British Airways announces new routes to Greece, Corsica from Heathrow

British Airways has recently announced the launch of a new route from Heathrow to Preveza in Greece and Bastia in Corsica, and also added more flights to holiday destinations for summer 2019.

The new service to Preveza will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays from May 26 through to September 29, 2019. Fares start from £71 one-way in Euro Traveller and £198 in Club Europe and customers can choose to cut the cost of flights by using Avios part payment. Seats to the Perverza are available to book on ba.com, with flights taking off from Terminal 5.

A gateway to both beach and mountain escapes, Preveza is located to the north of the island of Lefkada, a summer yachting spot. Travellers can also explore one of Europe’s great wildernesses at the Pindus mountain range, where they can trek the alpine trails or explore the UNESCO protected Vikos Gorge.

Flights to the Corsican gateway of Bastia will operate every Saturday, starting from May 25 to September 28, 2019. Located between France and Italy in the Mediterranean Sea, Bastia will be the second destination the airline will serve on the French island following the launch of a new service to Figari this year. Fares to Bastia start from £48 in Euro Traveller and £128 in Club Europe one-way. Prices are one way based on a return economy basic fare.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘We’re always developing our leisure offering and are committed to giving our customers even more choice of destinations at competitively low prices, so we’re pleased to be adding two more stunning spots to our summer schedule. On our long haul network we’re launching new routes to Osaka and Pittsburgh and increasing the number of flights to Nashville, and we’re also increasing the number of services to European destinations such as Malaga, Gibraltar and Palermo.’

British Airways is also increasing the number of flights it operates from Heathrow to other popular destinations next summer, with more flights to Marseille, Budapest, Gibraltar, Palermo, Amsterdam and Malaga and a new service from Gatwick to Kos taking off from May 15, 2019.

Flight services from London City will also be expanded, with additional frequencies on Ibiza, Edinburgh and Berlin, the airline said.

easyJet announces two new summer routes from London Gatwick

European low-fares airline, easyJet, has announced the launch of two new summer routes from London Gatwick to Volos in Greece and to Ancona in Italy.

Flights between London Gatwick and the two new destinations took off for the first time on June 27, and are operating twice a week on A320 aircraft throughout the summer until September 1 2018.

The two destinations are new network points for easyJet, with London Gatwick to Volos also the only scheduled direct route to the Greek city from the UK.

Tickets are now on sale at www.easyJet.com, with fares to Ancona starting from £32.76 and fares to Volos starting from £50.94. The fares are all one-way, including taxes and based on two people one the same booking.

Sophie Dekkers, UK Country Director for easyJet said: ‘We’re delighted to launch flights from London Gatwick to Volos and Ancona and to celebrate two brand new destinations joining the easyJet network.

‘With the addition of two brand new destinations, we’re also very pleased to be demonstrating the continuous growth of the easyJet network across the UK and Europe.

‘easyJet remains committed to providing easy and affordable connections to our customers in London and the south east by offering low fares, a convenient schedule and more choice when they travel.’

Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations at Gatwick Airport said: ‘The UK’s only direct service to Volos, and twice-weekly flights to Ancona, are both very exciting additions to Gatwick’s extensive short-haul network for the summer.

‘These stunning, untapped destinations are inspired choices for a summer break, and it’s fantastic that our passengers can now reach them direct from Gatwick.

‘We’re pleased to work with easyJet to bring these new routes to the airport, and we’re looking forward to welcoming the many passengers heading off to discover them this summer.’

easyJet offers 110 routes, both domestic and international. The airline has flown over 171 million passengers since it launched operations from London Gatwick almost 20 years ago and over 18 million passengers in fiscal 2017, easyJet said.

Jet2 announces more flights and holidays to Greece from Birmingham Airport

Flight and holiday company Jet2 has said that it is adding more flights and holidays for the peak summer season, with a focus on Greece and the introduction of a new route to Corfu.

Following increased customer demand, Jet2 is adding over 9,000 departing seats between July and September, including more than 7,500 departing seats to Greece. The expansion takes the total capacity to over 1.2 million seats this summer, more than double the capacity last summer.

The expansion at Birmingham includes a new route to Corfu, with the introduction of a weekly Saturday service to the island, which features secret coves and beach resorts such as Sidari, Kavos and Barbati. With the addition of Corfu, UK holidaymakers will have a choice of 34 sun and city destinations from Birmingham Airport this summer with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays.

