Wizz Air announces new routes to Poland from Birmingham Airport

Hungarian airline Wizz Air has announced two new routes from Birmingham Airport to Poland, starting September.

The first route will be to Poznan and it will be launched September 16, while the second route, to Krakow, will be launched on September 17. One-way fares to Poznan and Krakow start from £17.99.

Poland’s fifth-largest city, Poznan is home to several historical attractions and museums, renaissance-style architecture, and it also offers a range of dining and nightlife options. Meanwhile Krakow, known for its old-world ambiance and charm, offers a range of exciting galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Tom Screen, aviation director at Birmingham Airport said: ‘It’s great news that Wizz Air will be operating to Poznan and Krakow – the launch of both routes will mean the airline will operate seven routes in total from Birmingham Airport. Providing our passengers with a range of destinations to connect with family and friends or find their next city break, is important to us and with these additional routes we are able to do just that.

‘Wizz Air currently operates to Cluj-Napoca, Budapest, Bucharest, Warsaw, and Wroclaw, adding routes to both Poznan and Krakow in September. The new routes are a fantastic addition and we’re really looking forward to growing our offering with Wizz Air over the next few years here at Birmingham Airport.’

Tamara Vallois, head of Marketing and Communications at Wizz Air said: ‘We are delighted to announce we will now operate a total of seven routes from Birmingham Airport. We launched our very first Wizz flight to Birmingham in 2015 and today, we offer seven low-fare routes to Poland, Romania and Hungary. With fares from only £17.99, we hope to see many happy customers on board our brand-new Airbus aircraft on routes to Poznan and Krakow as well as on all the other routes in the Wizz network.’

Wizz Air has been operating from Birmingham Airport since June 2015, with its inaugural route to Warsaw, quickly followed by Budapest. With the two new routes, Wizz Air now operates a total of seven routes to Poland from Birmingham Airport.

Brussels Airlines relaunches its Bristol route starting September

Brussels Airlines has announced the relaunch of its service to Bristol, previously operated by wet lease partner Flybmi until February this year.

Starting September 1, Brussels Airlines will initially operate the Bristol route six times a week. From October 27 the airline will increase its flight frequencies to 12 times weekly. Flights will be operated using a CRJ900 by CityJet on behalf of Brussels Airlines.

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted Brussels Airlines will be returning to Bristol Airport and operating flights between Bristol and Brussels, the route will also offer extensive onward connectivity options for passengers. The service will appeal to passengers whether travelling for business or leisure.

‘It offers opportunities for inbound visitors using Bristol as a gateway to the region. With frequent travel connections, inbound tourists will be able to experience the vibrant cities of Bristol and Bath, and the host of iconic tourist attractions and beautiful coastline we have in the region. We look forward to developing our close partnership with Brussels Airlines further in the future.’

Designated the City of Film by UNESCO in 2017, Bristol is an artistic city with a great number of museums, theatres, live music gigs as well as impressive street art. Besides the creative and media industry, Bristol is also known for its expertise in aerospace, with a big airbus facility in Filton.

The relaunch of the Bristol route comes after multiple airlines ceased operations to Bristol since the bankruptcy of FlyBMI in February 2019. Brussels Airlines is the first Lufthansa Group airline to restart the route.

Andreas Koester senior director sales for the UK, Ireland and Iceland, Lufthansa Group, said, ‘The new connection between Bristol and Brussels is an important expansion to the Lufthansa Group network in the UK, where we offer flights to the European mainland out of 12 different airports.

‘With two flights daily out of Bristol, Brussels Airlines offers point-to-point passengers a flexible schedule and create a broad range of possibilities for passengers connecting to one of the many other destinations in our network.’

Brussels Airlines now connects five cities in the UK with Brussels, the capital of Europe. Next to Bristol, the airline’s network also includes Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Manchester.

Wizz Air UK announces two new routes from London Luton to Russia

Wizz Air UK, the UK-based, wholly-owned airline subsidiary of Wizz Air Holdings Plc, has said that it will launch two news services from its London Luton base to Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport and Pulkovo Airport in St Petersburg.

This is the first time that Wizz Air will connect its low-fare UK network with Russia’s two important cities. Since the launch of Wizz Air UK a year ago, the airline has become the largest operator at London Luton Airport, with over 40 percent market share.

The new flights on the Moscow route will launch on October 1, 2019 and will operate daily. The St Petersburg route, on which Wizz Air UK will be the sole British operating carrier, will also launch on 1 October 2019 and operate daily. Fares on both routes start from £25.99 one way including all taxes and non-optional charges.

Owain Jones, Managing Director, Wizz Air UK, said: ‘Today marks the launch of two of the most exciting routes so far in Wizz Air’s network. For the first time, Wizz Air is giving our customers the chance to travel from the UK to two of Russia’s greatest cities, avoiding high legacy airline prices with our ultra-low fares. We’ll be the only UK carrier flying to St Petersburg and on both new routes, our customers will enjoy Wizz Air’s great travel experience on-board Europe’s youngest and greenest aircraft. Moscow and St Petersburg are each steeped in culture and history, having seen some of the most momentous events in world history and should definitely be on everyone’s list of places to visit. The whole Wizz Air team looks forward to welcoming customers old and new on-board our new flights linking the UK and Russia.’

