- High Court backs Jet2.com
with “serious breach of contract” verdict against Blackpool Airport
- 2012 flights to 8 destinations from £29.99 one way including taxes
- New summer route to Tenerife – making it a year round service
- 2012 package holidays on sale from £299 per person for 7 nights self-catering
travellers can continue to enjoy friendly low fares from their local airport
following the ruling made by the High Court in London today that Blackpool
Airport's "sudden and unilateral decision to refuse to honour Jet2.com's
flights", was "a serious breach of contract".
His Honour Judge
Mackie QC strongly backed Jet2.com’s case and upheld the
contract – securing the future of Jet2.com’s low fares leisure flights
to sun and city destinations from Blackpool. The verdict is great news for
holidaymakers from Blackpool, Preston, Blackburn, Burnley, Cumbria, The Lakes
and North Manchester and secures the jobs of Jet2.com’s 70 strong team
based at Blackpool Airport.
Airport is a great departure point for travellers from the North-west due to
its ease of access via the M65 and M6, and as the airport is small it makes for
a leisurely start to any holiday.
To celebrate the
ruling Jet2.com is putting flights on sale today to six destinations for summer
2012 from the recession beating price of £29.99 one way including taxes. The
popular flights to Jersey and Belfast will be on sale later this week –
totalling eight destinations for Summer 2012.
For the first
time, in 2012, Jet2.com will offer summer flights to the holiday favourite Tenerife – the airline has historically operated
flights to the Canaries hot spot for the winter – the new summer flights will make
this a year round route. The other destinations on sale from today are
Alicante, Faro, Malaga, Majorca and Murcia.
Flights for this summer and winter 2011/12 are already on sale and
Those who want
the peace of mind of a package holiday can book with Jet2.com’s sister company
- package holiday specialist Jet2holidays, which
today launched great value package breaks for summer 2012 from Blackpool. Holidays
start from just £299 per person for seven nights self catering, including
resort transfers and 22kg baggage allowance – and can be secured for just £60
deposit. All Jet2holidays customers travel on
Jet2.com flights and therefore enjoy allocated seats, friendly service
and convenient flight times. What’s more, holidaymakers can save an additional £100 off their
holiday if they book before 4th July 2011.
Philip Meeson, the
boss of Jet2.com, is confident that today’s news will be well received
by North West leisure travellers, Philip said: "This is a great
victory for our customers – Jet2.com is here to stay! We
are delighted that our commitment to Blackpool and our dedication
to maintaining friendly low fares have been recognised by the
Court. We look forward to a secure future of serving our
customers from Blackpool International Airport – providing flights to a
fantastic range of sun and city destinations at convenient flight times
and all at friendly low fares."
came to a head last October, when Blackpool Airport Limited (BAL) refused
to accept two of Jet2.com's flights scheduled to arrive in Blackpool. The
aircraft, carrying over 300 returning holidaymakers, many of
which were families returning from half term holidays, were forced to
divert to Manchester late in the evening. Blackpool Airport had also
threatened to prevent Jet2.com from taking-off or
landing outside of the Airport's published opening hours of 7am to 9pm,
imposing restrictions which had never applied in the previous five and a
half years that Jet2.com had operated from the airport.
His Honour Judge
Mackie QC ruled that, "it cannot be intended that BAL should be
able to pick and choose what to do in light of what suits it or Balfour Beatty
financially". He also ruled that
Blackpool Airport must, honour the initial contract clause to, use its best
endeavours to promote Jet2.com's low cost services from
the Airport. "Low cost" said the Judge "is of defining
Judge reached his conclusions after hearing 6 days of legal argument
and live evidence of witnesses from both sides. Witnesses included Jet2.com Chief
Executive, Philip Meeson and Managing Director, Ian Doubtfire, Blackpool
Airport Director Paul Rankin and employees of BAL's 95% shareholder, a
subsidiary of Balfour Beatty Plc.
Jet2.com has carried over 1 million passengers since it started flying
from Blackpool in 2005. Jet2.com operates flights from 8
northern airports on its fleet of 38 aircraft.
information about Jet2.com flights and services visit www.jet2.com.