Simon Harley, Head of Business Development at London Luton Airport and Neil Slaven, Commercial Manager at easyJet, shake hands to mark the commencement of the LCC’s third route in recent times from the London airport.
- easyJet, the largest airline at London Luton (LTN), celebrated the launch of the final sector of three new routes started from the airport in the past few weeks. The inaugural flight of the twice-weekly service to Tenerife South (TFS) departed the London airport on 20 September. The LCC now has 55 destinations in its Luton network and it has also received delivery of its 20th and 21st aircraft at the airport to support the new routes. Across the new sectors, which included the recent launches to Gran Canaria and Toulouse, easyJet is expected to fly an extra 1,100 passengers a week from the airport, and it is anticipated to fly over six million passengers from Luton this year, an increase of 500,000 in the last 12 months. Simon Harley, Head of Business Development at London Luton Airport, said: “The new routes launched by easyJet are a great addition to the growing list of over 130 destinations available from London Luton (LLA). The announcement comes at an exciting time for LLA against a backdrop of record passenger numbers and the largest development in the airport’s history, which will transform the passenger journey and increase capacity from 12 million to 18 million passengers per year. We look forward to working with easyJet to further develop its network from LLA.” Neil Slaven, Commercial Manager at easyJet, said: “We’re pleased to be continuing to deliver an unrivalled network of destinations for our passengers flying from the airport. This underlines our commitment to both leisure and business passengers in the region. It is safe to say we are seeing significant growth at the airport in increasing the choice of winter holiday destinations for our passengers.” The 2,971-kilometre sector will face direct competition from Monarch Airlines (thrice-weekly), Ryanair and Thomson Airways (both twice-weekly). Additionally, the airline started new routes from Bristol (BRS) to Gran Canaria (LPA) on a weekly basis from 28 September, as well as twice-weekly from London Gatwick (LGW) and La Palma (SPC) from 1 October. In terms of competition, the former route will encounter opposition from Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson, while the latter service will see the LCC face competition from Thomson again. All three new routes are flown by the LCC’s A320 aircraft family.