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Shayne Ward surprises family at Manchester Airport

1st April 2015 Print
Shayne Ward at Manchester Airport

A family travelling today from Manchester Airport is celebrating being Jet2holidays’ one millionth customer this year – having been surprised at check in with a celebrity face and a free holiday!

X Factor winner Shayne Ward, popped along to say congratulations to Paul Hewson, his partner Linda Dillon plus children Emily and Thomas – who were all jetting off this morning to The Algarve, Portugal. They were told the extra special news that their one-week holiday at the Vale d’El Rei Suite & Villas Hotel in Carvoeiro is now completely free of charge!

In celebration of the landmark booking – the first time Jet2holidays has hit the one million mark in a 12-month period – holidaymakers checking in for their flights were treated to special gold cupcakes plus spot prizes were handed out to lucky customers.

Since its launch in February 2007 the package holiday specialist has grown to become the UK’s third largest tour operator, offering great value sun and city breaks to over 50 destinations from seven UK bases. Overall, nearly three million passengers have travelled with the company from across the North.

Shayne Ward said: “It was an absolute pleasure to be able to reveal to the lovely Hewson family that they were going on a free holiday. It’s been fantastic. The atmosphere at the Jet2holidays check in desks this morning was amazing – it makes me want to book a break asap!”

The millionth customer Paul Hewson said: “What a huge surprise! We couldn’t believe it when we turned up this morning to be surprised with Shayne Ward and all the confetti plus balloons – and then to have Jet2holidays tell us our holiday was now’s unbelievable! We’re heading off with the biggest smiles on our faces, for the best holiday ever! Thank you so much.”

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, added: “We’re delighted to have been able to send the Hewson family off on a free holiday. We’ve also arranged some extra special VIP treats for them including private transfers and excursions, so they truly have a holiday to remember. Our other airports have been joining in the celebrations too, making it a day to remember for all our customers travelling today, surprising them with free holiday upgrades and champagne.”

“To hit the millionth booking mark for this financial year is a fantastic achievement for us. We work hard to create memorable package breaks that people can trust so it’s great to see more and more people booking with us year after year. We’re really proud of the fantastic range of destinations we offer, and it’s growing every year, offering everything from relaxing weeks on a beach to bustling city breaks. We look forward to well and truly beating the one million figure next year!”

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Shayne Ward at Manchester Airport