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easyJet base 9th plane at Liverpool Airport

easyJet’s ninth plane has arrived at Liverpool Airport, to be used to serve three new routes to Naples, Dubrovnik and Bordeaux. The £20m Airbus 320 joins a fleet that flies 21 routes from the city, including Croatia for the first time.

Carly Brear, easyJet’s UK commercial manager, said: ‘Liverpool continues to be a very successful base for easyJet over 11 years after we first started flying here.’ Liverpool Airport deputy chief executive Neil Pakey said: ‘easyJet has been crucial to the success of the airport over the past 12 years and will continue to be so in the future. The addition of this aircraft to its Liverpool based fleet also highlights the continuing importance that easyJet places on its Liverpool operation and their confidence in us, especially during the current economic climate.’

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[textarea]easyJet announce Liverpool – IOM flights

easyJet has announced it is to launch flights between Liverpool and the Isle of Man. The budget airline will start the six-times-a-week service on May 21, targeting business people and those visiting family on the island. The service will compete with rival budget airline Flybe.

easyJet said it expects up to 70,000 passengers to use the service in its first year of operation. It will use its new Airbus 319 aircraft, which seat 156 passengers. The new route means that easyJet now flies to 27 destinations from Liverpool.

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Which are to be based at LPL? My friend flies to TFS next tues and wondered if any of the newly (temporary) additions will take him down there?
 

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[textarea]easyJet announce Liverpool – Grenoble flights

easyJet has announced another new winter route from Liverpool Airport, with twice-weekly flights to Grenoble taking off on Saturday 8th January 2011. Fares are from £24.99 one-way (including taxes). The budget airline has also confirmed that, due to growing passenger demand, it will provide an additional rotation each week day on its domestic route from Liverpool to Belfast, with fares starting from £23.99 one-way (including taxes).

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Manager said: ‘Our new winter route from Liverpool offers access to popular ski destinations to provide passengers from the North West with even greater choice. easyJet now offers a total of 29 routes from Liverpool Airport. The secret to our success is offering the lowest fares at the right time to the most convenient airports.’

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[textarea]More routes from Liverpool Airport for easyJet

easyJet has announced that it is to operate a further three new routes from Liverpool Airport, bringing its total number of destinations from the hub to 32. The budget airline will launch flights to Salzburg in Austria, the Belgian capital Brussels and Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.

The new six-times-weekly service to Brussels is the airline’s first route to the Belgian capital from the UK and will take off on February 7 2011. The city is the administrative centre of the EU, earning it the title of ‘The Capital of Europe’ and a destination likely to prove popular with the region’s business community.

The region’s Winter sports enthusiasts are likely to welcome the addition of easyJet’s weekly flight to Salzburg, which follows hot on the heels of the airline’s previous announcements of flights to Grenoble and Lyon. The flights launch on December 17 and run through to April next year. With flights to Innsbruck operating once again, skiers now have a great choice of low cost destinations available from Liverpool with easyJet.

The new service to Tallinn brings yet another country and capital city. Tallinn is growing in popularity with tourists across Europe and is a very affordable short break destination, with the three-times-weekly flight to commence on 26 April 2011.

Flights for all three new routes are already on sale with fares starting from £23.99 for Brussels, £25.99 for Salzburg and £27.99 for Tallinn (all prices one-way, including taxes).

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[textarea]easyJet increase Liverpool – IOM flights

easyJet is increasing the number of flights between Liverpool and the Isle of Man from six to nine a week over the summer. From June 2 there will be two flights each Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The additional flights are now on sale and will operate until September 25.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK commercial manager, said: ‘Since launching flights between Liverpool and the Isle of Man almost a year ago, the route has gone from strength to strength. We have upped the frequency of the service in response to this demand and to cater for the increased number of business and leisure passengers travelling into and out of the Isle of Man over the summer months.’

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I wouldn't have thought there would be a call for such a huge number of seats on the Isle of Man route but clearly there is. I wonder if Easyjet will look at introducing flights to the Isle of Man from any other UK airports.
 

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I agree Aviador, you would've thought that such a small small route would not be viable due to the competition on the ferry, but clearly there is. EZY has a great presence at LPL. I has; a large support group with regular passenegrs and people who dont like FR tend generally to fly with EZY, but thats whats great about LPL, hardly any competiton, its just those two main airlines.
TOM and ZB have failed in attempts to gain control, so I think its fair to say that EZY and FR are generally liked throughout the Liverpool region.
Anyway, not going off topic, I have a sense that this is just a one hit wonder for EZY and its probably unlikely that they will introduce it to many, if any airports in the UK.
 
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I think LPL-IOM started off as a small route filler for easyjet. They had an A319 sat at LPL for 2-3 hours, and rather it just sit there, they wanted to use it. BFS was a little too far for a route, as was LTN/GLA etc, so, IOM it was.
It then turned out, that it was actually being a well used little route for easyjet, hence the upgrades to frequency. The IOM-North west is a traditionally strong route, as its the main link back to the main land, and there are contracts with the IOM government too (Im sure MAN-IOM of Flybe carries NHS patients back to the UK for treatment?).

Like you say, I wouldnt expect many other routes to IOM, maybe a MAN or BFS, if the situation ever arose where MAN/BFS had spare aircraft, but, due to the long sectors, MAN is unlikely, and im not sure if BFS has that sort of demand for an A319 to IOM.
 

