Jet2.com announces more sun routes for winter 2018/19 from Glasgow Airport

The UK-based flight and holiday company Jet2.com has announced the addition of more flights and holidays from Glasgow Airport to sun destinations such as the Canary Islands, Spain and Portugal for winter 18/19, with over 20,000 additional seats on sale.

The company has announced that 11 additional flights to the Canary Islands will go on sale for the next Christmas and New Year period. The extra services are to popular sun destinations such as Tenerife, Lanzarote, Alicante, Majorca and Faro.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘This is great news for holidaymakers looking for some winter sun out of Glasgow Airport, particularly over Christmas and New Year. The strong demand for our award winning flights and great value package holidays means we are totally committed to growing our operation at Glasgow Airport, and this announcement today shows that.’

The additional flights and holidays include two additional services to Tenerife on December 27 and December 31, as well as extra weekly services in March/April; and three additional Wednesday services to Gran Canaria over the Christmas holidays and New Year, on December 19, December 26 and January 2, 2019. Jet2.com will also operate three additional Friday services to Fuerteventura on December 21 and December 28 and January 4, 2019.

In addition, Jet2.com has added a second daily service to Lanzarote on Sundays over the Christmas holidays and New Year period on December 23, December 30 and January 6.

For the first time, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will add six services to Malaga from Glasgow with the addition of six services on December 21, December 23, 28, and 30 and on January 4 and 6. The company is also offering additional services on Mondays and Fridays from February 8.

Further, Jet2 is offering additional Monday services to Alicante starting February 4, taking the total to five weekly services during winter; additional Sunday services from March to Majorca, taking it three weekly services during this period; two additional weekly services to Barcelona on Thursdays and Sundays in January offering year-round service from Glasgow and two additional services to Faro in late-November.

All tickets are available to book at www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com, the company said.

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.’

Blue Air launches new Glasgow – Bucharest route

Romanian airline Blue Air, which currently operates 65 routes in Europe, has commenced its first flight from Glasgow to Bucharest.

The new route – also the first route that Blue Air will fly from Glasgow – was launched on December 17 and will be available every Thursday and Sunday. Tickets are available for sale, with prices starting from GBP24.99 (one-way, taxes included,) on www.blueairweb.com.

Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, said: ‘This new Bucharest service from Blue Air is sure to be popular with both our business and leisure customers.

As well as offering a key transport link to one of Eastern Europe’s central cities, this twice weekly service will also be a great link for ex-pats and those seeking a historical and cultured city break.

We are looking forward to working with our new airline partner Blue Air to ensure the success of this service at Glasgow Airport.’

‘Since its first flight more than ten years ago, Blue Air has been permanently developing, with new routes, fleet increases and new services that offer passengers an extremely pleasant experience on board of our aircrafts. It is my pleasure to announce the new Glasgow to Bucharest route Glasgow and I would like to recognise the support and openness of the Glasgow Airport representatives’, Blue Air general manager Gheorghe Racaru said when the plan for the new route was announced in September.

Tudor Constantinescu, Blue Air chief commercial officer said: ‘This new route is aimed primarily at holiday-makers, considering the vast touristic potential of both Romania and Scotland. It will also be incredibly popular with the Romanian community in Glasgow and the surrounding areas.

‘Blue Air has also distinguished itself this year by completing two major projects – achieving the IOSA certification and signing a partnership with Amadeus and Sabre. Blue Air currently operates 15 aircraft, and by the end of March 2016 it will reach a total of 20 Boeing 737 aircrafts.

‘At present, Blue Air has three operational bases in Romania and two overseas bases in Italy and Cyprus – by next summer, we will fly to 66 routes within Europe.’

Blue Air has received a certificate of IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) from the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) for its exceptional operational standards.

easyJet commences new Glasgow – Milan Malpensa route

easyJet, the UK-based budget airline, has expanded its Scottish network with the launch of a new route from Glasgow to Milan Malpensa.

 

The airline already flies to Milan Malpensa from Edinburgh, London Gatwick and London Luton.

 

Glasgow’s first direct connection to Milan, the new year-round service is expected to carry 26,000 annually. Flights will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays with fares starting from GBP25.49 one way per person, based on two people travelling on the same booking.

