New Stansted routes announced by easyjet

UK-based budget airline, easyjet, has announced the launch of three new routes that will commence operation from this weekend.

The new routes, which will all operate out of Stansted Airport in the UK, are to Sharm el Sheikh on the Egyptian Red Sea, Marrakech in Morocco, and to the Bulgarian capital city, Sofia. Between them, the three routes will add 100,000 seats to easyjet’s capacity this year.

All three routes have been launched to coincide with UK schools’ half-term holidays, and the inaugural flights today, tomorrow and Sunday will be carrying almost 3,000 passengers, taking advantage of the new services for their holiday getaway.

Prices for all three of the new, year-round services start from £86.99 and £30.99, one way.

Hugh Aitken, the budget airline’s commercial manager said, ‘This latest expansion sees us adding two mid-haul routes, to Marrakech in Morocco and Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh from Stansted for the first time. We’re giving our customers from this region an easy and affordable way to explore the delights of two beautiful and culture rich cities in Northern Africa and the capital city of Bulgaria.’

With its headquarters at London Luton Airport in the UK, easyjet operates domestic and international scheduled services on over 600 routes across more than 60 countries. Having only been established in 1995, the company now employs over 8,000 staff across the UK and Europe, and carried over 59 million passengers in 2012, utilising its 23 European bases.

The company has grown through a combination of acquisitions and the opening of new bases, along with the growing customer appetite for budget travel.

easyjet to Expand Services from Belfast to Birmingham

easyJet, the UK based airline, is increasing its flights between Belfast International Airport and Birmingham, in keeping with an increase in demand.

The airline is offering a second Sunday flight from Belfast to Birmingham, which will be added to the airline schedule from March 31, 2013. The airfares for the new flights are currently on sale at www.easyJet.com, with prices commencing from £22.99 one way.

The service to Birmingham from Belfast was only launched from October 28, 2012, and around 14,000 passengers have flown on the route since then.

Ali Gayward, the airline head for Northern Ireland, said, ‘We only launched our Birmingham route in October and due to an overwhelming demand for affordable fares, we are delighted to announce the doubling of our Sunday flights. This additional frequency will see an increase from 12 to 13 flights per week.

Our aim has always been to make travel easy and affordable and we’re delighted to be able to show further commitment to Northern Ireland by responding to demand and adding the extra service.

Sunday is a strong travelling day for both business commuters and people on weekend breaks, therefore doubling our Sunday offering will give our passengers further choice in flight times at affordable prices.

Earlier this month easyJet introduced allocated seating on all Belfast flights from 27 November. This, along with our Flexi fares reinforces easyJet’s position as Belfast’s leading airline for business passengers.’

The airline had earlier announced its allocated seating initiative on all flights from November 27, 2012, and the service will be available on all new and expanded routes.

The allocated seating includes a priority boarding system against a payment of a minimum of £3 per person. Passengers that purchase Speedy Boarding will be the first to board the airplane, followed by passengers requiring special assistance and families. All other passengers will only board the aircraft after these groups have embarked.

easyJet Offers Service to Newquay from London Southend Airport

easyJet, a UK based airline, has announced a new route from London Southend Airport in the UK.

The airline will be flying to Newquay from Southend Airport commencing June 20, 2013. Seats are currently on sale for the three-times-weekly service.

Hugh Aitken, the easyJet UK commercial manager said, ‘We’re thrilled to be announcing this new route from London Southend to Newquay which opens up a fast connection to the English Riviera and its great beaches, restaurants and attractions. The new service makes the South West much more accessible, and certainly a lot faster to reach than the current road or rail alternatives.

With easyJet fares starting from as little as £30.99 per person (including taxes based on two passengers flying on the same booking, we’re bringing an easy and affordable option to passengers from this region who wish to travel to the South West coast.

London Southend Airport is our newest and fastest growing UK base with over 400,000 passengers travelling with easyJet since its opening in March this year. We’re fully committed to delivering services from the airport, which meet the needs of business and leisure travellers alike and sure that this new route will prove very popular.’

