Flights to Faro in the Algarve region of Portugal, and to Dubrovnik, Croatia, are now on sale at Belfast International Airport. The two routes, operated by budget airline, Jet2, will take off in summer 2012.
Self-proclaimed “leading leisure airline”, Jet2, will fly to Faro every Saturday from May next year. Tickets for the flight begin at £39.99 for a one-way journey, taxes included. “We are delighted to announce the launch of this new route from Belfast”, explained Ian Doubtfire, managing director for the Leeds-based carrier. “The new flights to the Algarve perfectly complement the existing destinations on offer (from Belfast).”
Jet2 offers routes from Ireland to ‘sun and sea’ spots in Spain and the Mediterranean, namely, Alicante and Murcia, and the three Balearic Islands, Majorca, Menorca, and Ibiza. Faro is the airline’s 13th destination from Belfast International.
Faro, located near the Ria Formosa National Park, is arguably, one of the most popular holiday destinations available from airports in the UK. The city enjoys clement temperatures all year round, and is notable for its ‘island beaches’, some of which are only accessible via boat. The beaches are, in fact, sand-spits that have formed around the Ria Formosa lagoon.
Dubrovnik, the second of Jet2’s new routes, is a port city on the coastline of the Adriatic Sea. The destination is a World Heritage Site, and as such, is wealthy in historic architecture. The Walls of Dubrovnik, for example, have stood since the 7th century, and remain in almost perfect condition. Also of note, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which lasts for 45 days, begins on 10 July every year. The event is a celebration of the arts, featuring live music, dance acts, and theatre.
Jet2’s sister company, Jet2Holidays, is offering package deals for Faro and Dubrovnik, beginning at £299 for the Algarve resort, and from around £355 per person for the Croatian city.