Every week our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the legwork so you don’t have to. This week: new choices for winter sun.
New routes to the sun are opening up for late autumn and beyond. Airlines say demand is so high that many of their ‘summer-only’ routes will fly for several extra months.
Some are now due to last all year, and many of the new routes are from regional airports so there’s no need to travel to London.
Airlines say demand is so high that many of their ‘summer-only’ routes will fly for several extra months. For example, Jet2 will fly from Birmingham, Leeds Bradford and Manchester airports to Malta until the end of November. Above is Valletta, the Maltese capital
Leading the pack is Jet2, the only UK airline not to cancel a single fight in July, according to the Official Aviation Guide.
It has announced plans to fly from Birmingham, Leeds Bradford and Manchester airports to sunny Malta until the end of November, some two months longer than originally planned.
This autumn Jet2 will also launch its first flights from Manchester and Birmingham to Athens. New winter-time routes from airports such as Belfast and Bristol are also planned.
This autumn Jet2 will launch its first flights from Manchester and Birmingham to Athens (above)
Flight-only fares start at £36 each way, or packages with flights, transfers and four-star hotels cost from £423pp at jet2holidays.com.
From November, Manchester sees new easyJet flights to Fuerteventura, the second-largest of the Canary Islands. Holidays suit active travellers as the island is popular with hikers, kite-surfers and windsurfers. Plus, with nearly 100 miles of beaches, Fuerteventura has plenty of room to relax in the sun. Flights from £29 one way, holidays from £257pp.
EasyJet will also start to fly from Gatwick to Porto Santo island off the coast of Madeira.
From November, Manchester sees new easyJet flights to Fuerteventura, the second-largest island of the Canary Islands. Pictured above is the isle’s magnificent Cofete Beach
Crowd-free and with no huge hotels, the island is perfect for laid-back holidays and long walks along its sweeping, six-mile beach. Flights cost from £176 return (easyjet.com).
Two of Egypt’s top Red Sea resorts, Sharm-el-Sheik and Hurghada, both see new direct flights from Luton with Wizz Air this winter.
From souks to the Shark Reef dive site, Sharm attracts holidaymakers who like its mix of beachside hotels and excursions including Bedouin Dinners under the stars.
Later this year, easyJet will start to fly from Gatwick to Porto Santo island in the Madeira archipelago. Pictured is Vila Baleira, the island’s main settlement
Two of Egypt’s top Red Sea resorts, Sharm-el-Sheik (pictured) and Hurghada, both see new direct flights from Luton with Wizz Air this winter
A day trip to the Valley of the Kings in Luxor (pictured) could form part of your Hurghada holiday itinerary
In Hurghada, there’s an emphasis on luxury resorts and you’re close enough to Luxor for full-day trips to Karnak and the Valley of the Kings.
This autumn, Wizz will also start flights from Gatwick to Agadir on Morocco’s south Atlantic coast. Flights from £68 one-way (wizzair.com).
The historic streets of Dubrovnik will be easier to reach this winter as British Airways keeps its summer route from Heathrow running all year.
This autumn, Wizz Air will start flights from Gatwick to Agadir (above) on Morocco’s south Atlantic coast
British Airways plans to continue running direct flights to Marrakech in Morocco. Above is Yves Saint Laurent’s garden, one of the city’s top attractions
BA will also retain direct flights to Marrakech in Morocco, making it easier to stay in a riad-style hotel and visit colourful attractions such as the late Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle.
This winter, Nice on the French Riviera and the Italian city of Verona, setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet, will also retain a full schedule of BA flights.
Looking ahead to 2023, the Caribbean island of Aruba, part of the Dutch Antilles, is one of the most eye-catching holiday options that gets new flights from London’s Gatwick Airport.
Flights of fancy: BA is launching new flights from London’s Gatwick Airport to the Caribbean island of Aruba (pictured) in 2023
Aruba’s warm waters let you snorkel or dive around colourful corals and to a ‘ghost ship’ (one of the biggest shipwrecks in the Caribbean), and even the cockpit of a sunken plane.
Days on the island can be spent on any of dozens of white-sand beaches, including Eagle Beach, consistently voted one of the world’s most beautiful.
At night you can find anything from casinos to quiet, candlelit restaurants with sunset views. Flights from £594 return and packages including hotels from £999pp (britishairways.com/aruba).