Posted on: 03 June 2011 by Mark Howells
easyJet and Manchester Airport have announced a new agreement designed to reinforce the airline’s commitment to further expansion at the airport.
The agreement confirms that easyJet will increase its Manchester fleet over the coming years. This expansion began with the arrival of its sixth aircraft on 27 May, with the seventh aircraft due to arrive in Manchester in time for the 2012 summer season.
The additional aircraft capacity will enable easyJet to operate new services, which will complement its 26 existing business and leisure destinations; with potential new routes already being analysed. easyJet has recently announced plans to fly from Manchester to Madrid, Berlin and Belfast from this autumn.
“Our new commitment to expansion at Manchester is a reflection of the level of support we have received from customers since our launch here in 2008,” explained Paul Simmons, easyJet’s UK director. “We currently offer 26 routes from Manchester which include business destinations such as Zurich, Amsterdam and Munich as well as popular leisure hotspots including Paphos, Tenerife and Marrakech.”
easyJet launched at Manchester Airport in March 2008 following the acquisition of GB Airways, with five routes and currently carries approximately one million passengers through the base each year.