Monarch to introduce new security measures for flights from Turkey to UK

Monarch, the UK-based European regional airline, has said that it will introduce additional security measures at Antalya and Dalaman airports so that the currently restricted personal electronic devices can be allowed in the cabin on its flights from those airports to the UK.

The announcement comes as the UK government is lifting the ban on carrying electronic devices in hand luggage from some airports and on some flights from Turkey to the UK, subject to additional security measures.

‘Currently the restrictions still apply. We will inform our customers when this changes,’ the airline said in a release.

Accordingly, electronic items including laptops, iPads, tablets and e-readers will need to be switched off (not in sleep or standby mode), packed into hold luggage and checked in. These electronic items will not be allowed in the aircraft cabin with the passenger. In addition, power banks and portable power sources or spare and separate device batteries for phones, laptops, tablets and E-readers larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm are not allowed at all on the flight from Turkey, either in the cabin or hold luggage.

There will be additional searches at the gate and any items found that are not allowed in the cabin under the new security measures will be taken and placed in the hold, the airline said.

To facilitate the new restrictions, the airline will increase the paid for hold luggage allowance by three kilograms free of charge to allow for the additional weight of electrical items on inbound flights, subject to a maximum of 26 kg per bag. This will be automatically added to the baggage allowance.

The airline also recommends insurance coverage by passengers for all belongings, including electronic items, Monarch said, adding that it will not accept liability for any damage to or loss of electrical gadgets in hold luggage. Locking the luggage is also recommended, it added.

As a result of the new security measures, online check in will not be available on Monarch flights from Turkey to the UK. Check in will be at the airport only. Check in for flights from Turkey to the UK will open three hours before departure and close 60 minutes before departure.

Flights from the UK to Turkey are not subject to these restrictions – so passengers are free to travel with their electronic items to Turkey, the airline noted.

Primera Air to start transatlantic flights from Birmingham

Primera Air, an Iceland-based low cost airline, is set to start transatlantic flights from Birmingham Airport to New York and Boston in May 2018.

The new services from Birmingham to US will commence in May 2018 and will be year-round operations. Primera Air tickets are now on sale, with fares starting from GBP149.00, one way, all taxes included. Tickets are available to book on www.primeraair.co.uk.

The new PrimeraAir service to New York will depart from Birmingham daily with Boston departing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

William Pearson, Aviation Director, commented: ‘We are delighted to be entering in to a partnership with an additional transatlantic airline. Primera Air will offer daily flights to New York and give passengers the chance to visit Massachusetts’ capital and largest city – Boston. This is a brand new route from Birmingham so we are delighted that Primera Air will give people from the region the opportunity to visit this city direct from their local airport.

‘Primera is a low cost, low fares airline that will appeal to all. With its offering of premium economy and economy seats it really does mean that America is just across the pond. We look forward to working with Primera Air and are delighted that they will base these brand new Airbus321NEO’s here at the Airport.’

Andri M. Ingolfsson, the President and Chairman of Primera Air, said: ‘We are very proud to announce our new bases and routes to US. With our brand new Airbus321NEOs airplane, we are opening routes previously traditionally served only by wide-body aircrafts. With unmatched efficiency of these new-generation aircraft, we will be able to offer unprecedented prices to our passengers from Birmingham to the US. At the same time, we are very proud to be offering a low-fare/high quality product and service concept, that will be perfect both for leisure and business travellers.’

As part of the plan, the airline will base its brand new Airbus A321 Neos, configured with 16 premium economy seats and 182 economy seats, at Birmingham Airport. Passengers will be able to use Wi-Fi on board and the aircraft has full charging facilities for devices.

easyJet to launch new routes to Stockholm and Athens from Bristol Airport

easyJet, the UK-based low-fares airline, has recently announced plans to start two new routes from Bristol Airport to Stockholm and Athens later this year.

The new service to Sweden’s capital city – Stockholm – will start on October 31, 2017, operating twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays year round with fares starting from £26.49 one-way. The new route to Athens, the capital city of Greece, will operate every Monday and Friday starting from November 6, 2017 with fares starting from £28.49 one-way.

The new routes are available to book at www.easyjet.com. The fares are one-way, including taxes and based on two people on the same booking.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We’re really pleased to announce these two new beautiful destinations to our network from Bristol Airport and we are confident they’ll be very popular with our passengers. Many people are already starting to plan ahead for their Winter holidays and with flights now on sale, they can take advantage of our low fares.

