LOW-COST airline Jet2.com has added 550,000 extra summer 2018 seats from former Monarch bases after the collapse of the rival airline.
From Manchester, more than 300,000 seats to Alicante, Antalya, Barcelona, Dalaman, Faro, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Malaga, Menorca, Mallorca and Rhodes have been added and two additional aircraft have been allocated.
There will be 250,000 more seats from the new Birmingham base on its routes to Alicante, Antalya, Crete, Dalaman, Faro, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga, Mallorca, Paphos, Rome, and Tenerife. Three new routes to Bodrum, Dubrovnik and Venice have also been introduced and the number of aircraft at Birmingham airport will double from four to eight.
This is welcome news for the Midlands airport as it was one of the worst hit among Monarch’s five UK bases, with the carrier having ranked as its third-biggest operator with 12% of the airport’s traffic.
From Leeds Bradford airport Jet2 has announced a total of 40,000 more seats will be available and three extra weekly flights to Tenerife added.
The announcement from the airline comes shortly after the airline added over 100,000 seats and holidays to the most popular winter sun and city hotspots.
Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “We have put over 650,000 additional seats on sale in response to the increased demand for flights and holidays during both the summer and winter.
“To support that expansion we are increasing the size of our operation, a move which will see us introduce additional aircraft and create hundreds of new jobs. Britons want to get away on their well-deserved holidays and we have responded quickly to support that demand by adding more of our award-winning flights and Atol-protected package holidays.”