The alert came from that shrewd watcher of airline fortunes Andrew Lobbenberg of RBS: “EZJ transatlantic – ?!” he asked, somewhat incredulously.
Andrew had spotted that if you hover over Basel on easyJet’s interactive route map today a blue line appears that blasts out of Switzerland, over Holland and the UK and off across the atlantic.
“Surely not true, but anyway, happy amusement for an August Wednesday,” said Andrew.
The blue line shows routes for sale but not yet operating. The standard orange lines are live routes.
Intrigued I rang easyJet’s press office for guidance. Was the carrier taking a leaf out of Ryanair’s book and going low-cost long-haul?
Alas no. The line was meant to have gone and stopped at Dusseldorf, Germany we were told. Why it flew off across the atlantic, in what looked a nice deliberate arc, nobody really knows.
Look soon as I am not sure how quickly easyJet’s web team will fix it!
And, looking a bit further I see easyJet doesn’t fly to Dusseldorf today at all – perhaps they meant Dortmund, which is nearby and one of easyJet’s bases. Alternatively perhaps easyJet is planning a base at Dusseldorf?
I need to call them again….