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New holiday destinations and jobs as EasyJet launches base at Birmingham Airport

by Staff

Passengers travelling from Birmingham Airport this summer will be able to get to even more destinations including the Greek island of Kos, Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt and Antalya in Turkey. It comes as EasyJet announces its first new UK base in more than a decade.

And the airline’s new operation at Birmingham Airport, just half an hour’s drive from Coventry, will also create 140 direct jobs for pilots and crew, and support a further 1,200 indirect jobs, according to the carrier. It is easyJet’s first new UK base since it launched at Southend Airport in 2012.

EasyJet has previously operated flights to and from Birmingham Airport using planes based elsewhere.

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Basing three planes at the West Midlands airport will allow the airline to launch 16 new routes this summer to destinations such as Antalya in Turkey, the Greek island of Kos, and Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt.

It will also increase frequencies on its existing network, equating to more than 50% additional flights each week.

Speaking at a press conference at the airport, easyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren said: “This is going to provide a huge amount of additional connectivity, which not only will serve the holidays community, but also a very critical part of the business community as well.”

He went on: “We are here to compete. Ultimately, the people who will take advantage of that is the consumers who will make sure they get great fares.”

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