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Jet2 to increase flights from East Midlands airport

Jet2 plane
Image caption The company said it was the only airline currently expanding at the airport

Budget airline Jet2 is set to more than double its number of flights from the East Midlands, six months after opening a base at the Castle Donington airport.

The company said it planned to add a second Boeing 757 and recruit 39 new staff at the site in 2011.

By the summer it aimed to be carrying up to 300,000 passengers a year from the airport, as well as adding five new destinations.

Jet2 said the East Midlands was the fastest growing of all its bases.

Chief executive Philip Meeson said: "We are delighted that we've had such a successful first summer at East Midlands, and are excited about our flight programme for 2011.

"We are very proud we are the only airline currently expanding our presence at East Midlands for next year. East Midlands is the Jet2.com base which is seeing the largest growth for 2011."

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