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.

Jet2.com announces ski programme from Bristol Airport for Winter 22/23

Leisure airline Jet2.com has announced the launch of a programme of ski flights from Bristol Airport, offering snow sports fans easy access to the French and Austrian Alps, as well as the Tyrol Mountains, for Winter 22/23.

Jet2 has announced services to Chambery, Innsbruck and Salzburg return for Winter 22/23 from Bristol Airport, with services operating throughout the winter season to give skiers and snowboarders access to some of the best snow spots in Europe.

Jet2.com’s full ski programme for Winter 22/23 from Bristol Airport include weekly Saturday services to Chambery offering easy access to popular ski resorts in France, including the Three Valleys. The popular ski areas of the Alpe d’Huez, Chamonix, La Plagne and Val d’Isere are easily accessible from Chambery.

In addition, skiers and snowboarders will be able to access Innsbruck, the Tyrolean capital with weekly Saturday services. Innsbruck hosted the 1964 Winter Olympics and resorts such as Igls, Alpbach and St Anton am Arlberg make it a favourite among skiers and snow sports fans. The airline will also operate weekly Saturday services to Salzburg, linking the Austrian Alps and over 300 resorts including Kaprun, Mayrhofen and Obertauern.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Customers have been telling us how much they want to book their place on the slopes for next winter, so we have responded to that demand by putting a brilliant ski programme on sale for Winter 22/23 from Bristol Airport. The three ski destinations available through Jet2.com give skiers and snowboarders access to some of the very best ski resorts in the world, never mind Europe. On top of that, we are giving snow sports fans a fantastic choice of flights, alongside the VIP customer service that sees us win award after award.’

Ryanair launches winter 2011-22 ski schedule from UK airports

Ryanair, the Ireland-based budget airline, has said that it has released its winter 2021/22 ski schedule from UK airports.

Celebrating the start of ski season, Ryanair has launched a £29.99 seat sale for travel from January 1 to the end of March 2022. The schedule includes flights to top ski destinations across Europe, including Grenoble, Salzburg, Sofia, Plovdiv and Turin from London Stansted, Birmingham, London Luton, Bristol Manchester, Edinburgh and Liverpool.

Whether skiing or not, European mountain ranges offer spectacular scenery and change of pace for a relaxing escape with panoramic views of the snowy mountain tops. To benefit from the offered fares, tickets must be booked by midnight 30th November 2021, on www.Ryanair.com.

A city seeped in history and culture, Grenoble tops the list with avid skiers year after year. Its proximity to the Alps, big resorts and traditional villages that cater for all levels and styles of ski trips makes it an ideal ski destination. Meanwhile, Salzburg boasts some of Europe’s most picturesque alpine scenery and people flock to this cultural capital year after year for its beautiful slopes and apres ski alike. Another prominent location is Turin, considered the gateway to the Italian Alps with over 600km of slopes, which offers amazing snow conditions throughout the season. Its laid-back Italian style appeals to many and is a more chilled out ski experience compared to the French Alps.

Ryanair’s Director of Marketing, Dara Brady, said: ‘As Europe’s No.1 airline, we are delighted to announce our winter 2021/22 ski schedule with fares starting at just £29.99. As many missed out on last year’s ski season, we are looking forward to getting our customers back on the scenic mountains of France, Austria and Italy this winter, with flights to Europe’s most popular ski destinations running from now right up to the end of March ’22.

To make the ski season even better this year, we are launching a seat sale with fares from just £29.99, which must be booked by midnight 30th November 2021 on the Ryanair.com website.’

Jet2 launches new ski routes from Birmingham Airport

Jet2 has recently announced services to four top ski destinations – Geneva, Grenoble, Salzburg and Turin -from Birmingham Airport, giving skiers and snowboarders’ access to slopes in the French, Swiss, Austrian and Italian Alps and over 600 resorts to choose from across the four destinations.

