easyJet 39 dropped routes – many to Spain, some to UK airports – but added 64 new routes

Airlines constantly monitor the financial performance of individual routes, so if they are not making money on a particular airport pair, it is axed.  There is then capacity that can either be used to increase frequency on existing routes, or for a new route. Anna Aero reports that comparing the routes of EasyJet this summer, compared to summer 2012, they have dropped 39 airport pairs, but set up 64 new ones. There have been many cuts in their routes to Spain. The airport to lose the largest number of routes is Madrid (14 routes) and second is Liverpool (5 lost), followed by Barcelona and Dortmund with four each. Of the five dropped Liverpool routes, only one (Malta) is served by easyJet from its nearby base at Manchester.  The net result is for the overall number of easyJet flights to increase by 2.2% in August compared to  August 2012.  Due to more larger planes – the growing number of A320s in the fleet  – the total number of EasyJet seats is up 2.8%, while ASKs (Available Seat Kilometres) are up 3.1%, indicating a small increase in average sector (ie journey) length.





easyjet figures Nov 2012





The airline has seen phenomenal growth since it began operating in 1995, increasing in size from just two aircraft, with two routes and carrying 424,000 passengers in its first year. Today easyJet is one of the largest airlines in Europe operating 196 aircraft on 552 routes, across 30 countries.

easyJet’s 39 dropped routes revealed; but 64 new routes mean capacity is still up almost 3% this summer

9.5.2013 (Anna Aero)

Airlines constantly monitor the financial performance of individual routes, and sometimes this can lead to the decision to cease operating a particular airport-pair. This releases capacity that can either be used to increase frequency on existing routes, or creates an opportunity for a new route to be started.

Analysis of easyJet’s network this summer, and comparing it with last summer, reveals a total of 39 airport-pairs that are no longer part of the orange network.

These are summarised in the following table.

Airport (code) Country Destination dropped (WF in S12)
Alicante (ALC) Spain London STN (12)
Amsterdam (AMS) Netherlands Barcelona (7), Madrid (7)
Barcelona (BCN) Spain Amsterdam (7), Dortmund (3), Lisbon (7), London STN (7)
Bilbao (BIO) Spain Ibiza (7), Madrid (12), Rome FCO (3)
Bordeaux (BOD) France Madrid (4)
Brest (BES) France Paris CDG (7)
Brussels (BRU) Belgium Liverpool (6)
Budapest (BUD) Hungary Dortmund (3)
Copenhagen (CPH) Denmark Madrid (4)
Dortmund (DTM) Germany Barcelona (3), Budapest (3), Palma de Mallorca (6), Thessaloniki (3)
Dubrovnik (DBV) Croatia Madrid (3)
Düsseldorf (DUS) Germany Rome FCO (6)
Fuerteventura (FUE) Spain Liverpool (2)
Gibraltar (GIB) Gibraltar Liverpool (3)
Heraklion (HER) Greece Madrid (2)
Ibiza (IBZ) Spain Bilbao (7), Madrid (20), Newcastle (1)
La Coruña (LCG) Spain Madrid (6)
Lisbon (LIS) Portugal Barcelona (7), Toulouse (3)
Liverpool (LPL) UK Brussels (6), Fuerteventura (2), Gibraltar (3), Malta (2), Tallinn (2)
London Stansted (STN) UK Alicante (12), Barcelona (7), Tallinn (3)
Lyon (LYS) France Milan MXP (4)
Madrid (MAD) Spain Amsterdam (7), Bilbao (12), Bordeaux (4), Copenhagen (4), Dubrovnik (3), Heraklion (2), Ibiza (20), La Coruna (6), Mahon (7), Manchester (4), Naples (5), Olbia (3), Rome FCO (7), Venice (4)
Mahon (MAH) Spain Madrid (7)
Malta (MLA) Malta Liverpool (2)
Manchester (MAN) UK Madrid (4)
Milan Malpensa (MXP) Italy Lyon (4), Porto (3), Thessaloniki (4)
Naples (NAP) Italy Madrid (5)
Newcastle (NCL) UK Ibiza (1), Paris CDG (4)
Olbia (OLB) Italy Madrid (3)
Palma de Mallorca (PMI) Spain Dortmund (6)
Paris CDG (CDG) France Brest (7), Newcastle (4), Thessaloniki (4)
Porto (OPO) Portugal Milan MXP (3)
Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Italy Bilbao (3), Düsseldorf (6), Madrid (7)
Tallinn (TLL) Estonia Liverpool (2), London STN (3)
Thessaloniki (SKG) Greece Dortmund (3), Milan MXP (4), Paris CDG (4)
Toulouse (TLS) France Lisbon (3)
Venice (VCE) Italy Madrid (4)
Source: Analysis of Innovata / Diio Mi data for sample week in August 2013 and August 2012

easyJet had announced last year that it would be cutting back its operations in Madrid, and 14 of last summer’s routes will no longer be served this year.

The airports to lose the next most number of routes are Liverpool (five), followed by Barcelona and Dortmund with four each. Of the five dropped Liverpool routes, only one (Malta) is served by easyJet from its nearby base at Manchester.

