Jet2 extends summer season in Ibiza for summer 2018 and 2019

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced an extended seasonal service to Ibiza for this summer and in summer 19, following strong demand for holidays beyond the peak summer periods.

Ibiza is popular with British travellers for summer and remains a sought-after holiday destination beyond the peak season. The airline has put additional flights on sale to Ibiza from five UK bases between late September and the end of October this year. Jet2 is extending the seasonal service from Birmingham, East Midlands, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle Airports.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Our commitment to providing award-winning flights and holidays means that we continue to attract more and more customers, and today’s announcement is yet more evidence of that. This news is a real boost for the tourism industry and economy in Ibiza, and is living proof that we are not just working to fill hotels in the peak summer season but that we are working with our hotel and industry partners to achieve the best possible results in shoulder seasons too.’

Vicente Torres, President of Ibiza Island Council, said: ‘We are very pleased with these increases in capacity which are in line with the efforts of the Consell d’Eivissa to promote Ibiza during the out of season period. We believe that Ibiza has a great offer in spring, autumn and winter and these periods are popular with tourists who want to know about the cultural, gastronomic and sports offers of the island. We are confident that this initiative will be very successful.’

For 2019, the summer season and services will also start earlier in Ibiza, as the company has introduced April flights from four of its UK bases. For the first time, customers with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will be able to travel to Ibiza in April, opening up the destination for the Easter holidays. The additional flights will operate twice-weekly from Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and London Stansted, Jet2.com said.

British Airways to commence service from Stansted this summer

British Airways has announced that it will start flying from Stansted this summer, adding a fourth London airport to its network. 

Starting May 28, the airline will commence flights to the holiday destinations of Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza. Fares start from GBP49 each way based on a return fare with hand baggage only, inclusive of all taxes, fees and charges, it said.

The Stansted flights will be operated by the wholly owned British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer on new 98-seat Embraer 190 jets, which are usually based at London City Airport.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer at BA CityFlyer, said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for us to expand our London network and to give our customers even more choice of where to fly from this summer.

‘Stansted is a growing airport and we will be offering a full scheduled service to some of the most popular European holiday destinations, complementing our existing services from other London airports.’

Stansted MD, Andrew Harrison, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome British Airways to Stansted and very much look forward to the launch of its first ever scheduled flights from the airport in May this year.

‘Since we acquired Stansted, our focus has been on attracting a wider choice of airlines and these new services to Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza are strong additions to our route network, which now covers over 170 destinations across Europe and North America.

‘I’m sure these routes will be very popular with passengers from across London, Cambridge and the growing east of England region who are looking to head off on their holidays. We look forward to working closely with British Airways to build a strong working relationship and ensure these new flights are a huge success.’

British Airways currently operates from the three other major London Airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and London City. All British Airways flights include a choice of two cabins, Club Europe and Euro Traveller, free seat selection and on line check-in 24 hours before departure, complimentary refreshments and drinks on board and no debit card charges.

London City Airport announces record seats to Ibiza for winter 2015

British Airways is planning to offer a record 26,000 seats from London City Airport to Ibiza next winter, the airport said in a release.

British Airways is the only airline to operate from London City to Ibiza during the winter, the release said, adding that starting October the airline will offer almost 50 per cent more capacity than last year. The one-way hand baggage only winter fares from London City to Ibiza start from £71 are available to book on ba.com/londoncity.

With its warmer climates and year-round leisure activities, Ibiza – an island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of largest of the Balearic Islands – is a popular holiday destination among British travellers.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial at London City, said: ‘Ibiza has long been a popular summer destination but the island is now attracting thousands of visitors looking for some winter sun and alternative places to visit.

‘It’s a great short break destination, and with our year-round flights customers can board an aircraft in the heart of London and be in the sun in under two and a half hours.’

Carmen Sanchez, director of the Ibiza Tourist Board said: ‘The Ibiza Tourist board is delighted that British Airways is further increasing flights to Ibiza for winter 2015/2016. The airline has always been very supportive of the destination and has continued to increase its London City to Ibiza route since its launch in 2010.

‘The capacity increase is testament to the appeal of the island throughout the winter when the balmy climate, scenery, UNESCO culture and relaxed atmosphere make Ibiza an ideal break from the UK winter.’

The extra flights will operate on a 98-seat Embraer 190 jet. All British Airways fares include free seat allocation and online check-in 24 hours before departure, complimentary refreshments and drinks, and no debit card charges.

Thomson launches new holiday brand – Thomson Scene – for the young

Holiday brand Thomson has announced the launch of Thomson Scene, a new collection of personalised holidays aimed at young sun-seekers and holidaymakers for summer 2015.

The Shoreditch event, held at the Callooh Callay cocktail bar, was hosted by Chelsea TV stars Lucy Watson, Oliver Proudlock and Binky Felstead and attended by host of celebrities, including fashion designer and former Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh, and DJ Jameela Jamil. At the launch, Watson, Proudlock and Felstead curated their own ‘Scene’ drawing inspiration from their favourite Thomson Scene holiday destination, and selecting decor, canapes and signature cocktails to bring to life their chosen party hotspot.

Aimed at 18-35 year olds, Thomson Scene provides two distinct products; Scene Hub and Scene Style. Hub offers lively affordable hotels close to the action and parties, while Style is a selection of celeb style and luxury hangouts. Hot spots include the popular party islands of Ibiza and Corfu and the chic spots of Santorini, Mykonos and Croatia, as well as long haul getaways to Mexico, Goa and Thailand.

