Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announce flights and holidays to Turkey from Bristol Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, a UK leisure travel and holiday company, have announced that launch of flights and holidays to Turkey today, September 24 from Bristol Airport for the first time.

Following the easing of international travel restrictions and the removal of Turkey from the Red List, the tour operator has been quick to launch flights and holidays to Antalya and Dalaman from Bristol Airport.

With up to two weekly flights to Antalya and Dalaman available for Summer 21 from Bristol Airport, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are responding to significant demand. The companies are operating to Antalya from Bristol Airport throughout the Winter season too.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘The launch of our award-winning flights and package holidays to Turkey from Bristol Airport is fantastic news for holidaymakers. We are delighted to be starting flights and holidays to Antalya and Dalaman and to be taking customers in the region to these much-loved destinations. Customers have missed being able to visit Turkey this summer, so the reopening of the country has resulted in huge demand and comes just in time for holidaymakers to enjoy some late summer sun. We continue to look towards the future with real confidence, as customers make the most of being able to get away and enjoy some much-needed sunshine.’

Jet2’s offers customer service options including 22kg baggage allowance through a flight-only booking with Jet2.com, in-resort Customer Helpers, transfers, free child places and ATOL protection with the UK’s largest tour operator to destinations in the Mediterranean and Canary Islands. Besides a choice of thousands of 2-5 star hotels through Jet2holidays, customers can take advantage of Free Child Places, which are still available.

Newcastle International Airport resumes flights to Bristol Airport

Newcastle International Airport has said that it has resumed the route to Bristol Airport following a temporary suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Popular with both leisure and business passengers, easyJet is operating flights between the two cities four days a week throughout May and June, increasing to six days a week from July. Flights are available to book now with fares from £26.99 one way, at easyJet.com.

The resumption of flights to Bristol comes amid connectivity improvement in the region with a total of five airlines operating on key domestic and international routes from the North East’s largest airport. In addition to Bristol, these include Belfast, also with easyJet, Aberdeen and Southampton with Loganair, Amsterdam with KLM, London Heathrow with British Airways and Paris with Air France.

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘I am sure many of our passengers will be pleased to see flights resuming to Bristol, providing vital connectivity into the South West of England and South Wales. We look forward to welcoming more passengers back to the airport over the coming weeks and months.’

‘We are working very hard with our airline partners to restore connectivity to these key markets and each destination added to the arrivals and departures board marks another step to the Airport’s recovery.’

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘We are pleased to have resumed flights from Newcastle to Bristol from 2nd May, providing key connectivity across the UK and to our customers in the North East. We know that flexibility continues to be crucial for customers so our Protection Promise is now even more flexible, meaning our customers can book with confidence knowing that if they are unable to travel or their plans change so can their flights.’

‘We look forward to being able to reconnect even more people and reunite friends and family across the UK this summer.’

Separately, as international travel resumes, Newcastle International Airport has recently added Turkish airline Corendon Airlines to offer twice weekly services to the popular Turkish sunshine resorts of Antalya and Dalaman from the airport. The services will start in April 2022, with fares from £52.99 one way. Further, Spanish low cost airline, Vueling also confirmed it would be operating direct flights to Barcelona from Newcastle between July and October 2021.

Birmingham Airport announces new services to Turkey, Jersey

Birmingham Airport has said that AnadoluJet, a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, will launch a new service to the popular leisure destinations of Antalya and Dalaman in Turkey from the Airport, starting July 19, 2021.

Commenting on the service, Tom Screen, Birmingham Airport’s Aviation Director, said: ‘As we prepare to welcome customers back flying again, we are extremely pleased that AnadoluJet will be offering new services to Antalya and Dalaman from the 19th July 2021. Working with its parent company, Turkish Airlines, over many years of flying to Istanbul from Birmingham, I know that customers will receive outstanding service, affordability and reliability with AnadoluJet.’

The flights will arrive into Birmingham daily at 1140 hours and depart at 1240 hours, using a 189 seat Boeing 737-800 jet. Bookings can be made via www.thy.com or www.anadolujet.com or through local travel agents.

Omer Faruk, Turkish Airlines’ General Manager, Birmingham, said: ‘We are delighted to announce that we are starting non-stop flights to Antalya and Dalaman with AnadoluJet, trademark of Turkish Airlines. Whether it’s couples looking for a romantic break, families setting sail on a summer holiday or friends looking for a week of fun in the sun, Antalya and Dalaman have something for everyone. We are looking forward to welcoming passengers onboard this summer.’

