Airport News

Budget airline reveals Manchester plan

Tue, 18 Dec, 2007

Low-cost carrier easyJet has announced it hopes to commence flying from Manchester Airport in March 2008.

The decision comes after easyJet agreed to buy GB Airways, which currently runs a British Airways franchise from Manchester.

GB Airways will continue to operate its current routes until March 29th, by which time easyJet hopes to have gained regulatory approval for the deal.

Once it has that green light, easyJet intends to rebrand GB Airways and integrate it into the company, before increasing the number of planes it has stationed at the airport from two to five.

Mike Campbell, easyJet's people director, claimed the development would be good news for air passengers in the region.

He said: "easyJet recognises the strong demand for low-cost convenient services from the north-west, the GB operation at Manchester provides us with a great base on which we can build and tap in to a new market."

Meanwhile, rival budget airline Ryanair has announced plans to expand its operations from Manchester Airport by launching services to Barcelona, Bremen, Marseille and Milan in April.

Joe Evans

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