EasyJet unveils 12 new domestic routes to capitalise on summer staycations
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While EasyJet is largely shifting its focus for international holidays from the U.K., it is doubling down on its domestic route network to transport Brits around the country.
On Thursday, the low-cost carrier announced that it’s launching 12 new domestic routes this summer in order to capitalise on the demand from holiday-starved Brits who are looking to stay closer to home. The routes will also fill the void left by the now-defunct Stobart Air and its domestic route network.
The 12 new domestic routes include the following:
- Belfast International (BFS) to East Midlands (EMA) — 4x weekly, launching 9 July
- Belfast International (BFS) to Leeds Bradford (LBA) — 4x weekly, launching 9 July
- London Gatwick (LGW) to Belfast City (BHD) — 2x daily, launching 9 July
- Bristol (BRS) to Jersey (JER) — 3x weekly, launching 10 July
- Bristol (BRS) to Aberdeen (ABZ) — 4x weekly, launching 9 July
- Manchester (MAN) to Aberdeen (ABZ) — 4x weekly, launching 9 July
- Manchester (MAN) to Edinburgh (EDI) — 4x weekly, launching 9 July
- Birmingham (BHX) to Jersey (JER) — 2x weekly, launching 11 July
- Birmingham (BHX) to Newquay (NQY) — 2x weekly, launching 10 July
- Liverpool (LPL) to Bournemouth (BOH) — 2x weekly, launching 10 July
- Inverness (INV) to Newquay (NQY) — 2x weekly, launching 11 July
- Newcastle (NCL) to Jersey (JER) — 2x weekly, launching 10 July
As part of the announcement, EasyJet is adding three domestic airports to its route network. For the first time ever, EasyJet will fly to Belfast City Airport (BHD), which will operate with two daily frequencies to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) beginning on 9 July.
Additionally, as part of this announcement, EasyJet will be returning to both Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) and East Midlands Airport (EMA), with service to Belfast International (BFS).
Over this past weekend, regional carrier Stobart Air went bust. The airline operated regional flights for Aer Lingus, utilising ATR 72 aircraft. The airline operated many of its flights out of Belfast (BHD), connecting Northern Ireland with the rest of the U.K. With EasyJet’s announcement on Thursday, it is planning to take over some of the demand on those routes.
“We were sorry to see the news about Stobart Air and so are pleased to continue to provide key regional connectivity from Belfast International Airport to East Midlands and Leeds Bradford airports, as well as launching EasyJet operations for the very first time from Belfast City Airport to London Gatwick,” EasyJet said in a statement.
In its announcement, EasyJet urged the government to review its green list so that international travel could resume from the U.K. on a larger scale. To cope with decreased international demand from the U.K., EasyJet announced earlier this week that it’s moving some of its aircraft to Germany in order to capitalise on high demand from Germans to Spain.
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