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It may have taken a 10 year break, but British Airways is reinstating flights to Fuerteventura from December 2014.
The flights will operate from Gatwick twice a week, all year round and start from 13th December. The route will be operated on Airbus A319 and A320 short-haul aircraft, which the airline announced would be receiving a new look in the cabin, featuring stylish new seats.
British Airways already serves the Canary Islands with flights to Lanzarote leaving twice a week and Tenerife flying seven times a week.
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Brits just can’t get enough of the sunshine state of Florida, with Orlando the particular holiday favourite for this summer according to recent analysis.
The metasearch website momondo.co.uk analyses its UK flight search data from the last three months, for travel during the UK holiday period and a departure date between June and August 2014 and came up with Brits’ top summer destinations.
Orlando was the clear winner, proving the theme-park capital and family-friendly atmosphere is something that keeps it at the top of our summer holiday list.
The website also studied the most popular places in the world according to data from 20 of the UK’s biggest airports to create each airport’s “Top 5” summer destinations. Orlando appeared in seven out of 20 of these airport lists.
Other firm favourites were Spanish destinations of Alicante and Malaga, coming in third and fourth respectively on overall most-searched destinations for summer 2014. Both also appeared in the top five for 13 out of 20 UK airport lists.
“It’s encouraging to see Orlando in favour with Brits this year as a popular place to visit over the summer holidays, with its excellent activities and parks for the whole family. And long-haul destination New York was also popular this summer too – at a time when the climate is warm.
“It seems the traditional Spanish summer break though will always appeal to Brits, with short-haul flights and a practical sun guarantee. It is interesting to see Turkey hot on the heels of Spain however, with Dalaman coming in fifth most-popular destination overall. Sizzling hot weather and great deals on this up and coming destination no doubt will be drawing the crowds in this year,” says Julie Pedersen, Spokesperson for momondo.
OVERALL TOP 10 MOST-SEARCHED SUMMER DESTINATIONS FOR BRITS
2) New York
8) Palma de Mallorca
9) Los Angeles
Ryanair will start a weekly Cardiff to Tenerife service from 30th October.
Flights will operate on Thursdays, leaving Cardiff at 11.15 and arriving in Tenerife at 15.20 local time. Return flights will be a 06.55, arriving in Cardiff at 10.50.
Tickets are on sale now.
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Florida beach picture by Flickr user Adam Caudill
A survey of 2,000 British parents regarding the most family-friendly destinations in the world found Cornwall to be top of the list, with Orlando in Florida a close second.
The only reason Orlando was pipped to the post was because of the long flying time of around nine hours from the UK, otherwise, its world-famous theme parks and near-constant sunshine ranked extremely favourably for child-friendly holidays.
The Spanish islands of Majorca, Menorca and Tenerife, and the Costa Del Sol on the mainland made up the rest of the top ten for holidays abroad, with Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Isle of Wight for holidays in the UK.
Around eight in ten respondents said making sure a destination is child-friendly is their main priority when booking a holiday. Factors that contributed to a family-friendly holiday included nearby play areas, a good choice of food to cater for fussy eaters, and a shallow sea. Half of the parents polled said the ideal holiday destination must have nice beaches, and 28% said kids’ swimming pools are essential.
The study also found that the ideal holiday would last an average of 10 days, and involve less than five hours of travelling time, making many of the European destinations ideal for family breaks.
David Cameron suffered a painful sting from a jellyfish while on his Easter holiday with his family in Lanzarote.
Reports state that Cameron was warned by locals about the dangers of jellyfish, and even though he got his children out of the waves, he returned for another swim off the popular Arrieta beach.
Tourists described how he came running from the water a short time later, rubbing his arm shouting: “Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!”
Wendy, an ex-pat who has lived at the Canary Island resort for 12 years, described the type of jellyfish as “a reddy colour, quite small but with very long tentacles”.
The sting, although painful, was reported to be pretty minor and did not require treatment.
This incident just goes to show that it’s probably wise to heed the warnings of locals when on holiday in an area you don’t know very well.
Lanzarote picture by Flickr user GanMed64
The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, has travelled with his family to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands for the Easter holidays.
The Camerons are understood to be taking a self-catering vacation at a holiday villa in the centre of the island, just outside of San Bartolome.
Spanish police sources confirmed to local media that there is a security plan in place for the PM’s visit to the volcanic island, one of the most popular of winter sun destinations.
The visit looks set to do wonders for tourism as Director of Lanzarote’s tourist board, Hector Fernandez, said the PM’s visit was an “important pat on the back” for Lanzarote’s reputation as a holiday destination.
Here at Villaseek we have lots of holiday villas on Lanzarote, and across the Canary Islands. Whatever your political bent, there’s no denying the beauty of the place as a great choice for a holiday!
It’s nearing the end of 2013, so it’s time for our annual round up of travel news and features covered in this blog over the year.
