Written by Adrian Bishop
Host of new first-time flights from UK to Europe
A host of new budget flights have been unveiled, covering popular UK and European airports.
Some of the flights have just begun and others appear in new winter schedules and start in the new year.
The round-up of half a dozen new flights gathered by Halo Financial includes:
1) Heathrow to Salzburg, Austria
The new route from low-cost carrier Eurowings began on 1st November and continue on Wednesday and Saturdays. They arrive from Salzburg at 1.50pm and depart from London at 2.35pm. All the services are planned with an A319 aircraft with 180 seats. Fares start from £44.99 one-way including taxes and charges.
Simon Eastburn, airline business development director at Heathrow, says, “As ski season approaches, we’re delighted to welcome this new flight to Salzburg with Eurowings, an exciting destination for passengers looking for a winter holiday.”
Eurowings is headquartered in Cologne and serves a network of domestic and European destinations as well as some long-haul routes. The fastest growing airline in Europe already operates flights to Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Berlin from Heathrow.
2) Seville, Spain from seven UK regional airports
This new chartered service from holiday specialist Super Break to Seville, Spain, departs from seven UK regional airports, beginning in March 2018.
Starting from just £549 per person, the trips depart from Bournemouth, Cardiff, Derry, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay, Norwich and Humberside airport.
The flight is the first time locals from in Kirmington, North Lincolnshire, can fly direct from Humberside Airport to Andalucia in Spain.
Spring is the perfect time to see the city come alive with orange blossom and new season sunshine. It’s a good opportunity to get a feel for the area and if you can see yourself living there, too. All breaks include:
- Three or four nights’ accommodation at a 4-star hotel with breakfast
- One full day excursion to Jerez and Cadiz – from country to coast
- Complimentary entry to some of Seville’s best attractions
- A48-hour hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus ticket to take you to all the sights.
Deborah Zost, Humberside Airport’s managing director, says, “This exciting break from Super Break will connect our airport with Andalucia direct and allow the opportunity for customers to fully immerse themselves in the culture that this part of Spain is known around the world for.”
3) Dublin to London Southend Airport
This Flybe route, operated by Stobart Air, which began early in November, will run up to three times a day, seven days a week between the two capitals.
Extra flights have also been added to its 2018 Summer schedule, with an additional three flights a week starting in May, bringing the total number of weekly services next year to 19. In total, Stobart Air – on behalf of Flybe – will operate over 1,100 flights between the cities next summer.
Graeme Buchanan, Managing Director of Stobart Air, says, “We are delighted to see our new Dublin to London Southend route begin. Passenger bookings on the route have been strong which is a testament to the popularity of this new service.
“As an airline, we are committed to providing more choice to our customers and the addition of extra flights from May 2018, means greater flexibility and more choice at a busy time of the year. London Southend is one of the UK’s fastest growing airports, offering unique convenience and direct access to central London and we look forward to working with the team there to grow and develop this route.”
4) Cardiff to Venice, Italy
A new twice-weekly service from Cardiff Airport to the historic Italian city of Venice has been announced.
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has confirmed the first ever scheduled service from Cardiff to the Venice as part of its 2018 summer schedule. The route to Venice’s Marco Polo airport will be launched from 27th March 2018.
The flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays, will run until 9 September. One-way fares start from £34.99 including taxes and charges.
Ronnie Matheson, Flybe’s interim chief commercial officer says, “We are pleased to offer passengers this brand-new route to Venice as part of our 2018 summer schedule. It boosts further the large selection of flights to great city and sun destinations available from our popular Cardiff base.”
5) London City to Paris, Prague and Reykjavik
Three new routes are being launched from London City airport by British Airways (BA), with flights to Paris Orly, Prague, Czech Republic, and Reykjavik, Iceland.
Three flights a day from the Docklands airport go to Paris Orly, six flights a week to Prague and a two each week to Reykjavik. The airline now serves 32 destinations.
BA’s London City customer and commercial general manager Luke Hayhoe says, “This is the first time there has been a direct air link between London City and Reykjavik and as one of the fastest growing tourist hotspots it’s a destination our customers really want to travel to.
“Even if they are not devout fans of Game of Thrones, Iceland has so much to offer visitors from diverse landscapes to the Northern lights.
“We are also delighted to launch Prague and Orly for the first time, offering a direct link to two important European capital cities for both business and leisure customers.”
6) Leeds-Bradford to Dusseldorf
Budget airline Flybe is also offering an inaugural route from Leeds-Bradford to Dusseldorf, Germany.
The new route to Dusseldorf, which began on Sunday 29th October and flies up to six times a week, means Flybe offers a choice of up to 38 departures a week across three routes from Leeds Bradford.
Dusseldorf is a convenient gateway to the Rhine-Ruhr economic region offering direct and convenient access to all the many attractions of the Rhine River, a particularly beautiful area of Germany.
Ronnie Matheson, Flybe’s Interim Chief Commercial Officer says, “We are delighted to be launching our first flights between Leeds Bradford and Dusseldorf, connecting two key European business hubs.”
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