Ryanair launches new Liverpool route to Corfu

Ryanair, the Irish low fares airline, has announced a new route from Liverpool to Corfu as part of its Summer 2019 schedule, which will be launched shortly.

With a twice weekly service from June, Ryanair’s full Liverpool Summer 2019 schedule will be unveiled soon. To celebrate its new Corfu route, Ryanair has launched a seat sale, with seats from Liverpool available from £9.99 for travel in October, November, December and January.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to announce a new Liverpool route to Corfu commencing in June, which will operate twice weekly as part of our Summer 2019 schedule. Customers in the North West region can now book flights to the Greek sunshine as far out as October 2019, with our full schedule launching soon.

To celebrate, we are releasing seats across our network from Liverpool from just £9.99 for travel up to January 2019. This offer is available for booking until midnight Saturday (13 Oct). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto the Ryanair.com and book a bargain break today.’

Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s Director of Aviation Development, Paul Winfield said: ‘Liverpool Airport is delighted to welcome this latest new route with Ryanair. This new route will allow passengers from across the North West to travel to Corfu from Liverpool, the Faster, Easier, Friendlier Airport in the North West.’

In addition, Ryanair has launched its Cardiff Summer 2019 schedule, and is set to double its Cardiff traffic with two new routes to Barcelona (twice weekly) and Malta (two weekly) and four routes – including Faro (twice weekly) and Tenerife (weekly) – in total.

Commenting on the move, CEO of Cardiff Airport, Deb Barber, said: ‘It’s great to see that Ryanair continues to recognise the potential that exists to build on its offering at Cardiff Airport, having already announced a new route to Malta from April 2019.

‘Furthermore, we are very pleased by today’s announcement that Ryanair will begin operating regular, low-cost flights to Barcelona from next summer – the ideal destination for a city break or beach holiday in the sun. The announcement of two new routes in as many months means that Ryanair has now doubled its choice of destinations for Summer 2019.’

Ryanair announces City of Derry Airport route to Edinburgh

Ryanair, the Irish budget airline, has announced a new route to Edinburgh from City of Derry Airport, the main gateway for the North West of Ireland.

This new route to Edinburgh will commence in October, with a five-time weekly service as part of Ryanair’s Winter 2018 schedule, which includes a route to Liverpool. In announcing the service, the airline also launched a £9.99 winter sale on the route.

Ryanair’s Eimear Ryan said: ‘Our new City of Derry Airport route to Edinburgh commences in October, operating five times weekly as part of our Winter 2018 schedule. To celebrate, we are releasing seats for sale from just £9.99, which are available for booking from today until midnight Tuesday (4th Sept) for travel from October to January. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Charlene Shongo, Airport Manager at City of Derry Airport, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to launch Ryanair’s new service to Edinburgh. The charming city of Edinburgh has so much to offer travellers, from romantic getaways, family trips or a weekend break with friends. The new Ryanair service to Edinburgh will operate five times per week and will commence on 28th October. Flights are on sale now with fares starting from as little as £9.99 one way. As well as offering city breaks, this new route will be of huge benefit for those who travel to Scotland to visit family and friends, for studying or sporting events throughout the year’.

As part of the Irish airlines ‘Always Getting Better’ programme, Ryanair customers are offered a price promise offering a refund of the price difference + EUR5, if they find a cheaper fare compared to Ryanair’s offered price.

Ryanair announces extra flights to Manchester and Liverpool for football fans

Irish low fares airline Ryanair has announced five extra flights from Dublin to Liverpool and Manchester, and also rescheduled two other flights to enable Liverpool and Manchester United fans to watch their clubs’ early Premier League fixtures.

Ryanair said that it has added an extra flight on match day, departing Dublin at 07.10 hours on Sunday, August 13, for the Manchester United v West Ham match, and an extra return flight, departing at 21.05 hours that evening. It has also scheduled an extra flight to Liverpool to depart Dublin at 06.05 hours on Saturday, August 19, for the Liverpool v Crystal Palace game at Anfield.

The airline has further rescheduled one flight to depart Manchester at 22.25 hours on Saturday, August 26, for fans to attend Manchester United v Leicester at Old Trafford, while an extra service has been added for Liverpool v Arsenal on Sunday August 27, departing Dublin at 07.25 hours, with an evening flight rescheduled to depart Liverpool at 22.35hours.

