Budget airline Jet2 will create over 80 jobs by bringing its call centres to the UK and building a new training academy, it has announced.
The company, which has added over 500 staff to its ranks this year alone, now has over 1,500 staff at its Leeds base, making it one of the area’s biggest employers.
The call centre will be moved from South Africa to its new home – the firm’s 71,000 sq ft headquarters – on 20 October 2013. The new training academy will cost GBP9 million and house three flight simulators and a cabin crew trainer.
Philip Meeson, boss of Jet2.com, 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. These further developments clearly demonstrate our commitment to giving people the best possible service and great value flights and holidays to the Mediterranean, Canaries and top European cities.”