Jet2.com and Jet2holidays adds Santorini from Birmingham Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced its third new Greek destinations from Birmingham Airport for Summer 2020 – the beautiful island of Santorini.

In response to increasing demand for holidays to Greece, Jet2 said it will operate a weekly Tuesday service from Birmingham to Santorini in Summer 2020. This will run from May 5 until October 27, and the scale of the programme represents almost 10,000 seats on sale in total.

Besides enjoying beautiful views along the caldera, holidaymakers can see the sunset at Oia, enjoy the local vineyards, or visit several key archaeological sites, such as ancient Akrotiri, a Minoan settlement preserved under volcanic ash. Jet2holidays customers can choose from a selection of accommodation ranging from traditional family run hotels to 5-star honeymoon retreats in resorts such as Imerovigli, Kamari, Megalachori, Perissa, Perivolos and Thira.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Local holidaymakers have been asking for us to operate our award-winning flights and holidays to Santorini, and we have responded with this fantastic programme. Santorini is famous for its beauty and scenery, and we are absolutely delighted to be launching flights and holidays to such a popular and stunning destination. Today’s announcement expands our Greek portfolio from Birmingham Airport once more, further strengthening our brilliant Summer 20 programme.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport, said: ‘It is great news that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has added the beautiful destination of Santorini to their portfolio of routes. This stunning Greek island is home to some of the most beautiful sunsets and has the most picturesque landscape that visitors can explore. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has clearly listened to its customers by adding these flights for Summer 2020 meaning customers have even more choice from Birmingham Airport.’

With the latest announcement, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will launch three brand new Greek destinations from Birmingham Airport in Summer 2020 – Santorini, Skiathos and Preveza. In total, Jet2 will operate to 11 Greek destinations in Summer 2020 – with Corfu, Crete (Heraklion), Crete (Chania), Kefalonia, Kos, Rhodes, Halkidiki and Zante also on sale from Birmingham Airport.

British Airways launches new flights to Portugal and Greece from Heathrow

British Airways, the UK’s national carrier, is planning to launch new flights from Heathrow to Oporto in Portugal and Mykonos and Santorini in Greece for the summer of 2014.

The airline will start operating twice-weekly flights to Oporto from March 30, to Mykonos from May 3 and to Santorini from May 4. Tickets for flights from London to all three destinations are now available for sale on ba.com.

From March 30, the airline will also start twice-weekly flights from Heathrow to Malaga and Faro. This move is intended to give travellers more choice regarding their departure airport, as the routes are already served by British Airways from Gatwick and London City. Faro will also benefit, as the airline is set to increase the Gatwick service from 8 to 14 services a week next summer.

British Airways services from Heathrow to Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Rome, Basel, Zurich, Amsterdam and Aberdeen will all benefit from frequency increases during the summer.

Lynne Embleton, director of strategy, said: ‘We want to give our customers even more great destinations to choose from next summer. We believe the introduction of Oporto, Mykonos and Santorini will prove very popular with holiday-makers looking for summer sun and the start of flights to Faro and Malaga from Heathrow, plus the increase in frequencies to a number of popular summer routes will give them even more choice.’

As part of its summer 2014 offer, British Airways Holidays is offering seven nights at the Scorpios Beach Apartments & Studios, Santorini, from £399 per person for travel in June, including return flights from Heathrow and accommodation with breakfast. The airline is also offering seven nights at the Pelican Bay Art, Mykonos, from £539 per person for travel in June, including return flights from Heathrow and accommodation with breakfast

A three-night break in Oporto is offered at the Mercure Porto Centro hotel from £299 per person for travel in June, including return flights from Heathrow and accommodation only.

All British Airways flights include a free cabin baggage allowance, free on-line check-in and seat selection 24 hours before departure, and complimentary food and drink on board.