Previously the airline has launched new services from London Southend Airport to Krakow (Poland) and Berlin (Germany).

Alastair Welch, the managing director of Southend Airport, said, ‘We are delighted to offer another fantastic easyJet route from London Southend Airport – our very first mainland UK destination.

We are sure Newquay is going to prove popular with Essex travellers for both short breaks and longer staycations – not just for its surfing, but also for the simple and easy access it provides to the much admired Cornish coast. Destinations such as St Ives and the Eden project are now just 60 minutes flight time away, instead of a 6-hour car or 9-hour train journey.’

easyjet Launches Allocated Seating on Every Flight

easyJet, a UK based airline, has launched its allocated seating initiative on all of its flights from November 27, 2012.

In April of this year the airline completed trials for allocated seating, with around two million passengers opting for allocated seating on flights.

The allocated seating arrangement includes a priority boarding system for a minimum payment of £3 per person, and passengers that purchase Speedy Boarding are permitted to board the airplane first, followed by passengers requiring special assistance and families, after which all other passengers are allowed to board the aircraft.

The allocated seating is available for three price ranges; £12 for extra leg room in front row and exit seats, £8 for seats at the front, and £3 for any other seat.

Paul Simmons, the airline’s UK director, said, ‘Today’s move offering allocated seating on all of our flights is the single, biggest change the airline has undertaken in its history and an example of easyJet trying to do all it can to make travel easy and affordable for our passengers.

Our customers told us allocated seating was important to them and the extensive trial has delivered positive feedback across Europe.

Allocated seating provides a better boarding experience and gives passengers the added choice of selecting a seat for those who want to.

Thanks to a sophisticated algorithm, passengers who do not wish to pay to select their seat will be seated with the other passengers in their booking the majority of the time.

We are confident this move will not only make our current passengers happier when flying with easyJet but will also encourage new customers to choose to fly with us.’

easyJet Announces Partnership with Spanish Hotel Brand, Paradores

easyJet, the UK based airline, is partnering with Spanish hotel brand, the Paradores de Turismo de Espana, for its website visitors.

In one of the first collaborations of its kind, the airline website will be featuring a collection of 94 of the Paradores brand’s individual properties. The accommodations will be available to book for short breaks and long stays as a part of the airline’s holiday deals, through the easyJet Holidays website.

Located across mainland Spain and the Canary Islands, the Paradores brand claims to offer a unique experience at each of its resort properties, with a quintessentially Spanish ambience.

Paul Simmons, the easyJet director for the UK, said, ‘We are extremely excited to be the first airline to bring Paradores to our customers via this partnership.

It further strengthens our presence in Spain and is a part of a strategic decision which we’ve actively made to offer even more choice via a well respected and sought after hospitality brand that is synonymous with Spain.’

The current partnership will ensure that at every destination served by the airline in Spain, there will be a Paradores property offering accommodation.

Angeles Alarco, the president of Pardores de Turismo, said, ‘We are very excited to establish this partnership with easyJet, who are such a significant generator of visitors to Spain, and to facilitate easy access from the UK to our many properties. There is a perfect synergy between the Paradores and easyJet with both offering a quality product with consistency to a broad demographic market and an accessible price point; we are confident that the partnership will enable more travellers from the UK to discover our unique taste of Spain.’

The airline is currently offering around 19 Spanish routes from 11 airports in the UK. It will be adding London Gatwick to Santiago de Compostela in Spain from June 2013. Of the 60 million passengers the airline fly every year, around 13 million of them fly to Spain.

The airline is also partnering with car rental company, Europcar, to offer its passengers car hire and airport transfers.

 

easyjet Announces Manchester to Moscow Service

easyJet, a UK based budget airline, is offering a new non-stop scheduled service between Manchester Airport in the UK, and Moscow, the Russian capital, for 2013.

