New airline routes & holiday destinations for 2022/2023

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New airline routes from the UK

Keeping track of the latest new airline routes to and from the UK has never been so tricky. Thanks to the pandemic, many routes, domestic and international, have been on pause or scrapped altogether since March 2020.

Yet, among the chaos, there have been route - and even airline - resurrections as well as brand new destinations appearing on the scene. As such, we're not only sharing shiny new routes for 2022 but giving the nod to a few of those that are set to resume as well.

New airline routes from the UK for 2022 © mRGB - Adobe Stock Image
New airline routes from the UK for 2022 © mRGB - Adobe Stock Image

So, whether you're idly browsing for inspiration or ready to book your next adventure, you'll find the latest information on airline routes direct from airports across the UK right here.

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1. TUI

The stand-out new route for TUI has to be its tempting winter sun option of Senegal. TUI will run weekly flights from London Gatwick to the capital Dakar.

This West African nation, lapped by the Atlantic and brimming with wildlife, is guaranteed to offer something a little different and certainly makes a striking appearance on TUI's winter sun schedule.

Before that TUI launched a brand new route from Doncaster-Sheffield to the Mexcian holiday haven of Cancun, which will through summer 2022.

In addition, the adventurous, outdoorsy branch of TUI, TUI Lakes & Mountains, has released a slew of seven-night holidays between June and September 2022 to the lesser-known, land-locked southeastern European country of North Macedonia (from London Luton) for those after something a little different.

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2. Jet2

Last winter, Jet2 announced the establishment of its tenth UK hub at Bristol Airport. This proved to be so very popular with those living in the southwest that the airline has since revealed a slew of new routes for summer 2022.

You can look forward to choosing between Innsbruck in Austria, Izmir and Bodrum in Turkey, Malaga, Reus and Alicante in Spain, Larnaca in Cyprus, Dubrovnik in Croatia and Sicily and Naples in Italy.

Innsbruck, capital of the beautiful Tyrol region in Austria, is an exciting one with Jet2 also offering flights there from Birmingham and Manchester until September 2022.

Looking further ahead, Jet2 has announced it will offer flights to Athens from Manchester and Birmingham from winter 2022/2023.

Meanwhile, summer 2023 will see Verona added to the schedule from Newcastle as well as Sardinia and Sicily from Birmingham, Rome and Athens from London Stansted, and Tivat in Montenegro from Manchester.

For anyone planning even further ahead, Jet2 has added four new destinations to its winter 2023/24 schedule. These include Malaga from Belfast and Bristol, Faro from Belfast, Palma, Majorca from Bristol and Malta from Newcastle and Bristol.

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3. Virgin Atlantic

The vibrant red tails of Virgin Atlantic have been getting better acquainted with the Scottish capital. In December 2021, Virgin Atlantic began the only direct route from Scotland to the Caribbean with its inaugural Edinburgh to Barbados flight.

Building on this, Virgin Atlantic also launched a new twice-weekly route from Edinburgh to Orlando, Florida, which began in April 2022.

In exciting news for Caribbean lovers, Virgin Atlantic recommenced its route to the idyllic island of Tobago in January 2022. The route was paused owing to the pandemic but it's back to operating twice-weekly from London Heathrow.

After months of speculation, Virgin Atlantic also revealed its new big-ticket UK to US route between London Heathrow and Austin, Texas. This commenced on 25 May 2022 and operate four times per week aboard a 787 Dreamliner.

From November 2022, Virgin Atlantic also plans to fully reinstate its flights from London Heathrow to Cape Town, South Africa.

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4. British Airways

Get ready to welcome BA Euroflyer to the tarmac at London Gatwick. As the pandemic took hold, British Airways was quick to end operations at London Gatwick but the airline resumed short-haul flights across Europe under the banner of BA Euroflyer.

Meanwhile, the main airline was able to focus on the long-anticipated launch of its route to Portland, Oregon in the USA. Originally due to start in June 2020, it was delayed for obvious reasons but will now operate five times per week from 3 June 2022.

Spring 2022 also saw BA launch flights from London Heathrow to the scenic Bavarian city of Nuremberg.

While, from spring 2023, BA will launch twice-weekly flights from London Gatwick to Aruba (with a brief stop in Antigua) on 26 March 2023. This is in addition to the new twice-weekly route to Georgetown, Guyana (which will call by St Lucia), commencing on 27 March 2023.

It will also reinstate its London Gatwick to Las Vegas route, which was suspended during the pandemic. It will operate three times per week between 26 March 2023 and 28 October 2023.

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5. easyJet

When it comes to summer 2022, easyJet has revealed that it's launching numerous new routes from UK airports.

February in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt © Viktor Prymachenko - Alamy Stock Photo
February in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt © Viktor Prymachenko - Alamy Stock Photo

These will include Edinburgh to Malaga, Spain and Rhodes, Greece, Belfast to the island of Menorca in the Balearics, Liverpool to Izmir, Turkey and London Luton to Crete, Greece and Agadir, Morocco.

