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easyJet celebrates record 2016 with more expansion to come at Bristol Airport in 2017

Created: 15th Mar 2017

easyJet, Bristol’s largest airline and the largest UK base outside of London, flew more than four million passengers during the course of 2016 - an 11% increase on the previous year, up a third on five years ago.

Two million of easyJet's passengers were travelling for business. Since easyJet’s operations began out of Bristol in 2002, a massive 45 million passengers have travelled to and from the airport with easyJet.

In 2017 the number of seats on sale will increase by around 6.7% to over 4.86 million with more seats to the most popular destinations in Spain and Portugal than any other airline, and an ever expanding number of destinations available from the airport. 

In 2016 the airline launched new routes to Vienna, Basel, Venice, Nantes, Dubrovnik, Gran Canaria and Turin and, this summer, will launch flights to Kefalonia and Pula.  Additionally, due to an uplift in demand, it has also increased the frequency of flights to Palma to 15 times a week, flights to Pisa will increase to six times a week and Ibiza to three times a week.  easyJet also connects the South West with the rest of the UK with daily multi-frequency flights.  It also offers up to 20 flights a day to and from Scotland.

Additionally, from the summer of 2017, the airline will position a further aircraft in Bristol, creating new jobs locally.

As well as adding new routes, easyJet now offers direct flights to all the main Canary Islands during winter and keeps the south west well connected to Europe’s key cities like Bilbao, Pisa, Barcelona and Bordeaux which now operate all year-round. 

Ali Gayward, Commercial  Manager  for easyJet, commented: 
“We have seen increasing demand year on year at Bristol airport and, as the Airport’s largest airline, we fly more than 4.2m passengers annually and offer an unrivalled network of over 62 routes. 
“In FY17 we will offer over 4.86 million seats – a 6.7% increase over 2016 and remain committed to growing in Bristol. easyJet will continue to ensure it is easy and affordable for people, flying to and from Bristol to have direct air links to as many European destinations as possible.” 
Pete Downes, Head of Aviation at Bristol Airport said: 
“We are delighted with the continued growth of easyJet at Bristol Airport. During a three year timescale, easyJet have launched sixteen new routes from Bristol Airport offering passengers choice and flexibility of an enhanced route network plus a wider range of leisure destinations. The on-going route development demonstrates the strong partnership between easyJet and Bristol Airport which reduces the need for passengers from the South West and Wales region to travel further afield, whether for business, leisure or inbound tourism.” 

easyJet operates up to 638 flights in and out of Bristol Airport per week and now flies over four million passengers to 62 airports in 18 countries from Bristol.