Jet2, an airline more closely associated with English airports, is to expand its business in Scotland by opening a new base at Glasgow Airport in March 2011. The carrier believes that the expansion will bring “significant investment” to Renfrewshire and create around 150 new jobs.
The Yorkshire airline opted for a new Glasgow base over further expansion of its facilities in Manchester or Leeds, according to the BBC News website.
Nine new routes will be added as part of the deal, including several destinations in Europe and North Africa.
Palma in Majorca, Alicante in Spain, Nice in France and Faro in Portugal are already available for booking, as are flights to Dalaman in Turkey, Monastir in Tunisia and Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt.
Flights to the Canary Island of Tenerife and the Cypriot city of Paphos will also make their debut at Glasgow in 2011.
Stewart Stevenson, the Scottish transport minister, noted that some of the new positions available at Jet2’s base would be supported by an RSA (Regional Selective Assistance) grant, to the tune of £150,000.
The minister praised Scottish Development International, a firm that supports businesses setting up in Scotland, for “persuading” Jet2 to move north of the border. “The airline’s new base is a tremendous boost for Glasgow Airport,” Stevenson said.
Jet2 is the second firm to invest at Glasgow Airport in just over a month, after supermarket giant Tesco announced plans to build an Express-branded store inside the airport later this year.
The shop, which will become the first Tesco store of its kind, is expected to create 20 new jobs.