The company said that it will also add two weekend services on Saturday and Sundays, during the peak summer season to Rhodes, and operate a total of four weekly services to the island. Jet2 has also announced an additional Friday service to Crete, which is now served through four weekly services during the peak summer season, and the introduction of a weekly Monday service to Zante, that is three weekly services from July to September.

Further, UK holidaymakers will now have more choice of services to Menorca, with the addition of a weekly Sunday service, taking it to a total of four weekly services.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘This is fantastic news for holidaymakers in Birmingham and across the West Midlands. Since we launched at Birmingham Airport we have seen nothing but strong demand for our award winning flights and great value package holidays, and as a result of this our summer programme has more than doubled in size. Our latest response to this demand means the launch a new route to the stunning destination of Corfu, as well as more flights to Rhodes, Zante, Crete and Menorca too.’

William Pearson, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘Since launching services from Birmingham almost a year ago, the Jet2.com and Jet2holidays product has proven to be extremely popular with our passengers here at Birmingham Airport and it’s great to see them expanding their flight frequencies and destination choices to top summer destinations.

‘Corfu is a Greek island steeped in history with rugged mountains and a resort-studded shoreline. Increasing frequency to other Mediterranean holiday hot spots will give our passengers more choice and seat availability during the busier summer season.’

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

Bristol Airport announces additional flights to Kos and Dalaman

The UK-based holiday company TUI has added an additional weekly flight from Bristol Airport to the Greek island of Kos and Turkish destination of Dalaman for summer 2018, Bristol Airport has said.

As part of the plan, TUI will add a Sunday flight to the summer flying programme to The Turkish destination and a Saturday flight to the Greek island. Flights start in May 2018 and will now operate twice a week to both Kos and Dalaman.

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for TUI UK & Ireland, said: ‘We are delighted to be expanding our programme from Bristol Airport for summer 2018. We have added a Sunday flight to Dalaman and a Saturday flight to Kos meaning we now fly twice a week to both destinations from this local airport. These additional flights mean that customers can now book 10 and 11 night holidays adding even more choice when deciding how long to go away for. In total we have 38 destinations for customers to choose from when booking their holidays from Bristol Airport. Holidaymakers in the South West will now have wider access than ever before to our diverse collection of destinations and hotel concepts.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with TUI’s continued route expansion from Bristol Airport adding even more flexibility and choice of exciting destinations to passengers in the South West and Wales region.’

Besides the extra flights to Kos and Dalaman, travellers and holidaymakers are offered more choice of destinations when booking their holidays this summer with new routes already on sale from Bristol to Hurghada in Egypt and Skiathos in Greece, the airport said.

British Airways announces new route to Kefalonia, other sun destinations for summer

British Airways has announced a new route to Kefalonia from Heathrow as well as more seats on its sunshine services, offering customers more choice of holiday destinations for summer 2018.

Starting May 15 until October 6, 2018, customers will be able to fly direct from Heathrow Terminal 5 to the island of Kefalonia, known for its beautiful beaches, traditional fishing villages and the idyllic setting featured in films such as Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The Myrtos Beach located in the region of Pylaros, in the north-west of Kefalonia Island, is one of the world’s most photographed stretches of sand.

This will be the first time the airline will operate to the Greek island. Operated using A380 aircraft, the Kefalonia flights will depart on Tuesday and Saturdays, with return fares starting from £118 in Euro Traveller and £398 in Club Europe.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ chairman and chief executive, said: ‘We’re always developing our leisure offering from Heathrow so are incredibly pleased to be adding Kefalonia to our network. The launch of our new summer routes, which also include Figari in Corsica and Almeria, mean we will be flying 39 more routes in 2018 than we did in 2016 – an increase of 17 per cent. We’re also further improving our schedules and increasing the number of flights to European destinations such as Ibiza, Santorini and Split.’

In addition, British Airways said last month that it would start flying between Heathrow and Corsica, with direct flights to Figari airport operating every Sunday from May 27 until October 7, and return fares starting from £98. Additionally, a new route to the historic Spanish city of Almeria will start services from March 27, 2018, with fares starting from £66 return.

Further, for summer 2018, services to Ibiza will be increased to daily service from four per week presently, Mykonos will be served six times a week from four, while an additional weekly flight will be added to the airline’s schedules to Olbia and Split, the British airline said.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport adds new TUI routes for summer 2018

Doncaster Sheffield Airport has said that it will add two new routes – Naples, Italy and Hurghada City, Egypt, operated by holiday company TUI, as the airport continues to expand its range of over 40 destinations across Europe and beyond.

