Ryanair launches UK summer 20 schedule with 500 routes on offer

Ryanair, the Ireland -based European regional airline, has launched its UK Summer 2020 schedule with 14 new routes including destinations such as Cluj (Romania), Pisa and Terceira in Portugal.

For summer next year, Ryanair will operate more than 500 routes in total, which is expected to deliver 46.3m customers p.a. and support 35,000 jobs at its 21 UK Airports, the airline said. UK tourists and visitors can now book holidays on these routes as far out as October 2020.

Ryanair said that its UK Summer 2020 schedule will deliver five brand new routes from Edinburgh to Bydgoszcz (twice a week); Manchester to Pisa (twice per week); Stansted to Cluj (three per week), Kosice (thrice per week ) and Terceira (one per week); nine new summer services – Exeter to Alicante (two per week); Edinburgh to Bucharest (three per week); London Stansted to Dresden (three per week) and Essaouira (two per week); London Luton to Krakow (four per week) and Seville ( three per week); Manchester to Katowice (three per week), Milan Malpensa (five per week ) and Prague (nine per week). Further the airline has announced additional flights on 46 other routes including destinations like Budapest, Milan Bergamo and Krakow.

As part of the announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale on its UK routes with fares starting from £14.99, for travel until the end of November 2019. Tickets are available for booking until midnight of Thursday, October 3 on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: ‘Ryanair is delighted to bring the lowest emissions and fares to the UK with our Summer 2020 schedule, with 14 new routes at our UK airports, and more than 500 routes in total, which will deliver 46.3 million customers p.a. and support 35,000* jobs at our 21 UK airports. UK customers and visitors can now book low fare seats on more than 500 routes as far out as October 2020. To celebrate, we are releasing seats for sale from just £14.99 for travel until the end of November 2019, which are available for booking until midnight Thursday (3 October). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Top tips for travelling with kids over the summer break

As hundreds of thousands of families prepare to jet off on their summer holidays, British Airways has prepared a list of top tips for travelling with children.

Father of two and senior cabin crew member, Justin Cox says: “As a parent I understand that travelling with kids can at first seem like a daunting prospect, but it really needn’t be. After my 12 years as BA cabin crew I have found that flying can be made more comfortable and even fun for kids by following a few simple pointers.”

If you plan to take your own car seat for the flight, check with your airline before travelling to make sure the seat fits the airline’s criteria, as different airlines have different requirements.

Before your child’s first flight in their own seat, sit them on the sofa at home with a cushion between you as the armrest, explaining how it’s going to be on board.

Take a small compact travel pushchair for easy cabin stowage onboard – regular sized pushchairs or strollers will normally have to go as hold luggage.

Pack their favourite teddy, pillow or comfort blanket – to help them get to sleep more easily and make it feel more like home.

Sometimes waiting for take-off or leaving the aircraft can be boring for young children – a bag of treats can work well at this point as a distraction.

While visiting the flight deck mid-flight is no longer allowed, if you ask the crew they are usually happy to arrange for children to see flight deck after landing.

If you are flying somewhere with a big time difference try to allow yourselves two days when you get back to give your children time to get back into UK time and their normal routine, before they go back to nursery or school.

British Airways prides itself on the levels of customer service it offers to families and children.

On longhaul flights the airline has a special child friendly menu, which parents can book free of charge in advance. Children are also given out entertainment packs as they take their seats on longhaul flights.

The airline will also help to arrange seats in advance of check-in opening to ensure families can sit together on their holidays.

Cabin crew and pilots will also do their very best to ensure that children flying with British Airways have a smooth journey.

Senior first officer and mother of two, Carley Lear, adds: “Many pilots, including myself, fell in love with flying at a very young age so we are usually pleased to share our enthusiasm with kids who want to learn more. Children of all ages are very welcome to come to the flight deck to meet the pilots. The best time is after landing when passengers are disembarking. We sometimes have stickers and postcards for children and will be more than happy to talk about flying and what all the controls and buttons on the flight deck do. Budding young pilots of the future can also ask their pilot to sign their junior flight log-book which they can get from the cabin crew for free during the flight.”

Senior cabin crew member, Justin Cox adds: “The in-flight entertainment system is great and provides a wide range of kids programmes, movies and music and I always pack a portable DVD player or a pre-programmed iPod with my kids’ favourites as well. Also, I always try to avoid taking games with lots of fiddly bits like jigsaws. They’re likely to get lost during the flight and cause upset when you arrive at your destination!”

Save on kid’s days out this summer break

Mums and dads under pressure to spoil kids with fun entertainment this coming school summer break can enjoy a helping hand in the shape of new deals and offers from top consumer codes website DiscountVouchers.co.uk.

