easyJet has put nine new routes on sale this week from nine UK airports to destinations across the UK, France, Morocco, Tunisia and Iceland.
The airline will fly to Akureyri in North Iceland for the first time, with easyJet now offering the only route from the UK.
A first for Iceland
This winter, easyJet will become the only UK airline to operate to Akureyri in North Iceland when flights launch from London Gatwick twice a week from 31st October.
Dubbed ‘The Capital of the North’, the town lies in the fjord Eyjafjörður in North Iceland and is located a short drive from many of Iceland’s top natural, cultural and historical attractions.
Visitors can enjoy whale watching, hiking, viewing the Northern lights and geothermal bathing, all while taking in the stunning scenery.
In what has been described as a “huge vote of confidence in the West Midlands,” the UK’s biggest airline recently announced it will open a base for three of its aircraft at Birmingham Airport (BHX) from March 2024.
Ahead of the opening of a new base at Birmingham next spring, the airline will continue the expansion of its network from the Midlands, with new routes now launching this winter to the French cities of Lyon and Paris from 30th October and city break packages available with easyJet holidays.
Southend and Southampton
More new routes to France, to Paris Charles de Gaulle from London Southend and a weekly service to Grenoble from Manchester are also planned for this winter.
The carrier will also bolster services from Southampton, strengthening domestic connectivity from the region, with two new routes to Glasgow and Belfast launching from 29 October 2023 with departures up to three times a week.
At the same time, new services between London Luton and Enfidha in Tunisia and Bristol and Marrakech will provide those in the south and south west with two new winter sun destinations to choose from.
The return to growth
The launch of these additional new routes follows easyJet’s return to growth this summer in the UK which will also see the airline operate its biggest ever UK summer flying programme.
This will see the airline flying around eight per cent more capacity than pre-pandemic with over one million more seats in peak summer and 23 new routes from the UK.
Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: “We are delighted to be launching even more new routes and holidays from the UK across a fantastic range of destinations.”
“This provides even more choice and variety for our customers this winter, including flights and holidays to Akureyri in North Iceland for the very first time, with a unique route from the UK.”
Commenting on the new exclusive Iceland service, Arnheiður Jóhannsdóttir, Managing Director at Visit North Iceland, said: “We are happy to welcome easyJet customers to North Iceland, where they can enjoy magical winter adventures.”
“This new route will transform how tourism develops in Iceland and give easyJet customers a unique opportunity to come and experience Icelanders’ most popular winter destination.”