Jet2 adds Verona as new city break destination from Newcastle Airport for summer 23

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks, the leisure airline and operator of European city breaks, has announced the addition of a new city break destination on sale for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport – Verona.

With this addition, customers and independent travel agents in the North East can now book flights and city breaks to four city break destinations from the base next summer. The other destinations for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport are Rome, Krakow and Prague.

Jet2 will operate flights and city breaks to the Italian city of Verona from Newcastle Airport from May 10 to September 27, 2023. The weekly services to Verona will gives holidaymakers easy access to Lake Garda and comes in response to strong demand from local customers and independent travel agents for Summer 23 city breaks.

The largest of the freshwater lakes in Italy, Lake Garda in the country’s north is within easy reach of the popular tourist city of Verona. Surrounded by small, picturesque villages, majestic mountains and shorelines stretching over 90 miles, Lake Garda’s coves and clear waters is an ideal spot for windsurfing and swimming.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Customers and independent travel agents in the North East have been telling us that people are looking ahead and booking a much-needed City Break in the diary. As such, we are seeing a lot of demand for city breaks for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport and have responded to that by adding a brand-new city break destination for Summer 23, as well as expanding our City Breaks programme on sale from the base. As the UK’s largest operator of European city breaks, our selection of city breaks for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport offers fantastic choice and flexibility. We are anticipating a very successful summer, as the appeal of booking with a trusted company that customers can rely on is proving extremely important.’

The City Breaks programme from Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks offers a choice of four leisure city destinations for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport, including the brand-new Verona (weekly flights), Rome (up to two weekly flights), Krakow (up to two weekly flights) and Prague (up to two weekly flights). Customers can choose from a flight-only option with Jet2.com or an ATOL protected package holiday with Jet2CityBreaks available for £60 per person deposit.

Package options with Jet2CityBreaks include flights with Jet2.com including 22kg hold luggage, transfers to and from the airport, as well as a choice of 2-5 star hotels in central locations.

Jet2 announces major summer expansion

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the leading leisure airline and UK’s leading tour operator, have announced a significantly expanded programme for Summer 23 from three of their biggest UK bases.

The companies have announced more flights, more holidays and brand-new destinations for next summer from Birmingham, London Stansted and Manchester Airports, with an additional aircraft coming into operation at Jet2’s three biggest bases to support the extension.

Following strong demand for flights and ATOL protected package holidays, Jet2 has added brand-new Sicily and Sardinia from Birmingham Airport and Tivat from Manchester Airport. The introduction of two world famous capitals, Athens and Rome from London Stansted will also see Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks operate city breaks to these destinations from the base.

With the addition, Jet2 is offering customers and independent travel agents a choice of 57 sun and city leisure destinations from across their network of ten UK bases for Summer 23. Detailed schedule of destinations on offer is available at: https://bit.ly/3z0jdK0

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘Hot on the heels of being recognised as Which? Travel Brand of the Year, we are announcing more award-winning flights and holidays for customers and independent travel agents to choose from. The addition of more destinations and extra capacity from three bases comes on the back of enormous demand for our award-winning flights and holidays from Birmingham, London Stansted and Manchester Airports and, as always, we are quick to respond. Summer 23 will see an additional aircraft come into our fleet at each of these bases, meaning local holidaymakers and independent travel agents have even more choice and flexibility. The addition of new destinations from Birmingham, London Stansted and Manchester Airports really expands our offering. In addition to flying customers to their favourite holiday destinations from these bases, we continue to have a laser focus on delivering the very best experience so that customers choose us time and time again.’

easyJet recommences flights from Newcastle to Mallorca in time for summer

easyJet has said that it has resumed its summer service from Newcastle International Airport to Palma de Mallorca Airport.

Flights to the Balearic Island took off over this weekend for the first time this summer, providing customers in the North East with a direct connection to one of Europe’s favourite beach destinations. Flights to Mallorca from Newcastle are now operating up to four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the summer season.

