TUI announces expanded holiday programme from Bristol Airport for Summer 2022

TUI UK has announced the expansion of its holiday programme for summer 2022 from Bristol Airport with the reintroduction of flights to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and expanded services to other destinations.

Following increased customer demand, TUI will increase flights to popular destinations such as Tenerife and Paphos, which will operate three times a week, while flights to Florida will operate twice a week.

The new Bristol to Turkey programme will see four flights a week operating to Dalaman, three to Antalya and two flights a week to Bodrum. There will also be an extensive Greece programme available, with the choice of nine Greek islands on offer. Flights to Halkidiki and Santorini will operate once a week, twice a week to Skiathos and Kefalonia, three times a week to Corfu, Heraklion, Kos, and Rhodes and four times a week to Zante.

For next summer, TUI will also reintroduce flights to one of Egypt’s most popular destinations, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, flying twice a week. For customers looking to travel long haul, there will be two options available from Bristol Airport – Cancun and Orlando Melbourne International.

TUI will also offer 10/11-night holidays for customers travelling from Bristol Airport. The number of flights to Bodrum, Fuerteventura and Hurghada will be increased to twice a week for summer 2022.

Richard Sofer, Commercial & Business Development Director at TUI said: ‘As the airline with the largest regional airport network in the UK, we’re committed to offering our customers as much availability as possible to our great range of holidays. We’re delighted to expand our summer 2022 programme from Bristol with increased flying to several destinations and a reintroduced route, providing even more flight options for our customers.’

Dave Lees, CEO at Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with TUI’s exciting, expanded Summer 2022 programme from Bristol Airport. The additional flights are particularly welcome as the routes remain high on the wish-list of customers using Bristol Airport. The improved range of destinations and improved frequency will help ensure TUI offers customers throughout the South West and Wales a great choice and options of holidays available from their regional airport.’

easyJet launches new routes and resumes holidays to the Canary Islands

easyJet has said that it will put more flights on sale to the Canary Islands in response to an increase in demand for flights and holidays.

easyJet will be putting additional flights on sale across its routes to the islands from London Gatwick, London Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast. With its year-round sunshine, beautiful long beaches and range of hotels, the Canary Islands are a great option for a winter sun getaway. Over 180,000 additional seats to the Canary Islands will now be available up to the end of March 2021, with fares from £22.99, one way per person, including taxes.

The move comes after the UK government announced that the Islands have been added to the list of quarantine exempt destinations for British travellers. Holidays are available to book now with packages available from £289 per person.

Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager, easyJet said: ‘We welcome the announcement from the UK government that the Canary Islands have been added to the list of quarantine exempt countries for British travellers.

‘This will mean many of our customers will be able to take a winter sun break to these popular islands or reschedule a holiday that they’ve been unable to take this summer as a result of the last minute changes to quarantine restrictions.

‘Since the government’s announcement last night we’ve already seen a surge of demand for flights and holidays to the Canary Islands – we’ve seen a 500% increase day on day on searches – so we know that there is customer demand, they want to travel and this demonstrates they will do so when travel restrictions are relaxed. In response to the demand we’re seeing from our customers we’re putting additional flights on sale from today well as launching five new routes to the Canary Islands from our airports across the UK.

Additionally, more flights are now available from London Gatwick and Manchester to Tenerife on Sunday October 25 and November 1, Manchester to Lanzarote on October 25 and 31 and Gatwick to Lanzarote on October 25, 26 and 31.

easyJet is also launching five new routes to from Edinburgh to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura; from Glasgow to Tenerife and Gran Canaria; and Belfast to Tenerife, with flights taking off from November 7. The new routes due to launch this winter from London Luton to Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, which will now take-off ahead of schedule also from November 7, easyJet said.

Jet2.com announces expanded winter programme, opens operational base at Tenerife South Airport

The UK-based travel and holiday company Jet2.com has announced the expansion of its flights programme to the Canary Islands for this winter, adding that it has opened an operational base at Tenerife South Airport to support the winter programme.

Jet2 has added over 200,000 departing seats from across nine of its UK bases this winter, in response to increasing demand from British holidaymakers looking to visit Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria.

To support this expanded Canary Islands operation, the company has opened an Operational Base at Tenerife South Airport, enabling it to have a spare aircraft and replacement crew on permanent standby. The new base will support an expanded flying programme, with daily and multiple weekly flights operating to Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria this winter.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘We are the UK’s leading operator to the Canary Islands, and we continue to demonstrate our confidence and commitment by adding more flights and holidays to the Islands. The opening of this Operational Base at Tenerife South Airport underlines our commitment to the Canary Islands and will play a key role in supporting our expansion, whilst also ensuring that we continue to deliver our award-winning customer experience.’

Pedro Manuel Martin Dominguez, President of the Island Government of Tenerife said: ‘We are thrilled that Jet2.com has chosen to open an operational base in Tenerife. It shows their continued commitment to the island after adding in a lot of extra capacity this winter proving that Tenerife remains a top choice for UK holidays.’

Jet2.com was recently recognised as the Best Short-Haul Airline by readers of Telegraph Travel. The Telegraph Travel Awards are based on the opinions of thousands of holidaymakers, who had voted their choice of airlines, both short-haul and long-haul. The short-haul category was based on how airlines ‘impress their passengers’, with Telegraph Travel recognising Jet2.com ahead of other short-haul airlines for ‘friendly low fares’ and customer service.

The airline was also recognised for delivering a VIP customer service at the 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, with five top awards: Best Airline – UK, Best Airline – Europe, Best Low Cost Airline – Europe, Best Economy Class – Europe and Top 10 Airlines of the World.

Jet2 announces more flights to Canaries from Belfast International Airport

The UK-based travel and holiday company Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced more seats and holidays for Summer 2020 in the Canary Islands from Belfast International Airport in response to extra demand from Northern Ireland holidaymakers.

Jet2 said that it has added 10,000 departing seats to Tenerife and around 10,000 departing seats to Lanzarote. The latest expansion would mean that nearly 130,000 seats will be on sale to the Canary Islands from Belfast International Airport in Summer 2020, an increase of 33 percent on Summer 19.

With 11 weekly flights to the Canary Islands, the expansion includes additional weekly Monday services to Tenerife from May through to October, as Jet2 will operate up to four weekly services to Tenerife during this period. An additional Tuesday service will be added to Lanzarote from May through to October, offering up to three weekly flights to this popular Canary Islands hotspot.

In addition to the services to Lanzarote and Tenerife, Jet2 will also offer two weekly services to both Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura from Belfast International Airport for Summer 2020.

Other key highlights on Jet2’s Summer 2020 programme include: over 50 departing weekly flights during peak periods, increased seats to sunshine favourites Palma (Majorca), Malaga, Malta and Reus (Costa Dorada); weekly services to Antalya and Izmir on top of twice weekly services to Dalaman, Turkey.

Further, over 10,000 seats will be on sale to Cyprus, weekly services will be operated to the Greek sun spots in Crete (Heraklion), Rhodes or Zante, increased choice and flexibility to hotspots such as Costa de Almeria, Alicante, Girona (Costa Brava), Ibiza and Menorca; up to five weekly services to Faro (Algarve, with flights on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; services every Sunday to Naples, from April until November; and a weekly Tuesday service to Bourgas (Bulgaria) operating on larger aircraft.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We have responded quickly to extra demand for flights and holidays to Tenerife and Lanzarote, by adding more of our award-winning flights and ATOL protected package holidays for Summer 20 from Belfast International Airport. This means holidaymakers in the region now have even more choice and flexibility when it comes to getting some summer sun.’

easyJet launches six new UK routes for winter 2019

easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, has recently said that it will launch six new routes from the UK this winter.

The new routes are from Manchester to Hurghada (Egypt), Rovaniemi (Lapland) and Verona (Italy); Belfast to Marrakech, Bristol to Hurghada and Liverpool to Tenerife. Flights are available on sale at easyJet.com.

Neil Slaven, UK Country Manager, easyJet said: ‘We’re delighted to announce seven new routes from the UK for this coming winter which allow us to offer our customers an even wider range of exiting destinations to visit this year. We remain committed to providing great value services to our customers by offering low fares, a convenient schedule and more choice when they travel.’

easyJet’s new route to Hurghada will start on October 30, 2019 and will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Verona flights will operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays commencing October 28, 2019 on an A320 aircraft. Fares will start from £34.99 per person. Offering a beautiful Christmas experience, flights to Rovaniemi will start on November 21, operating twice a week on Monday and Thursdays. Fares start from £36.99 per person.

The UK-based airline’s new route from Bristol Airport to Hurghada will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting October 30, 2019 and will operate throughout the winter. Flights from Belfast International Airport to Marrakech will commence on October 30, 2019 and operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the winter. Fares start from £26.99 one way per person. easyJet’s new route from Liverpool to Tenerife starts on October 30, 2019 and will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Fares will start from £35.99 per person.

TUI UK announces new winter routes from Bristol Airport

TUI UK, one of the UK’s leading holiday companies, has announced the launch of its winter programme at Bristol airport with new weekly routes to Keflavik, Dalaman and Naples and additional flights to Tenerife for the 2019 season.

Available for booking now, the winter 2019 programme will offer holidaymakers more choice and flexibility, with an increased capacity of nearly 8,000 additional seats at Bristol Airport. Customers will also have the option of 10- and 11- night holidays to Malaga in Spain and Palma in Majorca at the end season of next winter. There will also be an additional day added to the flight programme for flights from Bristol airport to Tenerife.

