Not long after celebrating 20 years of operations in Spain, Jet2 has this week celebrated the same but for Portugal.
In 2003, the first Jet2 flight from Leeds Bradford Airport landed in Faro.
Ahead of the Summer 2023 season, capacity in the region will be increased by four percent across 92 weekly flights.
Heapy: Portugal Is A Magnificent Country…
Commenting on this milestone was CEO Steve Heapy, who expanded more on this momentous milestone for the airline and the country:
“This year marks 20 years since we started operating in Portugal when we had just one route on sale. Today we operate an enormous program with unrivaled frequency to Faro and Madeira from the UK, and we have flown millions of customers to this magnificent country.”
“Such growth would not be possible without the fantastic partnerships we have in Portugal, and I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to hoteliers, airports, tourist boards, and all our partners.”
“As we continue to grow and take more customers to Faro and Madeira on our award-winning flights and holidays, we will continue to put that partnership approach at the very heart of everything that we do.”
Jet2’s Presence in the Country: Key Figures…
Within Portugal, Jet2 has a few key figures that are to be celebrated by the airline.
Since beginning operations in the region in 2003, the airline has transported over four million passengers to the plethora of destinations that they operate to.
Jet2 also serves Portugal from all 10 of its bases within the United Kingdom and has almost 400 hotels and villas on sale within the country.
Looking ahead into the future, Heapy has confirmed that the airline will continue to commit to contributing billions of euros more to the local economies in Portugal.
Expanding on Successes from 2022…
Jet2 has been working hard to expand on the successes it experienced over the course of 2022.
Back in August, the airline celebrated its 100 millionth passenger ever handled in the history of its existence.
Before COVID-19 hit the travel sector, the airline was on a continued upward trajectory, from handling 1.2 million passengers in 2004 to 14.4 million per year by 2019.
With the Summer 2023 season expected to be even busier than the chaos of Summer 2022, Jet2 does have a good chance of exceeding expectations.
Either way, it’s all to play for, as consumers continue to book holidays despite an ongoing cost of living crisis in the UK.
Overall: Portugal Vital Market for Jet2…
It remains clear that Jet2 has a lot to celebrate, despite the hard times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
All eyes will be on the airline to see how much further it can take its Portugal operations going into the future, as it is already quite extensive.
The unique position that Jet2 is in will offer nothing but an upwards trajectory as we slowly progress through this decade.
With the world moving away from the global pandemic, airlines like Jet2 can only stand to benefit from pent-up demand. And that is so important for long-term success.