New flight routes from the UK for 2023 – Times Travel – The Times

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Qin Xie
Wednesday January 5 2022, 13:00pm
Aruba, Guyana and the Maldives are just some of the exciting destinations opening up to UK travellers thanks to new flight routes launching in 2023. For those looking closer to home, there’s better connectivity to European hotspots too, especially from regional hubs.
But compared to 2022, there’s a notable shift. Most of British Airways’ new routes for the coming year are departing from London Gatwick, for example, despite the fact that the airline is headquartered at London Heathrow. There are also no new short-haul routes for the airline, reflecting BA’s 2022 strategy of sacrificing short-haul flights to protect long-haul ones.
There’s been a noticeable reduction in the number of new routes from other airlines, too, with launches delayed by the pandemic finally being introduced. So where can you fly to in 2023? Here are some of the most exciting new routes from UK airports.
Main photo: Flamingo Beach in Aruba — BA will fly there twice weekly (Getty Images)
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British Airways has announced three new routes from London Gatwick, all of which are to the Caribbean.
From March 26, 2023, it will fly to Oranjestad in Aruba twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays, with a stop in Antigua en route. Officially a part of the Netherlands, the Caribbean nation is known for its paradise beaches, in particular the private Flamingo Beach where its namesake birds live year-round.
The airline will also be flying twice a week to Georgetown in Guyana from March 27. The flight, on Mondays and Thursdays, will be travelling via St Lucia. Guyana is best known for its lush rainforests and majestic waterfalls.
And last but not least is a direct route to Port of Spain in Trinidad — BA already serves the route via St Lucia, but from March 26 it will be flying to the island directly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Bucking the Caribbean trend is RwandAir, which is now operating a new non-stop service to Rwanda’s capital Kigali four times a week — the same route previously included a stopover in Brussels.
BA’s only new Heathrow route is to Cincinnati, Ohio. From June 5, 2023, the airline will be flying there direct five times a week, dropping to four times a week for the winter season. The US city is best known for its three major league sports teams (in American football, basketball and football), and the largest Oktoberfest outside of Munich. But cross the Ohio River and you’ll enter Kentucky and bourbon country.
Virgin Atlantic is launching two new long haul routes. From October 22, the airline will fly to Male in the Maldives three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays as part of a new seasonal service.
And then from November 15 it will operate a year-round service to Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos, running on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Jet2 has added Athens to its winter schedule for the first time. Flights are already available from Manchester and Birmingham, but from March 30, 2023, you’ll also be able to fly from London Stansted on Thursdays. While normally a summer destination, Athens is becoming increasingly popular in winter, when you can visit all the historic sites without the crowds.
As part of its summer schedule, Jet2 will also be flying to Rome four times a week from March 30.
If you love planning ahead, Jet2 has also launched its summer 2024 schedule. Two new destinations are added to the roster from London Stansted: a twice weekly service to Bourgas in Bulgaria and a weekly service to Tivat in Montenegro.
EasyJet hasn’t launched its summer 2023 routes yet, but its winter 2022/2023 schedule includes flights from London Luton to Madrid six times a week from.
Also launched just before Christmas was WizzAir’s new route to Amman. The airline flies to the Jordanian capital three times a week — perfect for winter sun with a heavy dose of culture.
Ryanair will reopen its Belfast base in summer 2023, bringing with it 16 new or relaunched routes. Of these, Budapest in Hungary and Valencia in Spain are perhaps the most interesting. The Budapest flight will launch on March 27, operating on Mondays and Thursdays, while the Valencia route will start from May 4, operating on Thursdays only.
EasyJet started flights to Lisbon in November, with the twice-weekly service operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Jet2 is launching three new routes from Birmingham, starting from May 2023. Two of these — a weekly service on Thursdays to Sicily from May 25 and one on Sundays to Sardinia from May 28 — were originally meant to launch in summer 2022. 
The airline will also be flying to Nice twice a week from May 26, on Mondays and Fridays, making the beaches in the south of France even more accessible. 
For those planning a Lapland break, easyJet launched a twice-weekly flight to Rovaniemi in November, with the service running on Mondays and Fridays. The Finnish city is a gateway to the north, whether you’re planning to visit Santa Claus or see the northern lights.
Malaga is the big summer launch for Jet2 from Bristol, with services set to run four times a week from July 20, 2023. From there, you have a choice of resorts along the Costa del Sol, or the option to head inland to picturesque towns and villages like Ronda or Mijas.
Jet2 is flying to Crete on Mondays from July 24. 
Looking further ahead, Bristol will get a bumper list of new destinations from Jet2 in summer 2024. The list includes Izmir in Turkey (weekly), Bourgas in Bulgaria (weekly), Costa de Almeria in Spain (weekly) and Naples in Italy (twice a week).
EasyJet’s new route is to Enfidha-Hammamet Airport in northeast Tunisia, the gateway to the country’s Mediterranean seaside resorts. Starting from March 27, 2023, the airline will operate twice-weekly flights on Mondays and Fridays.
Sunsets on Santorini will be in easy reach from the East Midlands from May 26, 2023, when Jet2 will launch its weekly service to the Greek island, operating on Fridays.
And as part of its summer 2024 schedule, Jet2 will have new direct flights to Crete and Naples, both of which will operate weekly.
From March 31, 2023, Jet2 will be flying to the Portuguese city of Porto on Mondays and Fridays. It’s the gateway to the Douro Valley, and home to historic port houses.
The airline will also be flying into the Spanish city of Girona once a week from May 28. The historic city is known for architecture straight out of Game of Thrones as well as its connections to Salvador Dali. 
Tivat in Montenegro is a completely new destination for Jet2 — the route was originally scheduled to launch in 2020, but was delayed due to Covid. From May 1, 2023, the twice-weekly service will run on Mondays and Thursdays, taking passengers directly into the heart of Kotor Bay, cutting out a lengthy transfer from Dubrovnik. 
In December, easyJet introduced flights to Geneva on Wednesdays and Saturdays — ideal for a winter ski break.
And from May 10, 2023, Jet2 is launching a weekly service on Wednesdays to Verona. Stay here, or hire a car and drive to the mountains of Trentino for an outdoorsy break.
In summer 2024, Jet2 will be launching a weekly service to Crete.
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