Jet2.com and Jet2holidays launches six new routes from Birmingham Airport for summer

Airline and package holiday specialist Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced the launch of six new routes from Birmingham Airport for this summer, including services to Bourgas, Bulgaria; Chania, Crete; Izmir, Turkey; Verona, Italy; Pula, Croatia; and Bergerac, France.

Starting May 6 until September, Jet2 will operate twice-weekly flights and holidays on Mondays and Thursdays to the Bourgas region from Birmingham Airport. With a range of 2-5 star hotels on sale, holidaymakers can soak up the Balkan sun in resorts such as Sunny Beach, Nessebar, Obzor and St Vlas.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport said: ‘Welcoming a new route to the airport is always exciting, but in this case, this is the first of six! Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ inaugural flight to Bourgas in Bulgaria marks the start of the six new routes giving passengers the chance to visit Chania, Izmir, Verona, Pula and Bergerac from their local Airport. This added to the other 36 destinations on sale from Birmingham Airport this summer marks the beginning of the biggest ever programme from Jet2.com and Jet2holidays providing passengers with a variety of destinations and packages to suit their needs.’

In addition to Bourgas, between May and September, the travel and holiday company will operate to Chania once a week on Tuesdays. Chania is a popular spot among local holidaymakers looking to enjoy the northwest coast of Crete, with its fine beaches and attractive resorts like Rethymnon, Aghia Marina, Chania Town, Kalyves, Stalos and Kolymbari.

From May through to the end of October, Jet2 will operate every Wednesday to Izmir, another popular destination with beautiful beaches and Dilek National Park located within easy reach.

The company will operate weekly Saturday services from Birmingham to Verona, from May 11 until October, offering city break options as well as holidays in the Lake Garda area.

Further, Jet2 will operate weekly Sunday services to Pula from May 12 until September, offering further choice of sun destinations. Starting from May 25 to late September, Jet2 will operate weekly services to Bergerac every Saturday, providing access to the Dordogne region of south-west France.

With the launch of the six new routes, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays is offering nearly 40 destinations from Birmingham Airport this summer.

Best in the world… budget £26-a-night hotel in Crete

Voted best in the world by travellers – a budget hotel in Crete where it costs just £26 per night.

Holidayers who used search site Travel Republic stated that the Aegean Sky Hotel in Crete was their favourite place to stay for the second year running. It was rated above more expensive hotels all over the world, with a score of 9.58 out of 10.

The staff were said to be extremely friendly, it location central to amenities and has great facilities, such as a swimming pool. Travellers also praised the accuracy of its brochure, with all pictures showing a true to life representation of the resort. 

The annual list is made up of only those hotels that receive a minimum of 25 reviews. Properties from all over the world are considered, including beach resorts and city centre spots. 

Runners up included the Corinthia Hotel, Budapest and Cerro Mar Garden, Portugal. 

Top destination for the best hotels was Grand Canaria, with three hotels in the top ten; the Cordial Mogan Playa Hotel, the Gloria Palace Royal Hotel And Spa and the Morasol Suites Hotel took fifth, sixth and eighth place respectively. 

The Doubletree by Hilton in Cheshire, England made the top 20 

CEO of Travel Republic, Kane Pirie, said: ‘We are delighted that the Aegean Sky Hotel in Malia, Crete has topped the chart again, congratulations to the team there! 

‘This property received an almost perfect score – 9.58 out of 10 – making it the highest ranking in our customers’ eyes. With more than 120,000 hotels on the site, securing a spot in the top 20 is an impressive achievement.’ 

The top 20 hotels and their ratings out of 10:

1. Aegean Sky Hotel in Malia, Crete (9.58)
2. Corinthia Hotel Budapest in Budapest, Hungary (9.51)
3. Cerro Mar Garden in Albufeira, Algarve (9.41)
4. Savic Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic (9.27)
5. Cordial Mogan Playa Hotel in Playa de Mogan, Gran Canaria (9.18)
6. Gloria Palace Royal Hotel And Spa in Amadores, Gran Canaria (9.14)
7. Hilton Dalaman Resort and Spa Hotel in Dalaman, Turkey (9.10)
8. Morasol Suites Hotel in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria (9.04)
9. Hilton Malta in St Julians, Malta (9.00)
10. Peabody Hotel in Orlando Intl Drive, Florida (8.97)
11. Elysium Hotel in Paphos, Cyprus (8.95)
12. Viva Palmanova Hotel in Palmanova, Majorca (8.94)
13. Qubus Hotel in Krakow, Poland (8.94)
14. Ruzzini Palace Venice Hotel in Venice, Italy (8.94)
15. Eden Mar Hotel in Funchal, Madeira (8.93)
16. Santa Barbara Golf and Ocean Club in Golf del Sur, Tenerife (8.92)
17. The Croke Park Dublin Hotel in Dublin, Ireland (8.90)
18. Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort Spa and Casino, Gran Canaria (8.89)
19. Doubletree by Hilton Chester in Hoole, Cheshire (8.88)
20. Hilton Sharm Fayrouz Resort in Naama Bay, Sharm el Sheikh (8.87)