The First UK Budget Airline to Come to America Is Not Ryanair
The low-cost British airline Jet2.com will service some North American cities for a limited time. Stephen Jones / Flickr
This is not much more than market research, so if the flights do well, we can expect to see the airline become a fixture on North American routes.
Holidaymakers in the north of England and Scotland have been given a boost by the launch of new transatlantic services by Jet2.com.
The low cost airline is running a handful of direct flights and package holidays to the US next spring, flying from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle airports to New York, and from Leeds Bradford and Glasgow to Boston.
It will also be provide a service from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle to the Canadian city of Toronto.
Although only six flights are scheduled, the airline said it would consider introducing the services on a permanent basis should demand warrant it.
Fares for package holidays will start at £749 ($1167) return; flight-only fares are from £499 ($777.)
The airline has visited North America before, briefly running a service to New York last November, but Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com, said the announcement marked a “milestone”.
No airlines currently fly direct from Glasgow, Leeds Bradford or Newcastle to North America. Travellers in Scotland and the north of England must fly via London (paying Air Passenger Duty twice), or rely on limited services from Manchester.
“We are thrilled to be the very first holiday company to give people direct access to these exciting transatlantic destinations from Leeds, Glasgow and Newcastle,” said Mr Heapy.
“The addition of these three routes reinforces our commitment to our regional customers.”
New York – three-night Easter breaks departing from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle airport on April 17.
Boston – four-night break from Glasgow for St Patrick’s Weekend, departing on March 14, and a three-night break from Leeds Bradford departing on April 3.
Toronto – three-night break departing on April 10 from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle.