Jet2.com and EasyJet have both made announcements that will have Irish overseas property owners laughing all the way to the bank.
Jet2.com , today announced it would double the size of its operation at Belfast International Airport with the addition of six new exciting destinations, increased frequency on existing services and more of its larger Boeing 757 aircraft will be operating to the ever popular Spanish destinations Majorca, Malaga and Murcia (Alicante).
The fast-growing airline will commence services to the Spanish hotspots of Ibiza, Malaga, and Palma Majorca, while Milan in Italy and Toulouse in South West France will also be added from spring 2007. The key growth area for the airline has been Spain and the addition of three new Spanish routes confirms that the region as undoubtedly the number one destination for the people of Northern Ireland for the airline. Further evidence of the pull of Spain and its islands was shown with Jet2.com’s announcement that larger, 235 seat Boeing 757 aircraft would replace 148-seat 737s on certain key Spanish sun destinations to meet the huge demand.
Speaking about the doubling in size of its operation in Northern Ireland, Philip Meeson, Jet2.com boss, said: “We are really excited about our brand new destinations from Belfast International and the increased choice travellers from the city and beyond now have when heading to the sun.
“We know the people of Northern Ireland want more flights to Spain and are delighted to be meeting demand today with this news.
EasyJet, Europe’s also made an announcement that will benefit Irish overseas property owners and buyers alike. It will be launching flights from Belfast International Airport to Krakow on 24 April 2007. This new Polish route will operate three flights weekly with fares from just £18.99 one way (£37.98 return including tax). The addition of this route is part of a wider expansion plan for Belfast International Airport, which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Paul Cable, Easy Jet’s Northern Ireland marketing manager, said: “EasyJet is delighted to be announcing another new and exciting route from Belfast International to Krakow. Northern Ireland is a very important market to Easy Jet and we are looking forward to announcing more new routes and increased frequencies for Summer 2007 in the coming weeks.
Low cost airlines can have a positive affect on the accessibility of a region and can therefore help drive prices upwards , so it's good news all round for those with properties abroad.