Jet2 announces 100,000 more seats at London Stansted for Summer 2019

The UK-based flight and holiday company, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, has recently said that it will add an extra aircraft and put another 100,000 seats on sale for Summer 19 from London Stansted, following increased demand for its package holidays from customers in the South and South East of England.

The addition of a new aircraft will increase the seat capacity at London Stansted next summer to over 1.85 million, an increase of 24% on Summer 2018. With the latest expansion, Jet2.com will now operate 12 aircraft from London Stansted next summer.

Jet2 will operate to 36 sun and city destinations in Summer 2019, and the additional capacity means more flights and holidays to popular destinations including Cyprus, Turkey, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Portugal and Mainland Spain.

The new additions include daily services to both Larnaca and Paphos in Cyprus; up to 20 weekly services to Turkey, including daily flights to Antalya and Dalaman as well as four weekly services to Bodrum and two to Izmir; Nearly 30 weekly flights to Canary Islands, including daily and double-daily services to Lanzarote and Tenerife, as well as five weekly services to Gran Canaria and three weekly services to Fuerteventura; almost 60 weekly flights in total to mainland Spain and Balearic Islands, including daily and double-daily services to Alicante, Ibiza, Malaga, Menorca and Majorca, and over 30 weekly services to eight Greek destinations of Crete (Heraklion and Chania), Corfu, Rhodes, Kefalonia, Zante, Halkidiki and Kos.

In addition, Jet2 will be the only operator to Madeira from London Stansted with weekly services increased to four, while the number of services to Faro, Portugal has been increased to 12 per week.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘This is great news for customers in the South and South East of England who are looking to enjoy a great value package holiday in the sunshine next summer.

‘Continued demand means we are adding extra aircraft and increasing capacity by over 100,000 seats, giving local holidaymakers even more choice and flexibility with our award-winning airline and package holiday business. As the leading tour operator out of London Stansted, we are delighted to be adding more choice to a number of fantastic destinations including Turkey, Cyprus, Greece and Spain.’

Jet2holidays announces extended summer season in Menorca

Following the announcement of extended summer seasons in Ibiza, Jet2holidays has also announced additional flights to the Balearic Island destination of Menorca between September and November this year, with additional services from five UK bases.

The extra services have been introduced after increased demand from holidaymakers for Menorca’s stunning natural beauty, secret beaches, and historic architecture beyond the main summer holiday season. The extra flight services are from Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle airports.

For this extended season, Jet2holidays has record number of 2-5 star hotels on sale on the island, and also offers the freedom of a villa with all the benefits of a package holiday through Jet2Villas. This along the scenic coastline and resorts such as Cala Galdana, Son Bou, Cala’n Bosch and Punta Prima, will offer customers more choice and flexibility with their summer holiday plans. Bookings can be made online at www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘We are working with our partners in Menorca to fill hotels, not just in the busy summer season, but in shoulder seasons too. Our award-winning flights and holidays mean we are attracting more and more customers, and we will continue to stick to these principles so that we can continue flying happy holidaymakers to Menorca on a package holiday they can trust.’

Maite Salord, Councillor of Tourist Promotion of Menorca said: ‘Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ decision to increase its commitment to Menorca by increasing the number of seats on sale in the months of September, October and November is very good news indeed. The company demonstrates its confidence and commitment to the destination whilst aligning strategies with Menorca Tourism Development Foundation. Our aim is to extend the tourist season, and we hope to continue working closely with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays in order to strengthen the link between Menorca and the UK.’

Blue Islands to resume flights from Cardiff to Guernsey for summer 2018

Blue Islands – Flybe’s franchise partner – is planning to resume its flights from Cardiff Airport to the island of Guernsey for this summer season, according to a release by the Airport.

With its beautiful coastline and hidden coves, abundant fresh seafood and rich history and culture, the island of Guernsey is popular for those seeking a weekend break. Starting from May 29, 2018, Blue Islands will operate direct flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Blue Islands had launched flights from Cardiff to Guernsey in 2017.

Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, said: ‘It’s great to welcome one of our newest airlines, Blue Islands, back to Cardiff Airport this summer. The franchise agreement between Blue Islands and Flybe is an innovative way to offer our customers even more choice and value for money.

‘The island offers visitors a unique experience and boasts stunning scenery, and with two departures a week it’s great for a relaxing break that’s not too far from home. Additionally, this service offers visitors from Guernsey the perfect opportunity to visit Wales and to discover all that our stunning country has to offer.’

Rob Veron, Blue Islands CEO, added, ‘Blue Islands continues its commitment to stimulate the Guernsey visitor economy by adding a direct link to a major city during summer. Thanks to our participation in Flybe’s sales channels, Guernsey will once again enjoy exposure to thousands of potential new visitors. With two flights a week and competitive pricing, we hope many of them will take the opportunity to visit our wonderful island. This link also provides islanders with another direct city break option, along with Cardiff being the gateway to the rest of Wales.’

On the Cardiff – Guernsey route, on Tuesdays, the flight will depart Cardiff at 1115 hours arriving Guernsey at 1215 hours, and on Saturdays the flight will depart Cardiff at 1405 hours, arriving Guernsey at 1505 hours. On the Guernsey – Cardiff route, on Tuesdays, the flight will depart Guernsey at 0945 hours arriving Cardiff at 1045 hours, and on Saturdays, the flight will depart Guernsey at 1235 hours arriving Cardiff at 1335 hours. The flight will operate from May 29 until September 1, 2018 and is available to book on Flybe’s website, the Airport noted.

VisitEngland’s ‘Blue Monday’ campaign promotes 24-hour travel experiences in UK

VisitEngland, the official tourist board for England, has launched a digital campaign – Blue Monday – to promote round-the-clock activities and experiences across the UK, encouraging Brits to take a holiday at home.

Presenting activities across the UK throughout a 24-hour period, the ’24 Hours in the UK’ series of films is launched by VisitEngland and the tourism organisations of London, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The campaign comes as statistics show that more people are preferring, and also spending, more on staycations. From January to September 2017, Brits took 47 million domestic holidays in Great Britain, spending £11 billion, an increase of five percent and six percent respectively on the first nine months of the previous year, VisitEngland said.

VisitEngland Director Andrew Stokes said: ‘From a street art tour in Bristol to early morning surfing at Scarborough in Yorkshire, from a torch-lit tour of the Roman Baths to exploring the wilds of Hampstead Heath in London, this campaign shows that England is bursting with activity not only round-the-clock but year-round, with experiences to suit all interests and ages.

‘With many of us looking for travel inspiration to beat the winter blues, these snapshots of destinations across the country will get Brits booking mood-boosting experiences, and exploring more of the country, boosting growth from tourism.’

A selection of the experiences featured in the films include cocktails at Cahoots in London, with 1940s inspired music, featured in the 01.00am film; an early morning surf in Scarborough, featured in the 07.00am film; sea kayaking in Dartmouth in Devon, featured in the 11.00am film; Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade in London, featured in the 11.00am film; lunch and cocktails at the Rooftop Restaurant at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, featured in the 12.00pm film; the Via Ferrata Extreme Experience in the Lake District, Cumbria, featured in the 13.00pm film; a Mad Hatter inspired afternoon tea at Sanderson in London, featured in the 15.00pm film; shopping at Seven Dials near London’s Covent Garden, featured in the 17.00pm film; dinner at Pop Brixton in London, featured in the 21.00pm film; and watching a play in the outdoor Minack Theatre in Cornwall, featured in the 22.00pm film.

Part of VisitEngland’s 2018 campaign ‘Join the World – Discover the UK’, the 24 short films by UK and international Instagrammers and bloggers are released hourly throughout the day. Besides inspiring Brits to take a holiday at home, the campaign also asks holidaymakers to vote for their favourite moment from the trips, with the top five to be announced in the next few weeks.

