easyJet’s Schiphol routes announced – anna.aero predicts two out of five

easyJet’s Amsterdam routes announced

Yay! Two new destinations from Schiphol. easyJet will start flights to Olbia and Dubrovnik, both currently unserved from the Dutch mega-hub. These services will join Toulouse, Nice and Venice Marco Polo and bolster the LCC’s presence at the airport to 25 destinations.

On 16 July, anna.aero revealed that Amsterdam would be easyJet’s next base, and the very next day the LCC announced that the Dutch airport, which had up until then just been a busy spoke for the airline, would become its 26th European hub. When we exposed this decision, our data elves also made their best new route prediction – using science and easyJet’s existing schedule – on what the airline’s potential network might look like at Amsterdam with its three based A320s.

Two out of five ain’t bad

Yesterday, the ‘big orange’ decided to catch-up with anna.aero and tell everyone where they are going to fly next summer, the first two of which (see below) were correctly predicted by our data elves (who will be receiving new pointy shoes for their clever work):

Toulouse ‒ 29 March 2015 – thrice-weekly;

Nice – 8 May 2015 – daily;

Olbia – 9 May 2015 – twice-weekly;

Dubrovnik – 10 May 2015 – twice-weekly;

Venice Marco Polo – 10 May 2015 – daily.

In terms of competition on these routes, unsurprisingly home-hub carrier KLM (and its partners) will provide the most significant threat to the LCC from the incumbent airlines at Amsterdam. The SkyTeam stalwart currently (w/c 15 October) provides 27 weekly connections to Toulouse, and along with daughter company transavia.com, offers 36 and 39 weekly services to Venice Marco Polo and Nice respectively. The city pairs to Dubrovnik and Olbia are presently unserved out of Amsterdam, so the airport will benefit from adding two further destinations to its network through its new partnership with easyJet.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s CEO Jos Nijhuis

“Over four million passengers in 2015 you say, my bonus next year will be massive,” says Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s CEO Jos Nijhuis. “Bet it won’t be as big as mine,” retorts easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall. With three based A320s from S15, the LCC will offer nearly five million seats from the Dutch airport next year. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

Base benefits for Basel, Berlin and Bordeaux

In addition to the five new routes, seven of easyJet’s now 25 routes from Amsterdam will also see capacity enhancements as a result of base operations being established. Basel and Bordeaux will benefit from an additional three weekly services, taking these routes up to 16 weekly and daily respectively, with Berlin Schönefeld and Bristol both receiving two extra rotations (18 and 11 respectively). Both London Gatwick and Geneva will profit from new early morning departures from Amsterdam, while existing operations to Split will be expanded to four times weekly all summer.

easyJet’s total additional traffic in Amsterdam is expected to increase by 600,000 passengers next year, which is an incremental 16% year-on-year increase (for 12 months ending September 2015), up from 3.6 million passengers in the last year (ending September 2014).  The LCC’s total capacity in Amsterdam will grow to 4.7 million seats a year.

What they said…

William Vet, easyJet’s Commercial Manager for the Netherlands, said: “easyJet will bring a balanced and mature offering to the Netherlands. This will grow in line with our passenger needs. Basing three aircraft in the Netherlands will bring more choice for Dutch passengers and lower fares. It will also help boost local tourism and economic growth with the creation of hundreds of jobs and increased passenger numbers.”


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