easyJet has announced details of a new agreement with Manchester Airport designed to cement its commitment to further expansion at the property.
As part of the agreement easyJet has stationed two additional aircraft in Manchester for the summer season, bringing the total to seven, with further expansion now planned.
This additional aircraft capacity will enable easyJet to operate new services, which will complement its 26 existing business and leisure destinations; with potential new routes already being analysed.
Paul Simmons, easyJet’s UK director said: “Our new commitment to expansion at Manchester is a reflection of the level of support we have received from customers since our launch here in 2008.
“We currently offer 26 routes from Manchester which include business destinations such as Zurich, Amsterdam and Munich as well as popular leisure hotspots including Paphos, Tenerife and Marrakech.”
easyJet has recently announced plans to commence services from Manchester to Madrid, Berlin and Belfast from this Autumn.
Andrew Harrison, Manchester Airport’s managing director, added: “This announcement is very important for Manchester, being able to reach an agreement for the future with the likes of easyJet to secure that growth is a big step and one that confirms its commitment to Manchester and the North West region as a whole.
“This agreement will see more based aircraft at Manchester, equalling more destinations and further growth in the future.”
easyJet launched at Manchester Airport in March 2008 following the acquisition of GB Airways, with five routes and currently carries approximately one million passengers through the base each year.