Following the completion of the easyJet and Go merger deal earlier this month, easyJet is rationalising services from Belfast International to Edinburgh and Glasgow airports to allow improvements to the combined airline`s schedule.
Go services will end on 19 August, although to minimise passenger inconvenience, Go will operate a normal schedule over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 23 to Monday 26 August) on both routes.
These are the only two routes where Go and easyJet currently duplicate activity by flying between the same airports and, as a single company, the airline currently has too much capacity on these routes.
easyJet will continue to operate three flights a day to and from Belfast to Edinburgh and Glasgow. Demonstrating its commitment to future growth, Europe`s number one low-cost airline will introduce a fourth Glasgow service on 27 October, bringing the total number of daily flights between Belfast and Scotland to seven.
“Go and easyJet announced their intentions to operate on these routes in direct competition to one another on the same day. This head-to-head competition led to an over-supply of capacity, which was completely unsustainable” explains Ray Webster, easyJet chief executive.
“The new easyJet will offer excellent daily services, well-spaced throughout the day, to business and leisure passengers flying between Scotland and Northern Ireland. Customers can be confident that the new easyJet will continue to offer low fares, which significantly undercut BA`s offering, on these routes”.
In the short term, the Go aircraft currently operating these services will be used to improve operational integrity on the easyJet network.
Go passengers on affected flights are being contacted by Go customer services to arrange a transfer onto an easyJet flight. Go passengers with any further queries regarding their flight on either of these routes should contact Go`s customer services team on 0870 60 76543.
“As there are currently over 72,000 easyJet seats available on these two routes from 20 August until the end of the summer programme on 26th October, we expect to be able to accommodate Go passengers on the easyJet flight of their choice” adds Ray.
From now on, passengers wishing to book seats on Belfast-Scotland routes should book direct with easyJet.
easyJet announced its intention to operate these services on 5 April 2001, followed by Go the next day (Go to start from May, easyJet to start from August). Previously, the routes had been operated by British Airways which provided between 500 and 600 seats every day on each route. Go and easyJet, in competition with each other, grew this to 2,000 on Belfast - Glasgow and 1,800 daily on Belfast - Edinburgh.
Even after the withdrawal of the Go services, there will still be around 1550 seats on Belfast - Glasgow, and 1200 seats on Belfast - Edinburgh.