The major free flight giveaway to thousands of commuters took place at London Liverpool Street station and on the Stansted Express as the fastest gateway to Stansted Airport.
London Stansted Airport becomes Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ ninth UK airport base and their first in the South of England. They will offer 21 fantastic European leisure destinations, which are on sale now – Lanzarote, Malaga, Alicante, Dubrovnik, Faro, Madeira, Fuerteventura, Girona, Crete (Heraklion), Ibiza, Kos, Larnaca, Gran Canaria, Menorca, Paphos, Majorca, Pula, Reus, Rhodes, Tenerife and Zante – giving holidaymakers across North & East London and the East of England more choice and value. To mark the launch, 50,000 seats have also been released for just £30.
The first flights from London Stansted Airport will take off on Thursday 30 March 2017 to Alicante, Faro, Majorca and Lanzarote. Stansted Express’s Head of Sales Channels, Eleni Jordan, commented, “We look forward to welcoming Jet2.com and Jet2holidays passengers onto our services next year and look forward to working with Jet2 over the coming months to provide a seamless journey for our passengers from train to plane. As the fastest and most comfortable way to travel to and from the airport, with trains every 15 minutes and low advance fares from just £8 one way, recent official figures have shown that the Stansted Express is the most popular form of transport, above the coach or car.”
Stansted Express not only offers customers a frequent service, but also travel on one of the most modern train fleets in the country, which include free Wi-fi, unlimited luggage allowance, free charge points and an at seat trolley service of drinks and snacks. Advance fares are available for just £8 one way and children go free, so the earlier you book the more you save.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “Because of our family friendly ethos, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have enjoyed years of success and growth in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Today is an incredibly exciting chapter in our history as it marks the day we bring our family friendly formula to the south of England and become a truly national brand.
“Jet2.com and Jet2holidays offer something for everyone, with flexible stays and 3,750 hotels providing everything from great value holidays through to city breaks and the best luxury hotels. We are looking forward to bringing our friendly low fares and great value package holidays to London Stansted Airport and we are confident our proposition will make us a resounding success.
“This is a hugely significant programme launch, giving people a choice of 21 of the most popular European leisure destinations, and includes an exclusive route to Madeira, as well as daily flights to Alicante, Faro, Ibiza, Malaga and Majorca. We’re thrilled that customers across North & East London and the East of England can now experience our flights and holidays, which repeatedly see us win accolades such as TripAdvisor’s ‘top airline’ and we look forward to our first flights taking off next year!”
" Andrew Cowan, Chief Executive, London Stansted Airport said: “We’re delighted that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has chosen Stansted as its ninth UK base and the first in the South of England. Jet2’s arrival at Stansted from next spring will create 250 new jobs at the airport, and support more jobs across our region, as well as offering passengers in London and the East of England a fantastic choice of flights and package holidays to 21 of Europe’s most popular and exciting destinations.
“The announcement is a real vote of confidence in Stansted and we look forward to building a strong working relationship with Jet2 to ensure this exciting new partnership is an overwhelming success.”