Jet2 announces largest winter sun programme yet from London Stansted

Jet2.com has launched its most extensive winter sun programme to date from London Stansted Airport, offering flights to 14 destinations across Europe and North Africa for the winter 2025/2026 season.

Holidaymakers can book flights and holidays to renowned hotspots such as the Canary Islands, Spain, Majorca, Portugal, Turkey, Malta, Cyprus, and Morocco, as Jet2.com’s winter sun programme goes on sale.

The programme features increased capacity to popular destinations such as Antalya, Faro, Madeira, Gran Canaria, and Palma, with over 55 weekly flights departing from London Stansted Airport during peak periods.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Our Winter 25/26 Sun programme represents our biggest programme to date, and we are very pleased to be putting 14 sunshine destinations on sale from London Stansted Airport. By launching our Winter Sun programme for 25/26 nice and early, we are giving holidaymakers the chance to book ahead and lock in their getaway, while spreading the cost. With more people than ever wanting to swap the cold and rain of the UK in winter for some sunshine, we are expecting this new programme to sell quickly. We are confident that our Winter 25/26 season will be a fantastic success, and we cannot wait to unveil more details of the exciting programme from London Stansted Airport very soon.’

Ciaran Brannigan, London Stansted’s Commercial Director, said: ‘We are delighted that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have added additional winter capacity for 25/26. These routes will no doubt prove extremely popular with passengers traveling from London and the East of England from London Stansted.’

The winter sun programme for 2025/2026 from London Stansted, including the peak number of flights per week:

* Tenerife (11)

* Lanzarote (7)

* Gran Canaria (5)

* Fuerteventura (5)

* Malaga (4)

* Alicante (4)

* Palma (3)

* Antalya (4)

* Faro (4)

* Madeira (3)

* Paphos (2)

* Malta (2)

* Marrakech (2)

* Agadir (2)

London Stansted gears up for busiest week of year so far amidst winter escapes

After a record-breaking January, London Stansted Airport braces for its busiest week of the year so far, as thousands of travellers prepare for the half-term holiday.

With the start of school holidays in the region, an estimated 360,000 passengers are set to depart over the next week from the airport, with families from the East of England seeking winter sun, skiing adventures, and cherished reunions.

Popular destinations for winter getaways include the Canary Islands, Southern Spain, Turkey, and Dubai, while skiing enthusiasts favour spots like Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble, Turin, Innsbruck, and Zurich.

Additionally, European city breaks to Edinburgh, Vienna, Amsterdam, Dublin, and Barcelona attract those opting for shorter trips. London Stansted advises passengers to arrive at the airport two to three hours before departure, follow hand luggage rules, and stay informed about potential travel disruptions.

Nick Millar, London Stansted’s Operations Director, said: ‘Our teams are looking forward to helping passengers get their trips off to the best possible start, but we do suggest a few simple steps that will ensure their journey is as seamless as possible.

‘We recommend that you check with your airline on when you need to arrive at the airport, which is normally two to three hours before departure, and to familiarise yourselves with hand luggage rules.

‘This includes the limits in place on liquids, gels and pastes, which must be placed in a clear plastic bag in containers under 100ml.

‘We also advise to plan your journey to the airport and check for travel disruption before setting off.’

London Stansted’s strong start to 2024, highlighted by its busiest January ever with 1.95 million passengers, paves the way for new routes launching in the coming months. Among these are Royal Jordanian’s service to Amman, British Airways flights to Nice, Florence, and Ibiza, as well as expansions from Ryanair, Jet2.com, and Sun Express.

London Stansted offers last-minute Valentine’s Day getaways across Europe

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, London Stansted Airport invites lovers to embark on spontaneous romantic adventures across Europe.

Whether craving a city break steeped in history or a tranquil retreat by the sea, there’s a destination to fulfil every couple’s dreams. With fares starting from £34 one way, there is still time to book an unforgettable Valentine’s Day celebration.

From the charming streets of Barcelona to the majestic views of Budapest, Europe offers an array of romantic destinations waiting to be explored. Couples can immerse themselves in the vibrant culture of Barcelona, with one-way fares starting at £57, or indulge in the thermal baths and scenic riverfront of Budapest, with flights from Stansted beginning at £63.

