Thursday, 13 September 2012

Easyjet Commits to Northern Ireland ©

Image: Easyjet Corporate 

                                                     
Yesterday Easyjet before the House of Commons Northern Ireland affairs committee to give evidence on the Air Transport Strategy for Northern Ireland , and highlight easyJet's long term commitment to serving the region.

The Easyjet UK Director Paul Simmons said "EasyJet started its Belfast operation on 18 Sept 1998; we have a local base located at Belfast International Airport and we directly employ over 230 local people. In Northern Ireland easyJet has grown over the past 14 years to become the largest airline in the region with a market share of 46%, serving 23 destinations direct from Belfast International Airport.

easyJet also fly to 4 London airports offering passengers the best access to London. By way of comparison Aer Lingus has 8% market share, and with BMI taken into account British Airways has 7% of market share.

Northern Ireland has seen several airlines come and go from Belfast, but easyJet’s consistence in the Northern Ireland market and experience of carrying over 34 million passengers since its launch in the region makes it well placed to give evidence on matters affecting local people and the local economy in terms of air transport.

Airport Passenger Duty (APD) however, remains one of the most significant barriers to growth in Northern Ireland, with local people being disadvantaged when they fly to UK destinations such as London, Manchester and Scotland as they are hit twice with tax. This is an unfair tax overall, but it's especially unfair for the people of Northern Ireland. And if this tax is increased, it will have a serious impact on tourism".

Easyjet has six Airbus A319s based at Belfast International Airport operating 23 domestic and international routes and is to launch a new route to Birmingham effective 22nd October operating double daily and this winter is adding extra frequencies on routes to Edinburgh, London, Manchester.

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Irish Commercial Aviation August Traffic ©


                                                     

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) announced it handled just over 2 million passengers at Dublin Airport in August up 2%. Traffic between Dublin and continental Europe increased by 2.5% to 1.1 million passengers , while domestic traffic declined by 21% to just over 7,000 passengers and UK traffic declined by 3% to just under 635,000 passengers.

The long-haul markets from Dublin continue to perform strongly with North American Traffic up 4% driven by Aer Lingus connecting traffic over Dublin to 193,000 passengers, and traffic to the Middle East/North Africa increased by 74% driven by seasonal North African summer flights to over 47,000 passengers.
The DAA stated almost 13 million passenger travelled through Dublin Airport to date which is flat versus last year.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) announced the total number of flights in Irish Airspace increased by 1.40% in August, with the 4th August the busiest day with 1,729 flights in Irish Airspace.

There was an increase of 2.90% in Ireland's en-route traffic movements (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land in Ireland) during August 2012 versus August 2011.

The figures for commercial terminal flights at the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are:
Cork -1.7%, with an average of 71 daily movements.
Dublin 2.7%, with an average of 477 daily movements.
Shannon -4.7%, with an average of 56 daily movements.

The IAA stated it is the first time in 2012 that the Authority has seen growth in each of the main traffic streams of En-Route traffic movements, North Atlantic Communications flights and International Arrivals and Departures during 2012 compared to 2011.

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