Bosses at airline Jet2.com were today celebrating the super soaraway launch of a new route from Leeds Bradford Airport.
Flights from the airport to Enfidha in Tunisia will start operating next summer, it was revealed today.
The announcement follows previous confirmation of the Leeds-based firm’s introduction of routes from Leeds Bradford to Malta, the Turkish resort of Antalya and the Greek island of Kefalonia, again from next summer.
It is also adding thousands of seats to existing routes to destinations such as the Algarve, Lanzarote and Majorca.
And Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and its sister package holiday company Jet2holidays, has hailed the expansion as a sign of his faith in the judgment of the people of the White Rose county.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We are Yorkshire’s biggest airline, we have been here for 11 years and we have got a very loyal customer base.
“We spend a lot of time talking to our customers and these new destinations appeared to be the ones in demand, so we are giving people what they wanted.
“This announcement is just the start – there is even more to come!”
Mr Heapy told the YEP that the new routes and extra seats would create jobs, although it was too early to say how many.
The firm has already created more than 300 jobs in Yorkshire this year, about half of them at Leeds Bradford.
It serves around 50 sun, ski and city destinations from the Yeadon-based airport, including holiday spots as varied as Amsterdam, Vienna, Prague and Ibiza.
Other northern bases used by the firm include Manchester, Newcastle and Blackpool.