Jet2’s ski programme from Birmingham Airport offers more than 40,000 ski seats, including up to three weekly services to Geneva with over 14,000 seats, giving access to 270 resorts including Tignes, Flaine and Verbier; twice weekly services to Turin on Saturday and Sunday offering nearly 12,000 seats, providing access to 214 ski resorts including Pila, Vars and Le Corbier; weekly Saturday services to Salzburg 4,500 seats, giving access to 130 ski resorts including Alpbach, Kaprun, Mayrhofen and Obertauern and a weekend service to Grenoble on Saturdays until February, when a Sunday service will be added, with almost 10,000 seats and access to 178 resorts including Morzine, Chamonix and Avoriaz.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are thrilled to be launching our ski programme from Birmingham Airport, giving local people access to the best slopes in the French, Swiss, Austrian and Italian Alps. We know that skiers want choice and flexibility, so that’s exactly what we have provided with these four top ski destinations from Birmingham Airport.

‘With great snow conditions so far this season, customers can also take advantage of our friendly low fares and 22kg of baggage and ski allowance, whilst enjoying our award winning service as they head to this fresh snow.’

Fares to Salzburg start at £39 per person, to Grenoble at £37 per person, to Geneva at £25 per person and to Turin at £27 per person, all fares including taxes, the airline said.

Jet2 announces offer for ski carriage from London Stansted, expands other winter services

As the 2017 ski season is set to begin, British low-cost airline Jet2 has announced an offer for ski carriage on its popular ski routes in Europe – Geneva, Grenoble, Salzburg and Lyon – from its newest UK base, London Stansted.

Under the offer, skiers and boarders can take 22kg of ski carriage for £1 return on featured flights from London Stansted, subject to certain terms and conditions. As part of its winter 2017-18 programme, Jet2 will operate flights to the four ski destinations in Europe from London Stansted. The offer applies to new bookings on the four routes, it said.

Tickets are available to book until Thursday November 30, 2017, and available for travel between Thursday November 30, 2017 and Monday, April 30, 2018, Jet2 noted.

Jet2 earlier this month announced an expansion to its winter schedule for 2018-19, with over 450,000 seats on sale from London Stansted to 18 destinations, including a new weekly winter service to Antalya. In addition, Jet2 will operate winter services to Nice, offering holidaymakers an opportunity to enjoy the winter sun on the French Riviera. The airline also announced a major expansion of its winter programme to Canary Islands with more services to Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Anzarote and Tenerife. A total of 180,000 seats are on sale to the Canaries next winter, it said.

The airline also announced a new winter service for 2018-19 from London Stansted to Larnaca, and a year round service to Paphos as part of an expansion of its programme to Cyrus.

In addition, Jet2 has also announced an expansion of its ski programme to European ski resorts for winter 2018-2019 with more capacity to Geneva, Grenoble and Salzburg, in addition to Lyon services. The schedule of the ski flights is available at www.jet2.com/ski.

Monarch expands UK winter 2017/18 schedule, adds 430,000 more seats

Low cost airline and holiday company Monarch has said that it has added more routes to its winter schedule for 2017/18, with flights from all five of its UK bases: Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester.

Monarch has launched the sale to popular ski routes including Turin, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Lyon and Grenoble. In addition to ski destinations, the airline is also offering a service from London Luton to Ovda, the gateway to Eilat and the Red Sea, for the third successive winter season. The airline has also enhanced service to popular winter sun routes to the Canaries as well as Spanish destinations such as Malaga and Alicante.

The routes released for sale include Birmingham – Salzburg operating weekly, with fares starting at £39.00; Birmingham – Turin, also operating weekly, with fares from £47.00; services to Friedrichshafen, Lyon and Turin from London Gatwick all operating weekly with fares starting from £35.00; services to Grenoble and Innsbruck from London Gatwick, both operating four times weekly, and with fares starting from £35.00; a thrice weekly service to Geneva from London Gatwick with fares starting from £29.00; a weekly service to Ovda from London Luton with fares from £89.00; a weekly service to Turin from Manchester with fares from £39.00; twice weekly services to Grenoble and Innsbruck from Manchester with fares from £39.00; and a twice weekly service to Naples from Manchester with the first flight set to take off on March 30, 2018 at fares from £91.00.

