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EasyJet is significantly expanding its presence at EuroAirport. From next summer, the airline will station two new airplanes in Basel and will depart to six new destinations from the airport.
“It is important that we take our next steps in Basel, because there is increasing demand here,” commented Thomas Haagensen, head of EasyJet’s Swiss and German arm.
Annually, around 4.8 million passengers fly with EasyJet to and from Basel, where the airline holds a market share of 60 per cent. Its significant investments were justified by its previous successes in Switzerland.
“Switzerland is one of the markets that has contributed significantly to the group’s success,” according to EasyJet.
From the end of June, EasyJet will station two additional Airbus A320’s at the airport. A total of 11 of its planes will then take off from Basel in the morning and land there again in the evening.
These investments will create 72 new jobs, bringing the total at EuroAirport to more than 400 by the end of 2018. The two new airplanes will indirectly create 750 jobs in the Basel area, according to Haagensen.
The route network will be expanded to include year-round flights to Athens, Belgrade and Vienna, as well as summer flights to Lamezia, Pula and Menorca. EasyJet will fly to a total of 63 destinations from Basel. The new airplanes will also facilitate more frequent journeys to existing destinations.