Seventh base for Jet2.com
Over 130,000 seats and 250 new jobs are being created at East Midlands Airport with Jet2.com adding seven new flight routes from its new base.
The low fare airline has invested substantially in the Midlands, and will be offering new services to Corfu, Dalaman, Heraklion, Lanzarote, Paphos, Tenerife and Sharm el Sheikh. Departures are available from May 2010, with fares starting from as little as £59.99 one way including taxes. Those in search of a complete holiday package will be able to book package tours at Jet2holidays.com from £269 for seven nights.
Ian Doubtfire, managing director at Jet2.com, said: "At a time when many competitors are cutting services and closing bases, we are increasing ours with our ambitious expansion into the Midlands which will be our seventh base to date within the UK. We see the region as having huge growth potential for our leisure business and the exceptional transport links to the airport allows us to extend Jet2.com's catchment area further into Derby, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield and surrounding areas.
"We are bringing with us our winning formula, offering people what they want: great holiday destinations, low fares, sociable flight times and a friendly service. It is fantastic that we can now offer flights from the Midlands and we are confident that our close relationship with the airport will see our presence grow further.
"I hope that leisure travellers and overseas property owners alike will be delighted with the news that they can travel direct to popular destinations on a budget, and we urge them to book now for our lowest fares at Jet2.com. We look forward to welcoming them on board soon."
Penny Coates, chief executive at East Midlands Airport, said: "The news that Jet2.com will open a brand new operation from East Midlands Airport next year is extremely encouraging for the airport and the region as a whole. This news is a positive indicator for the future and puts East Midlands Airport in a strong position as we continue to extend and develop our route network."
August 28, 2009