The Dart Group, which owns the airline, is set to expand its presence in Yorkshire by creating 200 new office jobs and moving operations into new premises in Leeds.

The group will be recruiting for a variety of call centre, IT, HR and finance jobs to be based in Leeds. The building will house 700 employees once the recruitment drive is complete.

Philip Meeson, founder of the Dart Group, told the Yorkshire Post: “It’s going to be great for the staff and for attracting new staff as we grow our business. Leeds is a great city for recruiting skilled people.” He went on to add: “It’s going to be a great opportunity for people with talent, energy and dedication to come and work in an expanding company."

The Dart Group owns a number of subsidiaries, including, Jet2Holidays, and the distribution and logistics business Fowler Welch. The company will be moving into The Mint office complex, which is located in Holbeck.

The Dart Group currently employs 1,600 people in Yorkshire alone, and a total of 5,000 people across Britain and Europe; Jet2 has 3,400 employees.

The group moved to Leeds after leaving its Bournemouth base in 2006 and has since become one of Leeds' biggest businesses, generating £683 million in sales in the 2011/12 financial year. aircraft fly from eight airports across the UK to more than 50 different destinations. The airline has announced that it will be expanding its services from East Midlands Airport in November.