Emirates to launch London Stansted service from June 2018

Dubai-based Emirates has recently announced plans to launch a new daily route from Dubai to London Stansted, starting June 8, 2018.

The outbound flight will depart Dubai at 09:30 hours, and will arrive in London Stansted at 14:10 hours. On its return, the flight will depart London Stansted at 21:10 hours and arrive in Dubai at 07:05 hours the following day.

The daily service will be operated by the airline’s new three-class Boeing 777-300 ER, offering customers six seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 306 in Economy Class. The aircraft features fully enclosed private suites in First Class, as well as refreshed Business and Economy Class cabins.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates, said: The introduction of the new London Stansted-Dubai service underscores our commitment to serve London, with operations soon to three different airports in the city. There is a clear demand for this service from both business and leisure travellers and we anticipate that this news will be warmly received both across our global network, as well as by the business community based in the Stansted catchment area. We look forward to facilitating even more tourism and commerce opportunities to and from London with these new air transport links, and to providing our customers with the award-winning Emirates experience.’

Ken O’Toole, London Stansted’s Chief Executive, added: ‘We’re delighted that Emirates has recognised the strength of London Stansted’s catchment and the opportunity that our available runway capacity gives them to continue growing in the South East of England over the next decade.

‘At this crucial time, the new Emirates services will provide an important boost to the UK economy by strengthening international connectivity and offering greater choice and convenience for passengers travelling to long haul destinations. London Stansted has seen significant capital investment and growth since its acquisition by MAG in 2013 and we’re looking forward to working with Emirates as we move forward with the next phase of development of the airport and its network of destinations.’

With the new London Stansted daily service, Emirates will operate 10 flights daily, connecting Dubai and London. Passengers can also fly to London Heathrow and Gatwick. London Stansted Airport is connected to London via the Stansted Express, which operates a regular daily service to London Liverpool Street Station. The train service allows passengers to reach London city in 47 minutes, where they can connect to regional trains and the London Underground.

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 commences inaugural ski flight to Grenoble from London Stansted

Jet2 has commenced its inaugural ski flight from London Stansted to Grenoble, offering skiers and snowboarders more choice and flexibility.

Jet2’s ski programme includes weekly flights and over 6,000 seats to Grenoble, where skiers and snowboarders have access to over 170 ski resorts, including Morzine, Chamrousse, Chamonix, Avoriaz, Prapoutel, Autrans, all accessible from the city. With the introduction of Grenoble, Jet2 will operate four ski destinations from London Stansted this winter, providing skiers access to some of the finest slopes in the French and Austrian Alps.

Jet2’s flights from London Stansted to Grenoble will operate weekly and start at £37 per person including taxes. Tickets are available to book at www.Jet2.com.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are thrilled to be launching our new London Stansted to Grenoble route. We know that skiers want choice and flexibility, so that’s exactly what we are providing from London Stansted, with weekly flights to Grenoble now in operation alongside three other top ski destinations. On top of that, customers can take advantage of our friendly low fares and 22kg of baggage and ski allowance, whilst enjoying our award winning service as they head to the snow.’

Martin Jones, London Stansted’s Commercial Director, said: ‘The launch of Jet2.com’s new service to Grenoble from London Stansted is fantastic news for skiers and snowboarders from across the region looking to hit the slopes early this season as well as providing even more choice for passengers wanting a fantastic winter city break with the added convenience of flying from their local airport.’

Basma Jarbouai, Grenoble Airport Director, said: ‘We are very pleased to continue our collaboration with Jet2.com and to welcome this new flight from London Stansted, offering our passengers more flexibility to join the Alps ski resorts through Grenoble Airport. We are the first step of their holidays and it is really important for us to offer them an excellent quality of services. Celebrating this first flight and offering them chocolates at arrival is a little gift before Christmas!’

British Airways expands services at London City

British Airways has said that it is expanding its services at London City and regional operation with three new routes and increased frequencies.

The UK-based airline, which has recently announced plans to increase flights from Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol in summer 2018, said that it will double its weekday services between London City and Milan Linate and add a new weekday service to Frankfurt from January.

In addition, British Airways will operate new summer services from Manchester and Edinburgh to Florence and a weekly service between Manchester and Dublin.

