Easyjet working on ‘wish list’ of new destinations from Bristol Airport. Where would you like to fly to?

By The Bristol Post  |  Posted: November 19, 2014

By Michael Ribbeck

Easyjet is already planning for further growth from  Bristol in 2016

Easyjet is already planning for further growth from Bristol in 2016

LOW cost airline easyJet is already looking to add new routes for passengers at Bristol Airport. The airline announced record profits for a fourth year running and revealed it is already planning ahead for further growth in Bristol 2016.

At the moment the airline flies to 46 different destinations from Bristol and that is likely to hit the half century mark by the end of next year.

Over the last 12 months 3.4 million passengers flew with the airline out of Bristol – more than half the total number of passengers who used the airport over the last year.

Earlier this month, EasyJet announced four new routes to destinations in Sicily, Spain and Portugal.

But Sophie Dekkers, who is responsible for organising easyJet’s flying schedule from UK airports, is already looking for new destinations from Bristol.

She said: “Bristol is a key airport for us and that is not going to change in the near future.

“We are adding another aircraft next year and we are also looking at increasing capacity on our existing flights.

“We are basing another aircraft at Bristol next year which means that we can increase capacity on our existing routes.”

The easyJet model means that the furthest destination the airline flies to is Egypt.

Ms Dekkers said: “We operate in destinations were we can get there and back in one day.

“We keep our costs low because we do not have to pay for overnight stays for our crew.

“At the moment our furthest destination is Egypt from Manchester which is a five and a half hour flight.

“We are not looking at destinations further afield but we are always looking to add new and exciting places to visit.

“At the moment we are in the process of drawing up a wish list of destinations we would like to fly to from Bristol.

“We will look at the various destinations and decide which ones are economically viable.

“We are putting our plans in place now for our Christmas timetable which we will be announced in 12 months time.”

EasyJet is now the largest operator based at Bristol Airport – its closest rival is Irish airline Ryanair.

Last year six million passenger used the airport, which has plans in place for a £120 million expansion scheme.

 

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