New easyJet flights from Belfast International Airport to Antalya in Turkey took off on March 26th for the first time; easyJet holidays offers packages to over 160 hotels. The service is operating up to twice a week throughout the summer.
easyJet has launched the first flight on a new summer route from Belfast International to Antalya in Turkey, providing customers in Northern Ireland with an even greater choice of beach destinations this summer.
The first flight took off yesterday afternoon and is now operating up to twice a week on Sundays and Wednesdays throughout the summer season until 25 October 2023.
The popular Turkish resort of Antalya is renowned for its sweeping white-sand beaches, and excellent local cuisine, proving to be the ideal getaway for travellers looking to unwind and recharge in the sun. The new route means that holidaymakers from Belfast can choose from over 160 hotels with Europe’s fastest growing tour operator, easyJet holidays. From luxury all inclusive resorts, to family-friendly self-catered apartments, there’s something for everyone. And, there’s 23kg of luggage per person, flights, hotel and transfers included on all beach packages.
Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: “As Belfast’s largest airline, we are delighted to have launched our first flight from Belfast International Airport to Antalya, providing even more choice for our customers in Northern Ireland to explore more of the most beautiful beach destinations across our network this summer, and enjoy our huge range of hotels available with easyJet holidays.
“While this region has thankfully not been affected by the recent tragic earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria, following our onboard collections for UNICEF’s emergency appeal we would like to thank all of our customers who donated for their kindness and generosity in raising over £400,000, which will help UNICEF and their volunteers to continue providing a vital lifeline in the region for the children and families who have been affected.”
Uel Hoey, Business Development Director, said: “Antalya is always a firm and growing favourite with local holidaymakers and we are delighted to see it added to the overall easyJet network from Belfast International Airport. Antalya brings the total number of destinations served by easyJet from Belfast International Airport to 30. We are looking forward to a busy summer season ahead with even more choice available for passengers direct from their local airport.”
The airline is also set to launch flights from Belfast International Airport to Rhodes for the first time on 3 June. The new services will be operating up to twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer season, providing customers in Northern Ireland with even more direct and convenient connections to Greece. With flights available from £40.99*, and package holidays available with easyJet holidays.
For over 20 years easyJet has been the largest airline in Northern Ireland and now offers 36 routes across 9 countries in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. The airline launched services from Belfast in 1998 and since introducing its first flight to London Luton, easyJet has remained committed to the airport and customers in Northern Ireland by maintaining a continuous operation.
easyJet connects Belfast International Airport with more London airports than any other airline, offering up to 177 flights to key London airports including London Gatwick, London Luton and London Stansted.
easyJet expands popular Twilight Bag Drop service to Edinburgh
Also, easyJet has expanded its popular Twilight Bag Drop service to Edinburgh Airport. Available for the first time yesterday, the free service provides customers on early morning flights with the option to drop their bags off the evening before, saving time for their journey through the airport on their day of travel by skipping bag drop and heading straight to security. It is expected to be especially popular with thousands of families who are travelling with easyJet for their Easter holidays next month.
The service will be available to all customers on early morning flights departing before 1200 at Edinburgh, which represents around 40% of all flights departing from the airport, and bags can be dropped between 1600 and 2100 the day before they fly.
Customers will now be able to simply drop their bags off the evening before their flight during quieter times and to make it easier, just one family member or one customer on the booking is able to drop the bags off for the whole group if they wish.
Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, commented: “We are always looking for ways to make travel even easier for our customers, so we are really pleased to be introducing our free Twilight Bag Drop service at Edinburgh from today. We know the service is already very popular with our customers flying from London Gatwick, Bristol and Manchester and by introducing this in time for Easter, thousands of families set to fly with us on their holidays from Scotland can now benefit by dropping their bags with us at airport the night before, for a quicker and easier journey.”
Adam Wilson, Chief Operating Officer at Edinburgh Airport said: “Providing options for passengers is a key strand to our overall offering to make the journey through the airport as smooth and efficient as possible – that’s a view shared by our partners at easyJet and it’s been great to work closely with them to bring the Twilight service into operation.
“We know a lot of customers will welcome the ability to check-in bags the night before their flight, meaning they can arrive at the airport in the morning, head straight to security and start their trip that little bit quicker.”
easyJet now offers Twilight bag drop services to its customers across four of its key UK airports: London Gatwick, Bristol, Manchester, and now Edinburgh.
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