Iberia Express resumes Cardiff to Madrid route

Cardiff Airport has announced that Spanish low-cost airline Iberia Express has resumed its direct flights between Cardiff and Madrid.

Starting from June 14 until September 21, the airline will operate twice a week, every Thursday and Sunday. The addition of this route to Iberia Express’ 2018 summer programme for the second year comes after its success last summer both in the UK and Spain, offering passengers more onward connections from Madrid’s Barajas airport.

Trevor Martin, Chief Commercial Officer of Iberia Express said: ‘We are very pleased to be starting our service on the Cardiff-Madrid route today and hope that our customers are as thrilled with its return for a second year. We will continue to offer our fantastic service on board and value for money to one of Europe’s most vibrant capital cities. We look forward to welcoming our customers on board.’

Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, added: ‘Iberia Express came to Cardiff as a new airline partner last summer with an exciting new route to a capital city airport which is also a busy hub for connecting passengers. After positive feedback we’re really pleased that the airline has returned for a second year of flying passengers from Wales to the Spanish capital, and onwards to key destinations across South America.’

On Thursdays, the flight will depart from Cardiff at 18.35, arriving at Madrid by 21.50; and on return, leave Madrid by 16:55 and arrive at Cardiff by 18.05. On Sundays, the flight will depart from Cardiff at 10.25, arriving at Madrid by 13.40; and on return, leave Madrid by 08.45 and arrive at Cardiff by 09.50. Tickets for this seasonal route are available at iberiaexpress.com as well as via other Iberia Group sales channels, with prices starting from £42 each way when purchasing a round trip, Cardiff Airport said.

The direct flight to the Madrid hub will create options for travellers from Wales’ national airport to fly onward to South America.

Jet2.com announces more sun routes for winter 2018/19 from Glasgow Airport

The UK-based flight and holiday company Jet2.com has announced the addition of more flights and holidays from Glasgow Airport to sun destinations such as the Canary Islands, Spain and Portugal for winter 18/19, with over 20,000 additional seats on sale.

The company has announced that 11 additional flights to the Canary Islands will go on sale for the next Christmas and New Year period. The extra services are to popular sun destinations such as Tenerife, Lanzarote, Alicante, Majorca and Faro.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘This is great news for holidaymakers looking for some winter sun out of Glasgow Airport, particularly over Christmas and New Year. The strong demand for our award winning flights and great value package holidays means we are totally committed to growing our operation at Glasgow Airport, and this announcement today shows that.’

The additional flights and holidays include two additional services to Tenerife on December 27 and December 31, as well as extra weekly services in March/April; and three additional Wednesday services to Gran Canaria over the Christmas holidays and New Year, on December 19, December 26 and January 2, 2019. Jet2.com will also operate three additional Friday services to Fuerteventura on December 21 and December 28 and January 4, 2019.

In addition, Jet2.com has added a second daily service to Lanzarote on Sundays over the Christmas holidays and New Year period on December 23, December 30 and January 6.

For the first time, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will add six services to Malaga from Glasgow with the addition of six services on December 21, December 23, 28, and 30 and on January 4 and 6. The company is also offering additional services on Mondays and Fridays from February 8.

Further, Jet2 is offering additional Monday services to Alicante starting February 4, taking the total to five weekly services during winter; additional Sunday services from March to Majorca, taking it three weekly services during this period; two additional weekly services to Barcelona on Thursdays and Sundays in January offering year-round service from Glasgow and two additional services to Faro in late-November.

All tickets are available to book at www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com, the company said.

Primera Air to commence direct services to US, Canada, Spain from Birmingham Airport

Icelandic leisure airline Primera Air has announced plans to launch direct low-cost services from Birmingham Airport to New York, Toronto, Malaga, Barcelona, Palma and Crete, effective from May.

The airline will commence its services on May 14 to Malaga and Palma, with New York launching on the May 18 and Toronto on June 23. Crete will start on July 30 and Barcelona on October 1. Flights will operate to New York four times weekly and to Toronto three times per week. Malaga, Palma and Barcelona will operate daily and Crete each Monday. New York and Toronto fares start from £149.00 (one way, all taxes included). Malaga, Palma and Barcelona start from £35 and Crete from £54. Tickets are available on sale via www.primeraair.co.uk, the airport said in a release.

