easyJet announces sale of summer 2018 flights at Bristol

easyJet, a UK-based European regional airline, has launched the sale of flights for summer 2018, with a number of flights from Bristol available for booking until September 2, 2018.

easyJet is set to operate over 6,500 flights to and from Bristol between June 25, 2018 and September 2, 2018. The airline has also announced over 19,286,556 seats for booking across the entire easyJet network, with early booking offers.

At Bristol, the easyJet routes on offer include Bristol to Cyprus Paphos from £46.49; Bristol to Faro from £28.49; Bristol to Barcelona from £28.49 and Bristol to Naples from £33.49, among others. Fares are per person, one way, based on two people travelling on the same booking.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said: ‘We’re really pleased to be putting our summer flights from Bristol Airport on sale for our passengers today, allowing them to book early and take advantage of our lowest fares to great summer destinations.

‘easyJet is the UK’s leading airline and we have been committed to Bristol airport for over 15 years. We are proud to have carried more than 45.1 million passengers in that time.’

easyJet operates 64 routes from Bristol airport, offering up to 656 flights per week. The airline is proud to offer passengers with low-fared flights and friendly customer service.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘This is a great opportunity for passengers in the region to think ahead and book their summer flights.

‘Summer 2018 will provide even more choice and options of flights from Bristol Airport whether it is for a weekend city break or an exciting holiday destination.

‘The route network 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.’

TripAdvisor offers brave travellers Halloween night at The London Dungeon

TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest online provider of tours, activities and attractions, has launched a ‘Sweet Screams’ sweepstakes in partnership with The London Dungeon, offering one lucky winner and three friends or family members the chance to stay overnight in the Dungeon on October 31, 2017 for the ultimate Halloween experience.

Besides the overnight stay at The London Dungeon, the sweepstakes winners will receive a round-trip flight to London, as well three nights in a TripAdvisor top-rated London hotel.

‘TripAdvisor is all about getting under the skin of top bookable attractions, and this exclusive, truly unforgettable experience will make sure four brave souls have their most memorable Halloween ever,’ said Hayley Coleman, media relations manager for TripAdvisor.

‘The London Dungeon is the home of Halloween and the winners will have the chance to experience a sleepover like no other,’ said Steve Blackburn, General Manager, The London Dungeon. ‘This is a once in a lifetime chance as they will be spending the night inside our limited run show the ‘Death Express.’ The question is, are they brave enough to take on the challenge?’

The London Dungeon brings together actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides to recreate London’s various gory and ghoulish historical events. The TripAdvisor sweepstakes winners will be taken back to London’s most terrifying past where they will experience the chilling ‘bad old days’ as they are brought to life.

The Death Express is a limited run show telling the story of the Necropolis railway. It runs from the October 5 until November 5. Tickets prices on the door are available for GBP30.00 (adult), GBP24.00 (children), and may be booked in advance online saving up to 30 percent.

The Sweet Screams sweepstakes is open to participants in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France and Canada, and will run from September 25, 2017 at 12:01 AM EDT through October 10, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT. The winner will be selected on October 11, 2017. Participants must be at least 18 years-of-age and their three friends or family members must be at least 12 years-of-age.

There are Dungeons located in London, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Blackpool, Edinburgh, Warwick Castle and York. Each dungeon will offer up a unique experience adapted to the unique history of each location, TripAdvisor said in a release.

Eurowings announces new service between Newquay and Stuttgart

Eurowings, a budget airline and part of Lufthansa, is set to add a Newquay-Stuttgart route to its portfolio with a once weekly flight every Saturday as of March 31, 2018.

The new weekly route will run for summer 2018. The flight will depart from Stuttgart at 08:25 and will arrive at Newquay at 10:25. The flight from Newquay departs at 10:55 and will reach Stuttgart at 12:50.

The new flight comes as Eurowings continues to increase connectivity between Cornwall and Germany. In addition, the airline has extended the season of its Newquay to Dusseldorf route, which is also operating each Saturday, to October 20. In total Eurowings will operate two routes from Newquay Airport next summer.

Markus Leopold, Regional Manager UK at Eurowings, said: ‘We are delighted to add Stuttgart, our second route here to our Newquay summer schedule and also expand the seasonality of our existing route to Dusseldorf. There is a growing demand from Newquay to Germany and vice versa and we are looking forward to see even more Eurowings in Cornwall in the future.’

