easyJet, operator of Europe’s No 1 air transport network and the second largest airline in Portugal, continues to turn Europe Orange with the opening of its 23rd network base located in Portugal.
During an official ceremony today, Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive of easyJet, inaugurated the Lisbon base in the presence of the Minister of Economy; Mr Alvaro Santos Pereira, the Secretary of State for Tourism; Mrs Cecilia Meireles, the secretary of State for Transport; Mr Sergio Monteiro and other government, official and industry representatives.
easyJet, which makes travel easy and affordable for business and leisure passengers, will operate 21 destinations with low fares with friendly service from Lisbon. These include 5 new routes to and from Asturias, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bordeaux and Venice.
The new easyJet base will increase Portugal’s connectivity with the rest of Europe and will bring to 42 the total number of destinations operated by the airline to and from Portugal.
easyJet expects to carry 4m passengers to and from Portugal this year – around 10% of the total market. The new base will provide the platform for further growth in Portugal in the coming years.
All of easyJet’s flights now operate out of the new terminal 2 of Lisbon Portela, the capital city’s primary airport. This will enable easyJet to deliver its industry leading punctuality and reliability – a key driver of our customer satisfaction.
Lisbon is easyJet’s 23rd base and the fourth one opened in 2012 after London Southend, Nice and Toulouse in March and April. easyJet will start operating with 2 Airbus A319 aircraft and around 100 employees, all with a Portuguese labour contract.
Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive of easyJet, said:
“easyjet has carried almost 20m passengers since the beginning of its operations in Portugal in 1998. Today we are proud to open our base in Lisbon. This means we now have local employees living and working here with Portuguese labour contracts and aircraft stationed in Lisbon. This will increase the service we offer to Portuguese business and leisure travellers while bringing in more visitor numbers to Portugal – vital to help stimulate growth in the Portuguese economy.
“As a long-term committed strategic partner of Portugal, easyJet will make a significant contribution to the local economy as a result of its investment in the market.
“The base is also a platform for further growth in Portugal in the coming years.”
Javier Gandara, Country Director for Spain and Portugal, said:
“easyJet expects to carry 225,000 additional passengers to 2m at Lisbon and 4m to and from Portugal in the first year of operation and grow its passenger numbers still further in the long run. The base strengthens our position of second largest airline in Lisbon and Portugal and our aim now is to become Portuguese business and leisure travellers’ preferred airline. With aircraft stationed locally, it is a key competitive asset to offer a tailored service that fits the local demand in terms of frequencies and destinations”.
Pedro de Mello Breyner, Director of the Portuguese National Tourist Office for the Benelux said:
Lisbon is now closer to the Netherlands. With this operation of four weekly flights departing from Amsterdam, Lisbon strengthens its competitiveness in the Dutch market as a destination for city and short breaks.
easyJet existing routes portfolio at Lisbon:
Barcelona, Basel/ Mulhouse/ Freiburg, Berlin, Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva, Liverpool, London/ Luton and Gatwick, Lyon, Madeira, Madrid, Milan/ Malpensa, Paris/ Charles de Gaulle, Rome/ Fumicino, Toulouse.
New route details:
Route Lisbon – Amsterdam
Starting fare one way, all taxes includeed
4 frequencies per week: days of operation are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday