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.

TUI commences flights and holidays to Italy, Croatia and Hurghada from Cardiff Airport

TUI, the UK- based holiday company, has commenced its first flights to three new holiday destinations from Cardiff Airport for summer 2019.

TUI has launched its flight services from Cardiff to Naples (Italy), Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Hurghada (Egypt). As a key regional base for TUI, holidaymakers now have over 90,000 additional seats and three new routes to choose from when booking their summer holiday.

Flights to Naples will support the new homeport for the cruise ship Marella Explorer 2, which will sail to European holiday destinations including Venice, Rome and Dubrovnik. Flights to Dubrovnik will offer customers the chance to enjoy a holiday on land or join Marella Celebration for the ‘Adriatic Affair’ itinerary which includes Croatia, Italy and Slovenia.

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for TUI UK & Ireland, said: ‘It is great to see our customers heading off on their holidays to our new summer holiday destinations. These three new flight routes open up new holiday opportunities for customers flying from the Welsh capital. In total we have increased our capacity this summer at Cardiff Airport by over 90,000 seats, offering holidaymakers even more choice and flexibility than ever before.’

Deb Barber, CEO at Cardiff Airport added: ‘We are delighted that TUI have added three fantastic destinations to their schedule, offering our customers even more choice when booking their getaway. Naples, Dubrovnik and Hurghada are fantastic new routes for sun-seekers and cruise-lovers alike, and the addition of seats including extra flights to Greece and the Balearics shows TUI’s commitment to increasing the choice for passengers flying from Cardiff Airport.’

With the new services, TUI also offers customers its brand experience with Egypt, Croatia and the Sorrento region being home to their own TUI Sensimar hotels; the 4T TUI Sensimar Makadi Gardens, Hurghada, the 4TPlus TUI Sensimar Kalamota Island Resort, Kolocep and the 4T TUI Sensimar Atlantic Palace, Sorrento.

In total, for summer 2019, holidaymakers will have 25 destinations to choose from when booking their holidays from Cardiff Airport, giving more choice of destinations and hotel concepts that TUI offers.

British Airways announces new route to Split from London City, expansion of holiday routes at Heathrow

British Airways has announced the launch of its new holiday route to the Croatian city of Split from London City Airport next year.

For the very first time, the airline will start operating three flights a week to the popular Dalmatian Coast sunspot in June through to September. Tickets are available on sale on www.ba.com with each-way hand baggage only fares, based on a return journey, starting from £75.

British Airways also operates flights to Split from Heathrow Airport and will increase frequency there from five to seven flights a week next year. In addition, the airline is adding extra frequency to two popular Greek Islands from London City next summer with an extra flight on Fridays to Skiathos and a Tuesday flight to Mykonos.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: ‘With the arrival of our new aircraft next year we have been looking at a number of new route and additional frequency possibilities. Split is the second largest city in Croatia and is becoming increasingly popular with customers looking for an alternative holiday destination or who are joining a cruise ship.

‘It was a natural addition to our summer leisure schedule. This summer British Airways flew to 30 destinations in the UK and Europe from London City Airport as well as the daily service to New York. This is ahead of a big boost in capacity for 2019.’

Richard Hill, chief commercial officer at London City Airport, said: ‘For the first time ever, London City Airport will offer a connection to Croatia, and the increasingly popular town of Split – a fascinating gateway to the idyllic Dalmatian coast.

‘This is a stunning holiday destination that demonstrates London City’s increasing offer of leisure destinations for everyone, and British Airways’ commitment to continued growth here. We’re thrilled that Split is a new destination in 2019, meaning the airline has its widest range of leisure routes ever, from the Balearics to the Greek islands, providing summer getaway options that our customers will love.’

In addition, British Airways has announced an increase in frequency on leisure routes from Heathrow next year to Chania, Preveza and Kalamata from two to three a week; Faro from four to eight a week; Ibiza, from seven to eight a week; Berlin, from 46 to 47 a week; Malaga from nine to 10 a week; and Venice, from 14 to 15 a week.

TUI UK announces holidays to Croatian islands of Rab and Krk for summer 2019

TUI UK, the UK-based holiday brand, has announced the launch of holidays to two islands in Kvarner Bay in Croatia, Rab and Krk, located in the northern Adriatic sea for summer 2019.

Responding to the increasing customer demand, TUI UK has launched the relatively unknown destination to the UK market introducing two direct weekly flights to Rijeka from Manchester and London Gatwick from May 23, 2019. With the launch, TUI Airways will be the only airline to operate exclusively to Rijeka Airport in Kvarner Bay from London.

Kvarner Bay is known for its beautiful mountainous landscapes, mild sunny climate as well as idyllic beaches with crystal clear waters. TUI holidaymakers will fly direct to Rijeka on the island of Krk, with a ferry service to nearby Rab included in the price of the holiday.

