UK holiday airline Jet2 (LS/EXS) has said that it will be increasing the number of flights from Manchester Airport this summer to cater for the expected rise in package holiday bookings to Europe.
Jet2 saw an almost 1000% increase in holiday enquiries after the Coronavirus roadmap was unveiled seemingly clearing the way for overseas travel for Summer 2021 although MPs have warned its still too early to book holidays.
The capacity increases are:
Canary Islands: Tenerife and Lanzarote – additional services throughout October, providing more choice and flexibility. This means up to 19 weekly services to Tenerife in October, and up to 11 weekly services to Lanzarote in October.
Spain: Malaga – additional services throughout October, meaning up to nine weekly services throughout October.
Portugal: Faro – additional services in late-September and throughout October giving holidaymakers more choice when it comes to reaching the Algarve. This means up to ten weekly services to Faro in October.
Turkey: Antalya, Bodrum and Dalaman – additional services in September and October means more choice and extended seasons in response to demand. This means up to 17 weekly services to Antalya, and up to 16 weekly services to Dalaman in October.
Greece: Corfu, Skiathos, Kos and Halkidiki – additional services operating to these Greek islands throughout October. This means up to four weekly services to Corfu, up to six weekly services to Kos and up to two weekly services to Halkidiki in October. In addition, the season to Skiathos is extended to mid-October, providing customers with more choice.
Cyprus: Paphos – additional services operating in September and throughout October, meaning up to nine weekly services throughout October.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com said: “The number of customers booking flights and package holidays with us to the Canary Islands, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus tells us that many people want nothing more than to get away this summer. This demand is there, and as ever we are quick to respond to what our customers are telling us, making sure we take them from Manchester Airport to their favourite holiday choices.”
“Throughout the pandemic, we have done absolutely everything to look after our valued customers and independent travel agent partners, and we have always said that the sun will shine for them once again. We know that our destinations are keen to welcome holidaymakers from the UK, and the UK government has shown that there is a clear ambition to reopen international travel in the coming months. We look forward to more detail in due course and will be ready to take our customers on their well-deserved holidays when travel reopens.”