Belfast Telegraph

Jobs boost as Birmingham becomes eighth UK base for budget airline Jet2 will open its eighth UK base at Birmingham Airport next year, the budget airline has announced.

Fifteen warm-weather destinations will be served from the airport, including Ibiza, Tenerife, Alicante and Paphos.

The first flights will take off on March 30 2017.

More than 200 jobs are expected to be created as part of the expansion, including flight and cabin crew, engineers and ground operations staff.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of and Jet2holidays, described the announcement as "incredibly exciting" as it would provide " further growth and investment for the region".

He went on: "It's fantastic to be bringing our friendly low fares, great value package holidays, plus our brand new aircraft to Birmingham Airport.

"This is our most significant programme launch for some time, giving local travel agents a choice of 15 of the most popular sunshine destinations, including 11 Spanish hotspots, two Greek islands, plus Paphos and the sunny Algarve.

"We're thrilled that even more of our agents' customers can now experience our award-winning flights and holidays and we look forward to our first flights taking off next year."