Super Break announces first flight from Cardiff Airport to Iceland

Super Break has commenced its first exclusive flight break to Iceland from Cardiff Airport, and the first direct route from the UK to Akureyri in North Iceland on January 12.

The flight is the first of 14 direct routes from the UK this winter heading to this part of northern Iceland. Holidaymakers on the inaugural Super Break service from Cardiff can enjoy the ‘Incredible Iceland’ experience, comprising a three-night break with the opportunity to search for the Northern Lights. On arriving in Northern Iceland, holidaymakers will also visit a volcano, embark on a lava walk and indulge in a beer spa, subject to extra charges for the beer spa.

All Super Break trips to Akureyri will include a Lake Myvatn Adventure – Land of Fire and Ice Tour offering, a chance to see the region’s magical terrains, the Goddafoss Waterfall, the boiling mud pools of Namafjall and a stop at Vogafjos working farm. Holidaymakers may also choose to visit Myvatn Nature Baths – the ‘Blue Lagoon of the North’, or take part in a Snowmobiling Experience, subject to extra charges as applicable, Cardiff Airport said in a release.

Hugo Kimber from Super Break said: ‘It is a great pleasure to provide our customers at Cardiff Airport today with a wonderful experience from check-in throughout their stay, and hope that the special activities put on at the airport today will ensure that they have a fantastic start to their trip.

‘Super Break is incredibly excited to be the first to offer these brand new and exclusive flights to Akureyri in Northern Iceland, as part of our new short break charter programme. Previously unreachable from UK airports, we are delighted to be able to connect holidaymakers with this stunning part of the world and offer them a truly once in a lifetime experience.’

Spencer Birns, Commercial Director of Cardiff Airport added: ‘It is fantastic to be the first UK airport to offer this brand new direct route to Northern Iceland and see the first flight take off today from Cardiff Airport. The look on the passengers’ faces as they were surprised with the choir was superb and we have no doubt the trip will remain with them for a long time to come.’

Super Break has expanded its charter programme from Cardiff airport with breaks available to destinations including Seville, Malta, Montenegro, Croatia and the Adriatic Coast, Madeira, and further ‘Incredible Iceland’ breaks in 2018-2019. There will be a further two flights to Iceland from Cardiff Airport departing on December 28, 2018 and January 21, 2019, the airport said.

Birmingham Airport announces additional flight to Hurghada for summer

UK holiday company TUI (formerly Thomson) is planning to introduce an additional weekly flight to the Egyptian destination of Hurghada from Birmingham Airport for summer 2018, the airport said in a release.

TUI is planning to add a Friday flight to its summer flying programme, offering nearly 5,000 seats to the Red Sea destination from Birmingham Airport. TUI’s summer flights is set to start in May 2018 and will now operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.

The expansion is part of the holiday company’s plans to offer increased choice for holidaymakers and travellers, allowing customers across the UK to fly from their local airport and stay at hotels such as the 5T TUI Magic Life Kalawy.

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for TUI UK & Ireland, said: ‘We are delighted to be expanding our programme from Birmingham Airport for summer 2018. We have added a Friday flight to Hurghada meaning we now fly twice a week to the Red Sea destination and with this additional flight customers can now book 10 or 11 night holidays. In total we have over 62 routes for customers to choose from when booking their holidays from Birmingham Airport. Holidaymakers in the Midlands will now have wider access than ever before to our diverse collection of destinations and hotel concepts.’

William Pearson, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great news that TUI is adding additional capacity to Hurghada for Summer 2018. This complements the 62 routes that TUI has to over 27 countries, offering even more exciting destinations to passengers flying from Birmingham Airport.’

In addition to the extra flights to Hurghada, holidaymakers from the Midlands now have a wider choice of destinations when booking their holidays this summer with the new route to Podgorica in Montenegro already on sale, the airport said.

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.

Edinburgh Airport announces new routes to Seville and Jersey

Edinburgh Airport has announced the addition of two new routes to its summer offering after easyJet announced they will operate flights to Seville and Jersey from March.

Both routes will be twice weekly through the summer season and will commence operation from March 26 and March 31, respectively.

Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, Gordon Dewar, said: ‘The New Year always brings fresh opportunities and adventures, and we’re delighted to be able to offer two new summer destinations to passengers in Seville and Jersey. We know choice is important and these new routes only add to the huge selection we already have – and it’s never too early to be planning that next trip!

‘We have a strong relationship with easyJet and the fact they are continuing to grow at Edinburgh is a sign of their commitment to Scotland’s busiest airport and of the success we have had already and will continue to enjoy in 2018 and beyond.’

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager added: ‘We’re really pleased to be adding even more routes to our Edinburgh network and to be putting flights on sale today, allowing our customers to book early and take advantage of our lowest fares for both leisure and business travel.

‘easyJet is the largest airline in Scotland and we have been committed to Edinburgh for over 22 years. We are proud to have carried more than over 41 million passengers in that time.

‘We’re committed to expansion at Edinburgh and the addition of new routes will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth, providing passengers with a greater range of destinations, all with low fares and great service.’

In December easyJet announced the launch of a new service between Edinburgh and Sofia, opening up Bulgaria’s capital city to Scottish passengers. The twice weekly service will operate on Tuesdays. With the new routes to Seville and Jersey, the number of destinations served from the Scottish airport increases to 146.

Emirates to launch London Stansted service from June 2018

Dubai-based Emirates has recently announced plans to launch a new daily route from Dubai to London Stansted, starting June 8, 2018.

The outbound flight will depart Dubai at 09:30 hours, and will arrive in London Stansted at 14:10 hours. On its return, the flight will depart London Stansted at 21:10 hours and arrive in Dubai at 07:05 hours the following day.

The daily service will be operated by the airline’s new three-class Boeing 777-300 ER, offering customers six seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 306 in Economy Class. The aircraft features fully enclosed private suites in First Class, as well as refreshed Business and Economy Class cabins.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates, said: The introduction of the new London Stansted-Dubai service underscores our commitment to serve London, with operations soon to three different airports in the city. There is a clear demand for this service from both business and leisure travellers and we anticipate that this news will be warmly received both across our global network, as well as by the business community based in the Stansted catchment area. We look forward to facilitating even more tourism and commerce opportunities to and from London with these new air transport links, and to providing our customers with the award-winning Emirates experience.’

Ken O’Toole, London Stansted’s Chief Executive, added: ‘We’re delighted that Emirates has recognised the strength of London Stansted’s catchment and the opportunity that our available runway capacity gives them to continue growing in the South East of England over the next decade.

‘At this crucial time, the new Emirates services will provide an important boost to the UK economy by strengthening international connectivity and offering greater choice and convenience for passengers travelling to long haul destinations. London Stansted has seen significant capital investment and growth since its acquisition by MAG in 2013 and we’re looking forward to working with Emirates as we move forward with the next phase of development of the airport and its network of destinations.’

With the new London Stansted daily service, Emirates will operate 10 flights daily, connecting Dubai and London. Passengers can also fly to London Heathrow and Gatwick. London Stansted Airport is connected to London via the Stansted Express, which operates a regular daily service to London Liverpool Street Station. The train service allows passengers to reach London city in 47 minutes, where they can connect to regional trains and the London Underground.

bmi launches new route from Bristol to Gothenburg

bmi has announced plans to launch a new route from Bristol to Gothenburg, starting January 22, 2018, according to a release by Bristol Airport.

Gothenburg is bmi’s first Swedish route from Bristol, and the airline will operate a twice weekly route between the two cities. The route will fly out of Bristol on Mondays and Thursdays, departing Bristol at 13.40, arriving Gothenburg at 16.50. The return flights will depart Gothenburg on Tuesdays at 14.40 and arrive in Bristol at 16.00, and on Fridays departing Gothenburg at 11.40, arriving Bristol at 13.00.

Flights are on sale now at flybmi.com. Fares on the route start from £99 one way. Besides the 23kg of hold baggage, the bmi ticket price includes complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks, and 30-minute check-in or online check in.

