Pegasus announces biggest summer programme from Stansted

Pegasus Airlines, Turkiye’s budget airline, has announced its biggest ever flight schedule yet from London Stansted for this summer with increased flights to popular destinations across Turkiye.

For holidaymakers in London and the East of England, Pegasus is offering 55 direct flights per week for summer 2023 to five top destinations across Turkiye, including Istanbul, Antalya, Dalaman, Ankara, and Izmir.

Gareth Powell, London Stansted’s managing director, said: ‘We are delighted that Pegasus Airlines has expanded its summer schedule from London Stansted to its largest ever. Since launching here 16 years ago, the airline has built an incredibly popular network that connects passengers from the region to destinations across Turkey.

‘By increasing capacity and frequency on existing routes, passengers will have more choice and flexibility without having to travel to other airports. Operating one of the most modern aircraft fleets in Europe, and in particular Airbus’ A321 neo, we are very proud to have them as a highly valued and key partner at the airport.

‘We look forward to working with them for many years to come as they continue to develop and grow their services from London Stansted.’

Barbaros Kubatolu, chief financial officer of Pegasus Airlines, said: ‘That more than six million passengers have flown with Pegasus Airlines from London Stansted since 2007 is a special milestone in our history. Connecting people, places, and cultures is at the heart of what we do, and we’re proud to continue this mission, taking passengers between the UK, Turkiye and beyond.

‘We continually strive to offer the best possible experience on our well-connected low-cost flights and further our sustainability initiatives.’

Since launching operations from Stansted in 2007 with a single scheduled flight to Istanbul, the airline has expanded significantly carrying over six million passengers on routes from the airport.

easyJet adds new summer routes to Catania and Antalya from Edinburgh

easyJet, the UK-based regional airline, has announced the launch of two new routes from Edinburgh Airport – to Catania in Italy, and to Antalya in Turkey – for summer 2023.

The new Catania service will operate up to twice a week on Mondays and Fridays throughout the summer, while services to Antalya will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Both routes will provide customers in Scotland with more choice when planning their summer getaway.

The new routes also allow holidaymakers from Edinburgh to explore Catania or Antalya with easyJet holidays. Seats are available to book with fares from £31.99 for this summer.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are delighted to be welcoming the arrival of our ninth aircraft in Edinburgh today and to be celebrating the launch of our new summer routes to Catania and Antalya, which is a testament to our continued success and commitment to our customers by providing greater choice and direct connectivity to more of the fantastic destinations Europe has to offer, for what will be our biggest ever summer in Scotland.

‘We are proud to be the largest airline in Scotland and the expansion of our fleet and strengthening of our network at Edinburgh demonstrates our confidence in the resilient strength of demand for travel in the UK, with customers choosing us for our trusted brand, unrivalled network and great value fares and we can’t wait to welcome more customers on board.’

Kate Sherry, Chief Commercial Officer (Aero) said: ‘It’s great to see the new routes to Catania and Antalya commence as both offer something very different to our passengers, ensuring we are offering choice of destination and experience where we can. We love to provide excitement to and a sense of adventure to people looking to get away and we know offering them a variety of destinations is something that provides that.

‘The basing of another aircraft at Edinburgh to expand easyJet’s presence to nine at Scotland’s airport really demonstrates the airline’s commitment to growth in the capital. We are always looking to use the latest aircraft with the most modern technology and four A320s delivers that, and we look forward to working with each other to provide more choice for passengers where we can.’

easyJet has also introduced an additional aircraft to its base at Edinburgh Airport, to serve demand. With the arrival of the new 186-seat Airbus A320, easyJet will now base nine A320 aircraft at Edinburgh Airport.

British Airways commences new service to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen from Heathrow

British Airways has announced the launch of its new service between London Heathrow and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen

Located on the Anatolian side of the city, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (ISG) is the gateway into Istanbul’s rich history, culture, shopping and dining.

The new route between London Heathrow (LHR) and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) will operate four times per week on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays on a mix of A320 and A321 aircraft. Return fares start from £368 in Club Europe (British Airways’ business class cabin) and £130 in Euro Traveller (economy).

British Airways’ Head of Corporate Sales in Europe, Elisabeth Ruff, said: ‘As we continue our investment programme into new products, services, and technology, we’re excited to open up even greater connectivity between two of the world’s leading cities, Istanbul and London.’

Berk Albayrak, CEO, Sabiha Gokcen Airport, said: ‘British Airways has become the 45th airline to operate to Sabiha Gokcen and now our passengers can benefit from its extensive global route network. British Airways serves 200 destinations in more than 65 countries and with their large fleet and renowned services, the addition of this route will undoubtedly further enhance the travel experience of our guests.’

Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen has become the latest destination to join British Airways’ network, with the inaugural flight landing on Thursday June 1, 2023. Sabiha Gokcen serves 154 destinations located across 51 countries via flights operated by 45 airlines.

Jet2 announces over 25,000 extra seats to Turkey for Summer 23

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the British leisure airline and tour operator, has announced the introduction of additional flights and holidays to Turkey for Summer 23 from seven UK bases.

In response to strong demand, Jet2 has put additional flights on sale to Antalya and Dalaman. The extra services are available between March and June from Belfast International, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and London Stansted Airports.

With the expansion, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have added over 25,000 extra seats to the two hotspots for Summer 23, giving customers and independent travel agents increased choice and flexibility for travel to Turkey’s Turquoise Coast to relish summer sunshine. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays now have two million seats to Turkey on sale this summer.

This expansion means Jet2 will operate up to 186 weekly flights to Turkey from the company’s 10 UK bases in Summer 23.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘Just weeks after being recognised as a Which? Recommended Provider, we are delighted to be announcing even more award-winning flights and holidays to Turkey for customers and independent travel agents to choose from. As the UK’s leading airline and tour operator to Turkey, we are experiencing strong demand from customers looking to enjoy some early Turkish sun and take advantage of the fantastic value the destination offers. As always, we have been quick to respond by adding extra capacity to Antalya and Dalaman from seven of our UK bases. This expansion further strengthens our commitment to the destination and comes as a result of us working with our industry and hotel partners in Turkey. We are looking forward to bringing even more holidaymakers to this fantastic destination and allowing them to experience our VIP customer service.’

Arzu Kahraman Yilmaz, Counsellor of the Turkish Culture and Information Office in the UK, commented: ‘Through our partnership with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays and the new flights they are offering, more UK visitors will be able to experience destinations across Turkiye in 2023. Our summer destinations offer many historical, gastronomic and cultural travel options, all as part of a relaxing summer holiday. We look forward to welcoming more Jet2.com and Jet2holidays guests from across the UK in the months ahead.’

SunExpress announces new service from Newcastle International Airport to Antalya

Leisure airline SunExpress has announced a new service from Newcastle International Airport to the Turkish sunshine resort of Antalya for summer 2023.

The new service, which will operate thrice weekly, will depart Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from March 28 through to October 28, 2023. SunExpress, which is jointly owned by Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, joins three other airlines serving Antalya from Newcastle in 2023, providing passengers with increased choice for holidays to the popular Turkish holiday hotspot.

Peter Glade, SunExpress’ Commercial Director, said: ‘What could be more fitting than to add a destination to our growing flight schedule that already carries the ‘New’ in its name? We are thrilled to be further expanding our footprint in the UK and to add Newcastle International Airport to our route network next year. I’m sure that passengers in England’s North-Eastern region will fall in love quickly with our vibrant and diverse home city. It offers everything that makes for a successful holiday: crystal-clear water, beautiful beaches, excellent cuisine and unbeatable value for money.’

Chris Ion, Aviation Development Manager at Newcastle International Airport said: ‘We are delighted that SunExpress has chosen Newcastle International Airport and the North East of England as their newest UK airport gateway and we look forward to welcoming the Airline to the Airport in 2023. Turkey is one of the North East’s most popular holiday destinations and this summer saw our largest ever choice of flights and holidays to the destination. This new service from SunExpress will offer our passengers even more choice at competitive prices to explore Antalya, one of the most popular and vibrant holiday destinations in the Mediterranean.’

SunExpress has recently expanded services from across the UK and Newcastle International Airport will be their sixth UK airport gateway. Named Best Leisure Airline in Turkey 2021, SunExpress currently operates flights from London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham airports, expanding their services for summer 2023 to include Newcastle International Airport and Bristol Airport.

Jet2 announces expanded winter sun programme for 2023/24 from Newcastle

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK-based airline and tour operator, has said that it has put an expanded Winter Sun programme on sale from Newcastle Airport for Winter 23/24 – including a new winter route to Malta.

In addition, the companies’ Ski and City Winter 23/24 destinations will also go on sale from Newcastle Airport starting next month.

With 12 Winter Sun destinations going on sale from Newcastle Airport, the programme includes a brand-new route from the base for Winter 23/24 to Malta – with a weekly service. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are offering more choice to Antalya from Newcastle Airport too, with up to three weekly services departing in Winter 23/24.

The companies also offer services to the Canary Islands, including Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, with up to 22 weekly departures to the Canaries from Newcastle Airport next winter. In addition, services will operate to Spain (Malaga and Alicante), Majorca (Palma), Portugal (Faro and Madeira) and Cyprus (Paphos).

