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Marcs Got Ticket To Dive

Friday, 30 April 2010


easyJet, the UK's largest airline, has provided one of Manchester's most promising young divers with a 'Ticket to Dive' to celebrate the launch of its new route from Manchester to Sharm el Sheikh.


Today (Friday, 30th April 2010) the low-fares airline begins direct flights from Manchester International Airport to Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. To commemorate its new route to one of the world's premier diving destinations, easyJet invited Marc Oliver Williams, 25, from Denton to join crew and passengers on the inaugural flight to receive his 'Ticket to Dive'.


The ticket, which entitles Marc to three free return trips to Sharm el Sheikh, will allow him to complete the 60 recorded dives he needs to achieve his PADI Divemaster qualification.


Marc, who works for Meridian Education in Fallowfield, began scuba diving at the age of 24 and is a member of the Aquatech Diving Centre based in Debdale. He has already completed 34 of the dives needed to achieve his PADI Divemaster qualification which is the first step on the path to becoming a dive professional.


Marc says: "Obtaining the Divemaster qualification will allow me to begin my Instructor's Internship and will allow me to pursue my dream of a future career in dive instruction.


"I'm absolutely thrilled with my easyJet 'Ticket to Dive' which will enable me to escape the unpredictable British climate to complete my remaining dives in the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea - what could be better!"


Ali Gayward, easyJet commercial manager adds: "We're excited to be operating yet another new route from Manchester and what better way to celebrate making a top diving spot more accessible to the North West than helping a local scuba diver to achieve his dream of becoming a dive professional.


"As well as diving and snorkelling, the stunning coastal resort of Sharm el Sheikh is an ideal destination for winter sun. With sun, sea, sand, watersports, horse and camel riding as well as desert safaris, it offers something for everyone and is one of the best-known spots on the Red Sea Riviera."

easyJet will now provide a three times weekly service to Sharm el Sheikh from Manchester International Airport from as little as £76.99 (one-way, including taxes).


Andrew Harrison, Manchester Airport's Commercial Director said: "With Egypt being outside the Euro- zone, it is fast becoming one of our most popular destinations for passengers this year. We're extremely pleased to see easyJet continuing to expand from Manchester and I'm looking forward to developing their route network in further in the future".


As part of its commitment to opening up exciting new destinations to Manchester residents, today easyJet also launches direct flights to Zurich from only £26.99 and a new route to Mahon, Menorca on 1st May from only £28.99 (all prices one-way, including taxes).


For more information or to book flights please visit www.easyJet.com


PHOTO: Marc 'dives in' to easyJet's new Manchester to Sharm el Sheikh route.





About easyJet:

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.