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While I know you’re all feverishly checking out the new listings that get added to HouseTrip every week, I’m also aware that you’re just as eager to know about new routes on offer from Europe’s low-cost airlines. After all, if you can grab a bargain flight and affordable accommodation this will leave you the maximum amount of spending money for your holiday. So, I did a little research and here are some of the best new low-cost airline routes you may want to consider for your next city break or summer holiday.
New routes from London
Ryanair recently announced 13 new routes to depart from London Stansted this summer. Sun-seekers will be pleased to see Athens, Rabat and Comiso in Sicily on the list and fans of city-breaks should look up dates and times for their new flights to Bucharest, Prague and Bordeaux. Additional routes worth looking into before they get too popular include Basel, Dortmund and Podgorica in Montenegro.
Easyjet launched a number of new routes in April including its London Gatwick to Tel Aviv flight, though I got a bit more excited about what Norwegian is going to offer as it makes the Sussex airport its UK base. I’ve flown Norwegian before, best budget flight I’ve ever been on. Free wifi while you’re in the air! The growing budget airline will fly British holidaymakers to the sun this summer with 12 new routes out of Gatwick launched just a couple months ago in April. Destinations include the Canary Islands, Mallorca, Alicante and Faro in the Algarve. Additional Norwegian flights will also make their way to Rome, Nice and Split, though they did add a destination in Norway, Tromsø, definitely worth considering in the summer for its spectacular midnight sun.
Although London City Airport is most often used by people carrying briefcases, it’s not unusual to see a holidaymaker or two tugging along their suitcase. You can join this minority by taking advantage of one of Flybe’s new routes to the great cities of Belfast, Edinburgh (Fringe goers take note) and Dublin. Also make a note that the airline will also run seasonal routes to the north of Spain in time for the skiing season!
London’s newest airport London Southend is also a great place to hop on budget flights. One of Flybe’s recently added routes is Southend to Maastricht-Aachen in the Netherlands, a regional airport giving you great access to the beautiful Dutch city of Maastricht or you can even head over one of the nearby country borders to Belgium or Germany.
New routes from Manchester
Ryanair is predicting that travellers will be keen to cash in on the late summer sun on offer in Zadar, Lisbon, Barcelona and the Canary Islands; as it expands its routes from Manchester Airport to accommodate an extra 200,000 flyers from September this year. Jet2 also announced new routes from Manchester including flights to Vienna and Jersey.
New routes from Birmingham
Just a few weeks ago, Flybe announced three new routes from Birmingham Airport, all of which are likely to prove very popular. You can either head to Ibiza to explore the island that offers much more than its party reputation suggests or you can seek the sun in Mallorca with new regular flights to Palma. Alternatively, go for something completely different but just as inspiring, with Flybe’s new Birmingham to Reykjavik route.
New routes from Scotland
Scottish holidaymakers can now get direct flights to holiday islands thanks to Easyjet’s route from Edinburgh to Heraklion on Crete and the new Glasgow to Kos route. Jet2 has also announced that next summer it will operate a new route from Edinburgh International including flights to Pula on the beautiful Dalmatian coast in Croatia.
New routes from Bristol
At the end of April, Bristol Airport announced that Thomas Cook and First Choice would be flying to a number of new destinations including Santorini in Greece, Dubrovnik in Croatia and Marrakech in Morocco. It’s also worth noting that Bristol Airport has also recently entered into an agreement with Lufthansa providing connections to long haul flights to destinations like Johannesburg and Shanghai, if you’re interested in going further afield.
New routes from Liverpool
John Lennon Airport in Liverpool welcomed Ryanair’s recent announcement that they’re going to run 166 flights from there in an extended winter schedule, beginning in September. The list of destinations includes some great places for winter sun, so if you’re in the mood to plan ahead start looking up flights from Liverpool to Barcelona, Faro or Lanzarote.
New routes from Cambridge
Good news for those living near Cambridge, Cityjet has launched flights to Amsterdam and Dublin from Cambridge International Airport this month as recently as last month.
New routes from East Midlands
Ryanair’s winter schedule for 2014 included 19 new routes from East Midlands Airport including flights to Gdansk, Riga and Tenerife. Brussels Airlines has also recently started a twice daily Brussels route and the airline plans to codeshare with BMI, thus opening up the airport to a number of additional destinations around Europe.
Which of these flights catches your eye? Feel free to comment if you know of any others worth noting.