New airline routes & holiday destinations for 2019/2020

New airline routes direct from the UK

Whether you're after holiday inspo or planning your travels for the year ahead, here you'll find the latest information on brand new airline routes direct from airports across the UK - and there's plenty to choose from.

1. Virgin Atlantic

The really big news from Virgin Atlantic is the brand spanking new daily route from London Heathrow to São Paulo* Guarulhos International Airport, Brazil, which will be taking to the skies from 29 March 2020.

Flights to São Paulo with Virgin Atlantic © gustavofrazao -
Flights to São Paulo with Virgin Atlantic © gustavofrazao -

Go the whole hog: why book just a flight with the UK's sassiest travel company when you could book dreamy holiday? Check out the latest deals on breaks with Virgin Holidays, which is set to include offers to São Paulo later in the year. Until then you can book flight+hotel breaks with Virgin Atlantic*.

The just under 12-hour flight is Virgin Atlantic's first foray into South America and will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Fares are already available, so start searching for your ticket to Brazil's most populous city today.

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2. TUI

As well as crossing its 'T' and dotting its 'I', TUI has been busy adding new routes to its airline's portfolio for the coming year. Excitingly, there's a clear nod towards sunny spots in North Africa with multiple new routes to Egypt and Morocco.

Egypt's Red Sea resort of Marsa Alam will be served by two weekly flights - one from Birmingham (4 November), the other from Manchester (6 November). Meanwhile, over in Morocco, the Atlantic coastal city of Agadir is set to be connected by weekly flights from Birmingham (7 November) and Newcastle (7 May 2020).

Book a break and save: you can book holidays for every budget to these destinations and many more with TUI - check out the latest online discounts from TUI for 2019/2020 today.

TUI has also confirmed a number of new routes to much-loved European destinations; among others, Malaga (weekly from Edinburgh, 1 March 2020), Reykjavik (twice-weekly from Bristol, 26 January to 4 March) and, for all you skiers, Chambery in the French Alps (weekly from London Stansted, 14 December).

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3. British Airways

BA hasn't had the easiest year. The UK's flag carrier has been plagued by strikes, accusations of cost-cutting to the detriment of passengers and some all-round bad PR. This could be part of the reason we haven't seen any show-stopper new routes announced for 2019/2020.

Milan Cathedral and statue of Vittorio Emanuele II © Andrej - Adobe Stock Image
Milan Cathedral and statue of Vittorio Emanuele II © Andrej - Adobe Stock Image

Looking for a holiday? Use our bespoke BA holiday finder to search for your dream destination based on both the weather and the price.

The only route sure to tickle city breakers is the six-times-per-week flight from London Gatwick to Italy's capital of cool, Milan Bergamo, which commenced on 1 September 2019. As for anything else, watch this space...

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4. Jet2

Jet2 has spent another year working on its master plan to take over the holiday market, and 2020 looks set to be no different. After focusing on developing it southern hubs at Birmingham and London Stansted, Jet2 appears to be going back to its roots with a variety of options for both winter and summer from its northern bases.

Among a number of new routes, the Turkish city of Izmir will be within easy reach of Edinburgh, Belfast and East Midlands (all weekly between May and October 2020), while sophisticated La Rochelle on France's Atlantic coast will see two new routes from East Midlands and London Stansted (both weekly from May 2020).

Looking for more? Head over to our complete guide to Jet2holidays for even more information about new holiday destinations plus the latest online deals on 2019/2020 escapes.

New inroads into Greece will starts from Birmingham, London Stansted and Manchester next summer, with each hosting flights to petite Preveza between May and November 2020. Plus, Newcastle will see a new weekly service to the much-loved Dodecanese island of Kos.

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5. easyJet

If you're thinking of a winter sun escape, then you'll want to check out the latest selection of great value new routes from Europe's leading orange-tailed airline. There's a truly tempting collection of places that promise warming seasonal sunshine launching from a number of UK airports.

Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet © Anadel - Adobe Stock Image
Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet © Anadel - Adobe Stock Image

Manchester is set to connect the north of England with the historic and oh-so-pretty Italian city of Verona from 30 October, Arctic favourite and gateway to Lapland, Rovaniemi in Finland from 21 November and, for that hot and sunny getaway complete with snorkelling, swimming and ancient delights, there's the Red Sea resort of Hurghada in Egypt from 30 October.

