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Jet2.com and Jet2holidays take off at TWO NEW bases

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Jet2.com and Jet2holidays launched flights from two new bases today. The new routes depart from London Stansted and Birmingham Airport.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays take off at TWO NEW bases

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet.com and Jet2holidays with team outside first flight to leave London Stanstead

  • Two in one day! Jet2.com and Jet2holidays launch from London Stansted and Birmingham Airport today
  • Arrival of real package holidays driving strong demand at both bases with independent travel agents
  • Mobile travel agency celebrates launch in Birmingham city centre

Leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist Jet2.com and Jet2holidays celebrated a major milestone with independent travel agency partners today (March 30 2017), as its first ever flights and holidays took off from TWO brand new UK bases (London Stansted Airport and Birmingham Airport).

(From Left to Right – bedecked by Jet2.com staff) Birmingham Airport’s Paul Kehoe, Will Mellor, Steve Heapy CEO and Phil Ward Jet2.com MD

Following the departure of inaugural flights this morning (06.50 London Stansted to Alicante and 09.00 Birmingham to Malaga), flights with Jet2.com and package holidays with Jet2holidays are now available from nine UK bases, with over 300 routes to sun, city and ski destinations. These new base launches are the latest step in the company’s growth and development since launching from Leeds Bradford Airport in 2003, when it operated to 11 destinations.

The official arrival of Jet2.com’s and Jet2holidays’ award-winning flights and holidays in the Midlands and in the South of England give the company a truly national presence, and both bases have seen phenomenal trading ahead of launch, particularly from independent travel agents.

There were celebrations in the air at both bases for the first day of flying as 100s of holidaymakers were waved off with personalised gifts, and the very first customers to check in at each base were surprised with a free holiday with Jet2holidays.

To showcase its partnership approach to working with travel agents, Jet2holidays also hosted one of its mobile travel agency stores at the Bull Ring in Birmingham, co-branded with Midcounties Co-Operative, where a host of celebrations including free flight giveaways took place. Since the start of the year, the mobile travel agency stores have been up and down the country, taking independent travel agents out into parts of the community that they previously might not have reached and helping some agencies break sales records in the process.

At London Stansted, the company has already added more routes and aircraft to its programme since going on sale in September 2016, meaning it will operate to 27 fantastic leisure destinations on seven brand new Boeing 737-800 next generation aircraft. The scale of this operation makes London Stansted Jet2.com’s and Jet2holidays’ fourth biggest UK base, with up to 96 weekly flights at peak season. The major investment into the operation has created over 250 jobs in flight and cabin crew, engineering and ground operations roles.

At Birmingham Airport, the company will fly to a total of 23 destinations with flights operating on four of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ brand new Boeing 737-800 next generation aircraft. More than 200 jobs have been created as a result of the operation, which will see 57 weekly flights at peak times.

Across the two bases, there are more than TWO MILLION seats on sale for Summer 17 and Winter 17/18 with Jet2.com, which has been voted by Trip Advisor and Skytrax as the UK’s Top Airline, and is the only UK airline to be recognised by Which? as a Recommended Provider thanks to its friendly flight times and low fares.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “We have got off to a flying start in every sense at London Stansted and Birmingham. Independent travel agents at both bases have responded fantastically to our family-friendly ethos and great value package holidays and from today their customers now get to experience this. Our formula of working in partnership with independent travel agents is proven, having driven phenomenal growth in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and we are very excited to be bringing this new approach to our new partners in the London Stansted and Birmingham catchment areas.

“Although today marks Jet2.com and Jet2holidays becoming a truly national brand, our focus will remain the same as always which is working in partnership with independent travel agents to help them grow their business. That proposition is driving strong demand in our new bases already and we are confident it will make us a resounding success.”

Alistair Rowland, Group General Manager for Midcounties Co-operative Travel said: “Customers of Midcounties Co-operative Travel are so excited about Jet2holidays and the great range of holidays now on offer from London Stansted and Birmingham. With low deposits, great flight times, big baggage allowance and amazing value, Jet2holidays has really hit the spot and tens of thousands of happy customers will now enjoy a Jet2holidays for the first time, flying from their favourite local airport. We are delighted to be a key partner and look forward to working with Jet2holidays making our customers dreams come true for many years to come.”

With Jet2holidays wrapping everything up in one package, agents serving both bases can now offer great value package breaks across thousands of 2-5 star hotels, with Jet2.com flights, industry leading 22kg baggage allowance and airport transfers included, through a £60 per person deposit.

Offering full ATOL protection and flexible stays, Jet2holidays includes free infant places on all holidays. Jet2holidays customers also benefit from 24 hour in-resort service and the company’s exclusive and free Resort Flight Check In service at selected hotels, which allows customers to check their bags in securely at the hotel on their day of departure, leaving them luggage free for the rest of the day.

For further information and to book visit trade.jet2holidays.com

New route information

27 Destinations operated to / from London Stansted Airport: London Stansted’s only direct service to Madeira in addition to direct great value flights and holidays to Alicante, Antalya, Corfu, Crete, Dalaman, Dubrovnik (Winter 17/18), Faro, Fuerteventura, Geneva (Winter 17/18), Girona, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Kos, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Mallorca, Malaga, Menorca, Paphos, Pula, Reus, Rhodes, Split, Salzburg, Tenerife, Zante.

23 Destinations operated to / from Birmingham Airport: Alicante, Crete, Faro, Fuerteventura, Geneva (Winter 17/18), Girona, Gran Canaria, Grenoble (Winter 17/18), Ibiza, Krakow (Winter 17/18), Lanzarote, Madeira (Winter 17/18), Mallorca, Malaga, Menorca, Paphos, Prague (Winter 17/18), Reus, Rhodes, Salzburg (Winter 17/18), Tenerife, Turin (Winter 17/18). Two New York trips from Birmingham Airport in November.

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