Easyjet - the year ahead

Tuesday 3, January 2012


Easyjet - the year ahead


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

  • In 2012 easyJet will be strengthening its business network further by adding flight frequencies to key routes such as Milan (Malpensa and Linate), Edinburgh, Glasgow, Amsterdam and Madrid
  • During 2012 easyJet will fly from London to Amsterdam fourteen times a day, one of Europe’s key business destinations.
  • The airline will increase flights between London and Milan (Malpensa and Linate) up to nine per day and has also increased frequencies on Copenhagen and Venice from two to three per day.
  • easyJet will operate 31 flights a day between London and Scottish airports – Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness. The airline has recently doubled flights between Gatwick and Aberdeen from once to twice-daily.


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.


easyJet’s biggest destinations from the UK in 2012 – by predicted passenger number (excluding domestic routes)

  1. Geneva
  2. Amsterdam
  3. Malaga 
  4. Alicante
  5. Barcelona
  6. Faro
  7. Madrid
  8. Berlin
  9. Palma
  10. Paris



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