For those seeking a more exotic escape, Istanbul beckons with its iconic landmarks and enchanting ambiance. Direct flights from Stansted to Istanbul start at £66, offering couples the chance to create timeless memories in this captivating city.

Alternatively, adventurous souls can venture to Madeira, where breathtaking sunsets and tropical landscapes await. Direct flights from Stansted to Madeira start at £100, promising a romantic getaway filled with adventure and relaxation.

From the historic streets of Rome to the picturesque canals of Venice, Europe boasts an array of romantic cities waiting to be explored. With fares starting at £52 and £86 respectively, Rome and Venice offer couples the chance to immerse themselves in the romance of these iconic destinations.

London Stansted announces exciting new flight routes for 2024

London Stansted Airport is set to enhance its route network with the introduction of 12 new services in 2024.

As one of the UK’s leading airports serving European destinations, Stansted continues to strengthen its reach, covering over 190 destinations across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. The newly announced routes and services include:

Amman, Jordan – Royal Jordanian Airlines, a member of the oneworld Alliance, including British Airways, is set to launch a new route to Amman, Jordan’s capital, starting March 3. The airline will operate three weekly flights initially, increasing to four during peak summer. Fares from London start at £257, with flights departing mid-afternoon and arriving in Amman at 10.35 pm.

Nice, Florence, and Ibiza – British Airways will introduce weekend flights to three popular holiday destinations – Nice, Florence, and Ibiza – starting May 18. Operated by BA CityFlyer, flights will be available from £36 to Ibiza, £41 to Florence, and £43 to Nice. The services will use Embraer 190 aircraft with Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins.

Antalya, Adana, and Gaziantep – Sun Express, a joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, will expand its services to major Turkish cities, including Antalya, Adana, and Gaziantep. The airline, already a popular choice for flights to Turkey from Stansted, continues to enhance its offerings with over 70 weekly flights to various Turkish destinations.

Agadir, Marrakech, and Tivat – Jet2 will introduce new flights and holiday packages to Morocco from October. The airline will operate twice-weekly flights to Agadir and Marrakech. Additionally, Tivat in Montenegro will become a new route for the airport starting this summer.

Dubrovnik and Sarajevo – Ryanair is expanding its network with the addition of Sarajevo and the opening of a new base at Dubrovnik. Starting in April, Ryanair will operate a six-times-a-week service to Sarajevo, while daily flights to Dubrovnik will commence in the same month.

The new routes aim to cater to diverse travel preferences, providing more options for passengers departing from London Stansted. Travelers can stay updated and book flights on the respective airline websites.

Jet2 commences new services to Athens and Rome from Stansted

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks, the UK-based leisure airline and operator, recently announced the launch of two brand-new city break destinations from London Stansted Airport, with the first flights to the historic cities of Athens and Rome departing on March 30.

The launch marks the start of city breaks to Europe including these ancient cities for Summer 23 to the end of November. Twice weekly services (Thursday and Sunday) will operate to Athens from London Stansted Airport until November 26, while four weekly services (Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday) are available to Rome until November 27.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to see our first flights from London Stansted to Athens and Rome take off today. Feedback from customers and independent travel agents in the South East has been telling us that flights and holidays to Greece and Italy are very much in demand for Summer 23, and we know that Athens and Rome are destinations that customers in the region want to get to. Since putting services on sale to these two destinations from London Stansted Airport, local customers and independent travel agents have been booking getaways to the city break hotspots in their numbers. With 42 sun and city destinations on sale this summer from the base, we pleased to be offering an unrivalled flying programme for Summer 23. As the UK’s largest tour operator, we are giving customers and independent travel agents unrivalled choice when it comes to enjoying a holiday this summer.’

Ciaran Brannigan, London Stansted’s Commercial Director, said: ‘The launch of new flights to the ancient cities of Athens and Rome are fantastic additions to the extensive range of sun and city destinations already on offer from Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks at London Stansted. These services are proving to be extremely popular with passengers from across the East of England and London, and I’m sure demand will increase as more and more people choose to head-off to these amazing cities from their local airport this summer.’

