EasyJet celebrates 20 years in Belfast

EasyJet Captain Martin Doddy welcomes listeners on board for the airline's 20th Birthday Q Radio Breakfast broadcast with presenters Stephen Clements and Cate Conway

BUDGET airline easyJet is celebrating 20 years of flying passengers to and from Belfast International Airport.

In two decades easyJet has grown to become the largest airline at Belfast International and in Northern Ireland, flying 54 million passengers in that time with over 4 million flown last year.

EasyJet's very first flight from Belfast – to London Luton – took off on the evening of Friday September 18, 1998 and since then the airline has gone from strength to strength. This year easyJet welcomed its sixth A320 family aircraft to the base and launched four new routes to the Isle of Man, Valencia, Venice and Naples, bringing the number of easyJet routes now serving Belfast to 35. easyJet now carries more passengers from Belfast to Spain and Portugal than any other airline and links Belfast with more London airports than any other airline, providing up to 200 flights a week.

Ali Gayward, easyJet's UK Country Manager, said:

“Our ongoing growth at Belfast International Airport demonstrates easyJet's long-term commitment to Northern Ireland and as the largest airline we are proud to have carried 54 million passengers in that time.

“We look forward to providing even more choice for our Belfast customers in the years ahead.”

Graham Keddie, managing director at Belfast International Airport, added:

“EasyJet has revolutionised air travel in Northern Ireland over the last 20 years, providing passengers with low fares to 35 destinations across GB and Europe, direct from their local airport. The partnership between easyJet and the airport has been a tremendous success and we look forward to building on that success over the coming years.”

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