Dublin Airport announces double daily Dublin-Lisbon service by TAP

Portuguese airline TAP is set to launch a new double daily service between Dublin and Lisbon from next summer, offering additional choice for passengers travelling between Dublin and Lisbon.

One of Europe’s most popular city break destinations, Lisbon offers 290 days of sunshine per year and a cool nightlife. Dublin-Lisbon is an established route for Dublin Airport with about 276,000 passengers taking flights between the two capital cities in the 12 months ended June 30, 2018.

TAP will operate two flights per day from Dublin to Lisbon starting on April 1, 2019. The new route will also offer convenient onward connectivity to South America and other locations via TAP’s global network.

‘We’re delighted to welcome TAP back to Dublin Airport after an absence of more than a decade,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. ‘We look forward to working closely with TAP to promote this new service,’ he added.

According to TAP Chief Executive, Antonoaldo Neves, the new Dublin service is ‘another step in the path of strong strategic growth that the company has been going through in recent years and will continue to develop.’

The new route will be operated by either an Airbus 319 aircraft with 144 seats or an Airbus 320 with capacity for up to 144 passengers. The morning flight is due to depart Dublin at 10.35 arriving in Lisbon at 13.15. The afternoon service is due to depart Dublin at 17.30 arriving in Lisbon at 20.10. All times are local.

TAP’s new service to Lisbon is the fourth new route to be announced for Dublin Airport for 2019. American Airlines earlier announced a new Dallas service, while Norwegian will add Hamilton Ontario to its network from Dublin and Ryanair will have a new double daily service to London Southend Airport, the airport said.

More than 18 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport so far in 2018, a six percent increase over the same period last year.

British Airways reveals top destinations this summer

British Airways has revealed some of the most popular holiday destinations for travellers this summer – one of the busiest ever with the airline reported to have carried over four million customers across its network in August alone.

The list of top destinations includes long-haul destinations such as New York, Los Angeles, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong. Short-haul destinations like Malaga, Nice, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Glasgow are also featured in the list of hotspots for UK holidaymakers over this past summer break.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘This year British Airways is offering its largest network schedule for 10 years, with flights to 211 destinations across more than 75 countries. Next year we’re confident new additions to the British Airways route map like Pittsburgh and Nashville, alongside Santiago, where we’ve recently increased the number of weekly flights, will be among our most popular destinations, as well as some of the traditional hotspots we’ve seen this year.’

The airline also said that customers were into the holiday spirit more than ever this year, with 212,000 bottles of wine consumed across all British Airways flights in July, up three per cent on last year. Meanwhile, those in Club Europe or Club World and First consumed 105,000 bottles of Champagne, up five per cent. British Airways also allows customers to pre-order from a range of 13 complimentary special meals for specific dietary requirements. While nearly 37,000 ordered were vegan meals – up 32 per cent on the same period last year, nearly 5,000 meals were low-calorie, it said.

With flights available 355 days in advance, customers can now begin planning their next summer getaway, the airline said. British Airways is now on a £4.5bn investment plan for customer service improvements, which includes new catering in Club World (long-haul business class) and World Traveller (long-haul economy) as well as refreshed lounges.

British Airways Holidays also recommends some of its most popular hotels in each destination including the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore, Atlantis The Palm in Dubai, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa in Los Angeles, and Le Meridien in Nice.

Flybe launches first phase of 2019 summer schedule from Cardiff Airport

Flybe, the European regional airline, has announced the first phase of its 2019 summer schedule from Cardiff, offering a range of destinations for both leisure and business customers, Wales’ national airport said in a release.

As part of the first phase of Flybe’s summer 2019 schedule at Cardiff Airport, the airline will increase its services to Paris Charles de Gaulle to 10 return flights a week, and five return flights a week to Glasgow; extend ski flights to Chambery and Geneva until the end of April for Easter; and introduce popular routes to Faro, Venice, Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino and key business routes including Belfast City, Dublin and Edinburgh. The announcement of extra flights to Paris and Glasgow comes after increased demand for these destinations, and further capacity will be added when the second phase is released in the coming weeks, the airline said.

Allowing customers to plan early, seats are now on sale at flybe.com and are currently available for travel to and from Cardiff between March 31 and June 16, 2019. All routes will be operated on three aircraft now based at Cardiff Airport. Details of schedules will be available at www.flybe.com.

Flybe CCO, Roy Kinnear, commented: ‘We have listened to our customers’ feedback and know that many like to plan their travel far in advance. Our new schedule features many of our most popular high frequency services and also highlights Flybe’s ongoing commitment to unparalleled connectivity from regional airports to destinations across the UK, Europe and beyond.’

Cardiff Airport’s CEO, Deb Barber, added: ‘It’s great to see Flybe adding flights for Summer 2019 on sale early, giving our customers that extra time to plan, book and benefit from great fares.’

