Ryanair announces summer 2017 schedule at Leeds Bradford

Ryanair, the Irish low-fares airline, has announced the launch of its biggest ever summer schedule for 2017 at Leeds Bradford Airport, with a new route to Girona, four new summer services to Bratislava, Gran Canaria, Vilnius and Warsaw, and more flights to Alicante, Faro, Ibiza, Krakow, Lanzarote, Palma and Tenerife.

Ryanair’s Leeds Bradford summer 2017 schedule will deliver one new route to Girona and four new summer services to Bratislava, Gran Canaria, Vilnius and Warsaw, all operating twice weekly. The airline has also introduced more flights to: Alicante (daily), Faro (daily), Ibiza (four weekly), Krakow (four weekly), Lanzarote (four weekly), Palma (eight weekly) and Tenerife (three weekly).

As per the schedule, the airline will operate 25 routes in total with 92 weekly flights, delivering 1.3m customers per annum. It will support 975 jobs at Leeds, as it seeks to increase Leeds traffic by over 20 per cent.

In Leeds, Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Robin Kiely said: ‘We are pleased to launch our biggest ever Leeds Bradford summer 2017 schedule, 3 months earlier than last year, which includes a new route to Girona, the continuation of our winter services to Bratislava, Gran Canaria, Vilnius and Warsaw to summer, and more flights to Alicante, Faro, Ibiza, Krakow, Lanzarote, Palma and Tenerife, which will deliver 1.3m customers p.a. and support 975 jobs at Leeds Bradford Airport, as we grow our operation by over 20%.

To celebrate the launch of our Leeds Bradford summer 2017 schedule, we are releasing 100,000 seats for sale across our European network from just £19.99, which are available for booking until Thursday (21 Jul). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Tony Hallwood, Aviation Development Director at Leeds Bradford Airport said: ‘We are thrilled that Ryanair are significantly increasing their capacity from Leeds Bradford in summer 2017, offering their widest ever low cost flight choice from Yorkshire’s gateway airport. With 5 new routes, including 3 to European capital cities, Ryanair’s expanded flying programme of 25 routes will deliver wider business destination choice and encourage a growth in inbound tourism to Yorkshire, while increasing the choice for leisure and city breaks for our region’s holidaymakers.

This substantial growth is fantastic news for our regional economy and highlights the continued growth and strength of the Leeds City Region alongside supporting the creation of new jobs across Yorkshire. We look forward to welcoming a 20% growth in the number of passengers flying from Leeds Bradford with Ryanair next summer who can now increasingly fly from closer to home.’

Monarch announces summer 2017 schedule from Birmingham Airport

Monarch, a leading UK-based airline group, has recently announced the launch of its summer schedule for 2017 – including both flight service and comprehensive holiday packages – from Birmingham Airport. 

The summer schedule for 2017 includes some of Monarch’s popular city breaks like Venice, Madrid and Lisbon as well as other summer destinations including the Algarve, Majorca, Malaga and the Canary Islands, the airport said in a release. The budget airline has released more than 90 per cent of its summer schedule – as on date, there are 22 routes to popular destinations available for booking from Birmingham Airport for summer 2017.

Marjan Schoeke, Head of Network Development for Monarch, said: ‘We know our customers like time to plan their holidays in advance and take advantage of the best fares. With flights for Summer 2017 now on sale this gives our customers a chance to book flights to their favourite destinations and get excited about next Summer’s holidays.’

Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great news that Monarch has put its Summer 2017 flights on sale from Birmingham Airport offering passengers the chance to book their Summer holidays for next year. With the choice of 22 routes covering Italy, the Canary Islands, Spain and Portugal passengers can plan ahead for some Summer sunshine.’

Holiday packages include carefully chosen accommodation facilitates and flights including 20kgs of baggage and the option to add an airport transfer and other extras to the booking. All Monarch holidays can be booked with a £59 deposit when booking 10 weeks or more in advance. Customers can also take advantage of Monarch’s Holiday Concierge service, it said.

Separately, Monarch said that it has released a total of 84 routes to 27 popular destinations for summer 2017 from UK airports including Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, London Luton, London Gatwick and Manchester. Further flights, holidays and additional routes will be added to the summer 2017 schedule in the coming months.

British Airways commences summer-only services from Stansted

British Airways has announced its first flights from Stansted Airport, with all the summer sun destinations fully booked for this weekend.

