TUI commences flights and holidays to Italy, Croatia and Hurghada from Cardiff Airport

TUI, the UK- based holiday company, has commenced its first flights to three new holiday destinations from Cardiff Airport for summer 2019.

TUI has launched its flight services from Cardiff to Naples (Italy), Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Hurghada (Egypt). As a key regional base for TUI, holidaymakers now have over 90,000 additional seats and three new routes to choose from when booking their summer holiday.

Flights to Naples will support the new homeport for the cruise ship Marella Explorer 2, which will sail to European holiday destinations including Venice, Rome and Dubrovnik. Flights to Dubrovnik will offer customers the chance to enjoy a holiday on land or join Marella Celebration for the ‘Adriatic Affair’ itinerary which includes Croatia, Italy and Slovenia.

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for TUI UK & Ireland, said: ‘It is great to see our customers heading off on their holidays to our new summer holiday destinations. These three new flight routes open up new holiday opportunities for customers flying from the Welsh capital. In total we have increased our capacity this summer at Cardiff Airport by over 90,000 seats, offering holidaymakers even more choice and flexibility than ever before.’

Deb Barber, CEO at Cardiff Airport added: ‘We are delighted that TUI have added three fantastic destinations to their schedule, offering our customers even more choice when booking their getaway. Naples, Dubrovnik and Hurghada are fantastic new routes for sun-seekers and cruise-lovers alike, and the addition of seats including extra flights to Greece and the Balearics shows TUI’s commitment to increasing the choice for passengers flying from Cardiff Airport.’

With the new services, TUI also offers customers its brand experience with Egypt, Croatia and the Sorrento region being home to their own TUI Sensimar hotels; the 4T TUI Sensimar Makadi Gardens, Hurghada, the 4TPlus TUI Sensimar Kalamota Island Resort, Kolocep and the 4T TUI Sensimar Atlantic Palace, Sorrento.

In total, for summer 2019, holidaymakers will have 25 destinations to choose from when booking their holidays from Cardiff Airport, giving more choice of destinations and hotel concepts that TUI offers.

TUI UK announces new winter routes from Bristol Airport

TUI UK, one of the UK’s leading holiday companies, has announced the launch of its winter programme at Bristol airport with new weekly routes to Keflavik, Dalaman and Naples and additional flights to Tenerife for the 2019 season.

Available for booking now, the winter 2019 programme will offer holidaymakers more choice and flexibility, with an increased capacity of nearly 8,000 additional seats at Bristol Airport. Customers will also have the option of 10- and 11- night holidays to Malaga in Spain and Palma in Majorca at the end season of next winter. There will also be an additional day added to the flight programme for flights from Bristol airport to Tenerife.

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with the continued expansion of TUI’s services from Bristol Airport which sees holidays and flights on sale into the next decade from the largest airport in the South West and Wales region of the UK. The new services to Memmingham and Toulouse will be particularly welcomed by Winter sports enthusiasts and the extended long-haul service to Cancun will provide the opportunity to enjoy the sun during the Winter season. In addition, TUI will deploy a third based short haul aircraft during the Winter providing additional capacity to destinations such as Tenerife, Naples and Dalaman.’

TUI UK’s Director of Aviation Planning Karen Switzer said: ‘Adding more choice and flexibility for the winter 2019 season demonstrates our commitment to Bristol Airport and the local area, as we continue to focus on expanding access to our amazing range of holidays through an extended flying programming concentrated on the core destinations that we know our customers want to visit.’

This is the first time that TUI will also be selling summer 2020 holidays from early November – the earliest the tour operator has sold a summer programme. TUI customers will also be offered free kids places and offers on all of the TUI favourite hotel concepts including Family Life, Sensatori, Splashworld, Holiday Village and Suneo Club.

easyJet announces four new routes from Belfast

easyJet, one of Europe’s leading airlines, has announced the launch of four new routes on its Belfast network, with flights to the Isle of Man and Venice launched on June 22, followed by flights to Naples and Valencia on June 23, 2018.

