Ryanair announces new London Stansted – Dole route; launches Dublin-Dalaman service

To celebrate the new route, Ryanair has released seats on the new London Stansted-Dole route, available to book with fares starting from £19.99 for travel until October 2018. The fares are available for booking until midnight Saturday, June 30, it said. Ryanair’s London Stansted Winter 2018 schedule includes 124 routes in total, with three other new routes to Belfast, Edinburgh and Nantes.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said, ‘Ryanair is pleased to announce a new London Stansted to Dole route commencing in December 2018, which will operate once weekly as part of our Winter 2018 schedule. Customers can now book their trip to Dole as far out as March 2019 getting to the slopes on the lowest fares this winter.’

London Stansted’s Mark Davison said: ‘It’s great news that Ryanair is adding another new service to its extensive route network already available from London Stansted. Dole is an exciting new destination which I’m sure will prove to be very popular with passengers looking for even more choice when heading off to France.’

In addition, Ryanair also announced the launch of its new weekly Dublin service to Dalaman, Turkey. With the new destination, Ryanair’s Dublin summer 2018 schedule offers 90 routes in total, including five other new routes to Marrakesh, Munich, Naples, Stuttgart and Paphos.

In launching the new Dalaman route and the summer 2018 season, Ryanair has released seats for sale from Dublin available for travel until the end of October. Dublin Airport’s Siobhan O’Donnell commented, ‘Ryanair operates to 90 destinations from Dublin Airport and we are delighted to see its route network go from strength to strength with the addition of Dalaman. Turkey is a hugely popular destination for Irish people, so we have no doubt this new route will be a great success.’

Thomas Cook Airlines announces new flight from Norwich to Dalaman

Thomas Cook Airlines has announced the launch of a new weekly flight from Norwich Airport to Dalaman, Turkey.

The weekly flight will be operated on Wednesdays and commence services on May 23 using A320 aircraft. Thomas Cook Airlines operates it flight-only from Norwich to Dalaman, one-way in economy from £75, one-week return from £219. Tickets are available to book on www.thomascookairlines.com.

The new flight service is introduced as the Thomas Cook Holiday Report 2018 found that holidaymakers are returning to Turkey this summer with a rise in bookings compared to last year. Thomas Cook Airlines is one of the largest UK carriers serving Turkey and Thomas Cook’s holiday bookings to Turkey have registered an increase of 84% year-on-year, it said.

Henry Sunley, Commercial Director at Thomas Cook Airlines, commented: ‘Turkey is a really popular destination for our customers and we are very pleased to add Norwich airport to our growing number of UK airports. We now have more than 140 weekly departures to Turkey from fourteen airports across the UK.’

Richard Pace, Managing Director at Norwich Airport, said: ‘Dalaman is in the heart of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast and is making a welcome return to our schedules in 2018. This new weekly flight gives the region’s holidaymakers even more choice from their local airport and we look forward to it starting next week.’

Thomas Cook offers seven nights in Dalaman, Turkey starting from £839 per person, based on two adults sharing. The stay will be arranged at the four star Sentido Orka Lotus Beach on an all-inclusive basis, flying from Norwich. The holidays are available to book on www.thomascook.com.

Bristol Airport announces additional flights to Kos and Dalaman

The UK-based holiday company TUI has added an additional weekly flight from Bristol Airport to the Greek island of Kos and Turkish destination of Dalaman for summer 2018, Bristol Airport has said.

As part of the plan, TUI will add a Sunday flight to the summer flying programme to The Turkish destination and a Saturday flight to the Greek island. Flights start in May 2018 and will now operate twice a week to both Kos and Dalaman.

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for TUI UK & Ireland, said: ‘We are delighted to be expanding our programme from Bristol Airport for summer 2018. We have added a Sunday flight to Dalaman and a Saturday flight to Kos meaning we now fly twice a week to both destinations from this local airport. These additional flights mean that customers can now book 10 and 11 night holidays adding even more choice when deciding how long to go away for. In total we have 38 destinations for customers to choose from when booking their holidays from Bristol Airport. Holidaymakers in the South West will now have wider access than ever before to our diverse collection of destinations and hotel concepts.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with TUI’s continued route expansion from Bristol Airport adding even more flexibility and choice of exciting destinations to passengers in the South West and Wales region.’