TUI’s first flight to Naples will take off on May 7, 2018, leaving every Monday throughout the summer months, with services operational until the end of October 2018. The new routes will add nearly 20,000 new seats of capacity. The new flights to the Italian city are on sale currently.

TUI will also be operating a new weekly route to Hurghada, Egypt for those looking to book a holiday for winter 2018/19. Hurghada City is the second largest Egyptian city on the Red Sea and, with its world-renowned coral reefs, is one of Egypt’s leading holiday destinations.

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘We are thrilled to introduce this summer time route to Naples and a brand new route to DSA, in Hurghada City, Egypt. It is fantastic news for the local area, and for the wider Yorkshire region – with DSA now being even more convenient and well connected, thanks to the Great Yorkshire Way motorway link road and new direct bus services from Doncaster and Sheffield.’

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for TUI UK & Ireland, said: ‘We’re excited that one of our first steps as TUI, a truly global brand, is to offer greater choice for our customers in Yorkshire. Introducing the new routes from Doncaster Sheffield Airport is a key part of our strategy to offer all our customers as much choice as possible to give them the holiday experience that best suits their individual needs. Holidaymakers in the local area will now have wider access than ever before to our diverse collection of destinations and hotel concepts.’

The two new routes – Naples and Hurghada – are in addition to the new TUI route announced in August from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to the Greek island of Kefalonia. The once a week package holiday flights will take off on Thursday May 3, 2018 and continue through until the end of September 2018, allowing customers to stay at the luxury TUI Sensimar Hotel located on the south of the Island. Flights to the Greek island are already on sale providing extra 4,500 seats for holiday makers flying from DSA, the airport said.

British Airways announces new flights from London City to Skiathos in Greece

British Airways has recently announced the launch of it first service to the Greek island of Skiathos from London City Airport.

Skiathos is part of the Sporades archipelago in the Aegean Sea, presented as the fictitious island of Kalokairi, the setting for the musical hit Mamma Mia! Besides its famous film connection, Skiathos is a popular tourist destination for its many pine forests and over 60 beaches.

The airline is now offering the new three-times-a-week British Airways flights from London City. It is the third Greek Island route – along with Mykonos and Santorini – that British Airways flies directly from London City Airport and it is the only scheduled service from the UK to Skiathos. Flights to Skiathos Island National Airport will operate during the peak summer weeks until September. Basic each way fares starting from £80 are available to book on www.ba.com/londoncity.

Flights will be operated using Embraer E190 aircraft in a two class, Club Europe business class and EuroTraveller economy configuration. With the new route, British Airways will operate 29 destinations from London City Airport this summer, offering almost two million seats, the airline said.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: ‘After the release of the hugely popular Mamma Mia! film, Skiathos became one of the most sought after holiday destinations. It sits perfectly with our other Greek Island routes and gives our customers at London City the chance to put themselves in the picture’.

British Airways is also offering holiday packages that are available to book on ba.com including: seven nights at the four-star Angelina Studios, Kolois, on a room only basis from £524 per person in July, based on two people sharing, including return flights from London City; seven nights at the four-star Skiathos Club, Vassilias, on a bed and breakfast basis, with fares from £644.50 per person in July, based on two people sharing, including return flights from London City; and seven nights at the five-star Skiathos Princess, Aghia Paraskevi, on a bed and breakfast basis, from £1,412 per person in July, based on two people sharing, including return flights from London City.

Monarch offers sun holidays in June and July for GBP269 per person

The UK-based travel company Monarch is offering holiday packages for UK holidaymakers looking for a break to popular European sun destinations in June and July.

Monarch’s beach holiday packages include four and seven night breaks starting at £269 per person. The offerings include package holidays to Majorca – Balearics with fares starting from £269 per person, which includes return flights and seven nights half board accommodation based on two adults sharing a studio. The flights will depart Manchester on June 28 for a seven night stay at the three- star Ola Bouganvillia.

The company is also offering seven-night holiday to Lefkas – Greece with fares starting from £289 per person. The flight will depart London Gatwick on July 12 for a seven night stay at the three star Cosmopol Studios. The price includes return flights and seven nights self-catering accommodation based on two adults sharing a studio.

Monarch is offering a four-night holiday to Majorca – Balearics with fares starting from £395 per person, which includes return flights and four nights all-inclusive accommodation based on two adults sharing a suite. The flight will depart London Luton on June 13 for a four night stay at the four-star BH Mallorca.