Al Titterington, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay added, ‘We’re pleased to be welcoming an expanded route network with Eurowings for 2018. The addition of Stuttgart as well as the expanded season on their popular Dusseldorf route illustrates the strong demand for easy access to Cornwall from the German market and is a result of the positive relationship we have built with Eurowings. We’re delighted that our network of direct connections to Germany is expanding, offering more choice for passengers wishing to travel between Cornwall and Germany.’

The new Eurowings flights between Newquay and Stuttgart can be booked at www.eurowings.com or via the Eurowings app. Holidaymakers are also offered the option to book budget package holidays on the website through the Eurowings Holidays tour operator. These combine the new flight options with hotel offers, Cornwall Airport said in its release.

Cornwall Airport Newquay has registered a significant increase in its passenger traffic this summer. The airport handled a record 61,000 passengers during August, an increase of 30 percent. The airport growth this summer is more than triple the EU average of eight percent and will reach its 600,000 to 650,000 annual capacity limits, the airport noted.


easyJet announces spring and early summer flights on sale across Europe

easyJet, the UK-based budget airline, has announced the sale of its flight services for spring and early summer 2018, offering flights across Europe for booking until June 24, 2018.

The European budget airline is offering a number of routes from across UK airports to destinations including Bristol to Faro from £28.49, Bristol to Cyprus Paphos from £58.49, Bristol to Barcelona from £24.99, London Gatwick to Barcelona from £24.99, Liverpool to Alicante from £17.99, Newcastle to Malaga from £17.99, Bristol to Naples from £30.49, and London Stansted to Naples from £26.99. Fares are per person, one way, based on two people travelling on the same booking. Tickets are available for booking at www.easyjet.com, the airline said.

Sophie Dekkers, easyJet’s UK Director, said: ‘We’re really pleased to be putting our flights for spring 2018 on sale today. Passengers can look forward to even more low fares to Europe’s best beach and city destinations.’

‘For those who are looking for inspiration on where to go on their break, our Inspire Me app available on our website helps travellers to find flights tailored to their budget and travel dates.’

easyJet Holidays have also launched holidays up until June 24, 2017 with an offer of up to £120 off per booking, including peak season times such as Christmas and New Year, when booked by November 2, 2017.

easyJet has bases across 11 UK airports and flies to more than 800 routes on its network across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Jet2.com announces first Stansted ski schedule, half-price return ski carriage from across UK bases

The UK-based leisure airline Jet2.com is set to operate its first ski programme from Stansted Airport his winter, according to an online report.

The airline will operate up to 11 flights a week from Stansted to four ski destinations this winter. The schedule includes up to five weekly flights to Geneva, two weekly services to Lyon, up the three weekly services to Salzburg and one weekly service to Grenoble. Jet2, which commenced its operations from Stansted earlier this year, has already announced an expanded summer programme for 2018, the report noted.

Commenting on the move, Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and sister company Jet2holidays, reportedly said: ‘We are delighted to be launching ski flights from London Stansted Airport for the first time, offering customers the chance to reach the best slopes in Europe on our award-winning airline.

‘The launch of the first ever ski flights by Jet2.com from London Stansted to four exciting and popular destinations is fantastic news for winter sports enthusiasts from right across the East of England and London. I’m sure they will prove to be just as popular as the very successful summer 2017 flight programme as more and more skiers get the chance to hit the slopes from their local airport,’ Heapy said, adding: ‘With friendly flight times on a weekend, alongside 22kg of baggage and ski allowance, we’re confident of very busy and popular ski flights from London Stansted Airport this winter.’

In addition to the London Stansted ski carriage offer, Jet2.com is also offering half price return ski carriage from all nine of its UK bases. Starting September 19, 2017, Jet2 offers half price ski carriage on flights to Geneva, Grenoble, Salzburg, Turin and Lyon.

The promotional price applies for a new booking between September 19, 2017 and October 12, 2017. The service will be available for travel between November 30, 2017 and 30th April 2018 on any of the above routes.

Norwegian introduces new nonstop service between Denver and London Gatwick

Norwegian has launched nonstop flights between Denver International Airport (DEN) and London Gatwick, offering a low-cost option for passengers travelling between Denver and London.

