Jet2holidays introduces Formentera for Summer 2024

Jet2holidays, the UK-based tour operator, has announced the latest addition to its Summer 24 programme: Formentera, Spain.

Formentera, the southernmost gem of the Balearic islands, is renowned for its unspoiled beaches and crystalline waters. Holidaymakers can choose from a variety of resorts, including Platja de Migjorn and Es Pujols, each offering an array of experience-based activities, such as water sports, snorkelling, diving, and boat trips. For those seeking a more relaxed pace, bike and scooter rentals are available. The island’s enchanting salt flats provide scenic cycling routes, and despite its modest dimensions-20km in length and 2km at its narrowest point-Formentera offers breathtaking vistas and secluded coves.

The eagerly anticipated holiday programme is now available for booking, with multiple weekly departures from 11 major UK airports: Belfast International, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool John Lennon, London Stansted, Manchester, and Newcastle International. The holidays are scheduled to operate from May 16 through to October 5.

Jet2holidays packages include Jet2.com flights to Ibiza airport, 22kg baggage allowance, complimentary child places, and transfers, by securing a booking deposit of GBP60 per person.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are incredibly excited to be launching packages to Formentera for Summer 24. As well as giving customers the opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved summer holiday, the unspoilt island is a peaceful paradise and one of the most idyllic destinations in the Balearics.’

He added: ‘As well as experiencing strong demand for last-minute Summer 23 getaways, we are also seeing customers wanting to book ahead for next summer and the Balearics are proving popular. This expansion further strengthens our biggest ever summer programme as we continue to offer customers and independent travel agents unrivalled choice and flexibility, thanks to the launch of Formentera. We know that it will be a popular destination as customers look to escape the UK and enjoy some much-needed summer sun.’

With this expansion, Jet2holidays extends its reach to encompass well over 550 beach and city resorts, spanning across 60 destinations for the Summer 24 season.

easyjet announces relaunch of route to Alicante from London Southend Airport

Flights and package holidays to the popular Costa Blanca hotspot will now be available for customers flying from London Southend. The route is set to resume operation from October 29, 2023, with flights scheduled twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights for this route are available for booking on the easyJet website and mobile app, with fares starting from £22.99.

This new addition makes Alicante the seventh destination served by easyJet from London Southend.

Alicante, often referred to as the ‘City of the Sun,’ boasts an impressive 349 hours of sun on average each month, making it one of the sunniest cities in Europe. This makes it an attractive year-round destination for travellers. The city offers a mix of experiences, from exploring the historic old town with its narrow streets to enjoying its vibrant nightlife, restaurants, and the sunny Mediterranean coastline.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are really pleased to be announcing another route from London Southend to Alicante today, providing our customers in the South East with even more choice to visit one of Europe’s best-loved beach destinations that we know will prove popular throughout the year. With flights and package holidays on sale today, now is a great time to book early to get the best fares and we can’t wait to welcome more customers on board from this winter.’

John Upton, London Southend Airport CEO, said: ‘We are excited, delighted and extremely proud to be able to deliver flights to Alicante for our passengers this winter; restarting our most profitable and popular route from 29th October , and opening the door for passengers in Essex, east London and southeast of England to explore yet another area of Spain with our airline partner, easyJet. I look forward to welcoming friends and families back to London Southend as we celebrate this milestone in the coming weeks with the return of their favourite destination.’

The relaunched route to Alicante is offered as part of easyJet holidays. Packages for this route start at £375 per person and include flights, hotel accommodations, and 23kg of luggage allowance.

Ryanair announces Summer 2023 schedule for Liverpool

Ryanair, the UK regional airline, has announced its new Liverpool schedule for Summer 2023, with 31 routes including four new sunshine destinations like Ibiza, Madrid, and Rome.

In addition, the Ireland-based airline has increased frequencies on seven of Ryanair’s most popular Liverpool routes, viz. Alicante, Cork, Dublin, Knock, Paris, Reus and Tenerife. The Summer ’23 schedule will see Ryanair base one new aircraft in Liverpool for Summer 2023.

With this, Ryanair will operate over 255 weekly flights to/from Liverpool this summer, offering its Liverpool customers low fares and increased choice when booking their Summer 2023 getaways.

Ryanair’s Dara Brady said: ‘As the UK’s no.1 airline for low fares and reliability, Ryanair is pleased to announce our new Liverpool schedule for Summer 2023, with 4 exciting new routes to Ibiza, Madrid, Rome Ciampino & Shannon, offering Liverpool customers/visitors even more choice for their summer holidays at the lowest fares in Europe.

