easyJet announces three routes from Bristol this winter

easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, has announced three brand new routes from Bristol to Larnaca, Are Ostersund and Sofia.

The new routes are part of the 16 new routes easyJet has put on sale across the UK. Flights to Larnaca will take off from Bristol twice a week starting October 28. Bristol’s skiing and snowboarding passengers are offered a weekly route to Are Ostersund, starting from December 9, while the route to Sofia offer passengers a city break to the historic Bulgarian city, flying twice a week from December 8. The new routes come as the airline continues to expand in Bristol.

Fares to the destinations start from £30.74 for Bristol to Larnaca; from £36.70 for Bristol to Are Ostersund and from £38.72 for Bristol to Sofia. Tickets for these flights are on sale now at www.easyJet.com.

Ali Gayward, easyJet UK Country Manager, said: ‘We’re delighted to launch flights from Bristol to Larnaca, Are Ostersund and Sofia.

‘With the addition of these three fantastic destinations from Bristol, our passengers can choose snow, sand or city breaks this winter and enjoy low fares and friendly customer service.

‘easyJet remains committed to sustainable growth and expansion at Bristol and we are excited for these flights to take off this winter.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with easyJet’s exciting news introducing three new routes to Sofia, Are Ostersund (Sweden) and Larnaca. It continues to extend the route network available for passengers in the region.

‘These destinations will prove popular for both the business and leisure passengers. We will continue to work with easyJet, enhancing and developing the route network for the future.’

Wizz Air announces new routes to Cyprus and Ukraine from London Luton

Wizz Air, a low-cost airline operating in Central and Eastern Europe, has announced the launch of two routes to Larnaca in Cyprus and Lviv in Ukraine from London Luton.

Wizz Air launched its service from London Luton to Lviv city earlier this month, and is the only direct route from Luton to the UNCESCO-listed city. Flights will operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Flights to the coastal city of Larnaca will begin on May 21 and will operate daily. Fares for both routes start from £55.99 one way including all taxes, non-optional charges and cabin bag. The new routes expand Wizz Air’s London Luton network, with more than 7.4 million seats on sale to 47 destinations in 23 countries.

In addition to the new routes, Wizz Air has also announced the allocation of two new Airbus aircraft to its London Luton fleet. The newly allocated Airbus A320s will be the sixth and seventh of eight aircraft to be deployed at Wizz Air’s London Luton base by June 2018.

Sorina Ratz, Acting Head of Corporate Communications at Wizz Air said: ‘Wizz Air’s continuing expansion at London Luton brings even more opportunities for our customers to travel to a diverse range of destinations at truly low prices. I encourage passengers to visit the fascinating cities of Larnaca and Lviv, whilst travelling on one of Europe’s youngest aircraft fleets. The arrival of a further two brand new aircraft at London Luton underlines our continued commitment to our UK operations, fulfilling our mission to provide great value flights and a unique and unforgettable travel experience.’

Currently the second largest operator at London Luton, Wizz Air carried over 5.5 million passengers from Luton in the past 12 months, representing 11% growth year on year, the airline noted.

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.’

Blue Air announces new Birmingham -Larnaca route starting March 2017

Blue Air, the Romanian leisure airline that started operating from Birmingham Airport earlier this year, has recently announced the addition of a new route – Larnaca on the south coast of Cyprus – to its network.

The airline will start flights to Larnaca from Birmingham, starting March 2017.

The Romanian airline, which started operating from Birmingham in March 2016 with a twice-weekly service to Bucharest, had also announced a second route to Cluj-Napoca, the capital of Transylvania, commencing in December this year. With the addition of Larnaca, Blue Air has 10 flights a week from Birmingham Airport.

Flights to Larnaca will leave Birmingham Airport each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 1115 hours arriving in Larnaca at 1800.

Commenting on the new route, Tom Screen, head of Aviation Development at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are delighted that Blue Air is offering another route from Birmingham Airport. The airline has gone from strength to strength here offering low cost fares to popular destinations.

‘Larnaca has much to offer holiday makers. It is known for its palm fringed sea front and has brilliant diving opportunities, including the M.S. Zenobia ship wreck. With flights three times a week it’s now so easy to get to this sun destination from the Midlands.’

Tudor Constantinescu, chief commercial officer at Blue Air, said: ‘We are thrilled to announce our latest route to Birmingham, this time operating from our Larnaca base and commencing on 26 March 2017. With the new addition, we are now linking Birmingham to three Blue Air bases – Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca and Larnaca – that highlights our commitment to the West Midlands’ gateway.

