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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded October 2002
Commenced operations 12 February 2003
AOC # 598
Operating bases
Fleet size 58
Destinations 58
Company slogan Friendly low fares
Parent company Dart Group PLC
Headquarters Leeds, West Yorkshire[2]
Key people
Website Limited is a British low-cost airline based at Leeds Bradford Airport, England. It has a fleet of 59 aircraft and operates 216 scheduled routes from seven UK bases and one Spanish base to 58 destinations. is the fourth largest scheduled airline in the UK.[3] Its main base and headquarters is at Leeds Bradford International Airport,[4] with further bases at Manchester, Belfast International, Edinburgh, Newcastle, East Midlands, Glasgow-International and more recently Alicante. 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 operates an overnight cargo-carrying fleet for Royal Mail and offers a charter service through its Jet2charters brand. Sister company Jet2holidays offers ABTA and ATOL protected package holidays with accommodation, transfers and flights to 47 city and sun destinations. has around 4,000 employees as of April 2015.


Origins[edit] Limited is a subsidiary of the Dart Group PLC, an aviation services and distribution group. The airline began operating commercial aircraft in 1983 under the name Channel Express,[5] 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.


In 2003 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, 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 December 2004, a second base was opened at Manchester Airport with the airline operating from Terminal 1.

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 (this base ceased operation in October 2014) and Edinburgh.

In 2006 the company relocated from Bournemouth to Leeds and was renamed Limited.[6]

Since 2006 the airline has acquired further Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft and opened a base at Belfast International Airport. A new base opened at East Midlands Airport in May 2010.[7]

In 2007, sister company Jet2holidays was launched offering customers and travel agents ATOL and ABTA protected package holidays. Steve Heapy was Managing Director (current Chief Executive Officer of and Jet2holidays).

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.[8] The seasonal flights to New York have continued annually from the four bases, with the addition of October flying dates in 2014.

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. On 20 May as the base opened announced a number of new routes for summer 2011.

On 14 September, the airline announced an eighth base at Glasgow Airport would be opened in April 2011, with an initial nine routes.[9] The base was opened on 31 March, slightly earlier than scheduled. In January 2011, the airline introduced the Boeing 737-800 aircraft into its fleet. This provided aircraft larger than its existing 737-300s yet smaller than its 757-200 aircraft. While not new the 737-800 aircraft are newer than existing aircraft.

October 2012 saw launch three new routes to Marrakech, Iceland and St Petersburg for April and May 2013 departures.

The airline then announced new routes to Fuerteventura and Verona for summer 2014 and further new destinations were also added for summer 2015 including Antalya, Malta and Kefalonia.[10]

On 29 April 2015, sister company Jet2citybreaks was launched. carried over 600,000 passengers in its first year of operation and over six million passengers during 2014, its highest recorded total.[11]

Company affairs and identity[edit]

Head office[edit]

Low Fare Finder House, the head office of has its head office, Low Fare Finder House,[12] in the grounds of Leeds Bradford International Airport. In 2006, the facility began construction to accommodate pilots, cabin crew, and "behind the scenes" employees.[13]

In April 2013, moved its Customer Contact Centre, Finance, IT, Human Resource operations, Commercial and Marketing Departments into a new office, The Mint, Leeds city centre. [14]

The airline also opened a new £9.5 million training academy in September 2014 at Euroway Industrial Estate in Bradford.[15]

Criticism[edit] has attracted negative publicity for the way it chooses to hide the final price of flights. This includes bookings and baggages fees. The airline's website also forces UK customers abroad making return journeys to the UK to book in a foreign currency or face a poor exchange rate.[16]


Main article: destinations

Fleet[edit] Boeing 737-800 Boeing 757-200

Current fleet[edit]

As of November 2015, the fleet consists of the following aircraft:[17][18][19][20] Fleet
Aircraft In Service On Order Passengers Remarks
Boeing 737-300 22 148
Boeing 737-300QC 7 148 "Quick Change" with variable Passenger or Cargo configuration[19]
Boeing 737-800 17 27 189 Deliveries September 2016 to April 2018[20]
Boeing 757-200 11 235
Jet2 Cargo Fleet
Boeing 737-300F 1 N/A Freighter
Total 58 27


Number of passengers[11] Number of flights[21] Load factor[22] 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%
Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority [23]


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  2. ^ "Terms & Conditions -". 
  3. ^ "Airline Data - Civil Aviation Authority" (PDF). 
  4. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 3 April 2007. pp. 97–98. 
  5. ^ "Welcome - Dart Group PLC". 
  6. ^ "Companies House - English Company 02739537". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "BBC - New airline routes promise jobs". BBC News. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Cheap flights to & from New-York | Book Online Today!". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
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  10. ^ "Telegraph & Argus - Jet2 flies high with three more routes". Telegraph & Argus. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Number of passengers including both domestic and international.
  12. ^ " Terms Of Use." Retrieved on 31 December 2011. "Registered office: Low Fare Finder House, Leeds Bradford Airport, Leeds, LS19 7TU."
  13. ^ " builds on its foundations at Leeds Bradford - literally!" Jet2. 6 February 2006. Retrieved on 5 January 2011.
  14. ^ "Yorkshire Post - 200 jobs in pipeline as Jet2 moves to new office". Yorkshire Post Newspapers. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Telegraph & Argus - New £9 million airline training base opens in Bradford". Telegraph & Argus. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "I'm furious over Jet2's sky-high currency conversion". 24 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Jet2 Fleet - CAA Database Registered to Dart Group". 15 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  18. ^ "Jet2 Fleet - CAA Database Registered to Jet2". Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  19. ^ a b "Cargo Services". Dart Group. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  20. ^ a b Waldron, Greg (3 September 2015). "Jet2 orders 27 737-800s". Flightglobal. 
  21. ^ Number of flights represents total flights during that year.
  22. ^ Load factor represents number of seat-km used as a proportion of number of seat-km available.
  23. ^ "UK Airline Statistics | Data | Economic Regulation". UK CAA. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 

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