easyJet celebrates opening new Alicante base

easyJet celebrates opening new Alicante base
easyJet now has 19 aircraft based in Spain and around 900 employees on local contracts (Image credit: Savvapanf Photo/Adobe Stock)

easyJet today celebrated the opening of its new base at Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández airport.

The budget airline claimed the opening of the new hub strengthens its presence in Spain, where it now has four bases. The first flight operated by Alicante-based aircraft and crew took off on Sunday 31 March to Glasgow.

easyJet has allocated three Airbus A320 aircraft to Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández airport, which it said will generate around 100 direct jobs for pilots and crew.

It now has 19 aircraft based in Spain and around 900 employees on local contracts. The airline’s new base will be operational from March to October.

Javier Gándara, easyJet’s country director for Southern Europe, said: “With more than 30 million passengers carried since 1999, Alicante was one of the most popular destinations in our network that did not yet have a base, until now.

“Opening our fourth base in Spain in Alicante confirms our commitment to this region and is an opportunity to further expand and consolidate our operations in the country.

“The seasonal base model allows us to perfectly adapt to the needs of the market, boosting existing flows and giving us the opportunity to explore unserved markets in the future that would have previously been inaccessible.

“Today we are particularly excited to be here in Alicante, to celebrate the beginning of our operations from the new base and to introduce easyJet, its business models and its values to the local community.”

easyJet recently announced 10 new connections from Alicante, bringing its route network to 22 destinations and connecting it with key cities in Europe, such as Amsterdam, Geneva, Prague and Nantes, among others.

The news means the airline now has capacity for 1.5 million seats in Alicante this summer – a 10 per cent increase compared to the same time last year.

Toni Pérez, president of the Diputación de Alicante and president of the Costa Blanca Tourist Board, said the fact that easyJet is establishing a base at the airport “consolidates the Costa Blanca as a preferred destination, both in summer and the rest of the year.”

He added: “easyJet has shown an absolute confidence and commitment to the province of Alicante, aware of the results that the Alicante terminal records year after year, with a record figure of more than 15 million passengers carried in 2023.”