London Stansted asks passengers to wear face coverings

London Stansted is urging passengers travelling through London Stansted to cover their faces and wear gloves.

The airport’s owner, Manchester Airports Group (MAG), has issued the new guidance and is trialling the measures across its other airports, Manchester and East Midlands. The move makes these airports the first in the UK to ask their passengers to wear face coverings.

The move is aimed at ensuring that the limited number of passengers currently making essential journeys through its airports feels safer and confident about flying. It will also provide a further level of protection to colleagues working at the airport. The pilot scheme will provide valuable feedback and set a path towards a new minimum standard for safe international travel.

Passengers are urged to bring their own gloves and face coverings or face masks to the airport. However, in the early stages of the pilot, for those arriving without, gloves and masks will be provided that can be worn throughout passengers’ time at the airport. London Stansted will also be conducting some limited temperature screening trials over the next few weeks. Initially, during this trial phase, this will be to test equipment and results will not be communicated to passengers or used to decide whether a passenger can travel.

MAG is planning to ask all passengers to make a health declaration in order to enter its airports and will give passengers sufficient notice of any such trials.

London Stansted Chief Operating Officer, Steve Griffiths, said: ‘It’s clear that social distancing will not work on any form of public transport. But we’re confident that when the time is right, people will be able to travel safely.

‘Here at London Stansted, we’ve been working hard with our two sister airports and the rest of the industry on a new safety framework for travel. We now need to work urgently with Government to agree how we operate in the future. This has to be a top priority so that people can be confident about flying, and to get tourism and travel going again.

‘ We have taken expert medical advice on how people can travel safely, and we’re pleased to be piloting these new measures at our airports for those passengers who do still need to travel. We expect to be able to agree a new framework by the end of May that will support a restart of the industry as soon as possible.’

London Stansted announces new Air Senegal service to Dakar

London Stansted has announced the launch of UK’s only direct service to the Senegalese capital, Dakar, by Air Senegal starting this summer.

Dakar is the latest destination recently announced by Stansted, after Mumbai, Tel Aviv, Amritsar, Istanbul and Reykjavik. The city known for its long-distance rally, Dakar is located on the Cape-Vert peninsula on the Atlantic coast and is the westernmost city on the African mainland.

Air Senegal is set to operate its first ever UK service from London Stansted, and will operate three flights a week starting on June 26. Operating on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, flights will leave Stansted at 7.50am, arriving at Dakar’s Blaise Diagne International Airport at 2.05pm. On the return they depart Dakar at 12.15am and arrive at Stansted at 6.25am.

The route will also benefit the 400,000 people in London Stansted’s catchment area who currently travel to Dakar and other key African cities from other UK airports. The flight times will also allow passengers to connect to several countries across Africa, including the Gambia, Sierra Leone, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Mali, Republic of Guinea and Nigeria.

London Stansted’s Chief Commercial Officer, Aboudy Nasser, said: ‘We are delighted that Air Senegal has chosen London Stansted for their first and only direct service from the UK to Dakar. It’s another new long-haul destination to add to London Stansted’s departure boards which will connect people and businesses from the region to a new and important market.

‘We know that 400,000 people in London Stansted’s catchment area currently travel to Dakar and other key African cities every year from other UK airports, so this new service will not only provide greater choice but help cut down unnecessary journeys.

Air Senegal will use an Airbus A321 on the route offering economy seats and fully reclining flat beds in business class. The flight will also provide people and businesses the opportunity to connect onto flights to several countries across Africa via its Dakar hub, including the Gambia, Sierra Leone, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Mali, Republic of Guinea and Nigeria.

Air India commences new services to Mumbai from London Stansted

Air India has commenced its second long-haul route from London Stansted with the launch of its new three-times a week service to Mumbai, India.

The new Mumbai service is the first ever direct link from London Stansted to India’s largest city, which is considered the financial and entertainment capital of the country. The Indian airline launched its Amritsar route four months ago – a popular route with passengers from across London and the east of England.

Aboudy Nasser, London Stansted’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘The launch of Air India’s new service to Mumbai is a fantastic addition to London Stansted’s route network and a real vote of confidence in the airport and the catchment area we serve coming less than four months after the airline joined us for its inaugural service to Amritsar.

‘Already 200,00 people travel to India’s economic hub from our region every year, so with the added convenience of flying from their local airport saving valuable time and money by avoiding other London airports, we expect this service to be very popular with passengers as we continue to build our successful and growing relationship with Air India at London Stansted.’