Norwegian’s new service to London Gatwick will operate twice a week, on Saturdays and Tuesdays, until October 28. The service will then increase to three times a week, with an additional flight on Thursdays starting on November 2. The flight will arrive in Denver at 12:40 pm and depart Denver at 2:40 p.m. It will operate using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with 344 seats, making it the second carrier at Denver International Airport to operate this aircraft.

London is Denver International’s largest long-haul market and second-largest international market after Cancun, Mexico. Currently, nearly 400 people travel between Denver and London in a day, and the market demand has grown by 33 percent since 2013, DEN said in a release.

‘It is an exciting day for DEN as we celebrate not only a new flight, but a new airline partner who is helping us expand our global reach,’ said airport CEO Kim Day. ‘Norwegian’s unique transatlantic business model will lower fares for Denver travellers, leading to more opportunities to explore the world.’

Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s chief commercial officer, added: ‘We are very excited to continue our expansion in the U.S. and add Denver to our ever-growing route network. We know Coloradans are asking for more affordable flights to Europe, and at the same time, both Denver and Colorado are highly attractive for European business and leisure travellers alike, bringing thousands of visitors to the state. And this is only the beginning for us here in Denver, as we will increase service this November, and in April next year we will also add a nonstop flight to Paris, not only making flying to Europe more affordable than ever, but with award-winning service onboard one of the world’s youngest aircraft fleets.’

With the addition of Norwegian, Denver International Airport has 25 airlines operating at the airport including 10 foreign-flag carriers that provide service to 26 international destinations in 11 countries, and more than 190 total nonstop destinations, the airport noted.

United Airlines to operate new service from Edinburgh to Washington DC

Edinburgh Airport has announced the launch of a direct route between the capital of Scotland and the capital of the United States, starting next summer.

This is the first time that a direct route between Edinburgh and Washington DC will be on offer.

Starting May 23, 2018, United Airlines will operate the service to Washington Dulles, offering daily flights between the two capital cities. United will continue to operate its year-round flights to New York Newark as well as extending its summer service to Chicago.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘This is fantastic news for Edinburgh Airport and Scotland as we connect our two capital cities for the first time. As Scotland’s busiest airport, we are a leader for international destinations and this demonstrates the confidence of US carriers in the Edinburgh market, standing ahead of other parts of the UK with such strong inbound tourism demand.

‘Our partners at United have seen first-hand the positive impact of flights from Edinburgh to New York Newark and Chicago, and we are keen to replicate that to Washington for both a business and tourist audience. ‘The Scottish economy will also benefit as we open up Edinburgh to a new market and as international passengers continue to soar, we will see a positive contribution to the local and national economy.’

Minister for Transport Humza Yousaf said: ‘This new service between Edinburgh and Washington DC will help to strengthen the important economic and cultural links between Scotland and the United States.

‘The launch of a direct route into America’s capital city is great news for Scottish businesses, giving them better access to important US markets through United’s hub operation. It will also help support our tourism industry by making it even easier for visitors to get a taste of the fantastic experiences Edinburgh, and Scotland as a whole, have to offer.

‘I warmly welcome this announcement and wish Edinburgh Airport and United Airlines every success with this new route. I have no doubt it will prove popular with travellers on both sides of the Atlantic.’

Dublin Airport announces new year-round services to Cyprus, Miami

Cyprus-based airline Cobalt Air will extend its summer service to operate year round flights between Dublin and Larnaca, according to a release by Dublin Airport.

The airline initially started a twice weekly service between July and September in 2016.

Welcoming the decision, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said, ‘Dublin-Larnaca was one of Cobalt Air’s first routes and today’s announcement that the route will be a year round service is testament to its success and popularity.’

‘Cyprus is a very popular destination for Irish holidaymakers seeking a sunshine break. We will continue to work with Cobalt Air to ensure its continued success,’ he added.

A Cobalt Air spokesman said, ‘This continues our commitment to the Irish market which has flocked to Cyprus in record numbers this summer. Irish visitors can look forward to a wider range of onward connections from Larnaca, including Tel Aviv so there’s never been a better time to book a flight on Cobalt Air.’

Dublin Airport also recently announced the launch of Aer Lingus’ new direct transatlantic service to Miami. Aer Lingus will operate its new three times weekly service – on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays – on a year-round basis.

‘We are delighted to welcome Aer Lingus’ new transatlantic service to Miami,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison. ‘This new route offers further choice and flexibility for both business and leisure passengers.’

