Posted on: 01 April 2015 by Mark Howells
Following the opening of a new base at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, easyJet has announced plans to add a fourth aircraft to its fleet at the airport from October 2015 onwards.
The extra aircraft means another estimated 40 jobs will be created, bringing the total number of easyJet employees based at Schiphol and employed on Dutch contracts to around 160.
The base opening at Schiphol has enabled easyJet to introduce nine new destinations including Corfu, Dubrovnik, Hamburg, Ibiza, Nice, Olbia, Palermo, Toulouse, and Venice, bringing the total number of destinations from Amsterdam for the airline to 29. Earlier this week, the airline also announced that it will start flying from Amsterdam to Milan Linate airport, which the airline says is ideal for business passengers due to its close proximity to Milan’s city centre.
CEO of easyJet, Carolyn McCall, commented, “Opening a base at Schiphol is an important strategic move for easyJet. easyJet is already the second largest airline at Amsterdam – one of Europe's leading airports serving a large and growing aviation market with strong passenger demand both to and from the Dutch capital.
“After flying to and from Amsterdam for so many years, it is great that we are finally able to call the airport ‘home’ for easyJet pilots and crew. Schiphol was easyJet's first destination outside of the UK back in 1996 and today we fly to and from London 108 times per week – a brilliant example of the strength of easyJet's network and schedule.
“Around one third of passengers on our Amsterdam flights are travelling on business and we are sure our improved European network will make travel easier and more affordable,” McCall declared.