Currently Wizz Air has over 8.5 million seats on sale on its 61 London Luton routes, representing 20% growth year on year. With the new Moscow routes, Wizz Air now offers 100 low fare routes to 28 countries from ten UK airports.

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.’

easyJet announces first flights to Milan, Biarritz and Brindisi from Bristol Airport

Last week, easyJet launched its first flights from Bristol Airport to Milan, Biarritz and Brindisi, offering travellers increased opportunity to explore European destinations this summer.

easyJet’s first flight from Bristol to Milan Malpensa airport in Italy took off on July 1, while the first flight to Biarritz in France was on Tuesday July 2, followed by the airline’s first flight to Brindisi, also in Italy.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK country manager commented: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating further expansion at Bristol Airport and with three inaugural flights taking off this week we are pleased to be offering even more variety for our customers in Bristol this summer, whether they are looking for a lively city break, cultural getaway or scenic surf trip.

‘Having been at Bristol Airport for 18 years, the addition of another aircraft this summer will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth at the airport whilst providing passengers with a greater range of destinations, all with low fares and great service.’

Nigel Scott, business development director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted to see these exciting destinations commence this week from Bristol Airport. The new routes further extend the choice and options of flights available to passengers. easyJet’s decision to base an additional aircraft at Bristol, bringing the total to 17 based aircraft, provides these new routes and an additional daily Paris flight, improving business connectivity. Frequency of flights to Paris is vitally important for businesses such as EDF Energy, Airbus and other key corporate clients and opens up further opportunities for inbound tourism using Bristol as the gateway to the region.’

easyJet has now launched five routes from Bristol this summer, with the first flights to Montpellier in France and the Greek Island of Rhodes launched in June. This airline also began operating an additional daily flight between Bristol and Paris, providing more choice to customers for a city getaway to the French capital.

easyJet expects to carry more than 36,550 passengers across these new routes this summer. Many low fares are also available for those looking to enjoy sunshine in some of the UK’s favourite European destinations and flights to these new destinations are available online at easyJet.com with fares from £22.99, the airline said.

Wizz Air launches only direct route from the London Luton to Turku, Finland

Wizz Air UK, the UK-based airline subsidiary of Wizz Air Holdings Plc, has announced the launch of the only direct route from the UK to Finland’s oldest city, Turku.

The new Luton – Turku flights will operate from Wizz Air UK’s base at London Luton Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with fares starting from £24.99 one way, including all taxes and non-optional charges.

Located on the banks of the River Aura, Turku has a variety of museums for visitors to explore. The city of Turku also offers access to the 50,000 islands that comprise the Finnish Archipelago, most of which are connected by a 200km network of roads, bridges and ferries.

Owain Jones, managing director, Wizz Air UK said: ‘Here at WIZZ our mission is to give travellers the opportunity to explore Europe’s undiscovered gems, and our new route from London Luton to Turku does exactly that. Our direct route to Finland’s oldest city means that people looking to travel to Turku can do so in one short flight on-board one of our brand new, ultra-efficient Airbus aircraft. The growing restaurant scene, riverside setting and medieval architecture are just a few reasons to visit Turku and who knows, if you keep your eyes peeled, you might spot the odd Moomin or two!’

Lotta Back, International Marketing Manager of Visit Turku, said: ‘We are thrilled by the launch of the new Wizz Air direct service connecting London and Turku as it will allow UK travellers to enjoy the beautiful city of Turku this summer with increased ease.

‘Turku is one of the most popular cities in Finland and with this new route we hope to open our doors to many more leisure and business visitors. Our magnificent city offers travellers a fun getaway to a vibrant, medieval European town which overflows with cultural events, culinary delights and festivals.’

With the new route, Wizz Air now offers 98 low fare routes to 27 countries from ten UK airports.

Aer Lingus launches direct Dublin-Minneapolis route

Dublin Airport has announced the introduction of a new direct service to Minneapolis-St. Paul in Minnesota.

The new Dublin-Minneapolis route will be operated by Aer Lingus using a Boeing 757 aircraft. The new route will initially operate six times weekly, increasing to a daily, year-round service from this August.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said, ‘This is Aer Lingus’ 14th transatlantic route from Dublin Airport and its 11th new transatlantic route in the past five years.

‘We have been working closely with Aer Lingus since 2014 to grow its North American business and build a substantial transfer business. The new route offers customers significant onward connections in both directions.’

Aer Lingus’ Chief Executive Stephen Doyle, added: ‘We are delighted to commence Ireland’s first and only direct service to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota State. The Minneapolis-St. Paul region holds great promise for Aer Lingus particularly in terms of the connections we can offer to UK and European guests as well as those travelling from North America and onwards to Europe.’

Passengers travelling to Minneapolis-St. Paul on the Aer Lingus’ service can make use of the US Pre Clearance facilities at Dublin Airport, as they will be able to arrive in the US by completing all the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure.

