Flybe announces new DSA-Palma route for summer, to restart weekly Dusseldorf service from Cardiff

Flybe, the UK-based low cost airline, has announced a new route from Yorkshire’s Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) to Palma, this summer.

Palma, in the western Mediterranean, is the capital of the Spanish island of Mallorca. A popular sun destination, the city boasts trendy restaurants, cafes and shops. Tourists and holidaymakers can also enjoy a relaxing beach break as the city offers a range of resorts.

Tickets for the twice weekly flights from DSA to Palma are on sale at www.flybe.com, with summer flights taking off from July 7. In total, Flybe’s 2017 summer schedule from DSA features 11 routes with a choice of up to 46 flights a week.

Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to be adding more options to fly to this fantastic Mediterranean destination. We’ve listened to feedback asking for more low cost flights to popular holiday spots and we’re pleased to deliver this route with Flybe.

‘Flybe is offering a range of great sun destinations with us, with a really good schedule at great prices, so to add even more is a real boost for the region.’

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, added: ‘We are pleased to be extending our 2017 Summer schedule from Doncaster Sheffield Airport with the additional choice of yet more sun flights to such a popular summer holiday destination.

Flights are scheduled to give customers flexibility and the choice of either a long weekend or a full week away so Yorkshire based sun seekers can be as flexible as possible with their holiday plans.’

Separately, Flybe has announced the return of its weekly Saturday service between Cardiff and Dusseldorf starting April 1, 2017. Flights are available to book now with one way fares from £45 including taxes and charges. In total, 16 routes feature in Flybe’s 2017 summer schedule from Cardiff offering a choice of up to 84 flights a week.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport announces flights to Disneyland Paris

Doncaster Sheffield Airport has announced a new service for Yorkshire residents to visit Disneyland Paris this summer 

Based in Marne-la-Vallee, Disneyland Paris is the most visited theme park in all of France and Europe. The resort has two theme parks, several hotels, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex and a golf course. Tickets to the popular theme park can now be booked for people looking to fly from Doncaster.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘We are delighted that our passengers can now book trips to Disneyland Paris flying out of their local airport.

‘For Yorkshire passengers travelling to Disneyland Paris meant a trip to London for the Euro Star or a flight from outside of the Yorkshire region. From March they can use their local airport to fly directly to Paris and enjoy a family trip to Disneyland.’

The new Disneyland Paris service, which will be operated by Flybe, comes as a part of the UK-based airline’s plan to operate eight new routes from Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Accordingly, starting from March 2016, passengers will be able to fly to Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Faro, Malaga, Alicante, Jersey and Newquay.

With the plan, Flybe will become the largest low-fares airline to operate from the Doncaster Sheffield Airport with nearly 44 departures per week and an additional 500,000 seats on the new routes in the first year of operation, the Airport had said in November.

‘We are confident we have created a schedule that delivers attractive travel options that are both appealing and affordable for Summer 2016 as well as providing opportunities for onward global connections,’ Phil Delaney, sales and distribution director, for Flybe, said.

 

Wizz Air announces new route to Cluj from Robin Hood Airport

Hungarian low fares airline Wizz Air has announced a new route from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Cluj in Romania, offering twice weekly flights starting from July 22, 2016, The Star has reported.

The new Cluj route will be the 11th Wizz route connecting Yorkshire with Central and Eastern European destinations from the airport. The airline also said that it will increase the frequencies on some of Wizz’s most popular routes from Cluj, one of Romania’s largest cities, including the London Luton service that will be operated with three daily flights.

Chris Harcombe, head of Aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘This is fantastic news for the region. It is great that Wizz Air have reached this major milestone with two million passengers using their services from Doncaster Sheffield airport. Our relationship with them and this proven demand for their services has meant that we are able to continue to grow our route portfolio with Wizz and Cluj will be our eleventh destination adding to popular routes to Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Lithuania.’

The Doncaster Sheffield-Cluj flights went on sale on Friday with lead in fares starting from £21.99 including taxes. ‘We are expecting this new route to carry an additional 30,000 passengers through the airport in its first year of operation,’ Harcombe said.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport, which offers flights to over 30 destinations, is Wizz Air’s second largest UK base and the only one in Yorkshire. The airport currently operates a total of 33 Wizz Air flights per week to ten destinations including Bucharest in Romania, and Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw in Poland.

‘Wizz have provided Yorkshire passengers with more choice in 2015 with Lublin in Poland and Kosice in Slovakia being added to their destination list. Thanks to these routes passengers from our region have direct access to more cities in more countries than ever before,’ said Harcombe.

‘With the new Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) on track to connect the M18 to the airport, we believe demand in European destinations will continue to increase,’ he added.

