Philip Meeson, boss of Jet2.com
Anna Addison

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Leeds low-cost airline brings more jobs to the region

Yorkshire-based low-cost airline, Jet2.com, is to invest further in the region, creating a number of new jobs.

The company is moving its call centre from South Africa to its new 71,000 sq ft headquarters at The Mint in Leeds next week (20th October) employing 200 call centre staff.

In addition, the company is investing £9 million in a new purpose built training academy in Bradford, based on the Euroway Industrial Estate.

The new facility will house three flight simulators plus a cabin crew trainer unit for both new recruits and existing pilots and crew across its eight UK bases. Building will get underway over the next couple of months with the aim to have the academy ready for spring 2014.

These two latest developments will create around 80 new jobs in the region. So far this year, Jet2.com has created 525 new roles in Yorkshire, making it one of the region’s major employers. More than 1,500 staff are based in the Leeds area, with 3,000 employees in the north overall.

Philip Meeson, boss of Jet2.com, said: “The heart of our business very much remains in Yorkshire so it’s fantastic to be able to announce further expansion in the region, providing even more jobs for this talented local workforce.

“Centralising our call centres in the city and developing our own purpose built training academy for our pilots and cabin crew is an investment in the future of our business, as we continue to grow. This year is set to be another successful year for us.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Anna Addison .

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