- easyJet will expand by +60% in Hamburg this year.
- The two aircraft base strengthens the city connectivity with Europe with a portfolio 17 routes in which 11 new ones at summer 2014.
- easyJet confirms the delivery of a 3rd aircraft to be based in Hamburg from November 2014, doubling its passenger numbers to 1m and creating a 100 direct jobs.
Hamburg, 31st March 2014 – easyJet, operator of Europe’s leading air transport network, today opened its 24th European base in Hamburg, its second base in Germany after Berlin Schönefeld where it is the largest airline. Chris Kennedy, CFO of easyJet and Thomas Haagensen, easyJet Country Director Germany, celebrated this important milestone in the airline expansion plan in Hamburg during a ceremony attended by Senator Mr Horch, Hamburg Airport CEO Mr Eggenschwiler and Mr von Albedyll of Hamburg Tourism and Marketing.
easyJet builds on solid foundations in Hamburg where it has started operating in 2005. As a long-term strategic committed partner, it has regularly invested to carry 626,000 passengers in these last 12 months, a 28% increase year on year.
The new base will enable easyJet to continue to make travel even further easy and affordable for business and leisure passengers in Hamburg. During the Summer season 2014, easyJet will offer 17 destinations, out of which 11 new ones to Naples, Athens, Catania, Copenhagen, Kalamata, Ibiza, Nice, Majorca, Split and Venice from € 29,90 one way, including taxes.
The airline offers Hamburgers more choice with routes it is the only ones it operates such as Edinburgh or Kalamata that meets the demand of business and leisure passengers. It is particularly attractive towards business passengers with its most popular routes in advance bookings being Milan Malpensa, Copenhagen, Nice and Athens, as well as with leisure passengers with Athens, Ibiza and Majorca.
With this success towards local consumers, easyJet confirms the delivery of a third aircraft in Hamburg by November 2014 to double its passenger numbers to 1m in the first year of operations and provide additional new routes. This investment in Hamburg will create a 100 direct cabin crew and pilots jobs in total and 1,000* indirect jobs in the industry.
In regards to the business segment, representing one fifth of its traffic in Hamburg, easyJet will as well enhance its product thanks to its base, allowing travellers to make return trips in the day, introducing new business routes and increasing frequencies on key routes such as Basel-Mulhouse from 11 to 16 flights per week. Additionally, easyJet offers the Fast Track service through security to passengers departing from Hamburg and who buy Flexi Fare, making their travel even easier whilst saving time at the airport.
Chris Kennedy, easyJet’s Chief Financial Officer, commented from Hamburg:
“easyJet is pleased to open its 24th European base in Hamburg today. We have growth plans. Alongside +60% additional capacity in 2014 to double our passenger numbers and hit the 1m passengers in the first year of operation with a third based aircraft to come in Hamburg from November 2014 and up to 1.75m by 2015 easyJet demonstrates its long term commitment to Hamburg as a key strategic partner.”
Thomas Haagensen, easyJet Country Director Germany, said:
“Our passenger figures with +28% in the last year show the evidence that Hamburgers love our brand and our product meet their expectations both for business and leisure passengers as we make travel easy and affordable with a friendly service.
“There is as well an increasing demand for the destination from the other end routes. Indeed, we stimulate the demand. Hamburg is a key business destination and it is more and more appealing for leisure as well. The easyJet Hamburg base will boost the tourism with half of our passengers being visitors and the enhancement of the connectivity with Europe is key factor for the local economy as well.”
* Source: Airports Council International (ACI) estimates that for every million of passengers carried 1.000 jobs are created.
With its new Naples base inaugurated on 27 March 2014, with Hamburg easyJet now operates 24 bases across its European network, Europe’s leading air transport network.
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