Jet2.com will launch 8 new routes from East Midlands Airport in the coming twelve months, including flights to Chambery and Geneva for the ski season, as well as services to Dubrovnik, Menorca, Nice, Ibiza, Larnaca and Gran Canaria in time for next summer.
The routes are good news for timeshare owners as they cover a number of top timeshare destinations as well as some winter holiday favourites.
Jet2.com says it will be doubling its staff at East Midlands Airport and is taking on 100 employees, including pilots, cabin crew and ground staff. The extra routes will mean that over half a million passengers who live in the East Midlands and surrounding areas will be able to fly direct to their holiday destinations from the airport.
Following the news last week of the demise of Bmibaby, following losses by the airline, both Monarch and Ryanair announced they were stepping in to cover routes. Bmibaby will cease flying altogether in September, so the new Jet2.com schedules are welcome news for both staff at the airport and passengers.
Jet2.com’s chief commercial officer Steve Heapy said: “We opened from East Midlands a couple of years ago with core routes and the services are popular. There is big demand in the region.”
Jet2 already operates from East Midlands to Spain, the Canary Islands, Portugal and the Eastern Mediterranean.
Mr Heapy added: “The closure of bmibaby was not a massive surprise to people. There had been a lot of speculation.”
Jet2.com also announced a new schedule starting from December 15 to Grenoble from Leeds Bradford Airport in time for this year’s ski season, running until mid April.
Monarch Airlines has said it is opening a new base at East Midlands and will expand services from Birmingham, too. Bmibaby will stop flying from East Midlands on June 11 and the airline will cease to operate altogether on September 10 following a decision to ground it by British Airways’ parent company IAG.
IAG bought BMI, BMI Regional and Bmibaby from Lufthansa recently and made the decision after it had reported continuous losses.