Posted on: 04 February 2016 by Mark Howells
The UK’s Met Office is to provide on-site meteorological services for easyJet as part of a new five year partnership, an agreement which strengthens the existing relationship between the two organisations.
easyJet will have Met Office meteorologists based at its Operations Control Centre in Luton to provide dedicated weather-related advice to support its winter operations. The partnership will help the carrier to mitigate the effect of weather and to ensure that it can get passengers to their destinations every day.
The agreement will also assist easyJet’s operational performance and minimise disruption across its network due to weather impact. Working directly alongside operations staff, Met Office meteorologists will provide the latest weather information, forecast graphics and risk probabilities on demand. Flight crew will also receive daily weather briefings to enable improved planning.
The partnership also sees easyJet benefit from Met Office expertise year-round with access to the its web-based network planning tool ClearFlight, as well as telephone weather briefings by dedicated meteorologists at its headquarters in Exeter.
“The Met Office has grown to understand our operation and the things that we are looking for,” noted Hugh McConnellogue, Network Operations Manager, easyJet. “As a result they provide us with a tailor-made solution, including information specific to our wide-ranging European network, which enables us to fully prepare for any adverse weather conditions that could have the potential to cause disruption to our flights and enable us to make contingency plans so we can continue to deliver an ontime programme of flights for our passengers.”
“Our continued partnership with easyJet is a great example of how the Met Office’s world-leading science and weather information is being applied directly to the aviation industry to improve safety and operational efficiency,” said Jon Dutton of the Met Office. “It’s very much a two-way relationship; we are part of the team and understand how our meteorological forecasting directly impacts on operations, helping them to make confident weather decisions.”