Jet2.com has today (14 September) unveiled Glasgow Airport as its eighth and newest base, bringing substantial investment to the region including 150 new jobs and nine low fare destinations.
Jet2.com is set to deliver its highly successful low fare model at Glasgow which has seen
the airline launch and grow its existing seven UK bases since its inception in early 2003, to
date serving a total of 20 million people and 50 destinations across Europe and as far afield
as New York.
Jet2.com will offer the region’s only direct service to Nice, as well as direct low fare flights
to Alicante, Dalaman, Faro, Tunisia, Majorca, Paphos, Sharm el Sheikh and
Tenerife. Jet2.com’s sister company package holiday specialist, Jet2holidays, will also
offer great value package holidays to these great destinations from Glasgow.
Flights are on sale now from just £36.99 one way including taxes with ATOL protected package holidays available from £199 per person for 7 nights and will commence operating from March 2011.
As well as giving the travelling public in Glasgow and the West of Scotland even more value and choice when travelling from the region, the expansion will bring considerable investment to the area with the creation of 150 new jobs directly with Jet2.com and also in supporting industries.
One 757 and one 737 aircraft will be based at Glasgow from the launch in March 2011. Both aircraft will feature Jet2.com’s brand new look interiors and ergonomically designed seating which has been specially commissioned to make the in-seat experience more comfortable and accommodating, whilst saving weight and therefore using less fuel.
Ian Doubtfire, Managing Director of Jet2.com, said: “We are thrilled to be launching at Glasgow Airport and feel that the region will benefit considerably from our friendly low fare service and the resulting investment into the area. It has been a turbulent time for the travel industry with some airlines and operators ceasing to trade this year.
In contrast, we have continued to go from strength to strength – including the launch of a new base at East Midland’s Airport this time last year and significant growth from our existing airport bases.
“There is a considerable gap in the market at Glasgow Airport which we intend to fill. We will offer people living in and around the region a great choice of holiday destination, leading low fares, a generous 22kg baggage allowance, a loyalty scheme – MyJet2, allocated seating and convenient flight times. All this coupled with our outstanding customer service shows that we are never afraid to go above and beyond for our passengers.”
Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, hailed the news as a major boost
for Glasgow Airport and for the west of Scotland economy.
She said: “We are delighted that Jet2.com has confirmed Glasgow Airport as their next UK base. Jet2.com is one of the UK’s most successful leisure airlines, offering low fares to a fantastic choice of sun, ski and city destinations. Their summer 2011 programme includes many of the Mediterranean’s most popular destinations and some newer favourites such as Tunisia and Egypt.
“As well as offering low fares to the sun, Jet2.com is creating 150 jobs at Glasgow Airport. At a time of economic uncertainty, this is further evidence of the importance of Glasgow Airport to the local and national economy, and underlines our commitment to attract new airlines and expand our route network.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council. These agencies provided support towards the delivery of this exciting new venture.”
Steve Heapy, Managing Director of Jet2holidays, said: “Not only is the region set to benefit from a greater choice of flights, holidaymakers can also take advantage of some great package holiday deals with Jet2holidays.
Our customers will benefit from the key selling points of Jet2.com including 22kg bag allowance plus Jet2holidays deal directly with our accommodation providers so we are able to offer our customers the very best price. To give people a helping hand with getting away, we offer low deposit deals of £60 and free kids places on many holidays. What is more, we are ABTA and ATOL protected meaning holidaymakers have complete peace of mind when they book with us.”