easyJet summer bookings jump 250%; expects 836 routes
easyJet’s holiday division has reportedly seen summer bookings rise by 250% year-on-year, although this is of course from an unprecedentedly low level.
This reflects growing confidence as vaccinations are increasingly rolled out, the hope of lockdowns coming to end, and light at the end of the tunnel.
This summer, easyJet has 836 routes scheduled, OAG data indicates, down by nearly one-fifth from 1,013 in pre-coronavirus – and obviously normal – summer 2019.
153 routes are scheduled for S21 that were not operating in S19, although this falls to 80 when new Berlin Brandenburg is excluded.
easyJet’s top route this summer is Amsterdam – London Gatwick, the same as in S19. However, there has been much change across the rest of the list.
easyJet’s top-20 routes see big changes
This is part of the carrier’s significant consolidation, with Germany capacity down by 49% this summer – by far the highest of all core countries. It now serves seven German airports, down from 12.
Catania to Milan Malpensa, meanwhile, has jumped from 16th to second. This is mainly in response to Wizz Air’s entrance and bases at both Malpensa – easyJet’s second-largest base – and Catania, and its new domestic Italy services.
Indeed, easyJet’s intra-Italy capacity has increased by 16%. This is the result of increased capacity on core routes given its network has reduced by seven routes.
Malpensa – Catania is by up 43%, Malpensa – Palermo by 57%, and Malpensa – Olbia by one-third.
easyJet up strongly to Greece, Portugal, Turkey, Egypt
Of eight classic tourist destinations, below, four expect notably higher capacity this summer than in S19: Greece (+747,000 seats), Portugal (673,000), Turkey (599,000), and Egypt (213,000).
Spain, however, is down by 767,000. This is mainly from big cuts to mainland destinations and larger cities, together with the loss of Jerez and Reus. The Canary Islands, by contrast, is up by nearly half.
Turkey’s seats will nearly double to over 1.2 million. It’ll have 19 routes, up from 17, with nearly across-the-board capacity rises. Gatwick to Dalaman, its top route, is up by 153%.
Egypt, meanwhile, will have over 245,000 seats, up by 655% (!) from its country network rising to 12 routes – up from two.
This is partly from the reintroduction of Sharm El Sheikh, which now has three routes, but mainly from the growth from Hurghada (from two to eight routes) and the introduction of Marsa Alam (one).