Leak of the Week – Amsterdam set to follow Porto as next easyJet base
easyJet is close to announcing that Amsterdam will become its 26th base, as the LCC continues to pursue those markets where it can attract high-yielding business passengers with high frequency services. The LCC is expected to base three aircraft at the Dutch airport from next summer, and anticipates to double its existing annual passenger volumes to seven million.
|Country||easyJet routes served from Amsterdam (WF)|
|Czech Republic||Prague (4)|
|Germany||Berlin Schönefeld (12)|
|Italy||Milan Malpensa (20), Rome Fiumicino (8)|
|Switzerland||Basel (7), Geneva (7)|
|UK||Belfast International (9), Bristol (9), Edinburgh (9), Glasgow (4), London Gatwick (41), Liverpool (13), London Luton (25), Manchester (13), Newcastle (4), London Southend (14), London Stansted (20)|
|Source: Innovata Diio Mi w/c 14 July.|
The airline currently offers 230 weekly flights and over 37,000 weekly seats from Amsterdam split across eight countries, yet despite this volume of flying the airport is technically not a base. The UK market commands 70% of the airline’s weekly seats and flights into the Dutch gateway, and looks to be well covered in terms of geographical spread – on this basis it is perhaps unlikely that any potential new routes that may emanate from the airline’s new base are going into the UK. That said, fellow FIGUS countries (comprising of France, Italy, Germany, UK and Spain) of Spain, France and Germany would seem obvious choices for network growth from Amsterdam.
Hamburg, Lyon and Porto on new route hit-list?
High frequency services targeting business passengers wanting to travel between Amsterdam to Madrid and Barcelona may well be a target in Spain, along with some routes which will allow the LCC to join the dots between its hubs in France (Paris CDG, Paris Orly, Lyon, Toulouse and Nice), Germany (Hamburg) and Italy (Naples). Outside of FIGUS, easyJet’s new Porto base may also be on the route shopping list, which was announced earlier this week.
Porto becomes second Portuguese base
The news on Amsterdam comes in the same week that easyJet announced its intention to make Porto its second Portuguese base, and its 25th overall. With any new routes still to be confirmed, the two aircraft base will open next spring. The airline has been flying to Portugal for over 15 years and has carried nearly four million passengers over the last 12 months. It currently serves Faro (112 weekly flights, 18,600 weekly seats to 12 destinations in four countries), Funchal (23 weekly flights, 3,700 weekly seats to three destinations in two countries) and Porto (65 weekly flights, 10,700 weekly seats to six destinations in three countries) airports and opened a base at Lisbon (132 weekly flights, 21,000 weekly seats to 19 destinations in nine countries) in 2012.
Over the last 12 months easyJet has carried almost 800,000 passengers from Porto to its six destinations – Basel, Geneva, London Gatwick, Lyon, Paris CDG and Toulouse. Having started operations into Portugal’s second largest city in 2007, it currently holds 11% market share (weekly seats) behind Ryanair (33%) and TAP Portugal (27%).