According to the plan, London City to Milan Linate flights will be increased from 11 to 23 flights a week, Frankfurt from 20 to 24 flights a week and Dublin from 32 to 36 flights a week. The new weekly summer only flights from Manchester to Florence and Dublin and from Edinburgh to Florence will start in May 2018. Tickets are available to book on www.ba.com, with Manchester-Dublin at fares from £25 each way; and Manchester-Florence and Edinburgh-Florence at fares from £59.

The extra flights are introduced following the arrival of two new 98-seat Embraer 190 aircraft in January and April 2018, bringing the total fleet number to 22.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: ‘The new Embraer 190 jets will be a welcome addition to our fleet as we continue to grow our route network and frequencies both from our home base at London City and from other UK regional airports. It enables us to expand both our business and leisure routes, with much improved schedules and timings to Milan Linate and Frankfurt.

‘This year we have almost doubled the number of routes we operate compared to last year and the winter season brings a further five new routes, London City to Paris Orly, Prague and Reykjavik and Manchester to Chambery and Salzburg ahead of the new routes next summer.’

This year, British Airways has announced dozens of new flights from London City, Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol airports, the airline said.

easyJet offers 3,000 more seats on flights to Gibraltar from Gatwick and Bristol

easyJet, the UK-based budget airline, has said that it has added a further 3,272 seats on its routes to Gibraltar from the UK.

Available on sale until March 2018, the extra seats will offer more choice for passengers to fly between the UK and Gibraltar throughout the winter.

The British overseas territory of Gibraltar, a limestone outcrop on the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula, occupies a strategic position at the western gateway to the Mediterranean Sea. Key tourist attractions include the Rock of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean Steps with its views, and St. Michael’s Cave.

The airline has added 2,772 seats on flights from London Gatwick to Gibraltar, an increase of seven percent, and 500 seats on flights from Bristol to Gibraltar, an increase of three percent. The extra capacity comes following easyJet’s upgrade at both UK bases from a 156-seat A319 to A320 aircraft, which flies up to 186 passengers.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager commented: ‘We’re delighted to be able to provide even more seats from our customers who want to travel between Gibraltar and the UK throughout the winter.

‘We’ve added a significant number of extra seats which allows us to continue providing affordable, convenient connections for our customers whether they’re travelling on business or leisure.’

The Hon Gilbert Licudi QC, Minister for Tourism of Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar added: ‘This is great news from easyJet. It adds very much needed capacity to Gibraltar for the winter season. I must commend easyJet and the Gibraltar Tourist Board, who are in constant contact for having achieved this in a short space of time. The Government has been working very hard behind the scenes to address current and future capacity issues to Gibraltar from the UK and this move from easyJet demonstrates their commitment to Gibraltar.’ 

In summer, easyJet flies up to 38 times a week from the UK to Gibraltar, with flights available from London Gatwick, Bristol and Manchester, Fares start from £24.49 per person, one way, based on two people travelling on the same booking. Tickets are available to book at www.easyJet.com.

Primera Air announces new route to Toronto from London Stansted, Birmingham

Danish airline Primera Air has announced plans to launch a new transatlantic route from its new bases at London Stansted Airport and Birmingham with direct flights to Toronto, starting next summer, reports said online.

Starting June 2018, the Danish airline will offer three flights a week all year round from Stansted to Toronto, Canada’s top destination. Primera Air has also announced a direct flight to Toronto from its new base in Birmingham. The new Birmingham-Toronto route will also be served three times per week on a year-round basis and will commence in May 2018.

The Toronto service is in addition to Primera Air’s recently announced daily services to New York’s Newark Airport, which will begin in April 2018, and the four departures a week to Boston Logan Airport from May next year.

Andri M. Ingolfsson, Primera Air president and chairman, said: ‘Yet again, we are very proud to announce our new direct routes from our European bases to Canada.

‘With our brand new Airbus321NEO aircraft, we are opening routes previously traditionally served only by wide-body aircraft. With unmatched efficiency of these new-generation aircraft, we will be able to offer unprecedented prices to our passengers from the UK to USA and Canada. At the same time, we are very proud to be offering a low-fare/high quality product and service concept, that will be perfect both for leisure and business travellers.’

