Jet2 responds to high demand with Italian expansion

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have recently announced a substantial expansion of their Italian programmes, meeting the increasing demand for ‘La Dolce Vita’ from customers.

This expansion includes the release of 20,000 outbound seats across various UK airports to Sardinia, Sicily, and Verona for both the Summer 24 and 25 seasons. As the UK’s largest tour operator and the third-largest airline, Jet2 is expanding connectivity by adding capacity from eight prominent UK airports, providing customers and independent travel agents with a more extensive array of options to explore these Italian destinations.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are also adding more flights and holidays during popular periods such as late Summer 24 and Easter 25. Recognizing the allure of Sicily, with its enchanting beaches, rich culture, cuisine, dramatic landscapes, and the majestic Mount Etna, the companies are introducing additional flights and holidays for both Summer 24 and Summer 25. The Summer 24 season for Sicily is extended until mid-November with added flights from Manchester and London Stansted. For Summer 25, strategically timed April flights are now available from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, and London Stansted, while additional November flights have been added for late Summer 25 from Birmingham, Manchester, and London Stansted.

Further, to meet the growing demand for services to Sardinia, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have added more September, October, and November flights for late-Summer 24 from Manchester Airport and increased November flights from London Stansted for the same period. Furthermore, the Summer 25 season to Sardinia is extended with a range of April flights from Birmingham, Manchester, and London Stansted, timed for the Easter season.

In addition, Verona, renowned for its beautiful medieval setting and connection to Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, sees a significant increase in capacity. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have put more flights on sale in October 24 to Verona from Edinburgh, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, and Newcastle International Airports. The Summer 25 season in Verona is also extended with flights introduced in time for Easter from Birmingham, Edinburgh, and Manchester. And responding to the demand for late Summer in Verona and Lake Garda, Jet2 has added more September/October 25 flights from Belfast International, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, and Newcastle International.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘Our Italian programme is enjoying strong demand, which comes as no surprise when you consider the stunning beach holiday and city break options that it offers customers and independent travel agents. Sicily, Sardinia and Verona are a trio of Italian delights, and today’s announcement represents a significant expansion of all three destinations. Based on the demand we are seeing, we expect these flights and holidays to sell very quickly, as customers look to escape to these magical destinations.’

Jet2 commences new services to Verona from Newcastle

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have commenced services to Verona from Newcastle International Airport on Wednesday, May 10 celebrating the launch of the brand-new route for Summer 23 from the base.

Jet2 will operate weekly Wednesday services to the Italian city from Newcastle International Airport this summer from May 10 to September 27. The new service gives holidaymakers access to Lake Garda – the largest of the freshwater lakes in Italy. Surrounded by small, picturesque villages, majestic mountains and shorelines stretching over 90 miles, Lake Garda’s coves and clear waters make it an ideal spot for windsurfing and swimming.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to see our first flight take off to Verona from Newcastle International Airport today. Feedback from customers and independent travel agents in the North East has been telling us that flights and holidays to Italy are very much in demand for Summer 23, so it is fantastic to be operating to this popular Italian destination from Newcastle International Airport and giving holidaymakers access to Verona and Lake Garda. Since putting services on sale to this destination from Newcastle International Airport, local customers and independent travel agents have been booking getaways to the hotspot in their numbers.’

He added: ‘With 36 sun and city destinations on sale this summer from the base, we are pleased to be offering an unrivalled flying programme for Summer 23. As the UK’s largest tour operator, we are giving customers and independent travel agents in the region plenty of choice when it comes to enjoying a holiday this summer.’

Leon McQuaid, Director of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘We are delighted that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have added even more choice from Newcastle International Airport, now offering a total of 36 sun and city destinations from the North East’s largest Airport.

‘Verona is a fantastic destination, providing access to the Northern Italy with its spectacular mountain vistas and vast crystalline lakes, so we are confident the route will be extremely popular with passengers from across the region.’

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have 36 sun and city destinations on sale from across the Mediterranean, Canary Islands and Europe for Summer 23 from Newcastle International Airport.

