Jet2 to pick up their own baggage

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A BUDGET airline which won an injunction against Blackpool Airport has decided to take over check-in desks and baggage handling operations to secure its future at the airport.

Jet2 won a High Court battle with the airport after bosses there said they wouldn't cater for late night or early morning flights.

The airport were told it had to "use its best endeavours" to cater for Jet 2 flights, but now the airline has decided to take on airport staff to work solely for them.

It means that Jet 2 staff will now greet passengers, check them in and carry out airside roles. And the company – which now employs over 60 staff at the airport – plans to take on a further 10 over the busy summer season.

Ian Doubtfire, Jet 2's managing director, said: "Blackpool Airport decided they could no longer handle our flights and we had a separate agreement with them to provide the handling which they had given us notice on last year.

"Taking on staff is something we didn't plan to do but we're very pleased to have them and it really does strengthen our product at Blackpool.

"So from having something forced upon us we're quite glad we made the change."