and Jet2holidays are continuing their expansion in the UK with the launch of flights and holidays from Birmingham Airport, their eighth UK airport base.

A total of 15 sun destinations are now on sale for summer 2017 including Alicante, Crete (Heraklion), Faro, Fuerteventura, Girona (Costa Brava), Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Paphos, Reus, Rhodes and Tenerife, with 57 weekly flights operating to these destinations and daily services to popular hotspots Alicante, Faro and Mallorca.

A total of 590,000 seats are available for summer 2017 and flights will operate on four new Boeing 737-800 next generation aircraft, with the first flights from Birmingham taking off on March 30, 2017 to Faro and Malaga.

Alan Cross, head of trade for the company, said: “We've been looking at the success of the bases that we have and Birmingham was a natural progression. From both a travel agent and a customer perspective, there has been a definite interest in the Birmingham area and a willingness - because of the value, the flexibility of duration and the £60 deposit which is a constant with ourselves - from more and more people to travel that little bit further from their doorstep.

“We've also expanded the trade sales team. In total we'll have eight people out on the road and four people in support. We're very dedicated and the travel trade in particular in the Birmingham catchment area is a big bonus for us.

“What we want to see is more people take a package holiday rather than a flight-only and a drive for the package side of things. Birmingham's a prime example for that; they love great value for money in this area, they love package holidays and they love the flexibility of being able to go for a few days or for a long stay and to have that choice. We've got high hopes for this area and would love to see it expand in the future.”

Pictured marking the announcement from the left is: Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays; Alistair Rowland, group general manager for Midcounties Co-operative Travel; and Alan Cross, head of trade for and Jet2holidays.

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