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Jet2 offers employees four extra days of annual leave for the sake of their mental wellbeing 

The airline’s solution for a summer full of holiday chaos? Give his staff four extra days off

  • Jet2 said the extra days were meant to appreciate the staff working in the ‘challenging’ period
  • Thousands of Britons have flights delayed and canceled this summer
  • The airline was criticized by trade union Bapla in July for staff fatigue and stress
  • Jet2 is known for its package holidays to sunny destinations
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Jet2 has given staff four extra days off this year for their mental well-being after a summer of holiday chaos.

Thousands of Britons have had highly anticipated trips abroad due to 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 expressed appreciation for the staff working during the ‘challenging’ period.

But the move is likely to raise the eyebrows of passengers who have blown their own vacation expectations.

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

Jet2 has given staff four extra days off this year for their mental well-being after a summer of holiday chaos. Image: file image of a Jet2 aircraft

Known for its package holidays to sunny destinations and Christmas markets, Jet2 also has a fleet of around 100 aircraft.

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

The airline declined to say how many days off staff typically have, but the workplace rating site Glassdoor says it’s usually 30.

According to a number of job postings on the Jet2 website, the company offers 34 vacation days per year.

In the annual report, the company says of the extra leave: “It gives them more time to focus on their well-being and it is a token of appreciation for their dedication and loyalty during such a challenging period.”

The £2bn company declined to comment or clarify how many people would benefit from the extra holiday.

Jet2 said it employed about 12,500 employees this summer.

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

Jet2 was named Britain’s most reliable airline last month when it carried 100 per cent of flights, although many suffered delays.

Founder and executive chairman Philip Meeson has lashed out at “terribly ill-prepared and ill-equipped airports,” which he claims are the source of much of the chaos.

Due to a recruitment crisis, there are far fewer baggage handlers, security personnel and other airport personnel than before Covid.

Package holidays are becoming increasingly popular with travelers – who want to simplify the number of companies they have to claim refunds from if their plans fail.

Mr. Meeson added: ‘The all-inclusive package is a great product for challenging economic times – all-inclusive holiday cost security in a one-click purchase – perfect for those price-conscious customers.’

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