The new easyJet flights to the Isle of Man will operate twice a week throughout the year, with fares starting from £22.66; flights to Venice will operate twice a week throughout the year, with fares starting from £27.71; flights to Naples will operate twice a week throughout the summer season, with fares starting from £18.70; and the flights to Valencia will operate twice a week throughout the summer season, with fares starting from £26.70. The fares are all one-way, including taxes and based on two people on the same booking.

easyJet also announced the expansion at its Belfast base, with the addition of a third A320 aircraft – the sixth aircraft it has at its Northern Ireland base. The 186-seat aircraft will remain based in Belfast throughout the year and joins three 156-seat Airbus A319 and two 186-seat A320 aircraft. With the introduction of the new routes, easyJet now operates up to 624 flights a week across 32 routes, with eight percent more flights compared to summer 2017.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating further expansion at Belfast Airport. The addition of another aircraft and even more routes will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth at the base providing passengers with a greater range of destinations, all with low fares and great service.

‘Our ongoing growth demonstrates the airline’s long-term commitment to Northern Ireland, and with fares as low as GBP18.70*, that’s 37% cheaper than when we launched our first route for GBP29.99 from Belfast over 18 years ago. easyJet is the largest airline in Northern Ireland and we are proud to have carried over 55 million passengers in that time.’

Graham Keddie, Managing Director at Belfast International Airport, said: ‘Belfast International Airport welcomes the new easyJet routes to Naples, Venice, Valencia and the Isle of Man. The addition of a sixth easyJet aircraft to the five already based at the airport is a huge boost. In a year that we expect will be record-breaking for the airport, this enhances our route offering for passengers and also shows the value that easyJet places upon its operation at Belfast International Airport and the importance of the Northern Ireland market.’

easyJet announces sale of summer 2018 flights at Bristol

easyJet, a UK-based European regional airline, has launched the sale of flights for summer 2018, with a number of flights from Bristol available for booking until September 2, 2018.

easyJet is set to operate over 6,500 flights to and from Bristol between June 25, 2018 and September 2, 2018. The airline has also announced over 19,286,556 seats for booking across the entire easyJet network, with early booking offers.

At Bristol, the easyJet routes on offer include Bristol to Cyprus Paphos from £46.49; Bristol to Faro from £28.49; Bristol to Barcelona from £28.49 and Bristol to Naples from £33.49, among others. Fares are per person, one way, based on two people travelling on the same booking.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said: ‘We’re really pleased to be putting our summer flights from Bristol Airport on sale for our passengers today, allowing them to book early and take advantage of our lowest fares to great summer destinations.

‘easyJet is the UK’s leading airline and we have been committed to Bristol airport for over 15 years. We are proud to have carried more than 45.1 million passengers in that time.’

easyJet operates 64 routes from Bristol airport, offering up to 656 flights per week. The airline is proud to offer passengers with low-fared flights and friendly customer service.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘This is a great opportunity for passengers in the region to think ahead and book their summer flights.

‘Summer 2018 will provide even more choice and options of flights from Bristol Airport whether it is for a weekend city break or an exciting holiday destination.

‘The route network will also support our ongoing efforts to grow inbound tourism to the South West and Wales, and we look forward to working with easyJet as well as our partners in the tourism industry to promote the fantastic attractions of the region to an even wider audience.’

Naples Depot Museum offers old world charm for motor lovers

The Naples Depot Museum at 1051 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, US, is offering old world charm for motor lovers with its focus on automobiles that have evolved over the years.

Open from 9AM to 5PM local time, Monday to Friday, and 9AM to 4PM on Saturdays, the museum is offering free services to visitors. It opened in January 2011 in a building that evokes Spanish old-world style, having once served as the Seaboard Air Line Railway station.

Inside the museum, visitors come face-to-face with the history of the city’s transportation developments over the years. For example, the development of rail travel in the city as described by the museum is interesting, since according to available records, railway services were launched in the city in 1926, when the Seaboard and Atlantic Coast Line Railroad arrived in Naples within 10 days of each other. The city, that was then home to 300 residents, was considered to have potential to become a transportation hub. The museum now provides light and sound shows to showcase how old-world rail travel would have looked and felt to passengers.

The museum has been well received by locals, and records show that nearly 30,000 guests have toured the free museum in its first nine months.

The exhibition room has diverse exhibits. There is information about the Naples Air Service, the Bon Temps boat, and Frank’s Garage that was built in 1922 as the first commercial building on Fifth Avenue. There are also shiny vintage cars on display, while an art gallery was recently equipped to display nature photography.

The museum holds annual antique car shows in March, and is now preparing for a show on Veterans Day.