We are adding an extra aircraft and putting another 100,000 seats on sale for Summer 19 from London Stansted, on the back of strong demand for our great value package holidays from customers in the South and South East of England.
This latest expansion at our newest base means that we will now operate 12 based aircraft from London Stansted next summer, meaning more choice and flexible durations to the most popular destinations.
The addition of a new aircraft means another 100,000 seats are going on sale today - taking seat capacity at London Stansted next summer to over 1.85 million, an increase of 24% on Summer 18.
It means we will operate to 36 sun and city destinations in Summer 19, and today's additional capacity means more flights and holidays to a number of popular destinations including Cyprus, Turkey, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Portugal and Mainland Spain.
Key developments include:
- Cyprus - Now daily services to both Larnaca and Paphos
- Turkey - More destinations served in Turkey from London Stansted than any other airline. Now up to 20 weekly services to Turkey, including daily flights to Antalya and Dalamanas well as four weekly services to Bodrum and two to Izmir
- Canary Islands - Almost 30 weekly flights, including daily and double-daily services to Lanzarote and Tenerife, as well as five weekly services to Gran Canaria and three weekly services to Fuerteventura
- Mainland Spain and Balearic Islands - Almost 60 weekly flights in total, including daily and double-daily services to Alicante, Ibiza, Malaga, Menorca and Majorca
- Madeira - only operator to Madeira from London Stansted with weekly services increasing to four
- Portugal - number of services to Faro increased to 12 every week
- Greece- now over 30 weekly services to eight Greek destinations - Crete (Heraklion and Chania), Corfu, Rhodes, Kefalonia, Zante, Halkidiki and Kos
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: "This is great news for customers in the South and South East of England who are looking to enjoy a great value package holiday in the sunshine next summer. Continued demand means we are adding extra aircraft and increasing capacity by over 100,000 seats, giving local holidaymakers even more choice and flexibility with our award-winning airline and package holiday business. As the leading tour operator out of London Stansted, we are delighted to be adding more choice to a number of fantastic destinations including Turkey, Cyprus, Greece and Spain."
We are announcing more dedicated trips to Iceland from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle Airports, just weeks after putting our Iceland programme on sale. This exciting announcement means we are increasing our Iceland programme by 50% from the two bases.
Just weeks after going on sale with dedicated Iceland trips, and in response to demand from local holidaymakers, we have added another four-night trip, departing on Thursday 14th March 2019, from Newcastle Airport - and a three-night trip departing on Monday 18th March 2019 from Leeds Bradford. It means customers now have a wider choice of dedicated Iceland trips from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle - with three trips on sale from both bases.
The expansion means we are offering a total of 12 once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience this fantastic destination and the spectacular Northern Lights from five UK bases (Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle) across February and March.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: "These additional trips to Iceland and the Northern Lights come in direct response to the demand we've seen from customers since launching just a few weeks ago."
"We are thrilled with this response, and we are now offering customers even more choice when it comes to visiting this wonderful country. Iceland is home to many natural and unique wonders, from the Northern Lights to natural parks and geothermal spas, and we can't wait to welcome customers on these trips-of-a-lifetime with us next year."
All flights to Keflavík International Airport near Reykjavik will be operated by award-winning Jet2.comon Boeing 737-800 aircraft, and the full programme is as follows:
Newcastle: 4-night weekend trip on 14-18 February, 3-night midweek break on 18-21 February or 4-night weekend trip on 14-18 March
Leeds Bradford: 4-night weekend trip on 21-25 February, 3-night midweek break on 25-28 February or 3-night midweek break on 18-21 March
Glasgow: 4-night weekend trip on 7-11 February or 3-night midweek break on 11-14 February
Manchester: 4-night weekend trip on 28 February-4 March or 3-night midweek break on 4-7 March
Birmingham: 4-night weekend trip on 7-11 March or 3-night midweek break on 11-14 March
For more information, please visit: www.jet2holidays.com/city-breaks/destinations/iceland/reykjavik
We are launching a new national advertising campaign from tonight - an evolution of our popular 'Hold My Hand' concept, targeting more holidaymakers and showcasing more areas of the award-winning Jet2holidays experience.
Part of an integrated brand campaign, five new adverts will be hitting TV screens across the UK, three for Jet2holidays and two for Jet2.com (links to the adverts can be found below).
The new adverts have been developed to showcase the joy that couples and families experience whilst travelling with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, such as jumping into the pool, swimming in the sea or lapping up the sunshine. Each advert is accompanied by the track, 'Hold My Hand' by Jess Glynne.
The adverts will be supported by radio, digital, out of home, and social media campaigns as well as two online competitions, offering customers the chance to win a getaway to one of the five-star hotels in Gran Canaria that feature in the new advert. One competition winner will enjoy a seven-night stay for two adults at the Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort & Spa and the other winner will get to experience a seven-night stay for two adults and two children at the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa.
