On March 31 British low-cost carrier Jet2.com launches its first scheduled services from its new Glasgow Airport base, Jet2.com’s eighth base in the UK.
Advance bookings show that Cyprus is likely to prove one of the airline’s most popular destinations from Scotland’s largest city this summer, according to the airline.
Paphos in Cyprus is one of the seven destinations that Jet2.com is initially offering from Glasgow. Jet2.com says it has a number of cheap flights to Cyprus from Glasgow available. Fares start from £69.99 ($112.22) one-way, including taxes.
Cyprus’ position towards the African continent has long made it a popular destination for luxury holidays in the sun, according to Jet2.com. The complement of ancient architecture and modern complexes ensures that visitors to the island experience history and modernity.
Jet2.com says the island of Cyprus also has a certain mysticism, inspired by the mythology that clings to it and its rather fragmented past. Some 35 per cent of the island remains under Turkish rule.
Other initial Jet2.com destinations from Glasgow include Alicante on the Spanish mainland; Palma in Mallorca; Tenerife Sud on Tenerife in the Canary Islands; Dalman in Turkey; Faro in the Algarve; and Nice in Provence in the South of France.
Jet.com says it chose all seven initial destinations to reflect the interests and trends in the Glasgow market, with year-round favorites like Spain, France and Cyprus joined by growing tourism hotspots such as Turkey and the Algarve in southern Portugal.
“The people of Glasgow love Spain and Cyprus and the customer feedback is very positive,” says Ian Doubtfire, Jet2.com’s managing director. “We will offer people a great choice of holiday destinations, low fares, a generous 22kg baggage allowance, a loyalty scheme, allocated seating on all flights and convenient flight times.”
Officials at Glasgow Airport are pleased by the initial interest in flights from Jet2.com. “I’ve been very encouraged by the strong uptake on flights to the seven destinations on offer,” says Amanda McMillan, Glasgow Airport’s managing director.
Unlike many other low-cost airlines, Jet.com allows its tickets to be booked through travel agents as well as online at www.jet2.com, the carrier’s website.
In addition to Glasgow, Jet2.com also operates bases at Leeds Bradford Airport (where the airline is headquartered); Manchester; Newcastle; Belfast; Blackpool; Edinburgh; and East Midlands Airport.
According to Wikipedia, by March 2011 Jet.com was opertaing a fleet of 16 Boeing 737-300s (with one more purchased for the fleet); seven 737-300QCs, which can be reconfigured in a few hours from passenger to cargo configuration, and vice versa; one 737-300F freighter; one 737-800, with another due to enter the fleet; and 11 Boeing 757-200s, with another acquired. The airline prides itself in owning all its aircraft.
Jet2.com Limited is a subsidiary of Dart Group PLC, an aviation services and distribution group. The airline began operating commercial aircraft in 1978 under the name Channel Express (Air Services).
Originally operating up to 14 Handley Page Herald turboprops (which were powered by Rolls-Royce Dart engines, hence the holding companys name), the company introduced Lockheed Electras and Airbus A300B4 ‘Eurofreighters’ in the 1990s.
In 2001, Channel Express introduced Boeing 737-300s. Charter passenger operations started in 2001, offering high quality corporate and specialist services flying to more than 100 destinations.
The company established the Jet2.com scheduled-service brand to operate from Leeds Bradford International Airport in 2003 and started winding down its Channel Express operation.
Jet2.com introduced Boeing 757-200s in the autumn of 2005 and has operated the aircraft on flights as far afield as the United States. The carrier now flies to 50 top sun, city and ski destinations in more than 15 European countries and eight Mediterranean islands as well as Egypt, Israel and the U.S.
In February 2007 Jet2.com launched sister company Jet2holidays to offer customers value-package deals including flights and accommodation and transfers to destinations across Europe and beyond.