EasyJet will open a base for three of its aircraft at Birmingham Airport from March 2024. The investment will create around 100 direct jobs and will support 1,200 indirect jobs in the West Midlands region.
The popular low-fare carrier, which already flies from the Midlands hub to key domestic connections and popular holiday destinations including Amsterdam, Naples, Lisbon, Faro and Palma de Mallorca, will base three of its 186-seat A320 aircraft at the Midlands travel hub.
Johan Lundgren, easyJet CEO commented: “Having already served Birmingham for many years, the decision to open a base and grow at the airport now is testament to the strong demand we see, coupled with the importance of the UK market in supporting our profitable growth.”
He also noted that with 55% of its passengers flying from UK hubs, the country is the airline’s largest market. “This move will not only reinforce our leadership position as the UK’s largest airline, but also demonstrates our confidence in the resilient strength of demand for travel, with customers choosing us for our trusted brand, unrivalled network and great value fares.”
Meanwhile, Nick Barton, CEO at Birmingham Airport described the landmark investment by easyJet as a “huge vote of confidence in the West Midlands.”
He also noted that basing three aircraft at the hub will create employment opportunities for the local community and greater travel options for customers.
“Years of hard work have led to this. Together we look forward to years of future success,” Barton said.