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Easyjet Celebrates 15Th Birthday Milestone

Friday, 12 November 2010

Today (10th November) easyJet, Scotland's largest airline, celebrates 15 years of introducing low cost travel to Europe's leading destinations.

On this day in 1995 the first easyJet plane arrived at Glasgow Airport on its inaugural flight from London Luton with the strap line 'making flying as affordable as a pair of jeans - £29 one way'. The airline has remained true to its roots and has reduced the cost of flying further by providing today's passengers with even lower fares to Glasgow starting from £23.99.

To celebrate, easyJet today recreated the first ever flight which was met at Glasgow Airport with a 15th birthday party hosted by Clyde1 DJ Gavin Pearson and attended by Glasgow's Lord Provost Bob Winter.  Passengers were treated to free drinks, cakes, hit music from 1995 and competitions to win free flights to easyJet's European destinations.

The low-fares airline has flown 46 million passengers on 42 routes from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Inverness airports over the past 15 years.

In total, easyJet has transported more than 330 million passengers and operates over 500 routes to 123 airports in 29 countries. Today, more than 300m Europeans live within one hour's drive of an easyJet airport.

Over the past 15 years easyJet has revolutionised travel, introducing new destinations that previously were either inaccessible or unaffordable and flying to the main airports at far more reasonable fares.

Paul Simmons, easyJet's UK general manager, said: "easyJet has come a long way since that very first flight to Glasgow. In 15 years we have grown to become the UK's leading airline and Europe's number one air transport network, which we're extremely proud of.

"It is great that the hard work and commitment of the whole easyJet team has been recognised. We're looking forward to continuing to provide fantastic service and our famous low fares over the next 15 years."

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: "Since that first flight in 1995, easyJet has grown rapidly and today carries more passengers in and out of Glasgow Airport than any other airline.

"One of the main factors in this success is that business and leisure travellers in Glasgow and the West of Scotland want regular, low fare flights to Europe's major cities, making easyJet a perfect match for them.

"The team here at Glasgow Airport would like to wish easyJet a happy birthday, and we look forward to many more successful years working with easyJet."

Glasgow's Lord Provost Bob Winter added: "On behalf of the people of Glasgow I would like to wish easyJet a happy 15th birthday and thank the team for its continuing commitment to the city.

"The provision of low fares flights undoubtedly provides a boost to the Scottish economy, bringing in tourism as well as offering Scots more affordable holiday options, so we welcome the airline's growth and success."

Over the past year easyJet, the UK's largest airline, has announced the introduction of several new Scottish routes, flying to Lyon, Lisbon, Basel, Paphos and Cologne.

easyJet's 15 Years in Numbers

  • easyJet is the UK's largest airline by passenger number
  • Over 15 years the equivalent to 5% of the World's population has travelled with easyJet
  • easyJet cabin crew have served 28,796,475 tasty bacon baguettes
  • 95,481,345 hot drinks have been consumed by thirsty passengers
  • easyJet has a leading presence on Europe's top 100 routes and at Europe's 50 largest airports
  • Over the last 10 years, easyJet has reduced CO2 emissions per passenger km by 25% by investing in the latest technology
  • Its 200 state-of-the-art aircraft are only 3.4 years old
  • More than 15 million people visit easyJet.com every month. That's more than the combined populations of London, Paris and Berlin.
  • easyJet is in the top ten of the world's biggest airlines
  • In September this year, our planes flew a total of 39,653,883km - that's enough to fly to the moon and back 50 times.



Notes to editors

1. Photo available of Carolyn McCall celebrating 15th Birthday with 15 easyJet employees

easyJet is now Europe's No. 1 air transport network due to its leading presence on Europe's top 100 routes and at Europe's 50 largest airports. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour's drive of an easyJet airport, more than any other airline.

By offering the lowest fares to the most convenient airports, this year easyJet will grow profitably by 10% and will carry 50 million passengers on over 500 routes between 119 airports in 29 countries.

easyJet is the UK's largest and Europe's fourth largest airline by passenger numbers. In 2009, the airline carried 28 million passengers in the UK and 46 million in total. On average easyJet flies passengers 1100 km for just £45/€50.

easyJet takes sustainability seriously. Over the last 10 years, the airline has reduced CO2 emissions per passenger km by 25% by investing in the latest technology. Its fleet of nearly 200 state-of-the-art aircraft is only 3.5 years old.