Jet2 to launch new Krakow ‘Christmas market flights’ from Belfast International Airport

Exterior image of a Christmas market in Krakow, with an inset image of a Jet2 aircraft.
Jet2 will launch a new winter service to Krakow from Belfast International on November 29, offering breaks to experience the city's Christmas markets.

Holiday airline Jet2 has announced plans for new winter flights to Krakow from Belfast International Airport.

The carrier said the new service, which launch on November 29, will focus on Christmas markets in the Polish city.

Two weekly services (Monday and Friday) will operate from the airport until December 16.

Jet2 is also planning winter flights for the Prague Christmas market, which will also run across November and December.

The announcement was made as the travel group told investors it was expecting its profit for the year to be higher than previously thought.

Jet2 said demand for package holidays had taken off, with people prioritising “time away from our rainy island” despite continuing to face cost-of-living pressures.

Winter bookings have been 17% higher than the previous year as the company said it had increased seat capacity across flights.

It also reported a 17% increase in people buying package holidays for the upcoming summer, compared with the same time last year.

The deals, which include flights and accommodation, as well as baggage and transfers, typically make more money for travel companies per booking.

Jet2 said prices for its summer holidays this year are currently higher than the previous year.

It comes as costs have risen for the business, including for hotel accommodation and as a result of EU climate policy.

But the company said that bookings were strong with “hard-earned holidays remaining a priority” for its customers, even though it is mindful of the fact that tougher economic conditions could impact the level consumer spending.

Rival holiday group Tui has also previously stressed that people are willing to prioritise spending on travel and experiences.

Steve Heapy, Jet2′s chief executive, said: “We are pleased with how the 2024 financial year is ending and are encouraged by early bookings for summer 2024.

“Whilst recognising that there are many demands on consumer discretionary incomes, we believe that our customers cherish their time away from our rainy island and want to be properly looked after throughout their holiday experience.”

He added that the “sun spots” of the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands, and European cities remain popular with holiday-goers.

Jet2 said it had slightly raised its expectations for pre-tax profit for the year to the end of March, from between £480 million and £520m, to between £510m and £525m. It is set to report results in July.