easyJet announces new winter route from Bristol to Hurghada

easyJet, the UK-based European airline, has announced a new route from Bristol Airport to Hurghada in Egypt for this winter.

easyJet’s new flights to the Egyptian resort will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the winter. This new route joins the five new services easyJet has recently launched from Bristol to Montpellier and Biarritz in France, Milan and Brindisi in Italy and to the Greek island of Rhodes.

The Bristol- Hurghada flights will begin operating from October 30, 2019 with 16,000 seats now on sale. Tickets are available to book at www.easyjet.com.

Neil Slaven, easyJet’s UK Country Director, said: ‘We are proud to be the largest airline at Bristol and very pleased to be strengthening our network there with this new winter service to Hurghada, which we are confident will prove popular with our customers in the South West searching for some winter sun.

‘We remain committed to providing great value services to our customers in Bristol and the South West by offering low fares, a convenient schedule and more choice when they travel.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted with easyJet adding Hurghada to the easyJet route network from Bristol Airport. This further increases the choice of destinations and flight options available to passengers in the South West and Wales region, selecting to fly from their local airport and further demonstrates the long term collaboration and joint growth strategy between easyJet and Bristol Airport.’

Flybe announces 2019-20 winter schedule from Cardiff, adds more flights to Paris, Dublin and Edinburgh

Flybe, the UK-based regional airline, has released its 2019-20 Winter schedule from Cardiff Airport, featuring eight key routes with a choice of up to 120 flights a week, with extra services to some of its most popular destinations.

Flybe’s 2019-20 Winter schedule from Cardiff Airport includes increased flights between Cardiff and Dublin, with up to 38 flights a week; Edinburgh – with up to 36 flights a week; and Paris Charles de Gaulle – with up to 16 flights a week.

The airline’s 2019-20 Winter schedule from Cardiff also includes daily service to Belfast City, three services a week to Cork on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; three services a week to Jersey on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The schedule further includes seasonal ski routes to Geneva and Chambery, both operating on Saturdays starting December 14, 2019. The Chambery service will be on sale, beginning June 2019.

Seats are available for booking at www.flybe.com, effective for travel between October 27, 2019 and March 28, 2020.

Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, says: ‘Our 2019/20 Winter schedule has been planned to provide reliable and affordable travel for both business and leisure customers. Our regional network offers lots of opportunity for making onward connections with our codeshare partners and others at key hub airports. This makes it easy for our customers to travel to and from Cardiff from an airport close to where they live, saving valuable time, effort and money.’

CEO of Cardiff Airport, Deb Barber, added: ‘We have been working very closely with Flybe since the airline announced its plan to restructure and reduce its jet operations across several of its bases.’

‘The release of the Cardiff schedule for the 2019/20 Winter season is a positive reflection of the airline’s commitment to Wales, offering choice and providing good connectivity within the UK, Ireland and France.

‘Core routes to Dublin, Edinburgh, Belfast and Paris will continue to operate as will regular flights to Cork, Jersey and ski flights to Geneva and Chambery*. These services are fundamental to ensuring travellers can travel into and out of Cardiff as a gateway to the region, whether it is for business, leisure or education.’

Flybe franchise partner, Eastern Airways, will continue to operate regular flights to Anglesey, Newcastle and Aberdeen as part of its 2019-20 Winter schedule. These services are also bookable now on Flybe’s website.

Dublin Airport announces 1.6 million extra seats, adds 14 new services this winter

Dublin Airport has recently said that it has introduced nearly 1.6 million extra seats across its route network for this winter season, a 12 percent increase in capacity compared to last year.

The airport also said that it will operate 14 new services at Dublin Airport for winter 2018. Four new services have been launched recently – with Laudamotion launching a service to Vienna, Aeroflot starting a new route to Moscow and Ryanair adding Frankfurt and Luxembourg to its route network from Dublin.

Further, 10 services which started during the summer season will also operate this winter schedule for the first time. Hainan Airlines will continue operating to Beijing, Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, Icelandair to Reykjavik, Aer Lingus to Philadelphia and Seattle, and Ryanair continuing its services to Athens, Bari, Marrakesh, Santander and Paphos into the winter for the first time.

In addition, Norwegian will expand services to Stewart International in New York and Lufthansa has increased frequency on its Frankfurt route, the airport said.

