NEWS Jet2 Announces Huge Birmingham Expansion

Picture from Birmingham Airport.

Fifteen fantastic sun destinations are now on sale for summer 2017 at Birmingham Airport! – Alicante, Crete (Heraklion), Faro, Fuerteventura, Girona (Costa Brava), Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Paphos, Reus, Rhodes and Tenerife – giving local holidaymakers even more choice and even better value when it comes to their sunshine breaks next year.

A total of 57 weekly flights will operate to these destinations, with daily services to popular hotspots Alicante, Faro and Majorca.  590,000 seats will be available for summer 2017 and, in more exciting news for local customers, the flights will operate on four of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ brand new Boeing 737-800 next generation aircraft.  The first flights from Birmingham Airport will take off on Thursday 30th March 2017 to Faro and Malaga

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ arrival in Birmingham means significant investment for the region.  More than 200 new jobs will be created with roles available including flight and cabin crew, engineers and ground operations staff.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “This is an incredibly exciting day for us as we announce our expansion into our eighth UK airport base, providing further growth and investment for the region.  It’s fantastic to be bringing our friendly low fares, great value package holidays, plus our brand new aircraft to Birmingham Airport.

“This is our most significant programme launch for some time, giving people a choice of 15 of the most popular sunshine destinations, including eleven Spanish hotspots, two Greek islands, plus Paphos and the sunny Algarve.  We’re thrilled that even more customers can now experience our award winning flights and holidays and we look forward to our first flights taking off next year!”

Paul Kehoe, CEO Birmingham Airport, added: “It’s great news that today we welcome Jet2.com and Jet2holidays as partners of Birmingham Airport.  This new addition to the family here at Birmingham Airport means new jobs in our region and even more choice for travellers, with 15 routes to popular and affordable sun destinations.  This friendly leisure airline is in response to customer demand offering great value deals to some of the most popular sunshine routes on a fleet of brand new 737-800 aircraft.”

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays Launch Programme from Birmingham Airport:

  • Alicante – operating daily with Jet2.com flights from £45 one way, including taxes, and Jet2holidays breaks from £299.
  • Crete (Heraklion) – operating twice weekly with Jet2.com flights from £78 one way, including taxes, and Jet2holidaysbreaks from £279.
  • Faro – operating daily with Jet2.com flights from £45 one way, including taxes, and Jet2holidays breaks from £299.
  • Fuerteventura – operating twice weekly with Jet2.com flights from £70 one way, including taxes, and Jet2holidaysbreaks from £299.
  • Girona (Costa Brava) – operating twice weekly with Jet2.com flights from £45 one way, including taxes, andJet2holidays breaks from £299.
  • Gran Canaria – operating twice weekly with Jet2.com flights from £70 one way, including taxes, and Jet2holidaysbreaks from £349.
  • Ibiza – operating six times a week with Jet2.com flights from £45 one way, including taxes, and Jet2holidays breaks from £319.
  • Lanzarote – operating three times a week with Jet2.com flights from £75 one way, including taxes, and Jet2holidaysbreaks from £299.
  • Majorca – operating daily with Jet2.com flights from £45 one way, including taxes, and Jet2holidays breaks from £319.
  • Malaga – operating six times a week with Jet2.com flights from £45 one way, including taxes, and Jet2holidays breaks from £299.
  • Menorca – operating twice weekly with Jet2.com flights from £50 one way, including taxes, and Jet2holidays breaks from £319.
  • Paphos – operating twice weekly with Jet2.com flights from £80 one way, including taxes, and Jet2holidays breaks from £349.
  • Reus – operating three times a week with Jet2.com flights from £45 one way, including taxes, and Jet2holidays breaks from £299.
  • Rhodes – operating twice weekly with Jet2.com flights from £78 one way, including taxes, and Jet2holidays breaks from £279.
  • Tenerife – operating four times a week with Jet2.com flights from £75 one way, including taxes, and Jet2holidaysbreaks from £319.

It will be interesting to see how they compete with Ryanair, a big figure in terms of operations in Birmingham as well as in East Midlands accordingly.