Primera Air announces winter schedule at Birmingham with four new destinations, direct transatlantic flights

Icelandic low cost airline Primera Air has announced its winter schedule at Birmingham Airport with flight services to Tenerife, La Palma, Alicante, Malaga and Reykjavik.

‘Midlands travellers have shown great interest in our Spanish leisure destinations and it gives us confidence that our winter flights will give them improved flight options,’ said Primera Air’s Chief Commercial Officer Anastasija Visnakova. ‘We’re happy that Reykjavik is our first short haul Northern European destination out of UK. For an airline, whose roots stem from Iceland, it is also a somewhat symbolic move’ Ms. Visnakova added.

For winter 2018, Primera will operate flight services from Birmingham: to Alicante starting December 6, on Thursdays and Sundays, with prices starting from £35.00; to Tenerife starting December 8, 2018, on Saturdays, with fares from £49.00; to La Palma starting December 7, 2018 on Fridays with fares from £49.00; and to Reykjavik starting December 9, 2018 on Sundays with fares from £69.00. In addition, Primera will commence services to Malaga starting May 19, 2018, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, with fares from £35.00. All fares are one way.

In addition, the Nordic airline is extending its Birmingham-New York and Birmingham-Toronto flight schedule through November. ‘We are beginning our transatlantic flights to North America in just a few weeks and the final preparation stage is truly exciting! The fact that we’ve already created more than 250 jobs here, clearly shows that the UK market is at the core of our business plan, and travelers can expect to see even more transatlantic and European destinations from our UK bases in the future,’ said Ms. Visnakova.

William Pearson, Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport added : ‘We are delighted that Primera Air has added Reykjavik to its growing network of routes from Birmingham Airport. The choice of additional winter flights with Primera Air and the extension of the transatlantic routes to Toronto and New York shows the demand within the region. Primera Air offers a fantastic service on board its brand new aircraft with prices to European destinations from £35.00 and transatlantic from £149.00 one way.’

In addition, Primera Air is planning to open new bases in Birmingham, London Stansted and Paris Charles de Gaulleto commence flights to New York, Boston, Washington DC and Toronto this April along with new routes from UK to Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, Barcelona and Chania, Birmingham Airport said.

British Airways announces new routes to three European capitals from London City

British Airways has said that it is planning to launch new routes from London City Airport to three European capitals: Paris, Prague and Reykjavik, in October.

With the new services to the three popular European cities, British Airways will fly to 30 destinations from London City this winter. The airline will operate three flights a day to Orly during the week and one a day at weekends, six flights a week to Prague, and two a week to Reykjavik. Flights are available to book on www.ba.com/londoncity, with each way hand baggage only fares to Orly available from £49, to Prague from £49 and to Reykjavik from £59.

The Orly flights are being transferred to London City Airport from Heathrow, offering customers a choice of two London airports from Paris. Flights to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris will continue to operate from Heathrow, the airline said.

With the launch of Prague and Reykjavik routes, British Airways will be flying to Czech Republic or Iceland from London City for the first time. Reykjavik will be a winter-only service, and will replace flights to Granada, Spain, which will continue to operate as a summer-only service resuming next year.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: ‘Paris and Prague are two great additions to our schedule at London City. Well timed flights and a quick and easy journey through the airport will give business customers another option to reach either capital city, which are of course also two of the most popular leisure destinations in Europe. Reykjavik is a leisure route, and gateway to some of the most dramatic scenery and skiing that Iceland has to offer.’

The new services will be operated using modern Embraer jets with a choice of Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins and two-wide seating. Customers flying in Euro Traveller can obtain allocated seats and loyalty points that can be used to buy food and drink on board flights or towards other trips. Club Europe customers will also receive complimentary food and drinks on board, free seat selection and on-line check-in, the airline noted.

Icelandair commences new Belfast- Reykjavik service

Icelandair has said that it has commenced offering a new year-round service from Belfast City Airport (BHD) to Reykjavik (KEF), starting June 1, 2017. 

The new service will operate up to three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The flight time is 2:55 hours to and from George Best Belfast City Airport.