The airline is to operate four flights each way per week, and bookings for the service will be available soon. The airline has previously announced five new routes from Manchester Airport, with a fleet of eight aircraft, two of which had been recent additions.

Carolyn McCall, the chief executive of easyJet, said, ‘We are pleased to announce the launch of the first ever scheduled services between Manchester and Moscow. These new services exactly fit easyJet’s ‘join the dots’ strategy, which is to add flights to destinations from multiple bases across Europe, providing passengers with convenient point to point services.

Russia has a fast growing economy and is a country rich in culture and history – so a direct link from the North of England has been long overdue. With our strong European network we look forward to connecting Moscow with other European cities.

We are also pleased to be able to announce further expansion from Manchester with the arrival of another aircraft in March 2013. This is great news for the regional economy creating much-needed jobs in the city.

Moscow and Prague will appeal to business and leisure travellers alike with Thessaloniki promising to be a popular choice for holidaymakers from the region. We look forward to welcoming passengers onboard our new services in Spring next year.’

The airline has also recently acquired the rights to operate flights between Gatwick Airport in the UK, and Moscow, while the other route to Moscow is from London Heathrow Airport, and is being served by British Airways.

easyjet Announces Record Annual Profits for 2012

easyJet, a UK based airline, has announced a record profit of £317 million for its financial year 2012.

The airline has recorded the increase in profit despite a £182 million increase in its fuel expenses in 2012 over 2011.

easyjet’s total revenue per seat in 2012 has increased by 5.9 percent to £58.51, due to increased load factors, while the seats flown figure has increased by 5.5 percent to 65.9 million for the same period.

Carolyn McCall, the chief executive officer of easyJet, said, ‘These results demonstrate that easyJet is a structural winner in the European short-haul market against both legacy and low cost competition. The strength of easyJet’s business model and strategy coupled with the hard work and dedication of the easyJet team has delivered record profits as well as a significant increase in returns for shareholders during the year.

As evidence of its confidence in easyJet’s current position and future prospects the Board proposes to increase the dividend from 10.5p to 21.5p for the year ended September 2012 which will see our shareholders benefit from easyJet’s success with £85m of dividends.

Whilst there is always the potential for unexpected events to temporarily impact financial results the Board of easyJet is confident that its business model, strategy and people will consistently continue to generate superior returns and growth for shareholders.’

A company statement said, ‘easyJet is structurally positioned as the strongest pan European airline due to its cost advantage, leading market positions at convenient airports and great customer proposition of low fares with friendly and efficient service supported by one of the strongest balance sheets in European aviation.

As inefficient and financially weak competitors retrench, easyJet will continue its strategy to build its leading position on Europe’s top 100 routes where it has a 25 percent market share to become the leading point-to-point airline flying between primary airports. This will enable easyJet to deliver passenger growth, in excess of the market overall, of around 3 percent to 5 percent per annum and tangible returns to shareholders of an annual ordinary dividend of three times cover.’

easyJet Warns of Flight Disruption in Europe

easyJet, the UK based airline, has announced a warning for its passengers flying to various destinations in Europe of a possible industrial action.

The airline is expecting hundreds of flights being cancelled and rescheduled across Europe, in view of a Europe-wide general strike called on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. The strike has been called by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and will take place at different times in different countries.

The airline, in a statement, said, ‘easyJet has been advised of a General strike on 14th November organised by the European Trade Union Confederation with strikes and demonstrations across Europe.

This will effect different countries at different times during the day of the 14th November Spain and the Canary Islands will operate a 24 hour strike period from 00:01 to 23:59 and Greece will operate the strike period from 12:00/15:00.

easyJet are proactively trying to minimize disruption, however, we would like to warn customers that they could experience delays, to their travel plans.

Therefore it is with regret the following flights will either be delayed, rescheduled, or cancelled due to this action. We advise passengers planning to travel to/from these countries on 14th November to keep checking our website for updates.’

