easyJet Celebrates 15th Birthday Milestone

Thursday 11, November 2010


easyJet Celebrates 15th Birthday Milestone


On 10th November easyJet, the UK’s largest airline celebrated 15 years of making air travel affordable for all.


On this day in 1995 the inaugural easyJet flight departed from London Luton for Glasgow Airport with the strap line ‘making flying as affordable as a pair of jeans - £29 one way’. The airline has remained true to its roots and has reduced the cost of flying further by providing today’s passengers with even lower fares to Glasgow starting from £23.99.


Since its very first flight, the low-fares airline has transported more than 330 million passengers and operates over 500 routes to 123 airports in 29 countries. Today, more than 300m Europeans living within one hour’s drive of an easyJet airport.


Over the past 15 years easyJet has revolutionised travel by introducing new destinations that previously were either inaccessible or unaffordable and flying to the main airports at far more reasonable fares.


Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO said: “We’re really proud to be celebrating 15 successful years. easyJet has come a long way since that very first flight to Glasgow. We’ve grown to become the UK’s leading airline and have Europe’s number one air transport network. This is a fantastic accolade and is testament to the hard work and commitment of the whole easyJet team. We’re looking forward to the next 15 years, continuing to provide a fantastic service along with our famous low fares.”


Simon Calder, award winning Travel Journalist said: “In the past 15 years, easyJet has revived moribund airports such as Liverpool and Luton; connected Northern Ireland and Scotland to Europe; and flown more than one quarter of a billion people in absolute safety, enabling us to sunbathe, shop or slog away at work for fares that the traditional airlines pretended were unfeasible."


  • easyJet is the UK’s largest airline by passenger number
  • Over 15 years the equivalent of 5% of the World’s population has travelled with easyJet
  • easyJet cabin crew have served 28,796,475 tasty bacon baguettes
  • 95,481,345 hot drinks have been consumed by thirsty passengers
  • easyJet has a leading presence on Europe’s top 100 routes and at Europe’s 50 largest airports
  • Over the last 10 years, easyJet has reduced CO2 emissions per passenger km by 25% by investing in the latest technology
  • Its 200 state-of-the-art aircraft are only 3.4 years old
  • More than 15 million people visit every month. That’s more than the combined populations of London, Paris and Berlin.
  • easyJet is in the top ten of the world’s biggest airlines


To celebrate, the low-fares airline is recreating the inaugural flight between London Luton to Glasgow airport. On arrival at Glasgow airport, passengers will be treated to a birthday party. Across the network, we will give away 160,000 birthday cupcakes to passengers flying on the 10th November.



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