Launches From Manchester

2nd Dec 2004
, the North’s low cost airline, yesterday took-off on its inaugural flight from Manchester - the destination was the cool, exciting city of Budapest.
In the biggest single commitment by any new airline to Manchester Airport, the Budapest route is the first of a total of 11 destinations the airline will offer.

And on Wednesday morning at Terminal One, boss Philip Meeson, Airport Chief Executive Geoff Muirhead and Minister for Transport Tony McNulty officially opened the first ever flight from Manchester. The full flight of passengers enjoyed Hungarian food and drink in the department Lounge, with entertainment provided by a brass quintet playing Hungarian songs.

And today, just a day after the Budapest launch, flights to Murcia will commence - this Spanish haven boasts its own ‘micro-climate’ ensuring visitors year-round sun.

Meanwhile skiers will be delighted with the launch of daily flights to Geneva on December 18th, allowing them to take to the slopes for many LOW COST, short breaks throughout the winter. also recently announced a low cost service from Manchester to London Gatwick - the three times a day service has fares starting from £15 one-way including taxes and commences 17th January.


Reinforcing their commitment to the region, the airline also unveiled a striking new livery for its flagship Boeing 737 - a 50-foot full length-branded ‘Jet2 MANCHESTER’ logo which promises to boost the profile of the city across the continent.

The aircraft, which carries the huge advert for the city down each side of the fuselage, will fly across the route network meaning the city will be profiled in airports around Europe, reflecting the airline’s commitment to bring more business and leisure travellers into the North West. boss Philip Meeson said: “We’ve already sold more than 100,000 seats from Manchester and are now the number one airline for low cost travel in the North.

“Our recipe is quite simple: we aim to give the people in the regions we serve exactly what they want - low prices, superb service and the best destinations. We look forward to a long and happy future at Manchester Airport.”

Tim McDermott, Head of Aviation Development at Manchester Airport, said: “Manchester has an unrivalled choice of airlines and destinations. The no frills market is our largest growing sector, and we are delighted that is proving to be so popular with passengers.”

Transport Minister Tony McNulty welcomed the announcement by “I am pleased to have been invited to attend the launch, which is a fine example of the increasing choice of routes on offer at airports across the regions.”




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