Bernadette Segol, the ETUC general secretary, said, ‘By sowing austerity, we are reaping recession, rising poverty and social anxiety. In some countries, people’s exasperation is reaching a peak. We need urgent solutions to get the economy back on track, not stifle it with austerity. Europe’s leaders are wrong not to listen to the anger of the people who are taking to the streets.

The Troika can no longer behave so arrogantly and brutally towards the countries which are in difficulty. They must urgently address the issues of jobs and social fiscal justice and they must stop their attacks on wages, social protection and public services.

The ETUC is calling for a social compact for Europe with a proper social dialogue, an economic policy that fosters quality jobs, and economic solidarity among the countries of Europe. We urgently need to change course.’

easyJet Announces New European Services

The Civil Aviation Authority in the UK has recently granted easyJet, the UK based airline, the rights to fly between London and Moscow.

The airline will be commencing its service from Spring of 2013. The low cost carrier will be operating an Airbus A320 aircraft on the route between London Gatwick and Moscow Domodedovo airports, with two flights a day. The aircraft will have a capacity of 180 seats on each flight.

Carolyn McCall, the airline chief executive officer, said, ‘easyJet is delighted to have been awarded the rights to fly between London Gatwick and Moscow. We believe this is the right decision for consumers both in the UK and Russia.

Russia has a fast growing economy and is a country rich in culture and history. We believe that our flights will be popular with both business and leisure travellers alike. easyJet has proved again and again that when we enter a new market we open it up – bringing in competition and lower fares and enabling more people to travel on the route. We look forward to welcoming passengers on board next Spring.’

The return fares for the route commence from £125, compared to existing economy fares of more than £1,000.

easyJet has also been granted the rights to fly between Milan Linate airport and Rome Fiumicino airport in Italy, by the Italian competition authority (AGCM). The new route will become operational from 2013, operating with Airbus A319s and offering five services every day on the route.

Frances Ouseley, the airline’s country director for Italy, said, ‘This decision represents a core milestone in the market. We believe that our services will be popular and have proved again and again that when we enter a new market we open it up – bringing in competition and lower fares and enabling more people to travel on the route. We look forward to welcoming passengers onboard in the following weeks.’

easyJet Announces New Summer Route for 2013

Easyjet, a UK-based budget airline, is expanding its operations to new routes for the 2013 summer season, Marrakech (Morocco) and Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt).

The airline will be flying to Marrakech from London Stansted airport three times a week, from February 15, 2013, and twice weekly to Sharm el Sheikh from Stansted, commencing from February 17, 2013.

The airline is also offering a new route to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, as part of its extended services from Stansted. The twice-weekly flights to Sofia commence on February 16, 2013.

Hugh Aitken, the airline’s commercial manager for the UK, said, ‘easyJet is committed to making travel easy and affordable for all and each season we decide where to add new flights based on the places our customers tell us they most want to visit, so I’m sure these three new summer sun destinations are going to be a huge hit with holidaymakers.

Currently, easyJet operates two mid-haul routes from Stansted to Bodrum and Dalaman so today’s announcement shows a real commitment to offering more varied destinations further afield, and the best value for our passengers.’

The airline’s 2013 summer schedule, which is running until September 8, 2013, is offering a total 10,900 flights on 27 routes across Europe and North Africa.

The airline has previously added a new online feature, called ‘Inspire Me’, to help customers find places to go on a holiday. The tool, displayed on a map of Europe, customises holiday travel-based destinations and budgets. Each destination includes a link to the airline’s reservation procedures and customised travel guides.

Peter Duffy, the airline’s director of marketing, said, ‘Our aim with easyJet.com is always to make it as easy as possible for our 400m annual visitors to the site, to find what they are looking for.

We know that around 40 percent of customers coming to easyJet.com know that they want to travel, but are unsure exactly where to. This simple, yet innovative feature means they can search our 600 destinations more easily to find fantastic places to explore – many of which they might never have thought about.’