Anastasija Visnakova, Chief Commercial Officer, for Primera Air, said, ‘We are proud and excited to place Birmingham on our route map for 2018. With two transatlantic and four short-haul destinations we are opening our operations here and looking forward to further development of this Primera Air base.

‘This is an important first step for us and significant development for Birmingham Airport and region. With the technology that our brand new fleet offers expensive transatlantic travel becomes a thing of history’.

Chairman of Birmingham Airport, Tim Clarke, said, ‘Primera has seen the enormous opportunities available in the Midlands thanks to its strong trading and cultural links with the US and Canada, and the leisure travellers’ desire to escape to warmer Mediterranean climes.

‘Primera is able to offer low fares due to its brand new fuel efficient Airbus A321 Neos which means that these services are accessible to all pockets – whether travelling on holiday, visiting loved ones or flying for business.’

The airline, which launched its new base in Birmingham recently, will operate brand new Airbus A321 Neos, configured with 16 premium economy seats and 182 economy seats. The new-generation aircraft allows airlines like Primera to fly on routes usually served by wide-body jets. Passengers can also use Wi-Fi on board and the aircraft has full charging facilities for their devices.

Super Break announces new service to Seville for Welsh holidaymakers

Super Break has announced the launch of a new route from Cardiff Airport to Seville in 2018, offering Welsh holidaymakers a chance to experience the Spanish city of Andalucia, according to a release by Cardiff Airport.

The new chartered service by Super Break will be the first direct flight from Cardiff Airport to Seville, and is Super Break’s second chartered flight service from Cardiff Airport following the launch of a Northern Iceland service that went on sale earlier this year.

Starting from £629 per person, the Seville Super Break will depart on March 26, 2018. The break will include four nights’ accommodation at a four-star hotel with breakfast, one full day excursion to Jerez and Cadiz, complimentary entry to many of Seville’s key attractions, 48-hour hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus ticket, and transfers.

Travellers can also choose to add a guided tour of Moorish Granada, or an evening of authentic flamenco and tapas.

Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport commented: ‘This exciting and unique package is the second and very welcome announcement made by the Super Break recently. It’s great to see the popular tour operator tailoring packages for our customers offered at convenient times.

The Easter break is an ideal time of year to explore and experience everything this stunning Andalusian region is known around the world for. We look forward to more exciting announcements from Super Break in future.’

Katherine Scott from Super Break added: ‘At Super Break we take pride in providing travel experiences out of the ordinary, and this new break to Andalusia means that customers can go straight to the heart of Spanish culture that is Seville and Andalusia. We’ve also made sure there are plenty of experiences included in the price so that our customers can get the most out of their tailored trip. The traditions, cuisine and culture of this beautiful region really does mean holidaymakers can have it all.’

The £629 per person price is based on five days’ in Seville, including accommodation at the four-star AC Hotel Sevilla Forum Hotel with breakfast, a full-day excursion to Jerez and Cadiz, a city sightseeing tour of Seville, plus return flights from Cardiff Airport, the airport said. Tickets are available to book at http://www.superbreak.com/, it added.

Monarch announces last minute package deals to Europe’s best beaches

Monarch, an UK-based travel and holiday company, has announced package deals from major UK airports to a number of top Spanish beach destinations for holidaymakers and families looking for a summer holiday.

The announcement comes after a Twitter poll by Monarch revealed that Spanish beaches were rated as the best beaches in Europe. Nearly 35 percent of voters said that Spanish beaches were the finest in Europe – more attractive than the sandy shores of Portugal and Greece. The Twitter poll was conducted with 1,145 Monarch followers this month.

Monarch’s last minute package deals start from £495 per person for seven night holidays and £209 per person for two-night holidays, available for travel later this month and early September. The UK-based holiday company is offering:

A seven night holiday to Costa del Sol with rates starting from £545 per person with return flights and seven nights half board accommodation based on two adults sharing a twin or double room. The flight will depart Manchester on August 30 with stay arranged at the four star Almunecar Playa Spa Hotel.

A seven night package deal to Costa Almeria from £385 per person with return flights and seven nights bed and breakfast accommodation based on two adults sharing a double room. Flights will depart Manchester on August 29, with stay at the four star Cabo de Gata Hotel.

