26 Mar 2013

easyJet marks a decade in Newcastle with new link to Jersey

DATE: 26-03-13

easyJet today (26 March) celebrated its tenth anniversary at Newcastle International Airport by launching a new flight to Jersey and throwing a birthday party for passengers.

• In the decade since its first flight easyJet has become the largest operator at the airport
• The first destinations were Belfast, Barcelona and Alicante – all of which operate today
• Since 2003 over 13 million passengers have flown with easyJet through Newcastle
Since launching their first flights in March 2003 to Belfast, Alicante and Barcelona, easyJet has flown over 13 million passengers to destinations across Europe and the UK. Jersey is the 13th destination served from the airport by easyJet.

Hugh Aitken, Commercial Manager for easyJet, said: “Newcastle was one of the first UK bases easyJet opened outside London and as we’ve grown across Europe it has remained one of our most important hubs. We are really grateful to our passengers in the North East who have chosen to fly with easyJet over the last ten years and our team who have worked exceptionally hard to make travel easy and affordable.

“As the warmest of the British Isles Jersey makes a great holiday destination, with beautiful beaches and a rich history.”

easyJet in Newcastle:
• The most popular destinations over the last ten years are Bristol, Barcelona, Belfast, Majorca and Malaga
• easyJet employs over 150 staff in Newcastle
• More than 70 easyJet flights take off from Newcastle International Airport every week
easyJet has three aircraft based at Newcastle, including an A320 which is amongst the largest in the fleet

Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: “We’re delighted both with the launch of this new route to Jersey and to be celebrating ten years with easyJet at Newcastle International Airport.

“easyJet is an important airline partner here at Newcastle and together we’ve helped millions of passengers from the North East explore and enjoy new destinations across Europe and beyond. Ten years is a wonderful milestone and we’re looking forward to the next ten years in which we hope to see easyJet growing from Newcastle with additional exciting new destinations.”

To celebrate a decade at Newcastle international Airport easyJet served up orange birthday cake and Jersey ice cream for customers travelling on the new flight, which was flown by local Captain Graham Brooks who grew up in Jersey and now lives in the North East.

From today easyJet will offer two flights per week to Jersey departing on Tuesdays and Saturdays with fares starting from £20.49 including all taxes and charges. easyJet expect to carry over 30,000 passengers to and from the British Island over the next year alone.