A brand new route from Birmingham to Faro in the Algarve, Portugal also commenced on 1 May 2022.

For those living in eastern East Anglia, the airline is reinstating summer routes from London Southend to Malaga in southern Spain and Palma in the Balearics, as well as from Newcastle to Palma, too.

You can also start to plan seasonal escapes thanks to easyJet's release of new destinations for winter 2022/23. London Luton will offer flights six times per week to the Spanish capital, Madrid, from 31 October 2022.

Meanwhile, Birmingham will host a new twice-weekly route to Lisbon, Portugal and London Gatwick will see a new route to Porto Santo in Madeira's archipelago, twice-weekly, both from 2 November 2022.

Flights to Rovaniemi in Finland will depart from Bristol twice a week from 18 November 2022, while Manchester will be the launchpad for new flights to Fuerteventura in the Canaries.

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6. Vueling

Low-cost Spanish airline, Vueling has announced that it will launch three routes from London Gatwick for winter 2022/23. The routes to Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, which will run twice-weekly and Tenerife, which will run three times per week from 6 December 2022.

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7. Wizz Air

Low-cost Hungarian airline, WizzAir, sadly had to hit pause on its grand plans to link the UK with the Ukrainian port city of Odessa in 2022. However, the airline has announced that it will establish its fourth UK base at Cardiff Airport from summer 2022.

It is launching nine new routes from the Welsh capital to Alicante, Spain, Faro in the Algarve, Portugal, Heraklion on Crete, Greece, Palma, Majorca, Larnaca, Cyprus, plus Lanzarote and Tenerife in the Canaries, Corfu, Greece and, last but not least, the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt from November.

Wizz Air has also revealed that from 2 November 2022 it will operate a winter service from London Luton to Podgorica in Montenegro. This will run twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays.

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8. Air Canada

The Canadian flag carrier is gearing up to launch a new daily flight from London Heathrow to Mumbai, India from 29 October 2022 to 24 March 2023.

As well as connecting London with Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary, Air Canada recently relaunched its direct route from London Heathrow to Halifax, Nova Scotia too.

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9. United Airlines

Good news for anyone flying between Scotland and the US, as United Airlines has announced that it will resume direct flights between the Scottish capital and three cities on America's east coast.

The year-round, daily Edinburgh to New York (Newark) route recommenced on 5 March, while daily flights to Chicago and Washington DC will run through summer from 7 May 2022.

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10. Ryanair

The low-cost carrier we all love to hate has an impressive variety of new routes launching from airports across the UK for summer 2022.

Newcastle is getting nine new routes including Ibiza, Menorca, Milan and Riga, while London Stansted will see the airline commence flights to, among others, the Swedish cities of Växjö and Örebro.

The beautiful island of Madeira, Portugal © Nikolai Sorokin - Adobe Stock Image
The beautiful island of Madeira, Portugal © Nikolai Sorokin - Adobe Stock Image

The port city of Zadar in Croatia and the Atlantic archipelago of Madeira are the stars of the show, however; Zadar will launch from Birmingham, Bournemouth, Liverpool and Newcastle, while Madeira will be accessible via Manchester and London Stansted.

What's more, Ryanair has also announced that it is creating a new base at Madeira Airport, where two aircraft will operate 10 new routes from the capital, Funchal.

Ryanair also recently launched a new, twice-weekly route between Manchester and the Balearic island of Menorca as of May 2022.

The Scottish capital is the latest recipient of a boost from Ryanair with no fewer than eight new destinations hitting the boards including Bari in Italy, Nimes in France, and Santiago in Spain and the Sicilian capital of Palermo for summer, along with Cork, Madrid, Marrakesh and Paris.

Leeds Bradford will also get three new routes for summer to Barcelona, Paris and Zadar.

Looking further ahead, Ryanair is celebrating 35 years at Birmingham Airport with five new routes for winter 2022/23.

Flights to Billund in central Denmark, Grenoble in France, Santander in northern Spain, Swedish capital Stockholm and Toulouse in southern France will operate through the season from October 2022 until March 2023.

Ryanair is preparing to return to Belfast International for summer 2023 with 12 new routes taking off from April next year.

These will be to Alicante, Faro, Girona, Malaga, Manchester, Milan (Bergamo), London Stansted, Paris (Beauvais), East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gdansk and Krakow.

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11. Lufthansa

Lufthansa, the German national flag carrier, is launching its first-ever direct flights between Liverpool and its main base Frankfurt. It commenced on 4 May 2022 and offers a welcome city break option as well as connections to more than 150 destinations via this major German transport hub.

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12. Aer Lingus

The UK arm of Irish airline Aer Lingus recently commenced new flights direct from northern England to the US and Caribbean.