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All very true WorldRep, do Manx2 not operate a route to LPL? They are doing well with their Blacpool and Leeds routes as well as other UK routes to the IOM. I'm also presemtly surprised that they can get great loads on an A319.
 
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No, Manx2 dont serve Liverpool. If they did, Flybe/easyjet would anhialate them!

The north west-IOM looks like:

Manx2- Valley, Blackpool
Flybe- Manchester, Liverpool
Easyjet- Liverpool

So, quite a lot for a little island really!
 

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Yes, a very surprising little island - did EZY start it after Flybe? Liverpool seems quite the place for the route as well as MAN.
 
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Flybe were at LPL first.
Agreed that LPL does very well for IOM (probably due to it being the closest airport to IOM for shorter flights, and the competition with the ferry). LPL also does brilliantly at Belfast too (I think its easyjets highest frequency route in the network)

We will see what happens to LPL-BFS numbers when Easyjet operates its 2 daily MAN-BFS in October.
Overall, Im going to be very intregued to see the impact of the new routes easyjet is opening up the M56 soon.

MAN-MAD, MAN-SXF and MAN-BFS. All 3 of these routes are at LPL, and its reported they have a high number of Mancunians on the LPL flights as MAN didnt have the options for locals, so, will the fact they are now at MAN take away from LPL, or, overall, will the market just grow? Time will tell?

Interesting times lay ahead, as Carolyn McCall has said easyjet at MAN wont have an impact at LPL, yet they have now got several routes at MAN that are also at LPL. Also, MAN will eventually be a bigger easy base than LPL, as 10 aircraft will be based next year, and with only 1 A320 at LPL, but 4 at MAN, with 2 more due, it seems MAN will have the higher capacity.
 

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It seems that LPL are losing out there, but you can't blame them - MAN is the bigger airport, bigger passenger base and more ammenities all making it more attractive to passengers. They say it wont affect LPL, with the new MAN routes, but like you said, there are a large number of Mancunians that fly from LPL, time will tell!

I think that FR have a huge presence at LPL and I think they are gradually pushing away at EZY! They are opening identical routes, and recieving the loads to back to majority of them. Maybe EZY are testing the market at MAN to see whether it will affect the loads at LPL and then make a decision as to whether to continue operating identical routes from both LPL and MAN. I think that EZY will never probably leave LPL, but It looks like FR are more LPL and EZY more MAN.....?!
 
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I know Id be blasted down by every Liverpudlian, as well as many on the forums in General, but, I would not be surprised if Easyjet either closed Liverpool, or at least moved 5 aircraft over to MAN.

Look at it this way:

-as you say, MAN is growing, and it is growing in the same way LGW is growing for easyjet. Will LPL be viable if MAN has 20+ aircraft, with eventually higher frequency, better routes and the better facilities? Easyjet has been at LPL since 1997, and now has 10 aircraft. MAN has been open since 2007(?) and is already up to 6 aircraft. So, MAN has grown quicker.

-The route structures are beggining to merge. At first, MAN's routes were always different to LPL, with the likes of Marrakesh, Tenerife etc. ALC/AGP were the same, but that was down to the inherited routes from GB airways, not the easyjet decisions. Now, BFS/GVA/SXF/MAD/AMS/AGP/PMI/ALC and so on. GIB was opened at LPL, but, Im told that it was due to be a MAN route, but was only opened at LPL due to lack of MAN based units.

-LPL routes seem to be running out of steam. At first, there was a gentlemens agreement that LPL would grow at the same rate as MAN (now out of the window with a new manager-ess), and, as there were no routes easyjet wanted to operate out of LPL, they based an aircraft at Doncaster until there was a suitable time to operate a new route/increased frequencies.

Time will tell, but I dont hold much hope for easyjet at LPL. As you say, Ryanair are trying their best to squeeze easyjet (not that sucessful now, but given time). If easyjet get fed up, its so easy for them to up sticks and move down the road. Its not like they would be abandoning a huge pax base, as, that pax base is still reachable from MAN. Bmi baby has just been seen off at MAN, and that leaves more room for easyjet.

Ryanair should be interesting to watch too. The new deal with MAN means its cheaper by volume for Ryanair, and RYR themselves know some routes are better suited to MAN (Bremen is the perfect example, moved to LPL after the 2009 pull out, and was sucessful at MAN, but was dire at LPL so was dropped). I see MAN being the force to be reckoned with from 2012, its going to be a very interesting year if my sources are correct.
 

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yepp all agree WorldRep.
I wouldn't be surprised if RYR still keep some routes at MAN, but once they have secured LPL they will then focus on MAN, thye're basically trying to gun down EZY in the Northwest.
As you also said EZY ave taken up much of the space in Terminal 3 at MAN that BmiBaby has left behind, and with RYR moving to Terminal 2, where there are no (really) low cost carriers, they will see it, as there own terminal for their low cost operations.

The next few years are going are going to determine whether EZY will put full effort into LPL, as you said they're growing at MAN, like there's no-tomorrow and are leaving LPL behind. Once EZY start to shut down one of two routes at LPL, RYR will be the ultimate force to then have the 'monolpoly' at LPL.
 
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I wouldn't be surprised if RYR still keep some routes at MAN, but once they have secured LPL they will then focus on MAN, thye're basically trying to gun down EZY in the Northwest
Well, this is just it. RYR has opened up MAN, said they will base aircraft and now Easyjet have expanded into the routes they have at LPL, as if they are trying to protect the north-west market share to those cities.
I think MAN is going to be a big battleground soon.......
 
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