THE UK's largest airline has announced plans to increase its capacity on eight of its routes by stationing a bigger plane at Newcastle Airport.
The 180-seat Airbus A320 will replace the existing 156-seat A319 which serves Malta, Majorca, Paris, Bristol, Alicante, Malaga, Barcelona and Belfast. Seats are already on sale and the move should mean space for up to 13,000 more passengers this year.
Hugh Aitken, easyJet commercial manager, said: “Due to increased customer demand we are replacing an Airbus A319 with an Airbus A320 to provide additional seats to our loyal flyers.
“This move demonstrates that easyJet is committed to further growth at Newcastle International Airport.
“Passengers flying from Newcastle will now find it even easier to jet off and soak up the sun and city culture with additional flights to favourites such as Malta, Majorca, Paris and Bristol on offer.”
EasyJet operates more than 3,600 flights and carries more than 450,000 people each year from Newcastle. On average, 11 flights depart daily carrying 1,200 people to the company’s 13 year-round destinations.
Dave Laws, chief executive at Newcastle International, said: “We are very pleased about this commitment shown by easyJet.”