When travelling to Athens or Rome, customers can choose from a flight-only with Jet2.com, or a package option with Jet2CityBreaks available for a £60 per person deposit. Package options with Jet2CityBreaks include flights with Jet2.com including 22kg free hold luggage and 10kg cabin baggage, as well as a choice of hotels.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are operating their biggest ever summer programme from the base in 2023. To support the programme, Jet2 has increased its fleet at Stansted this summer. With the addition of a 15th based aircraft, the companies will operate over 225 weekly flights from London Stansted Airport in Summer 23 and over 2.1 million seats on sale – a capacity increase of more than 10 percent compared to Summer 22.

Emirates restarts flights from London Stansted

Emirates has said that it has resumed services to London Stansted (STN), serving its third London gateway with a daily flight.

The airline has advanced plans to increase capacity from five-weekly services to a daily flight, starting August 1. With the return of services to Stansted, Emirates has strengthened its operations to London with nine daily flights, including six daily flights to Heathrow and a double daily flight to Gatwick.

London Stansted will be served by Emirates’ wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with its ‘Game Changer’ First Class product. Emirates flight EK65 will depart Dubai at 08:50hrs and arrive in London Stansted at 13:30hrs local time. The return flight, EK68 will depart London Stansted at 21:10hrs and arrive in Dubai at 7:10hrs local time, the following day.

‘The daily service will offer customers in East and Southeast UK more travel options, flexibility, and convenience when travelling with Emirates to more than 130 destinations, via Dubai,’ the airline said.

‘The airline also offers its customers an unmatched culinary experience in the skies with regionally inspired meals and a wide selection of premium beverages. Customers can sit back and relax with more than 5,000 channels of carefully curated global entertainment content featuring movies, TV shows, music, podcasts, games, audiobooks and more with ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system,’ it added.

Emirates currently serves seven gateways in the UK. By October 2022, the airline will be serving the country with 110 weekly flights, including: six times daily to London Heathrow; daily service to London Stansted; double daily A380 service to Gatwick; three times daily to Manchester, including a double daily A380 service (starting October 1, 2022); double daily service to Birmingham; five weekly flights to Newcastle; and a daily service to Glasgow.

The airline is also currently serving London Gatwick with three daily flights until August 3, 2022. The added frequency is serving customer demand and accommodating passengers affected by capacity adjustments on flights from London Heathrow.

Jet2 expands services to Dalaman from London Stansted Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK leisure and holiday operator, has announced the expansion of flight services and package holidays to Dalaman from London Stansted Airport as the companies celebrate five years of service on the route.

When Jet2.com and Jet2holidays first launched flights and holidays to Dalaman from London Stansted Airport, the companies operated up to two weekly flights from the base to the Turkish sunshine.

With demand for flights and holidays to Dalaman increasing, Jet2.com and Jet2holiays have since expanded their Dalaman programme from London Stansted Airport to up to 12 weekly flights for Summer 22, with daily flights available and twice-daily services on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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 Dalaman from London Stansted Airport today. During this time, Dalaman has proved extremely popular, and we have seen strong demand from customers and independent travel agents in the South West looking to enjoy this Turkish hotspot. To meet with this demand, we have continued to expand our offering and have a huge programme on sale to Dalaman from London Stansted for Summer 22, giving customers and independent travel agents unrivalled choice when it comes to enjoying a holiday with our award-winning airline and tour operator. 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 are extremely proud to have reached this important milestone and look forward to continuing to take many more happy holidaymakers to this destination for years to come.’

With the expansion, Jet2 has over 110,000 seats on sale for Summer 22 from London Stansted Airport to Dalaman, representing a capacity increase of over 1,000 percent compared to Summer 2017.

In addition to a choice of thousands of 2-5 star hotels through Jet2holidays, customers can take advantage of tens of thousands of Free Child Places this summer. The company has recently added a Free Child Place onto every single flight departing from the UK in June, July and August 2022.

Emirates will resume flights between Dubai and London Stansted in August 2022

Emirates is set to resume flights between Dubai and London Stansted in August 2022.

This will be the first time Emirates flies from Stansted since pausing operations from the airport in March 2020 following the pandemic.

Initially, the airline will start with a five-weekly service, before increasing to a daily service from September 1.

Operations will resume using a wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with an evening flight, with EK065 departing at 21:10 and arriving at Dubai International (DXB) at 07:10 the following day. Returning to the UK, EK068 will leave Dubai at 08:50, arriving in Stansted at 13:30 (all times are local).