Separately, the UK Airport said that Blue Islands will operate flights to Jersey starting from April 26 following the Government of Jersey’s announcement concerning the relaxation of travel restrictions for UK visitors.

Rob Veron, CEO Blue Islands said, ‘Today’s announcement is incredibly exciting, this is the news we have all been waiting for and provides assurance for consumers who are eager to travel. The easing of travel restrictions and aligning with the UK Common Travel Area means that the beautiful island of Jersey is open and ready to safely welcome guests once again.

‘This will be an amazing opportunity to visit a beautiful and safe island, so close to home. Whether you are looking for a short break or a longer holiday, a trip to Jersey will feel a world away this summer. We are working closely with Visit Jersey to ensure that Jersey as a visitor destination will be more appealing than ever.’

Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport, added: ‘It is great to see the resumption of services from our airline partners. With easy access to Jersey with Blue Islands from the 26th April this means our customers can book with confidence with a reputable airline but also with the knowledge of the easing of travel restrictions to this Common Travel area. We look forward to welcoming back Blue Islands’ customers.’

Jet2.com bookings to Turkey double as tourism reopens

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK-based leisure airline and holiday company, has said that it has registered an increase in customers booking flights and holidays as countries open up for travel after the Covid-19 lockdown.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has reported a 1,000 percent increase in bookings immediately following the UK Prime Minister’s announcement of an exit roadmap from lockdown, and customer demand is continuing. Since the exit plan, a number of countries across Europe and the Mediterranean, including Greece, Spain, Cyprus and Portugal, have announced that UK holidaymakers will be able to travel to these countries in summer.

According to Jet2, bookings to Turkey doubled after the Turkish Tourism Minister said that holidaymakers from the UK will be welcome this summer. In response to this demand, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has put over 100 additional flights on sale to Turkey.

Extra capacity has been added to Antalya, Bodrum and Dalaman with additional flights operating from late-June to late-October, with a focus on the late-Summer season.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘Turkey has continued to be a popular choice, and the welcome news that UK holidaymakers can enjoy the Turkish sunshine this summer has translated into an immediate rush of bookings. We already have fantastic choice on sale to Turkey from across our network of UK bases, and these additional flights and holidays come in direct response to the demand that we have been seeing. Once again, customers are telling us that they want to get away, and once again we are quick to respond to that – giving customers and independent travel agents even more choice when it comes to getting away on a real package holiday.’

‘We know our customers want to get away and we know that our destinations are keen to welcome them. The UK government has shown that there is a clear ambition to reopen international travel in the coming months and we look forward to more detail in due course. This week marks one year since international travel was first shut down because of the pandemic, and there are sunnier skies ahead. As soon as travel reopens, we will be ready to take our customers on their well-deserved holidays.’

Jet2 expands services to Antalya for UK holidaymakers and golfers

The UK travel and holiday company Jet2.com has said that it has added more flights and holidays to Antalya in March 2022, following increased demand from holidaymakers, as well as golfers looking for the best courses in the Turkish sunshine.

With the addition, customers travelling from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle Airports will have more choice and flexibility when looking to book a holiday or golf break to Antalya.

Besides the beautiful holiday resorts, Turkey’s Antalya region is an emerging location in the golfing world, with 14 top-class courses in the upmarket resort of Belek. The region has in recent years hosted some of the world’s best players to prominent European tour events as well as the Turkish Open. With world-class courses and a selection of golf hotels to choose from, golfers can enjoy attractive fairways.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘The stunning Antalya region is becoming more and more popular with all types of customer, from families and couples through to golfers. Holidaymakers can enjoy beaches, culture, waterparks and incredible cuisine for amazing value and the wide selection of world-class courses, complemented by stunning hotels, makes Antalya a golfing paradise too. When you factor in the glorious sunny weather on top of that, Antalya in March is a very attractive proposition which is why we are increasing capacity in response to demand. We haven’t stopped there either, as golfers can also take their favourite clubs with them for just GBP1 thanks to our new golf carriage promotion.’

Customers looking for a holiday next March can choose from up to four weekly services to Antalya from Glasgow, and up to three weekly services from Edinburgh and Newcastle. In addition, as part of a new golf carriage promotion, customers travelling with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays can take their golf clubs with them for £1.

Jet2 adds additional flights and holidays to Turkey and Greece from Birmingham Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has added more flights and holidays to Greece and Turkey from Birmingham Airport for this summer.

