easyJet’s 39 dropped routes revealed; but 64 new routes mean capacity is still up almost 3% this summer

McCall recycles routes.

Don’t panic. Modern LCCs are meant to analyse their least performing routes, then axe them, and re-allocate the capacity to more profitable route prospects. In this case, the loss of 39 routes is more than compensated for by the addition of 64 new routes this summer.

Airlines constantly monitor the financial performance of individual routes, and sometimes this can lead to the decision to cease operating a particular airport-pair. This releases capacity that can either be used to increase frequency on existing routes, or creates an opportunity for a new route to be started. Analysis of easyJet’s network this summer, and comparing it with last summer, reveals a total of 39 airport-pairs that are no longer part of the orange network. These are summarised in the following table.

Airport (code) Country Destination dropped (WF in S12)
Alicante (ALC) Spain London STN (12)
Amsterdam (AMS) Netherlands Barcelona (7), Madrid (7)
Barcelona (BCN) Spain Amsterdam (7), Dortmund (3), Lisbon (7), London STN (7)
Bilbao (BIO) Spain Ibiza (7), Madrid (12), Rome FCO (3)
Bordeaux (BOD) France Madrid (4)
Brest (BES) France Paris CDG (7)
Brussels (BRU) Belgium Liverpool (6)
Budapest (BUD) Hungary Dortmund (3)
Copenhagen (CPH) Denmark Madrid (4)
Dortmund (DTM) Germany Barcelona (3), Budapest (3), Palma de Mallorca (6), Thessaloniki (3)
Dubrovnik (DBV) Croatia Madrid (3)
Düsseldorf (DUS) Germany Rome FCO (6)
Fuerteventura (FUE) Spain Liverpool (2)
Gibraltar (GIB) Gibraltar Liverpool (3)
Heraklion (HER) Greece Madrid (2)
Ibiza (IBZ) Spain Bilbao (7), Madrid (20), Newcastle (1)
La Coruña (LCG) Spain Madrid (6)
Lisbon (LIS) Portugal Barcelona (7), Toulouse (3)
Liverpool (LPL) UK Brussels (6), Fuerteventura (2), Gibraltar (3), Malta (2), Tallinn (2)
London Stansted (STN) UK Alicante (12), Barcelona (7), Tallinn (3)
Lyon (LYS) France Milan MXP (4)
Madrid (MAD) Spain Amsterdam (7), Bilbao (12), Bordeaux (4), Copenhagen (4), Dubrovnik (3), Heraklion (2), Ibiza (20), La Coruna (6), Mahon (7), Manchester (4), Naples (5), Olbia (3), Rome FCO (7), Venice (4)
Mahon (MAH) Spain Madrid (7)
Malta (MLA) Malta Liverpool (2)
Manchester (MAN) UK Madrid (4)
Milan Malpensa (MXP) Italy Lyon (4), Porto (3), Thessaloniki (4)
Naples (NAP) Italy Madrid (5)
Newcastle (NCL) UK Ibiza (1), Paris CDG (4)
Olbia (OLB) Italy Madrid (3)
Palma de Mallorca (PMI) Spain Dortmund (6)
Paris CDG (CDG) France Brest (7), Newcastle (4), Thessaloniki (4)
Porto (OPO) Portugal Milan MXP (3)
Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Italy Bilbao (3), Düsseldorf (6), Madrid (7)
Tallinn (TLL) Estonia Liverpool (2), London STN (3)
Thessaloniki (SKG) Greece Dortmund (3), Milan MXP (4), Paris CDG (4)
Toulouse (TLS) France Lisbon (3)
Venice (VCE) Italy Madrid (4)
Source: Analysis of Innovata / Diio Mi data for sample week in August 2013 and August 2012

easyJet had announced last year that it would be cutting back its operations in Madrid, and 14 of last summer’s routes will no longer be served this year. The airports to lose the next most number of routes are Liverpool (five), followed by Barcelona and Dortmund with four each. Of the five dropped Liverpool routes, only one (Malta) is served by easyJet from its nearby base at Manchester. In total, 37 airports have lost at least one easyJet service. Out of these, only La Coruna in Spain no longer has any easyJet services.

All but five routes still served by other carriers

Among the 39 routes just five are not served by at least one other carrier this summer. Three of these routes are from Liverpool (to Brussels, Gibraltar and Tallinn), plus Dortmund – Thessaloniki, and Madrid – Heraklion. A total of 19 airlines will benefit from easyJet’s decision to withdraw from these routes, with Iberia losing a competitor on 11 routes, and Ryanair facing reduced competition on nine routes. Spanish carriers Air Europa and Vueling will also have reasons to be pleased. The following table shows which airlines benefit, and how many routes are affected.

Routes Airline
11 Iberia
9 Ryanair
7 AirEuropa
6 Vueling
3 Air France, TAP Portugal
2 airberlin, Aegean Airlines, Alitalia, KLM
1 germanwings, Jet2.com, Lufthansa, Norwegian, SAS, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, transavia.com, Wizz Air
Source: Analysis of Innovata / Diio Mi data for sample week in August 2013

easyJet launches 64 new routes; seat capacity up almost 3%

The loss of 39 routes is more than compensated for by the addition of 64 new routes resulting in the number of easyJet flights increasing by 2.2% in August. Thanks to the growing number of A320s in the fleet the number of seats on offer is up 2.8%, while ASKs (Available Seat Kilometres) are up 3.1%, indicating a small increase in average sector length.


  1. Jürgen says:

    Easy to say “don’t panic”, if you’re not the airport. If you are, any such “news” are “disastrous”…

    The other question is the type of competition. Easyjet does well to also attract business travelers, but they want to fly back the same day on many of the mentioned routes, with Easyjet, they add a night enroute. If competitor offers “better” times, to them the cost factor is less important (it is, but…). Same for “touristic” routes, tour operator competition is there, flight only not always an option.

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