It's 15 years since the first Jet2 flight left Leeds Bradford Airport

In February 2003, low-cost airline Jet2 took off for the first time.

Monday, 12th February 2018, 8:18 am
Updated Monday, 12th February 2018, 8:20 am

Fifteen years ago, its first flight left Leeds Bradford Airport, bound for city break staple Amsterdam.

Two aircraft plied the route on a twice-daily rotation, and by the end of the year there were seven destinations on Jet2's roster.

Jet2 - a timeline

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- 2003: The airline's first flight departs Leeds Bradford Airport for Amsterdam

- 2004: Jet2 begins operating from Manchester Airport

- 2005: Jet2 opens bases at Newcastle, Blackpool and Edinburgh, and acquires longer-range aircraft to enable it to fly medium-haul routes

- 2006: The company's offices are relocated from Bournemouth to Leeds

- 2007: A sister package holiday brand is launched

2008: Jet2 begins operating from Belfast and East Midlands airports. The first transatlantic flights begin, from Leeds Bradford to Newark Liberty for New York Christmas shopping trips

2011: Jet2 begins operating from Glasgow Airport

2014: New destinations Fuerteventura and Verona are added, while Antalya, Malta and Kefalonia begin the following year

2015: Jet2 Citybreaks is launched

2016: Jet2 announced they will begin operating from Birmingham and London Stansted. A new maintenance hangar is built at Manchester Airport

- Jet2 now has 73 aircraft and 58 destinations. There are 11 bases, two of them overseas - Alicante and Palma

- Its head office, Low Fare Finder House, is based at Leeds Bradford Airport, and there is another base at The Mint in Leeds city centre. The airline has a training academy in Bradford

- Past routes which are no longer operational include Blackpool, Chambery, Copenhagen, Cork, Enfidha, Lisbon, London Gatwick, Luton, Newquay, Olbia and Tel Aviv