Minister for Aviation visits

Posted in Announcements

February 03, 2017 at 14:03

The Minister for Aviation, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, visited today to learn more about our growth plans and commitment to recruiting and developing people, including a tour of our multi-million pound training facility.

Lord Ahmad learned more about our development plans from senior figures within the business including the CEO of and Jet2holidays Steve Heapy, Managing Director of Phil Ward, and Commercial Director of and Jet2holidays Steve Lee. These plans include the launch of two new UK bases in Spring 2017 (London Stansted and Birmingham) and the addition of 34 brand new Boeing 737-800NG aircraft to our fleet.

To support this, we will employ 7,200 staff during the peak season this summer, a significant increase on 5,200 employees in 2016 and 2,500 just five years ago. During the visit, Lord Ahmad heard how we not only plan to recruit staff across many roles, but also how we invest in our current workforce, to support this growth and ensure that customers are given the very best service throughout the journey.

This investment includes our multi-million pound state-of-the-art Training Centre in Bradford, which Lord Ahmad saw in operation. The Centre acts as a fully integrated Flight Simulator and Cabin Safety & Emergency Procedures (SEP) training centre for both flight deck and cabin crew. It houses four full flight Simulators as well as cabin crew trainer units and a high-tech Computer Based Training (CBT) room for pilots.

Lord Ahmad, Aviation Minister, said: “I am delighted to have been able to visit, and particularly to have met the next generation of engineers, pilots and cabin crew at the airline’s dedicated training facility, seeing first-hand what goes in to their award-winning customer services. I welcome the investment they are making, allowing them to expand and grow here in Leeds, and across the UK, including at their new bases at London Stansted and Birmingham.”

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays said: “With two new bases about to launch in the UK as well as brand new aircraft and a rapidly expanding team, it is an incredibly exciting time for and Jet2holidays, and we were delighted to share our plans with Lord Ahmad. As well as demonstrating our success and commitment to delivering the best experience for our customers, we had a positive and wide-ranging discussion with the Minister about a number of important issues affecting our industry.”