Informe semanal noticias Reino Unido realizado por la Oficina de Turismo de Tenerife en Londres

  • Airlines

Travel Weekly, 16 January 2019: Ryanair first to touch down at new Spanish airport
Ryanair has become the first airline to land at a new Spanish airport serving Murcia. Daily flights to the region of Murcia international airport have started from East Midlands airport with other UK connections scheduled for the summer. The no-frills carrier plans to serve Murcia from Birmingham, Bournemouth, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Luton, Stansted and Manchester, helping deliver 660,000 passengers a year. Link


TTG, 18 January 2019: Wizz Air announces Transylvania link
Doncaster Sheffield airport will gain a link with Romania’s third city Timisoara later this year. Located in the west of the country, the city is a gateway to Transylvania. It is one of three cities to have been designated a European Capital of Culture in 2021, along with Elefsina in Greece and as of September 3, people living in and around Doncaster Sheffield will be able to fly direct to the city twice a week thanks to a new route operated by the low-cost carrier Wizz Air. Link


Travel Weekly, 18 January 2019: Ryanair issues profit warning
Ryanair today issued a profit warning due to a steeper fall in winter air fares blamed on airline over capacity in Europe. Europe’s largest no-frills carrier lowered its full year profit guidance from a range of €1.1 billion to €1.2 billion to a new range of €1 billion to €1.1 billion, excluding Austrian arm Lauda. Winter fares are expected to drop by 7% against a previous estimate of a 2% decline. Link

TTG, 17 January 2019: Norwegian cuts bases and route frequencies

The bases due for closure are in Palma, Gran Canaria and Tenerife while Stewart and Providence in the US are also up for the chop. It will also shut its 737 base in Fiumicino airport in Rome, although its Dreamliner base will continue to operate there. A spokesman for the airport said the base closures will not mean flights will be stopped to the destinations, but will mean local flight and cabin crew won’t be based there. Meanwhile, the airline is cutting frequencies on six European short-haul routes, including Palma-Copenhagen; Rome-Helsinki and Tenerife North-Madrid. Link


Buying Business Travel, 14 January 2019: Flybe to sell Gatwick slots to Vueling for £4.5m
Flybe has agreed to sell some of its Gatwick take-off and landing slots to Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling for £4.5 million following its take-over deal with Virgin and Stobart. The regional carrier agreed a take-over deal with a consortium of companies called Connect Airways made up of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital. Flybe will eventually be rebranded to Virgin Atlantic after the acquisition is completed. Now Vueling, part of International Airlines Group (IAG), will buy the Gatwick slots from Flybe and pay in two tranches, according to a notice from Flybe to the London Stock Exchange. Link


  • Travellers and travel agents

Travel Weekly, 15 January 2019: ‘20% of consumers plan to book with high street agent’
20% of consumers plan to book their next holiday by visiting a high street travel agent, despite many wanting tailored, personalised service. Just over 20% of people will be purchasing holidays this month, the traditional peak booking period, but the survey says more than half (53%) look for trips at other times of the year, suggesting that ‘Sunshine Saturday’ – the first Saturday in January – may be a myth. The findings come from a study of 1,500 respondents carried out for personalisation software firm Monetate. It claims 20% of people book holidays in March and April. Many believe ‘Sunshine Saturday’ to be the peak day but more than 52% of respondents booking in January will be booking after January 5. Link


  • Competitors

Travel Bulletin, 18 January 2019: Seductive Santorini takes the crown as the UK’s top wedding destination overseas

Santorini is the top overseas wedding destination for UK couples looking to tie the knot abroad. According to Planet Weddings the destination is set to continue its reign for 2019 and 2020 as the operator adds several new venues, including the Saint Antonio Vineyard. Thanks to its dramatic scenery, sunny weather and wide choice of wedding venues, the Greek island plays host to approximately one thousand weddings a year to couples from abroad with 60% of these coming from the UK. Link


Travel Bulletin, 18 January 2019: Greek gourmets, Aldemar confirms 2019 Sympossio dates

The annual ‘Greek Sympossio Gourmet Touring’ event – which brings together Greek producers, chefs, hoteliers, airlines, tour operators and travel trade businesses to experience Greece’s culinary traditions – has announced its 2019 UK date. Organised by Aldemar Resorts in conjunction with the Greek National Tourism Organisation and Aegean Airlines, the event has visited 59 locations across the UK over the past nine years and shown more than 900 agents how to cook mouth-watering Greek dishes. Now its tenth year, events will take place in Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester and London on March 15, 16, 17, and 18 respectively. Link


Travel Bulletin, 18 January 2019: Israel hits a record 4.1 million tourist footfall in 2018

Israel saw a tourist footfall of 4,120,800 in 2018, a 14% increase when compared to 2017, according to the Israel Ministry of Tourism. When compared with 2016 numbers, it is a 42% increase. The top incoming tourists were from United States, France, Russia, Germany, UK and Italy. Link


  • Tourism industry

Travel Weekly, 18 January 2019: Winter sun breaks on the rise, Abta finds
More than 4.5 million UK consumers are forecast to take a winter holiday with those seeking sun destinations up 3% on last year. Almost a third (31%) will be escaping abroad to find warmer weather, according to new research released by Abta today. More than half (60%) of holidaymakers have booked a package trip because it was the best option for the price, up 3% on the previous year. Link


Travel Weekly, 15 January 2019: New record set by Edinburgh airport
More than 14 million people used Edinburgh airport in its busiest year in 2018. The total of 14.3 million was up by 6.5% on the 2017 level. Scotland’s busiest airport saw international growth of 9.5% and domestic numbers up by almost 2%. The airport ended the year by attracting more than one million passengers in December for the first time, an 11% increase on the same month in 2017. Link


  • Brexit

Irish Travel Trade News, 17 January 2019: CAR Advises Trade on Aviation Licences in Event of No Deal Brexit
The Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR) has called on all Irish travel agent and tour operator licence holders to ensure that they have contracts in place with air carriers for 2019 and beyond that will be fulfilled in the event of a ‘No Deal Brexit’ – and concern is growing within the trade about how EU ‘ownership and control’ rules for airlines may affect air services. The CAR’s notice states: “The Commission wishes to draw stakeholder’s attention to the possibility of the case of what is known as a ‘No Deal Brexit’. Link

Travel Weekly, 17 January 2019: Transport secretary offers reassurance over post-Brexit flights

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has sought to reassure operators that flights between the UK and European Union will be maintained after Brexit. He wrote to the Association of Independent Tour Operators refuting a Sunday Times article suggesting otherwise before Christmas as being “categorically untrue”. Link

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