Posted on: 23 February 2011 by Ross McSweeny
easyJet has announced major expansion plans for Scotland with a fifth aircraft for Edinburgh Airport, which the carrier says will generate more than 60 jobs and increase its Edinburgh capacity by 300,000 seats a year.
easyJet is also to replace one of its four Glasgow-based aircraft with a 180-seat Airbus A320, enabling the airline to carry an additional 40,000 passengers per year from the airport. These changes, together with a new Aberdeen–London Gatwick route, mean that easyJet will increase its capacity this summer to and from Scotland by nearly 9% year-on-year, equivalent to more than three million seats.
Additionally, easyJet is also announcing a new route to Athens – a first for Scotland as well as new routes to Grenoble and Tenerife from September.
Carolyn McCall, easyJet’s chief executive, commented, “easyJet is delighted to announce these exciting expansion plans. easyJet is committed to Scotland and this additional capacity will benefit the business community and leisure travellers as well as bringing even more visitors to Scotland.”