easyJet to More Than Double Stansted Traffic

EZY A320easyJet and the new owners of London Stansted, the Manchester Airport Group (MAG) have announced a new long-term growth framework deal to enable the airline to more than double its passenger numbers at Stansted from a current 2.8 million passengers to six million passengers a year over the next five years.  The conclusion of the growth framework agreement comes just three months after MAG completed its acquisition of London Stansted in late February 2013.
easyjet currently operates eight aircraft on up to 27 routes from Stansted and the airline says it supports MAG’s plans to make Stansted: “the best airport in London.”
As well as offering new destinations, the airline says its: “continued focus and growing share of the corporate market” means the agreement can also facilitate an increase in the number of business travellers using Stansted.
Charlie Cornish, Chief Executive of MAG, commented: “We are delighted that easyJet has chosen Stansted.  We’re working hard with existing and prospective airlines to drive passenger growth at Stansted so today’s announcement by easyJet on the new framework for growth is a positive first step.
“London Stansted will flourish under M.A.G’s ownership as we actively market the airport, the region and its strong connectivity, including direct rail access to both London and Cambridge, to airlines and introduce lots more airline competition into the London market.  The quality of our offer is compelling and we strongly believe that London Stansted has a key role to play in any debate on South East capacity and today’s positive announcement by easyJet confirms that.”
Paul Simmons, UK Director for easyJet, said: “We are pleased to have reached a new deal with the new owners of Stansted which gives us the ability to grow at the London airport.  We look forward to working with MAG over the coming months and years.”