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The most exciting new flight routes for summer 2024

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By Jacob Lewis

13 December 2023 | Updated 19 January 202413 min read

Colourful cushions along the benches of a traditional rooftop cafe in Marrakech, which has views of the city's flat-roofed houses

As summer 2024 approaches, travellers can look forward to exploring a world of new destinations thanks to the latest flight route expansions from budget airlines such as easyJet, Jet2, and Ryanair.

With 12 new routes from 8 UK airports, easyJet will fly to sought-after coastal gems such as Malta, Alicante, and the Algarve, as well as intriguing new spots like Reus in Spain and Enfidha in Tunisia.

Not to be outdone, Jet2, Ryanair and Wizz Air are also upping the ante with their own exciting additions. Jet2 will introduce holidaymakers to destinations like the idyllic island of Symi and the Athens Coast in Greece, the charming city of Porto in Portugal, and Pula in Croatia. Ryanair has added the picturesque Dubrovnik in Croatia and the culturally rich Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina to its roster. Meanwhile, Wizz Air joins easyJet in launching budget flights from Luton to Cairo.

From Ibiza’s sleepy neighbour, the tranquil island of Formentera to the bustling bazaars of Cairo, Egypt's historic capital, these are the top new destinations we’re most excited to visit in summer 2024.

Symi, Greece

Why we're excited

Symi is a gem in the Aegean Sea, enchanting visitors with its neoclassical architecture and tranquil vibes. The island's charm extends from its picturesque harbour to the pastel-coloured houses that cascade down to the sea.

The island's beaches, such as Nos Beach and Pedi Bay, offer idyllic retreats for sunbathing and swimming. Adventurous travellers can embark on hikes to the island's monasteries, like the Monastery of Panormitis, which offers a glimpse into the spiritual heritage of Symi.

Historic tavernas serve fabulous fresh food; the Symi shrimp is a must-try delicacy.

Who is flying there now?

Jet2holidays will connect 11 UK airports to Symi via Rhodes, with flights operating from April to October. On arrival into Rhodes Airport, customers will stay in Rhodes for the first night of their holiday before continuing their journey to Symi the following day via ferry. Destinations include the scenic Symi Town, Pedi, and Emporios.

Formentera

Why we’re excited

Formentera may be the tiniest Balearic island, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up with its shimmering shores and crystal-clear waters. A slice of paradise for beach connoisseurs, the island has sands and seas that would make the Caribbean do a double-take.

But Formentera is more than just secluded bays and sun-kissed beaches. It's laced with 125km (77 miles) of 'green routes' – an invitation to lace up your hiking boots or pedal through pine forests and swaying wheat fields.

Just 20km (12 miles) in length and as narrow as 2km (1.2 miles) wide at certain points, it’s also a hotspot for birdwatching, with African migratory birds flocking to its lagoons and wetlands.

Who is flying there now?

Jet2holidays is offering trips to Formentera, Spain, from May 16 to October 5. Holidays are accessible from 11 UK airports: Belfast International, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool John Lennon, London Stansted, Manchester, and Newcastle International.

Athens Coast, Greece

Why we're excited

The Athens Coast, a remarkable blend of historical splendour and beachside bliss, is where Greeks go to holiday. This stretch of coastline extends from the suburbs of Athens to the Saronic Gulf, where you'll find beachside glamour, luxurious marinas and high-end shopping districts in cosmopolitan towns like Glyfada.

For history buffs, the coastal town of Faliron is a gateway to ancient Greece with its historical sites and proximity to Athens. Less touristy areas like Voula, Vari and Varkiza, and Vouliagmeni provide a more authentic Greek experience, and are known for their pristine beaches and family-friendly atmosphere. Plus, the convenience of coastal tram and bus services makes exploring the region and sightseeing in Athens effortless.

Who is flying there now?

Jet2holidays will operate flights to Athens from Birmingham, Manchester, and London Stansted, offering a range of accommodation along the coast.

Porto, Portugal

Why we're excited

Porto is known for its rich history and, of course, its famous port wine. Tasting the local tipple is a must-try activity, with renowned cellars like Caves Ferreira and Ramos Pinto offering immersive experiences​​.

Historical attractions like Clérigos Tower, Livraria Lello, and Majestic Café each tell a story of Porto's rich heritage, though the real heartbeat of Porto is found in its fado houses, where the soulful sounds of this traditional Portuguese music fill the air.

The city is also an ideal base for exploring the surrounding regions. The Douro Valley, with its stunning landscapes and vineyards, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-visit for wine lovers. For natural beauty and outdoor activities, try the Peneda-Gerês National Park, or head to Matosinhos for golden sands and a relaxed atmosphere.

