New Flight Routes for 2016

18 Feb 2016

As the wave of storms start to cease, Jack Frost's grip starts to release and Mr Blue Sky makes a few appearances it is easy to start dreaming of that summer break in the sunshine squelching sand through your toes and sipping on cocktails by the pool. So what's new for the UK holiday maker this year? Here we look over a few new routes and extra capacity on offer that will make your break more value for money, with more capacity there is more competition and therefore more cheap flights for the masses.

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As per usual the lo-cost carriers are expanding throughout Europe with new routes and extra capacity, Ryanair will add Milan, Sofia, Verona and Vilnius from London in the summer and 3 new German routes from Manchester for the winter; Berlin, Hamburg and Nuremburg, great news for those looking for a cheap city break, they are also ramping up their Bournemouth departures to include Palma, Alicante, Murcia, Girona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Tenerife, Faro and Malta.

Easyjet are also adding European city break destinations to its schedule including Bristol to Copenhagen, Venice, Nantes and Dubrovnik. And from Manchester to Milan, Paris and Gibraltar The surprise addition to their schedule some may say is the introduction of Zakynthos from both London and Liverpool suggesting Greek holidays are back in demand.

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British Airways are stepping up services out of Stansted airport to Malaga, Faro, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca this competitive move is certainly going to spark price wars during the off season and can only lead to more cheap flights on those routes. On the long-haul side of things BA is adding Lima from Gatwick three times a week direct non-stop, bringing the Inca Trails and Machu Picchu that little closer to home. It seems the schedulers at BA can't get enough of San Jose, not only daily from Heathrow to San Jose California, but also twice a week from Gatwick to San Jose, Costa Rica, and great news for Iran they are resuming their flights to Tehran from July working towards a daily service.

Cuba is in fashion for 2016 with Virgin Atlantic adding an extra flight each week to their Gatwick to Havana service and Thomas Cook Airlines operating a weekly service to Cayo Coco in fact there will be an abundance of cheap flights to Cuba this year as the US have lifted their embargo and many US carriers will start operating to the island.

It seems the UK's insatiable appetite for Florida continues with Virgin Atlantic adding three new flights a week through summer from Gatwick to Orlando and a weekly service from Glasgow, and Thomas cook also adding Twice weekly flights from Gatwick to Orlando.

Virgin are stepping up their services from both Manchester and London to Las Vegas as well as a Salt Lake City service and an Edinburgh to New York.

Let's not forget the eastern routes Cathay Pacific are adding four times weekly to Hong Kong from Gatwick and Garuda Indonesian are back with their direct nonstop service to Jakarta.

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And finally Qatar Airways is considering the world's longest flight nonstop from Doha to Auckland at almost 9,000 miles it will take 18 and a half hours that's a lot of film viewing time!