It seems winter is on easyJet’s mind as they eye up further expansion – both via direct flights and its easyJet Holidays subsidiary.
easyJet will have nine new routes on sale for the winter season including:
- London Gatwick – Akureyri (Iceland) – 31st October
- Birmingham – Paris CDG (France) – 30th October
- Birmingham – Lyon (France) – 30th October
- London Southend – Paris CDG (France)
- London Southend – Gerenoble (France)
- London Luton – Enfidha (Tunisa)
- Bristol – Marrakech (Morroco)
- Southampton – Glasgow (United Kingdom) – 29th October
- Southhampton – Belfast (United Kingdom) – 29th October
easyJet will be the only UK airline to serve Akureyri directly in Northern Iceland when it launches at the end of October.
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Dubbed ‘The Capital of the North’, the town lies in the fjord Eyjafjörður in North Iceland and is located a short drive from many of Iceland’s top natural, cultural and historical attractions. Visitors can enjoy whale watching, hiking, viewing the Northern lights and geothermal bathing, all while taking in the stunning scenery.
The move follows the airline’s return to growth in the United Kingdom, with the airline operating its biggest ever UK summer flying programme, flying around eight per cent more capacity than pre-pandemic with over one million more seats in peak summer and 23 new routes from the UK.
Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said:
“We are delighted to be launching even more new routes and holidays from the UK across a fantastic range of destinations which provides even more choice and variety for our customers this winter, including flights and holidays to Akureyri in North Iceland for the very first time, with a unique route from the UK.
“easyJet is proud to be the largest airline in the UK and the launch of these nine new routes demonstrates our confidence in the resilient strength of demand for travel in the UK, with customers choosing us for our trusted brand, unrivalled network and great value fares and we can’t wait to welcome more customers on board.”
On the announcement of the launch of the route to Akureyri Arnheiður Jóhannsdóttir, Managing Director at Visit North Iceland, said:
“We are happy to welcome easyJet customers to North Iceland, where they can enjoy magical winter adventures. Their days will be filled with exciting activities and tranquil moments in unique nature, experiences ranging from relaxing geothermal spa visits to thrilling super jeep tours, whale watching, or northern lights hunting.
“Working with easyJet over the past years to prepare for this new route has been a pleasure. Close cooperation with our partners in North Iceland and the Nature Direct project is now giving us the opportunity to open up a new gateway to Iceland. easyJet customers will land at Akureyri airport, only 5 minutes from the town centre and in the middle of North Iceland’s arctic nature.
“This new route will transform how tourism develops in Iceland and give easyJet customers a unique opportunity to come and experience Icelanders’ most popular winter destination. “
Tickets on sale now
easyJet has placed all these tickets on sale, with the airline offering options via its easyJet Holidays branch for those who desire a package holiday, instead of just flights
There’s some interesting connectivity coming up from the airline, as it gets its winter timetable ready – as usual, it will be how sustainable those routes are beyond the initial timetable and operations plan.
And sustainability for an airline is simple – can the route pull in the passenger yields to make it viable?
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