easyJet announces 4 new destinations for 2019 and the arrival of a 4th aircraft based in Bordeaux
easyJet arrived at Bordeaux Airport in 2006 and, having established a base here in March 2018, now boasts a market share of 30% and carries more than 2 million passengers a year. With its strategy for local investment, easyJet has become Bordeaux Airport’s top airline in network terms, and the orange airline aims to increase passenger capacity by 22%, representing a total of 3 million seats in 2019.
To further strengthen this position, a 4th aircraft is to join the orange fleet, expanding the network once again in 2019 by bringing 4 new destinations within reach of the residents of Nouvelle Aquitaine: Granada (exclusive route), Lanzarote (Canaries), Mahon (Balearic Islands) and Porto. City-break destinations with sea and sun included, ideal for couples and families.
As a key player in the region’s economy, easyJet is also boosting its appeal as a local employer, with the announcement of 36 permanent contracts (under French law) for cabin staff and pilots (captain, co-pilot, cabin manager, hostesses and stewards).
Reginald Otten, easyJet’s Deputy CEO in France, commented:
“We are proud to operate Bordeaux’s biggest network, having opened our base here in March 2018. The arrival of a 4th aircraft will bolster our flight schedule with the addition of 4 destinations, bringing our total number of routes to 37, including 16 that we operate exclusively. Our success lies in the quality of our network, our long-term cooperation with Bordeaux Airport, and the support of the people of Bordeaux and this great region.”
Pascal Personne, Director of Bordeaux Airport, stated:
“At Bordeaux Airport we are, of course, delighted by easyJet’s increasing importance here. For several years, the airline has demonstrated its ambition for growth. This year’s creation of the Bordeaux base was a decisive step. It reflects confidence in our region and in our economy; Bordeaux is one of easyJet’s cornerstones both in France and in Europe. Our region’s pulling power and touristic growth are clearly boosted by the dynamism of this airline company.”
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easyJet operates the biggest flight network in Europe. The airline carries more than 83 million passengers per year, including more than 13 million business travellers. It has a fleet of more than 308 aircraft operating on 1,015 routes, at 156 airports in 34 countries. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour of an airport where easyJet operates.
easyJet is a committed responsible employer whose employees are recruited under local contracts in seven European countries in compliance with national legislation and in recognition of labour union organisations.
easyJet supports numerous local charities and works in cooperation with UNICEF to help deprived children. Since the partnership between easyJet and UNICEF was initiated in 2012, more than €10 million have been raised for the benefit of deprived children.
easyJet takes sustainable development and environmental issues seriously. The airline invests in the latest technologies to operate efficiently and maximize aircraft occupancy rates. Since the year 2000, easyJet has reduced its carbon footprint per passenger and per kilometre by more than 30%. The orange airline pursues an objective of reducing emissions by a further 10% by 2022 to achieve an overall reduction since 2000 of approximately 38%.
Innovation has been in easyJet’s DNA since its launch 20 years ago. Since then, the airline has profoundly changed air transport procedures. “We are a driving force for the industry when it comes to digital matters, internet, engineering and operational innovation, always in the aim of making travel easier and more accessible to our passengers”.