 

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s Head of Scotland, said: ‘As Scotland’s largest airline we are pleased to further strengthen our network with the launch of this new route to Milan Malpensa.

 

‘Milan’s rich history, range of shops and extensive choice of restaurants are amongst the key attractions for visitors to Milan and we believe that this will prove a popular addition to our existing network.’

 

Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, said: ‘Milan is a fantastic new addition to the wide range of European cities easyJet serves from Glasgow, and we are excited to be bringing this brand new route to our customers.

 

‘Milan and Glasgow have many things in common – as well as being economic powerhouses the two cities enjoy a fantastic reputation for being fashion capitals. Not only will this new route provide Scottish passengers with the opportunity to visit one of Europe’s top citybreak destinations, it has huge potential to generate significant in-bound tourism for Glasgow and the West of Scotland. We have enjoyed tremendous success in strengthening our links with European cities this year, and look forward to working with easyJet to continue the airline’s growth at Glasgow Airport.’

 

With its rich tradition of art and culture, Milan is a much sought-after tourist destination with sights including the Brera Art Gallery, its elaborate cathedral, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper at the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church, La Scala opera house and Castello Sforzesc, as well as Milan’s main museum ‘Pinacoteca’.

Citywing announces additional flights to Glasgow, to resume Blackpool service

Citywing, an Isle of Man-based company that sells seats on scheduled air flights operated under charter from Van Air Europe, has announced a further increase on its flights between the Isle of Man and Glasgow for summer 2015.

Starting May 01, 2015, Citywing will provide the Island’s community with a regular and frequent direct service with 11 return flights a week. The fares start from £49.95 each way, including all taxes and charges.

With its range of tourist attractions, Glasgow is seen as a fine getaway city break, whether it is shopping, visiting a museum, the annual jazz festival or relaxing in bars and restaurants. Glasgow International Airport also offers travellers an alternative hub to connect to onward worldwide destinations.

David Buck, managing director at Citywing, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to increase our services to Glasgow this summer and believe we have covered all the bases with the changes in our scheduling. Our business passengers can now take advantage of a day return whilst the leisure traveller can enjoy short breaks off the Island with weekend travel now being more available.’

Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, said: ‘We were delighted when Citywing decided to reinstate this important business and tourism link in 2014.

We wish Citywing continued success with this route, which offers the only direct route between Scotland and the Isle of Man, and look forward to working closely with the airline to ensure its continued success at Glasgow Airport.’

Separately Citywing is expecting its services to Blackpool to resume on April 1, according to an online report by IOM Today.

‘We are endeavouring to have operations up and running by April 1. Negotiations are ongoing,’ Buck reportedly said. However, according to Ronaldsway Airport director Ann Reynolds, security aspects still needed to be resolved, as Blackpool Airport does not have a full commercial licence yet, and with the same security protocols that it once had.

Citywing has been taking online bookings on the route; and if the service fails to resume passengers would be offered a refund or alternative flights.

 

Ryanair opens Glasgow international base; announces new winter, summer schedules

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has opened its third Scottish base in Glasgow with the introduction of one based aircraft, seven new routes for winter and nine new routes for summer 2015, delivering over 850,000 passengers yearly and supporting over 850 ‘on-site’ jobs at Glasgow International Airport.

The new winter routes include thrice daily flights to Dublin and London Stansted and nine summer routes offered to Bydgoszcz, Carcassonne, Chania, Derry, Dublin, London, Riga, Warsaw & Wroclaw.

Alongside the opening of the Glasgow International base, the budget airline also announced the launch of flights from £9.99 for travel in November, December and January, which are available for booking until midnight Thursday, October 30 at the www.ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s UK Sales and Marketing Manager, Maria Macken, said: ‘Ryanair is delighted to open its new base in Glasgow, offering customers seven new routes for winter and nine new routes for summer 2015, including three times daily services to Dublin and London Stansted, which will deliver over 850,000 passengers p.a. and support 850 ‘on-site’ jobs at Glasgow International Airport.