In total, 37 airports have lost at least one easyJet service. Out of these, only La Coruna in Spain no longer has any easyJet services.

All but five routes still served by other carriers

Among the 39 routes just five are not served by at least one other carrier this summer. Three of these routes are from Liverpool (to Brussels, Gibraltar and Tallinn), plus Dortmund – Thessaloniki, and Madrid – Heraklion. A total of 19 airlines will benefit from easyJet’s decision to withdraw from these routes, with Iberia losing a competitor on 11 routes, and Ryanair facing reduced competition on nine routes. Spanish carriers Air Europa and Vueling will also have reasons to be pleased.

The following table shows which airlines benefit, and how many routes are affected.

Routes Airline
11 Iberia
9 Ryanair
7 AirEuropa
6 Vueling
3 Air France, TAP Portugal
2 airberlin, Aegean Airlines, Alitalia, KLM
1 germanwings, Jet2.com, Lufthansa, Norwegian, SAS, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, transavia.com, Wizz Air
Source: Analysis of Innovata / Diio Mi data for sample week in August 2013

easyJet launches 64 new routes; seat capacity up almost 3%

The loss of 39 routes is more than compensated for by the addition of 64 new routes resulting in the number of easyJet flights increasing by 2.2% in August. Thanks to the growing number of A320s in the fleet the number of seats on offer is up 2.8%, while ASKs (Available Seat Kilometres) are up 3.1%, indicating a small increase in average sector length.





easyJet launches second route to Moscow; adds further eight routes across Europe

4.4.2013 (Anna Aero)

  • easyJet added a total of nine new services across its network in the course of last week. One destination each was launched from Basel (BSL), Berlin Schönefeld (SXF), Lisbon (LIS), Milan Malpensa(MXP), Newcastle (NCL) and Rome Fiumicino (FCO), while three services were inaugurated inManchester (MAN). Notably, the northern British city is now connected with Moscow Domodedovo (DME), bringing the total of easyJet’s Russian routes up to two. anna.aero assisted the launches of both Moscow routes, including an extensive coverage of last week’s London Gatwick to Moscow launch.
Launch date Origin Destination WF* A/c Competition
31-Mar-13 Basel (BSL) Catania (CTA) 2 A319 airberlin (2)
31-Mar-13 Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Sofia (SOF) 4 A319  
31-Mar-13 Lisbon (LIS) Bilbao (BIO) 4 A319 TAP (12)
26-Mar-13 Manchester (MAN) Antalya (AYT) 2 A319 Thomas Cook (6), Thomson Airways (2)
27-Mar-13 Prague (PRG) 3 A320 Jet2.com (6)
28-Mar-13 Moscow Domodedovo (DME) 4 A319  
27-Mar-13 Milan Malpensa (MXP) Larnaca (LCA) 2 A319 Cyprus Airways (2)
26-Mar-13 Newcastle (NCL) Jersey (JER) 2 A319  
29-Mar-13 Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Hamburg (HAM) 4 A319 airberlin (7)
Source: Innovata w/c 8 April 2013.    *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.





  • easyJet inaugurated a total of five new routes from Manchester (MAN) and London Stansted(STN) last week. The carrier now offers flights to 22 destinations from each of the two British airports. Of the newly launched services, Manchester to Sofia (SOF) is the only route on which easyJet enjoys monopoly.
Launch date Origin Destination WF* Competition
14-Feb-13 Manchester (MAN) Reykjavik (KEF) 2 Icelandair (3)
Venice (VCE) 3 Monarch Airlines (2)
15-Feb-13 London Stansted (STN) Marrakech (RAK) 3 Ryanair (2)
16-Feb-13 Sofia (SOF) 2  
17-Feb-13 Sharm El-Sheikh (SSH) 2 Thomson Airways (1)
Source: Innovata w/c 4 March 2013.
*WF: Weekly Frequencies.






UK remains largest no-frills market in Europe – some 8.8 million international seats

Date added: May 9, 2013

The aviation analysts, OAG, say the number of seats offered by European low-cost carriers (LCC) has increased by an average of 14% per year over the 10 years. By contrast the number of seats offered by the legacy airlines rose by about 1% per year. Over the 10 years from 2004 to 2013 the low cost airlines added some 20 million seats, and the legacy airlines added some 2.8 million seats. The UK remains the largest LCC market in Europe, with more than double the seat capacity of 10 years ago, and the UK number rose by 15% in the last year. While the UK LCC market has some 8.8 million international seats per year, Spain is the 2nd largest with 7.4 million. Then come Italy (4.5m), Germany (3.7m) and France 3.2m). The number of seats on European LCCs is of the order of 34 million, and they are somewhere around 43% of all international seats for the UK, with legacy carriers having some 57% of seats. The LCC proportion is higher in Spain than in the UK and lower in France and Germany. Across Europe, Ryanair has about 31% of the LCC seat capacity and Easyjet about 21%.

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Low cost carriers by market share May 2013