Ken O’ Toole, London Stansted’s chief executive, said: ‘The announcement of Primera Air’s new service to Toronto is yet another fantastic addition to Stansted’s rapidly growing route network and comes hot on the heels of the airline’s exciting news it will launch direct flights to both New York and Boston next year.’

William Pearson, aviation director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘It is welcome news that Primera Air is expanding its choice of popular Transatlantic destinations from Birmingham by adding a new route to Toronto.

‘Demand for travel to US and Canadian destinations from the West Midlands is high and Primera Air is offering fantastic seat prices meaning it is likely Toronto will be very popular.’

The new Toronto flights will be operated using Primera Air’s new Airbus A321NEO aircraft that offers a choice of two cabins – full-service premium and low-fare economy – along with free Wi-Fi and onboard charging points.

Norwegian announces new route to Singapore from London Gatwick

Norwegian, a low-cost long-haul airline, has launched its first route from London Gatwick to Singapore on September 28, with fares starting from £149.90 one way.

According to the airline, the new 12-hour 45 minute flight from London Gatwick to Singapore Changi Airport is now the world’s longest route operated by a low-cost airline, covering 6,764 miles (10,885km) using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Consumers can fly direct to Singapore from Gatwick four times a week, with tickets available for booking at www.norwegian.com/uk.

Commenting on the launch, Bjorn Kjos, CEO at Norwegian, said: ‘Today we brought a taste of Singapore to Gatwick to mark the expansion of our high quality long-haul flights from the UK to Asia for the first time. I’m delighted to build upon our popular USA flights and give leisure and business customers more affordable access to Singapore and the Asia-Pacific like never before.

‘The 787 Dreamliner has the range to allow us to expand our long-haul services to other parts of the world while keeping fares affordable for all. This is just the start of Norwegian’s UK expansion into new markets as we will continue connecting destinations where fares have been too high for too long.’

Stewart Wingate, CEO at Gatwick Airport said: ‘Norwegian has raised the bar by introducing the world’s longest low-cost long-haul route between Gatwick and Singapore.

‘Singapore is one of the world’s premier destinations and is a significant addition to Gatwick’s 60-strong long-haul route network. Services in both directions are likely to be very popular, both with tourists and business travellers flying between two of the world’s top financial centres.

‘It’s such an exciting time for Gatwick as airlines like Norwegian continue the low-cost long-haul revolution and I’m already looking forward to hearing about the next new destination.’

Norwegian’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners provides passengers with personal 11-inch seat back screens. All seats are equipped with USB ports for charging personal electronic devices. Premium passengers also benefit from cradle seating offering more than a metre of legroom and free lounge access at Gatwick Airport from £699.90 one way, the airline said.

TripAdvisor offers brave travellers Halloween night at The London Dungeon

TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest online provider of tours, activities and attractions, has launched a ‘Sweet Screams’ sweepstakes in partnership with The London Dungeon, offering one lucky winner and three friends or family members the chance to stay overnight in the Dungeon on October 31, 2017 for the ultimate Halloween experience.

Besides the overnight stay at The London Dungeon, the sweepstakes winners will receive a round-trip flight to London, as well three nights in a TripAdvisor top-rated London hotel.

‘TripAdvisor is all about getting under the skin of top bookable attractions, and this exclusive, truly unforgettable experience will make sure four brave souls have their most memorable Halloween ever,’ said Hayley Coleman, media relations manager for TripAdvisor.

‘The London Dungeon is the home of Halloween and the winners will have the chance to experience a sleepover like no other,’ said Steve Blackburn, General Manager, The London Dungeon. ‘This is a once in a lifetime chance as they will be spending the night inside our limited run show the ‘Death Express.’ The question is, are they brave enough to take on the challenge?’

The London Dungeon brings together actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides to recreate London’s various gory and ghoulish historical events. The TripAdvisor sweepstakes winners will be taken back to London’s most terrifying past where they will experience the chilling ‘bad old days’ as they are brought to life.