Ryanair customers can choose the lowest fares from Glasgow, while enjoying allocated seating, a free second carry-on bag, reduced fees, a new website, a brand new app with mobile boarding passes, and our new Family Extra and Business Plus services, making Ryanair the ideal choice for families, business and leisure travellers.’

Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s Commercial Director, said: ‘It is a real pleasure to officially welcome Ryanair to Glasgow Airport. The airline will serve seven routes from Glasgow this winter, which will increase to nine from next summer, providing our customers with an even greater choice of business and holiday destinations to travel to.

The airline has ambitious plans for growth, particularly amongst Glasgow’s business community, which is why it is focused on opening at primary airports, such as Glasgow. We are already seeing strong demand for Ryanair’s services amongst our customers and are committed to working with the airline to continue to enhance our route offering and deliver services based on demand.

We look forward to working closely with the team at Ryanair to ensure it enjoys success and growth at Glasgow Airport.’

 

WestJet announces new service to Glasgow

Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet Airlines has announced Glasgow, United Kingdom, as its newest European destination.

Beginning May 29, 2015 to October 23, 2015, the airline will operate daily non-stop flights from Halifax with direct (same-aircraft) service from Toronto, on one of the airline’s Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 series aircraft. Daily connections are also offered from Glasgow via Halifax or Toronto to Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and 16 other cities in WestJet’s Canadian network.

With the new service, WestJet expects to serve Nova Scotians visiting family and friends, and Canadian visitors looking for an exclusive Scottish experience, as well as British guests travelling to Canada.

Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Guest Experience, said: This year’s launch of service to Dublin has proved popular with existing transatlantic flyers and with new guests alike, thanks to market growth driven by drastically reduced fares.’

‘Fares to Glasgow will be as much as fifty per cent off existing prices, so we’ll once again grow the market. Increased European operational and marketing experience is important as we count the months until four Boeing 767-300ERW aircraft join our fleet to further grow our network.’

Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, added: ‘Many Nova Scotians and Canadians trace their family roots back to Scotland and will be thrilled with increased ability to connect.

WestJet’s addition of this direct flight to Glasgow will not only strengthen economic ties with Europe, furthering opportunities for trade in concert with CETA, but will also strengthen significant ties to a country that has had a significant impact on Canada’s cultural, social, artistic, military and political fabric.’

‘We are delighted that WestJet will offer direct service to Glasgow,’ said Joyce Carter, President and CEO of the Halifax International Airport Authority. ‘This new route connects our region to a destination that has deep-rooted cultural significance for many of us, and takes full-advantage of pent-up demand for service to this market.’

WestJet will also resume its much popular service between St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Dublin, Ireland, on May 1, 2015, six weeks earlier than in 2014.

 

Glasgow hotels cash in on Commonwealth Games fans

With the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow just two days away, visitors to the games are being made to dig deep to afford hotel rooms in the city, the Daily Mail has reported.

The Commonwealth Games begin this Wednesday, July 23, and in response to the expected influx of supporters for the event, Glasgow hotels have imposed sharp increases on their room rates, some by as much as 158 percent of their usual rates. This means that the average price of a hotel room in the city will be £344 per night, compared with an average of just £78 per night for the same period of July and early August a year ago. According to figures supplied by the Trivago Hotel Price Index, the current hike in room prices is even extreme compared with rates available just a week ago, when the average room price was only £133.

The increase is most pronounced for Sunday July 27, with an average cost of £448 per room, making it the most expensive night of the period for those seeking accommodation. This is due to the level of interest generated by the start of the athletics competition that day, which will take place in the Hampden Park stadium, recently the subject of a £14 million refit.

The exorbitant prices have failed to quell the interest in visiting the games though, with Trivago reporting that the number of on-line searches for Glasgow hotels increased by 104 percent in May and a further 13 percent in June. And those visitors able to afford the high cost of accommodation should be rewarded with performances from some of the world’s top athletes, including Mo Farah, who is likely to compete in the 5,000 metres.

 

Cardiff Airport secures new airline for Glasgow and Paris routes

Cardiff Airport has secured CityJet service to operate its Glasgow and Paris (Orly) routes, immediately filling the slot left by Flybe.