Besides the extra flights to Kos and Dalaman, travellers and holidaymakers are offered more choice of destinations when booking their holidays this summer with new routes already on sale from Bristol to Hurghada in Egypt and Skiathos in Greece, the airport said.

Jet2 announces new destination to Turkey from Belfast International

British travel and holiday company Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced a new route from Belfast International Airport for Summer 2018, with weekly flights to Dalaman in Turkey.

The new flights to Dalaman, popularly known as ‘Turquoise Coast,’ will depart every Tuesday from June 26 until September 25, 2018. Dalaman is the second new Turkish destination from the airport for next summer, with a new route to Antalya also planned.

Earlier this year, Jet2 launched its Summer 18 programme with eight new destinations. This has now increased to nine brand new destinations with the addition of Dalaman, a sought-for holiday destination for its pristine beaches and coastal scenery. Other new destinations for Summer 18 include Almeria, Crete, Madeira, Malta, Naples, Paphos and Rhodes. With the addition of the new routes, Jet2 will operate to 23 destinations from Belfast International Airport next summer. Tickets are available to book at www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘The Dalaman region offers something for everyone thanks to its stunning coastline and beaches, its array of fabulous resorts, and its rich history. We are confident that Dalaman will be very popular with Northern Ireland holidaymakers, just as our other Turkish destination of Antalya is already proving to be. Turkey is the perfect holiday hotspot and is seeing a huge surge in popularity thanks to its great weather and culture, as well as the fantastic value it offers.

‘This latest new destination is part of our biggest ever summer programme from Belfast International Airport. Next summer we will operate to 23 destinations and increase capacity by 41%, and to support that growth we are investing in 30 new jobs and the addition of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Such success is only possible by looking after customers, and our continued focus on offering a VIP customer service, great value package holidays and family friendly flights is clearly paying off, as evidenced by the fact that Jet2holidays became the second largest tour operator in the UK just last month.’

Graham Keddie, Managing Director, BIA, said: ‘Turkey has always been a great destination from Belfast International Airport and we are confident the addition of Dalaman, alongside Antalya, will be extremely popular with local holidaymakers.’

As part of the expansion, Jet2 will add a new Boeing 737-800 aircraft to the fleet at Belfast International to support a 41 percent increase in capacity, which represents over 400,000 seats on sale for Summer 18, the company said.

Thomas Cook announces weekly flights from Norwich

Thomas Cook, one of the UK’s leading holiday companies, has said it will restart its services from Norwich Airport starting summer 2018, with the launch of the city’s only direct flight to Turkey.

The new service comes following an increase in demand for holiday breaks to Turkey. It was the third most popular destination for British holidaymakers, after Spain and Greece, and package holiday bookings were up 10 percent compared to last year, Norwich Airport said in a release.

Starting May 23, 2018, Thomas Cook will operate a weekly flight on Wednesdays from Norwich to Dalaman, giving holidaymakers in the Norfolk area more choice for summer break next year. Dalaman is a cultural hotspot located on the Turquoise Coast, with attractive beaches and hidden coves, and near to traveller attractions such as Butterfly Valley and the crenulated walls of 16th-century Marmaris Castle.

Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines Officer at Thomas Cook Airlines, said: ‘We are delighted to once again be offering holidaymakers in the Norwich area the ease of flying from their local airport. Whether you’re travelling as a family, couple or with friends, Turkey offers something for everyone and we look forward to making sure our customers have a holiday to remember next summer with the launch of our new weekly flight to Dalaman.’

Richard Pace, managing director of Norwich Airport, said: ‘It’s great to have Thomas Cook back at Norwich with such a brilliant offer for package holidays and flights to Turkey. I’m sure this will be a popular destination for summer 2018 and gives local people even more choice for a sunshine getaway.’

Thomas Cook is offering package holidays from Norwich to Dalaman for seven nights with prices from £407 per person, staying on a bed and breakfast basis at the SunConnect Liberty Hisaronu, departing from Norwich on May 23, 2018. Flight only services are available with prices starting from £49.99 per person based on a one way journey and excluding luggage and other optional extras. The service will be operated from May 23, 2018 until October 3, 2018.

Flight-only and package holiday options are available to book now at https://www.thomascook.com/, the airport said.