‘With these two new routes, easyJet now flies to 64 destinations across Europe and beyond from Bristol Airport. It’s one of the biggest bases in our network and we’re committed to ensuring we continue to provide the best service and choice of destinations to our passengers in the South-West.’

Nigel Scott, Bristol Airport’s Business Development Director said: ‘The announcement of these two new routes by easyJet is very exciting news for Bristol Airport. Athens and Stockholm are destinations our customers have frequently told us they would like to see served directly from the region, and their addition to our network increases the number of European capital cities we serve to 18 – the largest number in the airport’s 60-year history.

‘These new routes will also support our ongoing efforts to grow inbound tourism to the South West and Wales, and we look forward to working with easyJet as well as our partners in the tourism industry to promote the fantastic attractions of the region to an even wider audience.’

British Airways announces new routes to three European capitals from London City

British Airways has said that it is planning to launch new routes from London City Airport to three European capitals: Paris, Prague and Reykjavik, in October.

With the new services to the three popular European cities, British Airways will fly to 30 destinations from London City this winter. The airline will operate three flights a day to Orly during the week and one a day at weekends, six flights a week to Prague, and two a week to Reykjavik. Flights are available to book on www.ba.com/londoncity, with each way hand baggage only fares to Orly available from £49, to Prague from £49 and to Reykjavik from £59.

The Orly flights are being transferred to London City Airport from Heathrow, offering customers a choice of two London airports from Paris. Flights to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris will continue to operate from Heathrow, the airline said.

With the launch of Prague and Reykjavik routes, British Airways will be flying to Czech Republic or Iceland from London City for the first time. Reykjavik will be a winter-only service, and will replace flights to Granada, Spain, which will continue to operate as a summer-only service resuming next year.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: ‘Paris and Prague are two great additions to our schedule at London City. Well timed flights and a quick and easy journey through the airport will give business customers another option to reach either capital city, which are of course also two of the most popular leisure destinations in Europe. Reykjavik is a leisure route, and gateway to some of the most dramatic scenery and skiing that Iceland has to offer.’

The new services will be operated using modern Embraer jets with a choice of Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins and two-wide seating. Customers flying in Euro Traveller can obtain allocated seats and loyalty points that can be used to buy food and drink on board flights or towards other trips. Club Europe customers will also receive complimentary food and drinks on board, free seat selection and on-line check-in, the airline noted.

easyjet Europe launches inaugural flight

easyjet Europe, budget carrier easyjet’s new Austrian-based operation, made its inaugural flight yesterday after receiving the necessary authorisations.

The new business has been created by easyjet to help overcome operational fears post-Brexit. Austria has provided the company with an Air Operator Certificate and airline operating licence, making its European future more predictable.

Speaking yesterday, the company’s chief executive, Carolyn McCall, said, ‘Our European AOC has now been awarded and the first flight by an easyJet Europe aircraft takes place today. That means our flying rights in Europe will be secure after the UK leaves the EU.’

The company has just reported a 10.8 percent rise in year-on-year carryings to 22.3 million passengers for the three months to June 30.

The quarterly revenue increased by 16 percent to GBP1.387 million, for which easyjet described the moving of Easter from March to April as a ‘significant benefit’, along with higher load factors and an improving underlying trend in the trading environment.

The company has also negotiated a new ground handling agreement with DHL to allow for more than nine million passengers a year at Gatwick, commencing November, contributing to the GBP380 million to GBP420 million full year pre-tax profit that the airline expects to deliver.

McCall said: ‘EasyJet has delivered a strong performance in the quarter right across the business. Our purposeful and disciplined growth continues to strengthen our market positions and we are seeing an underlying improving revenue trend. Our continuing product and digital innovation is generating revenue growth. Our underlying cost control is strong, while our investment in resilience is delivering results in our operational performance.’

Flybe commences new year-round direct service to Hamburg from Birmingham

European regional airline, Flybe, has recently commenced a new year-round service between Birmingham and Hamburg, the only direct service connecting the two UK and German cities.

Known as the ‘gateway to the world’, Hamburg features a thriving commercial sector, several contemporary museums and art galleries and a famous fish market.

Effective for travel from July 10, 2017, the route departs up to four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. More services are expected to be added for the upcoming winter schedule. One way fares are available at www.flybe.com from £34.99 including taxes and charges.