January is normally the time when you start to examine your finances after the Christmas splurge, and this year was no different for the travel news. A Sunday Times report that found customers were seriously losing out on foreign currency exchange rates when purchasing their travel money at airports. We also looked at the financial benefits of flying to an airport further from your destination and driving the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Spain was voted the best value destination for 2013, and Eve told us why she thought Spain was a great winter destination.
However, it was all about Greece in February! With its award-winning beaches and Thomas Cook trend survey that revealed a huge increase in bookings during the month. The month ended with a warning to check your travel insurance small print, as many travellers were reported to have fallen foul of clauses in their insurance, which meant they wouldn’t get a pay out on claims.
In March, a woman successfully smuggled a dog onto a plane; we looked at the biosphere reserve that is Menorca; and BA started selling tickets for flights on its ‘red carpet route’ to Los Angeles in its new super jumbo A380. Easyjet installed new, lighter, seats on its aircraft in an attempt to save on fuel and CO2 emissions. Bitter weather threatened to blight travellers’ Easter holidays, but this didn’t stop Peter Rabbit visiting children at Heathrow.
The bizarre law in Florida that all British Citizens must carry an International Driving Permit in the state was repealed in April. Samoa Air launched its controversial pay by weight flights and we looked at the facts about turbulence.
Easyjet began testing its volcanic ash cloud detection technology in May. We found that trillions of air miles are going to waste; and there was the slightly disturbing report of a flight being diverted because the pilot got locked out of the cockpit. There was good news for Harry Potter fans going on holiday in Florida, as the Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley “environment”.
A US ban on using a laptop during take off on flights was lifted in June.
Tenerife enjoyed at 14% rise in arrivals from the UK in July. It was also discovered that many English families were flying from Scottish airports to save up to £500 on their holiday travel costs. It may have been one of the hottest summers we’ve had in years, but this didn’t stop large numbers of Brits leaving for even sunnier holiday destinations in the last weekend of July. We gave advice on how to avoid common pick pocketing scams as the Foreign Office issued a warning about pick pockets in Switzerland.
As August enjoyed more of the heatwave, Ryanair had a drop in flight bookings; it also took legal action against an unfavourable Dispatches programme “Ryanair: Secrets from the Cockpit”.
Etihad Airways launched its “flying nanny” service to look after passengers’ children in September. Helly Kitty planes took to the skies with Taiwan’s EVA Air, and a computer glitch in US Airways system sold $0 flights on its website. Spain enjoyed record visitor numbers over the summer, proving the predictions earlier in the year.
In October, Manchester was announced to be the UK’s first Airport City; and Ryanair announced that it would work on a better customer service.
It was all about the measure of happiness for travel in November, and BA introduced interactive billboards to remind people of the magic of flying.
The Northern Lights in Norway topped Brits’ “must see” list in December. Britain also endured wide-spread bad weather with winds of up to 140mph battering parts of the country, and flooding hitting others.
That’s the round up for 2013, make sure to follow this blog for more travel news and articles in 2014, and book your holiday villas at a wide range of destinations on Villaseek.
Summer Sun picture by Flickr user Ian A Kirk
The summer schedule for 2014 has been announced by Easyjet as flights to 100 destinations now go on sale.
It has more than 11.5 million seats, almost 300,000 more than last summer.
With so many seats going on sale, now might be a good time to book your summer holiday and villa while you can get some good bargains and not have to think about it until it’s time to jet off!
With flights to Spain, Italy, France, Greece and many more, we have a holiday villa to suit your needs.
Tenerife picture by Flickr user moroccan_spirit
As the night’s get darker and the cooler weather creeps in, it seems that winter sun is on many people’s minds this year!
Still the most popular type of break, winter sun seekers have increased in popularity according to ABTA’s Winter Holiday Trends 2013/14 survey. 40% are planning a break in the sun this winter, compared with 39% last year. City breaks are up 8% as 39% plan a city visit, and up by 5% to 15% is skiing holidays.
The Canary Islands are Brits’ favourite winter destination, with Greece, Malta and Tunisia also hugely popular. For those in search of lands further afield, the Caribbean, Mexico and Dubai are also ranking high.
Whatever your winter sun needs, be sure to check out our main site to search our extensive database of holiday villas.
Tenerife has elected a new President, the island’s current tourism chief Carlos Alonso.
Alonso will also remain as Tenerife’s Tourism Councillor, a post he’s already held for two years. With his new responsibilities, he aims to improve the island’s connectivity.
Last year, 36 new direct routes to the island were secured by the Tenerife Tourism Corporation, together with two new aircraft bases for Norwegian and Vueling Airlines.
Easyjet has just announced a new route from Southend to Tenerife to start this December and expects to carry more than 11,000 passengers a year.
Easyjet UK commercial manager Hugh Aitken said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be launching our 16th destination from London Southend to Tenerife. It’s perfect for winter sun and we’re sure it will be a big hit with our customers from Southend and the wider region.”