Jet2 offers employees four additional days of annual leave for their mental well-being

An airline’s solution to a chaotic summer vacation? Giving its staff four extra days off: Jet2 is giving employees more annual leave for their mental well-being

  • Jet2 said the extra days were to appreciate the staff working during the ‘difficult’ time
  • Thousands of Britons have had flights delayed and canceled this summer
  • The airline was criticized by the Bapla union in July for staff fatigue and stress
  • Jet2 is known for its package tours to sunny destinations

Jet2 has given staff an additional four days of annual leave this year for mental well-being after a chaotic summer over the holidays.

Thousands of Britons have had long-awaited trips abroad sabotaged by massive flight delays and cancellations.

Jet2 – which has been affected by the disruption – said the extra days off could be taken at any time this year and was a token of appreciation for staff working during the ‘difficult’ time.

But the move is likely to raise eyebrows among passengers who have seen their own holiday hopes dashed.

It comes after Jet2 was criticized by pilots’ union Balpa in July for allegedly refusing to acknowledge concerns about “fatigue and stress caused by roster disruption” which could increase the risk of crashes.

Jet2 has given staff an additional four days of annual leave this year for mental well-being after a chaotic summer over the holidays. Photo: archive image of a Jet2 aircraft

Jet2 is known for its package tours to sunny destinations and Christmas markets – although it also operates a fleet of around 100 planes.

The additional furlough, detailed in the company’s annual report, comes as the group has also set up a “SharewithSteve” email account which disgruntled employees can use to send messages directly to the company’s chief executive, Steve Heapy, to which “he responds personally”. .

The airline declined to say how many days off its staff typically get, but workplace review site Glassdoor says it’s usually 30.

A number of job postings on the Jet2 website indicate that the company offers 34 days off per year.

In its annual report, the company said of the additional leave: “It will give them more time to focus on their well-being and demonstrates our appreciation for their dedication and loyalty throughout such a difficult time. .”

The £2billion company declined to comment or clarify how many people would benefit from the additional vacation.

Jet2 said it employed around 12,500 workers this summer.

It recorded a loss of £389m in the year to March – which it said was fueled in part by customer concerns over the government’s old ‘traffic light’ system which banned travel to and from other countries, often at short notice, based on Covid risk.

Jet2 was dubbed Britain’s most reliable airline last month when it operated 100% of flights, although many were delayed.

Founder and executive chairman Philip Meeson lashed out at “woefully unprepared and under-resourced airports”, which he says are the source of much of the chaos.

A recruitment crisis means there are far fewer baggage handlers, security staff and other airport workers than before Covid.

Package holidays are increasingly popular with travellers, who want to simplify the number of companies they have to seek reimbursement from if their plans go wrong.

Mr Meeson added: ‘The all-inclusive package is a wonderful product for tough economic times – all-inclusive holiday cost certainty at the click of a button – perfect for budget-conscious customers.’

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