In total, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are offering nearly 50 flights per week to these destinations from Newcastle Airport with multiple services available during winter from early-November through to the end of April.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘We are seeing strong demand from customers in the North East wanting to escape the long British winter by booking their Winter 23/24 holiday nice and early. In response to this demand, we are stepping in by putting our Winter Sun programme on sale from Newcastle Airport. We are pleased to be launching a brand-new route to Malta from the base for Winter 23/24, on top of offering a fantastic selection of other popular Winter Sun destinations. With more customers than ever wanting to give themselves something to look forward to next year, we have no doubt that these hotspots will be extremely popular with both customers and independent travel agents in the region. The unrivalled programme on sale from Newcastle Airport means customers and independent travel agents need look no further when it comes to booking or travelling on their well-deserved holidays next year. The strong demand we are seeing for Winter Sun means we are looking ahead with real confidence and look forward to revealing even more details of our exciting Winter 23/24 programme from Newcastle Airport very soon.’

Nick Jones, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport said: ‘Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ increased winter 2023/24 schedule demonstrates the airline’s ongoing commitment to the region and confidence in the North East’s largest airport. This announcement recognises strong demand for travel in the region and the extension of Jet2.com’s Malta service into November and March.’

Jet2 extends Summer 23 season to Dalaman and Izmir

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK airline and tour operator to Turkey, has said that it is extending Summer 2023 to Dalaman and Izmir by starting the services earlier.

The expansion means that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will start flying to Dalaman from March 17 next year, giving holidaymakers and independent travel agents more choice to reach Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. In addition, the companies are also bringing forward the start of flights to Izmir for Summer 23, with flights now operating from April 15.

The announcement comes after Jet2 brought forward the start of their Summer 23 season to Bodrum, with flights operating from the beginning of April. This is in addition to year-round services operating to Antalya from all ten of the company’s UK bases.

The extended season to Dalaman comes into effect from six UK bases, with multiple weekly flights now commencing from Birmingham ( March 17), Bristol (March 17), Glasgow (April 2), Leeds Bradford ( March 20), Manchester ( March 17) and London Stansted (March 17). Resorts on sale include Olu Deniz, Marmaris, Iclemer and Dalyan.

Flights and holidays to Izmir will start earlier in the season from the following three bases too – Birmingham ( April 18), Manchester ( April 15) and London Stansted (April 17). Izmir is at the top end of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast and offers seaside fun in resorts such as Kusadasi and Ozdere, long with old town walls hiding tavernas and bustling bazaars, plus ancient sites close by, such as Ephesus.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Dalaman and Izmir are both enormously popular with customers and independent travel agents, and there is huge demand for both destinations and not just during the peak summer season. We have experienced a remarkable period of growth in Turkey on the back of this sustained demand, and we have continued to demonstrate our commitment to Turkey by working alongside the Turkish government, hoteliers and our partners to bring more UK holidaymakers to this wonderful country. By extending the Summer 23 season to Dalaman and Izmir, we are continuing to demonstrate that commitment and we know just how popular these additional services will be.’

Arzu Kahraman Yilmaz, Counsellor of The Turkish Culture and Information Office, said: ‘With both Dalaman and Izmir witnessing a surge in travellers for both short and long breaks throughout the year, the extended routes from the regional airports in the UK to these iconic hotspots will make travel to Turkiye ever more easy.’

Jet2 expands services to Dalaman from London Stansted Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK leisure and holiday operator, has announced the expansion of flight services and package holidays to Dalaman from London Stansted Airport as the companies celebrate five years of service on the route.

When Jet2.com and Jet2holidays first launched flights and holidays to Dalaman from London Stansted Airport, the companies operated up to two weekly flights from the base to the Turkish sunshine.

With demand for flights and holidays to Dalaman increasing, Jet2.com and Jet2holiays have since expanded their Dalaman programme from London Stansted Airport to up to 12 weekly flights for Summer 22, with daily flights available and twice-daily services on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to be celebrating five years of operating our award-winning flights and package holidays to Dalaman from London Stansted Airport today. During this time, Dalaman has proved extremely popular, and we have seen strong demand from customers and independent travel agents in the South West looking to enjoy this Turkish hotspot. To meet with this demand, we have continued to expand our offering and have a huge programme on sale to Dalaman from London Stansted for Summer 22, giving customers and independent travel agents unrivalled choice when it comes to enjoying a holiday with our award-winning airline and tour operator. In addition to looking back over the years, we are also using today’s celebrations as an opportunity to look towards the future with confidence and positivity. We are extremely proud to have reached this important milestone and look forward to continuing to take many more happy holidaymakers to this destination for years to come.’

With the expansion, Jet2 has over 110,000 seats on sale for Summer 22 from London Stansted Airport to Dalaman, representing a capacity increase of over 1,000 percent compared to Summer 2017.

