has added 550,000 summer seats at former Monarch bases after announcing more than 100,000 extra winter seats earlier this week.

The new additions include 250,000 more summer seats from Birmingham on its routes to Alicante, Antalya, Crete, Dalaman, Faro, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga, Majorca, Paphos, Rome, and Tenerife.

Three routes to Bodrum, Dubrovnik and Venice have also been introduced, while the number of aircraft at Birmingham airport will double from four to eight.

From Manchester, more than 300,000 seats to Alicante, Antalya, Barcelona, Dalaman, Faro, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Malaga, Menorca, Majorca and Rhodes and two two additional aircraft have been added.

A total of 40,000 more seats will be available from Leeds Bradford and three extra weekly flights to Tenerife added. and Jet2holidays is also recruiting for more than 600 new staff in pilot, cabin crew and ground operations positions.

Monarch, which flew from all three airports, ceased trading earlier this week.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of and Jet2holidays said: “This week we have put over 650,000 additional seats on sale in response to the increased demand for flights and holidays during both the summer and winter.

“To support that expansion we are increasing the size of our operation, a move which will see us introduce additional aircraft and create hundreds of new jobs. Britons want to get away on their well-deserved holidays and we have responded quickly to support that demand by adding more of our award-winning flights and Atol protected package holidays.”

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