Don't forget: you can book more great value breaks to these destinations and more in 2019/2020 with easyJet Holidays.

Thirtieth of October will see a number of other wheels-up moments for new easyJet routes: northerly neighbour Liverpool is set for flights to Tenerife, while Bristol will also be connected with the azure shores of Hurghada and Northern Ireland's capital Belfast will have a new route direct to the sights and scents of magical Marrakech in Morocco.

Finally, London Luton will have a new wintry option to the Czech capital of Prague from late October - spot-on for some festive Christmas market splurging and gluhwein-sipping.

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6. Wizz Air

This low-cost Hungarian favourite is set to connect Scotland with four more major destinations in eastern Europe.

From late 2019, WizzAir will commence flights from Edinburgh to the Polish cities of Warsaw (four times per week from 18 December) and Gdansk (three times per week from 19 December), as well as the Hungarian capital, Budapest (three times per week from 21 December), and the Romanian capital, Bucharest (twice weekly from 23 December).

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7. Norwegian Air

Norway's leading low-cost carrier has reigned in its seeming attempts for world domination over the past 12 months with the cancellation of a number of transatlantic flights as well as scaling back routes to and from some airports including Edinburgh.

Christmas in Bergen, the Festival of Lights © Robin Strand -
Christmas in Bergen, the Festival of Lights © Robin Strand -

That hasn't stopped the airline offering those in the north of England a seasonal escape route to beautiful Bergen on Norway's rugged, fjord riddles, southwest coast. The route will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays - perfect for a long weekend - over the winter period from the 28 October 2019.

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8. FlyBosnia

FlyBosnia is the brand new flag carrier of Bosnia and Herzegovina. A young airline, it was founded in 2018 and began by connecting the country's eclectic capital, Sarajevo, with Europe and the Middle East as of autumn 2019.

The most exciting development for UK travellers is the direct route from London Luton to Sarajevo three times per week. The fledgeling airline is busy building its fleet of Airbus aircraft and is currently operating the A319 model to and from London.

This is an adventurous option for anyone interested in the tumultuous history of this fascinating region. It's also a haven for wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts, not to mention a brilliant gateway for discovering more of Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as historic Mostar, as well as neighbouring countries. Prepare to fall head over heels for this enchanting nation at the heart of the Balkans.

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9. Air Arabia

This is a bit of sneaky one as Air Arabia's links with the UK aren't technically new. However, the airline, the largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, isn't perhaps as well known as it should be and we wanted to shout a bit about its direct flights between Morocco and the UK.

Air Arabia's low cost flights to Africa & the Middle East © Air Arabia
Air Arabia's low cost flights to Africa & the Middle East © Air Arabia

As way of an intro, Air Arabia is based in Sharjah, UAE, and has been whizzing through the skies since 2003 via its fleet of Airbus aircraft. From the UK, Air Arabia offers flights from London Gatwick to the port city of Tangier three times per week, the ancient maze city of Fez twice weekly and Marrakech, also twice weekly. Agadir hasn't been forgotten either, with seasonal flights from Manchester and Birmingham.

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New airline routes via hubs worldwide

With more European airlines offering stopovers, it's easier than ever to book a long haul flight which includes a long transfer, letting you get out and explore your temporary host city between journeys.

Even if you don't extend your trip with a stopover, there are some fabulous fares to be had flying long haul via hubs with the following airlines. Read on to see what lies beyond with some of Europe's leading airlines in 2019/2020.


Ever thought of mixing a stopover in Helsinki into your travel plans? Thanks to Finland's national airline, you can do just that in 2020.

Fly via Helsinki with Finnair to destinations worldwide © Scanrail -
Fly via Helsinki with Finnair to destinations worldwide © Scanrail -

Building on its routes eastwards, Finnair is launching flights direct from Helsinki to Busan in southeastern South Korea from 30 March 2020. The route, which opens the door to South Korea's second-largest city after Seoul, will operate three times per week using the A350 aircraft.

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Latest airline route information & deals

Tempted to book your 2019/2020 travels? Don't miss our collection of the very best online deals, discounts, and sale fares to help you take advantage of the excellent selection of new routes and holiday destinations in the year ahead.

Kirsten Henton

Kirsten Henton
Article updated on Thursday 26th September 2019 in: Travel tips

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