The new family-targeted advert will premiere in a TV Special during Coronation Street tonight, with other TV Specials targeting couples during the X Factor and Vanity Fair over the weekend.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: "We are very excited to be launching these new Jet2.com and Jet2holidays adverts, which continue to capture the spirit of our award-winning airline and package holiday business. This integrated national campaign really demonstrates the memories that couples and families make when on holiday, and with summer behind us, it launches at the perfect time to inspire holidaymakers to plan their next trip with us.
"At Jet2.com and Jet2holidays we take great pride in offering every single customer our VIP service, alongside great benefits such as friendly flight times, free Resort Flight Check-in, low £60 per person deposit and free child places. On top of these benefits and with more 2-5 star hotels on sale than ever for Summer 19, we are very confident that this advert and the evolution of the 'hold my hand' concept will be a significant factor in the continued success of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays."
The advert was created by the Home Agency.
See the new ads here!
Jet2holidays Family Ad: youtu.be/5QEOy3Vg240
Jet2holidays Young Couple Ad: youtu.be/M-gznWyTY
Jet2holidays Couple Ad: youtu.be/FZEa61l19OM
Jet2.com Family Ad: youtu.be/93uKOinEcJw
Jet2.com Couple Ad: youtu.be/7qUF-JNDi0E
We have announced our latest recruitment drive, with over 3,000 jobs up for grabs across the UK and Europe in a variety of positions.
More than 2,000 jobs are located across our nine UK bases - in Flight Deck, Cabin Crew and Ground Operations roles - and a nationwide roadshow will support a huge recruitment drive to fill these positions. Dates of these recruitment roadshows can be found below.
The announcement comes as we continue to grow in Summer 19, with over 12 million seats on sale, a 12% capacity increase. Our Summer 19 programme will see us launch three brand new destinations (Bourgas in Bulgaria, Izmir in Turkey and Chania in Crete).
To support this growth and to continue our track record of delivering award-winning customer service, we are looking to recruit passionate and talented individuals to fill 100 Flight Deck, 1,000 Cabin Crew and more than 1,000 Ground Operations positions in the UK alone.
The Flight Deck roles are targeted at experienced Pilots with a strong training record and the commitment, energy and flexibility required to deliver the best service to our customers.
The Ground Operations Team will be responsible for ensuring that flights depart safely and on time. Working as part of a team of Customer Helpers, they work hard to ensure that customers have the perfect start to a lovely holiday.
Aspiring Cabin Crew members will be expected to deliver a consistently high level of safety and a VIP service to customers, working closely with the Flight Deck and the rest of the Crew to make every flight memorable.
On top of these UK roles, there are more than 1,000 positions available across Europe with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays. Of these, 500 positions are in Ground Operations roles in Spain and Portugal, with Customer Helpers, Ramp Agents and Dispatchers required to work as part of a team of Customer Helpers in airports such as Palma (Majorca), Alicante, Malaga and Faro.
We are also looking to recruit more than 450 colleagues in Customer Helper positions right across Europe. Our customer helpers work in our fantastic sun and city destinations and airports across Europe and the Mediterranean, helping and caring for holidaymakers to ensure that they have a problem free and relaxing time on their well-deserved holidays.
Finally, we are also recruiting more than 300 people to support our free Resort Flight Check-inservice overseas. This is a safe and secure service which allows Jet2holidays customers to drop off their bags at their hotel before going to the airport for their flight home. It means customers have extra time to enjoy themselves at their resort without lugging suitcases around, and it also means they enjoy a speedier journey through to airport security. The service has expanded to over 250 hotels in nine destinations, so we are looking for Drivers, Baggage Loaders and Customer Helpers to help support this growth and continue delivering a great service for customers.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidayssaid: "This is our biggest ever recruitment drive, and once again demonstrates our commitment to investing in our customers and in people's careers. The success of our award-winning business is down to the hard work of our fantastic colleagues, and we are looking forward to meeting passionate people to join our expanding team."
These positions for Summer 2019 will be advertised from September 2018.
Details and Dates for Upcoming Recruitment Roadshows:
Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport - Wednesday 12th September
DoubleTree Hilton Edinburgh Airport - Thursday 13th September
Maldron Hotel Belfast International Airport - Tuesday 18th September
Novotel Newcastle Airport - Wednesday 19th September
Jet2.com consistently the most punctual airline in the UK - topping OAG On Time Performance Rankings for 13 out of the last 14 months.
Jet2.comis not only the most punctual airline in the UK this summer, but data by leading travel intelligence company OAG also shows that we have outperformed all other UK airlines for On-Time Performance in 13 out of the previous 14 months.