The Death Express is a limited run show telling the story of the Necropolis railway. It runs from the October 5 until November 5. Tickets prices on the door are available for GBP30.00 (adult), GBP24.00 (children), and may be booked in advance online saving up to 30 percent.

The Sweet Screams sweepstakes is open to participants in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France and Canada, and will run from September 25, 2017 at 12:01 AM EDT through October 10, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT. The winner will be selected on October 11, 2017. Participants must be at least 18 years-of-age and their three friends or family members must be at least 12 years-of-age.

There are Dungeons located in London, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Blackpool, Edinburgh, Warwick Castle and York. Each dungeon will offer up a unique experience adapted to the unique history of each location, TripAdvisor said in a release.

Norwegian introduces new nonstop service between Denver and London Gatwick

Norwegian has launched nonstop flights between Denver International Airport (DEN) and London Gatwick, offering a low-cost option for passengers travelling between Denver and London.

Norwegian’s new service to London Gatwick will operate twice a week, on Saturdays and Tuesdays, until October 28. The service will then increase to three times a week, with an additional flight on Thursdays starting on November 2. The flight will arrive in Denver at 12:40 pm and depart Denver at 2:40 p.m. It will operate using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with 344 seats, making it the second carrier at Denver International Airport to operate this aircraft.

London is Denver International’s largest long-haul market and second-largest international market after Cancun, Mexico. Currently, nearly 400 people travel between Denver and London in a day, and the market demand has grown by 33 percent since 2013, DEN said in a release.

‘It is an exciting day for DEN as we celebrate not only a new flight, but a new airline partner who is helping us expand our global reach,’ said airport CEO Kim Day. ‘Norwegian’s unique transatlantic business model will lower fares for Denver travellers, leading to more opportunities to explore the world.’

Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s chief commercial officer, added: ‘We are very excited to continue our expansion in the U.S. and add Denver to our ever-growing route network. We know Coloradans are asking for more affordable flights to Europe, and at the same time, both Denver and Colorado are highly attractive for European business and leisure travellers alike, bringing thousands of visitors to the state. And this is only the beginning for us here in Denver, as we will increase service this November, and in April next year we will also add a nonstop flight to Paris, not only making flying to Europe more affordable than ever, but with award-winning service onboard one of the world’s youngest aircraft fleets.’

With the addition of Norwegian, Denver International Airport has 25 airlines operating at the airport including 10 foreign-flag carriers that provide service to 26 international destinations in 11 countries, and more than 190 total nonstop destinations, the airport noted.

Gardens, zoos among favourites for visitors in England

Gardens and zoos registered the highest growth in visitors to attractions last year, according to a recent survey published by VisitEngland.

The Annual Attractions Survey found that historic houses and castles reported a seven percent increase in visitor numbers, and country parks a four percent increase. Outdoor attractions performed particularly well, with gardens and zoos showing growth of eight percent.

The survey was conducted by BDRC-Continental and gathered information from more than 1,500 English visitor attractions. Similar to VisitEngland’s Great Britain Tourism Survey results, coastal and rural attractions experienced strong growth of four percent and five percent respectively.

Tourism Minister John Glen said: ‘We have an amazing range of world-class attractions in England that draw in millions of visitors every year. Whether it is our unique historic buildings, internationally important museums or stunning gardens, there is a huge amount to see and do.

‘Ensuring that all parts of the country benefit from our tourism industry is a key government priority so it is fantastic to see such growth across the regions.’

VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe added, ‘There are so many outstanding attractions offering year-round experiences throughout the country and it’s great to see Brits enjoyed 2016’s ‘Year of the English Garden’. Attractions are a much loved and valuable part of the tourism landscape, adding colour and variety to the visitor experience and encouraging people to get out and explore, driving the value of tourism across the regions.’

The British Museum was the most visited free attraction in England in 2016, for the ninth consecutive year, with nearly 6.5 million visitors. This was followed by the National Gallery which had more than 6.2 million visitors. Among the paid for locations, the Tower of London topped the list for the eight consecutive year, with 2.7 million visitors, and Chester Zoo registered its highest ever ranking – second place, with nearly 1.9 million visitors.

According to the latest VisitEngland figures, for the first four months of 2017, Brits took a record 11.4 million holiday trips in England.