25 NOVEMBER 2013
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Whilst campaigners argue whether the EU needs two venues for its Parliament, one each in Belgium and France, easyJet has decided that both need flights from Gatwick.
The Luton-based carrier will launch routes to the cities from the south London airport on 30 March 2014 twice daily for Brussels, and four times a week to and from Strasbourg, departing on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
The two new destinations are part of the slot acquisition from Flybe which now includes new routes to Jersey, Newcastle and Paris, and a doubling of the Inverness frequency. easyJet now offers 107 routes from the airport.
With the launch of the new routes and an increase in services to existing destinations, the new schedule to and from Gatwick is expected to lead to the recruitment of an additional 200 pilots and cabin crew at the base.
Also new is three weekly flights between Tel Aviv Ben Gurion and Berlin Schoenefeld starting February 4 2014.
Last week easyJet delighted the London Stock Market with a 51% rise in yearly pre-tax profits to £478m, partly thanks to the introduction of allocated seats.
Chief Executive Carolyn McCall said allowing passengers to book their seats had had a big impact on profitability.
"It's a nice, calmer boarding process, and a lot of people have taken up the option", she said. www.easyjet.com
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