With its rich heritage, beautiful beaches and mountainous scenery, the Balearic Island of Mallorca is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. The lively capital city of Palma is known for offering a wealth of art, culture, shopping, and cuisines to enjoy.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are delighted to be operating from Newcastle to Mallorca once again for the summer and providing a convenient direct connection for our customers in the North East to explore or relax in one of Europe’s most popular island destinations. We are proud to be the largest airline in the UK and to serve our customers from Newcastle this summer with more choice and great value fares.’

Leon McQuaid, Director of Aviation Development said: ‘Majorca has always been a very popular destination from the North East and has been served from Newcastle International Airport for many years. Demand for travel this summer is extremely strong and we are delighted that easyJet will be providing even more flights from the North East’s largest Airport during the summer season.

‘The Mediterranean island of Majorca offers something for everyone. Visitors can enjoy some of the best beaches in Europe, explore miles of cycle routes or dine in one of the island’s 2,500 restaurants. With an average of 8 hours of sunshine every day during the summer months and sea temperatures of 25-degreeC it is the perfect summer getaway.’ easyJet serves 19 UK airports, offering over 411 routes to over 124 destinations from the UK to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

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.’

Corendon Airlines announces flights from Birmingham to Turkish sunspots

Corendon Airlines, the European leisure carrier, has announced the launch of its flight from Birmingham Airport to Turkey offering sunseekers much needed holiday choices for summer.

The airline, which is based at Antalya Airport, will now operate flights twice a week to Dalaman and three times a week to Antalya. The connections are operated using the airline’s fleet of 189-seat B737-800 aircraft.

Antalya is located in the west of the Mediterranean, known as ‘The Turkish Riviera’ offering a rich blend of archaeological and natural beauty. Situated on the Turquoise Coast, the Dalaman area of Turkey is an amazingly diverse holiday destination, with a range of stunning seascapes, lively bars, historical spots, and seaside restaurants.

Paul Riches, Commercial representative of Corendon Airlines, said: ‘We are very excited to launch our service from Birmingham Airport. We plan to increase our Birmingham flights to many other popular holiday destinations in the following seasons. We aim to provide holidaymakers direct and comfortable flights to sunny destinations and we are confident our Birmingham flights will be successful in summer 2022 and beyond.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director for Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are thrilled to welcome Corendon Airlines to Birmingham and are pleased initial sales numbers are strong. This bodes well as the aviation sector gets back on its feet and the British public take to the skies once again after a two-year Covid-19 layoff. We look forward to developing the partnership with Corendon Airlines further in the coming years.’

Corendon, which is already on sale to Antalya and Dalaman for summer 2022, has said that it will extend its Antalya service into winter 2022/23. Winter tickets will go on sale in the next few

weeks.

Wizz Air announces launch of 18 new routes ahead of summer season at Gatwick Airport

Wizz Air has announced the launch of 18 new routes from its base at Gatwick Airport.

The announcement comes as all COVID-19 travel measures, including the Passenger Locator Form and tests for all arrivals, have been terminated and is well timed for the Easter holidays. Tickets are now available on wizzair.com and on the airline’s mobile app, with fares starting from £8.99.

The launch coincides with the reopening of Gatwick’s South Terminal. With a mix of year-round and seasonal routes to Bari, Bourgas, Faro, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Rome, Palma de Mallorca, Larnaca, Varna, Venice, Vienna, Catania, Podgorica, Tel Aviv, Chania, Mykonos and Funchal, the expansion will see Wizz Air operate a total of 25 routes from Gatwick Airport.

Marion Geoffroy, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, said: ‘Today’s route launches signify the start of an exciting new chapter for Wizz Air UK at Gatwick Airport as we embark on the summer travel season. Through this significant expansion we are reaffirming our commitment to providing low-fare connectivity to our customers in London and the South of England – and we want them to know that WIZZ is here to stay.

‘The lifting of all Covid-19 travel restrictions is an extremely positive development for the travel industry and passengers alike, with customers once again being able to travel hassle-free to their favourite destinations. We look forward to welcoming customers old and new onboard our young, efficient and green aircraft to enjoy the excellent service WIZZ is known for, as they head off on their well-deserved trips abroad.’