Transatlantic traffic at Dublin Airport has increased by 67 percent in the past five years and Dublin is the fifth largest airport in Europe for North American connectivity after Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, Harrison added.

Dublin Airport has direct flights to over 185 destinations in 41 countries operated by a total of 47 airlines. More than 16.9 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in the first seven months of the year, which is a six percent increase on the same period in 2016, the airport noted.

Ryanair commences new Glasgow-Frankfurt service

Ryanair, the Irish low-fares airline, has announced the launch of its new daily Glasgow service to Frankfurt, the first of its winter 2017 routes.

Ryanair’s Glasgow winter schedule includes 18 routes in total, with three new routes to Frankfurt, Krakow and Madrid. As part of the launch of its new Frankfurt route, Ryanair has released seats from Glasgow at prices starting from £14.99, for travel in September, October and November. The seats are only available for booking on the Ryanair.com website until midnight Thursday, September 7.

Ryanair’s Lauren Hennessy said: ‘Winter is on the way and we’re pleased to launch our new Glasgow-Frankfurt service, with a daily service, the first of our winter 2017 routes. Glasgow customers and visitors can choose from 18 Glasgow routes in total this winter, including 3 new routes to Frankfurt, Krakow and Madrid.’

‘To celebrate, we are releasing seats on sale from just £14.99 for travel in September, October and November, which are available for booking until midnight Thursday (7 Sep). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com now and avoid missing out.’

Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, added: ‘The introduction of our first direct service to Frankfurt is great news for our passengers. Since setting up base at Glasgow Airport in October 2014, Ryanair has carried an astonishing three million passengers to date by continually responding to demand through the introduction of a number of new routes.’

‘So far this year, the airline has launched flights to Lisbon, Palanga, Valencia and Zadar and will introduce two further routes to Madrid and Krakow next month – taking the number of services operated by Ryanair to 23,’ White said, adding: ‘This daily service further strengthens Glasgow Airport’s European connectivity and adds yet another fantastic German city to our growing destination map, which currently includes routes to Dusseldorf, Berlin and Munich.’

Cardiff Airport announces UK’s first ever direct flights to Akureyri in North Iceland

Cardiff Airport has announced the launch of a new direct flight service to Akureyri in North Iceland, offering holidaymakers’ Arctic experiences for £699 per person.

Cardiff will be the first airport in the UK to fly passengers direct to Akureyri starting January 12, 2018, with packages available from Super Break. The new charter flights are part of a three-night short break package that is expected to be the one its most popular travel destinations, the Airport said.

All Super Break trips to Akureyri include a Lake Myvatn Adventure – Land of Fire and Ice Tour; the Goddafoss Waterfall, the boiling mud pools of Namafjall and a stop at Vogafjos working farm. There is also the opportunity to visit Myvatn Nature Baths – the ‘Blue Lagoon of the North’ or take part in a Snowmobiling experience, at extra charge.

In Akureyri, travellers can visit a volcano or go on a ‘lava walk’, or relax at a beer spa. In addition, holidaymakers can choose from a range of action-packed activities, including: whale watching at Eeyjafjorour offering a chance to see the resident humpback whales, harbour porpoises and dolphins; Icelandic horse riding across coasts and into the scenic mountains and Lofthellir Ice Cave Winter Challenge – a lava cave filled with ice formations, stalagmites and sculptures.

Deb Barber, Chief Executive of Cardiff Airport, said: ‘Cardiff Airport is thrilled to be connecting Wales with Akureryri and Northern Iceland for the very first time. This is exciting for passengers who want to get off the beaten track and experience a once in a lifetime adventure.’

Katherine Scott from Super Break said: ‘At Super Break we take pride in selecting the very best travel experiences for UK holidaymakers to enjoy during a short break. We’ve pulled out all the stops to deliver our customers with the first ever flights to Iceland’s Arctic North, chartering our first Super Break aircraft to provide bookers in Wales and the rest of the UK with direct access to this incredible destination. From lava walks to some of the best chances of seeing the Northern Lights, adventure really does await those heading to Akureyri.’

Price – £699 per person – is based on three nights’ accommodation at the three-star Hotel Nordurland by Kea Hotels including breakfast, Lake Myvatn ‘Land of Fire and Ice Tour’ and Search for the Northern Lights Tour, plus return flights from Cardiff Airport departing January 12, 2018.