Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced its tenth UK base in Bristol, giving the airline and operator a foothold in the southwest of England.
The firm has put 33 destinations on sale from Bristol including 29 for summer 2021 and 11 for winter 2021-22 (full list below).
Jet2, the UK’s second largest tour operator, headquartered in Leeds, last added new bases in 2017 with the addition of Birmingham and Stansted. Bristol becomes its most southerly airport base.
Chief executive Steve Heapy said: “This is an incredibly exciting day for Jet2.com and Jet2holidays. We know how much demand there is, because we have been listening to customers and independent travel agents in the region for some time.
“We are delighted to be bringing them the news that they have been looking forward to, meaning that they can finally enjoy real package holidays from Bristol Airport.”
The expansion has created 200 jobs for flight and cabin crew, engineers and ground operations staff.
Jet2’s summer 2021 programme from Bristol includes four exclusive routes: Izmir in Turkey; Kalamata and Lesvos, in Greece; and Costa de Almeria in Spain. There will be up to 56 weekly flights to destinations in mainland Spain, the Canary and Balearic Islands, Greece, Turkey, Italy and Portugal, representing 450,000 seats on sale. The inaugural flight is due to depart for Lanzarote on April 1.
Heapy said the announcement of its tenth base reflects Jet2’s long-term strategy to “become the UK’s leading leisure travel business”. “We cannot wait to launch operations, and we look forward to taking holidaymakers from Bristol Airport on a package holiday they can trust,” he added.
Dave Lees, chief executive of Bristol Airport, added: “Never has the time been more important for the region to look to the future in a post-Covid world, and Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have shown the confidence in the strength of the region to open up their tenth UK operating base at Bristol Airport.”