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50 new jobs at Aldergrove as Jet2 adds more routes

By John Mulgrew

Airline Jet2 is creating 50 jobs in Belfast as it begins rolling out new routes from Northern Ireland. The airline is adding a total of 1,700 posts, from pilots to cabin crew, across the UK.

Around 50 of those jobs will be based at Belfast International Airport.

Earlier this year boss Steven Heapy confirmed it was adding eight routes to Belfast International, including six which are new to Northern Ireland.

The airline will now fly to Antalya in Turkey; Costa De Almeria in Spain; Crete; Madeira; Malta, Naples, Paphos and Rhodes.

Jet2 already operates a number of flights to Spain, the Canaries and eastern Europe from Belfast.

The company is hosting a recruitment day at the Maldron Hotel at Belfast International Airport on September 19.

Its largest summer programme includes almost 200,000 seats to 23 destinations from the airport.

"We are delighted to be creating so many opportunities to join our award-winning team at Belfast International Airport," Mr Heapy said.

"If you care passionately about looking after customers, we would love to see you at one of our upcoming roadshows and we look forward to welcoming you on board."

Graham Keddie, managing director at the airport, said: "Belfast International Airport warmly welcomes this expansion by Jet2. We're enjoying growth on all fronts and this news of 50 new jobs shows what can be achieved when airlines increase the number of routes they operate and passenger numbers grow.

"Jet2 has clearly seen the potential there is in the Northern Ireland market and is responding positively and with confidence."

The roadshow has been designed to support the recruitment of both "pilot and cabin crew positions", the company said.

Earlier this year Jet2 said that the loss of the open skies agreement following Brexit would have a "terrible" impact on the airline industry.

Speaking about concerns over what will happen if the open skies agreement, which allows carriers to fly anywhere within the EU, is scrapped after Brexit, Mr Heapy said: "There are a lot of concerns around Brexit. There's freedom of movement, of capital, of labour and open skies."

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