UK's Bristol Airport and easyJet entered (19-Nov-2013) into a new five year agreement that confirms the continued growth of the carrier at the airport. easyJet commenced service at Bristol in 2002 following the acquisition of the airline Go. At that time, Bristol was handling a total of 3.9 million passengers each year. Today, Bristol Airport handles more than six million passengers each year with easyJet itself handling around 3.3 million passengers p/a to/from the airport. The new contract provides a framework for further expansion and new route opportunities. The agreement has already resulted in the addition of two new destinations to easyJet’s network from Bristol, with service to Reykjavik and Marrakech launching in Dec-2013. Together the new flights are expected to carry over 55,000 passengers during the first 12 months of operation. easyJet commercial manager Ali Gayward said: “We are pleased to confirm a new long term deal with Bristol Airport which will allow easyJet to grow and introduce exciting new destinations such as Reykjavik and Marrakech. Bristol remains our largest UK operation outside London and we are committed to providing travellers across the South West with easy, affordable fares whether they are travelling for business or leisure.” Bristol Airport CEO Robert Sinclair added, “Our partnership with easyJet has played an incredibly important role in the development of Bristol Airport over the last decade and this agreement demonstrates both parties’ continued commitment to working together to provide passengers in our catchment area with access to a great range of destinations at very affordable prices. It is also great news for passengers across the South West and South Wales who can continue to enjoy access to the easyJet network without having to travel to airports outside the region.” [more - original PR]
easyJet and Bristol airport agree new long-term deal
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