Easyjet to open Spanish base

Easyjet is to further strengthen its hand in the European low-cost airline business by opening its first Spanish base in February. Madrid’s Barajas Airport will become Easyjet’s 17th base and will house three new Airbus 319 craft. The growth in capacity will lead to an increase in daily services to the Spanish capital from the UK, with Gatwick being served four times daily from October, and the carrier will also run domestic services to Oviedo and La Coruna, as well as Morocco, France, Italy and Germany. Easyjet chief executive Andy Harrison said: “Easyjet is delighted to be announcing these new routes from Madrid as a part of the opening of our first Spanish base, making us the largest low-cost airline in Spain. Spanish consumers will no longer have to endure high fares from traditional airlines on these routes, which will be beneficial to both business and leisure passengers alike.” When the base opens, Easyjet will be the fourth-largest airline operating out of the Spanish capital.

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