easyJet launches new Southampton to Alicante service

Southampton Airport has recently announced the commencement of a new summer easyJet flight from Southampton to Alicante.

The new route to the popular Costa Blanca destination is the first of three summer routes operated by easyJet from Southampton Airport this season.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘We are delighted to be launching a new route from Southampton to Alicante today, providing our customers in the south of England with more choice when planning their summer holiday whether they are looking for a cultural city break or to relax on the beaches of the Costa Blanca, there is something for everyone.’

Starting with the Southampton-Alicante route, easyJet will commence services to Palma in Majorca on April 29, operating twice weekly, followed by Faro in Portugal’s Algarve region starting June 6.

The Southampton-Alicante service is scheduled to operate every Sunday until October 20, with convenient departure times from Southampton at 20:20 and arrivals in Alicante at 23:40 local time. Return flights from Alicante depart at 18:20 local time, reaching Southampton at 19:50.

This new route not only provides travellers from the South of England with more choices for their summer holidays but also facilitates access to diverse vacation experiences, from city breaks in Alicante to leisurely beach getaways along Spain’s sunny coastlines..

Gavin Williams, Operations Director at Southampton Airport, said: ‘We are thrilled to welcome the first of easyJet’s three summer routes to the airport. While Alicante is a fantastic destination in its own right, it is also a great jumping off point for holidaymakers keen to explore the wider Costa Blanca area.

‘The addition of these easyJet services at Southampton will deliver yet more choice and convenience for those from the Central South region looking to head abroad for some much-needed sun from their local airport.’

easyJet announces new summer service to Majorca

easyJet is introducing a fresh summer route in 2024, connecting Southampton Airport to Palma Airport on the picturesque Spanish Island of Majorca.

Commencing on Thursday, May 2, 2024, easyJet’s new route from Southampton to the Balearic capital, Palma, will operate twice a week, offering convenient flight options on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the summer season. This new service provides customers residing in the south of England with added flexibility in planning their upcoming summer vacations. To complement this initiative, easyJet’s tour operator division, easyJet holidays, is rolling out package holidays specifically created for this new route.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, commented: ‘We are delighted to be launching another new route from Southampton to Palma, providing our customers in the south of England with even more choice when booking a holiday and convenient direct connectivity to one of Europe’s most popular islands. With flights on sale this Thursday, now is a great time to book early to get great value fares and we can’t wait to welcome customers onboard.’

Matt Hazelwood, Chief Commercial Officer at AGS Airports, said: ‘The introduction of a twice-weekly service to Palma for next summer is fantastic news and will offer our leisure passengers even more choice and convenience for one of our most popular sun destinations.

‘easyJet’s plans to introduce yet another route following the recently announced services to Faro and Alicante is great for the region and it is fantastic to see that the runway extension continues to bear fruit.’

The new flights for the new route can be booked immediately, via easyJet’s official website, easyJet.com, as well as through the mobile app.

Eastern Airways commences new services to Gibraltar from Southampton

Eastern Airways has announced the launch of flights to the new ‘Green List’ British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar from Southampton, flying twice weekly year-round to the Mediterranean UK overseas territory.

The UK’s regional airline has commenced its first ever scheduled service to Gibraltar in the Western Mediterranean from Southampton Airport, as one of the few UK Government Green list destinations currently open to UK tourism. It is also the ‘first’ scheduled international passenger service to depart Southampton Airport in 2021 following the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on international travel.

Fares start from £74.99 one-way, including taxes and hold baggage as standard. The flights are available to book at www.easternairways.com.

Roger Hage, GM, Eastern Airways, said: ‘What a welcome sign of summer and return to enjoying the sun in the Mediterranean this first service from Southampton to Gibraltar marks. Being on the green list of destinations with a wealth of quality hotels, beaches, water-sports and heritage, this UK territory offers an exciting short-break destination aside from its role in UK business. Our work with the Gibraltar Government and the airport and tourism teams have enabled this new service to be commenced adding to our growing list of destinations from Southampton, and will be joined by the Birmingham to Gibraltar service from Friday 28th May, all highlighting the pivotal role Eastern Airways as the UK’s regional airline is playing in growing the air services across all four home nations.’

Vijay Daryanani MP, Minister for Business, Tourism, Transport & the Port for Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar said, ‘We warmly welcome Eastern Airway’s new service, opening up another catchment area for Gibraltar. The service will be another boost to our tourism and business communities. We look forward to working with the airline on more opportunities for the future.’

Steve Szalay, Operations Director at Southampton Airport, said: ‘We are incredibly excited to welcome Eastern passengers on their inaugural Gibraltar flight. It’s a very special moment for us our first international flight of 2021 and a sign of restart and recovery after this awful pandemic.’

The UK-based carrier has established connectivity to Belfast-City, Manchester, Leeds-Bradford, Teesside, Dublin, Nantes and Rennes from Southampton Airport.

Eastern Airways to offer daily service from Southampton to Paris Orly starting April 14

Air France will launch a new daily service from Southampton to Paris Orly Airport starting next month in partnership with Eastern Airways.

