LONDON – This week saw easyJet expand its presence in the UK with nine new routes as other carriers add to their Summer and Autumn 2023 seasons.
The New Routes…
According to the airline, tickets are already on sale, with the following nine routes to be introduced over the course of next year:
- London Luton to Murcia up to three times a week from 1 April 2023 with fares starting from £31.99*
- Bristol to Enfidha up to twice a week from 27 March 2023 with fares starting from £28.99*
- Birmingham to Milan up to three times a week from 26 June 2023 with fares starting from £28.99*
- Manchester to Murcia up to twice a week from 28 March 2023 with fares starting from £28.99*
- Liverpool to Corfu once a week from 4 June 2023 with fares starting from £26.99*
- Edinburgh to Catania up to twice a week from 2 June 2023 with fares starting from £31.99*
- Glasgow to Porto up to twice a week from 31 March 2023 with fares starting from £29.99*
- Jersey to Amsterdam up to twice a week from 1 April 2023 with fares starting from £24.99*
- Belfast to Rhodes up to twice a week from 3 June 2023 with fares starting from £37.99*
Commenting on this expansion was Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager:
“We are delighted to be launching even more new routes from the UK today for next summer.”
“By further strengthening our network, we’re offering our customers in the UK an even greater choice to explore more of the most fantastic beach and city destinations that Europe has to offer.”
“And with our October and November 2023 schedule on sale from tomorrow, now is a fantastic time for customers to book early for next autumn and snap up the best low fares across our network, whether that’s for a great-value getaway or an October Half Term break.”
Expansion In The Aim of Profitability…
The airline is no doubt aiming to use such expansion as part of an over-arching strategy to return to profitability.
Back in October, easyJet said that they face an annual loss of £170-190 million for the twelve months to the end of September.
Despite the rising costs of living, they also see great numbers together with the demand for the next summer season, being summer 2023.
The airline is set to operate with 20 million estimated seats flown through the three months to December’s very end, marking a 30% increase compared to the same time last year (2021).
It remains clear that easyJet is pressing ahead in order to secure as much revenue and as much chance of securing a profit during the busy periods next year.
Looking ahead, it’s going to be interesting to see what other expansion plans the carrier may have in store and whether this could tip the balance between success and a financial loss.
But for now, all eyes will be on the carrier to see how they fare in the UK, especially with the mounting competitive pressure of Ryanair UK and the now emerging BA Euroflyer.