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7 exciting flight routes launching this year

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By Jacob Lewis

13 December 2023 | Updated 14 March 20246 min read

A view of the colourful hillside houses of Amalfi in Italy

Amalfi, Italy Get set for new flights from London to the Amalfi Coast this summer.

Tired of the same old beach resorts and crowded cities? Seven exciting new flight routes, just announced for 2024, are opening up fresh destinations for UK travellers.

Picture yourself sipping limoncello on the Amalfi Coast, marvelling at ancient wonders in Istanbul, cycling through Guernsey's charming countryside or exploring the vibrant street markets of Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

Whether you crave sun-soaked beaches, captivating history, island tranquillity or faraway cultural experiences, these newly announced direct connections will get you there.

1. Amalfi Coast, Italy

Why we're excited

The Amalfi Coast, with its dramatic coastline and historic allure, is one of Italy's most spectacular summer escapes. This stretch of the Med, famous for its dramatic coastline, with mountains that plunge into the sea, has natural beauty and architectural marvels in spades. The introduction of easyJet's new routes to Salerno's Amalfi Coast airport, a former military airstrip now welcoming commercial flights, makes this exclusive destination and UNESCO World Heritage site more accessible than ever.

The towns of Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello, once ancient maritime republics, boast a rich history showcased by opulent villas. The region's gastronomy, from fresh seafood to the famed limoncello, is a feast for the senses. Inland, beyond the glittering waters and pebbled beaches, you’ll find archaeological wonders like Pompeii and the natural splendours of the Path of the Gods hiking trail.

Who's flying there now?

easyJet stands out as the first UK airline to connect travellers directly to the heart of the Amalfi Coast with its new service from London Gatwick to Salerno. Beginning 13 July 2024, the twice-weekly flights will take off on Tuesdays and Saturdays through the summer months.

Hotel Royal Positano

  • Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy
  • 26 October 2024
  • Room only
  • From Birmingham

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2. Istanbul, Turkey

Why we’re excited

Istanbul, a city of ancient empires and modern marvels, is a true bucket list destination. Straddling two continents, Istanbul is a city where history is alive in the winding streets, magnificent monuments, and bustling bazaars, making it the perfect city break for those in search of a journey through time and culture.

The city's foodie scene, a fusion of rich flavours from Asia and Europe, is an adventure for your taste buds, while the serene Turkish hammams offer a tranquil escape from the city's lively pace. Whether it's the breathtaking views from the shores of the Bosphorus or the vibrant nights in cosmopolitan districts, Istanbul has something for every visitor.

Who's flying there now?

Turkish Airlines is increasing its weekly flights from Manchester to an impressive 25 during the peak season, starting from 19 May.

Avicenna Hotel

  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • 8 July 2024
  • Bed & breakfast
  • From Gatwick

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3. Guernsey

Why we're excited

This unique destination just off the coast of Normandy combines beautiful beaches, charming towns, and a rich history, making it an ideal spot for a spring, summer, or early autumn break.

History buffs will love the island's many intriguing museums and historical sites. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, and visitors can pay tribute to the island’s significant role in World War II at fascinating attractions like the German Occupation Museum. May also brings the joyful Liberation Day celebration, when islanders mark the anniversary of their freedom from German Occupation.

Families will find plenty to love, too. Explore hidden coves and picturesque beaches, enjoy fresh seafood delicacies, and take advantage of the numerous child-friendly accommodations available. The nearby car-free islands of Sark and Herm offer a particularly carefree adventure where little ones can explore with exceptional freedom and safety.

Who's flying there now?

Thanks to Aurigny, Guernsey's own airline, the Islands of Guernsey are more accessible than ever. Direct flights from Liverpool John Lennon Airport depart three times a week, making this charming British Crown Dependency just a short flight away. Edinburgh, London City, London Stansted, and Cornwall Newquay also offer Aurigny flights directly to Guernsey.

4. Munich, Germany

Why we're excited

Germany's bustling Bavarian capital is a city of historic charm with a cutting-edge tech scene. From the magnificent Marienplatz, the city's central square, to the sprawling grounds of the Englischer Garten, Munich is an easily walkable city that’s perfect for a short city break.

Beer lovers can knock back the steins at the city's legendary Hofbräuhaus, a centuries-old beer hall, while history buffs can spend hours exploring the Deutsches Museum, one of the world's largest science and technology museums. For a taste of Bavarian countryside, take a day trip to the enchanting Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Alps.

Who's flying there now?

The brand new airline Lufthansa City Airlines is set to connect Birmingham and Manchester with the vibrant city of Munich, offering a convenient gateway to explore the best of Southern Germany. There is no exact start date for the flights yet, but they’ll be available to book from April.

Hotel München Palace

  • Munich, Munich Area, Germany
  • 27 August 2024
  • Room only
  • From Gatwick

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5. Amman, Jordan

Why we're excited

Imagine exploring the lost city of Petra, a marvel carved into the rock, or floating in the super-salty waters of the Dead Sea – Jordan offers adventures you won't find anywhere else.

Step back in time amongst ancient ruins, hike through breathtaking desert landscapes, and experience the warmth of Jordanian hospitality.

Jordan is the perfect mid-haul destination for anyone seeking a unique and unforgettable travel experience with some chill beach time on the side.

Who's flying there now?

Royal Jordanian is launching direct flights from London Stansted and Manchester to Jordan’s capital city of Amman. Flights from London Stansted began on 3 March 2024 and currently run three times a week, increasing to four weekly flights from 31 March. Flights from Manchester began on 6 March, offering a three times weekly service.

6. Bangkok, Thailand

Why we're excited

British Airways’s return to Bangkok, for the first time since before the pandemic, is a welcome comeback, especially for travellers who want to fly direct or have Avios points to spend.

Bangkok is a vibrant city bursting with cultural treasures, bustling markets, and mouthwatering street food. Visitors can marvel at the splendour of the Grand Palace, explore ancient temples like Wat Pho, or indulge in a relaxing Thai massage.

Whether you’re seeking rooftop bars, Michelin-starred restaurants or the thrill of exploring Khao San Road, the Thai capital has something for everyone.

Who's flying there now?

British Airways will operate the new service three times a week, departing from London Gatwick. The route will begin on 28 October 2024, with flights operating on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

JC Kevin Sathorn Bangkok Hotel

  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • 30 May 2025
  • Bed & breakfast
  • From Manchester

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7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Why we're excited

Kuala Lumpur is another route British Airways operated daily before the pandemic, so its return is welcome news.

This dynamic city blends modern skyscrapers like the iconic Petronas Towers with historical landmarks and a diverse mix of cultures. Explore the lively street markets of Chinatown, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Batu Caves, or enjoy the vibrant nightlife in Bukit Bintang.

Who's flying there now?

British Airways will relaunch flights to Kuala Lumpur on 10 November 2024, operating seven days a week from Heathrow.

Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur

  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 29 July 2024
  • Room only
  • From Heathrow

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