easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, has announced today it will be opening its new three-aircraft Birmingham base early, meaning even more flights will now be available from Birmingham from 18 March 2024.

The new three-aircraft base has enabled the airline to further expand its Birmingham network with 16 new routes. This means that in addition to 13 key domestic and international services the airline already operates from Birmingham, easyJet will now offer customers in the Midlands flights on 29 routes across the UK, Europe and North Africa that will prove popular with leisure and business travellers flying from the UK’s second largest city.

The airline’s first base opening in the UK in over a decade will create around 100 direct jobs for pilots and crew and over 1,200 more indirect jobs. easyJet is the largest airline in the UK and currently employs around ten thousand people across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

easyJet customers from Birmingham and the Midlands now have much more choice when booking their 2024 holidays, with new routes taking off from 18 March 2024.

Flights to Antalya and Barcelona will take off from 18 March 2024 and will operate year-round twice a week and three times a week respectively. New routes to Alicante and Tenerife will start on 19 March and operate twice a week year-round, followed by a new route to Larnaca starting 20 March which will operate twice a week throughout summer as well as Malaga and Enfidha both starting 21 March and operating twice a week year-round.

New flights from Birmingham to Berlin will launch on 1 April and operate twice a week year-round, followed by the airline’s new service to the popular Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh which will operate once a week year-round starting on 2 April.

A new domestic connection to Jersey will also start on 2 April and operate twice a week year-round and on 3 April a new summer route to Heraklion will begin operating once a week.

From 4 April a new route to Dalaman will operate twice a week throughout summer and Fuerteventura which will operate once a week year-round.

Later in the month a brand new route to Rhodes will launch on 23 April and operate once a week throughout summer, followed by a new summer route to Corfu which will start on 1 May and operate twice weekly as well as Kos which will start on 3 May and operate once a week throughout summer.

Thousands of package holidays to easyJet’s brand new destinations are also available to book now at www.easyjet.com/en/holidays for travel from 18 March 2024 onwards. Packages include flights, hotel, 23kg luggage and transfers on beach holidays, all covered by its Ultimate Flexibility, offering freedom to change a booking, a refund guarantee, and best price guarantee.

Flights are available to book from Thursday 30 November at easyJet.com and via the mobile app.

Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager at easyJet, said:

“We are delighted to be opening our Birmingham base early, demonstrating our continued confidence in the region with customers choosing us for our trusted brand, unrivalled network and great value fares.

Investing in a ninth base in the UK strengthens easyJet’s network by positioning it as the carrier of choice to serve UK consumers and capture demand for travel, further growing our share of the UK leisure market for both the airline and easyJet holidays.

“With flights for 16 new routes on sale from this Thursday, we’re offering our customers in the Midlands even more choice when planning their holidays and we can’t wait to welcome them onboard.”

Tom Screen, aviation director for Birmingham Airport, said:

“Antalya, Barcelona, Berlin, Fuerteventura, Enfidha, Sharm el Sheikh, Rhodes, Dalaman, Jersey, Larnaca, Malaga, Alicante, Tenerife, Corfu, Kos and Heraklion - 16 new destinations easyJet will begin serving in the weeks from March 2024 when they open their three-aircraft base at BHX.

“To say we’re excited is an understatement. This will bring jobs to the region and greater choice for customers, particularly as easyJet holidays cements its place in the Midlands market with great package deals.”

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