UK leisure carrier Jet2 has opened a new training centre for air and ground crew, a facility located near Manchester airport.
It will complement a centre established by the budget operator close to Bradford in 2014.
The Manchester facility will enable the company to “underpin its growth ambitions”, says Jet2.
It features full-flight and fixed-base simulators, along with trainer units for cabin crew, plus equipment for engineering and computer-based training.
Jet2 says the “bespoke” centre will be used to train pilots, flight attendants, engineers and ground-operations personnel.
It adds that the facility represents investment of £8.5 million ($10.2 million).
Jet2 is expanding its operations with a fleet modernisation which includes 98 firm Airbus A320-family twinjets which, with exercised options, could eventually cover 146 aircraft.
It says the training centre will “play a critical role” in ensuring that the carrier has sufficient numbers of highly-trained personnel to support the growth plan.