The island of Rab in Kvarner Bay will host TUI’s adults only concept resort TUI Sensimar Carolina as well as two Platinum hotels. Holidaymakers looking for a more diverse experience may choose the country’s largest island of Krk, which features castles, cathedrals and museums besides the established city beaches, swimming bays and bars and clubs. TUI will offer three hotels on the island including Corinthia Baska Sunny hotel by Valamar.

Mark Hall Director of Product at TUI UK, said, ‘We are excited to launch yet another interesting and different destination to our customers. We are committed to offering holidaymakers the best travel experiences around the world and we know that Croatia is proving extremely popular with UK customers so we are positive this new addition to our portfolio will be a success. Adding a TUI branded hotel to one of the islands shows we continue offering customers even more choice and flexibility when it comes to adults only holidays.’

Ivona Grgan, Director of Croatian National Tourist Office, UK & Ireland commented, ‘Croatia’s multiple offering championed by its natural beauty boasting over 1,000 islands, coastlines, peninsulas, mountains and continental urban flair offers something for every discerning traveller.

‘Unsurprisingly, a variety of locations in the coastal, mountain and continental regions dotted with the National parks and UNESCO sites, provided an ideal film-set for a number of recent films, most notably Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again which, after the premier, is witnessing a rush of UK visitors to the farthest inhabited island of central Dalmatia, island of Vis, marking 16% and 17% rise in arrivals and overnight stays. Croatia’s tourism fuelled by films is another boost to the country’s prospects in the UK market and enhanced visibility.’

Monarch announces new flights from Birmingham Airport for summer 2017

Budget airline and holiday company, Monarch has announced the addition of four new routes – Split in Croatia, Valencia in Spain, Naples in Italy and Rhodes in Greece – to its network from Birmingham Airport for summer 2017.

With the move, Monarch will be the only airline flying to both Split and Valencia from Birmingham Airport. While Split and Valencia are new destinations added to the Monarch network for summer 2017, Naples and Rhodes are already on the Monarch network but new to Birmingham Airport for summer 2017.

The Birmingham – Split route will operate twice weekly on Tuesday & Sundays, starting June 25, 2017 with fares starting from £39 one way. The Birmingham – Valencia route will operate twice weekly on Saturdays and Thursdays, starting June 22, 2017 with fares starting from £39 one way. The new Birmingham – Naples route will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays, starting June 23, 2017, also with fares starting from £39 one way. And the Birmingham – Rhodes route will operate weekly once on Wednesdays with fares starting from £69 one way, starting June 21, 2017. Flights are available to book at www.monarch.co.uk .

Marjan Schoeke, Monarch’s head of Network Development, said ‘We are delighted to be announcing four new routes to the network from Birmingham Airport for this summer. With the introduction of these routes we now have 30 destinations on offer to customers flying from Birmingham Airport this summer. Monarch has more destinations to choose from than any other airline when flying out of Birmingham this summer.’

David Winstanley, Chief Operating Officer, at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We continually monitor our route network and feel that these destinations will be a popular choice with our customers who fly from Birmingham and are looking for sun this summer.

‘It is fabulous news that Monarch will be adding these new routes for summer 2017 offering more choice of destinations from Birmingham Airport. Both Split, in Croatia and Valencia, in Spain are unserved from the Airport so passengers will have the chance to visit these beautiful cities. While the routes to Naples and Rhodes offers extra capacity to passengers travelling from their local airport. Monarch has been a partner airline for many years and provides an excellent service for both leisure and business passengers.’

Besides being the only airline to fly direct to Split and Valencia, Monarch is also the only airline to fly directly to seven other destinations from Birmingham Airport, including Lisbon, Nice, Stockholm, Preveza, Gibraltar, Venice and Rome. As previously announced, Monarch will be also commencing a new flight service to Stockholm on April 28, 2017 – the only airline flying directly to the Swedish capital from Birmingham.

Monarch announces new city breaks to Zagreb for summer 2017

Monarch, a British low-cost airline based at Luton Airport, has announced new city break holidays to Zagreb for summer 2017.

The new city break holidays follows Monarch’s plans to start flights to Zagreb on April 28, 2017. The holidays are available for booking at rates starting from £179 per person and deposits of £59 per person. Return flights to Zagreb with Monarch start at £84 return for summer 2017, including taxes and charges.

Croatia is a popular summer destination, and for summer 2017 Zagreb joins Dubrovnik on the Monarch network. Year round flights operate from London Gatwick airport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from Manchester airport on a Monday and Saturday. In addition to the direct flights from London Gatwick and Manchester, tourists and holidaymakers are also offered a selection of accommodation across Zagreb.

Kim Barber, Product and Commercial Manager at Monarch said: ‘Ahead of the flights launching in April we are pleased to be able to offer our customers a choice of city break holidays to Zagreb.

