Posted on: 27 October 2011 by Ross McSweeny
easyJet is to open a base in Lisbon from 19 April 2012 – the carrier’s 23rd – with initial operations adding five new services to Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bordeaux and Venice and Asturias to its 16 existing routes.
Initially easyJet expects to carry 225,000 additional passengers in the first year, with an additional two Airbus A319s that will be permanently based in Lisbon.
As part of its commitment to establish a base in Lisbon, easyJet will be recruiting around 100 employees for the base, the majority of which will be cabin crew and pilots. These additional flights will create further indirect jobs in various areas, from ground handling at the airport to the tourism industry.
“We are delighted to be confirming easyJet’s new base in Lisbon. It illustrates our long-term commitment to the market and it will enable us to grow our operations further,” explained Catherine Lynn, easyJet’s customer and revenue director. “Along with significantly contributing to the local economy, our new base will also boost visitors to Lisbon – with over 2 million passengers travelling to and from Lisbon, and 4 million in and out of Portugal in the first year, all travelling with easyJet."