New flights to the Spanish sun in 2017

Posted on 11 May 2017

It’s no secret Spain is the go to destination for sun seeking tourists – even David Cameron and Ed Miliband have relaxed in Ibiza in recent times. A whopping 75.6 million international visitors headed to Spain last year alone, with Brits accounting for 23.6% of that figure. If your maths is a bit rusty that’s nearly 18 million tourists from these shores.

Aside from the odd road trip through Europe, this army of people need to buy a seat on a plane to make the journey. With such high demand how can you guarantee you’ll get booked on a flight for a viewing trip on the dates that work for you, or to actually stay in your new home once it’s in the bag?

One positive of Spain’s popularity is a wealth of low-cost options as providers battle it out in a saturated market. This year a number of airlines are keen to cash in by offering even more seats. So where will they be whisking us away to?

British Airways

Since the end of March British Airways have been providing a twice weekly London Heathrow flight to Murcia’s San Javier airport; bringing the sun-drench beaches of the southern Costa Blanca even closer.

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Its enviable mix of rustic charm, natural beauty and modern infrastructure make Majorca one of the most popular destinations for British property buyers. And they will have another option for getting there after Volotea launched a bi-weekly route from Southampton airport for just €45.99 (£34) one way.


Not everyone lives in the south of England, so if you live further north you’ll be pleased to hear that Vueling introduced a new service from Edinburgh to Alicante in April – unlocking the door to the Costa Blanca. This Spanish low-cost carrier is also increasing capacity on flights from Cardiff to Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga and Palma Majorca this summer by 16% – increasing seat capacity to more than 190,000.

Thomas Cook

Anyone in the north-west will be able to hop on a new Thomas Cook flight to Malaga – the gateway to the Costa del Sol – from Manchester Airport.  This is a welcome addition to the flight roster to Spain’s ever popular sunshine coast.

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