Jonathan Pollard, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport said: ‘We are delighted that Wizz is adding 18 new routes to its Gatwick offer, meaning passengers can now fly from Gatwick with Wizz to a total of 25 popular European destinations. Wizz’s expansion and commitment to Gatwick marks the start of an exciting time for the airport as well as the airline, coinciding with the reopening of Gatwick’s South Terminal.

‘Wizz’s growing range of destinations is excellent news for passengers across London and the South East, providing more choice and competition to in-demand destinations. Importantly, it’s also fantastic news for the local economy, with more than 200 jobs created as a direct result of the new services.’

Wizz Air passengers can now book tickets with the airline’s travel insurance package which includes Covid-19 cover and WIZZ Flex. With WIZZ Flex, passengers can cancel their flight up to three hours before departure without any fee and receive 100 percent of the fare reimbursed in airline credit.

Ryanair launches summer schedule from new base at Newcastle

Ryanair has announced the opening of its new base at Newcastle, with two based aircraft, and as a result has also launched its biggest ever schedule at Newcastle for summer 2022.

Ryanair’s Newcastle Summer 22 schedule will deliver a total of 19 routes operating over 130 weekly flights – over 40 more than pre-pandemic Summer 2019 – to give Newcastle’s holidaymakers more choice to much-needed breaks at European destinations in Italy, Spain and England. Newcastle customers can now book am affordable getaway, flying to 10 destinations newly covered: Chania, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Krakow, Menorca, Milan, Paphos, Riga, and Zadar.

From Newcastle, Ryanair’s Director of Marketing, Dara Brady, said: ‘Ryanair is thrilled to announce its largest Newcastle schedule that offers 130 weekly flights across 19 routes, including 10 new routes to fantastic destinations as Chania, Milan, and Zadar. The opening of this base and introduction of these new routes from Newcastle reinforces our commitment to increasing connectivity, travel options and inbound tourism to the area as Ryanair will now offer 40% more capacity than it did pre-pandemic.

We are delighted to open this new base and strengthen our relationship with Newcastle Airport, which will now host a fleet of two Ryanair aircraft.’

To allow our customers and visitors to/from Newcastle to book their Summer getaway at the best possible fare, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from £19,99 for travel from March to October, which must be booked by Thursday 31st March. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com to avoid missing out.’

Newcastle International Airport’s Chief Executive, Nick Jones said: ‘Today sees a significant investment and commitment from Ryanair at Newcastle International Airport which will also benefit the wider North East, creating hundreds of new jobs and providing an even bigger choice of destinations.

From today, Ryanair will operate a total of 19 routes from our Airport, including the brand-new destinations of Zadar in Croatia, Chania in Crete, Milan in Italy and Riga in Latvia. We look forward to welcoming even more Ryanair passengers through our doors this summer.’

Cardiff Airport prepares for busy summer season with much needed holiday destinations

Cardiff Airport has announced plans for a busy summer 2022 season, commencing Sunday, March 27.

The summer schedule, which runs until the end of October, will see more than 25 routes to popular business and leisure destinations as the airport continues to rebuild its connectivity post-pandemic.

The airport is expected to register increased passenger figures and recovery when budget airline Wizz Air UK launches its base operation on April 8 to nine holiday destinations in Cyprus, Greece, Portugal and Spain. The newly introduced carrier will add to the existing leisure route network offered by TUI, which will fly to over 20 destinations across traditional Mediterranean hotspots as well as to the Canary Islands, Croatia, Tunisia and Turkey.

The airport will enhance global connectivity from May 24 when KLM increases flights to its Amsterdam hub from Cardiff, enabling passengers to connect easily to distant adventures in places such as Las Vegas, New York, Toronto, Bangkok, Dubai and Aruba as well as city break and business destinations across Europe like Athens, Budapest, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Geneva, Madrid, Prague, Rome and Venice. For anyone looking for a city break closer to home, Loganair offers a six times weekly service to Edinburgh.

Two other low-cost airlines Ryanair and Vueling are offering flights to six European destinations this summer. Vueling’s Paris Orly service offers a quick link, and with its three times weekly operation is ideal for a short break or a visit to Disneyland Paris. The low-cost airline, part of the same group that owns British Airways, also offers routes to Malaga, Alicante and Palma de Mallorca from the airport. Meanwhile, Ryanair will be continuing its four times weekly operation to Dublin into the summer season. In addition, the Irish low-cost airline offers twice-weekly flights to Faro and Malaga from Cardiff.