The online specialist offers consumers money off at over 800 suppliers and has this week introduced new for Odeon Cinemas, Drayton Manor and Wetherspoons.
With the new Harry Potter movie coming out this summer alongside many other blockbusters, Mums and Dads can use the new DiscountVouchers.co.uk deals to save at cinemas. A visit to the website right now allows users to get new Odeon vouchers which offer adults children’s prices on the new Family Ticket.

One of the country’s top theme parks is Drayton Manor, and thanks to its location in the middle of the country it is a simple place to get to for a great day out. Mums and Dads can keep the kids busy and occupied this summer thanks to a new DiscountVouchers.co.uk choice of Drayton Manor vouchers which includes a Family Supersaver ticket for just £69.

Dining out over the summer can be more affordable too now thanks to the latest batch of new offers for saving money at Wetherspoon pubs throughhout the country. A visit to the DiscountVouchers.co.uk website this week helps consumers to get hold of new deals offering the children’s menu with a free drink and bag of fruit as well as free WiFi access for iPhone users.

Doug Scott, managing director at DiscountVouchers.co.uk, commented, “We can help Mums and Dads all over the country to get more for their money when needing to keep the kids busy over the summer. Logging on to us right now is the way to great summer savings.”

DiscountVouchers.co.uk offers consumers money saving deals at major high street brands and specialist retailers, including stores like Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Travelodge, First Choice, lastminute.com and Boden.

For more information visit www.discountvouchers.co.uk

Ensure summer safety with a current passport for your child

The advent of the summer season brings schoolchildren, newly released from the confines of the classroom, ready to explore the outside world, make new friends, and enjoy new experiences. Summer is a time when families can reconnect, enjoy quality time together, and create lasting memories.

Modern parents now recognize the great benefits of bringing children along on summer travels, whether near or far. Elementary school-aged children are at a wonderful juncture to absorb the many and varied experiences which travel abroad provides. From vastly different cuisine to the richness of new climates and languages, children will recall the wonder of these new experiences for many years to come. High-schoolers may gain lasting impressions from the “culture shock” of many days immersed in locales without wireless Internet or familiar foods.

Increasingly complicated regulations for air travel can put a damper on plans to capture these fleeting summer days exploring new cultures as a family. In addition to the practical logistics of planning any journey, many parents remain unaware that passports must be obtained for each family member, including children of all ages, as well as infants. In addition, most parents are not aware that a very specific subset of regulations applies to obtaining passports for their children. Parents or a legal guardian must present valid evidence of a child’s US citizenship, present valid personal identification, provide evidence of parental relation or legal guardianship, and take a signed oath, in person, before an authorized passport agent. Further information pertaining to passports for minors are available for consumers on the US State Department website at www. travel.state.gov .

Once these required steps have been completed, a child’s passport is then subject to the standard federal processing time of 4-6 weeks. Utilizing a passport expediter while preparing for a family vacation can not only help speed along a lengthy “to do” list, it can ensure that the passport application and delivery process are supervised by qualified professionals. Travel Document Systems, Inc. Vice President, Dean Orbell, noted:

“Most parents don’t realize that stringent travel documentation requirements extend to the whole family, and are surprised when they learn that obtaining proper documentation for their young children can be a major roadblock to successful family vacations. We are delighted to assist so many customers annually with fulfilling their child passport needs.”

Travel experts highly recommend asking children to pitch in with trip planning. Helping to choose an itinerary, to pack their own bags, and to decide some of the daily activities can all positively engage children in their trip abroad. With preparation and qualified professional assistance, international vacations can be delightful for the whole family.

Turkey predicted to dominate summer holidays

Travelmatch are expecting the summer of 2011 to see many British tourists venture to Turkey. Sales figures from the online travel specialists have shown a significant increase in interest in trips to Lara Beach, Marmaris and other seaside resorts in Turkey. The country is known for these excellent spots as well as Istanbul, an enchanting and very popular city steeped in history.
According to travelmatch.co.uk this surge owes to several factors. Airlines have opened new routes to seaside resorts making it convenient and affordable for British tourists to plan their holidays there. The country has also received notable acclaim of late with its capital city of Istanbul drawing praise from many observers thanks to its gorgeous buildings and superb cultural attractions. Recently it was listed by TripAdvisor as one of the top ten cities in Europe in its 2011 Traveller’s Choice Destination Awards.
The country has also proved popular with people looking for holiday homes. Recent figures have shown that foreign investment in Turkish real estate increased by 40% in 2010.
Alex Francis of Travelmatch comments on the high demand for holidays to Turkey: “Every year one country proves to be especially popular, and early figures indicate that the summer of 2011 will be all about Turkey. This in part owes to structural factors such as the greater availability of flights to resort areas, but there is no denying this country’s unique appeal. Resorts like Lara Beach feature some of the world’s best beaches and gorgeous hotels like the Delphin Diva, while Istanbul offers an amazing cultural experience. Turkey is truly an incredible destination and it is certainly deserving of its popularity.”