easyJet plans for summer 2022, with the announcement that it plans to open more seasonal bases.
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The airline will expand its network of seasonal bases by adding five other planes through the bases Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Faro from May 2022.
The investment will create around 120 direct jobs in Spain, where the airline currently employs more than 400 people, all under local contracts, as well as 30 jobs at the Faro base.
Thus, next summer, easyJet will have five aircraft based in Malaga, where it is the second largest airline, and seven in Palma, bringing the Spanish fleet to 16 aircraft, including four at its base in Barcelona.
It will also add an additional aircraft to Portugal at the Faro base. This means the airline will have increased its fleet based in Portugal and Spain by 70% from pre-pandemic levels.
With more capacity in the region, it should allow easyJet to take advantage of demand, as well as explore new destinations if necessary.
Commenting on the expansion plans, Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, said:
“As easyJet navigated effectively through the pandemic, the creation of two new seasonal bases was an important decision. The decision to add five planes to these bases is a testament to the important role they play in our network now and in the post-pandemic recovery.
“They gave us the added flexibility to capture the greatest demand on these popular routes. We can now continue to increase our presence in these key destinations starting next May, demonstrating our confidence in the continued recovery of leisure and beach travel next summer.
“So in summary we see so many opportunities for easyJet in this time of recovery across Europe where traditional airlines will fall back and we are ready and able to grab them with both hands.
“We are uniquely positioned to take advantage of these strategic growth opportunities, with customers choosing us for our trusted brand, unmatched network and low prices. “
Bullish for 2022
For easyJet, the airline is focused on its plans for the future, even as others make noise about its future. Instead, it seems to be focusing on actual services and planning for the year ahead – which is good to see.
With competition returning and the ability for passengers to travel again, it will need to ensure that it is in a position for the airline to take advantage of it.
Having five planes based in its sunny summer areas providing connectivity could be a good move on that front.
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