Monarch to introduce new security measures for flights from Turkey to UK

Monarch, the UK-based European regional airline, has said that it will introduce additional security measures at Antalya and Dalaman airports so that the currently restricted personal electronic devices can be allowed in the cabin on its flights from those airports to the UK.

The announcement comes as the UK government is lifting the ban on carrying electronic devices in hand luggage from some airports and on some flights from Turkey to the UK, subject to additional security measures.

‘Currently the restrictions still apply. We will inform our customers when this changes,’ the airline said in a release.

Accordingly, electronic items including laptops, iPads, tablets and e-readers will need to be switched off (not in sleep or standby mode), packed into hold luggage and checked in. These electronic items will not be allowed in the aircraft cabin with the passenger. In addition, power banks and portable power sources or spare and separate device batteries for phones, laptops, tablets and E-readers larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm are not allowed at all on the flight from Turkey, either in the cabin or hold luggage.

There will be additional searches at the gate and any items found that are not allowed in the cabin under the new security measures will be taken and placed in the hold, the airline said.

To facilitate the new restrictions, the airline will increase the paid for hold luggage allowance by three kilograms free of charge to allow for the additional weight of electrical items on inbound flights, subject to a maximum of 26 kg per bag. This will be automatically added to the baggage allowance.

The airline also recommends insurance coverage by passengers for all belongings, including electronic items, Monarch said, adding that it will not accept liability for any damage to or loss of electrical gadgets in hold luggage. Locking the luggage is also recommended, it added.

As a result of the new security measures, online check in will not be available on Monarch flights from Turkey to the UK. Check in will be at the airport only. Check in for flights from Turkey to the UK will open three hours before departure and close 60 minutes before departure.

Flights from the UK to Turkey are not subject to these restrictions – so passengers are free to travel with their electronic items to Turkey, the airline noted.

VisitBritain and Turkish Airlines partner to attract visitors to Britain

UK tourism board VisitBritain and Turkish Airlines have announced a new global partnership to attract more international visitors to Britain, with a focus across the airline’s five regional airports in the UK including Birmingham.

As part of the partnership, VisitBritain and Turkish Airlines will launch an international marketing campaign over the next 12 months, which will initially focus on Indian, Saudi Arabian and other Gulf markets. Showing aspects that make Britain a much sought-for destination, the campaign is aimed at inspiring global tourists ad travellers to explore all the nations and regions of Britain through the airline’s current gateways.

VisitBritain Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: ‘We are very pleased to be the first national tourist body to develop a global partnership marketing campaign with Turkish Airlines. There are significant growth opportunities in the markets served by Turkish Airlines, including the emerging market of Saudi Arabia, using the airline’s global connectivity and rapidly expanding network. This partnership will also allow us to target our marketing to inspire more international visitors to come and explore all the nations and regions of Britain, so we can continue to create jobs and deliver our ambitious plans for growth.’

Turkish Airlines Chief Marketing Officer Mr Ahmet Olmustur said: ‘This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for Turkish Airlines and we are delighted to be teaming up with such an acknowledged and reputable brand as VisitBritain. The travel market in the UK continues to go from strength-to-strength and therefore we strongly believe this partnership will further enhance visitor numbers in the UK in the coming year. Turkish Airlines is always investing in the UK and, along with partnerships such as this, we hope to see big inroads being made in terms of visitor numbers.’

It is the first time that Turkish Airlines is partnering with a national tourist board for a tourism promotion campaign. Turkish Airlines is set to move to its new hub at Istanbul New Airport in 2018 with nearly 20 million passengers a year expected to be flying through the new airport by 2020. Turkish Airlines was recently chosen as the Best Airline in Europe for the fifth year running by the Skytrax Passenger survey.

 

OSKA Travel offers holiday package to Turkey from Bournemouth

UK’s OSKA Travel, a specialised tour operator with a focus on cultural roundtrips in the Mediterranean region and central Europe, will be offering holiday packages to Turkey from Bournemouth Airport this year, the airport said in a release.

Two holiday options will be available from Bournemouth, including a seven-night all-inclusive holiday to a 5-star hotel from £449 per person, or a one-week escorted tour around the Turkish Riviera, staying in 4/5 star hotels on a B&B basis from £249 per person.

