Leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist unveils NINTH UK base and FIRST in the south of England
- 21 DESTINATIONS now available to book with the UK’s Top Airline according to TripAdvisor
- A massive launch offer of 50,000 seats for £30
- SIX BRAND NEW aircraft offering over 800,000 SEATS
- Major investment in region with over 250 jobs created
- Essex royalty, Mark Wright, officially launched the new base
Leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, are marking a major step on their ongoing expansion with the launch today of flights and holidays from London Stansted Airport, their NINTH UK airport base and FIRST in the South of England.
A total of 21 fantastic European leisure destinations are now on sale – Lanzarote, Malaga, Alicante, Dubrovnik, Faro, Madeira, Fuerteventura, Girona, Crete (Heraklion), Ibiza, Kos, Larnaca, Gran Canaria, Menorca, Paphos, Majorca, Pula, Reus, Rhodes, Tenerife and Zante – giving holidaymakers across North & East London and the East of England more choice and value. The launch of two weekly flights to Madeira makes this route exclusive to Jet2.com and Jet2holidays from London Stansted Airport.
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays joined forces with Essex Royalty, Mark Wright, to officially launch its flights and holidays. Mark, accompanied by a ‘Red Team’ hit squad, marked the occasion with a MAJOR FREE FLIGHTS giveaway at Liverpool Street Station and on the Stansted Express. Thousands of commuters were surprised with a free trip to one of Jet2.com’s and Jet2holidays’ 21 European sun destinations which are now on sale from his local airport for summer 2017.
As Jet2holidays wraps everything up in one package, holidaymakers from London Stansted Airport will now be given access to great value package breaks across thousands of 2-5 star hotels, with Jet2.com flights, industry leading 22kg baggage allowance and airport transfers included, through a £60 per person deposit. Offering full ATOL protection, Jet2holidays includes free infant places on all holidays as well as 0% credit card fees. With a UK based call centre, and the option to book online, over the phone or through travel agents, Jet2holidays customers from London Stansted Airport also benefit from 24 hour in-resort service.
A total of 83 WEEKLY FLIGHTS will operate through Jet2.com, which has recently been voted the ‘UK’s Top Airline’ and ‘Most Loved Airline’ by users of TripAdvisor and Skytrax respectively. This includes DAILY services to popular hotspots Alicante, Faro, Ibiza, Malaga and Majorca and means that over 800,000 SEATS will be available from spring 2017. To mark the launch, 50,000 seats have been released for just £30. Withfriendly low fares offering fantastic value, award winning customer service, and great flight times, Jet2.com also offers 0% credit card fees.
The flights will operate on SIX of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the first of which was delivered last week at a special ceremony at Boeing’s Delivery Center in Seattle.
The first flights from London Stansted Airport will take off on Thursday 30th March 2017 to Alicante, Faro, Majorca and Lanzarote.
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ arrival at London Stansted represents a significant investment for the region. More than 250 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: “Because of our family friendly ethos, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have enjoyed years of success and growth in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Today is an incredibly exciting chapter in our history as it marks the day we bring our family friendly formula to the south of England and become a truly national brand.
“Jet2.com and Jet2holidays offer something for everyone, with flexible stays and 3,750 hotels providing everything from great value holidays through to city breaks and the best luxury hotels. We are looking forward to bringing our friendly low fares and great value package holidays to London Stansted Airport and we are confident our proposition will make us a resounding success.
“This is a hugely significant programme launch, giving people a choice of 21 of the most popular European leisure destinations, and includes an exclusive route to Madeira, as well as daily flights to Alicante, Faro, Ibiza, Malaga and Majorca. We’re thrilled that customers across North & East London and the East of England can now experience our flights and holidays, which repeatedly see us win accolades such as TripAdvisor’s ‘top airline’ and we look forward to our first flights taking off next year!”
Andrew Cowan, Chief Executive, London Stansted Airport said: “We’re delighted that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has chosen Stansted as its ninth UK base and the first in the South of England. Jet2’s arrival at Stansted from next spring will create 250 new jobs at the airport, and support more jobs across our region, as well as offering passengers in London and the East of England a fantastic choice of flights and package holidays to 21 of Europe’s most popular and exciting destinations.
“The announcement is a real vote of confidence in Stansted and we look forward to building a strong working relationship with Jet2 to ensure this exciting new partnership is an overwhelming success.”
Mark Wright said: “I’ve flown with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays numerous times and can’t rate them enough. I always fly with them when I’m working in Manchester. It’s great that they are finally coming down South and have chosen my local airport as their ninth UK base. They offer really good value.”
As well as 50,000 seats for just £30, the Launch Programme from London Stansted Airport includes £60 per person deposit with Jet2holidays and the following:
- Alicante – operating daily with Jet2.com flights from £39 one way, including taxes.
- Crete (Heraklion) – operating three times a week with Jet2.com flights from £70 one way, including taxes.
- Dubrovnik – operating three times a week with Jet2.com flights from £39 one way, including taxes.
- Faro – operating daily with Jet2.com flights from £39 one way, including taxes.
- Fuerteventura – operating twice weekly with Jet2.com flights from £70 one way, including taxes.
- Girona (Costa Brava) – operating twice weekly with Jet2.com flights from £39 one way, including taxes.
- Gran Canaria – operating three times a week with Jet2.com flights from £70 one way, including taxes.
- Ibiza – operating daily with Jet2.com flights from £39 one way, including taxes.