Wizz Air announces new routes from London Luton

Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air has announced further expansion of its operations at London Luton Airport with the addition of three new routes to the Greek capital Athens, the Icelandic town of Keflavik, and the Italian port city of Bari, starting in spring 2018.

The airline will operate a daily service to Athens, Greece starting April 29, 2018; to Keflavik, Iceland from April 29, 2018 until September 16 on, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays until September 16, 2018. Starting September 17, 2018, the service will be operated daily. Wizz Air will also operate a flight service to Bari, Italy on Wednesdays, Sundays from March 25, 2018 until April 18, 2017. Starting April 19, 2018, the Bari service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

In addition, the airline is also increasing its frequency on the route to Larnaca in Cyprus to 10 flights per week, starting September 17. Seats on the new routes are available on sale and can be booked at wizzair.com for fares from £26.99/EUR29.99.

Wizz Air chief executive officer, Jozsef Varadi, said: ‘2017 has been a milestone year for WIZZ at London Luton and we continue to invest in our operations there. The new routes announced today expand our network from London Luton to 45 routes to 22 countries, giving our customers the opportunity to travel to a wide variety of destinations at the lowest prices. Those lowest prices mean we continue to stimulate inbound and outbound traffic and allocate capacity to cover unserved routes, further diversifying our network and consolidating our position at London Luton. We look forward to welcoming ever more passengers onboard one of Europe’s youngest fleets in 2018. 

With the new additions, Wizz Air’s total number of new London Luton routes announced this year will increase to 11, including the services to Larnaca, Tirana, Tallinn, Bratislava and Lviv.

The new routes are part of Wizz’s expansion plans following the establishment of Wizz Air UK and the increase of its fleet at London Luton in 2018, from one to seven aircraft, including two Airbus A321. Following the investment in 2018, Wizz Air will offer more than 7.4 million seats on sale on 45 routes to 22 countries from London Luton airport, the airline said.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays adds over 100,000 winter seats from UK airports

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced that following extra demand at Birmingham, London Stansted, Manchester and Leeds Bradford airports, the leisure airline and package holiday company is adding thousands of seats and holidays to some of the most popular winter sun and city hotspots.

Jet2 said that it is adding over 100,000 winter seats across the three bases, with a total of more than 2.5 million seats on sale this winter – representing a 54 percent capacity increase.

At its new Birmingham Airport base, the company is adding over 55,000 seats, with over 300,000 seats now on sale for its first ever winter programme from the airport. The announcement will see Jet2 add more flights and holidays to a number of its most popular winter sun and city destinations, including: Alicante, Faro, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga, Majorca, Rome and Tenerife. The company will add an extra aircraft and will operate more weekly services to these popular destinations, it said.

At Leeds Bradford Airport, Jet2 has added extra Tenerife services, starting next weekend, October 14. The company has announced an additional 15,000 Tenerife seats, with up to six weekly winter services that are currently operating.

At Manchester Airport, Jet2 has added an extra 45,000 seats. At Manchester, the company has added more flights and holidays to Alicante, Faro, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Malaga and Tenerife.

In addition, following increased demand for flights and holidays in October and November from London Stansted, Jet2 is also introducing 14 extra services, representing more than 5,000 seats. These additional services will operate to Tenerife, Lanzarote, Alicante, Majorca and Faro.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘A number of factors have resulted in increased demand for our award-winning flights and ATOL protected package holidays right across the UK. To meet that demand we have added extra capacity from Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds Bradford and London Stansted airports so that holidaymakers can continue to reach their favourite winter sun and city destinations from their local airport. We won’t be stopping at these winter flights, so keep an eye out for further announcements about additional Summer 18 capacity very soon.’

RwandAir launches non-stop flights from London Gatwick to Rwanda

Rwandan airlines RwandAir is planning to launch the first non-stop flight from the United Kingdom to Rwanda, one of the emerging tourism destinations in Africa, on May 26, Gatwick Airport said in a release.