Paul Knight, managing director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome OSKA Travel to Bournemouth Airport. Their holidays offer excellent value for money and I’m sure they will prove to be really popular with our passengers. We’re looking to provide more options and services for customers using our airport and this will extend our connections further into Europe.’

Andreas F. Forsthuber of OSKA Travel said: ‘We are really excited to add a regional airport such as Bournemouth to our portfolio. At KENBA Group, the owner of OSKA Travel, we have handled more than 80,000 passengers from six different countries in 2012 and 2013.

‘We are really looking forward to welcoming guests from Bournemouth Airport in Turkey – and we are sure they will love this tour. It might well be their first, but it will definitely not be their last trip’.

With its rich history, Turkey offers a fascinating glimpse into the past, but also presents its guests with a range of good restaurants, traditional markets and a lively nightlife.

OSKA also offer ‘Escorted Tour’ holidays for those who want to explore the region. Holidaymakers can travel through the Taurus Mountains and visit Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visitors can also experience a typical carpet village, the preserved ruins of Parga, or enjoy a sightseeing tour of Antalya.

Flights depart from Bournemouth Airport on April 10, 17 and 24, the airport said.

Prestwick Airport to operate new Turkish charter flights

Prestwick Airport in Scotland has won its first new flights after it was acquired by the Scottish Government last month.

According to a report by the Scotsman, no-frills carrier, Oska Travel, will operate Turkish charter services to Antalya in March. The charter flights from the airport come after Holidays4U ended services to Dalaman in Turkey about two years ago.

Oska, which operates 25 European routes from Prestwick, will operate three return flights in March for the week-long trips, which included tours of Kemer, Pamukkale, Tavas and Perga.

Prestwick Airport spokeswoman, Paula Horne, said: ‘We are delighted to have secured these Oska Travel tours from Prestwick this March.

‘It allows us to put yet another Mediterranean destination on our departure board, emphasising once again that Prestwick is Scotland’s low-cost gateway to year-round sunshine.’

Andreas Forsthuber, director of Oska Travel owners, the Kenba group, said: ‘We are very excited to add Prestwick to our portfolio and are also delighted to offer a one-week voyage of discovery to the fabulous Turkish Riviera.

‘We are convinced Scots will love this tour.’

Chief executive, Stuart Patrick, said: ‘Despite assurances that it would happen, we have as yet had no reply from the Scottish Government regarding a meeting to allay our concerns about the negative effect on Glasgow Airport of the Prestwick purchase.

‘In buying Glasgow Prestwick Airport, the Scottish ministers now have a direct stake in the performance of the airport industry in the Central Belt of Scotland.

‘We are concerned that this may have detrimental effects on the performance of Glasgow International Airport.’

The announcement came as Glasgow Chamber of Commerce renewed its call for a meeting with ministers over the airport sale.

The Scottish Government took over Prestwick for GBP1 after New Zealand owners, Infratil, threatened to shut it following a major reduction in passenger numbers. The government had said that it will be focusing on working for the airport’s successful future.

UK Foreign Office extends warning on Turkey

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has repeated a warning for travellers intending to visit Turkey.

The latest warning from the FCO has been issued with the expectation that further demonstrations are to take place in cities across the country. There have also been reports that riot police have entered Istanbul’s Taksim Square, a main focus point in the two-week-long demonstration. The BBC has reported the use of tear gas and water cannon by the authorities, despite Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, having agreed to a meeting tomorrow with organisers of the protest.

The FCO has warned that two major pro-government rallies are scheduled to take place in Ankara and Istanbul this Saturday and Sunday (June 15 and 16) and in a statement it said, ‘Further demonstrations remain possible in cities across Turkey, week commencing June 10. Police may continue to use tear gas and water cannons to disperse protestors. We advise British Nationals to avoid all demonstrations.’

Despite the FCO’s warning, Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism has said that tourists are safe to visit the country, with a spokesperson saying, ‘There are currently no problems being experienced with either transport or security in Istanbul or any of our tourism regions and thus every sort of touristic activity is carrying on as normal. Flights in and out of Turkey have not been affected by these events and are running as scheduled.

‘The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism continues to take every precaution regarding the safety of visitors to the country.’

The demonstrations, which were originally in protest at Turkish government plans to build on Taksim Square’s Gezi Park, have now adopted a wider agenda against perceived government authoritarianism and restrictions on sales of alcohol.