Manchester was the beneficiary of three new routes to launch between October and December 2021: firstly to Barbados, secondly to New York (JFK) and thirdly to Orlando, Florida; the latter will operate four times per week.

From 21 October 2022, Aer Lingus will recommence its direct service from Dublin to Miami, USA, which will begin by running twice a week before increasing to three times per week from 29 October 2022.

The carrier has also revealed that it will commence Europe's first direct flights to the city of Cleveland, Ohio from Dublin as of 19 May 2023.

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13. Turkish Airlines

The national flag carrier of Turkey, Turkish Airlines, will launch two new routes from the northern city of Manchester this spring. The airline started daily flights direct to the cities of Antalya and Dalaman along the Turquoise Coast in April 2022.

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14. Norwegian

Low-cost carrier Norwegian is set to launch a brand new flight between Manchester and the coastal city of Trondheim in central Norway. Twice-weekly flights commenced on 15 August.

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15. Flybe

Sound familiar? It should. Well known for its regional routes, this once leading UK airline has been resurrected after its collapse in 2020. Flybe, which has new homes at Birmingham and Belfast City airports, is offering numerous new routes to destinations within the UK, France and the Netherlands.

The very first of these, Belfast City to Birmingham, commenced on 13 April. Other prominent new routes from Flybe include Amsterdam (from 29 May) to London Heathrow, Belfast City to Manchester (from 7 July), Birmingham to Edinburgh (from 28 July) and Belfast City to Inverness (from 25 August), among many others.

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. Read on to see what lies beyond with some of Europe's leading airlines in 2022/2023.

Qatar Airways

Qatari flag carrier, Qatar Airways, is turning its nose cones towards Central Asia in 2022. It recently launched new flights from its base in Doha to the increasingly in-demand capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent.

The twice-weekly route began on 17 January and is a good option if any intrepid explorers are connecting via this bustling hub in the Middle East.

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Ones to watch

Here you'll find the very latest airlines and holiday companies to keep an eye on as we progress through 2022 and 2023.

Flyr

New low-cost Norwegian airline Flyr launched its first direct route to the UK, connecting Oslo with Edinburgh, although that ceased on 8 August 2022. Stay tuned to see if Flyr plans to launch any more new routes to the UK.

Norse Atlantic Airways

Norse Atlantic Airways is another new Norwegian airline, which took to the skies in spring 2022. Although based in Oslo, it has a UK arm which looks set to begin with transatlantic flights from London Gatwick via Oslo to numerous US destinations from late 2022.

It appears that these will include New York JFK as well as Fort Lauderdale and Orlando to be followed by Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago (Rockford) and Washington (Baltimore) in due course.

Hainan Airlines

October 2023 is set to see the return of flights linking Manchester with China. Operating weekly on a Tuesday, the outbound flight will have to stop in Dalian, a major port city in Liaoning province.

Here, passengers will have to quarantine for seven days before flying on to Beijing. However, the inbound leg to the UK will be direct from the Chinese capital to the north of England.

Bamboo Airways

New Vietnamese airline Bamboo Airways recently launched services from London Heathrow to Vietnam.

Travellers can take one of the twice-weekly flights to Hanoi, which operates aboard the airline's 787 Dreamliners.

Travellers will also be able to fly from London Gatwick to Hanoi from October 2023 and Ho Chi Minh City from 7 December 2023.

Further connections from Vietnam to Europe are expected with routes to Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich afoot as well as plans to launch direct services from Vietnam to Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.

PLAY

The red-coated aircraft of Icelandic airline PLAY first touched down in London Stansted before adding Liverpool to its list of UK bases. Now, this Reykjavik-based carrier has its sights set on the USA.

New routes to the US with Icelandic airline PLAY © MarcelX42 - Wikimedia Commons
New routes to the US with Icelandic airline PLAY © MarcelX42 - Wikimedia Commons

The low-cost airline has launched three of its four new routes to the US from Reykjavik with connections to Stansted and Liverpool.

Flights to Baltimore and Boston began in May 2022, New York in June 2022, while Washington D.C. is due to commence from April 2023.

Sandals

The luxury all-inclusive holiday specialist Sandals has revealed details of its latest resort, Sandals Dunn's River, in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

The resort was previously owned by Sandals before being taken over by a different holiday company. Sandals required it in 2020 and it's undergone a huge, sweeping renovation. It will be the group's seventeenth resort and is set to open 24 May 2023.

This follows Sandals Royal Curaçao, which opened in April 2022.

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Marella Cruises

Another sneaky entry is Marella Cruises, which has announced that from early 2023 it will operate a special set of US-based itineraries to meet demand in the region.

These will be hosted aboard Marella Discovery and include stops in both the Caribbean at the likes of Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic as well as New York, Charleston and Key West.

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Kirsten Henton

Kirsten Henton
Article updated on Thursday 1st September 2022 in: Travel tips

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