EasyJet announces a new seasonal summer route to Birmingham and Malaga.
A new route from Birmingham will be part of the network operated by easyJet from a new seasonal summer base in Malaga that has recently opened in the Andalusian province.
The new Spanish base joins those of Barcelona and Palma, as the low-cost airline prepares to respond to the increase in demand due to the progressive reopening of tourism in different European countries. The low-cost carrier said it will base 12 planes in Spain, where it has more than 400 employees.
The new route to the Costa del Sol airport will operate from June 29 to October 30. The airline plans to offer 14 destinations from Malaga this summer, including London, Berlin, Geneva, Paris and Amsterdam.
The plans come despite the fact that Spain remains stuck on the amber list that requires ten days of quarantine when returning to England. On Monday June 7, the country opened its borders to international arrivals, but there is still no massive influx of tourists, which is expected in July, when the UK should be free of any restrictions.
The mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre said: «This is good news since the opening of this new base in Malaga generates jobs in the territory by itself, but it is also an indicator that the airline is committed to the destination , has expectations of growth and invests in it.
“In fact, we aspire to move from seasonality to permanence throughout the year. It should also be remembered that in the year before the pandemic -2019- easyJet was the second airline in Malaga with 14 routes and 2.5 million passengers. “
For his part, Javier Gándara, easyJet’s managing director for southern Europe, stated: “With more than 36 million passengers transported since 1999, Malaga was until now the most popular destination in our network where we had no base.
“Despite a challenging context for the sector, we believe that the opening of what will be easyJet’s second seasonal Spanish base in Malaga – and the third in the country – is an opportunity to expand our operations in Spain, where we are the fourth airline.
“With the progressive reopening of Europe to tourism, we know that there is a pent-up demand for travel, and we retain the flexibility to rapidly scale up our operations to meet that demand, and a seasonal basis provides us with a solution that is perfectly tailored to market needs. , constituting another example of an innovative initiative that makes our business model even more efficient. “
The Secretary General of Tourism of Spain, Manuel Muñoz, added: «The fact that a company that moves a volume of travelers as high as easyJet, has opened a new base in Andalusia in the current context shows the strength of the community and the of the Costa del Sol as a destination, and the confidence it generates in one of the main airlines. »