This new route means that Dublin Airport now has nine airlines flying 464 flights per week to and from 18 destinations in the US and six destinations in Canada, which equates to an average of 66 flights daily to and from North America.

Dublin Airport has flights to nearly 200 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 53 airlines. So far this year, more than 12.3 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport, a seven percent increase compared to the first five months of last year. An additional 764,000 passengers travelled through Dublin Airport between January and May.

Norwegian Holidays relaunches package holiday experience with TripX

Norwegian Holidays has said that it has relaunched with a new package holiday experience with new partner TripX, offering holidaymakers a choice of more than 100 destinations.

TripX is a package travel company and one of the fastest growing travel companies in the Nordic region. The new holiday platform allows customers to search and booking their holiday. The platform offers a dedicated destination finder and holidaymakers can search for their next holiday by themes such as adult only, all-inclusive or boutique.

Eivind W. Christiansen, SVP Digital Innovation & Norwegian Holidays, said ‘Whether you want to go to a big city or enjoy a classic beach holiday destination Norwegian Holidays offers the best package choice at the lowest prices. Since 2012, Norwegian Holidays has helped hundreds of thousands of travellers to enjoy great value holidays to a range of destinations and now it is time to offer a more modern and user-friendly solution to adapt to increasing demand. We believe that the intuitive new design, combined with quality products in terms of both aircraft and hotels, will ensure that consumers continue to choose a package deal with Norwegian Holidays when they travel.’

Norwegian carries nearly six million UK passengers each year from London Gatwick, Edinburgh and Manchester Airports to 30 destinations worldwide. The airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world, including next-generation Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 737 MAX and Boeing 737-800s. Norwegian is also the only airline to offer free inflight WiFi on UK flights to more than 30 European destinations.

Holidaymakers who book a Norwegian Holidays package and are members of the free to join Norwegian loyalty scheme, Norwegian Reward, will earn two percent CashPoints on all trips. Tickets for the package holidays are available to book at www.norwegianholidays.com/uk/, it said.

China Southern launches new direct route from Heathrow to Zhengzhou

London Heathrow has announced the launch of its first direct flight to Zhengzhou, allowing British passengers to fly directly to one of China’s eight Ancient Capital cities.

Zhengzhou is the capital of Henan Province in the central region of the People’s Republic of China. Now designated a National Civilized City, Zhengzhou is also a Chinese manufacturing hub, where nearly 70 per cent of Apple iPhones sold worldwide are manufactured.

A first direct service from Europe, the new Zhengzhou route operated by China Southern is Heathrow’s 13th direct connection to China. The flight will carry travellers into the heart of ancient Chinese culture, offering them opportunity to explore the famous Shaolin Monastery and Pagoda Forest, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered the birth-place of the ancient martial art of kung-fu.

Zhengzhou is also one of the most important textile centres in the country, and British businesses and passengers will now be able to directly access the heart of industrial – as well as ancient – China, the airport said.

Ross Baker, Heathrow’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘The launch of our new route to Zhengzhou is an exciting opportunity for passengers and will provide Europe’s only direct connection to this unique Chinese destination. At Heathrow, we are committed to opening-up more routes to China as part of our strategy to drive forward the UK’s global connectivity for years to come.’

China Southern’s Zhengzhou service will be operated twice weekly out of Terminal 4 and use a 787-800 aircraft. It will offer an annual 55,328 seats and 2,080 tonnes of cargo space.

The number of destinations available via Heathrow – the UK’s only hub airport – has allowed exports to China to increase by 135 per cent in value from 2018 compared to 2017, totalling over £7 billion, the airport noted.

Norwegian announces million seats in summer 2020 schedule from London to USA

Norwegian has announced the release of more than one million seats to the USA, in launching its summer 2020 flight schedule.

Consumers planning next year’s summer holidays can now book nonstop flights from London Gatwick to nine US cities including Boston, New York, Orlando, Tampa, Denver, Miami, Austin, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Tickets, with fares starting from £157 one way, are available to book at www.norwegian.com/uk.

Matthew Wood, SVP Long-Haul Commercial at Norwegian said: ‘Brits love a bargain which is why we are giving consumers plenty of time to start planning next year’s summer holidays with early access to our lowest fares to the USA.

‘We will be releasing more flights in phases that make up the rest of our summer 2020 flight schedule but until then, we recommend that consumers book early to secure the best fares and their preferred seats on board our modern environmentally-friendly aircraft to the USA’s top cities.’

Norwegian is a low-cost European transatlantic carrier. The flights are operated using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with free Wi-Fi.

Norwegian added that it will release the remainder of its summer 2020 programme in phases over the coming weeks. The airline currently operates more flights to the USA than any other carrier from London Gatwick and is the only carrier serving Brazil and Argentina nonstop from the airport.

Norwegian also announced the launch of a new ‘gate-to-gate’ Wi-Fi which gives passengers access to the airline’s Wi-Fi network as soon as they step on board the aircraft. Customers travelling on any route across Norwegian’s global network will now be able to stay connected for the entire duration of the flight.