British Expats in Spain are said to be overjoyed on hearing the news that Jet2 is expanding its services to Malaga airport from the UK
Thousands of British expats regularly fly from Malaga to the Uk every year. This journey is now going to be much easier- and possibly cheaper- now that low-cost carrier Jet2 have announced a new service to Bristol airport.
The new route will link the Costa del Sol to Bristol with four scheduled flights a week.
The CEO of the company, Steve Heapy, marked the twentieth anniversary of Jet2 by announcing it at an event at the Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá in Madrid. The event brought together key players from the industry and tourism bodies in Spain. Heapy expressed his optimism about the challenges of 2023 and stated that “forecasts for this summer in Spain predict an additional 4% growth compared to 2022.”
The success story of Jet2
In 2019, Jet2 carried almost one million British tourists (964,123) to the Costa del Sol, making it the fifth largest airline by passenger volume at Malaga Airport. Jet2holidays, the company’s associated tour operator established in 2007, also played a significant role in the company’s presence in Spain. According to CEO Steve Heapy, Jet2’s presence in Spain has grown steadily since the company’s arrival in 2003. Initially offering four routes to four destinations, Jet2 now operates 114 routes to 13 destinations between the Spanish mainland, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands. In 2017, Jet2holidays became the largest tour operator from the United Kingdom to Spain.
In Malaga, Jet2 operated 60 flights per week between the Costa del Sol airport and the United Kingdom last summer, offering a total of 700,000 seats in both directions and generating 220 jobs, including positions in ground operations, contracting, technical and engineering at the airport. Jet2’s commitment to the destination also enabled non-stop flights from Malaga to Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, London Stansted, East Midlands, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Bristol.
Jet2 to award all employees a 9% pay rise in April
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have announced a generous compensation package for their employees, including a 9% pay rise in April, on top of the 8% increase, a £1,000 ‘thank you’ bonus and five additional days of holiday given out in 2022. Furthermore, the company’s profit share scheme for the current financial year has been expanded, providing eligible colleagues with a share of 6% of the company’s profits, up from 5%. CEO Steve Heapy stated that the company values the hard work and dedication of its employees, and is committed to continuing to listen and respond to their feedback as the business grows. He hopes that this package will solidify Jet2’s reputation as the employer of choice for years to come.