Out of all the industries hardest hit by the pandemic, air travel must be a challenger to the absolute most disadvantaged.
After two tumultuous years for the sector, some of the most popular UK tourist destinations have recently become no-go zones again in the light of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.
So potential travelers might need to think outside the box when choosing airlines and destinations this year.
Despite the fact that so many flights have been put on the ground, a few junk airlines that you have probably never heard of are still able to fly to some pretty crazy holiday destinations.
Some of these destinations are more obscure than others, but some airlines bravely fly from Heathrow and Gatwick to the less visited tourist areas of the world.
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Here are some of the airlines flying from London that you may not have heard of:
Scoot, a low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, began flying three times a week from London Gatwick to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) on 16 December.
Scoot describes itself as “an airline for the young, the young at heart and the value seekers,” and was recently named ‘The World’s Best Long-haul Low Cost Airline’ by Skytrax.
Eastern Airways is a UK regional airline headquartered at Humberside Airport near the village of Kirmington, North Lincolnshire.
Although the airline operates a number of domestic, international and private charter services, it launched a new daily route from Gatwick to Newquay on the south coast of England on 15 December.
And the airline offers a tempting description of the holiday destination on its website, describing it as “the gateway to Cornwall, the stunning Cornish coastline and rugged southwestern tip of England.”
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If you have not visited Guernsey, the second largest of the Channel Islands in the English Channel between England and France, you may not have heard of Aurigny.
But Guernsey’s proud small airline actually operates up to six daily flights between Guernsey and London Gatwick Airport, as well as to nine other UK city airports.
Return flights from London to Guernsey with the airline currently cost around £ 90, and although the airline flies to 13 other destinations, it is primarily proud to offer “lifeline connections to Bailiwick and its visitors.”
All Nippon Airways started in 1952 as Japan Helicopter & Airplane Transports Co. Five years later it became All Nippon Airways.
The airline began scheduled international flights by operating a route between Tokyo and Guam, a U.S. island territory in Micronesia in the western Pacific.
ANA offers flights between London Heathrow and Tokyo Airport.
EL AL Airlines
It is not the most common holiday destination for the British, but if you want to visit Israel, EL AL Airlines promises “convenient flights from the UK to Tel Aviv at attractive prices!”
EL AL operates 17 weekly direct flights to London (three daily flights from Sunday to Thursday and two flights on Fridays), departing from Ben-Gurion Airport and landing at one of London’s airports; London Heathrow or London Luton.
Shenzhen Airlines has its home base at Bao’an International Airport in the Chinese city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province.
It has been a member of the Star Alliance since 2012, and is currently one of two Chinese airlines that are part of the airline alliance.
Although Shenzhen Airlines operates hundreds of domestic flights in China, in 2018 the airline announced the start of flights from Heathrow to Shenzhen.
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