Yorkshire riding high on Tour de France coup

The county of Yorkshire in the UK is already benefiting from its coup in being chosen as the start point for this year’s Tour de France cycle race, by reporting an impressive increase in its tourism figures for the first part of the year.

In January and February, Yorkshire shrugged off the effects of particularly hard winter weather to record the highest year-on year rise for tourism spend in the country. The county’s tourism revenue grew by 47 percent for the period.

Figures from the Great Britain Travel Survey (GBTS) also reveal that trips to Yorkshire increased by 6.6 percent during the period, while overnight stays increased by 24.2 percent. By comparison, the GBTS survey also revealed that the national average increase for trips to destinations within England for the same period was just 0.9 percent, with overnight stays up by 7.3 percent and visitor spend up by an average of 9.2 percent.

Welcome to Yorkshire is the organisation responsible for promoting tourism in the county, and its chief executive, Gary Verity, said, ‘Stats like these are testament to the hard work and determination of our tourism businesses, coupled with the innovative work we do to market Yorkshire. These encouraging figures follow our announcement that we had secured the Tour de France – and the subsequent international media coverage it brought for Yorkshire, thrusting it into the spotlight once more.’

He added, ‘Yorkshire is now recognised as one of the leading tourist destinations in Europe and our summer guide is just one of a number of initiatives we are leading to build on this momentum.’

Le Tour’s Grand Depart, stage 1, takes place in Leeds on Saturday July 5 and follows a route to Harrogate. Stage 2 leaves York on Sunday July 6, and finishes in the city of Sheffield.

Sheffield and Torquay in UK’s top 5 towns for hotel service

A recent survey has highlighted the towns in the UK where visitors are likely to receive the best hotel service.

The survey was carried out by hotel.info, a company that provides a hotel booking service backed by customer reviews, and it utilised thousands of reviews in compiling the league table. Points were awarded out of 10, and in first place with a score of 8.46 came the Yorkshire town of Sheffield. The top seaside town was Torquay in Devon with 8.21 points, and the positions in between were taken by Norwich, Norfolk, in second place with 8.39 points, Leeds, Yorkshire, in third place with 8.29 points, and York, Yorkshire, in fourth place with 8.24 points.

The figures also inferred a north/south divide where quality of service was concerned, with Yorkshire towns taking 3 of the top 5 places, while London could only muster 7.36 points, which kept it at joint 22nd on the list.

A hotel.info spokesman told the Daily Mail, ‘From rats in the restaurant to cream being poured over a guest’s head, Fawlty Towers gave Torquay a less-than-positive image, as far as hotel stays go. However, nearly 40 years have passed since then and our latest service quality survey has revealed that the British seaside favourite actually makes it into fifth position for service levels nationally.’

But the picture was not so rosy when hotel service was considered at a European level, with the UK not able to figure in the top 20. Finland and Germany were joint first with 8.36 points each, Austria was third with 8.35, and Ireland managed eleventh place with 8.12 points. With 7.56 points the UK was still well behind the Netherlands, which was in twentieth place with 7.82 points.

Hotel.info also commented, ‘In comparison with mainland Europe, the UK has a lot of catching up to do.’

 

Leeds Tourism Boost Expected From Tour de France 2014

Leeds in Yorkshire, UK, will be hosting the initial stages of the 2014 Tour de France.

This is the first time Leeds is hosting Le Tour de France’s ‘Grand Depart’, and this is also the first time Le Tour will reach the north of England, compared to other visits to the UK when it had visited only the south.

Last time the tour, an annual bicycle race held in France, visited England was in 2007. The first stage of the bicycle tour will be held on July 5 and 6, 2014, and then the tour moves south for the next British stage, in London.

The Tour de France is viewed annually by around two billion people live on television, and the event will bring in a lot of bike enthusiasts to the beautiful and scenic environment of West Yorkshire, providing a boost to the tourism industry of the county.

British cyclists have recently tasted success in the event, with Bradley Wiggins being the first British rider to win Le Tour in 2012.

A statement by Welcome to Yorkshire, the official visiting guide to Yorkshire, said, ‘Yorkshire is rightly proud to be able to say it will host the Tour de France. The county is a heartland of the sport and over the next few pages we celebrate Yorkshire’s Grand Depart, Yorkshire’s cycling champions, the county’s iconic cycling landscapes and hopefully inspire more people to consider going uphill and down dale on two wheels in future.’

Gary Verity, the chief executive officer of Welcome to Yorkshire, said, ‘Today is a proud day for everyone involved in the bid and the county as a whole.

We are honoured that the race organisers have selected Yorkshire to be the host location of the 2014 Grand Depart.’