Jet2.com announces summer 2020 programme from Edinburgh Airport

British travel and holiday company Jet2.com has announced its summer-20 programme from Edinburgh Airport, with 33 destinations including the new destination of Izmir in Turkey.

With the capacity expansion, over 850,000 seats are now on sale, including across Europe, the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands, next summer.

The new flights to Izmir will operate every Tuesday from May to October, when holidaymakers can also access popular resorts on the west coast of Turkey such as Kusadasi, Cesme, Ozdere and Seferihisar. In addition to Izmir, Jet2 will operate more flights and seats to Antalya and Dalaman next summer, as well as continue its popular weekly service to Bodrum. Jet2 currently operates three weekly services to Antalya and Dalaman.

As part of its summer 2020 programme from Edinburgh Airport, Jet2 will have over 80 departing weekly flights during peak periods. The key highlights include flights to Canary Islands, with up to 12 weekly services to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, and additional flights to Tenerife.

Further, the airline will operate daily services to the sunshine destinations of Palma (Majorca), Alicante and Faro as well as increased service to Malaga with five weekly flights, and Ibiza with four weekly flights. Jet2 will also offer more choice to Spain and its islands, with three weekly services to Reus (Costa Dorada), two weekly services to Girona (Costa Brava) and a weekly service to Menorca.

In addition, the airline offers nine weekly services to Greece, including two weekly services to Crete (Heraklion), Zante and Rhodes, as well as weekly services to Corfu, Kos and Halkidiki; two weekly services Paphos and a weekly service to Larnaca in Cyprus; additional frequency, two weekly services to Bourgas, Bulgaria; weekly services to Dubrovnik, in addition to weekly services Pula and Split in Croatia; and three weekly services to Venice, as well as two weekly services to Naples and Verona in Italy.

Tickets for the summer programme are available to book at www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com.

CheapOair.com reveals popular European destinations this summer, London top

CheapOair.com, a US-focused online travel agency and provider of discount flights, has announced the most popular European destinations for summer travel in 2019.

Based on the travel trends and booking data, CheapOair revealed that London is the highest booked destination for the fourth straight year with an average roundtrip airfare of $783, a 10 per cent price decrease from 2018. London was also named the best-rated destination in the world by the 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for destinations, up from second place in 2018.

Based on its price- comparison and booking analysis, CheapOair also found that Greece is emerging as a popular destination among tourists and travellers. Athens continues to be a summer hot spot, with the price decreasing by four percent compared to 2018, making it a highly attractive destination this year.

‘Flying to Europe is becoming more affordable every year, which means it’s also becoming increasingly popular,’ said Tom Spagnola, Senior Vice President of Supplier Relations at CheapOair. ‘Consumers should take advantage of these low costs to experience European cities they haven’t been to before, but booking early is important as summer is the most popular travel season and costs will only increase from here.’

With its data on travel trends, CheapOair helps consumers and travel professionals in both planning their travel accommodations and staying current on the most popular destinations.

According to the data revealed by CheapOair, the average price to fly to European destinations has decreased by three percent this summer. With several major carriers introducing basic economy fares for trans-Atlantic flights, consumers are taking advantage of many affordable travel options to popular European cities, including Paris, Rome, Barcelona, and Madrid, it said.

TUI UK launches new services for summer 2020 from Bristol Airport

TUI UK, the UK-based travel and holiday company, has earlier this month announced a new destination to Enfidha (Tunisia) and one additional flight to Reus (Spain), offering more choice and flexibility to holidaymakers for summer 2020 from Bristol Airport.

The first TUI flight from Bristol to Enfidha will depart on May 4, 2020 and operates once a week on Monday. For Reus, the first additional flight takes-off on May 26, 2020 departing on Tuesday, with the other flight on Saturday. With the new services, holidaymakers now have over 17,000 additional seats to choose from to over 35 destinations when booking their summer holiday from Bristol Airport.

TUI UK&I’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer, said: ‘We are very excited to launch our summer 2020 holiday programme. We are concentrating on providing more availability to our great range of holidays by expanding our regional flying programme.