Holiday travellers have a choice of four popular summer destinations – Faro in Portugal and Malaga, Palma and Ibiza in Spain from Saturday, with flights to Berlin launching in June. In addition, the frequency of flights to Malaga has been doubled to two flights every Saturday during August to meet customer demand. Fares start from £49 each way based on a return fare with hand baggage only, inclusive of all taxes, fees and charges.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer at BA CityFlyer, said: ‘This is a great start to our Stansted operation with customers quick to book our inclusive competitive fares with an excellent schedule and the choice of some of the most popular summer destinations.

‘We are really looking forward to working with Stansted and giving our customers the choice of flying with British Airways from a fourth London Airport.’

Andrew Cowan, Stansted’s CEO, said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted that every seat on the first ever British Airways flights from Stansted completely sold out this weekend. We were confident these new services to Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza would prove popular with passengers and this really positive start is a clear demonstration of the strength of demand that exists across the region.

‘We now look forward to welcoming the addition of a new Berlin service next month and working closely with British Airways over the summer to build on this strong start and ensuring these exciting new flights continue to be a great success.’

British Airways is operating from Stansted for the first time – the fourth London airport on its network with the summer-only services running until the end of October. Currently the airline operates from the three other major London Airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and London City.

The Stansted flights are operated by the wholly owned British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer on 98-seat Embraer 190 jets. All British Airways flights include a choice of two cabins, Club Europe and Euro Traveller, free on line check-in 24 hours before departure and no debit card charges.

easyJet predicts record holiday travel this summer

British low-fares airline easyJet said that it is expecting almost 14 million passengers to fly out of the UK this summer – between mid-July and the end of September.

Spain tops the list of the most popular destinations with Malaga, Barcelona, Palma and Alicante featuring within the top five. Faro, Nice and Paphos are also popular among British holidaymakers in search for ‘guaranteed’ sun.

Sophie Dekkers, UK Director for easyJet, commented: ‘Our record bookings this summer show that the strong pound is having an effect on British holidaymakers who can see their pound will stretch further on holiday. With some bookies also having suspended betting on this summer being the wettest on record UK passengers aren’t taking their chances.

‘For those who haven’t yet booked, there are still some bargains to be had for a last minute summer deal to escape the British weather.’

For British holidaymakers who are yet to book for summer, easyJet has over five million seats for sale between August 1 and September 30 to Spain, France, Portugal, Italy and Greece.

Fares available for booking include: London Luton to Bordeaux from £41.56, London Gatwick to Lyon from £48.14, London Gatwick to Marseille from £49.18, Southend to Venice from £45.40, London Gatwick to Nice from £48.77; London Gatwick to Nantes from £47.22 and London Gatwick to Toulouse from £49.77, the airline said. The fares indicated are per person, one way, based on two people travelling on the same booking.

One of Europe’s most popular airlines, easyJet carries over 66 million passengers annually, of which more than 12 million are travelling on business. The budget airline flies over 230 aircraft on more than 750 routes to over 130 airports across 31 countries.


Flybe launches new summer schedule

Flybe, the British low-fares regional airline, has launched its new summer schedule with nearly 300 flights a week from Southampton offering holidaymakers a break to some sought after destinations, according to a report by Daily Echo.

Flybe’s announcement comes after a busy summer last year when over 200,000 passengers passed through the airport’s doors in August – one of the highest passenger turnovers in the recent years and a three per cent increase year-on-year.

As per the announcement, Flybe will operate 27 routes this summer, which includes its popular summer routes as well as new services to Bastia – a ferry and cruise ship port located on the northern tip of the French island of Corsica – and Milan, one of Europe’s most ancient cities.

The airline will operate 299 flights a week with one way fares from £24.99 including taxes and charges. New twice weekly flights will be operated to Bastia on Thursdays and Sundays during peak summer from May until September. Twice weekly flights to Milan operate during those times on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The airline will operate its popular sun routes to Palma, Mallorca, Faro, Malaga and Alicante until October 24. Flights to regional France have been improved with the peak summer travel expected to increase to destinations including Avignon, Bordeaux, Brest and Limoges.

Passengers also benefit on long haul travel under the airport’s arrangement with seven code-share partners via Dublin and Manchester airports. Passengers may benefit from onward connections to Asia, Canada and the US with the airline’s newest codeshare partners Cathay Pacific, Finnair and Aer Lingus. Flights are available for booking either directly from those airlines or through a local travel agent.


Flybe reveals summer schedule from Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Stansted

UK low-fare regional carrier Flybe announced the launch of its 2015 Summer Schedule on March 29 from its newly re-opened base at Aberdeen, offering a choice of up to 75 flights a week on five key routes.

