easyJet will base five new aircraft in Manchester from this summer and is also adding new routes to the European continent from the north west UK gateway.
The low-cost carrier has added four new routes from Manchester Airport to Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, Kalamata in Greece, Bari in Italy and Nice in France.
The addition comes after a significant year of growth for the easyJet network in Manchester, with a total of 12 new routes being launched over the last 12 months.
easyJet’s new route to Jerez de la Frontera starts on 17 August 2019 and will operate three times a week utilising an Airbus A319 aircraft. Kalamata flights will operate twice a week from 15 June 2019 on an A320 aircraft.
Flights to Bari will commence 17 August 2019 operating twice a week on an A319 aircraft. Flights to Nice will operate three times a week on an A320 aircraft commencing on 16 June 2019.
The four routes are set to carry over 50,000 passengers this summer with the airline now operating 64 routes and over 26,000 flights a year to and from Manchester.
The airline will also increase the number of flights on its existing route from Manchester to Budapest from twice a week on to three times a week, as well as adding one extra flight per day on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays on its route from Manchester to Belfast.
easyJet’s UK country director, Neil Slaven, said: “Last autumn we also saw the exciting delivery of two new aircraft to our Manchester base and look forward to the delivery of three more this summer, further reinforcing our commitment to the expansion of our Manchester operations and our ambition of always providing a great service and low fares.”
Manchester Airport aviation director, Julian Carr added it is great to see easyJet adding new routes for summer 2019 offering passengers an even wider choice of destinations to choose from for their holidays.
He said Jerez de la Frontera is a new route for the airport and he is sure it will prove “hugely popular”.