Flybe, which opened its Cardiff base in 2015, offers multiple opportunities for onward travel either with its own services or via its 11 code share partner airlines. The options are available via the ‘One Stop to the World’ link at http://onestop.flybe.com/en-GB/flights.

Jet2 extends summer season in Ibiza for summer 2018 and 2019

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced an extended seasonal service to Ibiza for this summer and in summer 19, following strong demand for holidays beyond the peak summer periods.

Ibiza is popular with British travellers for summer and remains a sought-after holiday destination beyond the peak season. The airline has put additional flights on sale to Ibiza from five UK bases between late September and the end of October this year. Jet2 is extending the seasonal service from Birmingham, East Midlands, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle Airports.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Our commitment to providing award-winning flights and holidays means that we continue to attract more and more customers, and today’s announcement is yet more evidence of that. This news is a real boost for the tourism industry and economy in Ibiza, and is living proof that we are not just working to fill hotels in the peak summer season but that we are working with our hotel and industry partners to achieve the best possible results in shoulder seasons too.’

Vicente Torres, President of Ibiza Island Council, said: ‘We are very pleased with these increases in capacity which are in line with the efforts of the Consell d’Eivissa to promote Ibiza during the out of season period. We believe that Ibiza has a great offer in spring, autumn and winter and these periods are popular with tourists who want to know about the cultural, gastronomic and sports offers of the island. We are confident that this initiative will be very successful.’

For 2019, the summer season and services will also start earlier in Ibiza, as the company has introduced April flights from four of its UK bases. For the first time, customers with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will be able to travel to Ibiza in April, opening up the destination for the Easter holidays. The additional flights will operate twice-weekly from Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and London Stansted, Jet2.com said.

Jet2.Com and Jet2holidays announce summer 2019 flights and holidays from Birmingham

Leisure airline and package holiday specialist Jet2.Com and Jet2holidays has announced its summer 2019 programme from Birmingham Airport with the introduction of four new destinations, more Boeing 737-800 aircraft to its fleet, and over 1.6 million seats on sale, representing 30 percent capacity growth.

Jet2 will fly to 41 sun and city destinations in summer 2019, including four new destinations – Kefalonia, Pula, Verona and Bergerac. The company will operate weekly services to the island of Kefalonia between May and September; weekly Sunday services between May and September to the Adriatic Coast of Pula, Croatia; weekly Saturday services to Verona between May and October and weekly Saturday services to Bergerac, providing direct access to the famous Dordogne region of south-west France.

In addition, holidaymakers will be offered more flights and holidays to destinations such as the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Mainland Spain, the Algarve, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. The additional flights and holidays include a total of 22 weekly services to Canary Islands with more services to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote; 13 services per week to Alicante; 12 weekly services to Malaga, up from nine in Summer 2018 and 15 flights per week to Faro, as compared to 11 previously.

Further, Jet2 is offering an increased number of services to Majorca with up to 19 flights every week during peak season; an addition of a second Sunday service to Ibiza offering up to eight flights every week; two services every week to Madeira as against once previously; five weekly services to Antalya compared to three services previously; five services a week to Crete, plus longer season; three weekly services to Rhodes, with the addition of weekend flights; the addition of a third weekly service to Larnaca with extended seasons; the addition of a fourth weekly service to Paphos, operating a total of seven weekly flights to Cyprus (including Larnaca) and extended to Prague all through the summer, with two weekly services.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘We are putting our biggest ever summer programme on sale from Birmingham Airport, with four brand new destinations and over 1.6 million seats going on sale for Summer 19, our third summer at Birmingham. The addition of more Boeing 737-800 aircraft represents another huge investment in our base here, and gives local holidaymakers even more choice and flexibility with our award winning airline and tour operator.

‘Yet another summer of huge growth here at Birmingham Airport is only possible thanks to our loyal customers, and it shows that our hard work in offering them great value package holidays and family friendly flights is working. We’re not done yet, so keep an eye out for even more great Summer 19 news from your local airport!’

Tom Screen, Acting Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘Jet2.com and Jet2 holidays are both very popular family friendly brands that have established themselves well within the Midlands travel market over the last two years. This extra capacity means that Jet2.com will be our third largest carrier in 2019 and we thank the team for its continued commitment in Birmingham.

‘We welcome the addition of four new summer sun destinations for 2019, giving more choice to our leisure passengers looking to visit the Mediterranean. It shows capacity is continuing to grow year on year from Birmingham with Jet2.com and Jet2 holidays which continues to create great job opportunities.’

Flybe commences summer 2018 schedule at Cardiff with flights to Venice

Flybe, the Europe’s largest regional airline, has recently launched its 2018 summer schedule from Cardiff Airport, featuring 17 routes with a total choice of up to 75 flights a week.

