easyJet will be operating daily flights from London Gatwick Airport to Geneva for the coming winter 1999/2000 season. Flights will operate at the end of the day, catering for the large ski market based around the area to the south of London.
easyJet recently applied for slots out of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports. No slots were available at Heathrow, and the only way to get them seems to be to buy them from long established airlines that have been awarded `grandfather rights` by the establishment. Gatwick has given easyJet daily slots and talks continue concerning more slots. The situation at Stansted is still being discussed.
easyJet has expanded successfully out of London Luton and Liverpool airports and it is evident that for short haul flights, consumers want a reliable seat at a good price. Gatwick is a larger and more expensive airport than typically used by easyJet, and easyJet flights from Gatwick will rely on the market to dictate what premium passengers will pay for the privilege of flying out of Gatwick.
“Some skiers find it very convenient to fly out of Gatwick, but dislike being ripped off on fares,” said Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the easyJet chairman. “We will offer them flights out of their airport of choice and at affordable prices,” he continued.