Throughout the busy summer months of May, June and July, Jet2.comhas been ranked as the best airline in the UK for On Time Performance (OTP), achieving 82.4% for May, 82.6% for June and 85.4% for July. Jet2.com outperformed any other UK airline by more than 5% in June and by almost 4% in July.
OAG data also shows that Jet2.com is continually ranked as the Best UK Airline for On Time Performance, topping the rankings for 13 out of the last 14 months.
This has been achieved despite our significantly expanded flying programme, with more aircraft flying more routes than ever before. During peak periods this summer, as the UK's third largest airline, we have been flying over 350 flights every day to and from our nine UK bases, with a fleet of 91 aircraft in operation.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: "OAG data is based on millions of flight records, so this is conclusive proof that Jet2.com is the most punctual airline in the UK. Customers want to get away for their well-deserved holidays on time, and our teams work tirelessly to make sure that happens day in day out. Alongside delivering our award-winning customer service and family friendly flight times, we're very proud to be the most punctual UK airline."
OAG is one of the industry's most recognised and respected providers of rankings of OTP for all airlines and airports.
Ruth Shackleton, Aircrew Manager at Jet2.com, has worked in aviation for over 20 years. Her career includes time serving in the RAF and a spell as Team Manager for the Red Arrows.
To celebrate her career, Ruth was recently photographed for the prestigious Country Life Frontispiece - described by some as the most famous page in publishing.
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays gave customers departing for their holidays an extra lift yesterday morning, by inviting local singing group So Choir! to give an impromptu Yorkshire inspired flash mob performance at Leeds Bradford Airport.
Customers travelling from God's Own County with Yorkshire's leading airline and tour operator were surprised at check-in with a true Yorkshire sing-song, complete with themed props and flags to add to the spirit of the day.
Donning tweed flat caps, the choir sang Yorkshire anthem Ilkley Moor Baht 'at, as well as classics by Yorkshire favourites the Kaiser Chiefs. To really put customers in the spirit they also belted out summer holiday hits such as 'Take the Weather with You' and 'Staying Out for the Summer.'
Phil Ward, Managing Director of Jet2.com said: "As Yorkshire's leading airline and tour operator we wanted to celebrate our Yorkshire heritage in style, whilst wishing customers a lovely holiday and putting everybody in the holiday spirit. We certainly managed to do that, and customers departing this morning took off on their well-deserved holidays with a real spring in their step."
Nic Slack, So Choir! Leeds Leader said: "We had an awesome time this morning surprising Jet2.com and Jet2holidays customers departing from Leeds Bradford Airport. The crowd were amazing, clapping and cheering us on. We hope we've provided Jet2.com and Jet2holidays customers with a Yorkshire Day to remember!"
Philip Meeson, Executive Chairman of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, this week presented Coleg Cambria in North East Wales with a Jet Provost T5 aircraft, to help students get a hands-on experience of working on an aircraft.
Mr Meeson, whose nephew is completing an aerospace apprenticeship with Cambria and Broughton-based wingmakers Airbus, donated his own personal jet to the college's Deeside Campus.
Nick Tyson, Assistant Principal and Director of Learning, said the aircraft will add another dimension to the award-winning department's innovative delivery of work-based learning.
He thanked Mr Meeson for the gift, and added: "Having the Provost T5 on campus is a major selling point for our engineering courses, as it gives students hands-on experience of working on an airplane.
"We can use it to train our aerospace apprentices - of which we have more than 180 every year - and those studying on our higher education programmes and summer school qualifications.
"They'll be able to look at structures, carry out live aircraft function testing and work out aircraft processes directly, so it will be incredible training for them.
"I would like to thank Mr Meeson and for his kindness, we all appreciate his generosity and look forward to many years of working on the jet plane."
The Provost was used by the Royal Air Force from 1955 to 1993 as a British training jet before later being developed into a more heavily armed version for military operations.
With a maximum speed of almost 440mph, the aircraft is around 40ft long with a wingspan of 35ft.
Philip Meeson, Executive Chairman of Jet2.com and Jet2holidayssaid: "I am very proud and pleased to donate my Jet Provost aircraft to Coleg Cambria and that it will be used to train Airbus apprentices.
"I know the college provides a fantastic start for the Airbus engineers of the future and I am delighted to have been able to make this contribution."
For more information on the wide selection of courses and apprenticeships in Engineering at Coleg Cambria, visit www.cambria.ac.uk
Jet2holidays scooped a prestigious gong at the Silver Travel Awards 2018 last night, winning the prize for Best Short-Haul Operator.
We beat a number of other tour operators to win the accolade, which recognises companies that give excellent service for the over-50s market. This shows that our VIP customer service is a hit with this audience, as are all the other fantastic benefits that we offer such as free Resort Flight Check-in, friendly in-resort representatives, and airport transfers included.
A total of 21 awards were handed out across a range of categories, after a record 100,000 public votes were cast.