A seven night holiday to Lanzarote from £535 per person with return flights and seven nights half board accommodation based on two adults sharing a twin room. The flight will depart London Gatwick on September 25 with stay at the four star VIK Hotel San Antonio.

A seven night holiday at Tenerife from £529 per person with return flights and seven nights half board accommodation based on two adults sharing a twin room. The flight will depart Manchester on September 6, with stay arranged at the four-star Tigotan Hotel.

A six night holiday to Majorca from £655 per person with return flights and six nights half board accommodation based on two adults and two children sharing a suite. The flight will depart London Gatwick on August 23 with accomodation arranged at four-star Puerto Azul Suite Hotel.

A two night holiday to Valencia from £209 per person with return flights and two-nights bed and breakfast accommodation based on two adults sharing a twin or double room. Flights will depart Birmingham on August 24 with stay arranged at the four star SH Florazar Hotel.

In addition, Monarch is offering thousands of seats at £30, to a selection of sun and city break destinations. £30 flights include a number of Spanish destinations in Majorca and Alicante, the airline added.

Monarch announces new flights from Birmingham Airport for summer 2017

Budget airline and holiday company, Monarch has announced the addition of four new routes – Split in Croatia, Valencia in Spain, Naples in Italy and Rhodes in Greece – to its network from Birmingham Airport for summer 2017.

With the move, Monarch will be the only airline flying to both Split and Valencia from Birmingham Airport. While Split and Valencia are new destinations added to the Monarch network for summer 2017, Naples and Rhodes are already on the Monarch network but new to Birmingham Airport for summer 2017.

The Birmingham – Split route will operate twice weekly on Tuesday & Sundays, starting June 25, 2017 with fares starting from £39 one way. The Birmingham – Valencia route will operate twice weekly on Saturdays and Thursdays, starting June 22, 2017 with fares starting from £39 one way. The new Birmingham – Naples route will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays, starting June 23, 2017, also with fares starting from £39 one way. And the Birmingham – Rhodes route will operate weekly once on Wednesdays with fares starting from £69 one way, starting June 21, 2017. Flights are available to book at www.monarch.co.uk .

Marjan Schoeke, Monarch’s head of Network Development, said ‘We are delighted to be announcing four new routes to the network from Birmingham Airport for this summer. With the introduction of these routes we now have 30 destinations on offer to customers flying from Birmingham Airport this summer. Monarch has more destinations to choose from than any other airline when flying out of Birmingham this summer.’

David Winstanley, Chief Operating Officer, at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We continually monitor our route network and feel that these destinations will be a popular choice with our customers who fly from Birmingham and are looking for sun this summer.

‘It is fabulous news that Monarch will be adding these new routes for summer 2017 offering more choice of destinations from Birmingham Airport. Both Split, in Croatia and Valencia, in Spain are unserved from the Airport so passengers will have the chance to visit these beautiful cities. While the routes to Naples and Rhodes offers extra capacity to passengers travelling from their local airport. Monarch has been a partner airline for many years and provides an excellent service for both leisure and business passengers.’

Besides being the only airline to fly direct to Split and Valencia, Monarch is also the only airline to fly directly to seven other destinations from Birmingham Airport, including Lisbon, Nice, Stockholm, Preveza, Gibraltar, Venice and Rome. As previously announced, Monarch will be also commencing a new flight service to Stockholm on April 28, 2017 – the only airline flying directly to the Swedish capital from Birmingham.

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.

Vueling announces summer 2017 schedule from Cardiff Airport

Spanish airline Vueling has said that it has expanded its capacity on all of its services from Cardiff for summer 2017, following increased demand at Wales’ national airport.

Following the increase, the airline is now offering 190,812 seats on flights to Alicante (up to five weekly), Barcelona (up to four weekly), Malaga (up to five weekly) and Palma Majorca (up to four weekly services) for travel between April and October -an increase of 16 per cent compared to summer 2016. These flights will follow the winter 2016 schedule, which is currently offering flights to Alicante and Malaga.

Barcelona offers holidaymakers an ideal city break while also being the gateway to the Costa Brava; Majorca is a stunning holiday island, while Alicante and Malaga serve popular holiday resorts such as the Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical.

Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘We welcome Vueling’s decision to increase flights from Cardiff again this summer and view this boost in capacity as a direct response to the increased demand from Welsh passengers to fly to popular Spanish destinations from Wales’ national Airport, a fact which has also been reflected in our recent passenger growth.