‘The airport and its partner organisations have been busy hiring staff again in readiness for our busiest summer for three years,’ said Spencer Birns, CEO at Cardiff Airport. ‘There is a huge pent-up demand for air travel which has built up over the past two years during the pandemic and we’re very pleased to be able to help people living in Wales take their much-needed overseas trips.’

Ryanair launches Sizzling Summer 2022 supersaver offers

Ryanair, the Irish low fares airline, has announced a full week of supersaver summer 2022 travel offers, starting from Monday March 7 – Sunday March 13.

The airline is offering city breaks with fares from £19.99 and ‘Buy One Get One Half Price’ for sale, with a different offer each day throughout the week for travel from April – June 2022 across Europe.

Dara Brady, Ryanair’s Director of Marketing said: ‘With summer fast approaching, we are delighted to announce our incredible week of offers on summer travel. Now that restrictions have eased across Europe, our customers are eager to fill up their travel calendars once again and summer ’22 is proving to be the year of getting back out there to explore the best European holiday destinations.

‘We have lots of unmissable offers up for grabs, including low fares, city breaks to a host of Europe’s most popular go-to destinations, and even our ever popular ‘Buy One, Get One Half Price’ deal is due to make an appearance. To make sure these incredible limited-time offers aren’t missed, customers should check out www.ryanair.com each day to find out what exciting offer has been revealed.’

As its summer holiday plans gets underway on Monday March 7, the first of the supersaver summer 2022 plan is an offer from UK airports to the sunny shores of Morocco. From visiting cultural and historic sites to exploring new food and drink scenes to browsing Morocco’s famously colourful markets, Ryanair is offering UK travellers an opportunity to travel to Agadir, Essaouira, Marrakesh or Tangier this summer.

Ryanair operates over 30 weekly flights to Moroccan destinations from UK airports all summer. To celebrate these exciting Moroccan routes, Ryanair has launched a limited-time seat sale with fares available from £19.99 for travel until October 2022. The seats are available to book at Ryanair.com until midnight Thursday, March 10, it said.

Ryanair announces record Summer 2022 schedule from London airports

Ryanair, the Ireland-based low-cost airline, has announced its largest ever Summer schedule from its three London airports – Gatwick, Luton, and Stansted – with 14 new routes (181 total) to holiday destinations across Europe, including Naples, Madeira, and Stockholm.

As Covid travel restrictions have now been lifted, UK holidaymakers can now book the much needed Summer break benefiting to a wide choice of destinations, including the beaches of Spain, Portugal and Italy. The 14 new Summer 2022 routes from London airports include Burgas, Naples, Catania, Orebro, Helsinki, Stockholm, Lublin, Tampere, Maastricht, Tangier, Madeira, Trapani, Menorca and Vaxjo.

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said: ‘We are pleased to announce 14 new routes from our three London airports, Stansted, Luton and Gatwick, as all Covid-19 travel restrictions have now been lifted, UK citizens and visitors can book a well-deserved Summer getaway to exciting destinations such as Helsinki, Madeira and Naples. Ryanair is driving London’s post Covid recovery as we grow across Europe, with new aircraft and new routes.

Despite launching our biggest ever schedule, the UK Govt failed to support this recovery by delaying the reduction in APD until 2023. Ryanair again calls on the UK Govt to scrap APD completely, to allow airlines and airports to quickly restore traffic, jobs, and tourism. The 50% reduction proposed for 2023 is too little, too late as APD puts UK airports at a severe cost disadvantage versus European competitors, and the absence of Govt support for aviation and tourism recovery creates further barriers to UK traffic and growth.’

O’Leary added, ‘To allow our customers and visitors to/from London to book their Summer getaway at the lowest fares, we are launching a 3-day seat sale with fares available from just £19,99 one way for travel until October 2022, which must be booked by Friday the 4th of March. Since these super low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com to avoid missing out.’