Jobs boost as Jet2.com expands flight networkBy Gary McDonald Business Editor
LEISURE airline Jet2.com is creating 86 jobs at Belfast International Airport after announcing plans yesterday to expand its flight network to Rome, Prague, Gran Canaria and Zante from next summer.
The introduction of the new routes, along with the addition of a third dedicated aircraft and increased frequency to Malaga, will see Jet2.com operate its biggest-ever flying programme from Aldergrove next year.
It means the carrier is making more than 250,000 seats available to city and sun destinations as it beefs up its operation to 70 services a week to 16 destinations.
The new jobs - which are expected to generate £2.2 million a year in salaries - are across a range of roles including flight and cabin crew, engineers and ground operations staff.
"This is our 10th year flying from Belfast International, and we're thrilled to be announcing this major growth plan for summer 2015, with flights already on sale from just £38," said Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays.
"Since our first flight took off we've not only increased capacity but we have also grown our destinations from