20 DECEMBER 2010
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Amman (Jordan) is the notable destination in a whole host of new services to be introduced by easyJet at Gatwick next year bringing its total destinations from the South London airport to 92. The airline will boost its Gatwick-based fleet by four aircraft to 46. Overall the airline is increasing capacity by 13%. Next year easyJet will be operating 551 routes between 129 airports across 30 countries.
Already the largest operator at the airport, the airline plans to start six routes in 2011. New are Aberdeen, Bologna (Italy), Izmir (Turkey), Seville (Spain) and Verona (Italy) as well as the Jordanian capital. easyJet becomes the first ex-UK low cost operator to fly to the country. A tourist boom is likely to follow as well as attracting other budget airlines.
Under new ownership, Gatwick is targeting growth to at least 40m passengers per year by 2018 – an increase of 20% from its current 32.5m, an exceptional figure for a single runway airport. www.gatwickairport.com
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