Classic FM presenter John Suchet hosted the awards at the National Portrait Gallery, and we would like to thank the organisers, Silver Travel Advisor, as well as everyone who voted for Jet2holidays!
Our Branding and Customer Experience team have been hard at work at Palma de Mallorca Airport, securing a number of high profile branding sites to give us even more visibility and domination at one of our biggest and most popular airports.
The team has installed our distinctive branding in some fantastic locations at the airport, driving brand awareness amongst arriving and departing passengers, whilst also helping to deliver a VIP experience for our customers.
We now dominate the main entrance to the airport, thanks to Jet2holidays branding on either side of the entrance doors, alongside several pillars on the exterior of the building which we have wrapped. This big and bold branding means that passengers get to read all about package holidays you can trust upon arrival at the airport.
We have also taken over the drop off area at the airport, meaning that people departing at the end of their holidays can think about booking their next Jet2holiday for a low £60 deposit.
This fantastic branding comes in addition to a real corker in Majorca - a huge banner we have at the airport which measures up at over 25m wide - the equivalent of a Boeing 737-300 wingspan!
We are extremely proud of this fantastic branding, and with a capacity of 25 million passengers at Palma de Mallorca Airport every year, we are confident that it will help drive even more brand awareness in one of our most popular holiday hotpots.
One of the Jet2holidays team was fortunate enough to meet HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at a special event recently, where our package holidays you can trust were given royal praise!
Bill McLaren, Regional Manager - Greece, was invited to the Royal Reception at the British Embassy in Athens, and was there representing the tourism industry.
Talking about this unique experience, Bill said: "Her Majesty's Consul to Greece was looking after me and made it very clear that he wanted to introduce the Royal couple to me. So it came to pass that I was indeed introduced with a warm handshake.
"We discussed the history of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays and our growth this year, and the Prince was keen to congratulate us for looking after our customers so well. He congratulated everyone at Jet2.com and Jet2holidays and wished us continued success with what he understood already to be our excellent record in top customer service."
Royal praise indeed!
We celebrated another milestone at Jet2.com recently, as one of our first routes celebrated exactly 15 years of operation.
Our Leeds Bradford to Alicante route started operating in 2003, and since then it has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of our most popular all year round destinations thanks to the popularity of resorts such as Benidorm, Calpe, Albir and Moraira.
The occasion was celebrated by our Customer Helpers and the Alicante Airport Team, and customers were treated to a selection of cakes and drinks.
We now operate to Alicante all-year round from our nine UK basesand we look forward to many more years of successful operations to Spain's 'White Coast'.
We are very excited to announce that Jet2holidays will be a brand partner of Love Island, one of the most talked about TV shows in 2017 and eagerly awaited shows in 2018.
The announcement makes Jet2holidays the designated official travel partner of Love Island, which starts its fourth series on ITV2 tonight at 9pm. Last year's series had ITV2's highest ever ratings, making it a great way to target millennials and young adults.
We will reach this audience through commercial competitions, TV and digital advertising, social media, and a dedicated microsite hosting exclusive content. Keep an eye out for the slogan "Love the summer vibe with Jet2holidays and Love Island" for the duration of the series.
A series of bespoke advertisements to support the partnership have been filmed in Majorca, where the Love Island villa is located. The ads have been filmed from the perspective of a friend's camera, and follow a groups' holiday through the lens. Four summer vibes are captured in the ads - Party, Chilled, Culture and Active - showcasing the different holiday experiences that we offer customers in Majorca and across our network of European destinations.
We are also offering viewers the chance to win ten pairs of money-can't-buy tickets to the Love Island Live final, and in addition to that, a Jet2holiday for two people to Majorca will be up for grabs each week throughout the series.
Love Island is one of the most talked about shows on TV and in the definitive game of love, every few days the Love Islanders will have to couple up, with those not in a couple at risk of being dumped from the island. With the path to true love littered with surprise bombshell arrivals and unexpected twists and turns, there's never a dull moment in the islanders' sunshine paradise. Ultimately the couples must win over the hearts of the public, who will have the final say on who wins the show and takes home a lucrative cash prize.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: "Love Island was one of the most popular and talked about TV shows last summer, and it looks like this summer will be no different. Working in partnership with such a high profile programme means we can showcase the fantastic range of holidays we have on offer for young people, so we are delighted to be the official travel partner of Love Island."
Claire Heys, ITV Brand Partnerships and Content Director, said: "Love Island is synonymous with a hot and sunny holiday so I'm delighted to welcome Jet2holidays as a show partner."
The ads were filmed at four Jet2holidays hotels in Majorca: Sol House The Studio Calvia Beach, BH Mallorca in Magaluf, Sol Wave House in Magaluf, and the Iberostar Grand Portals Nous in Portals Nous.