- Kos – operating twice weekly with Jet2.com flights from £70 one way, including taxes.
- Lanzarote – operating four times a week with Jet2.com flights from £70 one way, including taxes.
- Larnaca – operating three times a week with Jet2.com flights from £70 one way, including taxes.
- Madeira – Exclusive to Jet2.com operating twice weekly with flights from £70 one way, including taxes.
- Majorca – operating daily with Jet2.com flights from £39 one way, including taxes.
- Malaga – operating daily with Jet2.com flights from £39 one way, including taxes.
- Menorca – operating three times a week with Jet2.com flights from £39 one way, including taxes.
- Paphos – operating twice weekly with Jet2.com flights from £70 one way, including taxes.
- Pula - – operating twice weekly with Jet2.com flights from £39 one way, including taxes.
- Reus – operating four times a week with Jet2.com flights from £39 one way, including taxes.
- Rhodes – operating three times a week with Jet2.com flights from £39 one way, including taxes.
- Tenerife – operating six times a week with Jet2.com flights from £70 one way, including taxes.
- Zante – operating twice weekly with Jet2.com flights from £70 one way, including taxes.
This year, Jet2holidays launched Resort Flight Check In, an innovative hotel check in service which means customers can enjoy a hassle-free end to their holiday. It is the first and only tour operator to offer it free in European resorts and is available in 20 hotels in Benidorm plus more than 40 hotels across Majorca and Tenerife.
Busiest month for nine years as 2.5 million passengers passed through Stansted in August
Annual total rises to 23.9 million, an increase of 8.6% over the previous 12 months
Cargo volumes up 6.7% in last 12 months to 249,365 tonnes
Stansted Airport’s CEO, Andrew Cowan, said:
“The peak period of the summer holiday getaway saw an average of over 80,000 passengers pass though Stansted each day in August as the airport experienced its busiest single month since 2007.
“In total, we welcomed nearly 2.5 million passengers during the month, a significant increase of over 260,000 more passengers than the same month last year.
“Growth was primarily driven by increased traffic to holiday hotspots in Spain, Portugal, Greece and USA as well as the growing popularity of destination in the likes of Bulgaria and Croatia. The number of passengers on each aircraft also remained strong with over 93% of all available seats occupied on each flight.”
Stansted Airport has welcomed today’s Government announcement that Abellio East Anglia has won the franchise to operate the Stansted Express and other rail services between London, the airport and Cambridge from October 2016.
The nine-year franchise will see over £1.4 billion invested into the railway in the East of England. On the mainline from London to the airport, airlines passengers and commuters will benefit from a faster, more frequent and reliable service, including:
- New trains to Stansted Airport from February 2019
- Five minute reduction in the journey times to the airport from London
- A new hourly direct Norwich - Cambridge – Stansted Airport service
- A commitment to improve reliability and punctuality.
- Improvements to the on-board passenger experience including free-wifi
Commenting on the announcement, Andrew Cowan, Chief Executive of London Stansted Airport said:
“Stansted will grow by more than any London airport in the next ten years so it’s important that passengers get an improved rail service which delivers new trains and a more reliable, more frequent and faster service.
“The new franchise is certainly a step in the right direction and with further investment in track improvements, we could see even faster services to Stansted Airport.
“We now look forward to working closely with Abellio East Anglia, the Government and Network Rail to ensure that the airport, our passengers, the local business community and commuters will all benefit from these and other improvements in the service.”
Stansted Airport awarded a prestigious CommunityMark, recognising its excellence in community investment
Stansted Airport has been awarded the prestigious CommunityMark, the UK’s highest national standard for leadership and excellence in community investment.
Presented by Business in the Community, the CommunityMark recognises businesses that are leading the way in supporting local communities. The sought after standard is given to companies who put community at the heart of their business.
The CommunityMark involves a rigorous assessment process that is designed so that only the best companies are recognised. Stansted joins an exclusive network of only 34 businesses in the UK to hold the status.
The airport’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme was highly recognised, in particular its education and community outreach projects.
Andrew Cowan, Stansted Airport’s Chief Executive, said:
“We are absolutely delighted and hugely honoured to receive the Community Mark accreditation. Earning trust is crucial to the long term success of the airport which is why corporate responsibility is firmly embedded in our DNA.
“In the last 12 months alone, we have opened an award winning education centre - the Aerozone - which has welcomed 3,000 youngsters from across 100 schools and colleges in the region, doubled our employee volunteering targets, introduced innovative aircraft navigation technology to reduce the impact of noise disturbance on local residents and helped almost 500 people find a new job on the airport.
“We are genuinely committed to ensuring that the business operates in a responsible fashion and is fully engaged in working with the East of England to develop a positive and effective sustainability strategy that delivers real value and change to benefit communities.”
The airport was presented with the CommunityMark at Business in the Community’s National Gala Dinner, supported by Fujitsu, the 2015 Responsible Business of the Year, on 11 July 2016.
Commenting Stephen Howard, Business in the Community’s Chief Executive said:
“I congratulate Stansted Airport for joining the exclusive network of CommunityMark companies. Business has a vital role to help create vibrant and prosperous communities. CommunityMark holders are at the heart of this movement, demonstrating an impressive commitment to identifying and responding to social needs.
Crucially, these companies understand that excellence in community investment not only has a positive and valuable impact on society, but also creates real business benefits. We hope their example will inspire many more businesses to put responsible behaviour at the heart of how they do business.”
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