More than 120 former Thomas Cook staff have been taken on by Jet2 and Jet2holidays – and more could join the expanding company.

The numbers include at least 50 pilots, 20 engineers and almost 40 cabin crew, who have accepted offers of training.

They will then join the airline and sister tour operation in time for summer 2020. and Jet2holidays is continuing its recruitment drive and could hire a further 50 pilots by the end of February 2020, taking the total number of ex-Thomas Cook pilots recruited to more than 100.

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The job offers follow a series of recruitment roadshows in Manchester, Thomas Cook’s former base in Peterborough, Birmingham airport, Stansted and overseas.

The company has made offers to appoint a contracts manager, overseas operations trainer and business analyst at its commercial office in Leeds, with further candidates currently going through the recruitment process.

Jet2 plans to fill a further 50 engineering posts in addition to the 20 engineers who have joined from Thomas Cook.

The largest influx of cabin crew has come at Manchester airport, former base of Thomas Cook Airlines.

Ex-Thomas Cook staff have also been offered jobs operational roles such as safety, compliance, security and crew control.

Jet2 and Jet2holidays chief executive Steve Heapy said: “We moved very quickly to help people during a difficult time, and we are delighted to appoint talented colleagues and welcome them to our award-winning team.

“We have focused specifically on hiring individuals who share our value of delivering a VIP customer service. With an ever-growing programme, with new destinations and more aircraft being added to our fleet, it is a very exciting time for and Jet2holidays.

“We expect to recruit even more ex-Thomas Cook employees and look forward to welcoming them in the near future, as our company continues to grow.”