Both easyJet and Monarch airlines have announced additions to their UK routes this week, with easyJet commencing cheap flights to Iceland from 2012 and Monarch starting a new route to Egyptian favourite Sharm el Sheikh.
The new Iceland route follows significant increases in the number of Brits travelling to the remote island over the past year, and will provide a welcome budget option for holidaymakers looking for an unusual trip on a tight budget. The airline will operate flights three times a week from Luton to the Icelandic capital Reykjavik, beginning in March 2012. The flights will run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, giving plenty of options for breaks of different lengths.
Iceland is renowned for its rugged, dramatic landscape, geothermal attractions and health spas, as well as the lively nightlife in and around Reykjavik. The island will become easyJet’s 30th international destination, and UK director Paul Simmons expressed his excitement at the new route
“Our new route will not only be attractive for business travellers, but also for those looking for culture-rich city breaks or adventurous travellers looking for unrivalled scenery and activities,” said Mr Simmons.
A wide range of activities are also guaranteed for visitors to Monarch Airlines’ new destination Sharm el Sheikh. The popular Egyptian resort offers beach front accommodation and a wealth of water sports and other activities for visitors. Monarch will fly three times a week to the Egyptian resort from London Gatwick, as well as four times a week from Manchester.