easyJet’s latest bases are London Southend and Nice

easyJet’s Icelandic pilot David Asgeirsson operated the first easyJet flight from London Luton to Reykjavik where passengers were awaited with a cake and snacks. We have had the cake described as that there is lava all around, with the blue lagoon and the volcano Eyjafjallajokull highlighted. The first officer then cut the ribbon together with Björn Óli Hauksson, CEO of ISAVIA, and Ian Whitting, British Ambassador to Iceland.

easyJet’s new Toulouse service was welcomed to Porto in northern Portugal with this boarding card cake filled with detail.

Long cake: Southend’s 2-kilometre pier is the inspiration for the cake welcoming easyJet’s new base at London Southend Airport. Celebrating with ground staff and crew were Alastair Welch, MD London Southend Airport, and Catherine Lynn, easyJet’s Revenue and Finance Director.

easyJet’s London Southend base launch was celebrated at the other end of the routes as well. At Belfast International Airport, the airport’s business development director Uel Hoey celebrated together with Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK commercial manager.

easyJet’s London Southend base launch was celebrated at the other end of the routes as well. At Belfast International Airport, the airport’s business development director Uel Hoey celebrated together with Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK commercial manager, who said: “We’ve been flying from Belfast for over 13 years and I’m delighted to be launching a service that will be highlighted by speed and efficiency. With flights already to Gatwick, Luton and Stansted, the introduction of the London Southend route means that easyJet now offers the best and most comprehensive options for accessing all parts of London.”

  • A busy week for easyJet with the launch of 16 new routes; nine from its two new bases in France, six from three UK bases, and one from its main Swiss base. Leading the way are the airline’s first ever flights from London Southend (SEN), which became a base on Monday 2 April. The first day saw routes to Amsterdam (AMS), Barcelona (BCN) and Belfast International (BFS) with more new routes starting later in the week which we will cover in next week’s anna.aero. Speaking at the launch event, Catherine Lynn, easyJet’s Director for Customer and Revenue, commented: “We are delighted to be checking in our first passengers from London Southend this morning. We have worked hand in hand with the airport for many months to make this a great passenger experience. We are confident that more than 800,000 passengers will enjoy the fast, convenient and friendly experience of travelling from London Southend over the next year.” Nice (NCE) finally became a dedicated base and celebrated with the launch of six new routes; three domestic (all against Air France), two to Italy and one to Spain. The Nice – Barcelona route is already served by both Iberia and its LCC partner, Vueling. From Toulouse (TLS), easyJet has started three more international routes to Basel (BSL), Porto (OPO) and Venice (VCE) all served with three weekly flights. A notable new route from the UK is the introduction of flights between London Luton (LTN) and Reykjavik (KEF) in Iceland. Although easyJet has never previously served Iceland, Go (which easyJet acquired in 2002) operated seasonal summer services from London Stansted to Reykjavik in both 2000 and 2001. Paul Simmons, easyJet’s UK Director, said: “We are thrilled our first flight to Iceland has taken off from London Luton Airport today and are pleased with the fantastic response we have received from passengers. This is set to be one of our most successful destinations to date, and as a result we have committed to a year-round service.” The British ambassador to Iceland, Ian Whitting, commented: “I’m delighted to welcome easyJet as the first British airline for many years on the UK Iceland route.”
Launch date Origin Destination WF
28-Mar-12 Geneva (GVA) Venice (VCE) 3
28-Mar-12 London Gatwick (LGW) Fuerteventura (FUE) 2
31-Mar-12 London Luton (LTN) Corfu (CFU) 2
27-Mar-12 London Luton (LTN) Reykjavik (KEF) 3
02-Apr-12 London Southend (SEN) Amsterdam (AMS) 12
02-Apr-12 London Southend (SEN) Barcelona (BCN) 7
02-Apr-12 London Southend (SEN) Belfast International (BFS) 13
30-Mar-12 Nice (NCE) Barcelona (BCN) 4
30-Mar-12 Nice (NCE) Bordeaux (BOD) 4
30-Mar-12 Nice (NCE) Lille (LIL) 4
30-Mar-12 Nice (NCE) Nantes (NTE) 5
31-Mar-12 Nice (NCE) Naples (NAP) 3
31-Mar-12 Nice (NCE) Venice (VCE) 3
27-Mar-12 Toulouse (TLS) Basel (BSL) 3
31-Mar-12 Toulouse (TLS) Porto (OPO) 3
27-Mar-12 Toulouse (TLS) Venice (VCE) 3
Source: anna.aero new route database

WF: Weekly frequency


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