Suitably scheduled for both business and leisure travellers, the new Flybe route will depart Birmingham at 1350 hours on Mondays, arriving in Hamburg at 1640 hours, and on return, will depart Hamburg at 1710 hours to arrive in Birmingham at 1815 hours. On Wednesdays and Fridays, the flight will depart Birmingham at 1435 hours, arriving in Hamburg at 1725 hours, and on return depart Hamburg at 1750 hours, arriving in Birmingham at 1900 hours. On Sundays, the flight will depart Birmingham at 0645 hours, arriving in Hamburg at 0935 hours and on return, departing Hamburg at 10.05 hours and arriving in Birmingham at 1110 hours.

Flybe’s chief revenue officer, Vincent Hodder, said: ‘We are delighted to be launching our first flights between Birmingham and Hamburg today. These flights are the only direct route between the two major cities and it is the sixth German destination to be added to our schedule to and from Birmingham airport. We look forward to welcoming many new customers on board this summer.’

William Pearson, aviation director at Birmingham Airport, commented: ‘Hamburg is a hugely welcome addition to Flybe’s growing list of routes from Birmingham for both our business and leisure passengers. It is Germany’s second largest city and has the country’s biggest port making it an important economic hub and a great city break destination too. Connecting Hamburg with Britain’s second largest city will be of huge benefit to trade and business relations.’

For summer, Flybe also operates services to Dusseldorf, Hannover, Berlin Tegel, Stuttgart and Munich from Birmingham. Full details of schedules are available at www.flybe.com

British Airways announces new winter ski routes from Manchester , extends London City service

British Airways has said that it will launch two new winter-only ski routes from Manchester and also extending its weekly service to London City Airport in December.

The airline is planning to start weekly flights to Salzburg in Austria and Chambery in France, operating every Saturday from December until April, 2018. Basic each way fares to both cities start from £49, and are available to book on www.ba.com

Flights to London City Airport will operate northbound on Fridays and southbound on Sundays, conveniently scheduled for business customers.

The airline has launched summer season flights from Manchester earlier this year, to popular leisure destinations in Europe including Alicante, Malaga, Ibiza and Palma, Mykonos, Nice and London City. While these flights operate until October, the London City service will resume on December 15 along with flights to Salzburg and Chambery, it said. The airline also operates up to 10 return flights a day between Manchester and London Heathrow.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: ‘After a successful new summer programme from Manchester we have decided to continue our leisure flying with direct services to two of the most popular winter break destinations in Austria and France.’

Flights to Salzburg will operate every Saturday departing Manchester at 13.05 hours, arriving in Salzburg at 16.20 hours, with the return flight at 17.10 hours, arriving in Manchester at 18.30 hours. Flights to Chambery will operate every Saturday departing Manchester at 0700 hours and arriving in Chambery at 10.00 hours, with the return flight at 10.55 hours, arriving in Manchester at 12.00 hours. Flights to London City will operate every Sunday from Manchester at 13.30 hours and from London City to Manchester every Friday at 20.30 hours.

All flights will operate on modern Embraer 190 jet aircraft, with spacious cabins and two abreast seating so every customer can have an aisle or window sea, the airline said.

In addition, Club Europe and eligible Executive Club customers will be able to use the rooftop British Airways Terraces Lounge at Manchester Airport. Club customers receive complimentary food and drinks on board, a generous free baggage allowance and free seat selection and on-line check-in, it added.

easyJet announces two new routes from Bristol Airport; additional routes from other UK airports

easyJet, the UK-based low-fares airline, has announced plans to launch two new routes from Bristol Airport to Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city, and, Athens, the capital city of Greece, later this year.

The new easyJet service to Stockholm will start on October 31 2017, operating twice weekly on an A319 aircraft on Mondays and Thursdays year round with fares starting from £26.49. The new route to Athens will operate from November 6, 2017 every Monday and Friday on an A3320 aircraft with fares starting from £28.49 one-way. The rates are one-way, including taxes and based on two people on the same booking.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We’re really pleased to announce these two new beautiful destinations to our network from Bristol Airport and we are confident they’ll be very popular with our passengers. Many people are already starting to plan ahead for their Winter holidays and with flights now on sale, they can take advantage of our low fares.’

Nigel Scott, Bristol Airport’s Business Development Director said: ‘The announcement of these two new routes by easyJet is very exciting news for Bristol Airport. Athens and Stockholm are destinations our customers have frequently told us they would like to see served directly from the region, and their addition to our network increases the number of European capital cities we serve to 18 – the largest number in the airport’s 60-year history.’

Separately, easyJet also said that it will start flying from Southampton Airport for the first time with the launch of a new winter only service to Geneva.