Commenting on the launch, bmi’s Chief Commercial Officer, Jochen Schnadt said: ‘As part of our ongoing strategy to connect key business regions, it was a natural choice to increase our service offering to/from Gothenburg by adding a further Gothenburg Route to our network connecting Sweden’s 2nd largest city to our largest UK Base in Bristol. Given our experiences on the Birmingham to Gothenburg market so far, we believe this new route will prove attractive to business as well as leisure customers alike enjoying bmi’s service of fast and convenient air-services.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director Bristol Airport added, ‘We are delighted with the announcement of the new Gothenburg route operating twice weekly from Bristol Airport. This extends the choice of destinations available to passengers from the South West and Wales, whether travelling for business or leisure. The route also provides inbound visitors using Bristol Airport, ease of access, whether it is for a city break, visiting the various tourist attractions and conference venues the region has to offer.’

With the new route, the number of destinations served by bmi from Bristol will increase to nine. The bmi network from Bristol includes Paris, Milan, Munich, Brussels, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Aberdeen. With onward connections at Munich, Brussels and Frankfurt, bmi also enables customers from the South West to travel further into Europe and other global destinations, the airline said.

Jet2 launches new ski routes from Birmingham Airport

Jet2 has recently announced services to four top ski destinations – Geneva, Grenoble, Salzburg and Turin -from Birmingham Airport, giving skiers and snowboarders’ access to slopes in the French, Swiss, Austrian and Italian Alps and over 600 resorts to choose from across the four destinations.

Jet2’s ski programme from Birmingham Airport offers more than 40,000 ski seats, including up to three weekly services to Geneva with over 14,000 seats, giving access to 270 resorts including Tignes, Flaine and Verbier; twice weekly services to Turin on Saturday and Sunday offering nearly 12,000 seats, providing access to 214 ski resorts including Pila, Vars and Le Corbier; weekly Saturday services to Salzburg 4,500 seats, giving access to 130 ski resorts including Alpbach, Kaprun, Mayrhofen and Obertauern and a weekend service to Grenoble on Saturdays until February, when a Sunday service will be added, with almost 10,000 seats and access to 178 resorts including Morzine, Chamonix and Avoriaz.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are thrilled to be launching our ski programme from Birmingham Airport, giving local people access to the best slopes in the French, Swiss, Austrian and Italian Alps. We know that skiers want choice and flexibility, so that’s exactly what we have provided with these four top ski destinations from Birmingham Airport.

‘With great snow conditions so far this season, customers can also take advantage of our friendly low fares and 22kg of baggage and ski allowance, whilst enjoying our award winning service as they head to this fresh snow.’

Fares to Salzburg start at £39 per person, to Grenoble at £37 per person, to Geneva at £25 per person and to Turin at £27 per person, all fares including taxes, the airline said.

Wizz Air announces new routes from London Luton

Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air has announced further expansion of its operations at London Luton Airport with the addition of three new routes to the Greek capital Athens, the Icelandic town of Keflavik, and the Italian port city of Bari, starting in spring 2018.

The airline will operate a daily service to Athens, Greece starting April 29, 2018; to Keflavik, Iceland from April 29, 2018 until September 16 on, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays until September 16, 2018. Starting September 17, 2018, the service will be operated daily. Wizz Air will also operate a flight service to Bari, Italy on Wednesdays, Sundays from March 25, 2018 until April 18, 2017. Starting April 19, 2018, the Bari service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

In addition, the airline is also increasing its frequency on the route to Larnaca in Cyprus to 10 flights per week, starting September 17. Seats on the new routes are available on sale and can be booked at wizzair.com for fares from £26.99/EUR29.99.

Wizz Air chief executive officer, Jozsef Varadi, said: ‘2017 has been a milestone year for WIZZ at London Luton and we continue to invest in our operations there. The new routes announced today expand our network from London Luton to 45 routes to 22 countries, giving our customers the opportunity to travel to a wide variety of destinations at the lowest prices. Those lowest prices mean we continue to stimulate inbound and outbound traffic and allocate capacity to cover unserved routes, further diversifying our network and consolidating our position at London Luton. We look forward to welcoming ever more passengers onboard one of Europe’s youngest fleets in 2018. 

With the new additions, Wizz Air’s total number of new London Luton routes announced this year will increase to 11, including the services to Larnaca, Tirana, Tallinn, Bratislava and Lviv.

