easyJet announces Lisbon base

easyJet has announced plans to open a new permanent aircraft base in Lisbon, Portugal.

From the new base easyJet expects to carry an additional 1 million passengers to and from Lisbon each year, adding up to 10 new European leisure and business destinations to its 15 existing routes.

The base at Lisbon Airport will be the airline’s 20th in Europe and was selected over a number of other European cities because of its market potential. Representing an investment of up to €300m, the base will open during the 2011 winter season with a capacity of up to seven Airbus A319s. As a result of this investment, a potential of 2,000 direct and indirect jobs are expected to be created in the region.

Carolyn McCall, chief executive of easyJet, commented, “As one of Europe’s most attractive capital cities, Lisbon already attracts 3.6 million tourists and 4 million business travellers a year. The increase in easyJet aircraft based in Lisbon will stimulate demand and contribute to visitor numbers by over 1 million passengers a year, with clear benefits to the Portuguese economy.

“Portugal has identified the need to improve aviation links with other European hubs and easyJet provides a service suitable for all travel needs,” McCall added. “We already carry 20% of business travellers across Europe and look forward to contributing to further economic growth.”

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