easyJet starts a 12-route expansion, including London Gatwick to Tel Aviv

easyJet starts a 12-route expansion, including London Gatwick to Tel Aviv

Hugh Aitken easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager and Chris Hope the LCC’s Head of Gatwick shared the specially-made cake in the shape of Tel Aviv’s famous ‘Water and Fire’ monument at the inaugural of its new London Gatwick service to the Israeli city, which launched on 1 April.

Cutting the ribbon for the inaugural easyJet service from Basel to Reykjavik/Keflavik on 2 April along with the airline’s crew members was (right) Gudny Maria Jóhannsdóttir, Manager Business & Routes Development, Isavia. There was also new route cake to be had!

The passengers on the two new easyJet services launched from Basel this week — Larnaca and Reykjavik/Keflavik, adding to Brindisi and Montpelier last week — clearly enjoyed the FTWA-themed cake. The airport’s Airline Market Analyst Andrew Cullinan (far right of group shot) joined the celebrations.

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  • easyJet took the start of the S14 season as the opportunity to launch 12 new routes from eight of its bases. Half of the routes will encounter direct competition from at least one or two carriers, with the remainder facing no direct competition at all. One such competed route is between Hamburg (HAM) to Catania (CTA), with germanwings starting its own weekly operation just four days after easyJet. In a similar way, Aegean Airways starts its own Athens (ATH) to Hamburg thrice-weekly service on 27 May. The twelve routes started in the last week are summarised below.
Launch date Origin Destination Aircraft (WF) Competition
1 April Edinburgh (EDI) Heraklion (HER)

A320 (1)

Basel (BSL) Larnaca (LCA)

A320 (2)

Bordeaux (BOD) Marrakech (RAK)

A32S (3)

Royal Air Maroc (2), Jetairfly (1)
London Gatwick (LGW) Tel Aviv (TLV)

A320 (1)

Hamburg (HAM) Catania (CTA)

A319 (2)

germanwings (1)
Venice Marco Polo (VCE)

A319 (3)

germanwings (3)
Nice (NCE) Marrakech (RAK)

A32S (3)

Royal Air Maroc (2)
Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Nantes (NTE)

A319 (3)

transavia.com France (2), Vueling (2)
2 April Thessaloniki (SKG)

A319 (2)

Alitalia (7)
Basel (BSL) Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF)

A320 (2)

Hamburg (HAM) Athens (ATH)

A319 (2)

5 April Glasgow (GLA) Kos (KGS)

A320 (2)

Source: anna.aero New Route Database

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