UK leisure carrier Jet2 is to launch a base at Bristol airport and will offer 29 destinations next summer.

The operator will base three aircraft and operate 56 weekly flights from the airport, which will become Jet2’s 10th base.

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The routes include four new services for Bristol – Costa de Almeria in Spain, Izmir in Turkey and the Greek destinations of Kalamata and Lesvos. It will also operate four routes this winter from Bristol, to Geneva in Switzerland, Grenoble in France, Greek resort Paphos and Salzburg in Austria.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2, says: ”We know how much demand there is, because we have been listening to customers and independent travel agents in the region for some time. We are delighted to be bringing them the news that they have been looking forward to, meaning that they can finally enjoy real package holidays from Bristol Airport.

“The announcement of our 10th UK base reflects our long-term strategy to continue growing our successful business and become the UK’s leading leisure travel business.”

Prior to the pandemic, EasyJet was the biggest operator at Bristol airport followed by Ryanair. International passenger operations from the UK have again been heavily curtailed by the fresh month-long national lockdown which began earlier in November.