EasyJet has added a new route from Bristol Airport to the Greek island of Crete as it continues to ramp up its summer flight schedule.
The airline said it will operate twice weekly flights between Chania and the South West transport hub, as part of a wider expansion of 11 new routes from nine UK airports, including London Gatwick and Luton Airport, where it is headquartered.
The budget carrier said the move would add more than 200,000 extra seats on flights to some of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, including Corsica and Lisbon. It comes after Easyjet added nine more routes from the UK in November.
In addition to the new Bristol-Chania connection, the complete list of new routes include:
flights between London Gatwick and Ancona in Italy and Calvis in Corsica; London Luton to Izmir in Turkey; Southend to Amsterdam; Birmingham to Naples; Manchester to Paris Orly; trips to Antalya in Turkey from both Edinburgh and Belfast; Edinburgh to the Greek island of Santorini; and Glasgow to Lisbon. Ali Gayward, EasyJet’s UK Country Manager said: “We are delighted to be launching even more new routes from the UK and to be operating to new destinations for the very first time this summer, so that we can provide our customers with an even wider range of fantastic beach and city routes across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East to explore and enjoy.
“We remain committed to strengthening our unrivalled short-haul network and providing affordable and convenient connections for our customers across the UK, all with great value fares and the warm welcome that our crew are famous for.”
The airline is the latest to expand its operations from Bristol Airport. Last week Jet2 announced a recruitment drive to fill more than 100 roles at the airport, as it prepares to add a seventh aircraft to a fleet serving more than 30 destinations.
In December Ryanair also announced its biggest ever schedule from Bristol Airport, where it will also be expanding its fleet, as part of a $500m (£407m) investment.
EasyJet cancelled hundreds of flights last year citing staff shortages caused by Covid-19, with its chief operating officer quitting amid a summer of travel chaos at UK airports.
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