‘This is set to be the busiest winter schedule ever at Dublin Airport offering significant additional choice for both business and leisure travellers. Whether you are looking for a city break, a winter sun destination or a trip further afield to the Asia Pacific region there are plenty of options to choose from,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

‘We have been working closely with both existing and new airline customers to further strengthen our route network and provide greater choice and flexibility this winter,’ he added.

Dublin Airport added that the expansion of its route network will continue into next year as 16 new services have already been announced for 2019. ‘There is much to look forward to in 2019, with five long-haul destinations in North America to Calgary, Hamilton Toronto, Montreal, Minneapolis St. Paul and Dallas and 11 European short-haul routes planned for next year,’ according to Mr Harrison.

Dublin Airport has flights to almost 190 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 56 airlines. Passenger numbers have increased by 6% – 1.6 million – so far this year, with almost 27 million passengers using the airport between January and October, it said.

Jet2 announces new routes and expanded capacity for 2018-19 winter programme

Travel and holiday company Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have announced the flights and holidays programme for winter 2018-19, with the addition of 10 brand new routes.

On sale for travel in winter 2018-19, Jet2 is offering over 3.5 million seats to 39 winter sun, city and ski destinations. The schedule includes the first ever winter services to Antalya, with services operating from six bases – Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and London Stansted; the first ever winter programme to Madeira from Belfast International; new winter flights to Nice and Larnaca from London Stansted and new winter flights to Rome from Newcastle.

With the introduction of a number of new routes, more flights and extended seasons, the company is looking for a five percent capacity increase on this winter.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘The announcement of our biggest ever winter programme shows the confidence that we have in our award-winning airline and package holiday offering. We have more seats and holidays than ever to a range of fantastic sun, city and ski destinations, meaning that our Winter 18/19 programme has something for everyone. With Britons continuing to look to get away on their well-deserved holidays, particularly during the long British winter, we are stepping in to meet that demand by putting on more seats to provide more choice and flexibility than ever.’

Jet2’s winter 2018-19 programme includes over 1.2 million seats to the Canary Islands alone. Besides the additional flights and extended programmes to the winter sun destinations of Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, the company has also increased capacity to other sun destinations including Cyprus (Larnaca and Paphos), Faro and Madeira. The company will also continue to operate several weekly services from various UK bases to some of the most sought after destinations such as Alicante, Malaga and Majorca, Jet2 said.

In addition to winter sun destinations, the company will operate over 60,000 additional seats to city break destinations. Jet2CityBreaks will have a 12 percent increase in capacity to city destinations such as Budapest, Prague, Rome, Vienna as well as Krakow and Nice. Further, Jet2 will also operate its ski programme, with more ski flights to seven destinations including Grenoble, Turin and Salzburg, as well as frequent services to Barcelona (Andorra), Geneva, Lyon, and Verona.

The 2017-18 winter flights and package holidays may be booked at www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com, the company said.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays adds over 100,000 winter seats from UK airports

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced that following extra demand at Birmingham, London Stansted, Manchester and Leeds Bradford airports, the leisure airline and package holiday company is adding thousands of seats and holidays to some of the most popular winter sun and city hotspots.

Jet2 said that it is adding over 100,000 winter seats across the three bases, with a total of more than 2.5 million seats on sale this winter – representing a 54 percent capacity increase.

At its new Birmingham Airport base, the company is adding over 55,000 seats, with over 300,000 seats now on sale for its first ever winter programme from the airport. The announcement will see Jet2 add more flights and holidays to a number of its most popular winter sun and city destinations, including: Alicante, Faro, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga, Majorca, Rome and Tenerife. The company will add an extra aircraft and will operate more weekly services to these popular destinations, it said.

At Leeds Bradford Airport, Jet2 has added extra Tenerife services, starting next weekend, October 14. The company has announced an additional 15,000 Tenerife seats, with up to six weekly winter services that are currently operating.

At Manchester Airport, Jet2 has added an extra 45,000 seats. At Manchester, the company has added more flights and holidays to Alicante, Faro, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Malaga and Tenerife.

In addition, following increased demand for flights and holidays in October and November from London Stansted, Jet2 is also introducing 14 extra services, representing more than 5,000 seats. These additional services will operate to Tenerife, Lanzarote, Alicante, Majorca and Faro.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘A number of factors have resulted in increased demand for our award-winning flights and ATOL protected package holidays right across the UK. To meet that demand we have added extra capacity from Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds Bradford and London Stansted airports so that holidaymakers can continue to reach their favourite winter sun and city destinations from their local airport. We won’t be stopping at these winter flights, so keep an eye out for further announcements about additional Summer 18 capacity very soon.’

