easyJet and easyJet Holidays highlights most sought out destinations in holiday sale

easyJet and easyJet holidays has announced a highly successful Big Orange Sale as the bookings reached record levels, with two planes being filled every minute and the busiest-ever sales day recorded for package holidays on Sunshine Saturday.

Since the inception of the sale in December, destinations such as Amsterdam, Paris, Alicante, and Malaga emerged as the most sought-after. Notably, Greek island Skiathos, Calabria in Italy, and Rovaniemi in Lapland experienced remarkable surges in popularity compared to the previous year. Central European locales like Zadar in Croatia and Tivat in Montenegro also witnessed increased interest for 2024, while spontaneous January bookings for winter sun getaways, particularly to Tenerife, took the lead.

The allure of all-inclusive breaks captivated over 70 percent of holidaymakers, with preferences leaning towards 4 or 5-star accommodations. Majorca emerged as the top choice for beach packages, while Amsterdam took the lead for city breaks.

Ski enthusiasts found their haven in Geneva, Lyon, and Innsbruck, with easyJet’s focus on expanding ski routes evident through a 20% increase in the ski flying program this year, courtesy of three additional aircraft in Switzerland.

The popularity of Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands soared as the most-booked peak summer destination since the sale’s commencement. Copenhagen experienced a surge in popularity, offering quick access to the Swedish city of Malmo, the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

For package holidays, easyJet’s tour operator arm witnessed heightened bookings for May, June, and July, with Spain dominating over a quarter of all summer 2024 beach sales. Families constituted over a third of beach bookings, and over 60 of beach bookers opted for the all-inclusive board basis.

easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren commented: ‘With flights and holidays bookings taking off during this traditionally busy booking period as well as strong booking momentum for summer 2024, we continue to see that the value and importance of holidays for our customers. The popularity of easyJet holidays also continues to grow, with 48% more customers in our first quarter of the year and an expected increase of more than 35% this financial year, all of which is a which is testament to the strength of demand for our brand and network and we remain focused on delivering for our customers.’

The success of the Big Orange Sale aligns with recent research indicating a growing eagerness among Brits to travel abroad in 2024, with a considerable majority prioritising holiday spend in their yearly budgets.

Bulgaria Air unveils exclusive offers on Sofia – London route

Bulgaria Air has announced an enticing promotion for travellers on the Sofia – London route, providing a special price for tickets during the winter season.

This promotion, valid from January 17 to February 17, 2024, aims to cater to those seeking winter getaways to Bulgaria’s resorts.

During this promotional period, passengers can avail themselves of one-way economy class tickets to Sofia at a cost of £89, and the return flight from Sofia to London for €69. These reduced prices, up to 35 percent off the regular winter fares, apply to travel until March 31, offering an affordable option for winter explorations.

The promotion extends beyond cost savings, providing additional perks for economy class travellers. Included in the ticket price are benefits such as one piece of hand luggage (up to 10kg), a handbag/laptop, delectable on-board catering, and free check-in.

Additionally, Bulgaria Air is now offering complimentary carriage of ski or snowboard equipment for tickets purchased during the promotional period. Each passenger is entitled to transport one set of ski or snowboard equipment, with a total size of up to 280 cm (length + height + width) and a weight limit of 23 kg. Furthermore, all applicable fuel and airport taxes are included in the ticket prices.

For those planning European getaways, the Love and Fly holiday promotion is currently active, providing opportunities for exciting flights at tempting prices. Continuing until February 15, the Love and Fly campaign offers up to a 50 percent discount on a second round-trip air ticket for any of Bulgaria Air’s international direct routes when traveling with two passengers. These terms are applicable to both economy and business class flights for journeys commencing on or before March 31, 2024.

Cornwall Airport Newquay announces exciting winter travel opportunities

As winter blankets the landscape, Cornwall Airport Newquay is encouraging travellers to escape the seasonal lassitude by embarking on exciting getaways to a multitude of enjoyable destinations.

The new travel and holiday offers at the airport include:

* Alicante, Faro, and Malaga:

Ryanair now offers year-round flights to these sun-soaked destinations, providing the perfect opportunity to swap gloomy weather for vibrant culture and delectable cuisine.

* Weekend in Copenhagen with SAS:

Plan ahead for a summer weekend break in Copenhagen with SAS, ensuring a comfortable and convenient journey from Cornwall Airport Newquay to the stylish streets of the Danish capital.

* Zurich Alpine Adventures with Edelweiss:

For those seeking a blend of cosmopolitan flair and stunning natural landscapes, Zurich is the perfect choice. Edelweiss offers twice-weekly flights, opening doors to the Swiss Alps and the vibrant cultural scene of the city.

* Discover Dusseldorf with Eurowings:

Immerse yourself in the modern architecture, art galleries, and lively nightlife of Dusseldorf with Eurowings, offering an exploration of tradition and innovation in this dynamic German city.

* Transatlantic Dreams via Dublin with Aer Lingus:

Cornwall Airport Newquay has you covered for a transatlantic adventure with Aer Lingus, providing flights to the USA via Dublin. Experience the convenience of clearing US customs at Dublin Airport, arriving Stateside as a domestic passenger.

* Emerald Isle Exploration with Aer Lingus:

Explore Belfast and Dublin with year-round flights via Aer Lingus, allowing travellers to immerse themselves in the rich history, lively culture, and stunning landscapes of Ireland.

* Quick City Getaway to London Stansted with Ryanair:

Ryanair offers affordable flights for a quick weekend escape to London Stansted. Enjoy the convenience of a short flight and maximize your time exploring the iconic landmarks, vibrant districts, and cultural attractions of the UK’s capital.

* Daily Connections to London Gatwick with Eastern Airways:

Eastern Airways streamlines travel with up to three daily flights from Cornwall Airport Newquay to London Gatwick, providing a stress-free alternative for business or leisure.

* Year-Round Connectivity to Manchester and Edinburgh with Loganair:

Loganair ensures reliable year-round flights to Manchester and Edinburgh, catering to those planning a business trip or a leisurely escape.

* Channel Islands Adventure with Aurigny:

Aurigny takes travellers to the captivating Guernsey for a summer escape, unlocking the treasures of this picturesque destination.

* Isles of Scilly Dream with Skybus:

Embark on a journey from Cornwall Airport Newquay to the enchanting Isles of Scilly with Skybus.

After a successful summer in 2023, Cornwall Airport Newquay is set to see over 1,000 flights this winter, carrying up to 100,000 passengers – a remarkable 37 percent increase from the previous winter and an 11 percent increase from pre-pandemic passenger numbers. The airport now expects to extend the terminal, introducing new security equipment, and enhancing cafe and retail offerings to accommodate the growing number of passengers and provide an improved customer experience.

easyJet offers discounts for winter sun getaways

easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, is offering exceptional discounts on flights and holiday packages to popular beach and winter sun destinations for this winter.

The offer includes a chance to save up to 15% on 100,000 seats for selected flights from the UK to a variety of winter sun destinations. This discount is valid for travel from November 1, 2023, to March 15, 2024.

Further, easyJet offers significant savings of up to £200 on holiday packages. These deals are available for booking until 11 pm on October 31, 2023. The sale is part of Orange Drop, a handpicked supply of recommendations and the latest offers, brought to easyJet customers every week.

Holidaymakers can explore the beautiful Canary Islands, renowned for their stunning beaches and family-friendly resorts with a choice of destinations including Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, and Gran Canaria. Alternatively, travellers can choose a winter city break to Marrakech, Morocco, and experience the city without the usual crowds.

For those seeking a comprehensive holiday experience, easyJet Holidays offers discounts of up to £200 on packages departing until March 31, 2025. By using the booking code ‘ORANGEDROP’ during checkout, holidaymakers can secure a £200 discount with a minimum spend of £2000, or a £100 discount with a minimum spend of £600. EasyJet Holidays’ packages include flights, accommodation, 23kg luggage, and transfers for beach holidays. Booking flights is available now on easyjet.com until October 31, 2023, for travel between November 1, 2023, and March 15, 2024.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘With flights and package holidays to some of the most popular beach and city destinations across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East to choose from, now is a great time to book a winter sun break and make the most of extra savings with easyJet.’