In addition, an extra evening flight has been added for Sunday, September 17, for the Manchester United v Everton match, departing Manchester at 21.05 hours. Liverpool and Manchester United fans can log on to www.ryanair.com to book the tickets for these football specials, the airline said.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘Excitement is building ahead of the start of the new Premier League season, with thousands of fans set to fly Ryanair once more this year. We’ve scheduled two additional flights from Dublin to Liverpool, and rescheduled another, to accommodate Liverpool fans travelling to see their side take on Crystal Palace and Arsenal. We’ve added three more flights from Dublin to Manchester, and rescheduled another, to accommodate Manchester United fans travelling to see the Red Devils play West Ham, Leicester and Everton in August and September. Seats are selling fast, so fans are urged to log on to the Ryanair.com website and book their match day getaway today.’

Separately, Ryanair said that it has cancelled its planned entry into Ukraine following Kiev airport’s failure to honour an agreement reached at the Ministry of Infrastructure with airport officials earlier this year, in March. Consequently, Ryanair has cancelled its four new Kiev routes and seven new Lviv routes, and will refund customers who have already booked low fare flights to and from the Ukraine, it said.

Ryanair launches winter 2017 schedule at Liverpool

Irish low fares airline Ryanair has launched its 2017 winter schedule at Liverpool, with two new routes to Copenhagen and Milan, and a new winter service to Prague.

Ryanair’s winter 2017 schedule from Liverpool will deliver a total of 24 routes, including the four-times weekly route to Copenhagen, thrice-weekly flights to Milan Malpensa, and a four-times weekly new winter service to Prague. The schedule will see Ryanair operating 90 weekly flights from the airport, which will help deliver two million customers per annum and support 1,500 jobs at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Ryanair said that it will continue to connect Liverpool with major European cities on increased frequency, low fare services including Barcelona (four weekly), Milan (three weekly) and Dublin (four daily), and also offer a wide range of winter sun routes, making it more suited for business and leisure customers.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘We are pleased to launch our Liverpool winter 2017 schedule, which includes 2 brand new routes to Copenhagen and Milan, the continuation of our new Prague route into winter, and 24 routes in total, which will deliver 2m annual customers at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. These new routes will go on sale on the Ryanair.com website later this week as we continue to grow our Liverpool traffic, tourism and jobs, underlining our commitment to LJLA and the Liverpool region.

‘We are also pleased to report record bookings on our Liverpool summer 2017 schedule and customers can look forward to even lower fares so there’s never been a better time to book a low fare flight on Ryanair. We urge all customers who wish to book their holidays to do so now on the Ryanair.com website or mobile app, where they can avail of the lowest fare air travel to and from Liverpool.’

LJLA’s Director of Air Service Development, Paul Winfield, said: ‘Today’s news means that since September last year, Ryanair have now announced seven new destinations from Liverpool including three capital cities. Further growth next winter and the current success of their forthcoming summer programme, should make 2017 one of Ryanair’s busiest from Liverpool in recent years.’

Ryanair added that its Liverpool summer 2017 schedule is attracting record bookings, with increased frequencies on lower fares to sun destinations, including three new routes to Bari (twice weekly), Girona (twice weekly) and Prague (four time weekly), which will commence in March.

Ryanair mulling transatlantic connection for Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has stated that transatlantic connections from Liverpool John Lennon Airport could be available from later this year.

Ryanair’s chief executive has been in Liverpool to talk to airport bosses with regards to new routes from the airport. He has pledged ‘two or three new routes’ for the north west airport from this winter, and said that he is in talks with Aer Lingus to offer onward connections to the US.

That would enable passengers to check their bags in at Liverpool, fly Ryanair to Dublin, clear US customs at Dublin, and then transfer to an Aer Lingus flight to any of its American destinations. Aer Lingus launched a Dublin-Liverpool flight in 2016, allowing it to offer transfers to the US, but that service closed late last year. Dublin is one of two Irish airports to offer ‘pre-clearance’ to those travelling to the US. It means travellers can clear US customs at Dublin and avoid the often huge queues to clear customs in the US.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, O’leary said: ‘We’re talking to Aer Lingus about connecting into their transatlantics at Dublin. You can see a much better operation with Ryanair carrying people from Liverpool to Dublin and then they’re connecting in Dublin going transatlantic clearing Customs. It would be the fastest and certainly the cheapest way to fly from the North West to the US.’

He added that the airlines had signed a provisional ‘heads of terms’ agreement and that talks were ongoing.

