Bristol Airport in the UK is to become the 10th UK base for Jet2 with flights beginning in April 2021. Tickets are already available to 33 destinations from the airline’s new UK hub, four of which are exclusive and new to Bristol.
Izmir in Turkey, Kalamata and Lesvos in Greece and Costa de Almeria in mainland Spain are all new destinations for the gateway to the West of England’s leading hub. The leading leisure carrier will base three aircraft at Bristol and will fly passengers to a wide choice of European destinations including mainland Spain, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Portugal and Madeira. It’s an exciting programme for the company’s first summer of operations from Bristol, representing 450,000 seats on sale. Both Ryanair and easyJet also fly from Bristol to a variety of Mediterranean destinations, while the holiday giant Tui also has a significant presence at the airport.
“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,” said Dave Lees, Bristol Airport’s CEO. “This exciting news is a major step towards the future by creating job opportunities, providing significant investment and an increase in the choice of destinations and holidays available to customers in the region.”
The arrival of Jet2 at the UK’s gateway to the south-west and south Wales marks significant investment for the region with more than 200 new jobs expected to crated ranging from flight and cabin crew, to engineers and ground operations staff.
“The announcement of our tenth UK base reflects our long-term strategy to continue growing our successful business and become the UK’s leading leisure travel business,” said Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2Holidays. Noting how the company is not just making an economic contribution but also providing those travelling to and from the region with greater connectivity, Heapy said: “We know how much demand there is, because we have been listening to customers and independent travel agents in the region for some time.”