Edinburgh Airport announces new routes to Seville and Jersey

Edinburgh Airport has announced the addition of two new routes to its summer offering after easyJet announced they will operate flights to Seville and Jersey from March.

Both routes will be twice weekly through the summer season and will commence operation from March 26 and March 31, respectively.

Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, Gordon Dewar, said: ‘The New Year always brings fresh opportunities and adventures, and we’re delighted to be able to offer two new summer destinations to passengers in Seville and Jersey. We know choice is important and these new routes only add to the huge selection we already have – and it’s never too early to be planning that next trip!

‘We have a strong relationship with easyJet and the fact they are continuing to grow at Edinburgh is a sign of their commitment to Scotland’s busiest airport and of the success we have had already and will continue to enjoy in 2018 and beyond.’

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager added: ‘We’re really pleased to be adding even more routes to our Edinburgh network and to be putting flights on sale today, allowing our customers to book early and take advantage of our lowest fares for both leisure and business travel.

‘easyJet is the largest airline in Scotland and we have been committed to Edinburgh for over 22 years. We are proud to have carried more than over 41 million passengers in that time.

‘We’re committed to expansion at Edinburgh and the addition of new routes will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth, providing passengers with a greater range of destinations, all with low fares and great service.’

In December easyJet announced the launch of a new service between Edinburgh and Sofia, opening up Bulgaria’s capital city to Scottish passengers. The twice weekly service will operate on Tuesdays. With the new routes to Seville and Jersey, the number of destinations served from the Scottish airport increases to 146.

easyJet offers 3,000 more seats on flights to Gibraltar from Gatwick and Bristol

easyJet, the UK-based budget airline, has said that it has added a further 3,272 seats on its routes to Gibraltar from the UK.

Available on sale until March 2018, the extra seats will offer more choice for passengers to fly between the UK and Gibraltar throughout the winter.

The British overseas territory of Gibraltar, a limestone outcrop on the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula, occupies a strategic position at the western gateway to the Mediterranean Sea. Key tourist attractions include the Rock of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean Steps with its views, and St. Michael’s Cave.

The airline has added 2,772 seats on flights from London Gatwick to Gibraltar, an increase of seven percent, and 500 seats on flights from Bristol to Gibraltar, an increase of three percent. The extra capacity comes following easyJet’s upgrade at both UK bases from a 156-seat A319 to A320 aircraft, which flies up to 186 passengers.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager commented: ‘We’re delighted to be able to provide even more seats from our customers who want to travel between Gibraltar and the UK throughout the winter.

‘We’ve added a significant number of extra seats which allows us to continue providing affordable, convenient connections for our customers whether they’re travelling on business or leisure.’

The Hon Gilbert Licudi QC, Minister for Tourism of Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar added: ‘This is great news from easyJet. It adds very much needed capacity to Gibraltar for the winter season. I must commend easyJet and the Gibraltar Tourist Board, who are in constant contact for having achieved this in a short space of time. The Government has been working very hard behind the scenes to address current and future capacity issues to Gibraltar from the UK and this move from easyJet demonstrates their commitment to Gibraltar.’ 

In summer, easyJet flies up to 38 times a week from the UK to Gibraltar, with flights available from London Gatwick, Bristol and Manchester, Fares start from £24.49 per person, one way, based on two people travelling on the same booking. Tickets are available to book at www.easyJet.com.

easyJet announces new baggage policy, introduces smaller size hold bags

UK-based low-cost carrier easyJet has announced a new baggage policy with the introduction of a new smaller size hold bag to provide customers with more choice and flexibility.

As part of the new baggage policy, the airline will now allow a new 15 kg hold bag option, as well as an increase to the standard bag allowance from 20kg to 23kg. The new 15kg bag is a convenient option for shorter trips as passengers can now also take more in their hold bag without having to squeeze everything into the cabin bag.

