Winter has arrived, and the holidays – usually when travel demand is at its peak – are in-progress. COVID-19 affected the aviation and travel industries immensely. However, many airlines continue to announce and inaugurate new routes. The influx of new routes is to accommodate the holidays and the gradual increase in travel demand for air travel. For instance, easyJet and its Holidays sector officially announced its addition of four new routes for its summer 2021 holiday travel schedule.
The notable, British low-cost carrier plans to fly from Manchester to Tunisia, Ibiza and Kos, Greece. In addition, passengers are now able to book and fly next summer from London’s Luton Airport to Zante. Its new flight will be to a Greek island in the Mediterranean Sea.
“We know there is pent-up consumer demand for holidays next year as so many people weren’t able to get away this year, so we’re really pleased to be expanding our network with the introduction of new destinations from Manchester and Luton airports. Paul Bixby, easyJet Holidays, Commercial Director, said.
Easyjet Holidays offers a variety of different, unique vacation packages for each destination at varying prices. Passengers now have the opportunity to book and plan their holidays for easyJet Holidays’ summer holiday portfolio.
Bixby added, “We’ve got a brilliant range of accommodation on offer across the new destinations, as part of one great value package which also includes flights, transfers and a 23kg bag allowance.“And our customers can rest assured that we offer the ultimate flexibility so they can book their well-deserved 2021 holiday with total confidence.”
EasyJet’s Aggressive Competition On Continent
Across the European continent, the two notable ultra-lowcost airlines -Ryanair and easyJet – face fierce, stiff competition from each other. EasyJet expanded its summer holiday offerings. Meanwhile, Ryanair officially announced new flights from Bournemouth to Bergerac, France, operating twice a week beginning on 2 June 2021.
Ryanair’s Director of Commercial Jason McGuinness said, “We are pleased to announce a new Bournemouth route to Bergerac, commencing on 2nd June 2021, operating two weekly flights as part of our British Summer 2021 schedule. Customers in Britain can now book flights to Bergerac as far out as September 2021,”
Certainly, COVID-19 affected the airline industry immensely and created lots of uncertainty. However, airlines like Ryanair and easyJet have the opportunity to inaugurate and schedule flights that did not exist before. Travel demand shifted towards tourism and holiday travel and away from business travel, prompting the influx of new routes.