In addition to a choice of thousands of 2-5 star hotels through Jet2holidays, customers can take advantage of tens of thousands of Free Child Places this summer. The company has recently added a Free Child Place onto every single flight departing from the UK in June, July and August 2022.

Jet2 announces flights to Bodrum, Turkey

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the leading leisure airline and UK’s leading tour operator, have announced the start of their Summer 23 season to Bodrum, with flights operating from the beginning of April from Birmingham, Manchester and London Stansted Airports for the first time.

The additional services mean Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are operating up to seven weekly services to Bodrum from the three London bases during April 2023.

Stretching from Turkey’s southwest coast into the Aegean Sea, Bodrum is situated amongst crumbling ruins, beautiful bays and yacht-filled marinas and provides the perfect blend of age-old tradition and modern attractions. A favourite for holidaymakers seeking sunshine, the region has retained its authentic side, with traditional Turkish cuisine and incredible ancient ruins at Bodrum’s heart.

The addition of these new flights, as well as a choice of hotels that are available to book from early-April onwards, comes in response to customers looking to grab a slice of early summer sun. Hotels on sale include the four-star family favourite Bodrum Holiday Resort & Spa, the four-star Maxeria Blue Didyma, the four-star Parkim Ayaz as well as the four-star Very Chic, amongst others.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to be bringing forward the start of the Summer season to Bodrum and offering flights and holidays to this popular destination from April 2023 from Birmingham, Manchester and London Stansted Airports. The earlier start to the season has been done in conjunction with our partners in Turkey who we have worked hard with to make this happen and is a result of a successful partnership. By working in conjunction with the Turkish government, hoteliers and our partners, we are able to extend the season to Bodrum by offering flights and holidays from the beginning of April for the first time ever and providing customers and independent travel agents with even greater choice when it comes to escaping the April showers. With a fantastic selection of hotels on sale too, we know this April programme will be enormously popular.’

Director of GoTurkiye office in London; Arzu Yilmaz, said: ‘Bodrum has long been popular with British visitors, and we are delighted with this vote of confidence by Jet2.com and Jet2holidays in one of Turkiye’s leading destinations. We welcome the additional flights they will be operating, and are confident they will prove popular with those seeking some early summer sun.’

Jet2 starts flights to Izmir for the first time from Bristol Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK-based airline and tour operator, has said that it has launched a brand new route to Izmir from Bristol Airport for Summer 22.

Jet2 will operate weekly Tuesday services to the Turkish city of Izmir from Bristol Airport this summer from May 3 to November 1. In addition, the companies will launch their new route to Bodrum from Bristol Airport on May 5. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will operate weekly Thursday services to the popular Turkish destination from May 5 to 19, increasing to up to two weekly services (Monday and Thursday) from May 30 to October 31.

The addition of Izmir and Bodrum to Jet2’s Summer 22 programme means the companies are operating to four Turkish destinations from the base this summer – Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and Izmir. The company’s inaugural flights to Girona (Costa Brava), Larnaca, Costa de Almeria, Reus, Halkidiki, Malta and Verona from Bristol Airport will also depart for the first time this month and in early June. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays launched a new route to Alicante on April 1 too.

In addition to Izmir and Bodrum, the full breakdown of the Summer 22 programme to these new routes from Bristol Airport include: weekly Saturday services to Girona (Costa Brava) operating from May 28 to October 29; up to two weekly services (Monday and Friday) to Larnaca, operating from May 27 to October 31; weekly Wednesday services to Costa de Almeria, operating from June 1 to October 26; and up to two weekly services (Monday and Thursday) to Reus, operating from May 12 to October 31.

Jet2 will also operate up to three weekly services (Monday, Friday and Saturday) to Alicante, operating until November 19, increasing to up to four weekly services (Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from May 29 to November 5. The company will also operate weekly Wednesday services to Halkidiki, operating from June 1 to October 5; weekly Tuesday services to Malta, operating from 31 May to November 1; and weekly Wednesday services to Verona operating from May 11 to September 28.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to see our first flight take off to Izmir today from our newest UK base, Bristol Airport. It is fantastic to be operating to this popular sunshine destination from Bristol Airport, as we know that this new route will prove popular with customers and independent travel agents in the region. As well as taking off to Izmir for the first time from Bristol Airport today, we are pleased to be offering a further nine new routes from the base for Summer 22, on top of an unrivalled programme to other popular sunshine favourites. With 33 sun and city destinations on sale this summer from the Bristol Airport, we are giving customers and independent travel agents huge choice when it comes to enjoying a holiday with our award-winning airline and tour operator.’

With 83 weekly flights available during peak times Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have 33 sun and city destinations on sale across the Mediterranean, Canary Islands and Europe for Summer 22 from Bristol Airport.