He said: ‘There’s a lot of logistical issues to be resolved, mainly reservation systems talking to each other and our computer system. Hopefully we can get those resolved in the next couple of months. I’d like to see it happen by sometime in the summer of 2017. But if not, winter of 2017 will do fine.’

Wizz Air to launch Lublin service from Liverpool Airport

European low-fares airline Wizz Air has announced plans to commence new flights from UK’s Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) to the Polish city of Lublin in May 2017.

The new service will be the North West’s only flights to Lublin – the largest city in South East Poland. The announcement comes as the airline celebrated the first anniversary of its Lublin base. Lublin will be Wizz Air’s sixth destination from Liverpool, adding to the airline’s existing flights to Warsaw, Gdansk, Katowice, Riga and Budapest.

Commencing May 21, 2017, the new twice weekly service will operate on Sundays and Wednesdays. With this new service starting next summer, Wizz Air’s weekly departures from Liverpool will increase to 17. Flights are now on sale with fares from £16.49 one way and can be booked on www.wizzair.com.

Paul Winfield, LJLA’s Air Service Development Manager, said, ‘We are delighted that Wizz Air are to further strengthen their presence at Liverpool by expanding their range of destinations to include Lublin and we look forward to continuing to work with them and explore further opportunities to operate more flights from Liverpool – the North West’s Fastest, Easiest and Friendliest Airport.’

Tamara Vallois, Head of Communications at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are thrilled today to announce our sixth route from Liverpool. The new service is our fourth low-fare connection from Liverpool to Poland and offers direct access to the picturesque city of Lublin in Lesser Poland. Lublin boasts a beautiful Old Town and is ideal for a short city break as well as a great value for money longer getaway. With tickets starting from only £16.49, we hope to see many happy customers on board our young fleet.’

Gabor Vasarhelyi, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, commented: ‘The first WIZZ flight took off from Lublin Airport in 2012 and since then, we carried over half million passengers on our low-fare Lublin routes. In 2015 we established base operations in the city creating a number of local jobs and bringing affordable travel to even more Polish customers. Today we celebrate the first anniversary of our base with an exciting announcement of the newest destination in our Lublin network. Liverpool is now available on our low fares from Lublin and we are sure customers will appreciate this connection to yet another attractive UK destination. We will remain committed to our Lublin customers and look forward to continuing our fruitful cooperation with Lublin Airport as we bring more opportunities to Lesser Poland.’

Since its first flight in 2012, Wizz Air has constantly expanded its Lublin network, which now includes seven low-fare routes to four countries. In 2015, Wizz Air carried 175,000 passengers on its Lublin routes. In 2016 Wizz Air has over 300,000 seats on sale on its Lublin routes, which represents a 57 per cent growth year over year.

Flybe announces new Liverpool -Amsterdam route

Flybe, the UK-based European regional airline, has announced the launch of a new route between Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

The new service was launched on September 7 2015 and offers up to three flights per day, departing early morning, lunchtime and late afternoon. The service enables passengers to connect onwards to a host of European and long haul destinations available from Amsterdam including New York, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai and Toronto.

This new route will add to the airline’s existing Liverpool departures to the Isle of Man and Belfast City, with Flybe operating a total of up to 120 weekly flights to and from Liverpool. The airline has also recently announced further expansion from Liverpool with the addition of a new daily service to Edinburgh that starts at the end of October.

To mark the occasion of Flybe’s inaugural flight from Liverpool to Amsterdam, Mark Povall, LJLA’s Air Service Development Director, presented Lotte Harbers, Aviation Marketing Director for Schiphol Airport, with a special ‘Superlambanana’ gift on behalf of Liverpool. The ‘Superlambanana’ is a famous 17ft tall sculpture located in Liverpool City centre.

Paul Simmons, Chief Commercial Officer of Flybe, said: ‘Flybe is delighted to play a part in making it possible for Liverpool customers to access the world through Amsterdam and, just as importantly, make it easier for the rest of the world to come to Liverpool. We already have a number of code-share and interline arrangements with long haul carriers that, in the future, have the potential to benefit passengers even further.’

Andrew Cornish, CEO of Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented: ‘In the past, re-establishing a ‘hub link’ from Liverpool has been the most requested service by stakeholders and passengers across the Liverpool City Region. Both business and leisure passengers are now able to take advantage of the convenience of being able to start their long haul journeys from their home airport, as well as bringing a further boost for the region’s tourism offer and inward investment opportunities.’