Steve Griffiths, London Stansted’s Managing Director, said: ‘The return of Emirates flights between Dubai and London Stansted is wonderful news and demonstrates the renewed confidence among airlines and passengers as we recover from the pandemic.

‘The route is of huge importance to London and the East of England, providing a vital link between the two destinations and beyond, thanks to the airline’s extensive onward network.’

Richard Jewsbury, Emirates Divisional Vice President in the UK, said: ‘Stansted is a key hub for Emirates in the East and South East of the UK and resuming operations will offer better connectivity to businesses and communities in the region while also boosting the UK economy through scaled-up inbound travel and additional cargo capacity.

‘The UK is Emirates’ most important international market and bookings have continued to surge with the further easing of travel restrictions.

‘We look forward to welcoming more people on board our premium Boeing 777-300ER aircraft later this year.’

London Stansted Airport unveils new Covid-19 testing facility

London Stansted Airport has said that it has launched a new Covid-19 testing facility, as part of a move by its parent company, Manchester Airports Group (MAG).

Accordingly, a full range of tests – RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, Rapid Antigen and Antibody – will be available to all passengers in a new facility inside the main terminal building. They will be delivered in partnership with airport services and travel medical provider, Collinson.

MAG, the UK’s largest airport group, also became the first operator to give its passengers the chance to book discounted pre-flight testing appointments on the high street at selected Boots UK stores.

Boots offers an in-store RT-PCR Covid-19 testing service, which returns results within 48 hours from more than 50 stores across the UK, specifically for customers who do not suspect they have Covid-19. MAG passengers will be able to access a five percent discount through the airport’s website. Airport testing prices through Collinson start at £40 for Antibody tests, £50 for Antigen tests, £79 for RT-LAMP tests and £99 for RT-PCR tests.

Steve Griffiths, Managing Director, London Stansted, said, ‘As England emerges from a ban on international travel, we know our passengers are keen to start flying again, but many of Stansted’s most popular destinations require a negative test before you arrive in the country.

This new facility will make the process of showing you’re infection-free when booking a holiday as easy and cost-effective as possible in the current circumstances. Our new booking portal makes it easy to select the right test for your destination, and at the location that is most convenient for you.

This also means Stansted is perfectly placed to support the introduction of a UK arrivals testing regime, which will enable travellers to reduce the length of time they need to self-isolate if they test negative.

Subject to the relevant tests securing government approval, this could free people from quarantine after just five days. This is the latest example of MAG leading the way as we look to work with Government and the rest of our industry to get Britain flying again.’

While some governments allow pre-departure tests in order to shorten or completely alleviate quarantine requirements in the destination country, others require them in order to gain entry. Passengers will also be able to book the tests they need to shorten their self-isolation period upon return under the UK Government’s ‘Test to Release’ scheme. The scheme, announced last week, will launch on December 15 and allow travellers arriving from higher risk countries to reduce their period of quarantine by taking a test five days after they arrive in the UK.

MAG’s testing services are the first to be offered by an airport group at multiple locations across the country. The service will cater for both outbound and inbound testing, and adapt as Government travel requirements change.

Ryanair announces new route to Oradea, Romania from London Stansted

Ryanair, the Irish low fares airline, has announced a new London Stansted route to Oradea in Romania, with a twice weekly service commencing in December 2020, as part of Ryanair’s London Stansted Winter 2020 and Summer 2021 schedules.

British consumers and visitors can now book a getaway to Oradea until October 2021.

Alongside the announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from £14.99, for travel until the end of January, which must be booked by midnight Thursday (October 1) on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s Director of Commercial Jason Mc Guinness said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to launch a new London Stansted route to Oradea (Romania), commencing in December, which will operate twice weekly as part of our London Stansted Winter 2020 and Summer 2021 schedules. Customers in London can now book flights to Oradea as far out as October 2021.

‘To celebrate this new Oradea route, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from just £14.99, for travel until the end of January 2021, which must be booked by midnight Thursday (1 Oct). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Last week, Ryanair announced that it will open a new base at Paris Beauvais, from December 3, 2020, with two based aircraft and 32 routes, including one from Manchester.