The new 15kgs and 23kgs hold luggage options are available exclusively online effective from November 16, 2017 and start from £8.99 for 15kgs and £13.99 for 23kgs. The new weight allowances apply to new bookings only. Passengers who have already booked a 20kg bag for future flights will be subject to the old policy, easyJet said.

easyJet is the latest airline to limit the number of heavy bags allowed on-board as hand luggage.

Andrew Middleton, Director at easyJet said: ‘In the last year almost half of our passengers’ hold bags contained 15kgs or less, whilst there were also millions of customers who required more weight than we previously allowed with the 20kg bag. Our new products better match those customers’ needs, ensuring we offer value for money choices for everyone, regardless of trip type or duration.’

The airline added that customers will continue to be able to pool their total weight allowance when travelling with family or friends on the same flight and booking. Customers who have already purchased 20kg for future flights will keep their existing allowance and will still be able to add weight to their bags up to 32kg as per the prior policy, it said.

easyJet carries over 78 million passengers annually, of which more than 12 million travel on business. easyJet flies on more than 880 routes to over 140 airports across 31 countries.

easyJet commences first flight from Bristol to Athens

European regional airline easyJet has recently launched its first ever flight from Bristol to Athens, according to a release by Bristol Airport.

The new route to the capital city of Greece is part of Bristol’s ongoing expansion and comes after the launch of the first easyJet flight to Stockholm earlier this month.

Bristol’s holidaymakers and business travellers can now travel to Athens with fares starting from £26.49 one way. easyJet will operate the new year-round route from Bristol to Athens, twice per week on the Airbus A320.

Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are excited to be providing this route from Bristol airport to the fantastic city of Athens. As Greece’s capital, Athens offers history and culture with its ancient landmarks, museums and galleries, and provides lots to see and do.

‘We believe this route will also provide very popular with Bristol’s business travellers, as well as attracting inbound traffic for Greek nationals wanting to access the South West of England.

‘easyJet is excited to continue to grow and expand in Bristol, continuing to make travel easy and affordable.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with the announcement of a year round service commencing between Bristol and Athens. We recognise there is a strong Greek community in the area and the new destination will appeal to both business and leisure passengers.

‘It adds another capital city to the route network, extending the choice available to passengers from the South West and Wales region.

‘This route will also support inbound tourism using Bristol Airport as the gateway to visitors whether it is to see the range of coastal harbours, tourist venues, historic attractions or the vibrant cities the region has to offer.’

EasyJet has flown more than 49.8 million passengers from the airport since operations began over 15 years ago. Customers can book their flights to Athens from Bristol at easyJet.com, the airport said.

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.’

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.

easyJet offers ‘Hands Free’ luggage option for passengers

easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, has said that it has launched ‘Hands Free’, allowing passengers to check in their hand luggage at the Bag Drop desk for an extra fee.

At The Bag Drop Desk, luggage will be tagged as priority and taken care of through to the arrival airport. ‘Hands Free’ hand luggage will also be among the first to be delivered at the baggage belt at arrivals. The new ‘Hands Free’ service comes at a price of £4 per person, or £10 for a group bundle per flight.

Passengers choosing Hands Free will be given small plastic bags to carry their essential items onboard, and are free to take any items purchased at the airport on board. Passengers will also able to board first after those with Speedy Boarding.

Andrew Middleton, Ancillary Revenue Director at easyJet said: ‘We’ve seen a fantastic response from customers upgrading to the ‘Hands Free’ experience and we’re confident once you go ‘Hands Free’ you’ll never want to drag cabin baggage through the airport again.’

‘Alongside low fares and friendly customer service, our customers tell us that the airport experience is a hugely important part of their flying experience.’

The ‘Hands Free’ service has reportedly been a success since its launch in France this Spring, with over 9,000 passengers choosing the option in just four weeks. easyJet has now rolled it out across its entire network with the exception of London Gatwick, it said.

easyJet flies over 270 aircraft on more than 880 routes to over 140 airports across 31 countries. The UK-based low fares airline carries over 78 million passengers annually, of which more than 12 million are travelling on business.

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.’

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.

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.