‘With a collection of impressive museums and art galleries the Croatian capital city is growing in popularity. Monarch has a range of city centre hotels perfect for exploring this vibrant city. Customers now have the choice of new city breaks with Monarch to Zagreb and Porto for summer 2017.’

The holiday offerings include a two night stay at the four star International on a bed and breakfast basis, departing on May 20, 2017 with fares starting from £165 per person; a four night stay at the four star Panorama Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis departing on June 12, 2017, with fares starting from £239 per person, and a two night stay at the three star plus Arcotel Allegra Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, departing on September 27, 2017, with fares starting from £179 per person.

easyJet announces two new routes to Kefalonia and Pula from Bristol

easyJet, the UK-based low fares airline, is planning to launch two new routes from Bristol Airport to the Ionian island of Kefalonia and the Croatian city of Pula, starting next year.

The new service to Kefalonia will start on April 22, 2017, operating twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays during summer with fares starting from £30.49 one-way. Pula, which is also a summer service, will operate every Saturday from May 27, 2017 with fares starting from £35.49 one-way. The new routes are available for booking at www.easyjet.com.

Known for its scenic beaches, traditional fishing villages and tavernas, Kefalonia was made the setting for Louis de Berniere’s famous novel-turned-film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The 3,000 year-old city of Pula is located on Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula and features several cultural sites including a Roman Ampitheatre and the Temple of Augustus.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial 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 summer holidays next year and with flights now on sale, they can take advantage of our low fares.

‘With these two new routes, easyJet now flies to 62 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.’

Peter Downes, Bristol Airport’s Head of Aviation said: ‘We’re delighted that easyJet are continuing to grow their network at Bristol Airport with the addition of these two fabulous destinations. easyJet’s continued expansion of their Bristol base is a real vote of confidence in the region, and ensures that customers living in the South West and Wales will enjoy more choice of than ever before when it comes to the routes available from their favourite local Airport.’

In addition, easyJet’s first flight from Bristol to the Italian city of Turin took-off for the first time on Sunday, December 11. Launched in time for the ski season, the service helps passengers to travel to some of Europe’s most popular ski destinations from Turin Airport.

London Luton adds twice weekly service to Dubrovnik service this summer

UK holidaymakers looking for a summer getaway have more choices this year, as easyJet added a new Dubrovnik route from London Luton, the TTG has reported.

Starting May 24, the UK-based budget airline will operate a twice-weekly service from London Luton to the costal location of Dubrovnik, known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. One of the most well known tourist destinations in Croatia, the city has become popular with British tourists in recent years.

The airline is expecting to fly 21,000 tourists between Dubrovnik and its Bedfordshire base each year.

Simon Harley, head of business development for London Luton Airport, said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome yet another exciting new addition to London Luton’s extensive route network.

‘The launch of easyJet’s service to Dubrovnik is fantastic news and provides passengers in the region with even more choice this summer.’

Neil Slaven, Commercial Manager at easyJet, said: ‘We’re pleased to be adding another destination to our network from London Luton Airport. Dubrovnik overlooks the waters of the Adriatic, it’s famed for being a walled city with recent Unesco world heritage status and offers easyJet customers flying from Luton a great summer holiday destination.

‘We expect Dubrovnik to be extremely popular for those who wish to get some easy and affordable summer sun and explore all it has to offer.’

With the latest addition, easyJet will serve 52 destinations from London Luton for next summer with a fleet of 19 aircraft based at the airport. The budget airline last month said that it has added 12 weekly summer flights from London Luton Airport to Amsterdam and Barcelona.

 

Croatia celebrating record year for tourism

Croatia, part of the former Yugoslavia, is set to achieve record tourism figures this year.

The announcement was made by the Croatian tourism minister, Veljko Ostojic, who said in a statement that the country had registered record figures for the first eight months of 2012, and is on target for its most successful tourism year ever. He commented, ‘Based on the results achieved so far and announcements (for the rest of the year) this is the best tourist season in Croatia’s history.’

According to official figures, 9.82 million visitors have entered the country during the first eight months of the year, 4.22 percent more than the figure registered for the same period last year. The country’s islands and its Adriatic coast are the final destination for most tourists, of whom German visitors are the largest contingent, accounting for 20 percent of the total visitor number.

With Croatia’s economy faring badly in the current European economic downturn, the healthy tourism figures have been particularly welcomed, and Mr Ostojic said that the country was hoping for a three to five percent increase in tourism this year, and to achieve or surpass seven billion euros in tourism income.

One of the most popular destinations in the country is the Dubrovnik region, particularly the historic coastal city of Dubrovnik. Famed for its 2 kilometres of defensive walls that are four to six metres thick in parts, the picturesque, red-roofed city has buildings and cobble-stoned avenues that date back to the middle ages.