Mark Hall, Director of Product for Thomson, said: ‘Thomson Scene combines chilled pool days with lively nights and offers a fantastic range of short, mid and long haul destinations from Ibiza, Corfu and Croatia to Goa, Mexico and Thailand. Our new youth brand offers sun seekers a wide holiday choice from affordable hotels close to the nightlife, to celeb style luxury hangouts which offer relaxation and the chance to experience some culture in the country they are visiting.’

As part of the official launch, Thomson Scene has released a celebratory voucher code. All customers who book a Scene holiday before the end of January 2015 will receive a discount of GBP50.00 when quoting 49196 online, 49200 in store and 49216 through the call centre at the time of booking. The offer ends January 31, 2015.

 

ABTA protests Balearics car hire tax

The Association of British Travel Agents, ABTA, has asked authorities in the Balearic Islands to reconsider the imposition of a tax on rental cars that is due to be implemented from April this year.

The Spanish-owned Balearic Islands, the largest and most visited of which are Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera, are intending to impose the tax as an ecological measure, but ABTA is concerned that the added cost to a week’s car rental will be bad for tourism to the archipelago.

The tax is set to vary between €3 and €7.5 per day, to be levied depending on the CO2 emissions of the individual car that is rented. This would make the cumulative weekly rental cost as much as €52.5, or £46 more expensive than it is currently. The amount will be payable when the car is collected from the rental company, even if the rental was prepaid in the renters home country.

The tax is intended to raise €15m per year for the Balearics’ government, but ABTA has asked them to delay its introduction and to reconsider.

Abta head of destinations and sustainability, Nikki White, said, ‘Hasty decisions that don’t give travel businesses time to prepare and take tourists by surprise can have a very damaging impact. Taxing tourists does more harm than good in the long term.’

ABTA has an ally in Jose Manuel Soria, Spain’s tourism minister, who, commenting on the proposed tax at last November’s World Travel Market in London, described it as, ‘Unfair.’

It remains to be seen if the new tax will be imposed on its scheduled date of April 1 this year.

Top sun-kissed destinations for family holidays

Are you aching to get away from the drizzle of the UK and feel the sun on the back of your neck? With plenty of sun-kissed destinations perfectly suited to family holidays, we take a look at the locations which could bring you the sunshine you deserve over coming months.

Orlando, Florida (USA)

If you’re looking for a fun-packed holiday with lots days out, Orlando is certainly a good option. Located in sunny Florida, famous for its pleasant climate, Orlando boasts such attractions as Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios, SeaWorld Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center and much more.

If your kids are the kind that love Disney movies (let’s face, don’t they all?) the chance to get up close to their favourite characters like Mickey Mouse and Dumbo will be an experience they will remember their whole lives.

For the parents, there’s always the swimming pool to lounge around at, or if you fancy leaving your accommodation there is a great range of golf courses for you to practise your swing.

Consider staying in one of the many villas that have sprung up to cater for the family market and enjoy the sun in what can only be described as a home-from-home.

Ibiza, Spain

You may associate the Balearic island of Ibiza with wild nightlife and never-ending parties but the reality is far different. Whilst active nightlife is one feature of the island, there are plenty of family-friendly resorts located on it too.

Choosing villas in Ibiza can be hard – there are just so many spots to choose from – but wherever you choose to stay you can be guaranteed of a warm welcome. Even the properties themselves are designed to reflect the warmth of the area and are usually painted in a traditional whitewash to reflect the heat of the sun.

The island is perhaps most popular for its beaches, which offer warm waters and cool sands for the enjoyment of parents and children alike. If you’re looking for something a little more active, the island has some great snorkelling and diving activities on offer with the chance to see plenty of wildlife in its natural habitat.

Almeria, Spain

Almeria is known for having the ‘best’ climate in Europe for a sunny break, with an amazing 3,127 hours sunlight a year and mild winters. The region’s scenery is astonishing; the long, deserted beaches are overlooked by rocky outcrops that are starkly beautiful.

You can sunbathe all you like on one of the resort’s unspoilt beaches which are sure to be a walk away from your villa. This is thanks to the popularity of Almeria, which sees reputable brands such as James Villas offer a range of accommodation in the local area.

For a day out and an educational trip for the kids, explore Spain’s Moorish past by visiting the hilltop fort of La Alcazaba, which dominates the skyline of the town. After this you can visit the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, a wild and isolated landscape dotted with picturesque fishing villages.

Jet2.com Commences Service to Ibiza from Glasgow

Jet2.com, a UK-based low-cost airline operating out of Leeds Bradford Airport, has announced the commencement of its service to the island of Ibiza, in Spain.

The airline celebrated its initial flight to Ibiza with a party for its passengers at Glasgow Airport, in Scotland. The party featured DJ Fox MacLeod, from Karbon nightclub in Glasgow, who regaled the partying passengers with up-tempo music.

Ian Doubtfire, the airline managing director, said, ‘We are delighted to be sending our passengers off in style to Ibiza with a real party atmosphere at the airport. The island has proved incredibly popular from our other UK departure points, and the same can be said for Glasgow following its launch in March last year. Glasgow is an important base for us and our strong growth of destinations across Jet2.com and Jet2holidays shows our continuing commitment to the region’s travellers.’

The flights to Ibiza are priced at inaugural rates commencing from GBP43.99 one way. Passengers can also avail of holiday packages from Jet2’s sister company, Jet2holidays.

Ibiza is popular with tourists for its summer club parties, although the Spanish government is also keen to promote the destination as a family holiday spot.

Apart from its new Ibiza service, the airline is currently offering flights to the beach destinations of Bodrum, in Turkey, and Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands, for airfares commencing at GBP53.99, from Glasgow Airport. Jet2holidays is also offering vacation packages to these destinations, for prices commencing from GBP369 per person. The vacations are inclusive of direct return flights, a 22kg baggage allowance and accommodation at a three-star hotel.