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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1983 (as Channel Express)
Commenced operations1983 (as Channel Express)
2003 (as
AOC #598
Operating bases12
Fleet size95
Parent companyDart Group
HeadquartersLow Fare Finder House, Leeds Bradford Airport, United Kingdom[2]
Key people Limited,[3] often known simply as Jet2, is a British low-cost leisure airline offering scheduled and charter flights from the United Kingdom. As of 2018, it is the third-largest scheduled airline in the UK, behind EasyJet and British Airways.[4] Its main base and headquarters is located at Leeds Bradford Airport,[5] with further bases at Alicante-Elche, Belfast–International, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife–South. The company holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats. also offers a charter service through its Jet2charters brand. Subsidiary company Jet2holidays offers ABTA and ATOL-protected package holidays with accommodation, transfers and flights to 72 city and sun destinations from its nine UK bases. and Jet2holidays had around 12,000 permanent and seasonal employees as of May 2018.[6]


Origins[edit] Limited is a subsidiary of the Dart Group, an aviation services and distribution group. The airline began operating commercial aircraft in 1983 under the name Channel Express,[7] when it was purchased by the Dart Group's current Executive Chairman, Philip Meeson. Initially a freight operator, from 2001 the airline also began operating passenger charter services using Boeing aircraft to international destinations on mainly short and medium-haul routes.


A Boeing 737-300 wearing the airline's former livery, taking off at Leeds Bradford Airport in 2008

In 2002, Channel Express established the brand from Leeds Bradford International Airport. The re-branded began operating as a leisure airline with its first flight from Leeds Bradford to Amsterdam on 12 February 2003, which operated a twice daily rotation with two Boeing 737-300 aircraft. During 2003, further scheduled flights were launched to seven European sun and city break destinations.

In 2004, a second base was opened at Manchester Airport with the airline operating from Terminal 1. The airline also acquired further Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft and opened a base at Belfast International Airport.

In 2005, opened a third base at Newcastle. Later in the year, the company acquired two Boeing 757-200 aircraft, enabling it to fly medium-long haul destinations as well as carrying more passengers on popular existing routes. These aircraft helped the company to open two more bases at Blackpool and Edinburgh.

In 2006 the company relocated from Bournemouth to Leeds and was renamed Limited.[8] In 2007, sister company Jet2holidays was launched offering customers and travel agents ATOL and ABTA protected package holidays.

The airline acquired further Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft and opened a base at Belfast International Airport. In November 2008 changed its slogan from "The North's Low Cost Airline" to "Friendly Low Fares". This preceded the announcement of opening a hub at East Midlands Airport, the first of the airline's outside the North of England and Scotland. The base at East Midlands Airport opened in May 2010.[9]

During November and December 2008 the airline operated four direct flights from Leeds Bradford to Newark Liberty International Airport using Boeing 757-200s, with a series of flights also planned from both Leeds Bradford and Newcastle during December 2010. Once again, re-introduced seasonal Christmas flights to New York during the 2012 winter season, however, this time flights would operate from Glasgow, East Midlands and Newcastle, in addition to Leeds.[10] The seasonal flights to New York have continued annually and now run from five of its UK bases.

In 2010, the airline announced an eighth base at Glasgow Airport would be opened in April 2011, with an initial nine routes.[11] The base was opened on 31 March, slightly earlier than scheduled.

In January 2011, the airline introduced second-hand Boeing 737-800 aircraft into its fleet. This provided aircraft larger than its existing 737-300s yet smaller than its 757-200 aircraft. carried over 600,000 passengers in its first year of operation and over nine million passengers during 2017; its highest recorded total.[12]

On 17 September 2016, the airline received its first brand new Boeing 737-800 of the order for thirty made in 2015.[13] In September 2016, announced it would begin operations from Birmingham Airport and London Stansted Airport (the airline's first base in southern England) in March 2017.[citation needed] In November 2016, opened its new maintenance hangar at Manchester Airport.[14] In December 2016, announced that it had ordered a further four Boeing 737-800 aircraft, bringing the total on order to 34.[15]

In 2019, received delivery of its 34th new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, taking its permanent and leased fleet size to over 100 aircraft.[16]

Corporate affairs[edit]

On 29 April 2015, sister company Jet2CityBreaks was launched. In June 2017, launched Jet2Villas through its Jet2holidays brand.[17]


Year Total passengers Total flights Load factor Passenger change (YoY)
2003 604,563 5,543 78.9% -
2004 1,211,139 11,266 79.1% Increase100.3%
2005 2,376,900 24,151 74.5% Increase096.3%
2006 2,831,922 26,808 77.2% Increase019.1%
2007 3,860,266 34,358 73.6% Increase036.3%
2008 3,454,578 27,851 79.4% Decrease010.5%
2009 3,089,340 24,282 81.6% Decrease010.6%
2010 3,338,921 24,708 86.3% Increase008.1%
2011 4,235,752 29,806 87.3% Increase026.9%
2012 4,776,257 32,520 89.0% Increase012.8%
2013 5,515,021 36,064 89.8% Increase015.5%
2014 6,007,549 39,362 89.0% Increase008.9%
2015 5,853,447 36,657 91.3% Decrease002.6%
2016 6,721,129 41,796 90.8% Increase0014.8%
2017 9,695,445 58,541 90.6% Increase0030.7%
2018 12,170,681 70,963 91.4% Increase0025.5%
Source: United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority[18]

Head office[edit]

Low Fare Finder House, the head office of has its head office, Low Fare Finder House,[19] located on the grounds of Leeds Bradford International Airport. Construction of the facility broke ground in 2006, in order to accommodate pilots, cabin crew, and back of house operations.[20]

In April 2013, moved its Customer Contact, Finance, IT, Human Resources, Commercial and Marketing departments to a new office; "Holiday House" located within the city centre of Leeds.[21] In September 2014, the airline opened a new £9.5 million training academy at Euroway Industrial Estate in Bradford.[22]

Destinations[edit] operates flights to 70 destinations across Europe, with a notable focus on Spain, the Mediterranean Sea, France, Greece, Italy and Turkey. Its main base is at Leeds Bradford Airport with eight additional operating bases across the United Kingdom alongside overseas bases at Alicante–Elche Airport, Palma de Mallorca Airport[23] and Tenerife South Airport, which was opened in November 2019.[24] Two more UK bases, at Birmingham Airport and London Stansted Airport, were opened in March 2017.[25][26]


A Airbus A321-200 in Jet2holidays livery
A Boeing 737-800
A Boeing 757-200

Current fleet[edit]

As of February 2020, the fleet consists of the following aircraft:[27] fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Note
Airbus A321-200 1 220 6 former Thomas Cook and Condor aircraft due by May 2020.[28]
Boeing 737-300 8 148
Boeing 737-300QC 1 148 Quick Change-configuration for flexible passenger or cargo transportation.
Boeing 737-800 75 189
Boeing 757-200 10 235
Total 95 0

Historical fleet[edit] historical fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes
Boeing 737-300SF[29] 2006 2017[30] One converted passenger aircraft.


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