Three new destinations are being added as and Jet2holidays raises capacity from Stansted by 18% for summer 2019.

More than 1.7 million seats are being made available across 36 destinations, including the introduction of Bourgas, Bulgaria; Chania, Crete and Izmir in Turkey.

This represents a doubling of capacity since the company’s first summer of operation at the Essex base last year.

Stansted will become the third biggest base for the operator in its third summer of operations from the airport

The number of Boeing 737-800 aircraft based at Stansted is being increased with new jobs created for cabin crew, flight deck and ground operations positions at the base.

Flights start at £69 one-way to each of the three new destinations, with holidays leading in at £379 per person to Bulgaria.

Two weekly flights on Mondays and Thursdays will serve Bourgas, giving over 16,000 seats in its first year of operation from May 2019.

Almost 20,000 seats will be added to Chania as it becomes the second destination in Crete to be served alongside Heraklion with flights on Tuesdays and Fridays.

More than 20,000 seats are being allocated to Izmir following a rise in demand for holidays to Turkey with flights on Mondays and Thursdays.

Other destinations to be served with additional flights include mainland Spain, Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Croatia.

The Stansted programme follows capacity hikes announced earlier for next summer from a range of regional airports. and Jet2holidays CEO Steve Heapy said: “In just our third summer of operation at London Stansted, we will have 36 destinations and over 1.7 million seats on sale, making this our third biggest base.

“The addition of flights to Bourgas means we will operate to Bulgaria for the first time, and with resorts such as Sunny Beach on sale, we are expecting it be hugely popular with local holidaymakers.

“Greece continues to attract holidaymakers in huge numbers, and our new route Chania in Crete opens up the north west of this beautiful island.

“Finally, Turkey continues to see huge demand, so we are opening up more resorts on the west coast of this fantastic country, by adding flights and holidays to Izmir.”

Stansted commercial director Martin Jones added: “ and Jet2holidays have proved to be incredibly popular with passengers since launching from London Stansted last year.

“I’m sure this exciting news will be welcomed by people right across the east of England and London eager to head to the sun next summer.”

The additional flights and holidays are:

• Canary Islands – up to 25 weekly services to the Canaries meaning over 300,000 seats to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. This includes a daily service to Lanzarote and ten weekly services to Tenerife
• Alicante –  11 services a week, including twice daily services on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
• Malaga – a 10% capacity increase with daily services and larger aircraft
• Faro – more capacity, choice and flexibility with up to 11 weekly services during the summer peak
• Madeira – the addition of Sunday services means three weekly flights
• Majorca – longer season length and more services, including two flights a day during the peak summer
• Menorca – two additional services a week to give daily flights
• Ibiza – eight flights a week a double service on Thursdays
• Antalya – capacity growth of more than 15% with six flights a week in the peak season and weekend departures in the early season from April
• Dalaman – capacity almost doubled, with daily flights apart from Sundays from May to November
• Greece – as well as Chania, additional services and longer season to eight destinations: Halkidiki, Corfu, Kefalonia, Heraklion, Kos, Rhodes and Zante
• Cyprus – additional services giving six flights a week to both Larnaca and Paphos
• Croatia – a 23% capacity increase to Dubrovnik with five weekly services, as well as a longer season and twice weekly flights to both Pula and Split