30% rise in places from the UK to the Canary Islands for this winter

by Lorraine Williamson
Canary Islands winter sun

CANARY ISLANDS – The places scheduled by the airlines for this winter from the United Kingdom to the Canary Islands are 30% higher than those of the 2019/2020 winter season. In the case of Ireland, the increase reaches 40%. 

According to The Travel Agency News (TTG), airlines have scheduled 2,713,621 seats from the UK and another 289,063 from Ireland. This is a 38% increase in capacity from Winter 2019/20 pre-pandemic. 

The increased capacity comes as the demand for winter sun holidays soars this year. The UK and Irish people want to avoid their skyrocketing energy bills and swap the cold for the archipelago’s subtropical climate. The year-round good weather (eternal springtime) on the Canarys is perfect for lunging on the beach, exploring the islands and enjoying the delicious food.  


Ryanair will operate a total of 35 routes from the Canary Islands during the coming winter season. Besides that, the airline will launch this winter its largest-ever winter schedule for Lanzarote, boasting 38 routes, seven new connections and almost 1 million seats. Compared to the winter of 2019 this is an increase of 50% capacity. 

In Ireland, Ryanair will operate its largest-ever winter schedule at Cork Airport. This includes services to the popular sun destinations of Lanzarote (three times weekly), Tenerife (twice weekly) and Gran Canaria (weekly). While Aer Lingus will operate a twice-weekly service to Lanzarote from Cork Airport and a daily service to Gran Canaria. 

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays 

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are leading when it comes to flights to the Canary Islands. They announced an expanded Winter Sun programme for 2023/24 from Newcastle Airport. Weekly 22 flights will connect this airport to the Canaries.  


Vueling will introduce three new winter-sun routes from London Gatwick to Las Palmas, Lanzarote and Tenerife South, starting in December.  

Wizz Air 

Wizz Air will operate three flights per week from December 2022 from Gatwick to Tenerife South.  

Furthermore, according to the Travel Republic, almost a third (32%) of their bookings at the beginning of this month have been for October half-term holidays. The Canary Islands are leading as one of their top-selling destinations for all-in-inclusive breaks. 

Ideal climate 

Just over a four-hour flight from Ireland and the UK, the Canary Islands is the perfect destination for Brits and Irish looking to escape for some well-deserved sun, with a huge amount of self-catering and private villa options available. 


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