Further, the travel company is offering seven-night holiday packages to Lanzarote – Canary Islands with fares starting from £685 per person. This flight will depart Birmingham on July 7 for a seven night stay at the five-star Bahia Principe Tenerife Hotel. The price of £685 per person includes return flights and seven nights all-inclusive accommodation based on two adults sharing a junior suite.

Monarch will also operate a seven-night holiday package to Algarve – Portugal with fares starting from £589 per person. The flight will depart Birmingham on June 29 for a seven night stay at the three-star Auramar. The price of £589 per person includes return flights and seven nights all-inclusive accommodation based on two adults sharing a twin room.

For flight only service, Monarch has thousands of seats available for £30.00 to sun and city break destinations including Menorca and Alicante.

Thomas Cook announces summer 2018 programme from Bristol Airport

Thomas Cook has launched its summer 2018 programme for Bristol Airport, with a range of new destinations for travellers.

The new destinations for summer 2018 include the Preveza in Greece and Hurghada in Egypt – both the routes being exclusive to Thomas Cook from Bristol. The other new destinations added to the programme include Bourgas in Bulgaria, Gerona on Spain’s Costa Brava, Kos and Paphos.

In addition to the new destinations, Thomas Cook is also offering customers three new own-brand hotels to choose from including new smartline and Sunconnect resorts. Thomas Cook Airlines will also introduce 11 additional flight routes from Bristol Airport, both to existing destinations and to new destinations, with flights starting from £49.99, according a release by Bristol Airport.

Chris Mottershead, Managing Director at Thomas Cook UK said: ‘Our new destinations for summer 2018 from Bristol offer a good mix of holiday types. We’re expecting a revitalisation in the traditional package holiday destination of Costa Brava and we’ve worked hard to secure some of the best quality hotels for our customers.’

Shaun Browne, Head of Aviation Relations, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with Thomas Cook’s exciting Summer 2018 programme from Bristol. The new flights including Hurghada and Preveza are particularly welcome as these routes have been high on passengers wish-list of flights from Bristol Airport. The improved range of destinations in 2018 will help ensure Thomas Cook offers customers throughout the South West and Wales a great choice and options of holidays available from their regional airport.’

Costa Brava, which was first offered to Thomas Cook customers in 1949 for travel by steamer and rail, was re-introduced in 2018 with one flight per week from Bristol. The new product range includes four hotels in the resorts of Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar which are exclusive to Thomas Cook in the UK. The Thomas Cook offer will commence with seven nights at the Evenia Olympic Park Hotel in Lloret de Mar on an all-inclusive basis, from £679 per person, departing from Bristol on May 19, 2018 on Thomas Cook Airlines.

British Airways announces new Skiathos route from London City, two million seats for summer

British Airways has announced two million seats from London City Airport for this summer, and also the launch of a new three-times-a-week service to the Greek Island of Skiathos.

The new Skiathos route will start on June 26 and operate during the peak summer weeks until September. Flights to Skiathos will depart at 7.10am, arriving at 12.30pm local time, with the return flight at 1.15pm arriving at London City at 2.55pm local time. Basic each way fares start from £79.00, and are available for booking at www.ba.com/londoncity.

This is the first time British Airways has operated to Skiathos, a popular tourist destination with its rich pine forests and over 60 beaches. Skiathos is the airlines’ third route from London City, alongside Mykonos and Santorini. In addition to the new service, flights to Mykonos will increase from four to five flights a week, the airline said.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, London City, said: ‘This is the busiest year yet for British Airways with 1.9 million seats on sale from London City Airport. We are delighted to include Skiathos in our summer sunshine routes as well as increasing the number of flights to Mykonos. With a good mix of leisure and business destinations we are providing an excellent choice of network and schedule direct from the Docklands for our customers.’

British Airways has also recently announced the launch of a new weekly service between London City and Manchester starting from May, which will go on sale on February 21.

With the new routes, British Airways will operate 29 destinations from London City Airport this summer. During summer 2017, British Airways will operate services from London City to destinations including Amsterdam, Bergerac, Berlin, Billund, Bremen, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Faro, Florence, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Granada, Geneva, Ibiza, Isle of Man, Mahon, Malaga, Manchester, Mykonos, New York, Nice, Palma, Quimper, Rotterdam, Santorini, Skiathos, Venice and Zurich. Flights from London City to Angers in France will stop due to air traffic control restrictions and flights to Hamburg are also being withdrawn for commercial reasons, the airline said.