Jet2 announces expanded Summer 23 services to Verona, Lake Garda

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the UK leisure airline and tour operator, have announced the extension of their Summer 23 season to Verona with more flights and holidays in October from Birmingham Airport,.

The additional flights to the region will operate until October 28, from Birmingham Airport. Jet2 will operate twice weekly services (Wednesday and Saturday) from Birmingham Airport, with flights starting in early May. With the extension, Jet2 will have thousands more seats on sale to the destination.

Further, Jet2holidays has also announced that a bigger selection of hotels at Lake Garda are now available to book until late October. In response to demand, Jet2holidays has recently added Aris Apartments, Villa Nicolli, Hotel Regina Adelaide, Hotel Serenella and Principe di Lazise to its portfolio of properties in Lake Garda, meaning the company now has over 50 2-5 star hotels in the region.

With the new services from Birmingham Airport, holidaymakers will have greater access to Lake Garda, located midway between Milan and Venice. A region of contrasts, the majestic lake is bordered with rugged alpine vistas, waterfront towns and lush vineyards. At the north end, holidaymakers have access to a variety of sporting activities, while further south they can enjoy exploring villages, wine tasting and al fresco dining. Resorts on sale include Bardolino, Malcesine, Sirmione, Limone, Desenzano, Riva, Gardone Riviera, San Felice del Benaco, Peschiera, Nago and Lazise.

Famed as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Verona is perfect for romantic getaways. The piazzas and tangle of medieval backstreets, a visit to Juliet’s ivy-clad balcony or a stylish shopping along Via Mazzini – Verona is a popular destination among young and old.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to be extending the Summer 23 season to Verona, and offering more flights and holidays to this popular destination until the end of October from Birmingham Airport. Our existing services to Verona are proving very popular so following the positive response, we have extended our presence in the region even further. By working with the Italian government, hoteliers and partners, we are able to put on more flights and bring even more holidaymakers to Verona and Lake Garda. This is a region experiencing very strong demand and given the assurance that customers get from our award-winning flights and ATOL protected package holidays, we are very confident that these additional flights will prove extremely popular.’

Jet2 adds Verona as new city break destination from Newcastle Airport for summer 23

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks, the leisure airline and operator of European city breaks, has announced the addition of a new city break destination on sale for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport – Verona.

With this addition, customers and independent travel agents in the North East can now book flights and city breaks to four city break destinations from the base next summer. The other destinations for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport are Rome, Krakow and Prague.

Jet2 will operate flights and city breaks to the Italian city of Verona from Newcastle Airport from May 10 to September 27, 2023. The weekly services to Verona will gives holidaymakers easy access to Lake Garda and comes in response to strong demand from local customers and independent travel agents for Summer 23 city breaks.

The largest of the freshwater lakes in Italy, Lake Garda in the country’s north is within easy reach of the popular tourist city of Verona. Surrounded by small, picturesque villages, majestic mountains and shorelines stretching over 90 miles, Lake Garda’s coves and clear waters is an ideal spot for windsurfing and swimming.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Customers and independent travel agents in the North East have been telling us that people are looking ahead and booking a much-needed City Break in the diary. As such, we are seeing a lot of demand for city breaks for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport and have responded to that by adding a brand-new city break destination for Summer 23, as well as expanding our City Breaks programme on sale from the base. As the UK’s largest operator of European city breaks, our selection of city breaks for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport offers fantastic choice and flexibility. We are anticipating a very successful summer, as the appeal of booking with a trusted company that customers can rely on is proving extremely important.’

The City Breaks programme from Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks offers a choice of four leisure city destinations for Summer 23 from Newcastle Airport, including the brand-new Verona (weekly flights), Rome (up to two weekly flights), Krakow (up to two weekly flights) and Prague (up to two weekly flights). Customers can choose from a flight-only option with Jet2.com or an ATOL protected package holiday with Jet2CityBreaks available for £60 per person deposit.

Package options with Jet2CityBreaks include flights with Jet2.com including 22kg hold luggage, transfers to and from the airport, as well as a choice of 2-5 star hotels in central locations.