This new 2023 schedule will see the addition of one new based aircraft (4 total), representing another $100m investment in Liverpool Airport ($400m total) and supporting over 120 highly paid pilot and crew jobs, as Ryanair continues to deliver more traffic, connectivity, and lower fares than any other airline for the UK.

However, if we are to continue to grow and to drive recovery and connectivity to the UK, Prime Minister Sunak must immediately scrap APD in full for all travel (not just domestic travel) and provide incentives for airlines like Ryanair to stimulate growth and recovery for the UK and its regions, such as Liverpool.’

Paul Winfield, Director of Aviation Development for Liverpool John Lennon Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome these new services from Ryanair for summer 2023, giving passengers from across the North West and North Wales a wider range of destinations to reach from the region’s Faster, Easier, Friendlier Airport. The addition of a fourth based aircraft in Liverpool for summer 2023 is a sign of Ryanair’s confidence in the market from Liverpool and we look forward to expanding our range of destinations with the carrier in the future.’

Ryanair expands services to Ireland and Spain from Cardiff Airport for summer 2023

Ryanair has announced that it will be offering more flights to Ireland and Spain from Cardiff Airport next summer.

The Irish low-fares airline will offer daily flights to Dublin, as well as extend the service between Cardiff and Malaga to operate all summer from April until October. This expansion is in addition to Ryanair’s year-round flights to Faro from Cardiff.

While Dublin offers various popular tourist attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Temple Bar, Malahide Castle and Gardens or the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Alternative Dublin City team take travellers on events, walking tours, art classes, photo walks and local parties. Further attractions include Ticknock Fairy Castle Loop, the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History or the National Botanical Gardens.

Malaga has a rich cultural heritage for tourists with around 30 museums, besides beautiful beaches, trendy hotels and restaurants. Meanwhile, Faro is popular with travellers seeking sun, sea and surf, as well as those looking for activities, with championship golf courses, coastal walks, diving opportunities and nightlife.

‘Ryanair offered extra Dublin frequencies over this last summer which sold well, giving the airline the confidence to commit to a daily flight for next summer,’ said Marc Watkins, Aviation Development Manager, Cardiff Airport. ‘Responding to strong passenger demand from Cardiff with the extra Malaga flights being added during September and October next year, thousands more travellers will be able to fly to Spain’s Costa del Sol in 2023. After launching winter flights to Faro last month, we are really happy that Ryanair is continuing its commitment to this Portuguese hot-spot again next summer.’

Under the Summer 23 schedule, Ryanair will operate daily services to Dublin, on Tuesday and Saturday to Malaga, and on Friday and Sunday to Faro.

Ryanair commences direct services to Barcelona from Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle International Airport has said that Ryanair has commenced direct flights from Newcastle to Barcelona, Spain, starting November 1.

The Irish low-cost airline will operate twice weekly to this popular sun and city break destination.

The new Spanish route adds another destination for Ryanair at the North Eastern airport. The airline currently operates flights to many European destinations, including Milan, Riga, Cork and Krakow.

Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and known for Gaudi and other Art Nouveau architecture, Barcelona offers a wide range of leisure options and showcases new trends in the world of culture, fashion and cuisine.

Leon McQuaid, Director of Aviation Development, said: ‘I am delighted that Ryanair have added Barcelona to their portfolio. Ryanair now serve 22 sun and city destinations from Newcastle International Airport, which include popular destinations such as Wroclaw, Fuerteventura, Malaga and Gran Canaria.

‘The airline has reacted to feedback from the North East travelling public for the route to be restored, and we have had an excellent response to the announcement.

‘This investment represents the airlines confidence in the North East’s largest Airport and commitment to providing even more choice for passengers in the region. We look forward to welcoming even more Ryanair passengers through our doors this winter.’

‘As the UK’s most reliable airline, Ryanair is delighted to officially launch the Winter’22 flight from Newcastle to Barcelona,’ a Ryanair Spokesperson said. Flights to Barcelona, Spain, from Newcastle International are on sale now at www.ryanair.com.

Earlier this year, Ryanair opened its new base at Newcastle International.

Bournemouth Airport launches summer holiday season with nine sunshine destinations

Bournemouth Airport has announced the launch of its holiday season with nine sunshine destinations restarting during May.

TUI, the airport’s largest operator, has just launched its summer season with plenty of choice for sunshine getaways. TUI has commenced services to Greece and Spain including Crete (May 1), Corfu and Zante (May 2), Kefalonia (May 3), Menorca (May 4) and Rhodes (May 7). Later this month TUI starts flights to Ibiza (May 26) and Antalya (May 27) and Dalaman (May 30) in Turkey. Bournemouth Airport is offering a total of 33 destinations in 16 countries in 2022/23.