‘The new route to Enfidha and the additional flight to Reus from Bristol provides holidaymakers with more opportunity including the flexibility of different durations to experience our wide range of hotel concepts and destinations.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director at Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted that our summer 2020 holidays are now on sale with a new route to Enfidha and an extra flight to Reus for summer 2020. We recognise TUI’s continued commitment to Bristol with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner being based here throughout summer 2020 providing daily flights to a mix of short and long haul destinations including Orlando, Cancun, Majorca and Turkey.’

In Tunisia, holidaymakers can enjoy, among other things, the sandy beaches and spices bazaars. The 4T+ TUI SENISMAR Scheherazade is an adults-only resorts, while the 5Sun Holiday Village Manar is designed for families, offering kids’ and teens’ clubs, daytime activities and West End standard shows. In Spain, customers can choose from the 4T TUI FAMILY LIFE Avenida Suites and the 4T Estival Centurion Playa. TUI FAMILY LIFE resorts are a family orientated option, while the 4T Estival Centurion Playa is part of the TUI PLATINUM concept aimed at couples.

TUI offers seven-night holidays to Tunisia staying at the 5T TUI SENSIMAR Oceana Resort and Spa on a half board basis from £745 per person when booked online. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from Bristol Airport on July 6, 2020 and transfers. TUI and First Choice have free kids’ places across their holidays – deposits are £50pp for short and mid haul and £125pp for long haul, it said.

Jet2 announces Summer 2020 flights and holidays from East Midlands Airport

British travel and holiday company Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced the launch of two new destinations – Izmir in Turkey and La Rochelle in France – as part of its Summer 2020 programme from East Midlands Airport.

For next summer, Jet2 is offering flights and holidays to 35 destinations from East Midlands Airport, including Izmir and La Rochelle. With the new routes, over one million seats are presently on sale at East Midlands.

The new flights to Izmir will operate every Tuesday from May to October. With this service, holidaymakers in the region can access popular resorts on the west coast of Turkey such as Kusadasi, Cesme, Ozdere and Seferihisar. Known for its weather and beautiful beaches, the Turkish destination is also near to Dilek National Park.

The harbour port of La Rochelle will have weekly Saturday departures commencing on May 23. Besides its popular seafood restaurants, the La Rochelle city provides access via bridge to Il de Re, an Atlantic-coast island of dunes and pine forest – a key attraction for holidaymakers.

Jet2’s Summer 2020 programme from East Midlands has over 100 departing weekly flights during peak periods, with an all Boeing 737-800 fleet in operation. The other flights and holidays include: Canary Islands with up to 16 weekly services to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote; increased services to Dalaman, Turkey with up to five weekly services and Antalya with up to four weekly services, as well as up to two weekly services to Bodrum and Izmir. The schedule includes daily or double-daily services to Palma Majorca with up to 12 services every week; Alicante with up to ten weekly services including double services on weekends; Faro with up to nine weekly services; daily services to Malaga and six weekly services to Ibiza.

For Summer 2020, Jet2 also offers several services to Spain and its islands, with up to four weekly services to Menorca, and twice weekly services to Girona (Costa Brava), Reus (Costa Dorada) and Costa de Almeria. In addition, the company offers 14 weekly services to Greece, including up to three weekly services to Crete (Heraklion), Rhodes and Zante, two weekly services to Corfu, and weekly services to Kos, Kefalonia and Halkidiki; two weekly services to Paphos and Larnaca in Cyprus; two services every week to Bourgas, Bulgaria; two weekly services to Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia and weekly services to Pisa and Verona, Italy.

TUI UK adds Moroccan destination for Summer 2020 from Newcastle Airport

The UK-based holiday company, TUI UK, has recently announced Agadir, Morocco as a new destination for summer 2020 from Newcastle Airport.

The first TUI flight from Newcastle to Agadir will depart on May 7, 2020 and operate once a week on Thursdays. With the new service, TUI now offers flights to 25 destinations for summer 2020 from Newcastle Airport.

