- easyJet has celebrated flying 70 million passengers to and from Belfast International Airport by surprising a lucky family with free flights
- Northern Ireland’s largest airline will welcome an eighth aircraft to the base from next summer and is launching new routes to popular beach destinations including Antalya in Turkey, and Rhodes in Greece
London, UK, 2023-Feb-26 — /Travel PR News/ — easyJet, Northern Ireland’s largest airline, has today (FEBRUARY / 22 2023) celebrated carrying 70 million passengers to and from Belfast International Airport.
To mark the occasion the airline surprised the Brennan family from Belfast, flying today from Belfast to Lyon, with free easyJet return flights. Other celebrations, including cake giveaways, happened at the airport throughout the morning.
The milestone celebrations come following easyJet’s plans for expansion at Belfast International Airport this summer which will see an additional Airbus A320 family aircraft join the base from next summer along with the launch of two new summer routes from Belfast to the popular Greek island of Rhodes and Antalya in Turkey, offering customers in Northern Ireland even more choice when it comes to picking a beach holiday destination.
Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said:
“We are so proud to be in Belfast marking a key milestone for us as today we celebrate flying 70 million passengers from Belfast International Airport. Our first flight from Belfast to London Luton took off for the first time 24 years ago and since then we’ve been committed to Belfast and to providing great value fares and convenient connections for our customers in Northern Ireland, whether they’re travelling for business or leisure.
“And of course, I have to thank our fantastic customers for their loyalty and support and, we remain excited about the future at Belfast.”
Uel Hoey, Business Development Director, commented: “This is a truly astonishing achievement by easyJet in Belfast. They have revolutionised air travel to and from Northern Ireland for so many people since September 1998. The upstart back then has become Northern Ireland’s essential mainstay in 2023.”
The airline launched services from Belfast in 1998 and since introducing its first flight to London Luton, easyJet has remained committed to the airport and customers in Northern Ireland by maintaining a continuous operation.
For over 20 years easyJet has been the largest airline in Northern Ireland and now offers 34 routes across 9 countries in the UK, Europe and the Middle East to popular leisure and business destinations including Manchester, Liverpool, Jersey, Amsterdam, Tenerife, Geneva, Nice, and Paris.
easyJet connects Belfast International Airport with more London airports than any other airline, offering up to 184 flights to key London airports including London Gatwick, London Luton and London Stansted.
For more information on easyJet’s network from Belfast, visit easyJet.com.
easyJet is Europe’s leading airline offering a unique and winning combination of the best route network connecting Europe’s primary airports, with great value fares and friendly service.
easyJet flies on more of Europe’s most popular routes than any other airline and carried more than 69 million passengers in 2022 – with 9.5 million travelling for business. The airline has over 300 aircraft on nearly 1000 routes to more than 150 airports across 35 countries. Over 300 million Europeans live within one hour’s drive of an easyJet airport.
easyJet aims to be a good corporate citizen, employing people on local contracts in eight countries across Europe in full compliance with national laws and recognising their trade unions. The airline supports several local charities and has a corporate partnership with UNICEF which has raised over £16m for the most vulnerable children since it was established in 2012.
The airline joined the UN-backed Race to Zero in November 2021 and has published its roadmap to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with a focus on new technology and the ultimate ambition to achieve zero carbon emission flying across its entire fleet, which the airline is working on together with its partners including Airbus, Rolls-Royce, GKN Aerospace, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Wright Electric. The roadmap also features a combination of fleet renewal, operational efficiencies, airspace modernisation, Sustainable Aviation Fuel and carbon removal technology. Additionally, it includes an interim carbon emissions intensity reduction target of 35% by 2035 (versus 2019). Since 2000, the airline has already reduced its carbon emissions per passenger, per kilometre by one-third through continued fleet renewal, efficient operations and aiming to fill most of its seats.
Innovation is in easyJet’s DNA – since launching over 25 years ago, easyJet changed the way people fly to the present day where the airline leads the industry in digital, web, engineering and operational innovations to make travel more easy and affordable for its passengers.