Leading airline easyJet has announced that it is to undertake its largest ever expansion at Manchester Airport later this year.

This will see the airline adding five new aircraft, carrying an extra 1.5m passengers annually and launching five new routes – Innsbruck, Lanzarote,  Faro, Barcelona and Bordeaux – from 2 November 2018. 175 jobs will be created directly and hundreds more indirectly.

The aircraft will include easyJet’s new A320neo’s which were introduced to the airport last year and  enable a 15% reduction in fuel burn, a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 50% noise footprint reduction during the landing and take-off phases compared to the current generation A320 aircraft thereby significantly reducing our impact on local communities.

The airline has flown to and from Manchester for the past 10 years and this expansion will mean more choice for passengers, more regular services to popular destinations and more affordable fares.

“This expansion by easyJet is to be welcomed and is clear evidence that Greater Manchester is a globally-facing city-region that’s open for business,” said Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

“It is vital that Greater Manchester remains a well-connected travel hub and the creation of five new routes from Manchester Airport will provide us with new business opportunities as well as exciting new travel destinations. 

“easyJet’s endorsement of the airport as the base not only for new routes but their milestone 1,000th route demonstrates Greater Manchester is one of the world’s most outward-facing, dynamic and thriving city-regions. We look forward to continuing to welcome visitors from across the globe.”

Almost 3.5 million passengers flew with easyJet to and from the airport last year – a figure which is expected rise to 5 million next year.

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