Budget airline easyJet is continuing its assault on the business traveller market with the launch of nine new routes for winter this year.
All the new routes announced by the airline are key European city pairs that have been found to be popular with business travellers.
“The launch of these nine new routes cements our promise to offer business and leisure passengers the best schedule and availability of flights from our network of 11 UK bases,” said Paul Simmons, easyJet’s UK Director.
“We’re committed to expanding our route offer to ensure we deliver the best value fares to the places our customers tell us they most want to visit.”
Tickets for the new routes go on sale this week, and mean that more than 230,000 seats have been added to easyJet’s winter schedule – which now extends to a total of 280 routes.
The new services fly from airports across the airline’s UK network, including Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle and London Gatwick.
A new domestic route has also been announced, connecting Belfast and Birmingham. Starting in October, the service will fly twice a day on weekdays all year round.
“We are delighted to be starting this new route which demonstrates easyJet’s commitment to the Northern Ireland travelling public, and reflects the growing demand for business travel to and from Belfast,” said Ali Gayward, commercial manager with easyJet.
“Our schedule, with flights operating at peak morning and evening times, also reflects our continued focus on meeting the needs of the business traveller, as well as offering leisure travellers affordable access to the Midlands.”
The new international routes include flights to Tel Aviv, Tallinn, Turin, Amsterdam, Geneva, Venice, the Isle of Man and Copenhagen.
The majority of routes will commence in October, and cost between £20 and £30 for a one-way ticket including airport taxes.
“Our schedule has been increased across the network to ensure our passengers can visit the most popular city and sun destinations,” Mr Simmons added.
“I’m confident our addition of nine new routes further opens up the best European and mid-haul destinations making travel easy and affordable for all.”
easyJet currently operates on more than 600 routes across Europe, making it one of the biggest airlines on the continent. It operates out of 131 airports in 29 countries, and has recently launched its newest base at London Southend Airport.
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