Marjan Schoeke, Monarch’s Head of Network Development commented: ‘We are pleased to be putting the majority of our ski flights on sale, as well as providing more choice to our most popular winter destinations. In total another 430,000 seats are now available for winter 2017/18.

‘Customers now have a wide choice of popular ski, winter sun and city break destinations to choose from when booking their holidays.’

The airline said that it will also extend its flying programme from Manchester to Kittila in Finnish Lapland, with scheduled flights now available in January and February. The move comes after the success of Monarch’s Arctic Experience programme launched from London Gatwick last winter. There is now an extended range of Lapland holidays available through Monarch Holidays from both Gatwick and Manchester.

The winter schedule for 2017/18 has increased frequencies to some of the airline’s most popular leisure destinations, with more convenient flight times for customers looking to enjoy a short city break, ski holidays or an extended winter sun holiday. The remainder of the winter 2017/18 will be added soon, the airline said.

Eurowings announces new route to Salzburg from Birmingham

German low-cost carrier Eurowings has announced that it will launch another new route from Birmingham to Salzburg in December.

The announcement comes after the airline launched its inaugural Birmingham-Vienna service. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music, the Austrian city of Salzburg is located on the Salzach River. The city offers visitors arts scene, a strong classical music tradition, beautiful parks and quiet side streets.

Eurowings already operates services to Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Vienna from Birminghan. The new Salzburg flight will operate twice weekly – Wednesday and Saturday – from December 9, serving the ski community and city breakers.

On Wednesdays, Eurowings Salzburg flight will arrive from Salzburg at 0900 hours and depart Birmingham at 0940 hours. On Saturdays, the flight will arrive from Salzburg at 1305 hours and depart Birmingham at 1345 hours. All services are planned with an A320 aircraft configured to 174 seats, and tickets can be booked at https://www.eurowings.com.

William Pearson, Aviation Director for Birmingham Airport, said: ‘It’s fantastic to see Eurowings expanding its list of routes from Birmingham Airport so rapidly.

‘Salzburg is a great ski destination but also a great city break city which we are sure will make this route very popular indeed with our passengers all year round.’

Ivan Orec, Network Development & Airport Relations Manager for Eurowings said: ‘We are pleased to add a new Salzburg route to our Birmingham schedule, which will operate twice weekly, every Wednesday and Saturday, starting from the beginning of December.

‘We are also looking forward to bringing more ski passengers to Salzburg and offer them free of charge transport of their ski equipment.’

London Heathrow gets new Sion service from SWISS, Egyptair restarts Luxor service

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is planning to launch a new seasonal service between London Heathrow and Sion in February 2017, according to an online report by ITCM.

 

As per the plan, SWISS will operate three round trip flights to Sion Airport to serve skiers during the busy holiday period in February. Sion Airport is located near the largest Swiss ski resorts of Verbier, Les 4 Vallees, Crans-Montana, Saas Fee and Zermatt, and SWISS offers a shorter transfer time to the resorts, between 1 and 1.5 hours.

SWISS’ Director for UK and Ireland, Felix Rodel, said: ‘We are delighted to be offering a new seasonal service in the Swiss Valais region that transports our passengers directly into the Swiss mountains and popular ski destinations. We hope the introduction of this service will provide our customers with a convenient and affordable way to visit the many beautiful regions of Switzerland during the peak winter season.’

Currently, SWISS operates up to 59 flights per week from London to Geneva during the winter period. The airline transports the first set of ski or snowboard equipment and boots free of charge in addition to the standard free baggage allowance for passengers. SWISS will likely add Sion to its UK to Switzerland network in the future, the report said.

Separately, Travel weekly has reported that Egyptair has restarted its direct air link between London Heathrow-Luxor, following a suspension since May this year.

Direct air links between the UK and the Red Sea resort have been suspended since the terrorist attack of a Russian charter flight killing all 224 people on board following its departure from the airport at Sharm el Sheikh. Following a travel advice by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office in November 2015, all UK airlines suspended their flights to Sharm el Sheikh.