Ryanair commences new service to Cork from Newcastle

Irish low fares airline, Ryanair has commenced services from Newcastle International to Cork, marking the beginning of the service between the two cities.

The twice weekly service, which operates Fridays and Sundays throughout winter, is well scheduled for a weekend city break or a long holiday retreat. Ireland’s 2nd largest city, Cork is located near the southern coast of Ireland and is surrounded by colourful towns with rugged views. Cork is popular for its idyllic riverside walks and is considered the foodie capital of Ireland.

Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle International said: ‘Ryanair have made significant investments at Newcastle International Airport providing a great choice of destinations to the North East public including Milan, Riga, Barcelona and now Cork for the winter season. Cork’s bustling centre is a fantastic destination for city breaks and as well as a perfect starting point for Ireland’s spectacular Wild Atlantic Way coastal driving route. We are excited for the opportunities that this route opens up, not only for North East passengers exploring Ireland, but also for passengers arriving into Newcastle to visit the beautiful North East of England.’

Acting Managing Director at Cork Airport, Roy O’Driscoll, said: Over the course of the winter season, we look forward to welcoming passengers from the north-east of England – from places like Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Durham and the surrounding areas, travelling to Cork on the new Ryanair service linking our two regions. Cork offers the quintessential Irish city break experience, with some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland, a thriving food scene and hotels, restaurants and pubs that are renowned for their world-class hospitality. In return, we hope that passengers from the wider Cork region will take the opportunity to visit Newcastle and north-east England to immerse themselves amongst the regions famed history, cultural attractions, sporting venues and vibrant nightlife.’

Tickets for fights to Cork, Ireland from Newcastle International Airport are now on sale at www.ryanair.com.

The Newcastle to Cork service comes as Ryanair launches its winter programme, which includes popular European cities such as Barcelona, Riga and Milan, alongside winter hot-spots including the Canary Islands.

Aer Lingus resumes service from Dublin to Miami

Aer Lingus has resumed its service between Dublin and Miami.

The service will initially operate twice weekly, from October 31, and will increase to thrice weekly subsequently. Dublin is Miami International Airport’s (MIA) only pre-clearance transatlantic destination, allowing Aer Lingus passengers to receive US Customs and Border Protection clearance before they leave Ireland and arrive in Miami as domestic passengers. Dublin is now MIA’s 16th nonstop European route.

‘Congratulations to Aer Lingus on their return to Miami-Dade County after two-and-a-half years,’ said Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Mayor. ‘I am so pleased to have the only nonstop service between South Florida and Ireland back at MIA and to see our two regions reconnected before the winter travel season begins.’

Known for its beautiful beaches, colourful architecture, Cuban-inspired cuisine and culture, Miami is an ideal winter destination with ample sunshine. Aer Lingus is operating the Dublin-Miami service with A330-300 aircraft.

‘Miami is an ideal destination for every type of traveller whether it be the cruising fanatics, sun seekers, party goers or the keen shoppers, there are endless possibilities,’ said Susanne Carberry, Chief Customer Officer, Aer Lingus. ‘As the only carrier to operate direct flights between Ireland and Miami, recommencing the service is a key milestone for Aer Lingus. Not only can the people of Miami rediscover everything that Ireland and beyond has to offer, with seamless connections to Miami from the UK and Europe Aer Lingus caters to a much broader market.’

‘We proudly welcome Aer Lingus and its award-winning service back to MIA,’ said Ralph Cutie, MIA Director and CEO. ‘We are thrilled to once again provide our travellers with nonstop flights to Ireland and to be one of only 16 cities in North America served by Aer Lingus.’

