easyJet to base 8th aircraft in Edinburgh

From summer 2016, there will be an additional easyJet aircraft based at Edinburgh Airport, meaning the carrier will have a total of eight based aircraft operating on 36 routes.
teasyJet flew 5.5 million passengers between Scotland and Europe in the rolling twelve months to September and says an extra aircraft will allow it to cater for extra passenger demand and the introduction of even more destinations from Edinburgh.ttIn 2015, easyJet launched services from Edinburgh to Stuttgart and Funchal and plans to begin operating flights from Edinburgh to Vienna and Venice in 2016. Next year the airline expects the number of passengers it carries between Scotland and Europe to increase by 10%.ttThe carrier employs 435 crew in Scotland, 276 of which are in Edinburgh. With the addition of the 8th aircraft, it expects to have over 300 employees based in Edinburgh including pilots, cabin crew and base management.tt“Just over twenty years ago we launched the airline with services between London Luton and Glasgow. Twenty years on Scotland remains an important part of our strategy and we continue to see an opportunity for growth in Scotland,” declared Carolyn McCall, easyJet’s CEO. “In the past four years we have grown our capacity in Scotland by 20% and 2015 has been an impressive year for easyJet in Scotland – we now operate 62 routes from Scotland across Europe.”ttScotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, added, “Improving Scotland’s connectivity is one of this Government’s top priorities, as it will help build strong business links and provide a real boost to our tourism industry. easyJet’s latest announcement of new routes and a new aircraft for Edinburgh, along with the new direct jobs this will create, is evidence of their continued investment in our airports and I remain keen to support their aspirations to expand in Scotland.”

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