Today, easyJet, the UK’s largest airline celebrates 15 years of making air travel affordable for all.
On this day in 1995 the inaugural easyJet flight departed from London Luton for Glasgow Airport 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.
Since its very first flight, the low-fares airline has transported more than 330 million passengers and operates over 500 routes to 123 airports in 29 countries. Today, more than 300m Europeans living within one hour’s drive of an easyJet airport.
Over the past 15 years easyJet has revolutionised travel by introducing new destinations that previously were either inaccessible or unaffordable and flying to the main airports at far more reasonable fares.
Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO said: “We’re really proud to be celebrating 15 successful years. easyJet has come a long way since that very first flight to Glasgow. We’ve grown to become the UK’s leading airline and have Europe’s number one air transport network. This is a fantastic accolade and is testament to the hard work and commitment of the whole easyJet team. We’re looking forward to the next 15 years, continuing to provide a fantastic service along with our famous low fares.”
Simon Calder, award winning Travel Journalist said: “In the past 15 years, easyJet has revived moribund airports such as Liverpool and Luton; connected Northern Ireland and Scotland to Europe; and flown more than one quarter of a billion people in absolute safety, enabling us to sunbathe, shop or slog away at work for fares that the traditional airlines pretended were unfeasible."(press release from easyjet 15/11/2010)