Jet2.com launched flights from Leeds Bradford to La Rochelle on 26 May, with this boarding pass-styled cake being made to commemorate the route launch. The UK airline will operate the 855-kilometre sector weekly (Saturdays) using its fleet of 737-300s. Along with this route, Jet2.com added services from Birmingham and Manchester this week.
- Jet2.com launched routes from three of its bases this week, with the first being from Birmingham (BHX). The carrier inaugurated flights from the UK Midlands airport to Venice Marco Polo (VCE) on 25 May, a 1,281-kilometre sector that the airline will operate twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) using its fleet of 737-800s. No other airline has served between Birmingham and Venice Marco Polo since the collapse of Monarch Airlines. The next launches both occurred on 26 May, with Jet2.com linking Leeds Bradford (LBA) to La Rochelle (LRH) and Manchester (MAN) to Bergerac (EGC). The 855- and 969-kilometre routes will each see a weekly (Saturdays) rotation, with neither of these services facing direct competition. Flights on the new route from Leeds Bradford will operate using the airline’s 737-300s, while like its latest service from Birmingham, flights on the new conection from Manchester to Bergerac will be operated on the airline’s growing fleet of 737-800s. Jet2.com entered 2018 on the back of a very positive 2017, a year which saw the airline carry 9.64 million scheduled passengers according to UK CAA data. This represents an increase of nearly 45% when compared to the 6.67 million scheduled passengers that flew with the airline in 2016.