In addition, the UK-based airline announced six more routes from other UK airports. The services include: a weekly service from London Gatwick to Klagenfurt, Austria December 16, on Saturdays and available through the winter; a new route from Liverpool to Venice commencing October 31, operating twice weekly, year round on Tuesdays and Saturdays; London Luton to Sardinia starting November 28, operating twice weekly, year round on Tuesdays and Saturdays; London Luton to Seville starting October 29, operating three times weekly, year round on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays; Manchester to Agadir starting October 1, operating twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and London Southend to Malta starting October 29 and operating twice weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays. The new routes are all available to book at www.easyjet.com.

Ryanair announces extra flights to Manchester and Liverpool for football fans

Irish low fares airline Ryanair has announced five extra flights from Dublin to Liverpool and Manchester, and also rescheduled two other flights to enable Liverpool and Manchester United fans to watch their clubs’ early Premier League fixtures.

Ryanair said that it has added an extra flight on match day, departing Dublin at 07.10 hours on Sunday, August 13, for the Manchester United v West Ham match, and an extra return flight, departing at 21.05 hours that evening. It has also scheduled an extra flight to Liverpool to depart Dublin at 06.05 hours on Saturday, August 19, for the Liverpool v Crystal Palace game at Anfield.

The airline has further rescheduled one flight to depart Manchester at 22.25 hours on Saturday, August 26, for fans to attend Manchester United v Leicester at Old Trafford, while an extra service has been added for Liverpool v Arsenal on Sunday August 27, departing Dublin at 07.25 hours, with an evening flight rescheduled to depart Liverpool at 22.35hours.

In addition, an extra evening flight has been added for Sunday, September 17, for the Manchester United v Everton match, departing Manchester at 21.05 hours. Liverpool and Manchester United fans can log on to www.ryanair.com to book the tickets for these football specials, the airline said.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘Excitement is building ahead of the start of the new Premier League season, with thousands of fans set to fly Ryanair once more this year. We’ve scheduled two additional flights from Dublin to Liverpool, and rescheduled another, to accommodate Liverpool fans travelling to see their side take on Crystal Palace and Arsenal. We’ve added three more flights from Dublin to Manchester, and rescheduled another, to accommodate Manchester United fans travelling to see the Red Devils play West Ham, Leicester and Everton in August and September. Seats are selling fast, so fans are urged to log on to the Ryanair.com website and book their match day getaway today.’

Separately, Ryanair said that it has cancelled its planned entry into Ukraine following Kiev airport’s failure to honour an agreement reached at the Ministry of Infrastructure with airport officials earlier this year, in March. Consequently, Ryanair has cancelled its four new Kiev routes and seven new Lviv routes, and will refund customers who have already booked low fare flights to and from the Ukraine, it said.

British Airways commences new London- Fort Lauderdale service

British Airways has commenced a new nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and London.

The new service will operate four days a week between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and London Gatwick Airport. British Airways already operates from Miami, Tampa and Orlando, and the new service offers Floridians an increased choice of service, airport and flight time, to meet their leisure or business needs.

The new BA service will depart from London Gatwick at 09:25 and arrive at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at 13:45, while the BA2168 will leave Fort Lauderdale at 17:00, arriving into Gatwick at 06:30 the next morning. Operated using a three cabin Boeing 777-200ER, the airline will carry 275 customers, 48 in Club World (business), 24 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy); and 203 in World Traveller (economy).

Simon Brooks, senior vice president Sales, North America, said ‘We are really excited to connect Fort Lauderdale to London. With this new service, British Airways now offers more seats to London from Florida than any other airline. We can ensure business travellers and families have the most options to travel to London and throughout Europe.’

‘This new London/Fort Lauderdale route is British Airways’ 25th U.S. destination. It provides more opportunities for travelers to experience the uniqueness and cultures of both regions,’ said Mark Gale, CEO/Director of Aviation, Broward County Aviation Department. ‘We are proud to partner with British Airways, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and our other partners in starting this new service.’

Customers on British Airways services have benefits available that include free baggage allowance and seat allocation. In addition, with a deposit of $10 per person, customers have 72 hours to confirm details with their friends and family, making bookings easier. The airline also provides a ‘Feed Kids First’ service, which ensures that children are served first, allowing parents to enjoy their own meal.

The airline’s ‘Customize Your Trip’ service available online at ba.com allows customers to schedule a multi-destination holiday with flexibility to combine flights in and out of different airports, book multiple hotels and select car rental for any part of their holiday.