easyJet opens Venice base – the first for business travel in NE Italy

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• Venice is easyJet’s 27th base in Europe

• easyJet will base four A319 Airbus aircraft and provide 150 local jobs

• More choice with 10 new destinations and more flights on existing routes

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easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, today celebrated the opening of its 27th base in Europe at Venice Marco Polo Airport. The decision is part of a strengthening of the airline’s Italian strategy which, alongside the new base in Venice, sees expansion at Milan Malpensa and Naples during 2016.Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet and Frances Ouseley, easyJet’s Italy Director, celebrated this important milestone in the airline’s Italian expansion plan during a ceremony attended by the President of Marco Polo Airport, Enrico Marchi.The airline unveiled an aircraft with a special livery featuring one of Venice’s iconic gondolas that will help to promote the city across the 32 countries easyJet flies to. To celebrate the new base, easyJet also turned the popular and spectacular Venice’s Carnival celebrations orange on Sunday 31 January where the traditional ‘flight of the angel’ culminated on an easyJet runway on San Marco Square.Speaking from Venice, easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall‎, commented:I am delighted to be opening our new base in Venice today alongside Mr. Enrico Marchi. We started our operation here in 1998, and since then have invested greatly in Venice carrying over 12 million passengers and becoming the largest airline by far with a current market share of 24%.“And today we are moving this investment further with the launch of the new base we are increasing capacity by 35% to 2.4 million seats,  there will be 150 pilots and cabin crew based in Venice, together with a dedicated management team, to operate four A319 Airbus aircraft”

“In Italy over the course of 2016 easyJet plans to carry over 17 million passengers and employ more than 1100 pilots, cabin crew and other staff, providing the country’s best European network operating on over 180 routes from 17 Italian airports.

“With the opening of the new base in Venice and our expansion in Milan and Naples easyJet will be providing Italian customers and companies with better choices to travel across our leading network.

With the investment in the new base, the airline has increased the number of weekly flights by up to 45% providing consumers a choice of an average of 50 daily flights – with popular business and leisure destinations such as London and Paris connected with up to 6 flights a day, Naples with 4 daily flights and Berlin with 2. It also introduced as many as 10 new destinations widening the choice for passengers departing from Venice Marco Polo Airport that can now choose from 25 destinations, making Venice even better connected to the rest of Europe.

In order to celebrate the long lasting relationship with Confindustria (General Confederation of Italian Industry) easyJet have launched a promotion that will allow all Confindustria members who start their journey from Venice airport, flying easyJet by 30 April, to use fast track and lounge services for free at Venice airport.

Frances Ouseley, easyJet’s Italy Director, commented:

Launching an investment of such magnitude at this stage of the recovery of the Italian economy and in such a strategic area for Italy is a great honour for me today, and proof of how easyJet supports growth opportunities in our country.

“The dynamic nature of the business community of this region and its significant  international trading flows grants, thanks to easyJet, a set of efficient and unique air travel services, tailored for the local needs.

“easyJet’s base in Venice is going to provide, for the first time, local business passengers a chance to benefit from early morning departures and a flexible schedule for same day trip arrangements to Europe’s main economic centres.

“We plan to fly 2.2 million passengers to and from Venice in this financial year. Thanks to the long lasting partnership with SAVE, the airport authority that manages one of Italy’s leading airports, passengers will benefit from a dedicated infrastructure that provides a pleasant airport experience.”

Enrico Marchi, SAVE’s President, commented: 

Today is a special day for the partnership between Venice airport and easyJet;  its  importance should not be viewed as an arrival point of what has been a long-standing relationship, it must be viewed as a new beginning. Today easyJet presents its new base and we are positive that it will be a resounding success, which will induce the carrier to further invest both in our airport and in our territory.”

Luigi Brugnaro, Venice’ Mayor, added:

easyJet’s decision to choose Venice as its new base shows again the endless possibilities that our City offers and the advantages resulting from being connected with the most important airports in Europe and worldwide. This decision is also a choice that goes forward in the direction of one of the primary goals of this Administration, the opportunity to offer skilled job opportunities to young people; and this is definitely a great opportunity for the City.

“The airport is one of the most important assets we have, also because it represents the calling card for those who choose our City as their destination. Thanks then to easyJet for believing in the potentiality of Venice, a decision that will surely bring good luck to the company.”

01 Feb 2016

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