Agadir boasts nine kilometres of golden sandy beaches and clear waters. TUI’s holiday offer includes a range of hotels such as the 4T+ RIU Palace Tikida Beach – an adults-only Platinum hotel located on Agadir’s sandy beach. The hotel is set to rebrand as the TUI Sensimar Tikida Beach later this year, ahead of the new flight route from Newcastle next summer.

Available to book through First Choice, the 4Sun RIU Tikida Dunas hotel is suited for families, offering activities for children with its four to 17-years old kids’ clubs.

TUI UK&I’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer, said: ‘We are really pleased to be adding Agadir to the summer 2020 programme from Newcastle Airport. We are always looking to add routes to the programme that we know our customers will enjoy and we’re delighted to be providing holidaymakers with even more choice and the opportunity to experience our wide range of hotel concepts and great destinations from their local airport.’

Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle Airport, said: ‘I extremely pleased that TUI have continued their investment in the region by adding this brand new route for Summer 2020.

‘Morocco offers an exciting new destination option for our passengers and I’m sure that the wide choice of resorts, fantastic weather and Blue Flag beaches will be a real hit with the North East travelling public.’

Summer 2020 holidays are now on sale at Newcastle Airport. TUI offers seven-night holidays to Agadir staying at the 4T+ TUI Sensimar Tikida Beach on an all-inclusive basis from £732 per person when booked online. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from Newcastle airport on May 7, 2020 and transfers.

TUI and First Choice will also several free kids’ places across their holidays and deposits will be £50pp for short and mid haul, and £125pp for long haul.

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.

London Gatwick adds 10 new summer routes in response to travel trends

London Gatwick has recently announced the addition of ten brand new routes for this summer season, with nearly 17 million passengers expected to depart from the airport during the season.

In response to the summer travel trends from the airport, London Gatwick is introducing ten new routes this 2019 summer season, including from Rio, Brazil to Rijeka, Croatia. The new routes include three flights per week to Asturias, Spain; two flights per week to Chisinau, Moldova; seven flights per week to Cluj Napoca, Romania; seven flights per week to Gdansk, Poland; one flight per week to Lametia – Terme, Italy; seven flights per week to Miami, USA; one flight per week to Rijeka, Croatia; four flights per week to Rio, Brazil; five flights per week to San Francisco, USA; and, three flights per week to Zadar, Croatia.

In addition to new routes, airlines operating from Gatwick will also increase the number of flights they operate to a range of destinations. For summer 2019, Gatwick will see an increase in frequency of flights to Spanish destinations Almeria, Bilbao, Jerez and Alicante as well as to Antalya, Turkey, Kos, Greece and Budapest, Hungary.

Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations, Gatwick Airport said: This summer, ten new routes will start from Gatwick which is the very latest demonstration of passenger demand for flights from Gatwick. It shows that, even though it’s one of the busiest in Europe, airlines can still acquire slots and grow at our airport.

‘Rio de Janeiro has just joined Gatwick’s roster of long-haul connections while our airlines are opening up new must-see destinations to explore, particularly in Europe.

‘Our summer seat availability is nearly double that of our winter season. With the airport set to have its biggest ever summer this year, we are delighted to treble the days our in-terminal passenger entertainment of musicians, performers and comedians is available. ‘

Flybe expands 2019 Summer Schedule from Southampton

Flybe, the UK-based European regional airline, has extended its 2019 summer schedule from Southampton Airport with the addition of a Tuesday flight to Palma de Mallorca service.

Accordingly, the airline will operate four flights a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays with effect from March 31, 2019. In addition, it will operate an enhanced schedule to Amsterdam offering customers the choice of four flights a day, Monday through Friday and three flights a day at weekends.

The other attractions of Flybe’s 2019 Summer schedule from Southampton include, flights to Alicante, Malaga, Faro; peak summer Saturday flights to Biarritz; double daily flights to Jersey on weekends; multi frequency flights to Belfast City, Dublin, Glasgow Manchester, Newcastle; up to two flights a day to Paris Charles de Gaulle.

