The following announcement has been made this morning:
EasyJet, Europe's leading low-fares airline, today announced plans tocommence operations at Birmingham International Airport with theintroduction of two new routes connecting Birmingham with Geneva andGrenoble.The new daily service to Geneva, with fares from £22.99 one way(£37.98 return) including taxes, will commence on 14 December and thenew twice weekly Grenoble flight, with fares from £24.99 one way(£48.01 return) including taxes, will commence on 22 December, willprovide skiers with low-cost, easy access to the French and Swissslopes this season.Birmingham is the 13th UK airport to be added to the easyJetoperation and takes the total number of airports on the airline'sEuropean network to 79. As part of the airline's vision to offertravellers easy access to easyJet's unique brand of low-fares withconvenience, within 90 minutes of their home from their localairport, and coupled with the increasing demand for independent skitravel, easyJet recognised the great potential for growth atBirmingham International Airport.As the second largest city in the UK, Birmingham has a huge catchmentarea and a demand for low-fare services and as a result the airlineexpects to carry 45,000 passengers on these two new routes within thefirst season of operation.David Osborne, UK Regional General Manager, commented: "easyJet'sexpansion from Birmingham International Airport is great news forskiers from the Midlands, giving them more choice and a brand newservice to Grenoble. With the daily service to Geneva and twiceweekly flight to Grenoble they now have the opportunity to fly to themajor ski gateways for the French and Swiss Alps. Our expansion inBirmingham reflects our commitment to growth across the UK, werecognise the strong demand for low-fares with convenience andBirmingham's great potential."Peter Vella, Business Development Director at BirminghamInternational Airport, said: "We're delighted to welcome easyJet toBirmingham and offer our passengers a brand new service to Grenobleand increased services to Geneva. We look forward to working witheasyJet to make these routes a success and we hope this is the startof a growing presence at Birmingham."For locals who have watched the airport for many years this is another nail in the airport's old view of itself as a 'better class of airport' who preferred to have flag carriers such as British Airways, and tried to resist the invasion of low cost carriers. This comes on top of Ryanair upping its Dublin service to 3/4 a day.
For those of you chasing the Easyjet fleet, it is speculated that the daily Geneva flights will be flown by Stansted based A319s, except for Saturdays, when Geneva based A319s will operate. The weekend Grenoble flights should be by Luton based B737-700s. Get your Easyjet fleet here....