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Jet2holidays Overtakes Thomas Cook to Become Second Largest UK Tour Operator

Latest ATOL data published by the Civil Aviation Authority has revealed that Jet2holidays is now officially the second biggest tour operator in the UK and has overtaken Thomas Cook for second spot.

The Leeds-based operator is now licenced by the CAA to carry 2.94 million passengers, an increase of more than 660,000 passengers on the previous 12 months.

No other operator comes close to that growth. Thomas Cook Tour Operations is licensed for 2,459,518 when factoring in the ATOLs of subsidiaries Future Travel and Freedom Travel Group.

The announcement comes on the back of a momentous year for Jet2.com andJet2holidays. In March this year, the company launched its first flights and holidays from London Stansted and Birmingham Airports, and to date has now taken delivery of 16 of 34 brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with the final aircraft to be delivered in January 2019. In June, the company also launched Jet2Villas, a brand new proposition offering villa holidays with all the benefits of a package holiday.

The company has scooped a number of significant accolades in recent times and these repeat successes are no coincidence. As Jet2holidays wraps everything up in one package, holidaymakers are given access to great value package breaks across thousands of 2-5 star hotels, with Jet2.comflights, industry leading 22kg baggage allowance and airport transfers included, through a £60 per person deposit.

Offering full ATOL protection, Jet2holidays includes free infant places. With a UK based call centre, and the option to book online, over the phone or through travel agents, Jet2holidays customers also benefit from 24 hour in-resort service as well as a fantastic free resort flight-check in service in almost 200 hotels across seven destinations.

With friendly low fares offering fantastic value, award winning customer service, and great flight times, Jet2.com also offers 0% credit card fees and has been voted Top UK Airline and Best Low Cost Airline in Europe by TripAdvisor.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “This is great news for everyone associated with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays. There has been much written about the industry in recent times, but this goes to show what can be achieved through an unswerving focus on delivering the very best service for customers so that they enjoy a lovely holiday time and time again. With a committed team looking after our customers on their ATOL protected package holidays, and unique touches such as our free resort flight check-in service, we are looking ahead to the future with confidence.”

The company has a total of 22 destinations on sale for 2018 from Belfast, up from 14 this year. The new destinations for Summer 2018 are Antalya, Madeira, Crete, Costa de Almeria, Malta, Naples, Paphos and Rhodes. More than 400,000 seats are on sale from Belfast for Summer 2018, up from just over 285,000 this year.

Ten destinations are available for the coming winter accounting for 65,000 seats, 48 per cent growth in capacity.

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