By John Flett
Jet2.com Prepares for Upcoming Rise in Leisure Holiday Travel
Jet2.com — one of the U.K.’s prominent leisure carriers — is capitalizing on the rise of passenger demand by putting its 2023 and 2024 winter programs of flights and holiday packages on sale. The airline operates to ‘over 65 sun, city and ski destinations across Europe and beyond with Jet2holidays offering over 4,100 hotels. Steve Heapy, chief executive officer of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said, “In response to this demand, we are putting our winter sun program on sale from all ten of our UK bases.”
Heapy stated, “We are pleased to be offering a fantastic selection of Winter Sun destinations and with more customers than ever wanting to give themselves something to look forward to next year, we have no doubt that these hotspots will be extremely popular with both customers and independent travel agents.”
The airline is adding six new routes: Belfast, Ireland to Malaga, Spain; Belfast, Ireland to Faro, Portugal; Newcastle, U.K. to Malta; Bristol, U.K. to Malaga; Bristol to Malta and Bristol to Palma Majorca, Spain. In addition, capacity is being added across the airline’s established network of sun and ski destinations. The Canary Islands will benefit from over 230 weekly flights and holidaymakers destined for Mainland Spain can choose from over 80 weekly services.
Jet2.com is the U.K.’s third largest airline, and amidst the continuing travel chaos of the European summer, was the only U.K. airline not to cancel any flights in July. According to aviation analysis site OAG, the carrier operated 12,063 flights during the month an increase of 14 percent over the summer of 2019.
“This summer is proving to be incredibly busy and because we prepared well in advance, it means we are flying millions of happy holidaymakers to and from their destinations without having to cancel their plans,” Heapy said. Over the weekend of 23/24 July when English schools commenced summer holidays Jet2.com had the busiest weekend in the company’s history operating over 800 flights. Two million passengers were carried in July positioning 2022 as potentially the airline’s busiest season ever.
The airline attributes the robustness and resilience of its operation to ‘proactively recruit well ahead of the bounce back and as such have a very visible uniformed presence in place (referred to as the Red Team) in U.K. airports as well as in main overseas airports and in resorts.
Heapy added, “There has been a lot of focus on the disruption affecting our industry, but this data shows that it is not all bad news. Thanks to our team of brilliant colleagues, we can proudly say that we operated every single flight despite July being the busiest month in our entire history.”
Jet2.com operate over 100 aircraft from bases in Belfast, Ireland; Birmingham, U.K.; Bristol, U.K.; East Midlands, U.K.; Edinburgh, Scotland; Leeds Bradford, U.K.; London’s Stansted Airport, Manchester, U.K. and Newcastle, U.K. In 2021, the airline announced an order for 36 Airbus A321neos with the first originally scheduled to arrive in 2023.