Monarch announces addition of routes to its winter 2017/18 schedule

Monarch, the UK-based budget airline and holiday company, has recently announced the addition of more routes – and over 180,000 seats – to its winter schedule for 2017/18.

The airline has added services to Porto, Stockholm and Zagreb to its winter 2017/18 programme. Additionally, the Lapland holiday programme, which was particularly popular last winter, will also see an increase in the coming winter season. Flights to Lapland from Manchester were added last month and Monarch will now be also offering flights and holidays to Kittila from Birmingham Airport with three and four night packages available for booking now.

Further, the airline said that tickets are now on sale to popular winter sun routes including Almeria, Tenerife and Larnaca. Flights have also been added on ski routes to Grenoble and city break destinations in mainland Spain such as Barcelona and Alicante. Additional ski flights for winter 2017/18 will be added shortly, it said. 

Marjan Schoeke, Monarch’s Head of Network Development comments: ‘Following the successful launch of our three new destinations we are delighted to announce they are now on sale for winter and will be flown all year round.

‘Popular city break, ski and winter sun destinations have also been added as we know our customers like to plan their holidays in advance and now there is plenty of choice for customers to book their perfect winter break, whether it be sun, city or ski.’

Separately, Monarch said that it has increased its hold luggage allowance from 20kgs to 23kgs on all beach package holidays this summer. With the additional 3 kgs, customers will now be able to pack even more holiday essentials.

Ian Chambers, Monarch’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘We are continuously reviewing our product offering and looking at how we can improve the holiday experience for our customers. We know that increasing our standard luggage allowance from 20kg to 23kg will be very popular with our customers and be a key reason for customers to book their holiday with Monarch.

‘Customers can enjoy packing for their holiday knowing they have the convenience of the additional 3kgs for hold luggage teamed with Monarch’s generous hand luggage provision – meaning customers can pack their teabags in both hand and hold luggage – just to be safe!’

Ryanair announces new route to Marrakesh from Liverpool for winter

Ryanair, the Irish low fares airline, has announced an expansion to its Liverpool winter 2016 schedule with the addition of a new route to Marrakesh, which will operate twice weekly from October.

This is in addition to a new route to Sofia announced earlier. Ryanair’s Liverpool winter 2016 schedule will now deliver two new routes to Sofia and Marrakesh, both twice weekly, and five new winter services, including twice weekly services to Bergerac, Pisa, Porto, Szczecin and a weekly flight to Gran Canaria. The airline will also operate more flights to Alicante (five weekly) and Malaga (four weekly).

With the expansion move, the airline will operate 25 winter routes in total, with 95 weekly flights, which will help deliver 1.9m customers per annum.

Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Robin Kiely said: ‘We are pleased to extend our Liverpool winter 2016 schedule with a new route to Marrakesh, which will operate twice weekly from 31st October and our 25 winter routes will help deliver 1.9 million customers this year and support 1,400 ‘on-site’ jobs at Liverpool Airport.

Seats on our new route to Marrakesh are on sale now from just £24.99 and are available for booking until Monday (1 Aug) for travel in November. Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Liverpool Airport’s Robin Tudor added, ‘We are delighted to welcome this further expansion of Ryanair’s network at Liverpool Airport with more flights on some of our key routes, and the addition of another new destination.

This growth reaffirms the Airports commitment to expanding international connections for the Region, providing more choice to the travelling public, not only in the City of Liverpool but from across the North West and North Wales; whilst also delivering a ‘faster, easier and friendlier’ journey through the Airport.’

In addition to the 25 routes in winter 2016, Liverpool customers and visitors will also benefit from further improvements under Ryanair’s ‘Always Getting Better’ programme, including more new routes, new digital features, new cabin interiors and even more low fares, the airline said.

 

London City Airport announces record seats to Ibiza for winter 2015

British Airways is planning to offer a record 26,000 seats from London City Airport to Ibiza next winter, the airport said in a release.

British Airways is the only airline to operate from London City to Ibiza during the winter, the release said, adding that starting October the airline will offer almost 50 per cent more capacity than last year. The one-way hand baggage only winter fares from London City to Ibiza start from £71 are available to book on ba.com/londoncity.