Who is flying there now?

Jet2CityBreaks adds Porto to its roster, with flights from Birmingham and Manchester.

Northeast Tunisia

Why we’re excited

The coastal region of Northeast Tunisia is making a comeback as a go-to destination on the Med and easyJet’s new routes to Enfidha-Hammamet airport unlock the charm of resorts such as Sousse and Hammamet, known for golden beaches and warm, Mediterranean waters.

Sousse, with its UNESCO World Heritage-designated medina, is a labyrinth of history, offering an authentic slice of Tunisian life amidst its ancient walls. Visitors can explore the Ribat, a fortified monastery, or the bustling souks.

Hammamet, on the other hand, is a vibrant hub of leisure and relaxation. Its wide beaches are perfect for families, while the old town, with its fort and cultural centre, is a peaceful retreat for history buffs and art lovers. The town's gardens are renowned for their beauty, particularly the citrus and jasmine flowers, giving the town the nickname ‘Garden Resort.’ The menus at all-inclusive hotels always ensure to offer a taste of the region, with its focus on seafood and Tunisian spices.

Further up the coast, the Cap Bon peninsula is a treasure trove of serene landscapes, dotted with vineyards, orchards, and the occasional flamingo flock gracing the wetlands. Visitors can book day tours to see the stunning peninsula, with stops including at the Kerkouane Archaeological Site.

Who is flying there now?

There are three new easyJet routes to Enfidha. Liverpool to Enfidha will start on April 1 and operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays; Belfast International to Enfidha will launch on April 20 and operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays; and Glasgow to Enfidha will launch on May 2 and operate twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays.

Pula, Croatia

Why we're excited

This city on Croatia's Istrian coast has a less touristy and more industrial vibe than other Istrian towns, and the surrounding region is packed with historical sites and pretty beaches​​.

Remarkable Roman monuments like the Pula Arena, one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world, and the Temple of Augustus add to the city’s historical significance.

For beach bums, Pula’s coastline is dotted with pristine beaches and hidden coves, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic. The nearby Brijuni Islands, a national park, are a short boat ride away and offer a peaceful escape with their natural beauty and historical sites, including Roman villas and dinosaur footprints.

Who is flying there now?

Jet2holidays is introducing flights to Pula from Birmingham, Manchester, and London Stansted, with a selection of accommodation across the Istrian Coast.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Why we're excited

Dubrovnik, encircled by massive stone walls completed in the 16th century, is a journey back in time. Wander through the limestone streets of the old town where the Rector's Palace and the Franciscan Monastery are must-visit landmarks, showcasing gothic and Renaissance architecture.

Enjoy a day at Banje Beach, a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing with a spectacular view of the city walls. For a unique perspective, a cable car ride to the top of Mount Srđ offers panoramic views of the old town and the surrounding islands.

Dubrovnik also acts as a gateway to the beautiful Dalmatian coast. A short boat ride can take you to the serene Elafiti Islands, known for their natural beauty and tranquillity. Local food favourites include fresh seafood and traditional Croatian dishes like peka (meat or seafood cooked under a bell-like dome).

Who is flying there now?

Ryanair will launch routes to Dubrovnik from Manchester and London Stansted.

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Faroe Islands

Why we’re excited

The Faroe Islands, an archipelago of 18 islands in the wild North Atlantic, has become more accessible than ever before. With the introduction of a direct flight from London Gatwick by Atlantic Airways, this mystical nation, nestled halfway between Iceland and Norway, is now a tantalising prospect for UK travellers seeking unspoiled natural beauty and unique cultural experiences.

This new connection, starting from June 1, 2024 means adventurers can explore the Faroe Islands’ iconic grass-roofed houses, breathtaking waterfalls, and rugged landscapes with ease. The five-and-a-half hour flight to Vagar Airport, only a 45-minute drive from the capital Torshavn, is the gateway to an outdoor playground that's rich in Viking heritage and boasts a fascinating foodie scene.

Summer 2024 will also be the first summer that visitors can utilise the brand new Sandoy Tunnel. The underwater connection, which opened in December 2023, links the main island of Streymoy with Sandoy to the south, making it easier than ever to visit even the most isolated parts of this remote destination.

Who is flying there now?

Atlantic Airways' new service from London Gatwick operates from June 1 on Tuesdays and Saturdays until August 31, 2024. The direct service complements the existing route from Edinburgh.

Marrakech and Agadir

Why we’re excited

This summer is set to be a big one for UK travellers visiting Morocco thanks to Jet2 announcing its first flights and holidays to the country.

