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London return only 120 euros

To celebrate the introduction of a third daily flight from Faro to London Gatwick, British Airways has launched a new return fare of only 120 euros and waived the minimum stay restriction.

The new flight leaves Faro at 8.10am, arriving in Gatwick at 10.45am and leaves Gatwick at 7.20pm, arriving in Faro at 10.20pm. The introductory 120 euros return fare is available exclusively on these flights for travel to London between May 2 and May 30.

John Patterson, managing director of GB Airways, explained: “The new schedule of three daily flights gives residents in the Algarve the opportunity to catch an early flight to London, making even a day trip to the capital possible. We are confident that the new fare, with the minimum stay removed, will encourage more customers to try the new flights and, of course, they’ll enjoy all the benefits you would expect from a full service airline.”

Previously, the lowest return fare from Faro to London Gatwick was 150 euros plus taxes and required at least two nights stay in the UK. All flights offer complimentary food and drink, allocated seats and are operated by a new fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. For more details visit

Germanwings launches

Faro airport now offers flights to Germany’s 15 main cities with the low cost company Germanwings. The airline operates a 144 seat aircraft to Cologne three times a week. Connecting flights are available from Cologne to Bergen, Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig, Muenster, Munich, Nuremberg, Paderborn and Stuttgart. For more information, visit or call 214 245 129.

Easy online bonus

Low cost airline easyjet has revealed that 96 per cent of its flight seats are sold on the internet. Almost 21 million passengers who travelled through Europe with easyJet in 2003 used the internet to book their flight. Booking online represents lower costs to the airline, so the airline is offering passengers who book at a discount of 14 euros on a return flight.

Flybe to Exeter

New low cost carrier Flybe is operating a thrice weekly service from Faro to Exeter in the UK. The company operates a British Aerospace 146-200, 112 and is offering a special fare of 94 euros one way excluding tax. For more information, visit

The launch of the Flybe service means that it is now possible to fly from Faro to 12 UK destinations: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton.