visits to esteemed port wine producers, where holidaymakers can savour the flavours of three local wines. Following the wine tasting experience, guests will enjoy lunch at a Quinta port wine producer, paired with select wines. The tour also encompasses vineyard explorations and additional tastings at renowned wine producers, concluding with a serene Rabelo boat cruise in Pinhao.

In addition to the wine tour, travellers booking Discover More packages can immerse themselves in the charms of Porto, northern Portugal’s largest city. Porto offers a rich tapestry of history, delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and serene coastal escapes along Portugal’s Douro River. Visitors can delve into world-class museums and galleries, wander through picturesque streets, shop in local boutiques, or unwind along the scenic Foz do Douro promenade.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to be announcing even more good news for our Porto programme and expanding our Discover More packages to the popular city break destination. We are seeing more customers wanting to experience it all on their holidays, whether that is adventure, culture, history or sightseeing, so this expansion of our Discover More collection is in direct response to that demand.

‘We are confident that our Discover More packages to this superb city will be very popular, as people look to get more from their getaway while taking advantage of all the award-winning benefits of booking a Jet2CityBreaks package.’

The introduction of Discover More packages to Porto coincides with Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks’ decision to advance the launch of Porto to Summer 2024 from Manchester Airport due to increased demand for flights and city breaks. Discover More packages to Porto are available for booking from Manchester Airport for Summer 2024 and Summer 2025, and from Birmingham Airport for Summer 2025.

Discover More is a curated collection of experience-based city breaks and holidays designed for adventure enthusiasts seeking historic landmarks, cultural immersion, or breathtaking scenery. Discover More packages to Porto include Jet2.com flights with 22kg hold luggage, 4 to 4+star accommodations, and ATOL protection, for a deposit of £60 per person.

Alongside Porto, the Discover More range currently features destinations such as Iceland, Bergen and the Fjords, Turkey, and Croatian cruises.

Jet2holidays announces golf packages to Algarve

Jet2holidays has expanded its recently-launched golf packages to one of the most coveted golfing destinations in Europe – the Algarve in Portugal.

The new golf packages from Jet2holidays to the Algarve gives golfers the opportunity to enjoy a holiday with rounds of golf included at a selection of hotels. Portugal’s Algarve showcases over 30 top-rated courses across just 85 miles of glorious Atlantic-facing coastline. From the prestigious Signature course by Jack Nicklaus at Monte Rei to San Lorenzo in Quinta do Lago, close to the Ria Formosa Natural Park, the destination is home to some of the most sought after courses in Europe.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘On the back of strong demand, we are expanding our golf package offering to include the stunning Algarve, which is a golfer’s paradise. Having seen the popularity of our Turkish golf packages, we know that these new packages to the Algarve, which include all the benefits of a package holiday on top of rounds of golf included, will be a huge hit. As more golfers look to practice their swing in the sunshine and enjoy a great golf holiday with everything wrapped up, we are now giving them a greater selection of destinations and hotels to choose from. With the launch of our golf packages to the Algarve, golfers will be able to hit the finest courses in one of Europe’s top golfing spots.’

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will operate to Faro (the Algarve) from all ten of their UK bases – Belfast International, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle International. Golf packages to the Algarve with Jet2holidays are available at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort, Dona Filipa Hotel. The Patio Suite Hotel. Pestana Vila Sol Premium Golf & Spa Resort, Hilton Vilamoura Golf & Spa and Monte Rei Golf and Country Club.

The packages on sale to the Algarve offer a range of durations, viz.: seven-nights with five rounds of golf per person, five-nights with three rounds of golf per person, or three-nights with two rounds of golf per person. Further, customers who book a golf package to the Algarve or Antalya with Jet2holidays between now and April 6, can go golfing for less and take their own golf clubs with them for half price, subject to terms and conditions.

Cardiff Airport announces new winter service to Faro with Ryanair

Cardiff Airport has said that it is offering additional winter sun seats to Faro as Ryanair is planning to extend its existing twice-weekly summer service into this coming winter season.

Starting October 30, Ryanair flights will leave from Wales to Faro on Wednesdays and Sundays. The Ireland-based budget airline will also fly to Dublin four times weekly during the winter, with departures on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.

Faro is a popular holiday destination for travellers seeking sun, sea and surf. As the Algarve’s capital, the city is rich with history and culture. The city is small and handy for visiting as a city break, besides the opportunity to enjoy Algarve’s pristine sandy beaches and sparkling seas. In addition to the beautiful landscapes, visitors can also discover a range of activities, from championship golf courses to diving opportunities and nightlife.

‘It is fantastic news that Ryanair is extending its Faro flying programme at Cardiff Airport into the winter season providing an increased choice of holiday options for those people looking to escape later in the year,’ said Spencer Birns, Cardiff Airport Chief Executive Officer. ‘Famous for its great weather, fantastic beaches and delicious local food, Faro, and indeed Portugal, is an in-demand destination from Cardiff at any time of the year. With its great combination of low fares, industry-leading operational reliability and attractive flight times we are pleased to see Ryanair growing further at Cardiff in the off-peak season after a busy summer with us. In addition, we know that passengers using the new service will really appreciate the good customer service and uncrowded indoor terminal areas they experience at Cardiff Airport when going on their well-earned breaks.’

‘Ryanair is delighted to announce a new Winter route and extend the service of the Cardiff to Faro route for W22. Our Cardiff customers can now plan a Winter getaway to the Algarve and enjoy some of the best beaches Portugal has to offer’ said Ryanair’s Director of Commercial, Jason McGuinness. ‘To allow our customers to book their Winter getaway at the lowest possible fares, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from just £19.99 for travel from October 2022 until the end of January 2023, which must be booked by Friday 23 September. Since these super low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com to avoid missing out.’

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.’