The airline’s 2019 Summer schedule, which operates until October 26, features a total of 28 routes offering a choice of up to 247 flights a week, available for booking at www.flybe.com.

Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented, ‘Our 2019 Summer programme to and from Southampton offers a really comprehensive range of travel options. We look forward to welcoming more passengers on board our extra weekday flight to Palma.

Neil Garwood, Managing Director at Southampton Airport, added: ‘The additional flights to Palma are great news for passengers who want more choice when planning their summer holidays. We are very pleased with Flybe’s decision to add more slots to our exciting summer schedule and are looking forward to welcoming even more passengers taking the opportunity to visit this stunning Mediterranean city.’

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays offers GBP100 discount on package holidays to popular sun destination

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, UK-based travel and holiday companies, have announced the launch of flights and holidays to popular sun destinations at discounted prices, for summer 2019.

Until Wednesday, holidaymakers can take advantage of a £100 discount per person on package holidays with Jet2holidays to Mainland Spain, the Balearics, the Canaries, Portugal and Madeira for this summer, offering savings of £400 for a family of four. By entering the promo code ‘SAVE100S&P’ holidaymakers departing to any of these destinations between April 1, 2019 and October 31, 2019 with the UK tour operator will benefit from the offer.

Jet2.com is also offering discounts on all flights to the same destinations between the same dates, with charges reduced by 10%. Tickets are available to book at www.jet2holidays.com or www.jet2.com

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘There’s no better time to book your place to the sun with our award-winning tour operator and airline. With a £100 saving per person on holidays, and 10% off flights to many of our most popular destinations in Spain and Portugal, we are looking forward to putting a lot of holidaymakers in a very sunny mood this weekend.’

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays were recently named as one of the top brands in the country for customer service. The flight and holiday company was ranked 29 out of a total of 315 brands in 2018 for delivering excellent customer service in the 2018 UK Customer Experience Excellence Analysis, published by KPMG Nunwood. The research by KPMG Nunwood was collected via an online survey where over 10,000 UK customers were interviewed.

Jet2 announces 100,000 more seats at London Stansted for Summer 2019

The UK-based flight and holiday company, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, has recently said that it will add an extra aircraft and put another 100,000 seats on sale for Summer 19 from London Stansted, following increased demand for its package holidays from customers in the South and South East of England.

The addition of a new aircraft will increase the seat capacity at London Stansted next summer to over 1.85 million, an increase of 24% on Summer 2018. With the latest expansion, Jet2.com will now operate 12 aircraft from London Stansted next summer.

Jet2 will operate to 36 sun and city destinations in Summer 2019, and the additional capacity means more flights and holidays to popular destinations including Cyprus, Turkey, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Portugal and Mainland Spain.

The new additions include daily services to both Larnaca and Paphos in Cyprus; up to 20 weekly services to Turkey, including daily flights to Antalya and Dalaman as well as four weekly services to Bodrum and two to Izmir; Nearly 30 weekly flights to Canary Islands, including daily and double-daily services to Lanzarote and Tenerife, as well as five weekly services to Gran Canaria and three weekly services to Fuerteventura; almost 60 weekly flights in total to mainland Spain and Balearic Islands, including daily and double-daily services to Alicante, Ibiza, Malaga, Menorca and Majorca, and over 30 weekly services to eight Greek destinations of Crete (Heraklion and Chania), Corfu, Rhodes, Kefalonia, Zante, Halkidiki and Kos.

In addition, Jet2 will be the only operator to Madeira from London Stansted with weekly services increased to four, while the number of services to Faro, Portugal has been increased to 12 per week.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘This is great news for customers in the South and South East of England who are looking to enjoy a great value package holiday in the sunshine next summer.

‘Continued demand means we are adding extra aircraft and increasing capacity by over 100,000 seats, giving local holidaymakers even more choice and flexibility with our award-winning airline and package holiday business. As the leading tour operator out of London Stansted, we are delighted to be adding more choice to a number of fantastic destinations including Turkey, Cyprus, Greece and Spain.’