Easyjet - the year ahead
Tuesday 3, January 2012
Carolyn McCall, chief executive of easyJet, commenting on the year ahead.
Carolyn McCall said: “In 2012 UK airlines and their passengers will face further increases in taxation while the development of the Government’s aviation policy continues at a snail’s pace.
“Airlines join the European Emissions Trading Scheme in January – undermining still further the imposition of Air Passenger Duty – while APD will itself rise still further in April. Both changes place a further financial burden on British airlines and their passengers while APD will undermine the aviation’s sector’s ability to support UK jobs and economic growth.
“Meanwhile the Government’s development of a long overdue aviation policy framework continues at a slow pace. As the UK outlines its draft policy this Spring, the Germans are opening a brand new airport in Berlin. The only bright spot for travellers in the South East is the launch of easyJet services from Southend Airport - the first new airport to open in the Southeast for decades, providing much-needed extra capacity.
“However, the aviation industry remains dynamic and innovative in improving the quality and reliability of its services for example easyJet has been testing and developing its own AVOID ash detection equipment so that it can be fitted on easyJet’s passenger aircraft by summer 2012.“easyJet is also set to launch new services to Reykjavik as well as opening four new bases in 2012 - Southend, Nice, Toulouse and Lisbon – which will make travel easy and affordable for many millions more European passengers than ever.”
New easyJet route launches for 2012
From London Luton
Reykjavik, Iceland – 27 March 2012 three times a week
Corfu - 31 March 2012 twice a week
Crete (Heraklion) - 21 April twice a week
From London Gatwick
Fuerteventura – 21 March 2012 two flights a week
Kefalonia – 28 April 2012 three flights a week
Bari – 12 June three flights a week
From London Southend
Amsterdam 2 April two flights a day
Barcelona – 2 April daily
Belfast – 2 April – two flights a day
Alicante – 5 April daily
Faro – 5 April daily
Ibiza – 28 April three per week
Palma – 1 May four flights per week
Malaga – 1 May daily flights
Jersey - 2 May up to daily by summer
New routes from regional airports
Bristol - Naples 12 May – three per week
Edinburgh - Dalaman 17 April – two per week
Edinburgh - Naples – 18 April – two per week
Key business routes – increases in frequency
easyJet operates on more of Europe’s top 100 city pairs than any other airline including British Airways, Lufthansa and Air France. This year easyJet has announced the introduction of Flexi fares which give passengers flexibility to change the date of their flights. The airline has also put a corporate sales team in place who will continue to establish strong partnerships with corporates and major travel management companies in 2012.
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