The new Belfast route is operated by Air Iceland Connect on its 72 seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft in a code sharing partnership with Icelandair, offering connections at Keflavik International Airport. The Belfast-Reykjavik flight provides connections with Icelandair’s wide network of destinations in the US and Canada.

Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of George Best Belfast City Airport, said: ‘This is a hugely exciting period for Belfast City Airport following our recent co-hosting of the Routes Europe conference, and the launch of our new three-times weekly flight to Reykjavik will help continue the positive momentum.

‘There has been strong demand for the flights since they were announced in December, with the route offering passengers an extremely convenient connection to a host of destinations in the USA and Canada, and we are confident this will continue to grow.’

‘Icelandair is proud to welcome Belfast on board as our latest UK gateway, working again in partnership with our sister airline Air Iceland Connect who will operate the service. This addition improves our connectivity and enables us to carry even more passengers to our 18 gateways across the US and Canada, via our hub in Reykjavik,’ said Birkir Holm Guonason, Icelandair CEO.

Gerry Lennon, Visit Belfast Chief Executive, added: ‘Air connectivity is critical to us welcoming more international visitors to Belfast and achieving the city’s ambition of doubling tourism spend by 2021.

‘Icelandair’s new service and extensive global network enables Visit Belfast and our tourism partners to proactively engage with potential visitors, from not only Iceland but other key markets including North America.’

Icelandair is also offering flights to a new US destination – Philadelphia – starting May 30 2017, operating four times a week from Reykjavik (KEF) to Philadelphia (PHL) until September 20, 2017. Flights from all seven UK gateways will connect to this. The airline will also begin flights to Tampa, Florida on September 7, 2017, it said.

Icelandair launches new ‘Aurora plane’ at Birmingham Airport

Icelandair has launched its first scheduled service between Birmingham and Reykjavik, offering passengers a unique experience on-board the new ‘Aurora plane’.

The ‘Aurora plane’ is a special themed Icelandair Boeing 757 displaying the Northern Lights both on external livery and in internal cabin fixtures and lighting.

The Birmingham service operates twice weekly, on Thursdays and Mondays, commencing yesterday. The aircraft provides three-cabin service with leather seats, seating 183 passengers, and featuring a personal in-flight entertainment system.

Birkir Holm Guonason, Icelandair CEO, said: ‘Icelandair looks forward to be offering a refreshing and valuable travel experience to and from the West Midlands. Icelandair has been flying for 70 years to the UK and we hope people from the Midlands will like the service we have to offer. Birmingham and its neighbouring cities are predicted to grow substantially and we are pleased to be taking part in and supporting that growth as of today.

‘We were delighted to be able to mark the beginning of our new service from Birmingham airport by giving passengers the chance to fly on our new Aurora plane and were honoured that dignitaries such as the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, the Iceland Ambassador to the UK and the CEO of Birmingham Airport were able to join us on this special occasion.’

Birmingham is Icelandair’s fifth gateway in the UK and its 39th overall. The new service also offers a flight option to North America.

Guonason added: ‘By using Iceland’s geographical position midway between Europe and North America we can offer some of the fastest elapsed times from Birmingham to popular destinations such as Washington D.C. and Seattle.’

Paul Kehoe, the CEO of Birmingham Airport, added: ‘Icelandair’s new service from Birmingham is not only fantastic news for Midlanders wanting to spend leisure time in Reykjavik to see the northern lights or relax in hot springs, but also to travel onwards to the USA and Canada using Icelandair’s strong network of connecting flights.’

 

easyJet launches new routes from London Gatwick, Bristol

easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, has said that it will launch two new routes to Brussels and Strasbourg from London Gatwick starting March 30, 2014 with fares from £32.99 per person.

The new flights will operate twice daily to and from Brussels and four times a week to and from Strasbourg departing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The airline will also launch thrice daily flights to Jersey and twice daily to Paris CDG and Newcastle. The airline will also increase services to destinations including Inverness, Isle of Man and Bordeaux – from once to twice daily, as well as Amsterdam and Geneva – from six to seven daily flights.

easyJet now offers more choice for business passengers from London Gatwick, with a total of 107 routes. With the route increase, London Gatwick is expecting to create jobs for 200 pilots and cabin crew at the base.

