Jet2 to expand at Glasgow – again

’s seemingly endless potential for expansion has resulted in the creation of eight new routes at Glasgow Airport since April 2011. Now, just two months after the Yorkshire carrier launched its first flight from the Abbotsinch hub, Jet2 has announced that it will add a further five new destinations from Glasgow, beginning in March 2012.

The airline, which has also expanded its services at East Midlands and Manchester airports, celebrated its latest investment by creating a new – and rather odd – dish, the haggis paella. Whether the culinary ‘experiment’ whetted the appetite of local travellers is debatable, but Jet2 claims to have already sold 150,000 seats on its summer 2012 flights.

Flights to Barcelona, Malaga, and Murcia in mainland Spain, and Ibiza in the Balearic Islands will begin next year, with one-way travel costing in the region of £29.99. Jet2 will fly to Barcelona three times a week, while Murcia and Malaga will be served two and four times a week, respectively. A weekly flight to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands will take off at the same time, albeit at the slightly higher price of £49.99.

Jet2’s fifth new route from Glasgow, Ibiza, will begin in May 2012, operating on a twice-weekly basis for the duration of the summer season. Tickets begin at £39.99.

“There’s no doubt this is an exciting time for us at Glasgow Airport”, said Jet2 chief, Ian Doubtfire. “We’re really pleased with bookings so far. The feedback from passengers (has been) very positive.”

Mr. Doubtfire indicated that capacity would improve by 20% on existing routes from Glasgow to Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Faro in Portugal, Alicante in Spain, and to Majorca in the Mediterranean Sea. The extra seats, in tandem with Jet2’s new routes, have been welcomed in Glasgow. Local Councillor, Gordon Matheson, referred to the airline’s expansion as “great news”, while Francois Bourienne, chief at Glasgow Airport, said that Jet2 “should be congratulated”.

Jet2 currently offers 13 routes from Glasgow, including a trans-Atlantic flight to New York.

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