Jet2.com and Jet2holidays celebrated a major milestone today as its first flights and holidays took off from two new UK bases; Stansted Airport and Birmingham Airport.

Following the inaugural departures this morning, flights and package holidays through the operator are now available from nine UK bases, with more than 300 routes to sun, city and ski destinations. It marks the latest step in the company’s growth and now national presence with flights and holidays now offered in the Midlands and in the South of England.

The company reports that both bases have seen ‘phenomenal trading’ ahead of launch, particularly from independent travel agents.

There were celebrations in the air at both bases for the first day of flying as hundreds of holidaymakers were waved off with personalised gifts, and the very first customers to check in at each base were gifted with a free holiday.

To showcase its conyinued partnership with travel agents, the holiday company also hosted one of its mobile travel agency stores at the Bull Ring in Birmingham, co-branded with Midcounties Co-Operative, where a host of celebrations including free flight giveaways took place. Since the start of the year, the mobile travel agency stores have been up and down the country, taking independent travel agents out into parts of the community that they previously might not have reached and helping some agencies break sales records in the process.

At Stansted, more routes and aircraft have been added to the programme since going on sale in September of last year, meaning 27 leisure destinations on seven new Boeing 737-800 next generation aircraft will be served. The scale of this operation makes Stansted the company’s fourth biggest UK base, with up to 96 weekly flights at peak season. At Birmingham Airport, the company will fly to a total of 23 destinations. Across the two bases, there are more than two million seats on sale for Summer 17 and Winter 17/18.

Steve Heapy, CEO of the holiday brand, said: “We have got off to a flying start in every sense at Stansted and Birmingham. Independent travel agents at both bases have responded fantastically to our family-friendly ethos and great value package holidays and from today their customers now get to experience this. Our formula of working in partnership with independent travel agents is proven, having driven phenomenal growth in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and we are very excited to be bringing this new approach to our new partners in the Stansted and Birmingham catchment areas.

“Although today marks Jet2.com and Jet2holidays becoming a truly national brand, our focus will remain the same as always which is working in partnership with independent travel agents to help them grow their business. That proposition is driving strong demand in our new bases already and we are confident it will make us a resounding success.”

Pictured are Steve Heapy, CEO for Jet2.com and Jet2holidays with the team standing by the first flight to leave from Stansted.

For further information visit trade.jet2holidays.com

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