The move follows Flybe’s announcement on December 4 that it will be terminating these routes with effect from January 19 2014, on account of the reorganisation of its business.

CityJet, a part of the Air France airline group, offers over 680 flights a week to popular destinations in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.

CityJet is to start serving the routes on January 20, 2014, ensuring a seamless transition for the services from the Welsh capital. Initially, CityJet will deliver a twice daily weekday service to Glasgow with daily weekend flights. Paris will be served by a daily flight Monday to Friday and on Sundays.

Staring March 30, flights to Edinburgh and Jersey will be added. Edinburgh will be served three times a day Monday to Friday with one flight on Saturdays and two on Sundays. Jersey will be served with five weekly return flights. The summer schedule will also see a third daily flight added to the Glasgow route on Thursdays and Fridays, whilst Paris (Orly) will then be served daily.

By the middle of summer, CityJet will be operating more than 80 flights a week in and out of Cardiff Airport.

Christine Ourmieres, CityJet’s Chief Executive, said: ‘We’re very excited to be launching a dynamic new network from Cardiff, and are thrilled to introduce the CityJet service to Wales. We are confident that our network and schedule to these four new destinations will be a success – both for the Welsh community and for CityJet.

Cardiff Airport’s Chief Executive, Jon Horne, said: ‘We’re very pleased that there will be continuity in our services to Glasgow and Paris for the tens of thousands of passengers a year for whom these routes are vital.

‘It is always good to welcome a new airline to Cardiff; in CityJet’s case it’s really great, given the scale of the commitment they have made to the Airport and to Wales.’

Cardiff Airport’s Chairman, Lord Rowe-Beddoe, commented: ‘This is excellent news. We are delighted to welcome CityJet to Cardiff and to Wales. I am proud that the management team has succeeded in securing a new airline to fill the breach left by Flybe. The speed with which this has been achieved is testament to management’s commitment to ensuring the Airport’s success.’

Tickets will be available for sale from January 8, 2014 at www.cityjet.com.

Glasgow, Edinburgh airports register passenger growth in June

Glasgow, Scotland’s second busiest airport, has announced its busiest June for five years, as passenger numbers increased by 5.4 percent to nearly 775,000 compared to 2012.

The most popular routes included those to sunspots in the Balearics, Canary Islands, Portugal and Turkey. Long haul routes including Virgin Atlantic’s direct flights to Florida and Canadian Affair’s Toronto service, as well as Emirates double daily service to Dubai, also saw extra passengers last month.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: ‘It really is an exciting time for Glasgow Airport and it’s particularly pleasing to follow the unveiling of our new logo and the launch of the Dreamliner’s first Scottish flight [to Mexico on Monday] with news of further passenger growth.’

The airport reported a strong demand for domestic traffic, which grew by 5.7 percent, and the beginning of the busy summer getaway contributed to a 5.2 percent increase in international traffic. Over 113,000 people travelled through the airport during the last weekend of June alone.

The figures come two days after Edinburgh airport revealed it had registered a record June, with its passenger total up by 8.4 percent to nearly 957,000. Glasgow has been reporting consistent passenger growth since January 2011, while Edinburgh, Scotland’s busiest airport, only returned to growth two months ago after a year of instability.

On July 10, Glasgow Airport reached a significant milestone in its GBP17 million investment programme, with the unveiling of its new look logo. The launch of the logo and accompanying strap line – Proud to Serve Scotland – is a key part of the airport’s extensive preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh Airport is calling for the hub to be directly linked to the M8, as the existing access road will not able to cope with growing passenger numbers. It is expected that the airport will eventually be able to handle up to 20 million passengers a year on the existing runway configuration.

Commenting on Edinburgh’s own expansion, chief executive, Gordon Dewar, said there were no plans to open a second runaway at Ingliston for the next 30 years. ‘We have an airport that is accommodating just over nine million passengers a year, but we’re very busy and we’re growing,’ he said.

Mr. Dewar said that Edinburgh was also at risk of losing flights if the capacity of London’s existing airports was not increased. ‘If London had more capacity, we would have had more connection opportunities out of London. There is genuinely a queue of airlines wanting to fly into London that currently can’t come there,’ he said.