easyJet adds Newquay from Manchester and Glasgow
At the time of writing, both markets were already operated by regional operators with very different economics: Loganair and Eastern Airways from Manchester, and Loganair from Glasgow.
However, Loganair has already removed Glasgow from sale, and Eastern Airways discontinued Manchester the following day.
The reason for easyJet’s entry is the expected increase in ‘staycation’ demand and, in the case of Manchester, capacity far below the level in 2019. Manchester is down by 40%, even with easyJet included, although the year is not yet finalised.
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easyJet last served Newquay between 2013 and 2015.
London Southend was linked for 14 summer weeks in 2013, while Liverpool was connected for a total of 40 weeks in 2013 to 2015. Both were served up to three-weekly.
easyJet route summary
|Newquay from…||Start date||Weekly frequency: when easyJet starts||Direct competition (WF): in week easyJet starts*||Weekly frequency: week of 13 August||Direct competition (WF): week of 13 August*|
|Manchester||21 June||2||Loganair (7)***||5||Loganair (8)***|
|Source: airline websites. * Expect changes to direct competition. ** Was to be served by Loganair (3) until easyJet’s announcement. *** Was to be served by Eastern Airways (4), but since discontinued.|
Newquay has long history from Manchester and Glasgow
In pre-coronavirus 2019, Newquay – Manchester had a seat load factor of 83%, while Glasgow had 85%. Both routes were operated by flybe.
bmibaby served the Cornish airport from Manchester until 2011, the same year that Air Southwest ended its one-stop service via Bristol (January to June) and then Plymouth (July and August).
flybe then took over from October 2011 and operated it year-round. It was the sole carrier until its own end, with Loganair and Eastern Airways then picking up the mantle.
The 2017 jump in capacity, up by 36% YOY, was from flybe replacing Dash-8-400s with Embraer 175s and 195s and offering higher frequencies. April-October capacity rose by 51%.
Glasgow, meanwhile, has had four operators in the past decade. First with Air Southwest and its Dash-8-300s, and then flybe.
This year will be the only year with two carriers on it, so the big increase in seats.