Flybe announces 2019 summer schedule from Norwich Airport

Flybe, the UK-based European regional airline, has announced that it will continue its two sun routes to Alicante and Malaga for 2019 summer, together with four fights a week to Exeter.

The new services will be available for booking from Thursday, August 16, 2018. The routes will operate for the entire period of the summer schedule between March 31 and Saturday October 26, 2019 but are currently only available for travel through to June 16, 2019.

These three routes will join the existing Saturday service to Jersey that is already on sale, available for travel next summer. Flybe’s 2019 summer routes from Norwich include services to Alicante on Tuesdays and Fridays; Exeter on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with a scheduled journey time of 75 minutes; weekly services to Jersey on Saturdays and to Malaga on Mondays and Thursdays.

Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer commented: ‘We look forward to welcoming many new customers on board next summer and hope that by putting these flights on sale now it will allow them the opportunity to plan their next summer travel early to take advantage of the lowest possible fares.’

Richard Pace, Managing Director of Norwich Airport, said: ‘This is great news as it gives our customers the opportunity to plan ahead, book early and benefit from great fares on these extremely popular Alicante and Malaga sun routes which have gone from strength to strength since launch in 2016.’

Full details of Flybe’s 2019 Summer schedule are available at www.flybe.com, Norwich Airport said in a release.

Ryanair commences new services from Aberdeen, new Bristol-Cologne route for winter

Irish low fares airline Ryanair has commenced its first flight to Malaga from Aberdeen International Airport on February 8, 2017.

The new year-round service to the popular Spanish destination will operate twice-weekly from Aberdeen. Ryanair also said that a second new route to Alicante will commence on February 9, 2017.

Carol Benzie, Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport, said: ‘We’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Ryanair to the airport since we announced these fantastic new routes last July and I’m delighted to welcome the airline back to the North-east after a six-year hiatus.

‘These routes are particularly exciting for us, as Alicante and Malaga were the two most requested destinations in a leisure survey we carried out with the local community early last year. It’s brilliant to know that Aberdeen holidaymakers can now easily reach their favourite destinations direct from their local airport, without the inconvenience of long car journeys or multiple flights. Furthermore, with two flights to Alicante and Malaga per week, passengers have the choice of either a quick, three-day getaway or a longer break in the sun.’

In addition to the new routes launching this week, Ryanair is planning to extend its Aberdeen schedule in May by introducing year-round flights to Faro in Portugal’s Algarve region.

Robin Kiely, Ryanair’s Head of Communications, said: ‘We are pleased to return to Aberdeen and launch our new routes to Alicante and Malaga, with Faro set to follow in May, and our low fare routes will deliver 75,000 customers through Aberdeen Airport this year.’

Separately, the Irish airline announced that it will commence a new winter route from Bristol to Cologne, with a four times weekly service, as part of its Bristol winter 2017 schedule.

Ryanair celebrated the new Bristol – Cologne route by releasing seats across its European network for sale at prices starting from EUR9.99. These low fare seats are available for booking on the Ryanair.com website until midnight of February 13, 2017.

Norwich Airport announces winter programme with new Flybe schedule

Norwich Airport has added new holiday routes for Winter 2016 with new flights to Malaga and Alicante, plus a new ski flight to Chambery in the French Alps, all of which will be operated by Flybe, the UK-based low-fares airline.

Effective for travel from October 31, Flybe’s new winter schedule at Norwich will see the addition of two scheduled flights a week to both Alicante and Malaga, with a new Saturday service to Chambery commencing mid-December. The new routes are in addition to its recently launched Exeter service through the winter months.

The Chambery link will be the first winter ski flight from Norwich since 2010, adding to the list of holiday destinations. Norwich has also re-launched scheduled sunshine flights to Spain at Easter, following a nine-year absence.

Richard Pace, General Manager at Norwich Airport, said: ‘The partnership between RCA and Flybe means the new sunshine routes will operate year-round and we are delighted to be adding the popular ski resort of Chambery to our winter schedule.

‘With the addition of regular flights to Exeter, Norwich Airport is offering one of its best winter schedules for years.’

Flybe’s chief revenue officer, Vincent Hodder added: ‘Together with our partners at Norwich, Flybe will continue to look at ways to provide an increasing selection of attractive routes for our regional customers.

The diversity of our new winter schedule reinforces this commitment; and we look forward to welcoming many new passengers on board as they head off for winter sun and ski breaks, as well as those who are already enjoying the fast, easy convenience of our recently introduced services to Exeter. As the lowest possible fares sell out quickly, we would advise customers to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment, especially when looking to travel over peak holiday periods.’

The new flights are operated by one of Flybe’s E195 118-seater jet aircraft. Tickets are on sale now at www.flybe.com with one way fares from GBP17.49 including taxes and charges.

Norwich Airport offers direct scheduled flights to Amsterdam (with onward connections to over 600 destinations worldwide), Aberdeen, Alicante, Edinburgh, Exeter, Guernsey, Jersey, Malaga and Manchester. Connections through Manchester enable passengers to reach Belfast, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Inverness, among several other destinations. Holiday flights are also offered to the Balearic and Canary Islands, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria and Italy.

Finnair Announces Additional Flights for Easter

Finnair, a Finland-based airline, has announced additional flights to continental Europe for the Easter holidays.

The airline is offering extra flights from March 22 to April 2, 2013, to several European destinations. Around 30 extra flights are planned to meet the heavy demand for city breaks. Most of the additional flights are scheduled for destinations in Spain, with eight flights to Malaga, seven to Barcelona and four to Madrid.

