Archive and Jet2holidays take off at TWO NEW bases

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March 30, 2017 at 09:21

- Two in one day! and Jet2holidays launch from London Stansted and Birmingham Airport today

- Strong demand at both bases as award-winning proposition proves a hit with new customers

- Over 450 jobs already created

Leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist and Jet2holidays celebrated a major milestone today, as our first ever flights and holidays took off from TWO brand new UK bases (London Stansted Airport and Birmingham Airport) on the same day.

Following the departure of inaugural flights this morning (06.50 London Stansted to Alicante and 09.00 Birmingham to Malaga), flights with and package holidays with Jet2holidays are now available from nine UK bases, with over 300 routes to sun, city and ski destinations. These new base launches are the latest step in our growth and development since launching from Leeds Bradford Airport in 2003, when we operated to 11 destinations.

There were celebrations in the air at both bases for the first day of flying as 100s of holidaymakers were waved off with personalised gifts, and the very first customers to check in at each base were surprised with free holiday vouchers.

The official arrival of’s and Jet2holidays’ award-winning flights and holidays in the West Midlands and in the South of England give us a truly national presence, and both bases have seen buoyant trading from direct customers and travel agents ahead of launch.

At London Stansted, we have already added more routes and aircraft to our programme since going on sale in September 2016, meaning we will operate to 27 fantastic leisure destinations on seven brand new Boeing 737-800 next generation aircraft. The scale of this operation makes London Stansted our 4th biggest UK base, with up to 96 weekly flights at peak season. The major investment into the operation has created over 250 jobs in flight and cabin crew, engineering and ground operations roles.

At Birmingham Airport, we will fly to a total of 23 destinations with flights operating on four brand new Boeing 737-800 next generation aircraft. More than 200 jobs have been created as a result of the operation, which will see 57 weekly flights at peak times.

Across the two bases, there are more than TWO MILLION seats on sale for Summer 17 and Winter 17/18 with, which has been voted by Trip Advisor and Skytrax as the UK’s Top Airline, and is the only UK airline to be recognised by Which? as a Recommended Provider thanks to its friendly flight times, low fares and 0% credit card fees.

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays said: “We have got off to a flying start in every sense at London Stansted and Birmingham. Customers at both bases have been hearing all about and Jet2holidays’ family friendly ethos, great value package holidays and award-winning customer service, and today they finally get to experience all of that. Our formula is proven, having driven phenomenal loyalty and growth in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and we are very excited to be bringing this to our new customers at London Stansted and Birmingham.

“Although today marks and Jet2holidays becoming a truly national brand, our focus will remain the same as always which is providing our customers with low fares, a family friendly experience, and real package holidays. That proposition is driving strong demand in our new bases already and we are confident it will make us a resounding success.”

With Jet2holidays wrapping everything up in one package, holidaymakers from both bases now have access to great value package breaks across thousands of 2-5 star hotels, with flights, industry leading 22kg baggage allowance and airport transfers included, through a £60 per person deposit.

Offering full ATOL protection and flexible stays, Jet2holidays includes free infant places on all holidays as well as 0% credit card fees. Jet2holidays customers also benefit from 24 hour in-resort service and the company’s exclusive and free Resort Flight Check In service at selected hotels, which allows customers to check their bags in securely at the hotel on their day of departure, leaving them luggage free for the rest of the day and at the airport.

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27 Destinations operated to from London Stansted Airport: London Stansted’s only direct service to Madeira in addition to direct great value flights and holidays to Alicante, Antalya, Corfu, Crete, Dalaman, Dubrovnik (Winter 17/18), Faro, Fuerteventura, Geneva (Winter 17/18), Girona, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Kos, Lanzarote, Larnaca, , Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Paphos, Pula, Reus, Rhodes, Split, Salzburg, Tenerife, Zante.

23 Destinations operated to from Birmingham Airport: Alicante, Crete, Faro, Fuerteventura, Geneva (Winter 17/18), Girona, Gran Canaria, Grenoble (Winter 17/18), Ibiza, Krakow (Winter 17/18), Lanzarote, Madeira (Winter 17/18), Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Paphos, Prague (Winter 17/18), Reus, Rhodes, Salzburg (Winter 17/18), Tenerife, Turin (Winter 17/18). Two New York trips from Birmingham Airport in November.