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Airlines Spring Into Action with New Routes

Budget Moscow Flights
Given that it’s home to more billionaires than any other city in the world, it’s hardly surprising to find that Moscow’s pretty low on the average budget-conscious traveller’s hit list. Not only is it expensive to stay, eat, drink and generally live there, but it’s always been expensive to get there. Until now that is -- easyJet's Moscow service is now up and running, with low-cost flights from London and Manchester available to the Russian capital.

Cornwall made Easy
For its next trick, easyJet will be making Cornwall just a little bit easier for most of us to reach. From 20 June, passengers in the southeast can make use of a new service between London Southend and Newquay; on 4 July, this will be supplemented by a new Liverpool-Newquay route (both services will operate three times a week). Also launching from Liverpool this summer (5 July) is a new twice-weekly service to the French city of Nantes.

BA heads back to Sri Lanka
EasyJet aren’t the only ones looking to pastures new. British Airways has just relaunched its Heathrow-to-Colombo route after a 10-year hiatus. The 3-times-a-week service to Sri Lanka’s capital will go via Male in the Maldives. That’s just one new route that BA is launching this year -- others include London Heathrow to Palma and Ibiza, both of which will be operational by the end of April (twice a week from Terminal 5), plus a new thrice-weekly service from Heathrow to Chengdu (capital of the Sichuan Province in China), which starts on 22 September, 2013 (also from Terminal 5).

Virgin Flies Home
Bearded wizard of the skies Richard Branson has turned his attention from transatlantic matters to a spot of domestic domination. Virgin’s new airline, Little Red, is now operating three flights a day between London Heathrow and Manchester, six return flights a day between Heathrow and Edinburgh, and three daily round-trip services between Heathrow and Aberdeen.

Next Stop Fukuoka for Cardiff Passengers
KLM has expanded its operations from Cardiff, with the addition of a new thrice-weekly service to Fukuoka in Japan. This route, which started on 3 April, brings the airline’s number of Far East destinations reachable from Cardiff up to 19, with all flights going via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

For Cardiff passengers looking for something a little less far flung, Air Malta is also expanding its operation from the airport by doubling its capacity to over 15,000 seats this summer. The airline will use a bigger aircraft on the route this year and is also adding a Friday flight to its existing Tuesday service.

Monarch Adds Bordeaux and Split
If there’s one thing Travelzoo staff agree on (apart from the fact that burritos are man’s greatest invention) it’s that Croatia is hard to beat. So we almost rang Monarch to personally congratulate them when we heard that they’ll be flying from Birmingham to Split three times a week as of 22 May. A thrice-weekly Birmingham-Bordeaux service also kicks off on the same date.

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Thursday, 7 March 2013
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