With its warmer climates and year-round leisure activities, Ibiza – an island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of largest of the Balearic Islands – is a popular holiday destination among British travellers.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial at London City, said: ‘Ibiza has long been a popular summer destination but the island is now attracting thousands of visitors looking for some winter sun and alternative places to visit.

‘It’s a great short break destination, and with our year-round flights customers can board an aircraft in the heart of London and be in the sun in under two and a half hours.’

Carmen Sanchez, director of the Ibiza Tourist Board said: ‘The Ibiza Tourist board is delighted that British Airways is further increasing flights to Ibiza for winter 2015/2016. The airline has always been very supportive of the destination and has continued to increase its London City to Ibiza route since its launch in 2010.

‘The capacity increase is testament to the appeal of the island throughout the winter when the balmy climate, scenery, UNESCO culture and relaxed atmosphere make Ibiza an ideal break from the UK winter.’

The extra flights will operate on a 98-seat Embraer 190 jet. All British Airways fares include free seat allocation and online check-in 24 hours before departure, complimentary refreshments and drinks, and no debit card charges.

Ryanair launches Winter 2015 schedule, introduces new routes, extra flights

Ireland-based low fares airline Ryanair has launched its Winter 2015 schedule with more routes, additional flights and improved schedules.

Launched three months earlier than in 2014, for Winter 2015 Ryanair offers over 1,600 routes across its European network, with improved schedules for both business and leisure customers. Ryanair celebrated the launch of the schedule by releasing 100,000 seats for sale across its European network at prices from EUR19.99. These lower fare seats are available for booking until midnight on Thursday, March 19.

Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to launch our biggest ever Winter schedule, with more flights, routes and destinations, as we continue to grow Europe’s biggest route network. As part of our Always Getting Better programme and Customer Charter, we have promised to release our schedules early and our customers can now plan and book their summer and winter 2015 holidays – all on the lowest fares.

‘Ryanair will continue to connect Europe’s key centers of business, with more flights and improved schedules to and from major cities, including Berlin, Edinburgh, London, Madrid, Milan, Rome and Warsaw, making Ryanair the ideal choice for business customers, while our Family Extra Product is the ideal choice for families.’

As part of its ongoing customer service improvement initiatives, Ryanair offers its customers allocated seating, reduced fees, a free second carry-on bag, a new website and a new app allowing passengers to travel with mobile boarding passes as well as the provision to use their personal electronic devices at all stages of their flight. Ryanair also offers Family Extra and Business Plus services for all class of customers including families, business and leisure travellers.

Ryanair recently released it flights statistics, stating that that it carried over 5.4m customers in February with 91 percent of its 34,000 flights arriving on-time.

 

Norwich International Airport announces new Swiss ski programme this winter

Norwich International Airport has announced the launch of a new Swiss ski programme this winter, offering UK holidaymakers a VIP style ski holiday in Switzerland.

Offered by OSKA Travel in the trade name of TOPSKISWISS.COM, the first flight is scheduled for Saturday January 17, 2015 with six weekly departures running through to February 21, 2015 including a direct charter to Berne Airport in Switzerland, the gateway to the Swiss Alps mountain ranges.

Flights will be operated by InterSky airlines with the newly designed 70 seat ATR aircraft, which includes catering. Accommodation will be arranged in high class hostels to five- star hotels in Interlaken and Grindelwald, part of the Jungfrau ski region – a ski destination in Switzerland.

Offering some of the most spectacular scenery of the Alps, with over 214km of slopes, featuring the world famous downhill tracks – the Lauberhorn course – and two lakes, the region offers unique skiing experiences for both beginners and experienced skiers. For non-Skiers the region has over 100km of winter footpaths for visitors to explore.

Andreas F. Forsthuber, director of OSKA Travel, said, ‘with these new offers we give our UK clientele the once in a lifetime chance to experience a VIP style ski holiday in Switzerland at affordable costs – and this with all comfort, even free transfer between airport and hotel included and, of course, fully ATOL protected.’

Andrew Bell, chief executive of Norwich International Airport, said, ‘Our objective is to provide an ever increasing range of top quality destinations and product to the holidaymakers in our region. The addition of ski holidays in Switzerland this winter is fantastic news for local holidaymakers and provides further choice from their local airport.’