In offering more choice and flexibility to visit Turkey and Greece this summer, Jet2 is offering over 15,000 additional seats on sale from Birmingham Airport. To meet the increased demand, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has added over 6,000 seats to Antalya and Dalaman. This increases the company’s total capacity to Turkey (Dalaman, Antalya and Bodrum) this summer from Birmingham Airport.

Presently seven destinations are on sale to Greece (Corfu, Crete (Chania), Crete (Heraklion), Skiathos, Kos, Rhodes and Zante) from Birmingham Airport. The company has also added over 9,000 additional seats added to Crete (Heraklion), Skiathos, Rhodes, Kos and Zante.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are seeing a real spike in demand for holidays and flights to Turkey and Greece, and as usual we have been quick to respond to what our customers want. With more seats and holidays on sale to these fantastic destinations from Birmingham Airport, along with some fabulous deals, there’s no better time to escape the gloom of the UK and reach the turquoise seas and stunning beaches of Turkey and Greece.

‘We have been demonstrating our commitment to Turkey and Greece over recent years, as seen through our continued growth, and we are working with governments and tourist boards to strengthen and develop that commitment. We would like to say thank you to them for their continued support.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘Jet2.com and Jet2holidays always puts the customer first and by increasing the number of holidays and flights to both Greece and Turkey shows their level of commitment to the Midlands and their customers, ensuring that there is a holiday available for all.

‘The demand witnessed to Turkey and Greece is a positive sign for the travel industry and customers can rest assured that they can book with confidence. It is very responsive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays that they can adapt their routes to ensure that all customers from the Midlands have the chance to take a well-earned break.’

TUI UK announces summer holidays from Bournemouth Airport

TUI UK, one of the UK’s largest holiday companies, has announced its summer 2020 holiday programme starting on August 1, from Bournemouth Airport, with flights to Turkey and Spain.

Between August 1 and 7, the company will offer holidays to five destinations including Lanzarote, Corfu, Antalya, Dalaman and Palma. More destinations will be added to the programme throughout August and September, with a total of seven destinations accessible from Bournemouth by early October. The first flight from Bournemouth Airport will depart on August 1 to Palma, Majorca.

Richard Sofer, Commercial Director, TUI UK & Ireland said: ‘After four months of not taking people on holidays, we are incredibly excited to be back at Bournemouth Airport and taking our customers away. We’re starting small, offering holidays to some of our most popular destinations, so that those who want to travel can do so safely.

‘Our customers can be sure they’ll be taken care of through every part of their holiday with us – from the flight, to the transfers, and the hotel – particularly with our new COVID-19 Cover included with every booking. We realise we’re almost halfway through the summer, so we’re glad we’re finally able to offer a variety of choices so our customers can make the most of what’s left of the warmer months.’

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport said: ‘Confidence is growing amongst passengers and airlines, and TUI offers a greater choice of European destinations for passengers looking to get away this summer and enjoy a well-earned break in the sun. We’re delighted to get going again and in particular to welcome TUI back to Bournemouth Airport. We’ve all been working hard to make sure the appropriate safety measures are in place to protect passengers and TUI’s additional COVID Cover offers peace of mind for those booking for summer 2020.’

TUI Blue for Families is offering seven night holidays from Bournemouth Airport to Palma staying at the TUI Blue Alcudia Pins on self-catering basis, from £472 per person when booked online. Price is based on two adults and two children sharing and includes flights departing from Bournemouth Airport on August 15, 2020.

TUI Platinum is offering seven night holidays from Bournemouth Airport to Antalya staying at the Aska Lara Resort & Spa on an all-inclusive basis from £642 per person when booked online. Price is based on two adults and two children sharing and includes flights departing from Bournemouth Airport on August 8, 2020. Holidays can be booked at TUI.co.uk.

Norwich Airport launches destination guide for annual holidays

Norwich Airport has recently launched its annual destination guide for this year – Fly Norwich 2020 – offering a choice of sun destinations for holidaymakers looking to book their annual holiday.

Fly Norwich 2020 features 21 destinations in 10 countries, with over 700 worldwide connections through Amsterdam, with up to four flights a day from Norwich to the Netherlands.

For 2020, Norwich Airport is offering new direct flights to the Antalya region on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, plus two flights a week to Dalaman in Turkey. In addition, for winter 2020, there are twice weekly flights to Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

Norwich Airport will offer direct services to Bulgaria (Bourgas), Cyprus (Paphos), Greece (Corfu, Crete, Rhodes), Italy (Bergamo), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Spain – Balearics (Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca), Spain – Canaries (Tenerife), and Turkey (Antalya and Dalaman). In the UK there are daily flights to Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and regular services to Jersey, all with Loganair, and Guernsey in the Channel Islands, with Aurigny. There are also day trips and short breaks to Lapland.

