Jet2.com will begin flying from Glasgow next March, offering nine holiday destinations and creating 150 jobs.

The Leeds-Bradford based carrier will offer Nice, Alicante, Majorca, Faro, Tenerife, Dalaman, Paphos, Tunisia and Sharm el Sheikh with two aircraft operating from its eighth UK base.

Tour operator subsidiary Jet2holidays will offer ATOL-protected package holidays on the flights.

Tickets went on sale today, with flights to Alicante, Majorca and Sharm el Sheikh commencing on March 31; to Nice, Faro and Tenerife on April 1; to Tunisia on April 6, and to Dalaman on May 7.

Jet2.com managing director Ian Doubtfire said: “There is a considerable gap in the market at Glasgow Airport which we intend to fill.”

He added: “It has been a turbulent time for the industry, with some airlines and operators ceasing to trade this year but we have continued to go from strength to strength.”

The carrier launched a new base at East Midlands airport a year ago and also flies from Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Blackpool and Belfast.

Glasgow airport managing director Angela McMillan said: “Jet2.com is one of the UK’s most successful leisure airlines and its summer 2011 programme includes many of the Mediterranean’s most popular destinations.”

She thanked investment agency Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council for their “support towards delivery of this venture”.

Fares start from £36.99 one way to the western Mediterranean and £69.99 to the east, with seven-night package holidays from £199.

Picture: L-R: Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, Ian Doubtfire, Managing Director of Jet2.com, and Stewart Stevenson, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change.