easyJet’s response to the UK Airports Commission recommendation on expansion of Heathrow

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Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet, today commented on the recommendation by the Airports Commission that expansion in the south east of England should be at Heathrow Airport

Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet, today commented on the recommendation by the Airports Commission that expansion in the south east of England should be at Heathrow Airport:

easyJet supports the Airports Commission’s clear and unanimous recommendation and agrees that expansion at Heathrow will provide the greatest passenger and economic benefits, including lower fares by opening up the airport to increased competition. Expansion at Heathrow will bring significant benefits to all parts of the UK and is in the best interests of all passengers – both business and leisure, long and short haul.   

“Expansion at Heathrow must be delivered sustainably. Local noise and environmental impacts need to be addressed and easyJet supports the Commission’s recommendations on these issues.  

“We now urge the Government to quickly proceed with the Commission’s recommendation and start the work to increase the aviation capacity for the UK.

Carolyn McCall explained easyJet’s plans at an expanded Heathrow:

easyJet would open a base at Heathrow (in addition to our other existing London bases – Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and Southend) enabling easyJet to provide new routes and increase competition on dozens more UK and European routes.

“This would include new services to Inverness, Isle of Man and Jersey and increased services and more competition for Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Belfast as well as new and increased services for many other key cities including Amsterdam, Geneva and Zurich.

“easyJet’s costs are significantly lower than legacy airlines so even allowing for an increase in charges at an expanded Heathrow easyJet’s fares on these services would be lower than those paid by passengers today.”

01 Jul 2015

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