Managing Director Richard Pace said: ‘We’re delighted to be publishing the latest edition of Fly Norwich with a host of ideas and inspiration for discovering the world with Norwich Airport.

‘Whether it’s a fly-cruise, short break, summer sun, winter escapes or business links, our fantastic choice of direct flights and even more onward connections via Amsterdam makes the world readily accessible, all with the ease and convenience of flying from your local airport.’

Norwich Airport is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Over 544,000 passengers have used the airport over the 12 month period ended March 2019. Carriers operating from Norwich include TUI, KLM and Loganair.

Turkish Airlines to expand its Birmingham-Istanbul service

Turkish Airlines is planning to increase its services between Birmingham Airport and Istanbul to twice daily, according to a report by Birmingham Post.

The airline has announced that it will move from 12 flights a week to double daily from the end of May. Initially, flights will increase to 13 per week from March 27 and then to double daily from May 30. The double daily service will add more than 600 extra seats a week, offering both business and leisure travellers increased flexibility and choices.

Selim Ozturk, general manager for Turkish Airlines in Birmingham, said: ‘Birmingham Airport is a hugely successful base for us and we have grown significantly over the past eight years.

‘This double daily announcement gives passengers even more choice and, with 283 onward destinations via Istanbul throughout the Middle East, the Far East and Africa, Birmingham Airport really is the gateway to the world with our award winning airline.’

Birmingham Airport chief executive Paul Kehoe added: ‘Turkish Airlines is a fantastic carrier and partner to have here at Birmingham Airport.

‘Starting eight years ago, the service has gone from strength to strength carrying hundreds of thousands of passengers.

‘The Turkish Airlines in-flight product is award winning and extremely popular which is demonstrated by more and more people choosing to experience the service, reliability and affordability it offers.

‘I congratulate the Turkish Airlines team on doing a great job here in the region and increasing passenger numbers year-on-year, and for further committing to Birmingham Airport.’

Turkish Airlines started its Birmingham Airport – Istanbul service with five flights a week in December 2008, and later increased the number of flights to seven weekly departures in January 2012. Later that year, the service was increased to ten flights per week and in December 2014 the airport announced the programme would expand to 12 weekly flights.

British Airways announces six new routes from Heathrow for summer 2020

British Airways has said that it is launching six new European routes from London Heathrow for 2020, with destinations in Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Montenegro and Turkey.

For the first time, the UK airline will fly from Heathrow to the Kosovan and Montenegrin capitals, Pristina and Podgorica, with both flights departing on Saturdays from July 4 until August 29. Fares will start from £78 in Euro Traveller and £210 in Club Europe to Pristina, and £71 and £178 to Podgorica. Seats are available to book on ba.com, and the each-way fares are based on booking a return fare.

British Airways has also introduced a new route to Perugia in Italy for summer 2020. Flights will depart on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from July 2 through to August 31, with fares starting from £40 per person in Euro Traveller and £125 in Club Europe.

Further, the Turkish coastal towns of Dalaman and Bodrum are now added back on to British Airways’ Heathrow route map. Flights will depart on Saturdays from May 23 through to October 24, with fares starting from £128 in Euro Traveller and £364 in Club Europe. These flights will join a new summer service between London Gatwick and Antalya that takes off from April 30, 2020. Customers will also have the choice of two London airports when flying to Dalaman as the airline already operates a weekly service from Gatwick.

The Greek island of Rhodes has also been added to the airline’s Heathrow network from next summer. The Saturday service will commence on July 4 and run until August 29 with fares starting from £117 per person in Euro Traveller and £358 in Club Europe. British Airways is also launching a new two-per-week service from Gatwick to the Greek island of Corfu from May 1 until October 23, 2020.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Networks and Alliances, said: ‘We are gearing up for an exciting summer next year as we add more routes to our extensive global network. We’re always developing our leisure offering and are pleased to be adding completely new destinations to British Airways’ Heathrow map. Our commitment to offering flights and holidays to a wide variety of destinations at competitive prices can help people plan ahead for summer 2020.’

The airline is also increasing the frequency of 16 popular short haul routes from Heathrow, including popular holiday destinations such as; Larnaca, Brindisi, Nice, Ibiza, Tenerife, Split, Olbia, Kefalonia and Preveza, it said.