EasyJet expanding investment in Portugal

Low-cost airliner easyJet is reinforcing its presence in Portugal and has revealed that it will be launching two new routes from Lisbon airport and increasing flight frequency in and out of the country.

Portugal Car Hire EasyjetFrom this Sunday (October 28), easyJet will also be introducing a third plane permanently to its fleet at Lisbon airport, in addition to hiring 25 new employees.

Javier Gandara, director general of easyJet for Spain and Portugal, said: “As a strategic partner of Portugal, easyJet continues to grow and invest in the country, with the placement of a third A319 plane at the Lisbon base just six months after its opening. Through hiring 25 new staff members, easyJet demonstrates the company’s commitment to contributing to the growth of the Portuguese economy and for job creation.”

As from March 31, 2013, easyJet will offer four flights a week to Bilbao from Lisbon on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Then from April 2 next year, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the airline will have flights to Valencia from Lisbon.

“Bilbao and Valencia are important destinations and already have business relationships with Lisbon. They will increase the choice of travel destinations for easyJet Lisbon passengers to 41 cities. We expect these new routes will carry 125,000 passengers per year,” said Javier Gandara.

easyJet will also be reinforcing several of the existing routes from Lisbon.

On the Lisbon-Amsterdam route, the airline will offer six weekly flights from next summer, and the popular Venice and Copenhagen flights will have some timetable changes to make the destinations more flexible for city breaks.

The Lisbon-Edinburgh flight will no longer be a seasonal flight, and will begin operating with two flights a week from December 13.

In the first six months of the year, easyJet carried more than one million passengers from Lisbon, with more than 120,000 on new routes, boosting their occupancy rate to 90%.

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