Flybe’s routes from Aberdeen include a daily service to Belfast City; the first summer of operation for Flybe’s three times a day service to London City; and multi-frequency flights to the Birmingham and Manchester hubs, enabling passengers to by-pass the crowded London airports and connect onwards to Dubai and Helsinki through its code-share partners, Etihad Airways and Finnair.

Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘Our newly re-opened base at Aberdeen marks the very real testament to Flybe’s year of recovery. I would again like to thank all parties involved for welcoming Flybe’s based operations back. We look forward to welcoming all our passengers on board this summer.’

Carol Benzie, Managing Director of Aberdeen Airport, added: ‘We’re delighted to welcome back Flybe as a base at the airport and look forward to continuing to work together to promote its regional offer from the North East.’

In November 2014, Flybe announced its plan to begin base operations from Bournemouth and launch a new limited programme of domestic flights from London Stansted in summer 2015.

At the time, Flybe said that it would also begin base operations at Bournemouth effective March 29, 2015, with up to ten brand new routes during summer 2015. The summer 2015 schedule will start with a new year-round, double daily service between Bournemouth and Glasgow, while from May 2015 flights to Amsterdam, Dublin, Jersey, Manchester and the French destinations of Paris, Deauville (Normandy) Toulon and Biarritz will be added.

Flybe will also offer a summer programme of 64 flights per week from London Stansted with year-round services to the Isle of Man (up to three flights a day) and double daily flights to Newcastle, in addition to seasonal part week summer flights to Newquay.


easyJet opens Porto base, announce three new UK routes

UK-based low fares airline easyJet has announced the opening of its new base at Francisco de Sa Carneiro Airport Porto. Three new UK routes from Manchester, Bristol and London Luton Airports to the new Porto base are set to be launched this summer.

Flights from Bristol to Porto will start on April 19, and operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Fares start from £22.99 per person. Manchester flights to Porto will commence on May 24 with fares starting from £28.99 per person, while flights from London Luton to Porto will commence on April 26. Fares start from £42.99 per person.

Speaking at the official inaugural ceremony at the new Porto base, Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive of easyJet, said: ‘Portugal is a really important market for easyJet. We have been flying to and from Portugal for 18 years and today represents another important milestone in our history.’

‘We are really pleased to demonstrate our long-term commitment to Portugal with the opening of our second Portuguese base, following the launch of our Lisbon base in 2012.’

‘Establishing a base in Porto will create 80 new easyJet jobs, fully under Portuguese labour contracts, and support many more new jobs at the airport and in the surrounding region. As importantly it will enable easyJet to increase the region’s connectivity with the rest of Europe and to make travel easy and affordable for those who wish to fly to and from this wonderful city.’

Maria Luis Albuquerque, Portugal Minister of Finance, who also attended the ceremony, said: ‘The opening of an easyJet base in Porto is yet another sign that the Portuguese economy is steadily recovering and becoming an increasingly attractive destination for investment.

The establishment of new routes will certainly favour the tourism sector, but also facilitate business relations between Portugal and Europe, thus contributing to a deeper integration. Most importantly, this new base will lead to job creation, which is the ultimate goal of our country’s ongoing efforts.’

Porto is easyJet’s 25th base, and the airline is set to open its 26th base in Amsterdam on March 31. easyJet started its operations in Portugal in 1999 and flies to Faro, Funchal, Porto and Lisbon. Starting March 29, the airline will also launch a service connecting the capital with Ponta Delgada in Azores.


Cardiff Airport announces new routes for summer

Cardiff Airport has said that European regional airline Flybe will set up a new base at Wales’ national airport, which will see 11 routes and over half a million extra seats on sale for this summer.

The move follows a long-term agreement between Flybe and Cardiff Airport. The new network includes flights to existing routes between Cardiff and Belfast, Dusseldorf and Jersey, plus new routes between Cardiff and Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Faro, Glasgow, Munich, Milan and Paris.

Seats will go on sale starting March 6, with fares starting from £24.99 one way, the airport said.

Saad Hammad, CEO, Flybe said: ‘We are delighted to launch these exciting new routes from Cardiff Airport. We have been looking to find a productive home for our surplus E195 aircraft and we are delighted at this agreement with Cardiff Airport which involves us basing two of these jets there to serve the Welsh market with great value fares and further improving UK regional connectivity.’

