easyJet in 2016 and arrival of a new aircraft to Geneva
In 2016, easyJet has consolidated its positions in Switzerland while continuing to grow, reaching more than 65 million passengers transported since the beginning of its operations from and to Geneva. The airline confirms its leading place in Geneva with 7.5 million passengers transported from and to Geneva in 2016. easyJet also announced the arrival of a fourteenth aircraft, which will be based on the lakeshore.
easyJet in Geneva in 2016:
- Stable market share at over 40% in Geneva
- 7.5 million passengers transported from and to Geneva (vs. 6.8 in 2015)
- 7 new lines launched or announced
Arrival of a 14th plane in Geneva in 2017 and opening of a new exclusive connection
This year, Genève Aéroport will host a new A320 aircraft, which will begin operations on May 5th. In 2017, the company continues to invest locally in order to seize the still strong local growth opportunities (43% penetration rate of low-cost airlines in Geneva). The new aircraft will increase by 230,000 the total number of seats departing from Geneva, allowing to absorb new connections, including the new one to Tivat (Montenegro) and to increase seasonal frequencies.
“Since the beginning of operations, Switzerland and Geneva have always been at the heart of the strategy of easyJet.” We are delighted of the growth of our fleet in Geneva and of the investments in the region. This new aircraft will allow the creation of 36 direct positions, and thus our staff at easyJet Switzerland will reach nearly 900 people, as well as hundreds of indirect jobs,” says Thomas Haagensen, Commercial Director of easyJet for Northern Europe.
Growth and unique offer from which the Switzerland and the Swiss benefit
At Genève Aéroport, where easyJet is the leading airline, the company employs more than 500 employees. Alongside this direct contribution, the creation of new jobs is estimated to result in 1,000 indirect jobs for every million passengers transported (source ICAO).
easyJet continues to be a major player in the local economy through the incoming flow of tourists, who represent up to 50% on some routes from European cities and most of the traffic on the ski routes, travellers departing from Switzerland also generate added value in transport and services.