The resumption of the Aer Lingus Dublin-Miami service comes after the recent announcement of Cleveland, Ohio and the return of Hartford, Connecticut, both of which will operate as part of the airline’s summer 2023 programme. The airline currently operates 16 direct routes from Ireland to North America and a further three transatlantic routes direct from Manchester to North America and the Caribbean.

Jet2 launches City Breaks programme for Winter 23/24 from Newcastle International Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks, the UK-based airline and largest operator of city breaks to Europe, has announced the launch of the Winter City Breaks programme for 23/24 from Newcastle International Airport.

Jet2 is offering a choice of three leisure city break destinations for Winter 23/24 from Newcastle International Airport, with up to two weekly flights and city breaks on sale to Krakow, Prague and Rome. With weekend and mid-week services available from Newcastle International Airport to these city break favourites, it will provide increased choice and flexibility throughout the winter, Christmas and the February half-term.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘There is a lot of demand for city breaks next winter, as we know people are looking to book further ahead. As always, we want to deliver what our customers and independent travel agent partners in the North East want, so have put on sale a fantastic selection of city break destinations to choose from in Winter 23/24 from Newcastle International Airport. The programme offers fantastic choice when accessing popular city break destinations from the base and provides customers and independent travel agents with fantastic flexibility, whether it is a weekend break or longer. We know that these flights and city breaks will be as popular as ever, as people look for a magical winter escape with all the reassurance that booking with Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks provides.’

Besides booking and travelling on premium flights and ATOL protected city breaks to these destinations, customers can also avail the company’s VIP customer service should they choose.

When booking a city break, customers can choose from a flight-only option with Jet2.com or an ATOL protected package holiday with Jet2CityBreaks available from £60 per person deposit.

The package options with Jet2CityBreaks include flights with Jet2.com, including 22kg free hold luggage and 10kg of free cabin baggage, as well as a choice of 2-5-star hotels in central locations, providing a base to explore and experience Europe.

Ryanair announces Summer 2022 schedule at East Midlands, Winter Sun seat sale

Ryanair has announced its Summer 2022 schedule from East Midlands Airport with over 30 routes and 130 weekly flights across 31 European destinations from April.

With the new schedule, UK families and travellers can now book a summer holiday to European hotspots such as Alicante, Barcelona, Lanzarote, Malaga, Mallorca, Rhodes and Tenerife, among others. Alongside the announcement, Ryanair has launched a £19.99 seat sale for travel until the end of October 2022, which must be booked by midnight Saturday, November 6. Tickets are available to book at www.ryanair.com.

Ryanair’s Director of Commercial, Jason McGuinness, said: ‘As Europe’s No.1 airline, we are pleased to extend our partnership with East Midlands Airport and announce our Summer 2022 schedule, connecting UK families to a host of European hotspots for their much deserved Summer 2022 holiday.

We are launching a seat sale to celebrate the Summer 2022 schedule from East Midlands Airport, with fares available from just £19.99 for travel until the end of October 2022 which must be booked on the Ryanair website by midnight Saturday, 6th November 2021. Our customers can now book a Summer getaway to the likes of Alicante, Chania, Lanzarote, Malaga, Mallorca, Rome, Tenerife and many more on amazing low fares.

While Ryanair welcomes the UK Govt’s decision to reduce domestic APD from Summer 2023, it is neither sufficient nor timely enough to kickstart the UK’s tourism recovery, particularly for Summer 2022. Unfortunately, this delay will only damage the airline industry’s ability to rapidly rebuild connectivity, jobs and tourism.

Ryanair calls on the UK Govt to immediately abolish APD for all travel, which would give both tourism and domestic UK connectivity a much-needed boost for this Winter and next Summer.’

Ryanair has also launched a Winter Sun seat sale, with over 530 routes to choose from across the Ryanair network. With over 80,000 seats available, British travellers and can choose from a range of winter sun destinations including Faro, Lanzarote, Malaga and Tenerife this November and December, for fares from £9.99. To benefit from the low fares, customers may visit the Ryanair.com website to book their flights before midnight, November 14, 2021.

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.