The new routes are part of Wizz’s expansion plans following the establishment of Wizz Air UK and the increase of its fleet at London Luton in 2018, from one to seven aircraft, including two Airbus A321. Following the investment in 2018, Wizz Air will offer more than 7.4 million seats on sale on 45 routes to 22 countries from London Luton airport, the airline said.

Super Break announces exclusive short breaks from Cardiff Airport

British holiday company Super Break has added five new destinations to its offering of short breaks available from Cardiff Airport for 2018/19, the airport said.

The move comes after the company’s recently announced packages to Iceland and Seville. For holidaymakers seeking warmer climates, Super Break has added package breaks to Malta and Madeira, as well as a trip taking in Montenegro, Croatia and the Adriatic Coast – making it the tour operator’s biggest ever flight programme for 2018. All breaks with Super Break include in-destination experiences, central accommodation, return flights, 20kg of luggage, 5kg hand luggage and transfers.

As part of the programme, Super Break will offer chartered flight services to Iceland, including the Search for the Northern Lights tour and Lake Myvatn Land of Fire and Ice experience, available shortly. In addition, the company is offering an Iceland under the Midnight Sun tour programme for midnight sun whale watching and a Lake Myvatn Adventure Nature at its Best Tour. Available on sale soon, this flight service will depart on June 22, 2018.

Further, Super Break is offering chartered flight services to Malta, including a full day tour to Gozo Calypso Island, nightfall tour to Mdina and an option to add on a visit to European Capital of Culture 2018, Valletta. The flights will depart on June 4, 2018; to Montenegro, Croatia and the Adriatic Coast – including Dubrovnik – Pearl of the Adriatic full day tour and Best of Montenegro full day tour, with flights departing on September 21, 2018 as well as services to Madeira – including Madeira Island Highlights tour and Funchal Sightseeing tour, with services departing on November 2, 2018.

Katherine Scott from Super Break said: ‘We’re incredibly proud and excited to be launching our new chartered flight programme, providing holidaymakers from Wales with a brand-new selection of incredible travel experiences to choose from in 2018. Following the huge demand for our exclusive flights to Akureyri, Iceland, we have expanded the schedule from Cardiff Airport to now offer unforgettable travel experiences in five of Europe’s most exciting destinations, helping to connect more holidaymakers to new locations on the continent and beyond, all from their local airport.’

Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport added: ‘We’ve seen a huge increase in unique and unforgettable short breaks added to Super Break’s Cardiff schedule this year, and it’s great to see them offer something a little different for our customers.’

Destinations like Iceland, Madeira and Montenegro are welcome additions to the choice of destinations available from Cardiff, they’re proving hugely popular so far and we look forward to more exciting announcements in the future.’

British Airways commences new ski routes from Manchester

British Airways has announced the launch of ski flights from Manchester Airport to Salzburg and Chambery.

The two new winter-only flights from Manchester will operate every Saturday until April to Salzburg in Austria and Chambery in France. All flights will operate on Embraer 190 jet aircraft. Basic each way fares to both cities from £49 are available to book on www.ba.com.

Flights to Salzburg will operate every Saturday departing Manchester at 1305 hours, arriving in Salzburg at 1620 hours, with the return flight at 1710 hours, arriving in Manchester at 1730 hours. Flights to Chambery will operate every Saturday departing Manchester at 0007 hours arriving in Chambery at 1000 hours, with the return flight at 1055 hours, arriving in Manchester at 1200 hours.

In May, British Airways launched seven new summer-only routes from Manchester to holiday destinations in Europe as well as London City, offering more than 35,000 extra seats from the North West. The airline will start new services to Florence and Dublin from Manchester in May 2018.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: ‘We are delighted to follow our successful summer programme from Manchester with these new direct services to two of the most popular snow destinations in Austria and France. They are also brilliant winter break destinations even for those who don’t ski!’

Club Europe and eligible Executive Club customers will have access to the rooftop British Airways Terraces Lounge at Manchester Airport. Club customers will also receive complimentary food and drinks on board, free baggage allowance, free seat selection and on-line check-in, the airline said.