easyJet leads the way with London 20,000
Published: 24 September 2012
easyJet, Northern Ireland’s largest airline, is now flying 20,000 passengers every week on its routes from Belfast International Airport to London, it announced today.
easyJet’s routes to the capital increased from 3 to 4 in April when it added London Southend to its existing services to Gatwick, Luton and Stansted.
And with a current market share of 46%, it has confirmed its position as the most in-demand airline flying from Belfast to London.
Taking feedback from the business community, easyJet has refined its schedules to offer the first and last flights between Belfast and London.
The airline operates around 14 daily flights to the 4 London airports. Its first flight is from Belfast International Airport to Stansted and departs at 06.15, followed by a flight to Gatwick at 06.35, which is earlier than any other airline.
Ali Gayward, easyJet commercial manager, said: “We began our Belfast operation with a flight to London Luton 14 years ago and, over the years our aim has always been to make travel easy and affordable.
“We now fly to 23 destinations and, with a crew base at Belfast International Airport, we provide employment for local people and contribute significantly to the local economy.
“Our Southend route was launched only in April, but it has proved a big success and there have already been more than 50,000 passengers.
“The main attraction is speed and efficiency, from getting off the aircraft to exiting the terminal, and then it’s literally a 2-minute walk to the train station.
“There are trains up to eight times every hour. Central London (Liverpool Street) is just over 50 minutes away and it is around 40 minutes to Stratford, which provides easy access to the Westfield London shopping centre, Europe’s largest indoor shopping complex.”
In November, easyJet is to roll out allocated seating across its entire network – from 27 November on flights travelling through Belfast.
An increasing number of business people are taking advantage of easyJet’s Flexi fares, which give passengers unlimited flexibility to change the date of their flights up to two hours before the scheduled departure time.
The airline also operates one-way flights, meaning passengers can fly into one London airport and return from another – offering passengers even more flexibility.
All of easyJet’s London airports have excellent transfer times, which range from 30 – 53 minutes to key central London locations.
Ali Gayward added: “Time is important to all our passengers, but particularly to the business community. From recent customer surveys it seems that many people who have experienced the lengthy queues and time taken to navigate through larger airports such as Heathrow, are switching to us for their London flights.
“With prices from £20.99 one way, including taxes, it seems like a very obvious, good business decision to me.”