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80 new jobs on way as LBA-based Jet2 keeps growing
A Leeds-Bradford Airport-based airline has announced major expansion plans with more than 80 jobs for local people.
Jet2 is investing £9 million in a new state-of-the-art training academy and is also relocating its call centre from South Africa to its new 71,000 sq ft base in Leeds later this month. While administrative, financial and other roles are being moved to the Leeds office, the company will retain its flight operations centre at Leeds-Bradford Airport.
Jet2 boss Philip Meeson said the company had created 525 new roles in Yorkshire this year, making it one of the region’s major employers. The company has more than 1,500 staff based in the area, with 3,000 employees in the North overall.
He said: “The heart of our business very much remains in Yorkshire so it’s fantastic to be able to announce further expansion in the region, providing even more jobs for this talented local workforce.
“Centralising our call centres in the city and developing our own purpose- built training academy for our pilots and cabin crew is an investment in the future of our business as we continue to grow.
“This year is set to be another successful year for us. Across our eight UK bases we are expecting to fly 5.5 million passengers to and from 61 destinations.
“Our package holiday business will cater for 850,000 customers taking breaks in sun destinations.”
The training academy, which will create about 50 jobs, will be a first for the region, according to boss Philip Meeson.
Based at the Euroway Industrial Estate, off the M606, it will house three flight simulators, along with a cabin crew trainer unit, for new and existing pilots and crew from its UK bases.
Recruits will undergo a month’s training at the academy, while existing pilots attend twice a year for four hours’ training on the simulators under supervision to maintain their skills. The simulators will enable pilots to practise bad-weather landing, manoeuvres and flight procedures.
The call centre at The Mint in Leeds will have about 200 employees and the move will integrate staff handling Jet2 package holiday bookings with flight and seat reservations.
Anyone interested in applying for one of the new roles should visit jet2careers.com.
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