‘This is great news for me personally and for the team at o2h Ventures. Flying to Mumbai previously meant travelling from other UK airports but the new direct service from Stansted will save us several hours commuting time. Mumbai is rated amongst the top 10 centres for commerce and is known as the commercial capital of India so I’m confident the new route will help facilitate business opportunities for companies in both countries,’ said Sunil Shah CEO of o2h ventures, a leading investment firm based in Cambridge

The new Mumbai route will be served by a 256-seat Boeing 787 Dreamliner and will initially operate until the end of the winter flight schedule.

London Stansted Airport has further announced plans for new charging points for passengers’ electric vehicles and additional investment into facilities that support the airport’s public transport usage. Under the plan, up to 13 high-speed electric charging points will be installed at a new charging station on Thremhall Avenue later this year. The airport will also soon introduce charging points into its Meet and Greet car parks.

Jet2 announces 100,000 more seats at London Stansted for Summer 2019

The UK-based flight and holiday company, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, has recently said that it will add an extra aircraft and put another 100,000 seats on sale for Summer 19 from London Stansted, following increased demand for its package holidays from customers in the South and South East of England.

The addition of a new aircraft will increase the seat capacity at London Stansted next summer to over 1.85 million, an increase of 24% on Summer 2018. With the latest expansion, Jet2.com will now operate 12 aircraft from London Stansted next summer.

Jet2 will operate to 36 sun and city destinations in Summer 2019, and the additional capacity means more flights and holidays to popular destinations including Cyprus, Turkey, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Portugal and Mainland Spain.

The new additions include daily services to both Larnaca and Paphos in Cyprus; up to 20 weekly services to Turkey, including daily flights to Antalya and Dalaman as well as four weekly services to Bodrum and two to Izmir; Nearly 30 weekly flights to Canary Islands, including daily and double-daily services to Lanzarote and Tenerife, as well as five weekly services to Gran Canaria and three weekly services to Fuerteventura; almost 60 weekly flights in total to mainland Spain and Balearic Islands, including daily and double-daily services to Alicante, Ibiza, Malaga, Menorca and Majorca, and over 30 weekly services to eight Greek destinations of Crete (Heraklion and Chania), Corfu, Rhodes, Kefalonia, Zante, Halkidiki and Kos.

In addition, Jet2 will be the only operator to Madeira from London Stansted with weekly services increased to four, while the number of services to Faro, Portugal has been increased to 12 per week.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘This is great news for customers in the South and South East of England who are looking to enjoy a great value package holiday in the sunshine next summer.

‘Continued demand means we are adding extra aircraft and increasing capacity by over 100,000 seats, giving local holidaymakers even more choice and flexibility with our award-winning airline and package holiday business. As the leading tour operator out of London Stansted, we are delighted to be adding more choice to a number of fantastic destinations including Turkey, Cyprus, Greece and Spain.’

Ryanair announces new London Stansted – Dole route; launches Dublin-Dalaman service

To celebrate the new route, Ryanair has released seats on the new London Stansted-Dole route, available to book with fares starting from £19.99 for travel until October 2018. The fares are available for booking until midnight Saturday, June 30, it said. Ryanair’s London Stansted Winter 2018 schedule includes 124 routes in total, with three other new routes to Belfast, Edinburgh and Nantes.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said, ‘Ryanair is pleased to announce a new London Stansted to Dole route commencing in December 2018, which will operate once weekly as part of our Winter 2018 schedule. Customers can now book their trip to Dole as far out as March 2019 getting to the slopes on the lowest fares this winter.’

London Stansted’s Mark Davison said: ‘It’s great news that Ryanair is adding another new service to its extensive route network already available from London Stansted. Dole is an exciting new destination which I’m sure will prove to be very popular with passengers looking for even more choice when heading off to France.’

In addition, Ryanair also announced the launch of its new weekly Dublin service to Dalaman, Turkey. With the new destination, Ryanair’s Dublin summer 2018 schedule offers 90 routes in total, including five other new routes to Marrakesh, Munich, Naples, Stuttgart and Paphos.

In launching the new Dalaman route and the summer 2018 season, Ryanair has released seats for sale from Dublin available for travel until the end of October. Dublin Airport’s Siobhan O’Donnell commented, ‘Ryanair operates to 90 destinations from Dublin Airport and we are delighted to see its route network go from strength to strength with the addition of Dalaman. Turkey is a hugely popular destination for Irish people, so we have no doubt this new route will be a great success.’