‘Passengers on the new route from Cyprus will be delighted with our top-quality service that includes a free hot meal and full beverage bar including wine served onboard. I am confident Birmingham-Larnaca will be just as successful as our other flights to the UK and this will further enhance our position across the country!’

Prices start from £37.99 one way including all taxes and non-optional charges and can be booked at www.blueairweb.com, the Airport said.

Blue Air has recently integrated into the market leading booking platform FindandBook, offering more choice and flexibility for UK travellers. The integration of Blue Air will help to enhance its leisure market through collaboration with tour operators, mainly in the UK, and the extended global presence of FindandBook will help Blue Air to improve efficiency in its operations and improve customer retention. Blue Air operates extensively in the UK market linking London Luton, Liverpool, Birmingham and Glasgow airports with Romania, Cyprus and Italy.

British Airlines adds new flight to Cyprus

British Airways, one of Britain’s leading airlines, has celebrated the launch of a brand new flight from Gatwick airport to the southern Cypriot city of Larnaca, the country’s third largest.

Larnaca has a large number of beaches catering to tourism, although it is well located for much of the southern coastline. The city itself boasts a fort, the Church of Saint Lazarus, and the Catacomb of Phaneromeni Church, along with the many tombs that give the city its name. Over 3,000 tombs date back to the 13th century BC, along with numerous other archaeological discoveries and historical sites, and a salt lake that attracts flocks of Flamingos.

The region is popular with tourists from the UK, who visit every year to experience the excellent weather, sandy beaches, and culture. Like many Mediterranean hotspots popular with UK holiday-goers, there are options for nightlife catering to the younger crowd in many areas, while the array of culture found inland is more suitable for day-trippers – including the mysterious draw of the abandoned city of Famagusta and the ancient site of Salamis with its restored amphitheatre.

In addition to the new flight, which began on June 30, 2013, British Airways is maintaining its current flight to the city from Heathrow Airport Terminal 5. This new flight will operate from London Gatwick North Terminal. It will run three times a week, joining an existing route the airline also runs from Gatwick to Paphos on the western coast of Cyprus.

Easyjet U-turn on passport validity wrangle

Easyjet, a low-cost air carrier with headquarters in Luton, UK, has said that it will not now turn away passengers travelling to Cyprus if their passports are valid for less than three months, according to a report in the Daily Mail newspaper.

The airline had said that passengers flying to the destinations of Larnaca and Paphos on the Mediterranean holiday island risked being turned away if their passports did not have at least three months validity remaining. The airline took this stance despite the fact that the border authorities of both the UK and Cyprus insisted that such passports are still valid, and the official EU regulation states that passports are valid for travel up until their stated expiry date.

One passenger that fell foul of the airline’s stance was Jonathan Rickard, a charity executive aged 32. He was turned away from the flight to Cyprus that he was about to board to attend a wedding because his passport only had eight weeks until expiry. He told The Independent newspaper, ‘I felt gobsmacked that I was being forced to walk away from a holiday I had planned for months.’

The airline also refused to refund the cost of his ticket, which was almost £300.

However, since the MailOnline took up the story, Easyjet have had a change of heart and admitted that the imposition of the rule was an error on their part. Passengers to Cyprus will now be able to board aircraft with less than three months remaining on their passports, and a spokesman for the airline was quoted by the Daily Mail, saying, ‘Unfortunately easyJet made an error in Mr Rickard’s case and so would like to apologise that he was unable to travel. We will be contacting the passenger directly to remedy the situation.’

UK government agency maintains Cyprus travel warning

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the agency responsible for British travellers overseas, is maintaining a warning for visitors to the island of Cyprus.

In light of the financial crisis that is currently sweeping the nation, forcing bank closures and the threat of a tax on deposits in Cypriot banks, the FCO has advised UK nationals intending to visit the country to take adequate cash reserves and to be extra vigilant with regards to the possibility of theft.

Although a EUR10 billion bailout was agreed early this morning, the Foreign Office warning, which was first issued last week, remains in force today. As part of the agreement, Bank Laiki, Cyprus’s second largest bank, is to be wound down and depositors with balances over €100,000 will face a sizeable levy on their funds. A tax on smaller accounts, which had been threatened, has apparently been avoided.

Despite Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers, announcing that the deal had ended the uncertainty surrounding the economy of the island nation, the FCO still maintains that travellers should take sufficient cash ‘to cover the duration of your stay’.

The FCO’s official advice states, ‘The Government of Cyprus has announced an extended bank closure. ATMs, debit and credit cards can be used as normal however, while banks are closed, we advise taking sufficient euros to cover the duration of your stay, alongside appropriate security precautions against theft.’