The route will be operated by Eastern Airways, Air France’s regional partner, with the first flight arriving in Southampton the morning of Friday, April 14. The one hour 25-minute service will be operated on Eastern Airways fleet of ATR-72 aircraft, which has a 72-seat capacity. The flight will depart from Orly at 09.30 arriving Southampton at 09.55; and on return will depart from Southampton at 10.35 arriving Orly 12.55 hours.

Christopher Tibbett, Group Head of Airline Relations and Marketing for Southampton Airport, said: ‘This is a fantastic route announcement from Air France and Eastern Airways offering a great addition to our summer schedule at Southampton in 2023, building on partner airline KLM’s double-daily flights to Amsterdam.

‘I’m sure a daily service to Orly, which will deliver quick and convenient connectivity to one of Europe’s greatest destinations, will be very popular with our passengers from Southampton and the wider Hampshire region.’

Besides offering onward connections to several Air France routes including popular French cities such as Nice, Toulouse and Marseilles, Orly Airport is less than 10 miles away from the French capital with speedy train links. The airport is also ideally located for those heading to Disneyland.

Roger Hage, Commercial Director, Eastern Airways, added: ‘We are delighted to be entering into this cooperation with Air France and opening up connectivity to Europe’s second biggest city for both business and leisure travellers and restoring direct access year-round to France.’

Fahmi Mahjoub, General Manager United Kingdom & Ireland, Air France/KLM said: ‘This new cooperation between Air France and Eastern Airways is a very positive move and comes in response to the growing appetite for travel to Paris that we have noticed from all over the United Kingdom.’

Loganair to introduce additional daily Newcastle service next summer

Loganair has said that it will operate three flights per day between Southampton and Newcastle from May next year.

The addition of the third daily service follows the success of Loganair’s Summer 2022 season and increased demand for the popular Southampton Newcastle service. One of these daily services will also include an onward connection to Southampton’s sister airport in Aberdeen. Customers travelling to the Granite City will not need to leave the aircraft on the one-stop flight.

Christopher Tibbett, Group Head of Airline Relations and Marketing for Southampton Airport, said: ‘Newcastle was very popular this summer, so it’s fantastic that the service will be increased next year and deliver even more choice and flexibility for our passengers.

‘We are also delighted to see the return of the onward service to Aberdeen International Airport.’

As well as the shopping, leisure and cultural offerings available in Newcastle, it has a vibrant nightlife and industrial heritage. Loganair also uses the city to connect passengers to further locations on its route network.

Luke Lovegrove, Chief Commercial Officer at Loganair, said: ‘This bumper schedule for 2023 underlines our commitment to Newcastle with our biggest ever programme for the city, offering customers more choice of destinations, frequency and capacity than ever before.

‘It has been a very positive year for Loganair at Newcastle and we are excited to see that success continue into 2023.’

Eastern Airways announces new service to Belfast International from Southampton

Eastern Airways has announced the launch of a new daily service between Southampton and Belfast International.

The new daily Southampton-Belfast flights will commence on Thursday February 9, in time for the half-term break. This compliments the multi daily Southampton to Manchester and Southampton to Dublin services at Eastern Airways’ south-coast base.

Roger Hage, Commercial Director, Eastern Airways, said: ‘This is a major step in growing connectivity to the North of Ireland from our Southampton base. The recent reduction in operator capacity and choice from Belfast airports and a growing network and ambition of Belfast International Airport offers an opportunity to meet the burgeoning demand for connecting the two nations, especially with such strong onward connectivity. This welcome addition to the domestic network at Southampton and Belfast International will aid those who travel for business, visit friends and family or seek a welcome city or leisure break.’

Matt Hazelwood, Chief Commercial Officer of AGS Airports Ltd, which owns Southampton Airport, said: ‘The introduction of this first-ever daily service to Belfast International Airport from Southampton is tremendous news.

‘Belfast is both a fantastic city-break destination and the ideal base to explore Northern Ireland, so I’m sure our passengers will be keen to take full advantage of Eastern Airways’ new route when it launches in February.

‘Equally, we look forward to welcoming those passengers from across the Irish Sea who are keen to visit Southampton and all the city and the wider region has to offer.’

Belfast International Airport’s Business Development Director Uel Hoey, said: ‘We are thrilled to welcome Eastern Airways as a new airline customer to Belfast International Airport (BIA), and are particularly pleased to be able to offer a strong south coast link to the majority of travellers in our locality who prefer to use Belfast International Airport as their conduit for both business and leisure travel.

The new Belfast service will be operating on a low-carbon emission 72-seat ATR aircraft. Tickets can be booked directly at www.easternairways.com for seat-only or via the travel partners for package options.

flybe to introduce daily cross-UK service next March

flybe, the low-fares European airlines based in Exeter, UK, has announced plans to introduce a daily service between Southampton and Glasgow next year, Southampton Airport has announced.

