EasyJet has said that it will grow its UK network by establishing a new hub in Birmingham. In total, the investment will support over 1200* employment and generate about 100 direct jobs for pilots and crew in the UK. The biggest airline in the UK, easyJet, employs about 10,000 workers in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland at the moment.
The airline will have three A320s with 186 seats based at the airport. By positioning itself as the carrier of choice to serve UK consumers and meet the ongoing demand for travel, easyJet’s network is strengthened by the investment of a ninth base there. This will allow it to further increase its share of the UK leisure market for both the airline and easyJet holidays.
The move is a part of easyJet’s strategy to seize key growth opportunities across its network and comes in the wake of the UK’s return to growth this summer, during which easyJet will also run its largest-ever summer flying program in the UK, flying about 8% more capacity than it did before the pandemic, over 1 million more seats during peak summer, and 57 new routes, including 23 from the UK.
Each UK-based aircraft directly supports 400 employment and £27 million in UK GVA when direct, indirect, and induced impacts are taken into account, in addition to assisting with crucial UK domestic connectivity outside of London.