Leading leisure airline and UK’s largest tour operator announces brand-new routes to Bodrum and Malta for Summer 24, alongside significant investment at Belfast International Airport with addition of fourth-based aircraft

Biggest ever Summer Sun programme gives customers and independent travel agents the chance to book ahead and lock in the price now

New addition means fantastic choice of 21 sun destinations on sale for Summer 24 from Belfast International Airport


14th February 2023: Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have announced significant expansion at Belfast International Airport for Summer 24, with the launch of two brand-new routes to Bodrum and Malta, and an extra aircraft coming into operation at the base to support the huge expansion.  

On the back of Jet2holidays announcing yesterday that it is now the UK’s largest tour operator, the companies are investing in their Northern Ireland operation by adding a fourth-based aircraft at Belfast International Airport for Summer 24, with a bigger fleet giving customers even more choice and flexibility.

As a result of the addition of Bodrum and Malta, which are both exclusive destinations to Jet2.com and Jet2holidays from Belfast International Airport, the leading leisure airline and tour operator have over 580,000 seats on sale for Summer 24 from Northern Ireland. This represents a capacity increase of nearly 30% when compared to Summer 23 and means the companies will operate their biggest ever Summer Sun programme from Belfast International Airport next summer.

Weekly Monday services will operate to Bodrum from 6th May to 28th October 2024, meaning holidaymakers can access the southern Aegean coast of Turkey from Belfast International Airport with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, the largest airline and tour operator to Turkey from Northern Ireland. The ever-popular region has all the ideal ingredients for the perfect holiday – beautiful bays, traditional cuisine, and ancient historic sites.

Completing the expansion, weekly Thursday flights to Malta will operate from 28th March to 31st October 2024. This gives customers in Northern Ireland the opportunity to book and travel to this unique island in the very heart of the Mediterranean. As one of the smallest countries in the world, its cultural offering is vast with plenty of variety between its shores, including the capital of Valletta and the ages-old silent city of Mdina.

The new additions to the Summer 24 programme mean customers and independent travel agents can choose from 21 sunshine destinations from Belfast International Airport next summer. On top of these new routes to Bodrum and Malta, customers and independent travel agents can also book or travel on a summer break to other popular sunshine destinations in the CanariesBalearicsSpainGreeceTurkeyItalyCyprus, Croatia, and Portugal for Summer 24.

With over 50 departing weekly flights during peak periods from Belfast International Airport, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are offering huge and unrivalled choice. As the Summer 24 programme is on sale nice and early, customers can book their next summer getaway well in advance, lock in the price of their holiday now and spread the cost.

The full Summer Sun programme from Belfast International Airport for 2024 is as follows:

Belfast International Airport:

  • 21 sun destinations on sale (peak number of flights per week in brackets) including brand-new Bodrum (1) and Malta (1)
  • Antalya (3), Dalaman (4), Tenerife (5), Lanzarote (4), Fuerteventura (1), Gran Canaria (2), Reus (4), Alicante (4), Malaga (3), Palma (Majorca) (6), Ibiza (3), Menorca (1), Faro (Algarve) (4), Crete (Heraklion) (1), Rhodes (2), Zante (1), Paphos (2), Verona (1), Dubrovnik (1)
  • Over 40 departing weekly flights during peak periods

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “Following the magnificent response from customers across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to our Summer 24 Sun programme going on sale, we are very pleased to be adding even more sunshine thanks to launch of brand-new Bodrum and Malta. We know these are destinations that our customers will love, and it adds even more choice from Belfast International with our award-winning business. We have always said how committed we are to Belfast International Airport, and investing in an additional aircraft demonstrates just how committed we are. As well as being able to book early, we know that customers will be thrilled at the huge choice we are offering when it comes to securing some Summer 24 sunshine, knowing that their price is locked in.”

Uel Hoey, Director of Business Development at Belfast International Airport said: “This is excellent news once again for Northern Ireland travellers with the expansion of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ award-winning holiday and flight products from Belfast International Airport. The addition of two excellent additional routes to Bodrum on Turkey’s Aegean coast and direct flights to the delights of the Maltese archipelago further enhance the appeal of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ overall programme within the market, while also offering greater choice and flexibility.”

For further information and to book visit www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com   

Independent travel agents can visit: trade.jet2holidays.com