The airline is also offering five additional flights to Amsterdam during the period, as well as extra connections to Nice, Krakow, Ljubljana and Dubrovnik. The airline is planning to operate its fleet of Airbus 319 and 321 aircraft for the service.

The airline had previously announced new destinations and frequencies for the summer season from March 31 to October 26, 2013. The new flight destinations include Antalya in Turkey, Tel Aviv in Israel, and Palma de Mallorca in Spain. The airline is also expanding its services to Malaga, Barcelona and Madrid, in Spain.

From June 5, 2013, flights to Palma de Mallorca will be offered twice a week, and will be connected to domestic, Baltic and flights to St Petersburg, in Russia.

The new summer connections to Asia include three flights per week to Hanoi, in Vietnam, from June 15, 2013, and three flights per week to Xi’an, in China, from June 14, 2013.

Other summer schedule additions include four weekly flights to Dubrovnik, Ljubljana and Krakow, more than the number offered last year.

Barrhead Travel Announces Summer Charter Flights from Glasgow

Barrhead Travel, a UK based holiday company, will be operating charter flights from Glasgow Airport, in Scotland, to a number of popular holiday destinations next summer.

The company intends to charter flights to Palma, Malaga, Alicante, Barcelona and Venice, offering a total of around 20,000 seats, between the May and October period in 2013.

The company has reported that seats are currently available on sale with a range of choices, including flight only reservations, as part of a traditional holiday package, or as a connection to cruise departure points in the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas.

Barrhead Travel is offering its charter flights with British Airways aircraft, with amenities that include more legroom for passengers and more luggage allowance.

Sharon Munro, the chief executive officer of Barrhead Travel, said, ‘We strive to give our customers greater choice and value and chartering more flights during the summer months to some of our most popular destinations and cruise ships enables us to give them the best prices possible.

2013 will see our most ambitious flight programme to date, including new routes from Aberdeen to Barcelona, Glasgow to Alicante and three flights per week due to public demand from Glasgow to Palma. The flights will give our agents more flexibility to tailor cost effective holiday options or are available for customers to book directly online.’

Amanda McMillan, the managing director of Glasgow Airport, said, ‘Barrhead Travel has always proved a popular choice for Scottish holidaymakers and we have worked closely with them over the last three summers to ensure their flight programme from Glasgow Airport has been successful.

It is great news for Scottish holidaymakers that Barrhead has expanded its Glasgow Airport programme every year since it began in 2010. With five popular destinations in 2013, we are confident that our partnership is on course for another successful summer.’

Tourist Mecca Marbella threatened by wildfires

Wildfires that have been ravaging the Spanish Costa del Sol are now threatening the popular tourist resort of Marbella.

The blaze began on Thursday afternoon at Coin, near the  tourist destination of Malaga, but soon spread to threaten other towns along the holiday coastline. Evacuations have been widespread, with 3,300 people fleeing the town of Ojen alone. Malaga is the latest town to issue evacuation advice, with holidaymakers prepared to leave villas and hotels at the resort’s busiest time of the year.

These mainland wildfires come in the wake of previous fires on the Spanish-owned Canary Islands of La Gomera and Tenerife, and others near the Pyrenees Mountains in Spain’s northern province of Catalonia. An exceptionally dry and hot summer that has left foliage tinder dry is being blamed for the spate of blazes in the country.

Hundreds of fire fighters have been called into the area and reports also suggest that 17 fire-fighting aircraft are being used to tackle the blaze. However, wind direction is likely to be the biggest contributor in the on-going battle, with the hopes that a sudden change could divert the flames in a less critical direction.

According to Spanish authorities, two people have suffered serious burns, and there has been significant damage to property in the area.

Figures are not yet available on how many British holidaymakers are in the area, but as it is a long time favourite with holidaymakers from the UK, and as this is a peak holiday time, numbers are likely to be considerable. The Costa del Sol is also home to a sizeable community of British ex-pats.

 

Spain deemed ‘uncool’ by young travellers

 For the last 40 years Spain has been the holiday destination for us Brits, but now young British travellers see the country as ‘uncool’.

 

A new report has revealed that under-30s don’t want to spend their time abroad in the Spanish Costas, following in their parents’ footsteps.

 

Spain has been likened to iconic brand Microsoft, which is seeing competition from Apple. The Spanish Tourist Office believes that up and coming resorts in Europe are challenging the once-popular destination.

 

Enrique Ruiz de Lera the new director of the Spanish Tourist Office in the UK said: “The younger generation of travellers is just as likely to holiday in Turkey and Croatia as in Spain”.

 

He admitted that Spain faced significant challenges, and was seeking to learn solutions from major consumer brand experiences.

 

“These destinations are competing hard. They have excellent products and they have learnt from our mistakes. We need to refresh our brand”.

 

Mr Ruiz de Lera admitted to trade magazine Travel Weekly that young people see Spain as ‘uncool’, in the same way that under-30s don’t want to buy Levi jeans because their parents wear them.

 

Spain is planning to work with music channel MTV to supply branded content as part of a drive to encourage younger travellers to visit its shores.

 

The Tourist Office also want to encourage visitors to see different parts of Spain during their beach break.

 

Mr Ruiz de Lera added “A visitor to the Costa del Sol can add on a few days in Malaga, for example”.

 

Article by Charlotte Greenhalgh