easyJet, Northern Ireland’s largest airline, has celebrated its 15th anniversary at Belfast International Airport by announcing two new routes.
From summer 2014 easyJet will introduce new flights to Bordeaux in south west France and Jersey in the Channel Islands.
Since introducing their first flight to London Luton 15 years ago easyJet has flown over 32 million passengers to and from Belfast International Airport and is now Northern Ireland’s largest airline.
Ali Gayward, easyJet’s Head of Northern Ireland, said: “We’re pleased to mark this important anniversary for easyJet by announcing two new routes for Northern Ireland. From summer 2014 we will introduce flights to Bordeaux and Jersey to offer a range of new holiday and business connections to and from Northern Ireland.
“Since we launched our first flight to Belfast in 1998 over 32 million people have chosen to fly with us. Today we’re saying thank you to all those passengers who have helped make easyJet Northern Ireland’s largest airline. Belfast was one of our first bases outside Luton and we look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries here.”
easyJet has six aircraft based permanently at Belfast International Airport and employs over 200 crew and pilots at the airport.
Well over 3 million people fly to and from Belfast International Airport with easyJet annually.
John Doran, managing director at Belfast International Airport, said: “Since their first flight from Belfast International Airport in 1998, easyJet have grown rapidly and now carry more passengers into and out of Northern Ireland than any other airline.
“One of the main reasons for their success is that easyJet provide low fares to the destinations to which both business and leisure passengers want to travel. It was not uncommon in the mid-nineties to be charged fares of over £300 to travel between Northern Ireland and significant UK cities such as Edinburgh, Liverpool and Bristol. easyJet singularly changed all of that, as well as adding direct access to European cities from Belfast, and for that alone the Northern Ireland public owe them a huge debt of gratitude.
“In this 50th anniversary year of Belfast International Airport we would like to wish easyJet a very happy 15th birthday in Northern Ireland, and we look forward to many more successful years working with them.”