In spring 2017, the low cost airline easyJet will open its first seasonal air base, on the island of Mallorca where it already operates 22 routes.
In a statement of 13 April 2016, the British specialist of cheap flights announced that, from early 2017 and for eight months, they will have three Airbus A319 or A320 in the Palma de Mallorca airport, which has already carried over 17 million passengers since its arrival in 1997.
EasyJet has 22 routes today, including two new routes from Amsterdam and Nice. It also serves the Balearic island from Basel-Mulhouse, Belfast-International, Berlin Schoenefeld, Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow, Hamburg, Liverpool, London (Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Southend), Lyon, Milan-Malpensa, Naples, Newcastle, Paris-CDG, Rome-Fiumicino and Toulouse. Which allows it to accommodate 1.7 million passengers per year.
To be present in the third biggest airport in Spain (after Madrid and Barcelona) in terms of traffic allows EasyJet “to better meet the demand that is stronger from early spring to late summer,” says easyJet in a statement. In the future, this air base will also help the low cost company to “connect the airport to more European airports.” The investment in Palma de Mallorca should enable easyJet to create 120 jobs of pilots and cabin crew, “all under the Spanish labor legislation” but also to give the opportunity to its current employees to “choose a different lifestyle with eight months of work and four months to rest.” According to the CEO Carolyn McCall, Palma is one of the four most popular destinations for easyJet.
The low cost airline has already inaugurated in an air base in Barcelona-El Prat in February, with three A320 aircrafts and 16 destinations including two new (Bordeaux and Naples). In total, it serves 18 Spanish airports: Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, Madrid, Saint-Jacques de Compostela, Oviedo, Bilbao, Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Ibiza, Menorca, Almeria, Malaga, Seville, Tenerife, Las Palmas, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Which can transport 13.6 million passengers in 2016, an increase of 4% compared to last year.