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with the continued expansion of TUI’s services from Bristol Airport which sees holidays and flights on sale into the next decade from the largest airport in the South West and Wales region of the UK. The new services to Memmingham and Toulouse will be particularly welcomed by Winter sports enthusiasts and the extended long-haul service to Cancun will provide the opportunity to enjoy the sun during the Winter season. In addition, TUI will deploy a third based short haul aircraft during the Winter providing additional capacity to destinations such as Tenerife, Naples and Dalaman.’

TUI UK’s Director of Aviation Planning Karen Switzer said: ‘Adding more choice and flexibility for the winter 2019 season demonstrates our commitment to Bristol Airport and the local area, as we continue to focus on expanding access to our amazing range of holidays through an extended flying programming concentrated on the core destinations that we know our customers want to visit.’

This is the first time that TUI will also be selling summer 2020 holidays from early November – the earliest the tour operator has sold a summer programme. TUI customers will also be offered free kids places and offers on all of the TUI favourite hotel concepts including Family Life, Sensatori, Splashworld, Holiday Village and Suneo Club.

Primera Air announces winter schedule at Birmingham with four new destinations, direct transatlantic flights

Icelandic low cost airline Primera Air has announced its winter schedule at Birmingham Airport with flight services to Tenerife, La Palma, Alicante, Malaga and Reykjavik.

‘Midlands travellers have shown great interest in our Spanish leisure destinations and it gives us confidence that our winter flights will give them improved flight options,’ said Primera Air’s Chief Commercial Officer Anastasija Visnakova. ‘We’re happy that Reykjavik is our first short haul Northern European destination out of UK. For an airline, whose roots stem from Iceland, it is also a somewhat symbolic move’ Ms. Visnakova added.

For winter 2018, Primera will operate flight services from Birmingham: to Alicante starting December 6, on Thursdays and Sundays, with prices starting from £35.00; to Tenerife starting December 8, 2018, on Saturdays, with fares from £49.00; to La Palma starting December 7, 2018 on Fridays with fares from £49.00; and to Reykjavik starting December 9, 2018 on Sundays with fares from £69.00. In addition, Primera will commence services to Malaga starting May 19, 2018, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, with fares from £35.00. All fares are one way.

In addition, the Nordic airline is extending its Birmingham-New York and Birmingham-Toronto flight schedule through November. ‘We are beginning our transatlantic flights to North America in just a few weeks and the final preparation stage is truly exciting! The fact that we’ve already created more than 250 jobs here, clearly shows that the UK market is at the core of our business plan, and travelers can expect to see even more transatlantic and European destinations from our UK bases in the future,’ said Ms. Visnakova.

William Pearson, Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport added : ‘We are delighted that Primera Air has added Reykjavik to its growing network of routes from Birmingham Airport. The choice of additional winter flights with Primera Air and the extension of the transatlantic routes to Toronto and New York shows the demand within the region. Primera Air offers a fantastic service on board its brand new aircraft with prices to European destinations from £35.00 and transatlantic from £149.00 one way.’

In addition, Primera Air is planning to open new bases in Birmingham, London Stansted and Paris Charles de Gaulleto commence flights to New York, Boston, Washington DC and Toronto this April along with new routes from UK to Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, Barcelona and Chania, Birmingham Airport said.

Jet2.com announces more sun routes for winter 2018/19 from Glasgow Airport

The UK-based flight and holiday company Jet2.com has announced the addition of more flights and holidays from Glasgow Airport to sun destinations such as the Canary Islands, Spain and Portugal for winter 18/19, with over 20,000 additional seats on sale.

The company has announced that 11 additional flights to the Canary Islands will go on sale for the next Christmas and New Year period. The extra services are to popular sun destinations such as Tenerife, Lanzarote, Alicante, Majorca and Faro.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘This is great news for holidaymakers looking for some winter sun out of Glasgow Airport, particularly over Christmas and New Year. The strong demand for our award winning flights and great value package holidays means we are totally committed to growing our operation at Glasgow Airport, and this announcement today shows that.’

The additional flights and holidays include two additional services to Tenerife on December 27 and December 31, as well as extra weekly services in March/April; and three additional Wednesday services to Gran Canaria over the Christmas holidays and New Year, on December 19, December 26 and January 2, 2019. Jet2.com will also operate three additional Friday services to Fuerteventura on December 21 and December 28 and January 4, 2019.

In addition, Jet2.com has added a second daily service to Lanzarote on Sundays over the Christmas holidays and New Year period on December 23, December 30 and January 6.

For the first time, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will add six services to Malaga from Glasgow with the addition of six services on December 21, December 23, 28, and 30 and on January 4 and 6. The company is also offering additional services on Mondays and Fridays from February 8.

Further, Jet2 is offering additional Monday services to Alicante starting February 4, taking the total to five weekly services during winter; additional Sunday services from March to Majorca, taking it three weekly services during this period; two additional weekly services to Barcelona on Thursdays and Sundays in January offering year-round service from Glasgow and two additional services to Faro in late-November.

All tickets are available to book at www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com, the company said.