EasyJet reveals plans to grow Glasgow Airport base
Airline easyJet has announced plans to expand its Glasgow Airport base by introducing a fifth aircraft to be based there.
The aircraft will create 50 new Glasgow-based jobs and 340,000 additional seats for passengers travelling in and out of Glasgow Airport.
The A320 will join two 156-seat A319s and two existing 186-seat A320s based at Glasgow Airport.
EasyJet has also revealed that it is set to launch a new domestic route from Glasgow to Birmingham. This will run 13 times a week all year round, launching in March 2020. Passengers will be able to book for this service in the next few weeks.
The first-ever easyJet flight took off from Glasgow on 10 November 1995, travelling to London Luton Airport.
Since then, 34 million passengers have travelled to and from Glasgow Airport with the airline.
EasyJet is Glasgow Airport's largest airline, running as many as 294 flights a week with 19 routes available to passengers. In fact, easyJet was the first airline to transport a million passengers a year from Glasgow, with passenger numbers growing every year.
Passengers travelling from Glasgow can fly directly to London airports Gatwick, Luton and Stansted up to 10 times a day. The airline also offers domestic services to Belfast and Bristol from its Glasgow Airport base, with domestic connections set to grow by more than 5% over the course of this year.
Ali Gayward, easyJet UK Country Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating our expansion at Glasgow Airport. The addition of another aircraft will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth at the base providing customers with a greater range of destinations, all with low fares and great service.
“We are also very excited about launching our new route from Glasgow to Birmingham. This will provide even more great value and convenient domestic connectivity for our customers.
"easyJet has selected Glasgow as the focus of its growth in Scotland and we are excited about the future at Glasgow.”
Francois Bourienne, AGS Airports Group’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Both easyJet and Glasgow Airport have enjoyed a long and productive relationship since the airline’s inaugural flight landed here almost a quarter of a century ago.
"easyJet's plans to expand operations is fantastic news for both the airport and over one million passengers who travel with the airline from Glasgow each year.
“This is a significant investment given that the introduction of a fifth based aircraft brings with it an additional 340,000 seats annually and will support approximately 50 new jobs at Glasgow Airport.
“The additional aircraft not only puts Glasgow Airport on a course for future growth, but also underlines easyJet's continued commitment to our passengers.
“The introduction of easyJet's new Birmingham route is also welcome news as services to England’s second-biggest city continue to be very popular with both our business and leisure customers.”