Ryanair to launch four new Belfast routes for Summer 2023

Following its return to Belfast with the introduction of 12 new routes back in July, Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair is now launching four additional routes from the Northern Ireland capital for the spring and summer seasons.

The new flights will operate to Hungary, Wales, and Spain next year. Belfast International Airport was planned to be home to two Ryanair aircraft, but two more will soon join to cater to the growing route network.

Commenting on the Belfast expansion’s impact on further job creation of approximately 800 direct and indirect open vacancies in Belfast, Ryanair’s director of Digital & Marketing, Dara Brady, said ‘Every time we base an aircraft in an airport, it means it starts and finishes its stay there. That creates direct employment in terms of cabin crew and pilots, that’s over 60 direct jobs for those roles. We then have supporting staff and ground handling, airport staff, and then there’s the transfers and taxis to shops and hotels, a trickle-down effect of creating local jobs.’

A direct Ryanair flight, FR9597, will connect Northern Ireland and Hungary, currently scheduled to be twice-weekly on Mondays and Thursdays. Flights will commence on March 27, with airfare prices starting from £36.99 ($44.58).

The new route from Belfast to Cardiff will also operate on a twice-weekly schedule on Wednesdays and Saturdays, commencing on March 29, from £29.99 ($36.15).

Ryanair’s new Spanish connection from Belfast will operate direct flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays, commencing on March 29. Airfare prices will start from £31.99 ($38.56).

The fourth new route addition from Belfast International Airport will be another Spanish connection to Valencia, but it will only commence on May 4, operating once a week every Thursday. So far, the lowest airfare price for this route is £31.99 ($38.56).

easyJet launches over 23.5 million seats for spring 2017

easyJet, a leading European low-fares airline based in the UK, has announced the sale of flights for spring 2017 with a record number of flights and routes available for booking now, and travel in spring.

As per the new schedule, easyJet will operate more than 138,780 additional flights across its network between March 26 and June 25, 2017, providing seats for more than 23.5 million passengers. Of these, more than 16.1 million additional seats are now on sale to and from the UK alone on about 94,870 flights.

Seats are available for booking at www.easyjet.com, with routes including: Bristol to Vienna from £27.49, Belfast to Paris Charles de Gaulle from £26.49, Edinburgh to Amsterdam from £32.49, Manchester to Hamburg from £26.49, London Gatwick to Belfast from £28.49 and London Luton to Barcelona from £32.49. Fares are per person, one way, based on two people travelling on the same booking.

Sophie Dekkers, easyJet’s UK Director, said: ‘We’re really pleased to be putting our flights for spring 2017 on sale today, where our passengers can look forward to more low fares to their favourite European destinations. For those looking to jet off on holiday, we have a number of exciting destinations to choose from – whether you’re looking for a beach break or an active adventure, we really do have something for everyone.

‘Passengers travelling for business can also take advantage of our regular and convenient flight times to major city airports across our network.

‘We’re always looking to make travel as easy as possible for our passengers and our mobile app is designed to do just that. Passengers can search and book flights in a matter of seconds, and when it comes to payment, using Apple Pay is the fastest way to checkout.

‘Our app also enables passengers to get live flight tracking and updates direct from our Operations Control Centre, download their boarding passes straight to their mobile phone – and for those travelling from Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, London Gatwick and Newcastle, you’ll be able to get real-time, personalised notifications that directly inform you when you need to go to the gate or which baggage reclaim belt to head for.’

easyJet Holidays is also available for booking for the period between March 26 and June 25, 2017, with early booking discounts of GBP45 off bookings of five nights or more. easyJet holidays offers flexible package holidays to destinations including city breaks, beach and ski holidays.

easyJet has bases across 11 UK airports and flies more than 830 routes on its network across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The airline carries over 70 million passengers annually.

easyJet launches record flights and routes for Spring 2016

easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, has announced its Spring schedule for 2016 with a record number of flights and routes.

