A new flight route from City of Derry Airport to Palma in Majorca for next summmer has just been confirmed.
The new summer sun weekly service is set to begin on June 26, 2017.
The Thompson and First Choice route will run for eight weeks over the summer period.
Palma is the capital and main city in the Balearic island of Majorca, and is the holiday of choice for millions every year.
The new programme from City of Derry Airport will give holidaymakers from the North West region the opportunity to discover and explore the largest island in the Balearics.
Charlotte Brenner, Marketing Manager for Thomson and First Choice, said: “At Thomson and First Choice we understand the convenience of travelling from your local airport and we’re delighted to be able to provide customers from the North West the option to travel from the City of Derry Airport to the sunny Balearic Isle of Majorca – the number one holiday destination from Northern Ireland.
“We’re looking forward to working closely with the team at the City of Derry Airport and being able to offer customers a wide and varied range of holiday options which are on sale from today”.
Roy Devine, Chairman of City of Derry Airport, said: “This is excellent news for the Airport and holidaymakers in the North West Region.
“Majorca is a popular holiday destination and it is fantastic news that we can now offer a direct service from our local airport.”
He added: “City of Derry Airport has become the airport of choice for the North West of Ireland, offering both convenience and excellent customer service and we look forward to working with Thomson and First Choice to offer our customers direct air access to this popular summer sun destination - Majorca. CoDA encourages all holidaymakers from within our local catchment area to “Think Local and Book CoDA”.
Ms Charlene Shongo, Commercial and Marketing Manager at City of Derry Airport, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the team from Thomson to the airport today for the launch of their Majorca programme for Summer 2017 - First Choice and Thomson will be offering a weekly direct flight to Majorca from City of Derry Airport from the 26th June 2017 until the 16th August 2017; these are on sale today.
“Majorca’s sunshine and coastline are two of the reasons that tourists have flocked to the island for decades, with destinations like Palma, Santa Ponsa and Alcudia Beach offering travellers a traditional Spanish beach holiday. Holidaymakers will be able to book direct with Thomson or First Choice Holidays and will be able to take advantage of a wide range of great holiday options in Majorca catering for every type of holidaymaker”.
First Choice offer SplashWorld resorts, SuneoClub and exclusive Holiday Villages, while Thomson offer holidays for families and couples alike.
Mayor of Derry and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, welcomed the news that City of Derry Airport has secured a new summer programme to Majorca.
She said: “The City of Derry Airport is delighted to have a direct weekly flight to the sunny destination of Majorca. We are delighted to provide our customers with a choice of good value destinations and are confident the Majorca flight will be a popular holiday destination for families and couples alike across the city and region.”
Member of the Airport Committee Sinn Féin Councillor Eric McGinley has welcomed the introduction of the new summer route.
Colr. McGinley said: “Palma is a very popular holiday destination and the introduction of this flight will be warmly welcomed.
The new route will also assist City of Derry Airport in its ongoing efforts to provide travellers with a wider choice of destination.”