The UK-based airline commenced its summer 2018 schedule with the launch of the first ever service between Cardiff and Venice, with the inaugural flight taking off from Cardiff on March 27.

Venice is Flybe’s fourth Italian route from Cardiff offering twice weekly flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The service is also timed to suit the needs of holidaymakers looking for a Mediterranean cruise. The fares start from £29.99.

Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented: ‘We are delighted to include yet another new route to Italy from our Cardiff base this summer and look forward to welcoming many new passengers on board. We are passionate about connecting people and communities and offering the widest choice of destinations possible with time saving, punctual and affordable travel.’

Deb Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport, added: ‘The start of Flybe’s new Venice route is a welcome addition to their ever expanding choice of destinations available from Cardiff and to see a busy first flight out is testament to this. What a great way to mark the start of Flybe’s third summer season at Wales’ national airport!’

Eastern Airways and Blue Islands, the franchise partners of Flybe, have also started operating their new summer schedules with four additional routes. The full schedule of services is now available for booking at www.flybe.com.

Flybe has codeshare agreements with several long haul airlines to provide both business and leisure customers with onward connections from Cardiff to destinations across the globe.

British Airways adds seven new routes to summer schedule at London Heathrow

British Airways has announced the addition of seven new routes to its summer schedule at London Heathrow.

The airline has added Brindisi, Montpellier, Murcia, Nantes, Pula, Tallinn and Zakynthos, which will be available for booking effective immediately. The first services will commence from March 28, 2017. All destinations will be served by a mixture of A319 and A320 aircraft from Heathrow Terminal 3 and 5.

Flights to the sun-spot of Brindisi, located on the Adriatic Sea, will be operated on Tuesday and Saturday starting June 3, 2017, with fares starting from £85 return. Meanwhile, fares to Murcia, known for its golf courses, will start from £65 return, with flights operating on Tuesday and Saturday starting from March 28, 2017.

Flights to the French city of Nantes – gateway to Brittany and the Loire Valley and famous for Muscadet wines – will launch on March 29, 2017, with return fares starting from £71. The twice weekly flights will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

A twice weekly service to Montpellier will start operating from May 3, 2017, offering holidaymakers a break to the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains of the Pyrenees, from just £78 return. The twice weekly flights will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays. For water sport lovers, British Airways has launched a two-per-week direct service to the Croatian coastal town of Pula starting July 4, 2017. Fares start from £76 per person, operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The Estonian capital of Tallinn, one of the best preserved European medieval cities and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, will also be added to the airline’s short-haul network from March 28. The flights will be operated on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with fares from £65 per person. The airline has also announced a twice weekly service to Zakynthos, operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting June 3, 2017, with fares starting from £81.00.

Neil Cottrell, British Airways’ head of planning, said: ‘We are thrilled to be launching seven new European routes this summer and we are confident these cities will be a big hit with holidaymakers, especially with return fares from just £65 per person.

‘More flights to more cities across Europe is fantastic news for families wanting to get away for summer sun or sightseeing and with so many new routes from London, extra services to Palermo, Mykonos and Reykjavik and convenient flight times our customers have more choice than ever before.’

Ryanair launches summer 2017 schedule at Bristol airport

European low fares airline, Ryanair, has announced its summer schedule at Bristol Airport for 2017, with a total of 30 routes as the airline expands its Bristol traffic by five percent in 2017.

The new Bristol schedule offers more frequencies to sun destinations, including two new routes to Bucharest (twice weekly) and Venice Marco Polo (four times a week) as well as extra flights to Warsaw (four times a week). With the schedule, the airline expects to deliver over 1.7m customers per annum at the airport.

Ryanair will also continue to connect Bristol with popular sun destinations including Alicante (10 weekly), Malaga (8 weekly) and Palma (10 weekly). Ryanair continues to improve its customer experience, as it rolls out year three of its ‘Always Getting Better’ customer experience programme.

To celebrate the launch of its Bristol summer 2017 schedule, the airline has released seats for sale, at fares starting from £19.99, which are available for travel between November 2016 and March, 2017. Seats are available for booking until Monday (October 31) at www.ryanair.com .

Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Robin Kiely said: ‘We are pleased to launch our 2017 Bristol summer schedule (our biggest ever), which includes two new summer routes to Bucharest and Venice and extra flights to Warsaw, with 30 routes in total, which will deliver over 1.7m customers p.a. at Bristol Airport.

‘Customers can look forward to even lower fares when they make advance bookings for summer 2017, so there’s never been a better time to book a low fare flight on Ryanair and we urge all customers who wish to book their summer 2017 holidays to do so now on the Ryanair.com website, where they can avail of the lowest fare air travel to and from Bristol.’