Hugh Aitken, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said: ‘These new routes add even further choice for passengers from easyJet’s largest base at affordable prices and with great service.’

‘We also look forward to welcoming 200 new pilots and cabin crew to our London Gatwick base as part of our expansion.’

Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer, London Gatwick, said: ‘We are delighted that easyJet is opening more routes to key business destinations across Europe and the UK, building on its strong network from Gatwick. easyJet’s impressive network, its great value fares and business friendly service compliments what Gatwick has to offer – quick train links to London’s financial districts, fast security processes and a high quality environment for the time conscious traveller. All of these elements combined means that both easyJet and Gatwick are rapidly becoming the smart choices for the modern business traveller.’

Separately easyJet and Bristol Airport have entered into a new five year agreement, presenting a framework for further expansion and new route opportunities. easyJet has already added two new destinations to its network from Bristol, with flights to Reykjavik and Marrakech launching in December.

easyJet to start new flights from Bristol to Reykjavik, Marrakech

easyJet, a UK-based airline, has said that it is planning to launch new flights from Bristol to Reykjavik and Marrakech starting December 2013.

Ali Gayward, commercial manager for easyJet, said: ‘We are pleased to announce two new routes for Bristol Airport today offering exciting new holiday destinations for people across the South West.

‘Reykjavik is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for UK holidaymakers who are attracted to the fantastic scenery and natural beauty as well as the thriving bar and restaurant scene. Marrakech boasts luxury hotels, rich history and culture and excellent shopping opportunities with a flight time of just over four hours.’

The new flights will offer the South West’s only connection to Iceland. easyJet will operate the routes using 156-seat Airbus A319 and will carry over 55,000 passengers during the first year. The new flights are on sale at www.easyJet.com, with details as follows:

Starting December 14, 2013 easyJet will operate flights to Marrakech on Tuesdays and Saturdays with fares from £33.99 for two people travelling together.

Starting December 12, 2013 easyJet will operate flights to Reykjavik on Thursdays and Sundays with fares from £31.99 for two people travelling together.

Robert Sinclair, chief executive officer at Bristol Airport, said: ‘Today’s announcement adds two more exciting destinations to easyJet’s extensive route network from Bristol, which is the largest available at any UK airport outside London. It also brings two new countries within easy reach from Bristol Airport, taking the total number of nations served by direct flights to 32.’

The largest airline operating from Bristol Airport, easyJet has up to 11 aircraft permanently based at the site, with 420 staff employed locally and 46 destinations served. The airline flies over three million passengers to and from the airport annually.

 

WOW Air Announces New Service to Reykjavik from Gatwick Airport

WOW Air, an Iceland-based low cost airline, is offering a new service connecting London Gatwick Airport in the UK with Reykjavik, in Iceland.

The new service is offering twice-weekly flights on the route, using A320 aircraft that can accommodate around 168 passengers per flight. The new airline service will be complimenting Icelandair and Iceland Express airlines in linking London to Reykjavic.

Matt Wood, the head of airline relations at London Gatwick Airport, said, ‘We are delighted to welcome WOW Air and its passengers to the airport today. Reykjavik saw a 12% increase in UK tourists between 2010 and 2011, and we feel that by adding this twice-weekly service we are catering for our passengers who want to visit phenomena’s such as the Northern Lights. It also means that in peak season Gatwick will have three carriers that cater for up to 15 flights leaving for Reykjavik every week.’

Gatwick airport is currently offering eight flights to Reykjavik every week for the summer season, which may be increased to 15 flights a week in the peak period.

The airport is also working towards bringing in changes to its infrastructure, with an estimated investment of around £1.2 billion, which will make it possible to handle many more international flights from the city. Some of the changes implemented recently include swifter check-in and security processes for passengers, and the revamping of transport links to central London.