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04 April 2011 16:31
Low-cost airline Jet2.com has begun operating flights out of Glasgow Airport
Budget airline Jet2.com has launched new services from Glasgow airport.
The carrier said that the new flights out of Scotland's largest city will head to summer holiday destinations - Nice, Alicante, Dalaman, Faro, Majorca, Paphos and Tenerife.
The company is also planning a new route to Geneva, which is expected to start from December 23.
Ian Doubtfire, managing director of Jet2.com, speaking as the first of the new flights departed to Alicante, said: "This is an exciting day for us. After two years' planning we finally got to operate our first flight out of Glasgow.
"We have got two aircraft here. We're thrilled with the positive response to date and, as a result, we have increased our capacity on our most popular sunshine routes.
"We have at least two inches of additional leg room space on our aircraft. It really goes hand-in-hand with our high levels of customer service."
The introduction of the new services saw the airline create a total of 150 jobs, including cabin crew, ground staff and pilots, at Glasgow Airport.
Mr Doubtfire said: "We have been spending the last six months recruiting staff and we have been really pleased - we have got some fantastic people. We have plans to expand in 2012 and we are working on those right now."
He said that the airline estimated nearly 300,000 passengers would use the flights this summer, and he expected the number of people employed would increase next year.
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