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14 September 2010

New flights unveiled

Scotland's Transport Minister today welcomed news that airline Jet2.com is to launch new services from Glasgow, creating 150 jobs.

Stewart Stevenson was at Glasgow Airport today to announce funding of £150,000 from Scottish Enterprise's Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) scheme towards the creation of nine maintenance jobs at the new Jet2.com base.

Scottish Development International has been working with Jet2.com to establish the base, with Jet2.com set to launch flights to nine destinations from Glasgow - Nice, Alicante, Dalaman, Faro, Monastir, Palma, Paphos, Sharm el Sheikh and Tenerife.

Mr Stevenson said:

"This announcement is a tremendous boost for Glasgow Airport, linking the city to new destinations and creating 150 jobs. I am particularly pleased that Scottish Enterprise has been able to offer RSA towards the creation of high-value maintenance jobs. This follows the excellent work of Scottish Development International in persuading Jet2.com to establish these new jobs in Glasgow in the face of competition from other parts of the UK.

"As we look to sustain economic recovery and build Scotland's economy for long-term success, it is vital to use job creation tools such as RSA to their full potential."

Anne MacColl, interim chief executive, Scottish Development International, said: "It's very encouraging to see new air routes being developed in Scotland and creating new jobs for the economy in the process.

"That Jet2.com has chosen to establish a base at Glasgow airport rather than expand further in Manchester or Leeds is testament to the value of SDI's teams who, in the face of tough competition, are successfully promoting Scotland around the globe. It demonstrates just how attractive a location Scotland continues to be for investors. Working in partnership with SE, we've put together a package of support for the company, which includes RSA and Training Plus funding.

"RSA funding is one of the key tools we can use to encourage both indigenous and foreign companies to invest in Scotland and we will continue to work closely with Jet2.com in the future to further strengthen its position in Scotland."
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