Ryanair announces two new routes from London Stansted to Ukraine from October

Ryanair, the Irish low fares airline, has announced the launch of two new routes from London Stansted to Kiev and Lviv as the airline plans to commence a service to Ukraine.

These new services will commence from the end of October, as part of Ryanair’s new winter 2018 schedule. The new London Stansted-Kiev route will operate five times weekly, while the London Stansted – Lviv route will operate thrice weekly.

The new Ukrainian routes are now on sale on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s Chiara Ravara said: ‘We are pleased to launch these two new routes from London Stansted to Kiev and Lviv in Ukraine, our 36th country. These new services will operate from the end of October, as part of our Winter 2018 schedule.

Seats from £19.99 are already on sale on Ryanair.com, and UK consumers and visitors can look forward to even lower fares and the latest “Always Getting Better” improvements including reduced checked-in bag fees, Ryanair Rooms with Travel Credit, connecting flights at Rome, Milan and Porto, and Ryanair Transfers.’

The new London Stansted routes are part of the 15 new Ryanair routes from Kiev and Lviv starting in October 2018. As per the plan, Ryanair will deliver 800,000 customers p.a. at two major Ukraine airports with 10 new Kiev routes to Barcelona, Bratislava, Gdansk, Krakow, London Stansted, Poznan, Stockholm, Vilnius, Warsaw and Wroclaw and five new Lviv routes to Dusseldorf, Krakow, London Stansted, Memmingen and Warsaw, the airline said.

In addition, Ryanair has recently announced the extension of its flight partnership with Air Europa. With the move, Ryanair’s customers can browse and book Air Europa connecting flights from 15 European cities to Madrid and onward to 16 countries in North, Central and South America, including Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and the United States.

Emirates to launch London Stansted service from June 2018

Dubai-based Emirates has recently announced plans to launch a new daily route from Dubai to London Stansted, starting June 8, 2018.

The outbound flight will depart Dubai at 09:30 hours, and will arrive in London Stansted at 14:10 hours. On its return, the flight will depart London Stansted at 21:10 hours and arrive in Dubai at 07:05 hours the following day.

The daily service will be operated by the airline’s new three-class Boeing 777-300 ER, offering customers six seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 306 in Economy Class. The aircraft features fully enclosed private suites in First Class, as well as refreshed Business and Economy Class cabins.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates, said: The introduction of the new London Stansted-Dubai service underscores our commitment to serve London, with operations soon to three different airports in the city. There is a clear demand for this service from both business and leisure travellers and we anticipate that this news will be warmly received both across our global network, as well as by the business community based in the Stansted catchment area. We look forward to facilitating even more tourism and commerce opportunities to and from London with these new air transport links, and to providing our customers with the award-winning Emirates experience.’

Ken O’Toole, London Stansted’s Chief Executive, added: ‘We’re delighted that Emirates has recognised the strength of London Stansted’s catchment and the opportunity that our available runway capacity gives them to continue growing in the South East of England over the next decade.

‘At this crucial time, the new Emirates services will provide an important boost to the UK economy by strengthening international connectivity and offering greater choice and convenience for passengers travelling to long haul destinations. London Stansted has seen significant capital investment and growth since its acquisition by MAG in 2013 and we’re looking forward to working with Emirates as we move forward with the next phase of development of the airport and its network of destinations.’

With the new London Stansted daily service, Emirates will operate 10 flights daily, connecting Dubai and London. Passengers can also fly to London Heathrow and Gatwick. London Stansted Airport is connected to London via the Stansted Express, which operates a regular daily service to London Liverpool Street Station. The train service allows passengers to reach London city in 47 minutes, where they can connect to regional trains and the London Underground.

Jet2 commences inaugural ski flight to Grenoble from London Stansted

Jet2 has commenced its inaugural ski flight from London Stansted to Grenoble, offering skiers and snowboarders more choice and flexibility.

Jet2’s ski programme includes weekly flights and over 6,000 seats to Grenoble, where skiers and snowboarders have access to over 170 ski resorts, including Morzine, Chamrousse, Chamonix, Avoriaz, Prapoutel, Autrans, all accessible from the city. With the introduction of Grenoble, Jet2 will operate four ski destinations from London Stansted this winter, providing skiers access to some of the finest slopes in the French and Austrian Alps.

