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easyJet grows flights 13% this winter; nine airports added

New easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall

New easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall only took over on 1 July, but since then, the airline has announced a new base in Lisbon, increased profits and is growing winter capacity in places where Ryanair is cutting back...

easyJet recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of its first commercial flights (between London Luton and Glasgow) and also unveiled its latest annual financial results for the year ending 30 September 2010. But anna.aero is more interested in where this winter it will be allocating capacity flown by its fleet of now almost 200 aircraft. Our recent analysis of Ryanair’s winter capacity showed how the Irish carrier was ditching UK services in favour of Spanish growth while also cutting capacity significantly in Ireland and France.

By contrast, easyJet is cutting flights only marginally in just three of its 30 country markets, while adding significant capacity in France and the UK. The Netherlands, Italy and Switzerland will also all see at least 50 more weekly easyJet departures this winter than last.

Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 1 February 2010 and w/c 7 February 2011, anna.aero

Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 1 February 2010 and w/c 7 February 2011, anna.aero

According to our analysis of OAG data, easyJet will be operating 408 routes next February compared with 343 this February, an increase of 19%. The average weekly frequency on routes will have fallen by 5% from 9.1 flights per week to 8.6. The total number of weekly flights will be up 13% from around 6,200 to over 7,000.

Countries that easyJet serves in winter but Ryanair does not include Croatia, Egypt, Gibraltar, Hungary, Israel, Serbia (Kosovo), Slovenia and Switzerland. Conversely, easyJet does not operate any winter flights to Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway or Slovakia, all of which Ryanair serves.

Cake of 780 Weeks – easyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall celebrates the 15th birthday earlier this month with 15 other crew members. Despite all the rows about expansion, anna.aero’s analysis shows that easyJet will be operating 408 routes next February compared with 343 a year earlier, an increase of 19%.

France up by over 20%, UK up over 8%

All of easyJet’s top six country markets will see growth this winter of at least 5%. The number of flights at French airports will grow by almost 24%, while flights from Swiss airports will increase by 17%. France has now overtaken Italy as easyJet’s second biggest country market, at least in winter.

Country Weekly departures
February 2010
Weekly departures
February 2011
% change
United Kingdom 2,284 2,473 +8.3%
France 749 926 +23.6%
Italy 830 902 +8.7%
Spain 631 671 +6.3%
Switzerland 526 616 +17.1%
Germany 350 380 +8.6%
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 1 February 2010 and w/c 7 February 2011, anna.aero

Since last winter, easyJet has added or maintained weekly frequencies at 92 airports and reduced flights at just 18. The most new frequencies at a single airport have been added at Amsterdam (66), followed by Paris CDG (52) and London Gatwick (50).

Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 1 February 2010 and w/c 7 February 2011, anna.aero

Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 1 February 2010 and w/c 7 February 2011, anna.aero

New routes from Amsterdam this winter (compared with last winter) include Barcelona, Berlin Schönefeld, Manchester and Prague, raising easyJet’s network at the Dutch airport from 12 to 16 destinations.

Nine new airports added; Turin dropped

The number of airports served by easyJet in February has risen from 101 this year to 109 next year. A total of nine airports are new for the winter season, with just one, Turin, no longer served.

“New” airports Country Destinations served
Brest (BES) France Lyon, Paris CDG
Dresden (DRS) Germany Basel
Fez (FEZ) Morocco Paris CDG
Gothenburg (GOT) Sweden Berlin SXF, London LGW, Manchester
Isle of Man (IOM) UK Liverpool
Leeds/Bradford (LBA) UK Geneva
Luxor (LXR) Egypt London LGW
Pristina (PRN) Serbia (Kosovo) Basel, Geneva
Zagreb (ZAG) Croatia London LGW, Paris CDG
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 1 February 2010 and w/c 7 February 2011, anna.aero
According to OAG data Pristina is still considered part of Serbia.

According to easyJet (as reported in their recent annual results), the airline’s annual network comprises 509 routes connecting 125 airports. During the last year, 115 new routes were launched while “28 underperforming routes were closed”.


Comments

  1. Arthur Dent says:

    I’m surprised you didn’t list the 28 routes that were dropped. According to my research I have found 24 that were dropped between 1 October 2009 and 30 September 2010. They are:

    BRS – BIQ, MXP, VCE, VLC
    BSL – CIA
    EMA – AGP, ALC, BCN, FAO, GVA, IBZ, NCE, PMI, PRG, VCE
    GVA – CIA
    LTN – ATH, BFS, CAG, TRN, VIE
    LYS – PSA
    MAD – CIA
    FCO – BRI

    Could any of your readers identify the rest?

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