Operated using a 144-seat Boeing 737-800 in a two class configuration, the Luxor service from Heathrow is available for booking with return fares starting at £380, the report noted.

easyJet carries record 1.3 million skiers- 90,000 more than in 2015

easyJet, the UK-based low-fares airline, has recorded the busiest ski season in its history this year as more people than ever chose the airline’s ski routes.

With a 40 percent share of the UK ski market, easyJet carried 1.3 million passengers to ski destinations across Europe this season – 90,000 more than last year. A host of new routes, good ski conditions and a strong consumer demand have fuelled the growth in customer numbers, the airline said.

Sophie Dekkers, UK Country Director, easyJet, said: ‘We are pleased to announce record levels of demand from our customers who want to experience the best ski resorts across Europe. The rising popularity of ski holidays has given first half revenues a lift. Ski breaks provide our customers with an alternative to a winter sun holiday and helps provide the airline with a strong revenue stream in the winter months.

‘2016 has been our best ski season ever, helped by plenty of snow and good ski conditions this year. High profile sporting events such as the winter Olympics coupled with the ever increasing quality of ski resorts across Europe are helping to inspire first time skiers and contributing to the rise in popularity we are seeing amongst our customers for ski breaks.’

In 2015, easyJet strengthened its position adding new routes between Belfast and Lyon, London Luton and Innsbruck, as well as a new connection to Lyon from London Southend.

easyJet operates ski flight-services to Lyon, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Grenoble, Friedrichshafen, Turin and its largest gateway Geneva. On any Saturday in January, easyJet will have up to 119 flights and carry over 15,000 customers throughout the day into Geneva alone, easyJet said.

The airline operates ski flights from 14 UK airports including Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, London Luton, London Gatwick, London Southend, and Bournemouth. The services include 10 daily flights between London Luton and Geneva, and an additional 11 daily flights between London Gatwick and Geneva, its two largest UK airports operating ski flights.

Flybe announces new route and extra flights from Cardiff Airport for winter 2016/17

Flybe, one of the leading UK-based budget airlines, has released the first phase of its 2016/17 winter programme, featuring a brand new route to Berlin as well as extra flights to popular holiday destinations.

Starting November 2, 2016, the airline will operate new flights to Berlin Tegel, with a twice a week service on Wednesdays and Saturdays and fares available from GBP34.99 one way including taxes and charges. With the latest announcement Flybe’s Glasgow route will increase to 11 flights per week, offering Welsh passengers more day return options from Cardiff.

In addition, as ski flights become ever more popular, the airline has announced increased flights to Geneva for the winter 2016/17 ski season. This route – a convenient gateway to ski and snowboarding resorts in Switzerland, France and Italy – will now increase to three flights per week, departing on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The Flybe service from Cardiff to Paris Charles de Gaulle will continue to operate daily with earlier flight times, improving Air France connectivity for passengers travelling onward and to allow families longer trips in Disneyland Paris.

Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Cardiff Airport, commented: ‘Flybe’s two aircraft base is fast approaching its first anniversary at Cardiff Airport, and during this time we have seen the network go from strength to strength.

‘It is fantastic to see the airline responding to the demands of the Welsh market by adding additional capacity and another new route to its network. It is vital that our customers are offered a wide variety of destinations both for leisure and business travel – at the right price – and Flybe is doing just that. We look forward to another successful winter season and continued success for Flybe at Cardiff Airport.’

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, said: ‘Many of our customers have told us they want to plan ahead in order to take advantage of the lowest possible fares so we have ensured that this year we have put the majority of our 2016-17 Winter programme on sale extra early.

‘The diversity of our winter destinations is ideal for those wanting to book early, affordable business travel as well as those looking for short leisure breaks especially over the autumn half-term and Christmas/New Year period. To ensure the lowest possible fares, we would advise customers to book their travel for next winter now.’

The new and extra flights announced from Cardiff, including the new Berlin route, will be available for travel between October 30, 2016 and January 31, 2017 with further flights for next winter expected to be announced in the next weeks.