Friday, 8 July 2016

Jet2 to open Birmingham base

Jet2, one of the UK's largest low cast carriers, will open a base at Birmingham next summer with 4 newly delivered 737-800s. 15 sun and sea destinations will be on offer, to Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Greece:

This is an interesting move and continues Jet2's southwards expansion. None of the new routes are new to BHX, indeed, all of them are already served by more than 1 carrier - competition on some routes is between 7 (yes 7!) carriers, e.g. Malaga with Monarch, Jet2, Vueling, Thomson, Thomas Cook, Ryanair and Norwegian. It may be good for competition, driving down prices, but I can't see it lasting. With Monarch, Ryanair and the charter carriers being firmly established, I predict Jet2, Vueling or Norwegian, relative newcomers tot he midlands market, will be the first to cut routes or capacity.

Coming soon - the Royal Air Tattoo, Farnborough, and potentially an exciting discovery at CERN!

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