has announced the launch of a new base at East Midlands Airport, creating more than 130,000 seats, seven new direct seat-only destinations and 250 new jobs for the region.

The airline will offer low fare seat-only destinations from East Midlands Airport to Lanzarote, Corfu, Dalaman, Heraklion, Paphos, Tenerife and Sharm El Sheikh which are available to book today for departures from May 2010, with starting fares from £59.99 one way including taxes.

It will also be possible to book package tours through to these destinations from £269 per person for seven nights.

The airline says the new routes will bring over 250 new jobs into the area within, the airport and supporting industries, as well as bolstering the tourism industry and region as a whole.

Ian Doubtfire, managing director at said, “At a time when many competitors are cutting services and closing bases, we are increasing ours with our ambitious expansion into the Midlands which will be our seventh base to date within the UK. We see the region as having huge growth potential for our leisure business and the exceptional transport links to the airport allows us to extend’s catchment area further into Derby, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield and surrounding areas.

“We are bringing with us our winning formula, offering people what they want; great holiday destinations, low fares, sociable flight times and a friendly service. It is fantastic that we can now offer flights from the Midlands and we are confident that our close relationship with the airport will see our presence grow further.

“I hope that leisure travellers and overseas property owners alike will be delighted with the news that they can travel direct to popular destinations on a budget, and we urge them to book now for our lowest fares at We look forward to welcoming them onboard soon.”

Seven new routes and starting fares from East Midlands Airport for summer 2010 are:

Lanzarote, Arrecife from £59.99 one way including taxes, departing 20th May 2010

Turkey, Dalaman from £69.99 one way including taxes, departing 21st May 2010

Corfu from £59.99 one way including taxes, departing 24th May 2010

Greece, Heraklion from £69.99 one way including taxes, departing 25th May 2010

Cyprus, Paphos from £69.99 one way including taxes, departing 23rd May 2010

Tenerife from £59.99 one way including taxes, departing 21st May 2010

Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh from £79.99 one way including taxes, departing 27th May 2010

Penny Coates, chief executive at East Midlands Airport said: “The news that will open a brand new operation from East Midlands Airport next year is extremely encouraging for the airport and the region as a whole. This news is a positive indicator for the future and puts East Midlands Airport in a strong position as we continue to extend and develop our route network."

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