Jet2 announces 10th base at Bristol – with 33 routes

Jet2 announces 10th base at Bristol – with 33 routes

Jet2 to open its 10th base at Bristol on 1 April 2021, and it’s no joke. The carrier will have 33 destinations in all, with 29 beginning in S21.

Jet2 has today announced a new base at Bristol, its 10th, at which it’ll initially base three aircraft.

It’ll have 33 routes, with all but four starting in summer 2021.  The outliers are Geneva, Grenoble, Paphos, and Salzburg, all of which will start in winter 2021.

With 12 destinations, Greece features heavily, followed by Spain with 10.  It is notable that the classic Alicante and Malaga won’t be served. This is despite Ibiza, Mahon, Palma, and the Canaries – along with Faro in Portugal – all fearturing.

Jet2 will have 33 weekly frequencies to the 29 destinations that start next summer.  This is based on accumulating flights in the first week that each route begins.

Come peak summer, the week starting 1 August, its frequencies to these 29 will increase by 70% to 56.  The maximum additional peak-time frequencies is three, which Dalaman, Faro, and Palma will have.  Palma will have the highest peak-summer flights with five.

Read more: Jet2 to begin five routes to Jersey in 2021.

Despite its larger network to Greece, they will be less frequently served than Spain, although its number of peak-time flights to Greece will grow by a larger percentage, indicative of Greece’s very strong seasonality.

Jet2 to launch new Izmir and Kalamata; to reintroduce Almeria and Skiathos

Jet2 will introduce two new destinations from Bristol: Izmir and Kalamata.

It’ll also reintroduce two destinations: Almeria and Skiathos. Almeria was served by defunct Thomas Cook between 2017 and 2019, while Skiathos was operated by the carrier between 2014 and 2019.

Jet2 will compete directly on 19 of its 29 summer routes, increasing to 20 come August.  

The number of summer routes with direct competition is likely to grow further, as some – such as Ryanair to Girona and Reus and TUI to Girona and Kefalonia – are filed to operate but they are not currently bookable at any point in 2021.  Ryanair, for example, was set to have five weekly services to Reus.

Click here for an Excel file of S21 routes.

Jet2’s routes; 19 of 29 summer routes have competition when they begin

Destination Start date Weekly frequencies: in week Jet2 starts Weekly frequencies: w/c 1 Aug Direct competition (WF): in week Jet2 starts Direct competition (WF): w/c 1 Aug
Almeria 6 May 1 1 None None
Antalya 2 April 1 3 None TUI (4), easyJet (3)
Corfu 2 May 1 2 easyJet (3), TUI (2) easyJet (3), TUI (3)
Dalaman 2 April 1 4 easyJet (3), TUI (1) easyJet (4), TUI (4)
Faro 2 May 1 4 easyJet (16), Ryanair (6) easyJet (16), Ryanair (6)
Fuerteventura 3 April 1 2 easyJet (2), TUI (1) easyJet (2), TUI (1)
Funchal 5 April 1 1 easyJet (2) easyJet (2)
Geneva 19 December 2021 1 0 TBC: easyJet (20)** TBC
Girona 22 May 1 1 None None
Gran Canaria 1 April 1 2 Ryanair (2), easyJet (1), TUI (1) easyJet (2), Ryanair (2), TUI (2)
Grenoble 19 December 2021 1 0 TBC: easyJet (3)** TBC
Heraklion 4 May 1 2 easyJet (2), TUI (2) TUI (3), easyJet (2)
Ibiza 22 May 2 3 TUI (4), easyJet (3), Ryanair (3) easyJet (4), TUI (4), Ryanair (3)
Izmir 25 May 1 1 None None
Kalamata 25 May 1 1 None None
Kefalonia 23 May 1 1 easyJet (2) easyJet (2)
Kos 20 May 1 1 easyJet (2), TUI (2) TUI (3), easyJet (2)
Lanzarote 1 April 2 2 Ryanair (3), easyJet (2), TUI (2) Ryanair (3), easyJet (2), TUI (2)
Mahon 4 May 1 3 easyJet (4), TUI (1) easyJet (4), TUI (1)
Mytilene 23 May 1 1 None None
Naples 2 May 1 1 easyJet (3), TUI (2) easyJet (3), TUI (2)
Palma 4 April 2 5 easyJet (17), Ryanair (9) easyJet (19), Ryanair (9), TUI (4)
Paphos TBC, but beginning W21     TBC TBC
Preveza 9 May 1 1 easyJet (2) easyJet (2)
Reus 6 May 1 2 None None
Rhodes 25 May 1 2 easyJet (2), TUI (2) TUI (3), easyJet (2)
Salzburg 20 December 2021 1 0 TBC: easyJet (2), TUI (1)** TBC
Santorini 5 May 1 1 None None
Skiathos 12 May 1 2 None None
Tenerife South 3 April 2 3 easyJet (4), Ryanair (3) easyJet (4), Ryanair (3), TUI (3)
Thessaloniki 20 May 1 1 TUI (1) TUI (1)
Verona 22 May 1 1 None None
Zakynthos 24 May 1 2 TUI (4), easyJet (2) TUI (4), easyJet (2)
Source: airline websites and OAG Schedules Analyser. Data in this table is very likely to change, especially for competition, so it’s a snapshot only based on 11 November. ** Direct competition data isn’t yet available for the routes starting in W21. As such, and for guidance only, schedules in the same week in 2019 is used instead. Of course, this may be different to what happens. Note: some routes that aren’t bookable are meant to be served, so they may become bookable later.

Jet2 growing from Thomas Cook’s end

31 of Jet2’s 33 routes were served from Bristol in 2019 and they collectively had just over 2.6 million seats, up by a million over 2020.  They grew by a decent CAGR of almost 4.5%. 

Jet2’s Bristol entry is partly from Thomas Cook’s end. The carrier had a network of 27 routes from the West Country airport last year, with 386,000 seats, with 21 to be operated by Jet2.

Of course, most are very obvious markets anyway, so it’s not so clear-cut.  However, Jet2 is beginning various thinner summer routes too, such as Almeria, Preveza, and Skiathos, that Thomas Cook operated.  Thomas Cook also served Geneva.  It’s notable that it also didn’t serve Alicante or Malaga.

Thomas Cook’s six routes last year that Jet2 won’t be taking up now are Bodrum, Bourgas, Enfidha, Hurghada, Larnaca, and Malta.

Jet2 announces 10th base at Bristol – with 33 routes (2)

31 of Jet2’s 33 routes were operated from Bristol in 2019. This figure shows the seat development of these 31 back to the start of the decade. They have grown well, although Thomas Cook’s end in 2019 saw 386,000 seats cut. Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.


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