Operating three times a week from London Gatwick to the Rwandan capital Kigali, the service is scheduled with UK passengers in mind. The flights will be operated on a new Airbus A330-200, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The flight time is 8 hours 40 minutes, with return fares starting from £372.00. Passengers travelling on the new RwandAir service in Business Class will have the facility of fully-flat beds on overnight flights.

With the new service, British travellers can explore Rwanda’s incredible scenery and the rich ecosystems in its three national parks. Volcanoes National Park, along the Congo border, is known for its mountain gorillas as well as the endangered golden monkey. The Nyungwe forest in Southern Rwanda offers travellers rich biodiversity, with over 300 bird species, over 75 species of mammal and 12 primate species. Akagera in eastern Rwanda is home to all of Africa’s most famed game animals. With the arrival of the new black rhino, in addition to elephants, African buffalo, leopards and lions, Rwanda offers an exciting safari experience in Africa.

Guy Stephenson, Gatwick Airport Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘This new service makes the adventure of a life time in the heart of Africa a real possibility for more people than ever before, be they spotting gorillas in the wild, game animals on safari or visiting the beautiful tea plantations.

‘Rwanda is the latest long haul destination Gatwick serves and we know proudly boast more than 50 long haul routes in total – a claim few other international airports can make. Only last week Gatwick became the world’s top low cost airport, a ranking helped by our growing low cost long haul services to North America and the Far East.’

Ms. Belise Kariza, the chief tourism officer at the Rwanda Development Board, commented: ‘Rwanda has seen a transformation in recent years and is now becoming one of the most sought-after destinations for premium travellers. With the new non-stop RwandAir flights to Kigali, and the opening of several premium lodges, Rwanda will be making a big impact as a must-visit country.’

Leading travel brand One&Only will launch a new lodge in Nyungwe this year, while Wilderness Safaris is planning to open Bisate Lodge near Volcanoes National Park, the airport said. Tour operators like Red Savannah, Expert Africa and Wild Frontiers are also offering personalised holidays and tours in the country, it added.

Monarch announces addition of routes to its winter 2017/18 schedule

Monarch, the UK-based budget airline and holiday company, has recently announced the addition of more routes – and over 180,000 seats – to its winter schedule for 2017/18.

The airline has added services to Porto, Stockholm and Zagreb to its winter 2017/18 programme. Additionally, the Lapland holiday programme, which was particularly popular last winter, will also see an increase in the coming winter season. Flights to Lapland from Manchester were added last month and Monarch will now be also offering flights and holidays to Kittila from Birmingham Airport with three and four night packages available for booking now.

Further, the airline said that tickets are now on sale to popular winter sun routes including Almeria, Tenerife and Larnaca. Flights have also been added on ski routes to Grenoble and city break destinations in mainland Spain such as Barcelona and Alicante. Additional ski flights for winter 2017/18 will be added shortly, it said. 

Marjan Schoeke, Monarch’s Head of Network Development comments: ‘Following the successful launch of our three new destinations we are delighted to announce they are now on sale for winter and will be flown all year round.

‘Popular city break, ski and winter sun destinations have also been added as we know our customers like to plan their holidays in advance and now there is plenty of choice for customers to book their perfect winter break, whether it be sun, city or ski.’

Separately, Monarch said that it has increased its hold luggage allowance from 20kgs to 23kgs on all beach package holidays this summer. With the additional 3 kgs, customers will now be able to pack even more holiday essentials.

Ian Chambers, Monarch’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘We are continuously reviewing our product offering and looking at how we can improve the holiday experience for our customers. We know that increasing our standard luggage allowance from 20kg to 23kg will be very popular with our customers and be a key reason for customers to book their holiday with Monarch.

