easyJet, The UK-based European regional airline, has said that it will offer 1.6 million seats to and from Alicante next summer, as the port city emerges as a popular summer leisure destination for both airline and easyJet holidays customers.
To meet the increased demand, the airline will open a new seasonal base in Alicante. Operational from spring 2024, this will be the airline’s fourth base in Spain and 30th on its European network.
Javier Gandara, easyJet’s country director for Southern Europe, commented: ‘We are proud to announce another new seasonal base in Spain, a strategically important market where we continue to grow, boost tourism and create jobs.
‘Alicante is a very attractive destination and we believe that having a base offers great potential to expand our operations in the country, as well as allowing us to improve connectivity to and from the region. With this base we can bring the residents of Alicante closer to European cities of reference and, in turn, we strengthen Alicante’s position on the international tourism map.’
The new seasonal base will have three aircraft for this region of the Mediterranean coast, which will allow the airline to offer 1.62 million seats in its first operational summer in 2024. This represents 16 percent growth compared to the current 2023 summer season, where easyJet will fly 1.4 million seats across 11 routes to key destinations such as Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Geneva and Basel, among others.
The move for further expansion follows the airline’s recent announcement that it will be opening a new three-aircraft base in Birmingham, also opening next spring and, with the two new additions, will bring the total number of bases across the network to 30.
Alicante joins the airline’s seasonal bases in Palma de Mallorca (2017) and Malaga (2021) and Faro (2021), all strategic summer destinations for the airline and amongst the most popular on easyJet’s network. easyJet started operating from Alicante in 1999, with a first route linking the port city with London Stansted.