Fares on Flybe’s new route to Amsterdam start from £34.99 one way including taxes and charges, and are available for booking through to March 26, 2016 at www.flybe.com

Thomson opens second holiday design store in Liverpool

Holiday company, Thomson, has opened its second holiday design store on Lord Street, Liverpool.

Spread over 1,032 square feet, the 25-year old store on Lord Street has been completely revamped and modernised and claims to combine the latest technology with great service to enhance the experience of choosing and booking a holiday. The latest retail innovations include an 84-inch touch screen interactive map and interactive tables designed to inspire customers while they research their holiday options.

Lord mayor, Gary Millar, officially opened the store in the presence of Rachael McCormick and Deborah Gales, who are both holiday advisors that have worked at the store since it first opened in 1988.

The fresh look and feel of the store is further enhanced with high definition screens and projections around the perimeter, where customers can view top ten lists, read reviews, gather live weather information and view videos of destinations.

Social media feeds will be streamed onto the screens, where customers are offered a condensed ‘virtual’ experience of their holiday before they book it.

Kathryn Ward, director of retail for TUI UK & Ireland said: ‘The opening of our second holiday design store today is very exciting for the business and demonstrates our commitment to developing the next generation of our retail network. Our first store at Bluewater Shopping Centre has proved to be a huge success and it’s great to be able to offer this unique service to our customers in the Liverpool area.

‘We’re combining the knowledge and expertise of our people with a range of technology that will really bring choosing and booking a holiday to life and we’re looking forward to welcoming our customers to the store.’

The store is zoned, and customers can choose to browse on their own devices or with staff in the pool area, self-serve on the customer computer at the Advice Bar where staff will be available to answer queries, or go for a more personalised experience in the large booths where relevant holiday images and video content will be projected on the wall.

Adagio brand makes UK debut in Liverpool

Adagio Aparthotels, a brand of France-based hotel group, Accor, has just opened its first UK property in the city of Liverpool.

Designed as a long stay hotel, the Liverpool Adagio has 126 self-contained apartments with their own fully equipped kitchens, but guests will also have the benefit of hotel services, including a fitness room, a laundry and two meeting rooms.

The new hotel, which is located near to the city’s Albert Dock, brings the company’s aparthotel ethos to the UK, adding to its 90 existing properties in European cities including Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Paris, Rome and Vienna. Another 60 aparthotels are scheduled to open around the world by 2016.

The managing director of Accor UK & Ireland, Thomas Dubaere, said, ‘The launch of Adagio is another significant step for Accor as we continue to grow our network and strengthen our brand portfolio in the UK. Accor invests in key strategically located cities. Liverpool is a fantastic city with lots on offer for business and leisure guests and the opening of this aparthotel is proof of Accor’s expansion across the UK and not just in the Capital.’

Rooms at the Adagio Liverpool are priced from £65 per night.

Accor Hotels has its headquarters in Paris, France, from where it operates and franchises over 3,500 hotels that are based on five continents. The group’s budget brands include hotelF1, ibis and ibis styles. Its midscale brands include Grand Mercure (including Grand Mercure Appartments), Mei Jue, a Chinese adaptation of the Grand Mercure brand, Pullman and Mgallery. Sofitel is the group’s luxury brand and includes Sofitel So and Sofitel Legends.

DoubleTree by Hilton to Open in Liverpool

Doubletree by Hilton Hotels, a brand from the US-based hospitality company, Hilton Worldwide, will be opening a new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Liverpool, UK.

The brand is opening the new 87-room hotel, adding to its portfolio of properties in Leeds, Manchester and London.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, the senior vice president of development for Europe and Africa, for Hilton Worldwide, said, ‘The Liverpool market remains one of the most active development centres in the UK for Hilton Worldwide, already home to our upscale Hilton and economy Hampton by Hilton brands. With nearly 60 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels either open or under development, Europe remains a target development market for the brand.’

The new hotel will open in the summer of 2013, located in what was previously the city’s Municipal Annexe, an English Heritage grade 2 listed building that was constructed in 1865. It will be offering amenities that include a restaurant, a residents’ lounge, a spa and swimming pool, and conference facilities. Sanguine Hospitality will operate the hotel, under a franchise agreement with the brand.

Rob Palleschi, the global head for DoubleTree by Hilton, said, ‘A UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the Beatles, Liverpool is a thriving cultural and historic centre that also is the home to numerous businesses and corporate headquarters. The market remains robust in the UK, and we look forward to continued development across the country.’

DoubleTree by Hilton hotel properties are located in around 240 worldwide destinations, and cater to both business and leisure travellers.