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘This week really does mark the start of the holiday season for us and we’re delighted that TUI is once again offering such a diverse range of destinations from Bournemouth.

‘Passengers have an excellent choice available from their local airport and we’re already seeing many bookings back to pre-pandemic levels and in some cases even better. We’re looking forward to a busy 2022 and can’t wait to welcome passengers back.’

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning at TUI said: ‘We’re delighted to begin our summer 2022 programme to customers’ favourite holiday hotspots from Bournemouth Airport. We remain committed to offering our customers as much choice and flexibility from regional airports when it comes to our great range of holidays. We know that many of our customers haven’t been overseas for more than two years and can’t we wait to take them on their well-deserved holidays.’

The full list of destinations available from Bournemouth Airport in 2022/23 include: Cyprus: Paphos; Croatia: Zadar (new for 2022); France: Bergerac; Greece: Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes, Zante; Hungary: Budapest (new for 2022); Ireland: Dublin; Lapland: Enontekio, Ivalo, Pajala; Malta (new for 2022); Poland: Krakow, Wroclaw (new for 2022); Portugal: Faro; Spain: Alicante, Girona, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Murcia, Tenerife; Switzerland: Geneva; Turkey: Antalya, Dalaman; and special departures to: Barbados (fly/cruise), Fjords (fly/cruise), Bergamo (Italian Lakes), Arctic Circle.

Jet2 announces Summer 2022 services to Costa de Almeria

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the leisure airline tour operator, has said that it will operate to Costa de Almeria from four of its UK bases for Summer 22 – Birmingham, Bristol (new and exclusive route), Leeds Bradford and Manchester Airports, offering up to seven weekly flights during peak periods.

The announcement comes as Jet2 is celebrating five years since it started operating leisure flights and package holidays to Costa de Almeria. The airline started operating to the popular holiday hotspot from Edinburgh Airport on April 27, 2017.

With its pristine coast, Costa de Almeria boasts spaghetti-western landscapes, natural parks, and crowd-free beaches. Holidaymakers can enjoy the flagship resort of Roquetas de Mar, with its string of golden sands, or Mojacar’s Blue Flag strips and whitewashed cobbles.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays offers customers and independent travel agents ample choice and flexibility when it comes to booking and travelling and on ATOL package holidays to the Spanish destination this summer. As part of the Summer 22 programme to Costa de Almeria, Jet2 will operate up to two weekly services (Tuesday and Saturday) from Birmingham until October 29 and weekly Saturday services from Leeds Bradford from May 7 to October 29, 2022.

For Summer 22, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will launch a brand-new and exclusive route from Bristol, offering weekly Wednesday services to the Spanish destination from June 1 to October 26. In addition, the company will offer up to two weekly flights (Tuesday and Saturday) to Manchester from April 30 to May 21 and September 27 to October 29. This increases to up to three weekly flights (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) from May 24 to September 24.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to be celebrating five years of operating our award-winning flights and package holidays to Costa de Almeria today and are proud to have reached such an important milestone. Over the last five years, this destination has proved extremely popular. As such, we have seen strong demand for our flights and ATOL protected package holidays from customers looking to reach this Spanish hotspot. In addition to looking back over the years, we are also using today’s celebrations as an opportunity to look towards the future with confidence and positivity. We look forward to continuing to take many more happy holidaymakers to this destination for years to come.’

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 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.

Brittany Ferries sails from Plymouth to Spain after eight-month layoff

After an eight-month layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brittany Ferries has finally sailed to Spain from Millbay Docks in Plymouth.

The first ferry left Millbay at 4:45pm on Sunday, June 6, with 807 passengers, 180 crew members and 421 vehicles making the voyage, before arriving in Santander at around 2pm on Monday afternoon.

The trip was undertaken by the company’s flagship ferry boat, the Pont-Aven, with spirits said to have been high among passengers and crew.

A Brittany Ferries spokesperson said: ‘It’s an exciting day here on the port. The sun is shining and it’s full of happy customers who are excited to be going on their holidays. There’s a real sense of normality in the air, as well as a sense of summer which has been much needed.’

At full capacity, the Pont-Aven can accommodate 2,400 passengers, 650 cars and has a total of 650 cabins, but in order to meet health requirements, the number of passengers allowed on board has been significantly reduced. Self-service restaurants have replaced A La Carte services and the main bars on all ships will not be open due to a change in the French government’s guidance.

While the sailing was seen as a step towards normality, passengers must still adhere to a number of Covid guidelines, including the wearing of masks, social distancing and utilising sanitising stations on deck. The ferry boat’s shops cinemas, playrooms and video games rooms have now opened with limited capacity, and with some on-board entertainment also now available.