Wizz Air introduces fours new winter routes from London Luton

Wizz Air, the Hungary-based airline group with a new base in the UK, has announced the launch of four new winter routes from its London Luton base.

The new services are to the Israeli seaside resort of Eilat, Ovda; Grenoble in France, Verona in Italy and Tromso in Norway, considered one of the best spots for viewing the Northern Lights.

The new flight service to Eilat (Ovda) will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays, commencing on October 28, with fares starting from £26.99; to Grenoble will operate on Tuesdays, Saturdays, commencing on December 15, 2018 with fares starting from £26.99; to Verona on Tuesdays and Saturdays commencing on December 15, 2018 with fares starting from £26.99; and service to Tromso on Mondays and Fridays commencing on December 14, 2018 with fares starting from £26.99. Seats on the new routes are now on sale and can be booked online at wizzair.com, with fares starting from £26.99. The fares are all one way including all taxes, non-optional charges and cabin bag.

Wizz Air Chief Corporate Officer, Owain Jones, said: ‘WIZZ continues to grow and invest in the UK. Our new winter destinations from London Luton to Eilat, Grenoble, Verona and Tromso takes our London Luton network to 51 destinations in 25 countries. The new routes will be welcomed by our UK customers looking for an exciting winter break, whether that’s winter sunshine, mountain sports or experiencing some of the finest sights that nature has to offer.

‘2018 has been a milestone year for WIZZ in the UK with the continued expansion of our London Luton operations and the launch of Wizz Air UK, the newest British airline, giving our UK customers even more opportunity to travel to some of Europe’s most exciting destinations at the lowest prices, enjoying the fantastic service on-board one of Europe’s youngest and most efficient aircraft fleets.’

For Wizz Air, the new winter routes mark the next phase of growth of its UK operations, following the launch of Wizz Air UK, which is now operating eight new Airbus aircraft from its London Luton base. The four new routes bring the total of new WIZZ destinations from London Luton launched this year to 12, including the services to Larnaca, Tirana, Tallinn, Bratislava, Lviv, Athens, Keflavik and Bari.

With the introduction of the new routes, Wizz Air now has 7.9 million seats already on sale for the next year, offering 51 destinations in 25 countries from London Luton, the airline said.

Destination Verona

‘In fair Verona where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny’…. The poetic Shakespearan lines that introduce one of the worlds most famous plays, Romeo and Juliet reference Verona, Italy, as the city where the star crossed couple fell in love.

And ‘fair’ it is indeed. Quaint cobbled streets, eye-catching terracotta buildings and impressive ancient market squares all contribute to Verona’s unique beauty and make it no surprise that the city has been awarded world heritage site status by UNESCO, because of its urban structure and architecture.

Often over shadowed by neighbouring Venice, Verona really is one of Italy’s hidden gems. The city boasts the perfect mix of modernism and culture with plenty of high end designer shops but also traditional restaurants and cafes.

For the culture vultures amongst you there is plenty to see. You can visit the the pink marble Roman Arena, which has has been in Verona since the 1st century AD and survived a 12th-century earthquake. It has stood the test of time and is used as Verona’s legendary open-air opera house, with seating for 30,000 people.

Verona is home to many other ancient Roman monuments and architecture including the Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, which is considered one of the great achievements of the Roman era. Built during the 4th century as a shrine to Verona’s patron saint, St. Zeno, the exquisite  building dominates the large square, and is flanked with a beautiful 72 metres tall bell tower, which is mentioned by Dante in the Divine Comedy.

Verona’s rich history is endless but if you fancy something a little more light hearted, you can enjoy the scenery whilst wandering around designer stores such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci. If your wanting to get the most for you money, Verona is the perfect choice as it equals Venice in beauty but your money will go much further.

There are an abundance of quaint eateries and cafes to suit all tastes especially in the Piazza Bra, where you will be spoiled for choice and can sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery and atmosphere.

So, if you want to treat your loved one to a romantic break, or just want to experience some amazing Roman architecture and Italian charm, Verona could be the perfect choice for you!

Flights prices start from £37.99 one way flying with EasyJet.

Article by Lauren Probert