Pete Downes, Head of Aviation, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted that Ryanair has chosen to add two new summer routes to the network available from Bristol Airport. Whether measured by total seats on sale or number of destinations featured, this is the most extensive schedule Ryanair has ever operated from Bristol Airport and offers customers living in the South West and Wales a wider range of choices than ever before.

‘Our new service to Bucharest in Romania represents the first time this destination has ever been served from the South West, demonstrating the important role regional airports continue to play in offering choice and connectivity with the added convenience of flying locally.’

Ryanair announces summer 2017 schedule at Leeds Bradford

Ryanair, the Irish low-fares airline, has announced the launch of its biggest ever summer schedule for 2017 at Leeds Bradford Airport, with a new route to Girona, four new summer services to Bratislava, Gran Canaria, Vilnius and Warsaw, and more flights to Alicante, Faro, Ibiza, Krakow, Lanzarote, Palma and Tenerife.

Ryanair’s Leeds Bradford summer 2017 schedule will deliver one new route to Girona and four new summer services to Bratislava, Gran Canaria, Vilnius and Warsaw, all operating twice weekly. The airline has also introduced more flights to: Alicante (daily), Faro (daily), Ibiza (four weekly), Krakow (four weekly), Lanzarote (four weekly), Palma (eight weekly) and Tenerife (three weekly).

As per the schedule, the airline will operate 25 routes in total with 92 weekly flights, delivering 1.3m customers per annum. It will support 975 jobs at Leeds, as it seeks to increase Leeds traffic by over 20 per cent.

In Leeds, Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Robin Kiely said: ‘We are pleased to launch our biggest ever Leeds Bradford summer 2017 schedule, 3 months earlier than last year, which includes a new route to Girona, the continuation of our winter services to Bratislava, Gran Canaria, Vilnius and Warsaw to summer, and more flights to Alicante, Faro, Ibiza, Krakow, Lanzarote, Palma and Tenerife, which will deliver 1.3m customers p.a. and support 975 jobs at Leeds Bradford Airport, as we grow our operation by over 20%.

To celebrate the launch of our Leeds Bradford summer 2017 schedule, we are releasing 100,000 seats for sale across our European network from just £19.99, which are available for booking until Thursday (21 Jul). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Tony Hallwood, Aviation Development Director at Leeds Bradford Airport said: ‘We are thrilled that Ryanair are significantly increasing their capacity from Leeds Bradford in summer 2017, offering their widest ever low cost flight choice from Yorkshire’s gateway airport. With 5 new routes, including 3 to European capital cities, Ryanair’s expanded flying programme of 25 routes will deliver wider business destination choice and encourage a growth in inbound tourism to Yorkshire, while increasing the choice for leisure and city breaks for our region’s holidaymakers.

This substantial growth is fantastic news for our regional economy and highlights the continued growth and strength of the Leeds City Region alongside supporting the creation of new jobs across Yorkshire. We look forward to welcoming a 20% growth in the number of passengers flying from Leeds Bradford with Ryanair next summer who can now increasingly fly from closer to home.’

Monarch announces summer 2017 schedule from Birmingham Airport

Monarch, a leading UK-based airline group, has recently announced the launch of its summer schedule for 2017 – including both flight service and comprehensive holiday packages – from Birmingham Airport. 

The summer schedule for 2017 includes some of Monarch’s popular city breaks like Venice, Madrid and Lisbon as well as other summer destinations including the Algarve, Majorca, Malaga and the Canary Islands, the airport said in a release. The budget airline has released more than 90 per cent of its summer schedule – as on date, there are 22 routes to popular destinations available for booking from Birmingham Airport for summer 2017.

Marjan Schoeke, Head of Network Development for Monarch, said: ‘We know our customers like time to plan their holidays in advance and take advantage of the best fares. With flights for Summer 2017 now on sale this gives our customers a chance to book flights to their favourite destinations and get excited about next Summer’s holidays.’

Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great news that Monarch has put its Summer 2017 flights on sale from Birmingham Airport offering passengers the chance to book their Summer holidays for next year. With the choice of 22 routes covering Italy, the Canary Islands, Spain and Portugal passengers can plan ahead for some Summer sunshine.’

Holiday packages include carefully chosen accommodation facilitates and flights including 20kgs of baggage and the option to add an airport transfer and other extras to the booking. All Monarch holidays can be booked with a £59 deposit when booking 10 weeks or more in advance. Customers can also take advantage of Monarch’s Holiday Concierge service, it said.

Separately, Monarch said that it has released a total of 84 routes to 27 popular destinations for summer 2017 from UK airports including Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, London Luton, London Gatwick and Manchester. Further flights, holidays and additional routes will be added to the summer 2017 schedule in the coming months.