JET2 is recruiting 3,000 extra staff with 350 alone to be employed at Leeds-Bradford Airport as part of its expansion plans.

The Yeadon-based airline and package holiday business has announced the big recruitment drive for a number of positions including 150 cabin crew and 200 ground operations positions at the airport, in addition to vacancies in flight deck roles.

The announcement comes as the airline and tour operator continues its growth strategy on the back of a bumper summer 2018. The company will increase capacity at the airport by another 6% next summer with over 1.8 million seats on sale.

This programme will see and Jet2holidays launch three new destinations from Leeds Bradford Airport - Bourgas in Bulgaria, Izmir in Turkey and Chania in Crete.

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, said: “This is our biggest ever recruitment drive at Leeds-Bradford Airport, and once again demonstrates our commitment to investing in our customers and in people’s careers. The success of our award-winning business is down to the hard work of our fantastic colleagues, and we are looking forward to meeting passionate people to join our expanding team.”

David Laws, of Leeds-Bradford Airport, said: “This year marks the 15th anniversary for at Leeds-Bradford Airport. In this time, they have gone from strength to strength and its continued success is down to its huge choice of routes and the amazing customer service of the team.”