With the main holiday period about to get underway, an FCO spokesman clarified that travellers to Cyprus should be vigilant with regards to where their valuables are and retain knowledge of their own whereabouts.

Holidaying in Cyprus? FCO urges travellers to take varied funds

In light of the recent events whereby the Cypriot government has announced a one-off fee on bank savings, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is warning travellers about the potential risk of running short of funds while in the country.

Banks are currently closed today for a public holiday – although this may continue to be the case tomorrow amid fears of a run on savings – and it is expected that events may lead to a shortage of cash available at ATM’s. As a result, although there are no other restrictions on travel to the country, the FCO is advising those heading on holiday there to keep a varied amount of funding on hand. This includes pound sterling, euros, and credit/debit cards to account for any disruption.
Carrying large quantities of cash is always risky and should be avoided, and those that do so should check their travel insurance policy to make sure it covers individual items in the event of theft or loss.
British Nationals in Cyprus receiving pensions had earlier been advised to contact the International Pension Centre.

There are concerns from analysts that the unprecedented one-off tax on savers – made as part of a bailout deal with the European Union – could have a significant effect on the country, and could lead to an eventual exit from the Eurozone.
The FCO announced earlier on its website: ‘The Cypriot Government is implementing measures to protect its banking sector. You should check with your bank for further information’.

Cyprus Announces New Campaign to Attract UK Travellers

Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), the agency that promotes tourism to the Mediterranean island, has commenced an advertising campaign to attract UK visitors to the country.

The agency has launched a spring advertising campaign, ‘Cyprus in Your Heart’, promoting the island as a haven for both leisure holidaymakers and adventure seekers.

Orestis Rossides, the director of the CTO office in London, said, ‘Advertising activity during this period usually proves very effective in inspiring visitors to book their getaways early, as holidaymakers look for sun-drenched destinations to counterbalance the grey skies of a British winter.

Now, with our new and improved campaign, we aim to delight the British public across the TV and radio air waves as well as taxis – all proven tools to effectively convey messages to a large audience.’

British holidaymakers play a very important role in Cyprus tourism, with around one million of them visiting the nation every year. UK holidaymakers accounted for around 43 percent of the international visitors to the island nation in 2011, next to Russian (14 percent) and German (6 percent) visitors.

The country benefits from around 300 days of sunshine a year, making it a very popular travel destination for UK visitors. It also has several sandy beaches, as well as providing opportunities to savour the rich history and cultural influence of ancient Egyptian, Byzantine, Greek and Roman civilisations for its visitors. The Greek temples, Roman mosaics and 15th century frescoes are among the favourite tourist attractions for international visitors to the country.

Indulge Your Family with Holidays in Cyprus and Turkey

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The Hotel Elysium, Paphos

This five star wonder is situated on a Mediterranean beach, looking out onto a blissful, blue paradise. Perfect for the whole family, it boasts a fabulous spa with some divine all-over-body treatments, a diving school, car rental, a hairdressing salon, 6 restaurants, and several top range shops amongst other exciting facilities.

With a choice of many types of room, from deluxe rooms to family suites, maisonettes, studios and villas, there is space to make every family happy on holiday. There are plenty of amenities, including LCD TV, luxurious bathrobes and slippers, and complimentary toiletries.

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Four Seasons, Limassol

With its 20th anniversary in 2013, the Four Seasons is a five star hotel in a class of its own. The pinnacle of luxury, this hotel has 304 rooms, 6 restaurants – several of which are award winning – and 4 bars, while its placement on a superbly clean Blue Flag awarded beach makes it extra special. It also hosts a spa facility featuring seaweed body masks and anti-ageing treatments, and a fully equipped sports and fitness centre.

With accommodation featuring luxury en suite facilities, huge LCD TVs, wireless internet, play stations, baby monitoring devices and private balconies, the Four Seasons is fully aware of the needs of a family and there is plenty of room – the more, the merrier!

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Hilton Resort & Spa, Dalaman

If you’ve ever fancied living in the lap of luxury, Dalaman’s Hilton Resort is it. For family indulgence, a lovely open suite with its own private balcony could be just the ticket.

Dining in style is at the fore with a variety of restaurants, including the TAO, with contemporary Far Eastern and Asian meals, all day dining at the Pianoforte, Italian delicacies to be enjoyed at the Alize and a fine rooftop bar for the evenings.

Not only is there a well-equipped fitness centre and a top range spa, there are many other activities available to guests including horse riding, water skiing, and of course, swimming in the Dead Sea is a highly therapeutic activity, recommended for centuries by travellers.

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