Lord Rowe-Beddoe, Chairman, Cardiff Airport, said: ‘Our customers want greater choice in routes, more frequent services and better value flights. This new Flybe base is most welcome news for our passengers as it will bring new destinations and increased services from a popular great-value airline, as well as creating opportunities to encourage more visitors to come to Wales.’

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones said: ‘Flybe’s announcement that it is opening a new base operating 11 routes from Cardiff Airport is fantastic news. We’ve always said that we want the airport to be a gateway to Wales, as something that will drive our economy by bringing tourists and business to the country. We’ve already invested in improving the overall customer experience at Cardiff Airport and the new routes to major European destinations, as well as the creation of 50 new jobs, demonstrates Flybe’s commitment to the Airport and will help to make it the success we know it can be.’

In addition, Spanish low cost airline Vueling also has its summer 2015 schedule available, with direct flights from Cardiff to Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga and Palma Mallorca.


bmi regional hikes capacity for summer 2015, adds 60,000 extra seats

British regional airline bmi regional has announced plans to increase capacity across its network by 16 percent in summer 2015 following increased demand for its UK and European services.

Key European cities like Frankfurt and Brussels will benefit from the multiple daily flights, convenient flight schedules and new weekend flights. The frequency increases on key routes come as the regional airline is preparing for a new phase of growth.

The move will provide an additional 10,000 seats per month starting March 29, 2015. Cities including Aberdeen, Bristol, Brussels, Frankfurt and Munich are expected to benefit from the enhanced connectivity created through the move to triple daily flights and additional weekend services.

Flights from Newcastle and East Midlands to Brussels will increase to thrice daily, Monday to Friday. Bristol to Frankfurt will operate three daily while Bristol to Aberdeen will also have three daily flights.

bmi regional has also announced an additional weekend service from Bristol to Frankfurt and Munich, with extra flights on Saturday mornings facilitating weekend trips as well as more connections via Lufthansa’s Frankfurt and Munich hubs.

bmi regional chief executive, Cathal O’Connell, said: ‘Increasing our frequency and providing new Saturday services will contribute to an exciting period of growth for the airline. Our investment in new scheduled capacity will increase the number of worldwide connections we offer with our partners Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines to provide additional flexibility and choice to our customers.’

While flights from Bristol to Frankfurt and Munich are codeshares with Lufthansa, those from Newcastle and East Midlands to Brussels operate as codeshares with Brussels Airlines. The codeshare agreement allows bmi regional customers to continue their journeys from their local airport to destinations across Europe, Asia, Africa and America.

bmi regional will continue to offer its USPs across all of its services, including free 20kg baggage allowance for all passengers; 30-minute check-in and allocated seating; complimentary in-flight catering and full drinks service, and a schedule to suit the needs of business travellers.


easyJet prepares for busiest flying day in its history

easyJet, one the UK’s largest airline, is expecting today to be the busiest day in its history, with holidaymakers and travellers taking advantage of the airlines low fares as the busy summer season draws to a close.

easyJet will operate a total of 1,451 flights on September 5, carrying over 210,000 passengers to popular destinations across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, it said.

Business travellers are also flying in increasing numbers this week as Europe returns to business after summer. Nearly one fifth of easyJet’s passengers are travelling on business, mainly on day trips and to all the key cities in Europe.

The popular leisure break destinations for UK holidaymakers departing this Friday include sunspots like Malaga and Alicante, along with cities like Barcelona. The busiest business destinations are Paris, Amsterdam and Geneva.

Sophie Dekkers, easyJet’s UK Director, said: ‘We always find that our busy summer season continues well into September as many of our customers take advantage of schools going back, our low fares and fantastic range of destinations. We’re delighted that so many passengers have chosen to start their late-summer breaks with us.

‘This coincides with Europe getting back to business after the summer break. Business passengers are attracted to easyJet due to the airline’s low fares, industry leading punctuality and friendly service across Europe’s leading network – all of these factors help the airline to both attract and retain new business customers.

‘Our busiest day comes shortly after our busiest August ever – with 8.4% more passengers travelling with us this August compared with last. And our planes flew more than 94% full during the month which is the highest ever load factor recorded by the airline.

‘We always strive to make our passengers’ journey as easy as possible, and offer all our customers online check-in up to 30 days in advance, mobile boarding passes and live flight updates on our flight tracker tool so they can keep constantly updated even while on the move.’

easyJet carries more than 63 million passengers annually, of which 12 million travel on business. easyJet operates more than 700 routes across 32 countries and over 130 airports.