Jet2’s flights from London Stansted to Grenoble will operate weekly and start at £37 per person including taxes. Tickets are available to book at www.Jet2.com.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are thrilled to be launching our new London Stansted to Grenoble route. We know that skiers want choice and flexibility, so that’s exactly what we are providing from London Stansted, with weekly flights to Grenoble now in operation alongside three other top ski destinations. On top of that, customers can take advantage of our friendly low fares and 22kg of baggage and ski allowance, whilst enjoying our award winning service as they head to the snow.’

Martin Jones, London Stansted’s Commercial Director, said: ‘The launch of Jet2.com’s new service to Grenoble from London Stansted is fantastic news for skiers and snowboarders from across the region looking to hit the slopes early this season as well as providing even more choice for passengers wanting a fantastic winter city break with the added convenience of flying from their local airport.’

Basma Jarbouai, Grenoble Airport Director, said: ‘We are very pleased to continue our collaboration with Jet2.com and to welcome this new flight from London Stansted, offering our passengers more flexibility to join the Alps ski resorts through Grenoble Airport. We are the first step of their holidays and it is really important for us to offer them an excellent quality of services. Celebrating this first flight and offering them chocolates at arrival is a little gift before Christmas!’

Jet2.com announces first Stansted ski schedule, half-price return ski carriage from across UK bases

The UK-based leisure airline Jet2.com is set to operate its first ski programme from Stansted Airport his winter, according to an online report.

The airline will operate up to 11 flights a week from Stansted to four ski destinations this winter. The schedule includes up to five weekly flights to Geneva, two weekly services to Lyon, up the three weekly services to Salzburg and one weekly service to Grenoble. Jet2, which commenced its operations from Stansted earlier this year, has already announced an expanded summer programme for 2018, the report noted.

Commenting on the move, Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and sister company Jet2holidays, reportedly said: ‘We are delighted to be launching ski flights from London Stansted Airport for the first time, offering customers the chance to reach the best slopes in Europe on our award-winning airline.

‘The launch of the first ever ski flights by Jet2.com from London Stansted to four exciting and popular destinations is fantastic news for winter sports enthusiasts from right across the East of England and London. I’m sure they will prove to be just as popular as the very successful summer 2017 flight programme as more and more skiers get the chance to hit the slopes from their local airport,’ Heapy said, adding: ‘With friendly flight times on a weekend, alongside 22kg of baggage and ski allowance, we’re confident of very busy and popular ski flights from London Stansted Airport this winter.’

In addition to the London Stansted ski carriage offer, Jet2.com is also offering half price return ski carriage from all nine of its UK bases. Starting September 19, 2017, Jet2 offers half price ski carriage on flights to Geneva, Grenoble, Salzburg, Turin and Lyon.

The promotional price applies for a new booking between September 19, 2017 and October 12, 2017. The service will be available for travel between November 30, 2017 and 30th April 2018 on any of the above routes.

British Airways to operate new services to Milan from London City and London Stansted

British Airways has recently announced the introduction of new year-round services to Milan, Italy from London City and London Stansted in April, 2017.

From London City Airport, the new routes to Milan’s Linate Airport will start on April 24 and from Stansted Airport on April 29. The airline will operate two flights a day on week days and one a day at weekends from London City and two a week from Stansted. Basic each way fares from London City and Stansted to Milan start from £45 and are available to book on www.ba.com.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: ‘Milan is a very exciting route for us as it will appeal to both business and leisure customers. The new services gives the choice of two alternative London airports with well-timed flights to Linate, which is Milan’s most convenient airport.’

In early February, British Airways announced new summer-only routes from London City to Skiathos, Greece and to Manchester. Including the new Milan route, British Airways will serve 30 destinations from the Docklands airport this summer.

At Stansted, British Airways will introduce flights to three new destinations, including a second Italian city Florence, and increasing frequency on some existing routes. The new service to Milan will be the airline’s ninth route this summer.

All services will operate on modern Embraer 190 jet aircraft, with large cabins and two abreast seating offering all customers the choice of an aisle or window seat. In addition to allocated seats, customers flying in Euro Traveller will earn loyalty points which can be used to buy food and drink on board flights or towards other trips. Meanwhile, Club Europe customers will receive complimentary food and drinks on board, free baggage allowance, free seat selection and on-line check-in.

British Airways also said that Italian airline Meridiana, which currently codeshares on the British Airways services between Linate and Heathrow, will also codeshare on the new services from London City and Stansted.