‘The airline has been flying passengers to and from Cardiff since 2012 and in that time we’ve seen the routes go from strength to strength. We look forward to a continued successful relationship with the airline which will, in turn, lead to more choice for both Welsh passengers and visitors to Wales.’

Vueling has also announced the addition of special rugby flights to Rome and Paris Orly in February and March 2017 respectively, enabling Welsh rugby fans to see Wales play against France and Italy in the RBS 6 Nations 2017. Flights are available to book now.

Vueling and British Airways recently announced an agreement under which British Airways can apply its flight codes to a number of Vueling’s flights. Welsh passengers can benefit from the Avios points system in the same way when they book on BA’s website, Cardiff Airport said in a release.

Brittany Ferries announces sale of 2017 holidays with a 20% off sale

Brittany Ferries, the passenger car and freight service, has announced the sale of its 2017 holiday collection, available for booking immediately. For a limited time, the company is also offering reductions of 20 per cent on its range of cottage, hotel, apartment and campsite holidays in France and Spain.

The sale, which ends at midnight on November 29th, is applicable to ferry travel-plus-accommodation packages. The holiday collection features over 2,000 locations in holiday regions of western France and northern Spain. The offer is available for travel throughout 2017, including the Easter and summer school holiday periods.

Christiane Barker, Brittany Ferries’ general manager holidays, said: ‘Despite all the upheaval in the world, when it comes to breaks and holidays, France and Spain remain firm favourites with the Brits. We’re already seeing strong demand for sail and stay holidays in 2017.’

‘With 20 per cent off all holidays booked before 29th November and just a [£40.00] deposit per person required now, our message is: book soon. You’ll not only enjoy the best choice of locations, dates and ferry crossings, but you’ll also make substantial savings-and give yourself something to look forward to over the winter months.’

Holidaymakers eyeing a vacation in France in 2017 can book a week’s stay for four in a Loire gite for £388.00 in low season – or £97.00 per person. During the summer school holidays a family of four can spend a week in a Breton cottage for £676.00, or £169.00 per person. The prices are inclusive of return ferry sailings with car.

Meanwhile, holidaymakers can enjoy a week’s self-catering in Spain, with prices starting from £774.00 for a family of four (£194 per person), staying in a casa in the holiday regions of Cantabria. The price also includes two additional nights cruising from the UK to Spain and back, with an en-suite cabin.

Families can also select from nearly a hundred campsites in western France and northern Spain, with many now offering a choice of premium accommodation. A week’s holiday in April starts from £351.00 for a family of four (£88.00 per person), including ferry crossings.

In addition, seven-night ferry-plus-hotel packages are available for vacationing in France, starting from £272.00 per person per week, for a couple taking their car, and from £393 per person in Spain.

Bookings can be made online at brittanyferries.com/holidays. The 20 per cent discount applies to the basic holiday cost only and does not include weekend and seasonal supplements and on board accommodation when travelling to France, Brittany said in its release.

British Airways announces flights from London City to Alicante

British Airways has announced new flights from London City Airport to Alicante, one of the more popular tourist destinations in Spain.

British Airways will operate the new four-times-a-week service from London City to Alicante throughout the summer on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Each way hand baggage only fares from London City-Alicante are available from £55 on www.ba.com/londoncity.

Commenting on the timing, Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, London City, said: ‘While everyone is still getting over our exit from the football finals this is a fantastic opportunity to escape the disappointment – and the British weather – and head off to sunny Spain. We are delighted to be able to provide direct services from London City to one of the most popular tourist regions of Spain for the first time.’

Matthew Hall, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: ‘Alicante is the gateway to a stunning part of the Spanish Mediterranean and an excellent addition to our offer of leisure destinations this summer. From the conveniently located London City Airport, passengers can escape on this British Airways service to the buzz of balmy nightlife and cafe culture or the relaxation of Costa Blanca beaches and a round of golf.

‘With flights four times a week, our quick check in, close proximity to central London, and a flight time of just two and a half hours, it’s never been easier to get to this popular sunny getaway.’

With the addition of the Alicante route, British Airways will fly up to 63 flights a week to seven Spanish destinations from London City this summer. The seven Spanish British Airways’ destinations from London City are Alicante, Madrid, Granada, Malaga, Ibiza, Palma and Mahon.