easyJet to Open Hamburg Base

LuftaufnahmeUK low-cost carrier easyJet has announced that it will open a base in Hamburg as well as increasing its fleet in Berlin in Spring 2014.  The announcement was made by Chief Executive Carolyn McCall at an event at Airbus’ facilities in Hamburg.
The company says, building on its success to date in both Hamburg and Berlin, its new Hamburg base will open with three A319 aircraft while its Berlin-based fleet will get one additional aircraft.
The move will enable easyJet to more than double its network from Hamburg with 15 additional new business and leisure routes on the top of its existing six routes, thereby offering almost 170 flights a week during summer 2014.
Ms McCall commented: “I am really pleased to be able to announce the launch of a new base in Hamburg which will enable us to double the size of our operation.  Hamburg and its region is one of the most dynamic economies in Europe with a significant and growing tourist industry.
“In the last twelve months more than half a million passengers have enjoyed easyJet’s low fares combined with our friendly service.  These expansion plans mean that we expect to carry twice as many passengers in the first year of operations which will take us to more than a million passengers annually for the first time.”
Hamburg will be easyJet’s 23rd base in its European network and the airline says it expects to bring 275,000 additional business and leisure visitors to Hamburg in the first year.