LOW-fare airline Jet2com is expanding its East Midlands Airport operations and creating nearly 100 new jobs this year in the process.
The operator has revealed plans for four new routes and the addition of a fifth aircraft to its local fleet.
These ‘significant growth plans’ for East Midlands will mean that Jet2 will be servicing nine new routes in total for summer 2014 and will be offering 650,000 seats.
Steve Heapy, chief executive officer of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “It’s exciting times for us at East Midlands Airport. It is an important base for us and the launch of these four fantastic new routes, on top of the new destinations we’ve added since this spring, shows our commitment to giving our local customers an unrivalled choice of city, sun and ski holidays.
“Since our first flight took off we have grown significantly year on year to now offer flights and Jet2holidays to 31 European destinations. We’re thrilled to make even more seats available for next year, meaning more local holidaymakers can enjoy our great value and award-winning service.”
The four new routes – Fuerteventura, Jersey, Kos and Reus – go on sale immediately. The launch of flights to these European hotspots follows the recent additions of Budapest, Paris, Prague, Madeira and Zante. The introduction of a fifth aircraft next year also sees increased frequency of flights to nine of the region’s most popular destinations, including Tenerife and Palma.
In total, Jet2.com will operate 150 flights a week during peak season next year. The increasing capacity will result in the creation of just under 100 new jobs this year.
Stephen Turner, aviation commercial director for the owners of East Midlands Airport, said: “Now into its fourth year of flying from East Midlands, the airline has grown its route network by 77 per cent. We’ve recently enjoyed a busy summer season and this announcement for summer 2014, helps to put the airport in an even stronger position as we continue to extend and develop our services.”