‘Customers can enjoy packing for their holiday knowing they have the convenience of the additional 3kgs for hold luggage teamed with Monarch’s generous hand luggage provision – meaning customers can pack their teabags in both hand and hold luggage – just to be safe!’

Flybe announces first phase of winter 2017/18 schedule from Cardiff

Flybe, a European regional airline based in the UK, has announced the first phase of its 2017/18 Winter programme from Cardiff Airport, featuring 14 routes including a range of ski and winter sun routes.

Flybe’s first phase Winter 2017/18 schedule from Cardiff will operate up to 68 flights a week on 14 routes including a new weekly service to Rome, carried over from the summer and operating for the first time in winter. The airline has also announced extra services to Cork and Jersey, increasing to three times a week, while flights to Glasgow will increase to six times a week. The increase in the number of flights to Jersey follows customer demand as visitors to Wales from the Channel Islands has increased.

Flybe said that it has also added: two ski routes to Chambery and Geneva starting December; daily flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle and multiple dailies to Edinburgh and Dublin; twice weekly flights to Faro; thrice weekly flights to Berlin Tegel on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; and to Milan on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Full details of the schedule and bookings are available at www.flybe.com.

Seats are currently available for booking and are on sale for travel between October 29, 2017 and February 28, 2018. One way fares start from £24.99 including taxes and airport charges.

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer commented: ‘We’re pleased to be able to offer these 15 key routes from Cardiff as part of the first phase of our 2017/18 Winter programme. The diversity of our destinations is ideal for those wanting to book affordable business travel as well as those looking for short weekend leisure breaks over the autumn/February half-terms and Christmas/New Year holidays.’

Spencer Birns, Commercial Director at Cardiff Airport, added: ‘It’s very positive to see Flybe responding to our customers, who are asking for more choice, frequency and convenience with great prices offered on all of the routes. Flights are proving to be really popular and this helps to give Flybe the confidence to continue adding more choice from Cardiff.’

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announce expansion to summer 2018 schedule from Birmingham

Jet2.com, along with Jet2holidays, has recently said that it has significantly expanded its summer flights and holidays programme from Birmingham Airport for Summer 18, with 13 brand new destinations, 900,000 seats and thousands of 2-5 star hotels on sale.

With the expansion, the holiday company will operate to a total of 28 summer sun and city break destinations in Summer 18.

The new destinations from Birmingham Airport available for travel in summer 2018 include: a weekly service to Greek peninsula of Halkidiki; twice weekly service to Turkey’s turquoise coast Antalya; twice weekly service to Spain’s Costa de Almeria; twice weekly service to the island of Kos; twice weekly service to Krakow, Poland; twice weekly service to Larnaca, Cyprus; weekly service to the island of Madeira; weekly service to Malta; twice-weekly service to Naples, Italy; twice-weekly service to to the Czech capital of Prague; twice weekly service to Rome, Italy; twice weekly service to Split located on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast; and twice weekly service to the island of Zante located in the Ionian Sea.

In addition to the new destinations, the company has also increased capacity in Summer 18 to popular sun destinations including Malaga, Alicante, Ibiza, Reus, Majorca and Menorca.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Our award-winning flights and holidays have arrived in style at Birmingham Airport with people across the region welcoming our offer of real package holidays and family friendly flights. On the back of this, we are delighted to be announcing a hugely expanded summer 18 programme, giving holidaymakers across the region access to a fantastic choice of sun and city destinations, and even an exclusive route to Halkidiki. Such success in a brand new base shows that our formula is the right one with customers, so as well as looking forward to our first summer at Birmingham Airport this year, we are already making big plans for Summer 18.’

William Pearson, Birmingham Airport’s Aviation Director said: ‘Just a few weeks after launching, the Jet2.com and Jet2holidays brand has announced a massive growth programme from Birmingham in Summer 2018 and we are delighted to see this positive move that shows confidence in our region and the airport. We look forward to welcoming people who will be able to travel with the airline and tour operator to 28 destinations next summer from Birmingham.’