The new flight will commence on March 2, 2023 as part of flybe’s wider schedule, and adds to the airline’s existing flights including Manchester and Birmingham. Tickets are available to book at: flybe.com

Matt Hazelwood, Chief Commercial Officer for AGS Airports Ltd, which owns Glasgow Airport, said: ‘This announcement is welcome news and will provide even more choice for passengers between Scotland and England’s south coast.

‘I have no doubt the route will be popular with both business and leisure travellers taking advantage of Flybe’s competitive fares.’

The Southampton to Glasgow route will operate using one of flybe’s CO2-efficient De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 (Q400) aircraft with 78 seats. The flight will depart Southampton at 14:45 hours arriving Glasgow at 16:20 hours. On return, the flight will depart Glasgow at 16:55 and arriving at Southampton at 18:35 hours.

Southampton Airport announces two southern France services with flybe

Flybe has launched two summer routes to France from Southampton Airport.

The summer flights to Avignon and Toulon took off for the first time during the weekend. The routes will be operated on a 78-seater Bombardier Q400 – the quietest turboprop flying today that also boasts 30 percent lower emissions than similar capacity jet aircraft.

Dave Pflieger, Flybe’s CEO said: ‘We’re excited to be flying from Southampton with the start of flights to Belfast, as well as seasonal flights to Avignon and Toulon in France. Southampton represents Flybe’s commitment towards connecting regions and people with the places that matter most to them. Southampton will be an important airport for Flybe.’

Chris Tibbett, head of airline relations at Southampton Airport, said: ‘It was great to see these French regional routes take to the skies this weekend, giving holidaymakers in Hampshire a hassle free way to reach beautiful southern France, whether for the stunning Mediterranean coastline around Toulon or for the colourful lavender fields of Avignon. With the promise of a crisp glass of Cotes de Provence in the sunshine just a short flight away, we expect flights to be popular this summer.’

‘We are also thrilled to see further daily services introduced to Belfast City that will deliver greater choice and convenience for those looking to travel to Northern Ireland’s vibrant capital.’

The new routes come as flybe introduces daily flights to Belfast City on Thursday. Bookings to all the routes can be made at flybe.com.

Southampton Airport announces new Belfast City route with Emerald Airlines

Southampton Airport has announced the introduction of a brand new carrier as Emerald Airlines is starting a new service to Belfast City Airport.

Operating under the Aer Lingus Regional brand, Emerald Airlines will operate daily flights from July 7, linking Hampshire’s airport directly to the heart of the Northern Irish capital.

Christopher Tibbett, Head of Airline Relations for Southampton Airport said: ‘We are really pleased that Aer Lingus Regional partner Emerald Airlines will now operate flights to Belfast City.

‘The airport is just a five-minute journey from the city centre, which makes it the best option for business and leisure travellers looking for a speedy and convenient commute between the south coast and the Northern Irish Capital.’

Ciaran Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: ‘As the peak summer months are fast approaching, the launch of our Southampton services will provide those travelling to Belfast with even more choice when planning their holidays. When quick getaways are on the top of everyone’s mind, we are offering convenient timings and low fares, increasing connectivity to and from Northern Ireland.

‘We are extremely pleased with the feedback we have received since beginning our operations from Belfast City Airport and believe Southampton is another great new connection that will cater to both business and leisure travellers with direct, convenient and cost-effective flights to the Northern Irish capital.’

Aer Lingus Regional flights will be operated by the ATR72-600, the latest generation of turboprop aircraft that emit up to 40% less CO2 on short, regional flights.

Customers who book onto these routes operated by Emerald Airlines through www.ba.com or www.aerlingus.com can also earn and spend Avios and Tier points as part of British Airways’ Executive Club and Aer Lingus’ AerClub programme.

New Flybe to operate three routes from Southampton Airport for summer

Flybe Ltd, one of the UK’s newest airlines, will launch two summer routes to France and daily flights to Belfast from Southampton Airport.

Beginning July 28, Flybe will operate a twice-daily service to Belfast City Airport. The summer flights to Avignon and Toulon will operate once a week from July 23 and 24 respectively.

Flybe CEO, Dave Pflieger, said: ‘We are delighted to now be out for sale and starting service next month. We think our new flights will benefit everyone who wants low fares and more flights to go on holiday and visit loved ones. Our new network will also ensure better regional connectivity inside the UK and between various UK and EU regions.’

Pflieger added: ‘Our goal is to create an airline that people love, and we aim to do that by making air travel on Flybe an easy and enjoyable experience so you will fly with us again in the future. The new Flybe team has worked tirelessly over the past year to create an airline that delivers on price, schedule, and choice.’

Matt Hazelwood, Chief Commercial Officer of AGS Airports Ltd, which owns and operates Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, said: ‘The re-emergence of Flybe as an airline is welcome news for the industry and our passengers as we continue to rebuild the vital connectivity the regions we serve rely on.

‘We are pleased to see further daily services introduced to Belfast City that will deliver greater choice and convenience for those looking to travel to Northern Ireland’s capital, while weekly flights to Avignon and Toulon should prove popular with travellers heading to France this summer.’