Marrakech is an excellent entry point for first-timers. Getting lost within the maze of souks in the historic medina is a sensory feast that has to be seen, smelt and heard to be believed. The Koutoubia Mosque, with its impressive design and decoration, stands as a spiritual beacon and a must-visit landmark​​. Art and nature intertwine at André Heller’s ANIMA, a botanical garden adorned with works from renowned artists like Rodin and Picasso, offering peaceful walks with the Atlas Mountains framing the horizon​​. For a taste of local culture, the Jardin Majorelle offers a serene botanical escape, and those looking for adventure can soar above the city in a hot air balloon at sunrise​.

Agadir has a different rhythm, and is perfect for returning holidaymakers who may have enjoyed Marrakech but want to dig a little deeper. The serene Paradise Valley offers day hikes through almond and olive orchards, the chance to sample local honey and argan oil before a dip in cooling ​natural pools. History buffs can explore the walled Medina of Taroudant, a historic trade centre with sprawling souks known for silver jewellery​​.

For surfers, nearby Taghazout has year-round waves and beginner lessons against a backdrop of sandy beaches​​, while the Souss-Massa National Park is the one for wildlife enthusiasts with bird-watching opportunities like spotting the endangered bald ibis​.

Who is flying there now?

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays.com now offer year-round services to Agadir and Marrakech. The flights and holiday packages for both winter 24/25 and summer 25 are on sale now. In total, up to 17 weekly flights will be connecting 6 UK airports with Morocco. Marrakech will be accessible via flights from Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, and London Stansted, while Agadir will be served by flights from an extended list of UK airports, including Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, and London Stansted.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Why we're excited

Sarajevo is a city where East meets West in the most literal sense. Its unique history as a crossroads of civilizations has left an indelible mark on its architecture and culture. The Baščaršija, Sarajevo's old bazaar, is a labyrinth of narrow streets filled with artisan shops, mosques, and cafes that reveal the city’s Ottoman influence.

Sarajevo's recent history is also a significant part of its identity. The Sarajevo Tunnel Museum provides a poignant look into the city's resilience during the Bosnian War. The diversity in Sarajevo extends to its religious architecture, with the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, the Sacred Heart Cathedral, and the Sarajevo Synagogue all within walking distance of each other.

The Olympic Mountains, site of the 1984 Winter Olympics, offer hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. The Vrelo Bosne park, with its springs and green paths, is a perfect spot for a chill day out.

Who is flying there now?

Ryanair is introducing a new route to Sarajevo from London Stansted.

Cairo

Why we’re excited

Cairo is shaping up to be the go-to city break destination for 2024, bustling with fresh attractions like the Grand Egyptian Museum. The architectural gem is set to unveil its treasures in spring 2024 and is the new home for the legendary Tutankhamun's collection. For now, there's a chance to get a glimpse of what's in store with an exclusive tour that lets you climb the Grand Staircase and see 64 statues that aren't part of the usual tour path.

The city is also home to timeless spots like the Giza Pyramids and the lively Khan el-Khalili bazaar, where the scent of spices fills the air. Plus, you can explore Cairo's rich religious history by visiting its mosques and Coptic churches.

If you're looking to chill out, a felucca ride on the Nile is the perfect way to take a break from the city buzz. Foodies have to try the local eats like koshari and ful medames. Or just kick back in one of the cafés or tea houses with a cup of Egyptian tea or some flavourful shisha.

Getting about is a breeze, thanks to cheap cabs and Africa’s most expansive metro network. Or for the truly intrepid, Uber offers a moped pickup service that will weave you through the capital’s clogged traffic in no time.

Who is flying there now?

easyJet started operating flights to Cairo on November 1. The flights from London Luton airport will depart three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays year-round. Meanwhile, Wizz Air also started flying from Luton on October 30, with departures on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Reus/Costa Dorada

Why we’re excited

The birthplace of the architect Antoni Gaudí, the city of Reus is steeped in art and architecture. While there are no buildings designed by him, the city's ‘modernist route’ is a homage to its son's legacy, lined with splendid buildings that mirror the spirit of his works. Away from the new, why not unwind in the city’s historic plazas? Cafés and tapas bars at the Plaza del Mercadal offer a taste of local life and cuisine.

Most holidaymakers landing at Reus airport will skip the small city and head directly to the Costa Dorada. Literally the ‘Gold Coast’, gilded beaches stretch as far as the eye can see. Child-friendly resorts dot the coastline and the roller-coaster packed PortAventura World theme park is on hand for the thrill seekers in the family. For those who prefer their grapes over gravity-defying rides, nearby Priorat region offers world-class wine tasting experiences in a rugged landscape.

Who is flying there now?

Twice-weekly flights from Luton and Manchester to Reus will start on April 2 with easyJet. The flights will run on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer.

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