easyJet to operate three new routes from Belfast in winter

easyJet is planning to commence flight services on three new routes – Fuerteventura, Prague and Salzburg – from Belfast for this winter, according to a report by Irish News.

easyJet’s new service to Fuerteventura will commence on October 31, 2018. Flights will operate on an A320 aircraft twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with fares starting from £26.70 one way per person. The new flights to Prague will commence on October 29, 2018, and will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays on an A319 aircraft, with fares starting from £24.68 one way per person. The new flights to Salzburg start on December 13, 2018. They will operate twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays on an A320 aircraft with fares starting from £24.68 one way per person. The new services will go on sale from July 12, 2018.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘As Northern Ireland’s largest airline we are pleased to further strengthen our network at Belfast with these three new routes which we believe will prove popular additions to our existing network.

‘We have operated flights to and from Belfast International Airport for over eighteen years and remain committed to expansion at the Airport. In support of this, last month we based an additional aircraft at the airport enabling us to deliver long term, sustainable growth and provide passengers with a greater range of destinations, all with low fares and great service.’

In June, easyJet has announced the expansion of its Belfast base with the addition of a third A320 aircraft – its sixth aircraft – to be positioned at the airline’s Northern Ireland base. Alongside the expansion, easyJet had also announced the launch of new routes to join easyJet’s Belfast network with first flights to the Isle of Man, Venice Naples and Valencia.

The airline currently operates up to 624 flights a week across 32 routes and eight percent more flights compared to summer 2017.

Eurowings announces new route to Salzburg from Birmingham

German low-cost carrier Eurowings has announced that it will launch another new route from Birmingham to Salzburg in December.

The announcement comes after the airline launched its inaugural Birmingham-Vienna service. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music, the Austrian city of Salzburg is located on the Salzach River. The city offers visitors arts scene, a strong classical music tradition, beautiful parks and quiet side streets.

Eurowings already operates services to Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Vienna from Birminghan. The new Salzburg flight will operate twice weekly – Wednesday and Saturday – from December 9, serving the ski community and city breakers.

On Wednesdays, Eurowings Salzburg flight will arrive from Salzburg at 0900 hours and depart Birmingham at 0940 hours. On Saturdays, the flight will arrive from Salzburg at 1305 hours and depart Birmingham at 1345 hours. All services are planned with an A320 aircraft configured to 174 seats, and tickets can be booked at https://www.eurowings.com.

William Pearson, Aviation Director for Birmingham Airport, said: ‘It’s fantastic to see Eurowings expanding its list of routes from Birmingham Airport so rapidly.

‘Salzburg is a great ski destination but also a great city break city which we are sure will make this route very popular indeed with our passengers all year round.’

Ivan Orec, Network Development & Airport Relations Manager for Eurowings said: ‘We are pleased to add a new Salzburg route to our Birmingham schedule, which will operate twice weekly, every Wednesday and Saturday, starting from the beginning of December.

‘We are also looking forward to bringing more ski passengers to Salzburg and offer them free of charge transport of their ski equipment.’

BA announces winter 2013 schedule, more frequent services to hot-spots

British Airways (BA), the UK’s national carrier, has announced its winter 2013 schedule, which is set to start this weekend, October 26.

BA’s winter schedule will include a new winter sun route and increased services to a range of destinations. The airline will launch weekly flights from Heathrow to Gran Canaria from October 26.

British Airways Holidays packages to the island include seven nights at the Club Maspalomas Bungalows from £299 per person for travel in January, including return flights from Heathrow and accommodation on a self-catering basis. Alternatively, holidaymakers can choose seven nights at the Paradise Lago Taurito Hotel from £459 per person for travel in January, including return flights from Heathrow and accommodation on an all-inclusive basis. Seven nights at the Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort is also available from £589 per person for travel in January, including return flights from Heathrow and accommodation only.

Lynne Embleton, director of strategy, said: ‘Gran Canaria is a fantastic destination for holidaymakers, especially families, with over a half a million people from Britain visiting every year.

‘We’ve had a really positive response to the destination since it went on sale, which we attribute to great prices on our British Airways holidays and the fact this is the only direct flight from Heathrow to the island.’

In comparison with the summer 2013 schedule, the airline’s winter schedule also includes increased services from Heathrow to Chennai, from 5 to 6 per week, Seattle, from 7 to 10 services per week, Miami from 14 to 18 per week, Rio de Janeiro from 6 to seven per week, Mexico City from 3 to 4 per week, Tripoli from 3 to 4 per week and Freetown from 3 to 4 per week.

Gatwick will also have increased services to Marrakech, from 7 to 10 per week, and Salzburg, from 4 to 8 per week.