easyJet launches new route from Manchester to Madrid
easyJet has launched four-times weekly flights between its bases in Manchester (MAN) and Madrid (MAD). The service operates on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday using a Manchester-based A319. Competition is provided by Iberia (daily flights with CRJ1000s that started last week)and Ryanair (four weekly flights with a 189-seat 737-800, which launched in April 2011). Prior to this year, the last carrier to serve the Manchester – Madrid route was bmibaby, which operated four weekly flights in the summer of 2008.