Jet2 set to create 50 jobs with expansion of Belfast presence
An expansion of budget airline Jet2's operations at Belfast International Airport is set to create 50 new jobs.
The carrier has added eight new routes to its summer schedule for 2018, taking to 22 the number of holiday destinations it flies to from the city.
The development will see a fourth Jet2 aircraft based in Belfast, a Boeing 737-800.
Its new routes are Antalya, Madeira, Crete, Costa de Almeria, Naples, Paphos, Rhodes and Malta.
Jet2 will be creating 30 new jobs directly, mostly in flight deck and cabin crew positions, with the expansion set to sustain 20 additional new posts within the airport.
Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: "This will be our biggest ever summer programme from Belfast International, with eight brand new destinations, 400,000 seats and more hotels than ever before with our award-winning airline and package holiday operator.
"We have made a huge investment in Belfast, creating new jobs and putting in an additional aircraft to allow holidaymakers to fly to more destinations than ever in Summer 18."
Graham Keddie, managing director at Belfast International, welcomed the expansion.
"This 39% increase in capacity not only brings the total number of routes served by Jet2.com to 22 but will also mean a jobs boost for the local economy with the addition of a fourth based aircraft," he said.