Over 136,000 additional flights will be introduced across easyJet’s network between March 21, 2016 and June 26, 2016 providing more than 22.5 million seats. Of these, more than 12.8 million additional seats are now on sale, at www.easyjet.com, to and from the UK on 77,900 flights.

Sophie Dekkers, easyJet’s UK Director, said: ‘We’re really pleased to be putting our spring flights for 2015 on sale today where our passengers can look forward to even more low fares to Europe’s best beach, city and ski destinations.

‘With our impressive route network our passengers really are spoilt for choice and will also benefit from easyJet’s friendly customer service and allocated seating. We’re also making travel easier for our passengers thanks to our mobile app, where passengers can search and book for flights, get live flight updates and download their boarding passes straight to their mobile phone.

‘For those who are looking for inspiration on where to go on their break, our Inspire Me app available on our website helps travellers to find flights tailored to their budget and travel dates.’

Customers are offered a number of routes to destinations such as Bristol to Barcelona from £22.24, Belfast to Amsterdam from £25.49, Inverness to Luton from £12.49, Southend to Malaga from £28.24, Gatwick to Copenhagen from £30.24, and Luton to Malaga from £30.24. Fares are per person, one way, based on two people travelling on the same booking.

easyJet also announced the sale of package holidays with a special offer of £40 per booking. The offer is valid for new holiday bookings of three nights or more, departing from March 21 to June 26, 2016 and booked by September 28, 2015.

The holiday packages that have gone on sale include: seven nights on an all-inclusive basis at the four star Isla Bonita in Costa Adeje, Tenerife – departing from Manchester on April 18, 2016 – starting from £321 per person, and three nights on a B&B basis at the three star Prague Centre Superior, departing from London Gatwick on May 9, 2016, starting from £129 per person.

Spring heatwave creates havoc for hay fever sufferers

The best spring weather for decades has resulted in one of the worst bouts of hay fever in recent years with sufferers creating extra high demand for relief sprays and medicines.

While the extra sunshine and lack of the traditional spring cold snaps have led to a 20-year record strawberry harvest the extra pollen being created has caused havoc for the UK’s estimated 10-11 million hay fever sufferers.

Since the beginning of March Tesco pharmacies have seen a 40 per cent increase on the same time last period year in sales of relief tablets and sprays.

Demand is overwhelmingly strong in the counties of Kent and Essex, and regionally in East Anglia, as well as the southern counties, the London area and then the Midlands.

Kent and Essex are by far the counties with the most sufferers seeking help with five towns each in the UK’s top 20 for buying the most relief remedies.

Said Tesco pharmacy spokeswoman Joy Wickham: “While most of us have been enjoying the warmest spring start for reportedly 20 years an average of one in six of the population are suffering hay fever.

“This is the earliest start to the hay fever season we have seen for a long time and it has meant that we have had to order in extra supplies in order to cope with the unexpected demand.

“Normally we wouldn’t start seeing demand grow until around the end of May.

“The south east seems to have got it the worst with demand particularly high in Kent and Essex. We are making sure all our pharmacies across the region are well stocked.”

What’s made this year particularly bad for sufferers is that the recent long dry spells have encouraged bees to make more pollen.

To make matters worse strong breezes during spring have helped spread the pollen easier and further than usual. Experts also believe that the winds have blown over large quantities of pollen from continental Europe.

Heather Champion is pictured in the Rose Garden, at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, as Pollen levels hit an all time high.

Sufferers normally start getting symptoms in May but this year demand for anti-hay fever cures has started in March, far earlier than in recent memory.

Hay fever

“Hay fever is a condition that causes the inside of the nose to become inflamed. It affects the sinuses, throat and eyes” said Tesco Superintendent Pharmacist Adrian Price. “The condition cannot be completely treated but there are a number of treatments available to treat the symptoms such as antihistamine tablets, nasal sprays, and eye drops.”